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Math department plans test prep

Math department plans test prep

Emma Leff

January 10, 2019


Filed under School clubs and activities

According to math teacher Amanda Forsberg, as the ACT date for all juniors at Park quickly approaches, the math department is working to prepare students for the high-stakes test. “The last couple years when we’ve hit second semester we have done an ACT prep class in our precalculus and advance...

Math teacher hopes to start yoga classes at high school

Math teacher hopes to start yoga classes at high school

Emma Leff and Anika Hanson

December 18, 2018


Filed under Staff Profiles

According to math teacher Bobby Otto, yoga offers many benefits that have helped him manage stress. Because he thinks it also can help students, he is planning to start teaching a morning yoga class this upcoming semester. “(Yoga) is just a relaxation time, where you can start feeling your body, feel...

Math teacher returns to full-time teaching

Math teacher returns to full-time teaching

Emma Leff and Anika Hanson

October 30, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Staff Profiles

After long-term subbing for math teacher Christina Begin last spring, Keisha Piehl said she decided to return to full-time teaching this year. According to Piehl, she is still adjusting to teaching full-time. “I am still working to find my groove on managing my time well,” Piehl said. “I really want to ge...

Math Team encourages new members to join

Math Team encourages new members to join

Emma Leff, Anika Hanson, and Rachel Salzer

October 1, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Student Life

Despite losing several key senior members, Math Team adviser Kristin Johnson is hopeful for this season. “We have some returning students that have a lot of potential, so I’m excited to see them grow and do better and possibly make State,” Johnson said. “I’m excited to expand the team and g...

Some math teachers stop unicycling

Some math teachers stop unicycling

Jane Anderson and Alissa Meredith

March 3, 2017


Filed under School clubs and activities, Student Life

According to math teacher Robert Otto, teachers previously committed to the unicycling initiative are slowly dropping out because of possible injuries and lack of commitment. Otto said once his fellow teachers saw him fall on the unicycle, they re-thought their actions in participating in the activit...

Unicycling intends to inspire, encounters ironic setback

Unicycling intends to inspire, encounters ironic setback

March 2, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorials

To demonstrate the importance of overcoming academic challenges, teachers in the math department started off the 2016-17 school year by attempting to learn how to ride the unicycle. As many teachers found riding the unicycle difficult, the goal of the activity was to show students that grasping a new co...

Math teachers continue unicycle training

Math teachers continue unicycle training

Lukas Levin

February 9, 2017


Filed under School clubs and activities, Student Life

As some math teachers progress learning to ride unicycles, sophomore Grace Farley said she is confused by the message. “I think it’s just kind of weird. It doesn’t make any sense to me. The whole point of it was to show that if you try something, then you’re going to get good at it,” Farley...

Unicycling brings motivation

Unicycling brings motivation

Jane Anderson, Sam St. Claire, and Emma Dietz

September 8, 2016


Filed under Showcase, Student Life, Uncategorized

New math teacher Robert Otto brought the idea of unicycling from Minneapolis Southwest to help motivate students to work harder in math. Each teacher is to learn how to ride a unicycle by the end of the school year. Otto said the purpose of unicycling is for students to be motivated to try new thing...

New math teacher strives to break boundaries

New math teacher strives to break boundaries

Elise Riley

November 9, 2015


Filed under School clubs and activities

Iowa native high school math teacher Mason Frank said he loves the idea of being part of a supportive community at Park. After graduating from a small-town high school near Des Moines, Iowa, Frank attended Iowa State University, where he said he found his calling with math. “Math has always co...

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