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Going maskless is freeing

Going maskless is freeing

Gabriel Kaplan June 1, 2021

I knew the pandemic was coming to an end when she sneezed into my mouth. I had just finished shopping at Costco. She was the cashier and I was the customer, both vaccinated and both maskless. We were...

Grateful to have a normal graduation

Grateful to have a normal graduation

Maria Perez Barriga May 27, 2021

As my senior year is coming to an end, hearing the news that administration would allow us to have a normal graduation, I felt overjoyed. I am glad knowing that I have been given the opportunity to graduate...

A historical prom brings positive change

A historical prom brings positive change

Jayde Claussen May 20, 2021

After a year in a global pandemic, Park has reshaped prom as we've known it. From cheaper ticket prices to a scaled down location, a long awaited prom is here for the better. During the height of COVID-19...

Staff editorial: Time to wind down restrictions

Staff editorial: Time to wind down restrictions

May 8, 2021

Gov. Walz announced the end of most pandemic restrictions by May 28 — including the mask mandate by July 1. Considering the continuous decline in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths, the Echo...

Post-pandemic world requires change to systems

Post-pandemic world requires change to systems

Tenzin Gyaldatsang April 30, 2021

As we hopefully get closer to the end of the pandemic, many practices like wearing masks daily and social distancing will slowly become obsolete. Even though practices like these won’t be necessary after...

As COVID-19 vaccines are approved and appointments become increasingly available, more students will be able to get inoculated.

How to: Get your vaccine

Gabriel Kaplan April 30, 2021

For months after the first COVID-19 vaccines were approved, the U.S saw exponential demand for a relatively limited supply. But the tides have turned. According to MinnPost, Minnesota has a surplus of...

Juniors Henry Odens and Thomas Moot work together in their second hour precalculus class April 12. Park transitioned to in-person learning April 12.

Park returns to unlimited learning

Gillian Kapinos April 12, 2021

After her first day in unlimited learning, sophomore Amelia McGregor said the move was beneficial for students and ran smoothly with the safety measures in place. “Going (to) 100% will really help...

Civics teacher Cassandra  Sheppard classroom with students social distancing and doing working March 16. Hybrid learning has proved beneficial for freshmen and provided learning opportunities for students.

Freshman adjust to hybrid high school

Jordyn Deschamps March 28, 2021

For many freshmen, starting their first year of high school at home wasn't something they expected, but had to do.   For freshman Solei Ceballos, it was tough for her at first to start out online,...

Math teacher Ms. Webster meets with her students on Zoom Feb. 11. Distance learning has provided students and teachers with many learning opportunities.

Pandemic brings learning opportunity

Bahaja Alisahal, Tobias Khabie, and Henry Harper March 16, 2021

As the one-year anniversary of distance learning approaches, students and teachers such as English teacher Andy Wilkes have learned many lessons from this unprecedented time. “It’s forced us to...

Pass/No Credit system relieves unnecessary stress

Pass/No Credit system relieves unnecessary stress

Tenzin Gyaldatsang January 17, 2021

Similar to the switch to a pass/fail system for the second semester of last school year, the administration has brought the system back as a temporary grading system practice amidst the COVID-19 pandemic....

Students eat their lunches at socially distant tables Oct. 26. Due to the budget overage, many nutrition staff providing these lunches will be voluntarily furloughed.

School district goes over budget during previous fiscal year

Because 160 students fewer than projected attended St. Louis Park Public Schools in the current school year, Superintendent Astein Osei said the district was a million dollars over budget last fiscal year. “Technically...

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