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District implements free meal program

Photo illustration by Kaia Myers. In order to stop the spread of COVID-19, officials recommend washing hands for 20 seconds and practicing social distancing, according to the CDC. In an effort to help students eligible for free and reduced lunch, St. Louis Park Public Schools has implemented a free meal program.

Ryan Barnett

March 22, 2020

Due to school closures, St. Louis Park Public Schools will begin to deliver daily meals to students who rely on free and reduced lunch starting March 23. The meals, delivered by buses to 13 locations, will consist of bag lunches for students and their families, and bag breakfast for the morning after. ...

‘Parade of Schools’ highlights newly completed facilities

Park Spanish Immersion Principal Corey Maslowski discusses the newly renovated school with a retired Cedar Manor teacher Oct. 27. As a part of the Parade of Schools, community members were invited to tour Park Spanish Immersion, Aquila Elementary School and the Park offices.

Marta Hill, Isabel Kjaer, and Kaia Myers

October 29, 2019

According to Sara Thompson, Director of Communications and Community Relations for St. Louis Park Public Schools, the “Parade of Schools” open house event was hosted by the district to showcase the spaces recently finished as a part of the referendum.   “The goal of the event is to open up these newly renovated spaces that were completed over the summer and opened to students...

Orchestra looks forward to district festival

Junior Hilda Habia bows up her violin during class April 10. Practices are in preparation for orchestra's upcoming performance April 18.

Samantha Klepfer, Carly Joseph, and Izzy Kanne

April 17, 2019

  Orchestra director Kou Lee reflects on the orchestra’s preparation for the district festival. “I think it's a culture. Music is part of being human; it’s part of our lives and just having the district festival helps create that culture, that part of our life. In a sense, it creat...

St. Louis Park Public Schools closed Feb. 20

Students wait outside for their school bus after the early dismissal at 2:10 p.m. Feb. 7. St. Louis Park Public Schools will be closed Feb. 20 due to the forecasted snowstorm.

Dani Orloff

February 19, 2019

According to district communications director Sara Thompson, St. Louis Park Public Schools will be closed Feb. 20. Students and staff should not report to the high school. Thompson said the ACT test scheduled for juniors Feb. 20 will be postponed and administered on the designated make-up day March...

Staff Editorial: Districts’ attempts at collecting feedback limited

The St. Louis Park youth panel meet recently to discuss the school start and end times, they met Jan.16. The group has been meeting regularly and have come up with a tentative new start time schedule.

February 18, 2019

Recently, St. Louis Park superintendent Astein Osei met with the Student Leadership Advisory Council to discuss possible changes to the start and end times of the schools in the district. During the meeting Jan. 16, the district was able to collect student recommendations. The Echo Editorial Board commends the superi...

DECA competes at District

DECA competes at District

Gabriel Kaplan, Yonit Krebs, and Maria Perez-Barriga

February 12, 2019

Sophomore Rachel Stein said she competed for her second time this year at the DECA District Conference. “I did it last year, so I knew what I was doing better this year because last year I literally had no clue, and I was so confused,” Stein said. “This year I felt a little bit more confide...

DECA begins competition through examination

Senior Krista Morhauser and junior Hannah Odland take the DECA exam Jan. 8. The 100-question test will contribute to their score at the DECA district competitions Jan. 28.

Gabriel Kaplan, Maria Perez-Barriga, and Yonit Krebs

January 19, 2019

According to sophomore Koby Davis, DECA’s placement at it’s next competition is entirely dependent on the test club members took this week. “It was a 100-question multiple-choice test. You had 60 minutes to complete it,” Davis said. “It had a whole bunch of questions ranging from body lan...

Park seniors end their last District Vocal Festival

Sophomore Phoebe McKinney sings alongside her fellow park singers. The annual fall choir concert Oct. 29 included a collection of middle schoolers all the way to seniors.

Katie Hardie

November 2, 2018

According to senior choir member Ayanna Nathan, singing in the District Vocal Festival this Monday, showed her growth as a singer. “It was our final District Vocal Festival, so it was very important to the seniors because this is where we can see our progression in choir,” Nathan said. “I sta...

Parking passes continue to sell

A parking pass hangs from Park students car in the student lot. Students can buy their parking passes in the student office for $50.

Abby Intveld and Sofia Seewald

October 13, 2018

When senior Danny Hunegs received his license this past week, he was doubtful he’d acquire a pass. “Someone told me they were still selling the passes so I went in to just ask, I didn’t expect there would be any,” Hunegs said. “I went in and they did have them available which I was happy ...

Staff Editorial: Discrimination lawsuit needs more attention, student input

Staff Editorial: Discrimination lawsuit needs more attention, student input

October 11, 2018

Last fall, the district was charged by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights for discrimination against students of color and disabled students for disciplinary action. Suspensions and expulsions of these groups were found to be higher than white and non-disabled students at Park. According to...

District renovations to take place under referendum

A construction worker uses a saw to take a handle off a door at the high school Aug. 20. District improvements will be completed by 2022, according to District facilities manager Tom Bravo.

Sophie Olmen and Dani Orloff

October 8, 2018

According to Superintendent Astein Osei, numerous facility improvements were voted on in the $100.9 million referendum passed last November. “81 percent of the people that voted supported in favor of it, which is pretty tremendous, you know that’s exciting that the community supports our schools at ...

Court of Appeals affirms ruling against the Echo

Dani Orloff

August 22, 2018

The Court of Appeals affirmed the District Court's ruling against the Echo Aug. 13, after a hearing on May 23. The District Court ruled against Echo Oct. 7, 2017, classifying the video footage as nonpublic educational data. Thus, the district's denial to the request for video footage of an alleg...

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