The Echo

 Changes in teaching style should mean changes in grading style

 Changes in teaching style should mean changes in grading style

Tobias Khabie

April 17, 2020

As students and teachers attempt to adjust to life in quarantine, learning plans have been modified so students will only be assigned 2-3 assignments per week in each class, according to Echo. While the style of learning and teaching has been altered, no real changes have been made for the grading sy...

AP online classes provide more than just review

AP online classes provide more than just review

Sadie Yarosh

April 13, 2020

In mid-March, the College Board announced that all Advanced Placement exams will be administered at home because of the COVID-19 outbreak. As an Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History student taking part in distance learning, there will be a lot to learn that’s not covered in-person. I feel this is ...

Staff Editorial: Permanent block scheduling feels unnecessary

Assistant principal Jessica Busse explains the block schedule and seven-period schedule options to junior McCabe Dvorak and freshman Te’Seanna Tate Feb. 24. Students who participate in the survey will be entered to win gift cards.

March 4, 2020

As new start and end times come into effect in the 2020-21 year, the Scheduling Task Force has turned its focus on the 2021-22 year. Currently, it is presenting its options for the daily schedule. The seven-period option allows for meeting time before school and collaboration after third hour. The block sch...

Students prevented from printing at school

A Park teacher prints using the At-Large Lab printer. According to librarian Ellen George, students and teachers will now be using different printers.

Samantha Klepfer

December 17, 2019

In high school, it is required for many classes that students print assignments. In some cases, it’s required that students print during their class period. When students aren’t able to perform this integral job, it slows down classes and other school functions. Many students utilize the printers in the Li...

EPA must add Park to National Priority List

EPA must add Park to National Priority List

Henry Brettingen

December 6, 2019

The Superfund is a program that allocates federal funds to clean up pollution that are too complex for states to handle by themselves. The National Priority List is a list of sites that will be given priority for the Superfund program. The Superfund program will help clean up potentially hazardous s...

Likes on Instagram repress self-worth

Likes on Instagram repress self-worth

Ruthie Posada

December 3, 2019

The number of likes on Instagram has an incredible influence over teens and young adults today in a way that is not always positive. By taking away the number of likes, the mental health of social media users will significantly improve. The fact that Instagram has taken action to address one of the n...

Mindfulness activities ineffective

Tennam Gyaldatsang

November 17, 2019

The use of mindfulness activities during school is a waste of precious class time which could be utilized for implied actual classwork. My own experience with mindfulness activities is that 10-15 minutes of the class is spent by students either not listening or dozing off. The amount of wasted...

Park pride Schoology notifications harm community

Students receive Schoology notifications relating to #parkpride: Purpose, Relationships, Inclusiveness, Dependability, and Excellence. Notifications can be sent out multiple times throughout the day.

Colin Canaday

November 2, 2019

Every day, at seemingly inconsistent times, hundreds of Park students receive Schoology notifications designed to recognize their accomplishments in five specific areas: Purpose, Relationships, Inclusiveness, Dependability and Excellence. Although this program was clearly created with good intentions, ...

Adding LGBTQ+ pioneers to schools’ curriculum

Adding LGBTQ+ pioneers to schools’ curriculum

Tamar Gewirtz

October 4, 2019

The history of the LGBTQ+ community is rarely talked about, and when it is, it's usually just in passing. But this is beginning to change. On August 9, Gov. J.B. Pritzker of Illinois implemented the Inclusive Curriculum Law; a law that mandates schools to teach about LGBTQ+ pioneers, among other groups of people. Now is the time for other states, including Minnesota, to follow su...

Forced body cavity searches violate human rights

Forced body cavity searches violate human rights

Tamar Gewirtz

September 29, 2019

Protecting the civil rights of those accused of crimes has always been a challenge. A measure of our humanity, however, is the way we treat those who have the fewest rights.  Strip searching prisoners and conducting body cavity searches has been a longstanding practice in the criminal justice syst...

Racist incidents ignored in Chaska schools

Racist incidents ignored in Chaska schools

Lily Simonett

September 21, 2019

Six Chaska students and their families are suing the school district after the school officials ignored blatantly racist actions against their students.  This is a scary reality for many students and I think the lawsuit is a necessity.  According to Star Tribune  the nearly 50-page lawsuit “asks for a j...

Delayed remorse for anti-Semitic cartoon

Delayed remorse for anti-Semitic cartoon

Adin Zweigbaum

May 1, 2019

The New York Times apologized for their anti-Semitic cartoon three days too late. The cartoon shouldn’t have been uploaded in the first place, but three days is too much to wait for an apology. The New York Times published a cartoon April 25 depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as ...

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