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Sophomore Mya Stanberry works on her assignments in the cafeteria during first hour Feb. 25. Cohort B returned for in-person learning on Feb. 25 and 26, while cohort A and cohort C remained online.

Staff Editorial: Return to hybrid successful

February 28, 2021

Park returned to hybrid learning at 50% capacity Feb. 22. Originally, grades 9 and 12 were to return first and 10 and 11 March 8, but after Gov. Tim Walz announced it was safe for schools to move at a...

Junior Murphy Fries and Ava Hanson work on their assignments in the Learning Lab Feb. 12. Seniors and freshmen will be returning to school Feb. 22, split into three cohorts with a new hybrid-learning plan.

Staff Editorial: Return to hybrid learning raises concerns

Sam Listiak February 15, 2021

Although distance learning has taken a toll on many of us, it may be a little too early to go back into school. Park introduced a plan which includes freshmen and seniors returning back to school for hybrid...

Seniors Claire Bargman and Olivia Etz ski at the track during Nordic’s first practice Jan. 4. The Nordic team has been split up into four pods with 25 people each.

Staff Editorial: Students should reevaluate their pods

January 15, 2021

With new changes in the community like the return to sports across Minnesota, the pod size of students has steadily grown. Opinions vary in the definition of what a pod is and how big it should be. The...

Jeffrey Cohen works with students over Zoom during an asynchronous period Jan. 8. The Echo Editorial Board believes one-on-one or optional asynchronous classes like these should be implemented at Park.

Staff Editorial: Check-ins for asynchronous classes unproductive

January 9, 2021

Using up work time for attendance during asynchronous class periods proves to be a waste of students time after almost a semester doing it. At the beginning of the 2020-21 school year, it was well established...

Interim Principal Wendy Loberg talks to a student during lunch Oct. 26. Park began a hybrid model at 25% capacity Oct. 26.

Staff Editorial: First week of hybrid proves safe

October 31, 2020

Students with the last name A-E were welcomed back for the first day of 25% hybrid learning Oct. 26. All students were divided into five cohorts, four in-person cohorts and one fully distance learning....

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.

Staff Editorial: Permanent block scheduling feels unnecessary

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...

Art by Maggie Klaers. Indias new controversial law concerning immigration has caused protests in cities across India and the United States, including St. Paul.

Staff Editorial: Protest at state capitol highlights community values

February 1, 2020

On Jan. 26, more than 200 people, many of Indian descent, arrived at the Minnesota Capitol to protest India’s new law regarding citizenship. The Citizen Amendment Act causes religion to be taken into...

Senior Victoria Caraball makes an announcement during the SOAR meeting Nov. 25. Students discusses what impact race has in their life.

Staff Editorial: SOAR meeting sparks important dialogue

December 5, 2019

The St. Louis Park community places significant value on diversity and student voices. This culminated in the meeting of Students Organized Against Racism (SOAR) Nov. 19. The Echo Editorial Board applauds...

The U.S. Bank Stadium officials are considering modifying the stadiums glass in order to reduce bird deaths. Around 111 birds die annually due to collision with the building.

Staff Editorial: U.S. Bank Stadium should prioritize bird safety

November 22, 2019

Although the U.S. Bank Stadium’s transparent exterior design is aesthetically pleasing, the 200,000 square feet of reflective glass is killing over 100 birds annually. Out of the 21 buildings in the...

Math teacher Robert Otto leads the cheer at the State volleyball tournament against Moorhead Nov. 8. According to the School Board students and administration should give more attention and enthusiasm to other clubs and activities.

Staff Editorial: Volleyball attendance sets example for how all activities should be supported

November 17, 2019

The girls’ volleyball team made history when it made it to the State tournament for the first time ever Nov. 7. The news was blasted throughout the school, with posters and a pep fest, as it should be....

Art by Maggie Klaers

Staff Editorial: BARR Conference, program beneficial to community but needs improving

April 10, 2019

The morning of April 11 will be a crowded one for Park, as around 500 educators from around the country will be coming together for the National Building Assets, Reducing Risks Conference hosted by the...

The St. Louis Park youth panel meet recently to discuss the school start and end times, they met Jan.16. The group has been meeting regularly and have come up with a tentative new start time schedule.

Staff Editorial: Districts’ attempts at collecting feedback limited

February 18, 2019

Recently, St. Louis Park superintendent Astein Osei met with the Student Leadership Advisory Council to discuss possible changes to the start and end times of the schools in the district. During the meeting...

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