64 SECONDS to Learn Up To  25 THINGS about St. Louis Park High School
May 1, 2020

1:  From the Principal

"D"ependability is a component of Park PRIDE that has been at the front of my mind this past month.  With so many changes and challenges we have not seen before, our reliance on each other has been a necessity.  From students collaborating in our distance learning environment to weekly meetings with district leadership to help make adaptations to our new reality, depending on one another has been an important practice.

In this newsletter, we are addressing some necessary changes as we continue in distance learning.  We are hoping to continue to depend on our learning communities collective strength to successfully navigate these changes. 

On Monday, our second day of professional development, our teachers will continue to plan our transition to distance learning.  

We continue to thrive on your partnership and grace as we navigate this together.  Thank you for all your efforts at home!

Scott Meyers
2:  Class of 2020 Graduation Postponed to June 23 on Stadium Field
As the end of the school year nears and we continue in a distance learning environment, we realize that a decision about graduation is weighing heavily on the minds of seniors and their parents and guardians.  As promised, school leaders are announcing a decision about graduation for the Class of 2020 today.

In the past two weeks school and district leaders have spent a large amount of time engaging students, parents, and guardians in focused conversations to uncover feelings about this important milestone, graduation traditions that are important to honor, and options that should be considered during these very unusual times.

We heard you!

The Graduation for the Class of 2020 that was originally scheduled for June 2 at 7:30 p.m. has been postponed to June 23 at 7:30 p.m., on the stadium field with a rain date of June 24. 

This year's graduation will look different for both graduates and the audience as we modify the ceremony to comply with social distancing requirements. However, we will do our very best to stay true to the St. Louis Park High School graduation traditions.

We do understand that because of certain medical conditions, attending the graduation ceremony will not be possible for some family members. We will communicate options for you closer to the graduation ceremony.

Preparation for Graduation... Ms. Busse, Mr. Goggleye and Mr. Meyers will be personally delivering SLP Graduation stoles and Graduation Caps & Gowns May 26-May 29. Someone from the Student Office will reach out to you to let you know when they are coming! We miss you and we can't wait to help you get ready for graduation!

Additionally, we will be premiering the Virtual Celebration of the Class of 2020 on June 2 on YouTube. Students will be highlighted and receive their honors and family members can watch from the comfort of home at their convenience.
3:  2nd Semester Grading
St. Louis Park High School has made the decision to issue Credit/No Credit grades for final 2nd Semester grades.  The decision was made after considering all of our students' needs during this unprecedented and ever-changing time.  The circumstances under which we are teaching and learning has created many barriers and disruptions for our students and teaching staff. Students continue to struggle to connect with digital content due to internet access and devices. Learning from home, even when connected, has caused challenges and stressful situations for both students and their families.  

Credit/No Grade structure details:
  • Students will receive either a credit grade (CR) or No Grade (NG) for their Semester 2 final grade
  • Neither score (CR or NG) will be calculated into the student Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • The percentage score will be retained in our student record system, but not reported on transcripts
  • The 3rd Quarter grades are not reported, but will be stored in our student information system
The modified grading structure provides the most equitable way to assess students at this time.  While researching the impact on post secondary plans, many institutions are also adjusting their student grading systems.  We believe there will be minimal impact on students' future plans.
4:  Locker Clean-Out
Per Minnesota Governor Walz, St. Louis Park High School will be concluding the 2019-2020 school year via distance learning. We acknowledge that some of our students' personal items remain at school. These personal and academic possessions may be located in hallway lockers, gym lockers, band/orchestra rooms, art/design rooms,  health office, etc.  Additionally, many students have materials (library books, unused textbooks, school supplies like calculators, etc.) that need to and should be returned to the school. Please note, further communication regarding returning school-owned Chromebooks and currently used textbooks (when/where/how) will be sent separately in early May.  

Seniors - This will be your last chance to retrieve any possessions left at school. Items not picked up on these scheduled dates will be donated or disposed of after May 18, 2020.    

To observe social distancing standards and hygiene guidelines, each advisory will be assigned a time to come to the building (see below) and no more than 50 students will be allowed in the building at a time. Friday, May 15 will be used for make up times. Please wear masks, cover your cough, wash hands often and if you are sick, please stay home. If you are unable to come in during the assigned times, please reach out to Kiki Christensen at [email protected] to make other arrangements. 

5:  District to Seek Interim High School Principal for 2020-21 School Year
On April 28, Superintendent Osei, District leaders and a group of more than 50 stakeholders conducted virtual second interviews with three candidates to become the new St. Louis Park High School Principal.

