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The Echo

The student news site of St. Louis Park High School

The Echo

The student news site of St. Louis Park High School

The Echo

Science and ICL teacher Katherine Quattrini assists students Feb. 11. Recently, Quattrini has been teaching both Biology and ICL classes.

Teachers step back

Katie Nelson and Fardowsa Mohamed February 23, 2022

Going on nearly two years of COVID-19, filled with distance learning, quarantining and other unique situations, many have felt that the pandemic has taken a toll on the education system. But now, schools...

Substitute teacher Mark Windsor gives assistance to student in math Nov. 1. The program Teachers On Call provides substitute teachers when needed.

Shortage of substitute teachers impacts learning

Andrea Melear November 2, 2021

Walking towards the auditorium where multiple classes sat waiting, building substitute Tori Bohn had no idea what to expect. According to Bohn, hosting several classes in an untraditional space is not...

 Teachers Julianne Kaster and Jennifer Magdal receive gifts during their retirement celebration May 11.  Students organized a surprise party to honor Kaster and Magdal.

Surprise party held for two teachers

Nora Hall June 9, 2021

After two International Baccalaureate (IB) teachers announced their retirements, students decided to throw them a surprise party to show their appreciation. One of the teachers who is leaving, Jenny...

Math teacher Chad Austad teaches a class during hybrid learning Nov. 10. All Park staff members are now eligible for free COVID-19 testing every two weeks.

State provides free COVID-19 testing for educators

Jacob Khabie February 22, 2021

After hearing about the new state plan to provide free COVID-19 testing to teachers, social studies teacher Mike Nordean felt satisfied with the actions the district has taken. “I think having the...

Students figure out which bus to take home after the first day of hybrid learning Oct. 26. When hybrid learning returns Feb. 22, teachers will once again be tasked with balancing distance and in-person cohorts.

Return to hybrid requires balancing once again

Tobias Khabie February 17, 2021

As students and teachers prepare for a second stint in the hybrid learning model, science teacher Al Wachutka said he is worried he will once again have to struggle with the balance of teaching students...

Hybrid entails a balancing act

Hybrid entails a balancing act

Tobias Khabie November 2, 2020

As Park starts to return to in-person learning, teachers have been faced with an unprecedented situation in which they have to teach students online and in person at the same time. According to history...

Virtual conferences will take place Nov. 4-5. Each family should receive a link via email through the school support app to set up meetings.

Conferences to be held virtually Nov. 4–5

Sam Listiak October 30, 2020

To keep parents and staff safe, Park has made parent teacher conferences virtual. German teacher Shari Fox said she believes the safety virtual conferences offer makes them the correct choice. “When...

Awkward Zoom call goodbyes highlight distance learning difficulties

Awkward Zoom call goodbyes highlight distance learning difficulties

Lilly Strathman October 28, 2020

Having almost done a full semester of online learning, the question of how doing school solely online affects personal connections between teachers and students arose.  I am grateful for all the hard...

Teachers Bobby Otto and Chad Austad cheer on the Park volleyball team during its first state match. Otto led cheers throughout the match to promote Park pride.

Some teachers take personal day to attend State tournament

Marta Hill, Isabel Kjaer, and Kaia Myers November 7, 2019

As the Park varsity volleyball team prepares to play in the State tournament Nov. 7, assistant Principal Jessica Busse said the number of teachers who can go to the game is determined by the number of...

Senior Joseph Lindstrom and sophomore Cole Blavat play a video game on the Nintendo Switch before the Esports meeting. The meeting was hosted to get the team members registered Sep. 12.

Former teacher returns as eSports adviser

Zuhayb Yassin October 22, 2019

Jacob Utities, a teacher that used to work at Park said there’s no difference between being a teacher and eSports adviser because he is still  mentoring students. “It gives me more time to help...

Teacher starts classroom garden

Teacher starts classroom garden

Lucy Zumbrunnen June 3, 2019

When senior Ethan Hoeschen began as a teacher’s assistant for Al Wachutka his sophomore year, he was assigned with the task of growing and taking care of tomatoes. “I’m not sure if (Wachutka)...

New teacher Callie Hefstad  helps 11 grade student. Hefstad has taught on three different continents.

New teachers quiz

Marta Hill October 1, 2018

Click the link below to learn about the new teachers at Park this year. The ten new teachers this year come from varied backgrounds and experiences. Loading New Teachers var QuizWorks = window.QuizWorks...

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