The Echo

Math teacher Ms. Webster meets with her students on Zoom Feb. 11. Distance learning has provided students and teachers with many learning opportunities.

Pandemic brings learning opportunity

Bahaja Alisahal, Tobias Khabie, and Henry Harper March 16, 2021

As the one-year anniversary of distance learning approaches, students and teachers such as English teacher Andy Wilkes have learned many lessons from this unprecedented time. “It’s forced us to...

100 percent capacity will put online students at disadvantage

100 percent capacity will put online students at disadvantage

Johanna Kaplan March 16, 2021

From falling behind on schoolwork to social isolation, students in Cohort C have not had it easy. They will remain online for the rest of the year while Cohorts A and B will return in-person at 100 percent...

Students walk through the hallway Oct. 26. Park returned to hybrid learning at 50 percent Nov. 22.

Hybrid with no assigned capacity to begin

Talia Lissauer and Tobias Khabie March 8, 2021

In a meeting March 8, the School Board unanimously approved an update to the Safe Learning Plan allowing the transition to hybrid with no assigned capacity. Students who are in Cohort A and B have the...

Engineering teacher Mark Miller teaches his online and in-person class March 4. Miller said he prefers teaching his hybrid students because engineering is a hands-on class and he enjoys seeing his students being able to work in-person.

Engineering class adapts to hybrid learning

Crystal Diaz March 8, 2021

Engineering teacher Mark Miller said while teaching engineering during distance learning, students have had to adapt to an altered class experience. He said teaching through Zoom isn’t the same because...

A student works in the cafeteria Feb. 25. Superintendent Astien Osei will presenting a potential start date to hybrid to the School Board March 8.

Return date for 100 percent to be announced

Talia Lissauer and Oliver Smith March 7, 2021

In an effort to work with Gov. Time Walz updated guidance to create more in-person learning opportunities, superintendent Astein Osei said he will present a plan to return all students in Cohorts A and...

Art teacher Angela Jacob talks to a student during an asynchronous class Feb. 23. The Echo Editorial Board is in favor of keeping Park’s current schedule and believes switching to a fully synchronous schedule would be unhelpful to students.

Staff Editorial: Adjusting schedule not necessary

March 5, 2021

With students returning to hybrid learning, some students, parents and staff have questioned the current schedule and whether it could be changed. While a change could benefit the people in hybrid a little...

Park should integrate Cohorts A, B

Jayde Claussen March 4, 2021

With the return to hybrid at 50 percent capacity, the question of when normality will return becomes even more prevalent. While opposers of full-time in person learning say it is unsafe, science proves...

Used with permission from Jessica Gust. Science teacher and strength and conditioning head coach Jessica Gust poses in the weight room Feb. 22. Gust was nominated to serve on the advisory board for the National High School Strength Coaches Association.

Coach faces unprecedented challenges.

Jordyn Deschamps March 4, 2021

As distance learning has been going on, many classes have run into challenges. Strength and conditioning has faced some difficulties, but has its perks. According to strength and conditioning coach Jessica...

Students walk through the A3 hallway as they head to their next class Feb. 22. The return of hybrid learning has brought mixed emotions among students.

Hybrid learning brings mixed feelings

Danny Shope February 28, 2021

After choosing to do hybrid learning, senior Helen Tefera said being in school brought much-needed relief from the anxiety that comes with distance learning. “(Hybrid learning) is going to be better,”...

Hybrid learning brings back sense of normalcy

Hybrid learning brings back sense of normalcy

Tenzin Gyaldatsang February 28, 2021

As students like myself return to hybrid learning, a sense of regularity and liveliness was in the air during my two days of in-person classes.  My first day back felt somewhat refreshing. Even though...

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