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New english teacher Kelsey Hanson shows class new materials Nov. 10. Minnesota began requiring more thorough background checks.

Safe schools: Teachers undergo background checks

Alex Driver November 17, 2023

Before getting hired, Minnesota teachers must pass a background check. Director of Human Resources Richard Kreyer said it is important to look for transgressions on candidates' records that could potentially...

Guest speaker educated students with presentation on the danger of substance use. Barb Nelson organized an educational movie screening to teach students about being safe with drugs and alcohol Oct. 24.

Educational film shown to teach students drug and alcohol safety

Owen McColgan and Jamar Hester Jr October 30, 2023

There was an “Under the Influence” film showing at Park’s middle school on Oct. 17.  Freshman counselor Barbara Nelson showed a film on risks and dangers of vaping, underage drinking and the addiction...

People surround the Operation Battle Cries table Sept. 30. Shout Out Loud held a suicide prevention interactive event.

Shout out loud spreads awareness

Caedon Exsted October 3, 2023

With September wrapping up, Suicide Prevention month is also coming to an end. On Sept. 30, Shout Out Loud held their fourth annual Suicide Prevention awareness event at the Park ROC. Organizer of the...

Dr. Kate Maguire is interviewed by Parks school board Sept. 27. Park was interviewing to find an interim

Interim superintendent hired

Abby Keller September 28, 2023

After the abrupt resignation of former Superintendent Astein Osei, the Park school board worked quickly to find an interim superintendent to fill the role for the rest of the academic year.  On Sept....

The infographic above shows how conversion therapy affects LGBTQ+ members. Conversion therapy is a practice banned in over 21 states.

Bill HF16 bans conversion therapy in Minnesota

Anya Panday May 23, 2023

Governor Tim Walz’s Executive Order 21-25 was signed with the goal of protecting Minnesotans from conversion therapy on July 15, 2021. The order defined conversion therapy as "any practice by a mental...

Senior Axel Abrahamson at a student council meeting on March 22. Park plans to make an enrollment fee for clubs in the upcoming year.

Pay to participate

Crystal Diaz and Aidan Shafton April 11, 2023

With the recent budget cuts Park has made, Park’s Finance Advisory Committee is advising the School Board to enforce a $25 fee for participation in clubs in the 2023–24 school year.  Members of...

The student parking lot at Park is in disarray due to excessive snowfall and ice on March 20. Students are having a difficult time entering and exiting the parking lot.

Slippery slope for parking

Jamar Hester Jr and Cole Denham March 27, 2023

Due to recent winter storms, many students said they reported issues with parking. As the lot has been filling up quicker, they said they resorted to parking on the streets. Sophomore Ryan Moran said that...

Social Studies teacher Emily Rennhak owns a pride flag in her classroom C371. It shows support for Leigh Finke and the rest of the LGBT+ community.

Minnesota’s first openly transgender legislator elected

Jesse Belen November 28, 2022

Eligible voters went to local voting sites to cast their ballots on Election Day, Nov. 8. The people in district 66a — which consists of the cities St. Paul, Lauderdale, Falcon Heights and Roseville...

New assistant principal Alyssa Gardner talks to an incoming freshman during activity fair Sept. 1. Gardner watched as the new students checked out all the clubs .

Leadership forms new initiatives

Elena Ortiz-Fishman and Katie Nelson September 3, 2022

Previously working at the same middle school as principal LaNisha Paddock, Alyssa Gardner has recently been hired as an assistant principal at Park.  Coming into the interview, Gardner said she was...

A park staff member works to clean off graffiti by the main entrance May 27. Two instances of vandalism happened at Park.

Graffiti makes a statement

Abby Meisler June 8, 2022

When students arrived at school May 27, they were greeted by graffiti all over windows and the outside of the building. There was a separate incident of graffiti the following day. Many thought it was...

Photo illustration by Ava Ashby. Twitter banned President Donald Trump from its platform Jan. 8.

Social media isn’t a news source

Talia Lissauer January 10, 2021

Outrage and disappointment has filled various social media platforms since the raid on the Capitol Jan. 6. People are posting their own opinions and reposting others' posts on the matter. Journalists are...

Junior Amal Abdi talks with fellow SOAR members Dec. 2, 2019. SOAR recently held a meeting with Mayor Jake Spano discussing racism in the community.

SOAR holds meeting with Mayor Jake Spano

Jordyn Deschamps October 17, 2020

Junior and Students Organized Against Racism member Anna Overall said the club is working to begin a conversation regarding race and ethnicity. “Our intent is to kind of get the conversation going...

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