"After much consideration, I have made the decision to not move forward with any of the candidates that were interviewed ... and to restart the process for the high school principal position next spring," Superintendent Osei said. "Over the next couple of weeks, I will be working to find a leader to serve as an interim principal for the 2020-21 school year."

Superintendent Osei thanked stakeholders for their time, commitment to the school and it's students, and thoughtful and reflective feedback about the candidates.

" Although each candidate possessed their own set of strengths, I believe it is important for our next H igh S chool P rincipal to possess leadership attributes that resonate more broadly with our stakeholder groups.  This will be critical as our next leader works to create the conditions necessary for each student to actualize our district mission ," Superintendent Osei said.

Updates on the search for an Interim High School Principal will be shared regularly with all stakeholders.
6:  Anna Keith Named Athena Award Winner

St. Louis Park High School senior Anna Keith has been named the school's Athena Award winner for 2020. Keith earned a total of eight varsity letters during her high school career in four different sports including cross country, tennis, basketball and track and field.  Read More

7:  Support the Class of 2020
The St. Louis Park Public Schools Foundation is launching a community-wide effort to celebrate our seniors. Show your Park Pride for the class of 2020 by planting a lawn sign in your front yard for all to see!

Visit  www.slppsf.org  to order a sign!

The Class of 2020 will finish its senior year at home, instead of cruising the halls with friends, attending prom, starring in one final performance or playing in one last game.

Your donation will help fund future innovative classroom grants for St. Louis Park students for years to come.
8:  Class of 2020 Senior Class Shirts
Show your support for the senior class of 2020 by purchasing a senior shirt in their honor! The shirts will be available at the STORiole's online store starting Monday, May 4 through Monday, May 11

You can make donations in increments of $10.00. Our goal is to collect $3250.00 so every senior can have this shirt for graduation. We are encouraging community members, SLP staff, and parents to wear these shirts to support our seniors on graduation day. 

You have the opportunity to "Buy One, Give One" or just make a donation. All donations can be made through the online store.   https://the-storiole.square.site/   

Thank you for your continued support!
9:  Work Based Learning Opportunity
Class of 2021 Students and Parents/Guardians:

Something to consider for your senior year. We wanted to to let you know about an opportunity for students to get a head start on their potential future careers.  If your son/daughter has any interest in the following fields this may be an opportunity for them:  HVAC Technician, Warehouse, Customer Service.

A select number of students will be chosen to participate in a Work-Based Learning Opportunity with a company called GA Larson (Gustave A. Larson) Company for their Senior year of High School.  Through this organization, students will have an opportunity to "Earn and Learn" in an internship position. Selected students will have the opportunity to receive industry training, work towards specialized credentials, receive an hourly wage, and receive high school credit(s) for their time worked. 

If this sounds interesting to you, please register to find out more.  GA Larson will be hosting two informational webinar sessions to provide more detail about the program and outline the next steps.  Space will be limited and the application process will open immediately after the sessions, so REGISTER NOW.

Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 12:00 pm (noon) Register Here 
or 5:30 pm Register Here

Watch the "Day in the Life Video" created by a student intern to learn more. 

Your student must contact Ms. King, Class of 2021 Counselor, if they are accepted into the internship program. Ms. King will need to enroll your student into our Internship course and possibly make a schedule change; allowing your student to leave school early for their internship.

Students must:
be in good standing with their credits towards graduation
take a minimum of 5 classes each semester; the internship counts as 1 of the 5 course requirement

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Kara Mueller
Career & Technical Education Coordinator
Career & College Coordinator
St. Louis Park High School
St. Louis Park, MN 55426

10:  Elevate Futures
Elevate Futures - LOCAL FREE Resource for jobs and career planning!

Gamify your Career Plans!  Learn and earn over 180 digital badges(populates into a resume).  Setup your own account today!  Create Your Account (A Step-by-Step Guide)
  • Get inspired by hearing from real employees talking about their career pathways and the training they needed to succeed.
  • Gain access to direct links to post-secondary programs that tie directly into the careers you are interested in.
  • Gain access to a full library of free online learning to start building work skills right away.
  • View and apply for internship and work-study programs available in your community.  https://www.elevatefutures.com
11:  Virtual Minnesota State Week
This is a unique opportunity for students to learn about higher education options from the comfort and safety of their own homes! The colleges and universities of Minnesota State are coming together for one week in June to offer special virtual information sessions so students can learn more about their academic options, financial aid, transferring from a two-year college to a four-year university, and more. Students can even apply for FREE anytime during the week.

