The Echo

Superintendent meets with Student Advisory Council

Senior Jordyn Turek and sophomore Amal Abdi attend the District Student Advisory Council held Jan. 16.

Ryan Barnett

January 23, 2020

After attending Superintendent Astein Osei’s District Student Advisory Council meeting Jan. 16, senior Jordyn Turek said she was happy with the outcome of the discussion. “The meeting went really well. We always have a lot to talk about and discuss,” Turek said. “Mr. Osei is really good a...

Attendance numbers low following break

Junior Clayton Horstman-Olson holds the door at the entrance of the school Dec. 20. Winter break for the 2019-2020 school year was Dec. 21 - Jan. 1.

Marta Hill, Isabel Kjaer, and Kaia Myers

January 7, 2020

After returning to school two days earlier than pervious years, freshman Wilton Bomsta said he felt the time in school wasn’t worth it. “I didn’t really like it because I don’t feel like we did anything on those two days,” Bomsta said. “I’d rather have a longer winter break than a two-day...

Shortened winter break prompts discussion

Park’s winter break for the 2019-2020 school year is Dec. 21 - Jan. 2. It is four days shorter than the 2018-2019 school year’s winter break.

Isabel Kjaer, Marta Hill, and Kaia Myers

December 25, 2019

According to Superintendent Astein Osei, there are several factors that influence the district’s calendar, including feedback from the community regarding having a longer summer break. “Feedback we were receiving is that people were wanting to get out earlier and in order to do that you have to fi...

Staff Editorial: Shortened winter break prompts many perspectives

Snow falls in front of the new high school entrance Dec. 8. Winter break is now shorter than in previous years with students getting back to school Jan. 2.

December 19, 2019

With a shorter winter break, the Echo Editorial Board feels this change may be detrimental to students despite its benefits. For the 2019-2020 school year, winter break will last Dec. 21–Jan. 2, less than the previous year’s winter break which spanned from Dec. 22–Jan. 6. The final day of school for Park this school year is June 4, earlier t...

Birdfeeder creates winter meal packs

Student managers of the Birdfeeder, senior Althea Tyler and junior Victoria Martinez, pack winter meal packs during their community service class on Dec. 14. Forms to receive food from the Birdfeeder will be available in the counseling office until Dec. 17.

Maggie Klaers and Sofia Seewald

December 16, 2018

Senior and student manager of the Birdfeeder Althea Tyler said the holidays can be a difficult time financially for many families. “It’s a time when families are already buying presents and they might be having a harder time over the break, just because it’s a busy time and there’s more fa...

Counseling available outside of school

In this photo illustration, senior Ian Mcintyre discusses plans over break with ninth grade counselor Barb Nelson. Nelson often meets with students before a long break to check in and support them.

Nietzsche Deuel

January 6, 2018

Senior Ian Mcintyre said he understands the importance of talking about problems, even if it’s over break when access to school counselors are limited. “If you don’t have counselors, you have just one friend or family member or even a dog you can vent to. It is so important to get your emotions...

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