The Echo

Continuation of fall sports offers athletes a sense of normalcy

Continuation of fall sports offers athletes a sense of normalcy

Kate Schneider

September 16, 2020

As a swimmer, I was waiting impatiently alongside other fall sport athletes to hear the fate of our season. I was not feeling hopeful, since the start of the school year was planned to start all online. So, when The Minnesota State High School League announced on Aug. 4 that fall sports, except for girls’ volleyball and boys’ football would continue...

Teacher takes part in virtual Boston Marathon

Social studies teacher Jeffrey Cohen runs across the finish line of his virtual Boston Marathon race Sep 7. Cohen decided to run the marathon virtually after it got cancelled earlier this year.

Tobias Khabie and Molly Schochet

September 9, 2020

After the Boston Marathon was cancelled for 2020, teacher and former Marathon attendee Jeffrey Cohen decided he would run the marathon virtually on Sep. 7. “They canceled the Boston Marathon, which I was supposed to run again this year. They actually postponed it first, and then they just canceled it ...

Procedures for attending fall sports events

Sophomores Charlie Poulter and Miles Rider, along with other Park students, spectate the girls’ varsity tennis match Aug. 26. Spectators were encouraged to wear masks and social distance by the Park sports administration.

Emmy Pearson and Lauren Thon

September 4, 2020

Attending St. Louis Park High School sporting events in the fall of 2020 will look different than the past years. With the COVID-19 pandemic still present precautions become necessary for spectators. These requirements were set by the MN Department of Health and the State High School League. This infogr...

Adjusted schedules should mean adjusted grades

Tobias Khabie

September 2, 2020

As teachers and students prepare to start the 2020-21 school year with distance learning, the recent decision by the school board to keep traditional grading is unreasonable considering nothing else will be staying the same. These are unprecedented times, and adjustments need to be made accordingly. ...

Point-counter-point: Letter grades for distance learning

Point-counter-point: Letter grades for distance learning

September 2, 2020

Park plans to use standard letter-grades during the start of the year, including for distance-learning.

Park coffee shop, student hangout shuts down

SLP Nest closed its doors to the public Aug. 31. According to Program Coordinator Symone Wilson, the coffee shop served as a place for students to freely express themselves.

Tobias Khabie and Johanna Kaplan

September 2, 2020

Following the closing of SLP Nest, junior Natasha Johannes said she will miss the convenience of Park’s student safe haven.  “It was a nice place to hang out with friends and study," Johannes said. "I liked going there because I was supporting a smaller business." According to Nest Program...

Breaking: School year to kick off at a distance

Breaking: School year to kick off at a distance

Gabriel Kaplan and Talia Lissauer

August 10, 2020

Over the course of a four-hour school board meeting the St. Louis Park School Board voted 7-0 for all students to begin the 2020-2021 school year via distance learning. A hybrid learning style will begin Oct. 5 for students 3-12, however, all students may choose to continue distance learning. Echo will...

Fall sports to continue with restrictions

Senior Abby Meyer competes in a tennis match Sept. 22, 2019. Tennis, cross country, soccer and girls’ swimming will begin modified seasons Aug. 17.

Anna Benishek and Talia Lissauer

August 8, 2020

Despite being able to play club volleyball throughout the summer, senior Hannah Howell will have to wait until the newly created fourth season in March to play in the Minnesota State High School League. “I was numb at first because so many things have been canceled that I've just like adjusted to it n...

Park hosts alternative Graduation ceremony

Graduate Elliot Rickert greets friends and family during the car parade June 23. St. Louis Park celebrated the graduation ceremony in the high school parking lot June 23.

Gabriel Kaplan

June 24, 2020

Graduating senior Emma Roloff said the social-distancing style graduation ceremony felt strange to her, though only due to the unique set up of the event. "I can't really describe the feeling. It's just so different and just so out of like the ordinary," Roloff said. "Surreal is pretty good (word ...

Interactive parking lot Graduation to be held June 23

Principal Scott Meyers and assistant principal Jessica Busse take pictures of senior Elizabeth Reuter after delivering her Graduation box May 27. A car Graduation ceremony will take place June 23 in the parking lot at Park. Speakers and other video elements will be projected onto large screens.

Talia Lissauer

June 14, 2020

Since the class of 2020 was unable to have a traditional Graduation ceremony, senior Shayla Miller said she is glad Park is having multiple events to honor the seniors including delivering caps and gowns, a virtual celebration and a parking lot ceremony. “I think the school did the best of the si...

Alumna starts SLP COVID-19 Quarantine Archive Project

Photo illustration by Molly Schochet.

Molly Schochet

June 6, 2020

While history often only reflects the voices of people who are in power, Park alum Jamie Halper decided to combat this by creating the SLP COVID-19 Quarantine Archive Project to give Park students the opportunity to give their voice a spot in history. “Typically high school students or people who...

Minnesota is not ready to reopen

Minnesota is not ready to reopen

Molly Schochet

June 4, 2020

Governor Tim Walz announced the first step in reopening Minnesota May 14, loosening the stay-at-home order to allow more small businesses and retailers to open their doors, according to the Star Tribune. As soon as I heard the news, I became concerned. While places like restaurants and salons still have so...

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