The Echo

Orchestra looks forward to district festival

Orchestra looks forward to district festival

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

St. Louis Park Public Schools closed Feb. 20

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

Staff Editorial: Districts’ attempts at collecting feedback limited

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

DECA begins competition through examination

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

Park seniors end their last District Vocal Festival

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

Parking passes continue to sell

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

District renovations to take place under referendum

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...

District wide facility improvements

District wide facility improvements

Marta Hill and Katie Hardie

April 20, 2018

Superintendent Astein Osei and Facilities Manager Tom Bravo gave a short presentation and answered community questions April 18 at the high school cafeteria. According to SLP Schools, residents had the opportunity to get a first look at the plans for facility improvements which will take place over the next sev...

District remains in session despite snow storm conditions

District remains in session despite snow storm conditions

Amaia Barajas, Abby Intveld, and Dani Orloff

April 16, 2018

As senior Shoshana Altman drove to school this morning, she said her normal drive became dangerous due to the severe winter weather. “Side streets closer to the school or in my neighborhood were terrible and terrifying. You don’t want to go too slow and get stuck in the snow, but if you go too...

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