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Students walking through the hallway to get to class on April 9. while COVID-19 cases rise, students feel conflicted going back to 100%.

Staff Editorial: Move to full-capacity forces for normalcy

April 13, 2021

Park returned back to 100 percent capacity April 12. Students will return four days a week, with Wednesdays remaining as a support day where they will only attend connections class. All classes will be...

Art teacher Angela Jacob talks to a student during an asynchronous class Feb. 23. The Echo Editorial Board is in favor of keeping Park’s current schedule and believes switching to a fully synchronous schedule would be unhelpful to students.

Staff Editorial: Adjusting schedule not necessary

March 5, 2021

With students returning to hybrid learning, some students, parents and staff have questioned the current schedule and whether it could be changed. While a change could benefit the people in hybrid a little...

Sophomore Frankie Robello works on his computer at the Oriole Study Nest Dec. 17. The Study Nest is open Monday to Friday during school hours and is a resource for those who need a quiet environment to work.

Staff editorial: Schedule changes bring hope for academic success

January 26, 2021

During Park Connections, Park was introduced to a possible change to block scheduling. Students at Park were asked to fill out google forms to express their sentiments towards the changes for the upcoming...

Junior Juan Russy skates up the ice with the puck in his possession Nov. 12. After Gov. Tim Walz’s restrictions end, students believe high-risk sports like hockey may be delayed longer than low-risk sports such as Nordic skiing

Staff Editorial: Low-risk sports deemed safe to return after restrictions are lifted

December 14, 2020

Restrictions were imposed Nov. 20 for winter sports, delaying them for four weeks. Gov. Tim Walz will make an announcement on whether the delay will be extended, or end, on Dec. 18. Walz has broken up...

Junior Murphy Fries works to complete her schoolwork in the Orioles Nest. The Orioles Nest is a safe place to work on schoolwork during the school day.

Staff Editorial: Orioles’ Nest program feels safe

November 22, 2020

Although Park has moved to distance learning, the administration created a program that allows students an opportunity to study in-person. With the new Orioles’ Nest program, students are able to go...

Students leave school after their final day of hybrid learning. The School Board voted for Park to transition back to distance learning starting Nov. 16.

Staff Editorial: Move to distance learning justified

November 16, 2020

Although originally planning to increase to 50% capacity Nov. 16, the School Board unanimously voted for Park to return to distance learning starting Nov. 16, in a Nov. 9 meeting.  Park will be going...

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...

Senior Alex Riley takes a shot during the Sno Daze pep fest Feb. 14. Student Council announced the possibility of new mirrors in the bathrooms if students participated in dress codes.

Staff Editorial: Bathroom mirrors should not be incentive

February 24, 2020

Going to the bathroom at school is a hassle. First, you have to find an unlocked bathroom and wait in line for an open stall. Also, few bathrooms include mirrors, so you have to search for a bathroom with...

Photo Illustration by Emily Ziessman. The Iowa Caucus Feb. 3 failed to announce a winner for several days and was riddled with technical and human errors.

Staff Editorial: Iowa Caucus produces muddled results

February 11, 2020

In light of the Iowa Caucus controversy — where nearly everything went wrong — changes must be made to the overall nominating process for the Democratic Party. The Caucus Feb. 3 initially planned...

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...

Students buying parking permits online may cause barriers. Second semester parking permits will be sold online for the first time Jan 24.

Staff Editorial: Sale of parking passes inaccessible

January 9, 2020

As finals and the beginning of second semester near, Park administration has announced that parking passes for the remainder of the year will be sold online for the first time.  Although this system...

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...

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