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Interim principal announced for Park

In a statement May 19, Superintendent Astein Osei announced Wendy Loberg as the interim Principal for the 2020-2021 school year. Loberg is set to being in the position in July.

Marta Hill and Talia Lissauer

May 19, 2020

In a statement posted by St. Louis Park Public Schools, Superintendent Astein Osei announced Wendy Loberg will fill the vacancy left by Principal Scott Meyers beginning in July.  “In her past leadership experiences, Wendy has demonstrated the ability to implement effective strategies, to elevate st...

Park issues parking pass refunds

Photo illustration by Emily Ziessman. Park students will receive a $25 refund for second semester parking passes, according to 6425 News May 15. Money will be returned via credit card or mail.

Marta Hill

May 18, 2020

According to 6425 News May 15, students who purchased a second semester parking pass will receive a $25 refund.  “If you purchased the permit online with a credit card, your refund has been returned to your credit card. If you purchased your parking permit with a check or cash, refunds from the d...

Minnesota school closures effective March 18 through March 27

Minnesota school closures effective March 18 through March 27

Isabel Kjaer and Talia Lissauer

March 15, 2020

This story is accurate as of 10:00 a.m. March 15. In response to COVID-19, Governor Walz directed the Commissioner of Education to close schools starting March 18 and ending March 27 through Executive Order 20-02. “School closures put burdens on children and families and create disproportion...

Park health officials, administration develop plan for handling COVID-19

Photo illustration by Kaia Myers. A desk is sanitized with a Clorox disinfecting wipe March 11. Park purchased many sanitizing  products, soap and tissues to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Marta Hill, Isabel Kjaer, and Kaia Myers

March 12, 2020

As COVID-19 spreads, Director of Communications and Community Relations Sara Thompson said the district is outlining a plan to respond to COVID-19, should it spread to Park schools.  “The district has coronavirus response plans in draft form. It's not available to the public for public release, bu...

PSEO information sessions

Freshmen Leila Campbell, Maren Wilsey, Cecelia Jensen, Elena Ortiz, and Alicia Narais talk with a representative from Aveda Institute Minneapolis at the college fair March 11. Students who are interested in receiving college credits as high schoolers can participate in PSEO.

Colin Canaday

March 11, 2020

PSEO information meetings will take place in the Media Center Classroom, according to counselor Heidi Cosgrove. Informational meetings will go over what PSEO is, as well as how to sign up for courses.  ...

Principal of five years resigns

Principal Scott Meyers speaks during the Graduation ceremony for the Class of 2019 June 6. Meyers is resigning June 30.

Isabel Kjaer, Marta Hill, and Kaia Myers

February 17, 2020

Though the decision to resign was hard to make, Principal Scott Meyers said it was ultimately made easier because of the potential positive effects on his life.  “I'm going to miss being a part of almost 1,500 students' lives. It is a really important thing and I take it very seriously. I'll miss...

NTA changes mentality

Senior Elliott Rickert works on an assignment in Non Traditional Academy (NTA). NTA takes place first through fourth period.

Tennam Gyaldatsang

January 22, 2020

According to Non-Traditional Academy advisor Joe Weber, NTA is designed to be a student-centered class. “We go into things with great depth and we run with a very dialogic space. There's not a lot of lecturing,” Weber said. “Students in NTA need to put in all the work and teachers don't give...

Collaboration leads to success

Special Education student attends gym class as part of the Special Ed curriculum. Special Ed students go to various classes throughout the day.

Tennam Gyaldatsang

January 22, 2020

According to advisor Taylor Williams, the Special Education Department has been studying for finals.  “In history, we are doing a World War 1 unit, in chemistry, we are doing an atoms unit,” Williams said. “In both classes, we are just preparing for our finals.” Senior Ryan Erickson said ...

Strong community within a classroom driven by success

NTA helps students succeed in school by building a strong community. It prepares students get ready for the next chapter of their lives.

Tennam Gyaldatsang and Neb Bekele

December 20, 2019

According to the leader of Non-Traditional Academy Chris Weaver, students who wouldn’t have exceeded to their full potential in a normal classroom setting seem to be doing well and are on track to graduate. “It's good to know that a small percentage of kids who probably would not have graduated ca...

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...

Math Team sets goals for season

Math Team adviser Kari Johnson works with sophomore Sophie Davis during practice Oct. 21. According to Johnson, last season Park placed fourth in their conference.

Gabriel Kaplan and Noah Orloff

October 23, 2019

Senior Math Team captain Zachary Weiser said he hopes more students will consider joining the activity, noting the club’s welcoming atmosphere. “Math Team is super fun. It’s definitely a good challenge but also you don’t have to worry about not being the greatest at math,” Weiser said.  ...

Students struggle adjusting to school and sports

Freshman volleyball player Katie Crocker completes her homework in the stands of a varsity volleyball game Sept. 10. Many student athletes have a difficult time finishing their homework during their primary sports seasons.

Molly Schochet

September 30, 2019

According to junior volleyball player Kristi Thompson, it is extremely difficult to manage both school and sports due to the large time commitment each requires. “It's really hard to balance your homework and practice time. If there's a game you have to stay there all night and find time to do your ...

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