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Senior Jordan Moore dribbles down the court in a game against Benilde Feb. 5. Athletes struggling in classes will now be required to attend tutoring on Wednesdays.

Tutoring required for struggling athletes

Molly Schochet February 26, 2021

Shortly after registering for the swim team this season, junior Zachary Nathan received an email asking him to come to athlete tutoring on Wednesdays.  “I had an F in a class, even though I had turned...

Based on current guidelines from the CDC, schools do not have to wait for teachers to be vaccinated.

Vaccines not considered necessary for hybrid

Tobias Khabie and Talia Lissauer February 26, 2021

After english teacher Andy Wilkes received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, he said obtaining the vaccine was like with winning a lottery. “HR sent out the sign-up for the State Clearinghouse....

COVID-19 brings unjustifiable attacks against Asian-Americans

COVID-19 brings unjustifiable attacks against Asian-Americans

Laniyah Thornton February 25, 2021

Since the first COVID-19 case appeared in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, there have been a series of violent attacks on Asians in the U.S. Seeing the rise of attacks is heartbreaking. It's frustrating...

Junior Nathan Hausladen participates in his forth hour class from the Oriole Study Nest Jan. 19.  The Oriole Study Nest will remain open to students during their distance learning days.

Oriole Study Nest remains open during hybrid learning

Molly Schochet February 24, 2021

In an effort to give more support to students, Park opened the Oriole Study Nest this fall as a place for them to come in and get work done without the distractions at home. Senior Nick Lanoux said the...

Senior Jade Shionoya and Zaid Yusuf celebrate coronation Sept. 29. Similar to Homecoming, Sno Daze events are planned in compliance with COVID-19 guidelines.

Sno Daze preview

Andrea Melear and Tobias Khabie February 22, 2021

After senior Student Council President Sadie Yarosh planned the events of Sno Daze week, she said despite the adjustments made to comply with COVID-19 guidelines, it is still important to highlight and...

Math teacher Chad Austad teaches a class during hybrid learning Nov. 10. All Park staff members are now eligible for free COVID-19 testing every two weeks.

State provides free COVID-19 testing for educators

Jacob Khabie February 21, 2021

After hearing about the new state plan to provide free COVID-19 testing to teachers, social studies teacher Mike Nordean felt satisfied with the actions the district has taken. “I think having the...

Senior Megan Raatz looks through the books in the used book drive to read during distance learning Feb. 3. These books were donated by the Park library and are free for students to use.

Book giveaway provides opportunity

Maren Wilsey February 20, 2021

In a year where school is limited to the confines of a home, encountering a new book is rare. According to Library Media Specialist Marie Slaby, the annual book giveaway provides a way for the library...

Freshman Kate Lemen uses the Oriole Study Nest Feb. 12 to work on her assignments during distance learning. Grades 9-12 will return to hybrid at 50 percent capacity starting Feb. 22.

Walz pushes for accelerated return, Park follows suit

Tobias Khabie February 17, 2021

An optimistic Gov. Tim Walz delivered what he said was some of the best news since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, announcing that the vast improvements Minnesota has made in the fight against the...

Decision to send freshmen back before juniors reasonable

Decision to send freshmen back before juniors reasonable

Molly Schochet February 17, 2021

When we left school last March due to COVID-19 I knew we weren’t going to return in person for the rest of the year. As the summer dragged on, it became clear that we weren’t going back to school in...

Junior Abby Turcotte works on her assignments in the Oriole Study Nest Feb. 12. Asynchronous times will be optional for online students but required for in-person students starting Feb. 22.

Asynchronous periods restructured

Gabriel Kaplan February 16, 2021

After months of learning over Zoom, assistant principal Jessica Busse said she thinks the asynchronous periods will be more important when hybrid learning starts Feb. 22. “The people at home are not...

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