Learn more about Virtual Minnesota State Week on our website.

12:  Virtual College Tours
GoToCollege Fairs - Virtual College Fair

FREE Virtual Conference & College Fair hosted by GoToCollege Fairs!  The event, to be held on May 4-6, is open now for student and family registration (colleges are registering now too),   https://virtual.gotocollegefairs.com/ .  
This is really nice:  After three days of live interactions, this event will remain posted until the COVID-19 crisis is over .   Students will continue to need access to information.  This site will be a powerful tool for exploring college options.  Recorded presentations, robust search tools and interactive college booths will be available for as long as necessary.
13:  SLPHS Career and College Virtual Events Page
Go to the SLP Career and College site any time for more information about virtual college events.

14:  Financial Aid for Fall 2020 
Attention Seniors
Your Financial Aid award package for the 2020-2021 academic year is based on financial information from 2018. If your family financial situation has changed since that time, we encourage you to contact your financial aid office for a  Special or Unusual Circumstances appeal. All schools are required to have an appeals process and should be able to guide you through the paperwork you'll need to submit. Many schools have appeal information on their website, or you can always call the office or send an email for more personalized information and service. Considering that more students may need appeals now due to COVID-19, you'll want to start this process as early as you can and follow up immediately with any requests from your Financial Aid office.

15:  Preparing for Advanced Placement (AP) Exams May 11-22, 2020
New Resources:
Walk through the test day - 2020 AP Testing Guide
  • AP Test Ticket
  • Five steps to take before exam day
  • Understanding the test day experience
  • Exam Scores, Credit and Placement
Complete a checklist before taking the exam - 2020 AP Exam Day Checklist

Need more information: Explainer Videos - AP Exam Day - 2020 Exam Walkthrough is particularly helpful.

Spanish Language and Culture Exam Information:
AP World Languages Exam App.  Students taking a World Language exam must use this app on smartphones or tablets.  This free app will be available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store the week of May 11.  Students will receive an email from College Board when the app is available.

Visit the College Board for more information about World Language Exams.

If you are unsure about using the World Language App take this survey.

AP Approved Accommodations:
Information about accommodations for all exams including World Languages is now available.

Student Outreach:
AP students who have not received emails from College Board should go to "Confirm email" on My AP.

Looking Ahead:
AP Exam Demo (available May 4)  AP students should use the clickable exam demo to practice the different ways to submit their exam responses.  The demo will help students confirm that their testing device will be able to access and run the online exam.  If they can't access the demo, the final slide of the Testing Guide can help them troubleshoot.  The sample content in the demo will be the same for all users and isn't a practice exam.  Students will receive an email from College Board when the Exam Demo is available.
16:  IB Exams Cancelled for May of 2020
To our IB Students and Families,

The May of 2020 IB exams have been cancelled. Luckily, the IBO has always valued more than just an end of year test.  Read More

The credit earned, or not, in an IB course will not affect the grades received by students from the IB Organization.
17:  ACT/MCA/MAP Testing Updates
ACT Update
ACT Scores from the all Junior Class ACT
According to the directions given at the end of the ACT Exam, it takes 5-8 weeks before students can expect to get their score.  To date, ACT has NOT announced any changes to this plan.   Last year it was almost 8 weeks after testing before students started receiving scores via snail mail.
April 4, 2020 National ACT
Based on information from the ACT website, the April 4, 2020 National ACT has been postponed until June 13.  Students who enrolled in that exam should be notified by ACT.  Please contact ACT.org for more information.
MCA and MAP Update
All MCA and MAP tests that have not already taken place this year are cancelled.
Thank you to teachers who administered and students who took the MCA Science or MAP Reading on March 10 and 11, 2020. We were on track to have our best scores in five years. Well Done!
18:  Postsecondary Enrollment Options
Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that allows 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students to earn both high school and college credit while still in high school, through enrollment in and successful completion of college-level, nonsectarian courses at eligible participating postsecondary institutions. 

Ms. King and Ms. Cosgrove invite you to the PSEO Chat Q&A, and Information Session:

Wednesday, May 6h
3:30pm - 3:45pm -  Open Q & A forum. Please ask us any questions, advice, etc., that you have on your mind.

3:45pm - 4:30pm - PSEO presentation with Q & A at any point.

Please review the   PSEO powerpoint  and   Frequently Ask Questions  on the HS website  https://www.slpschools.org/domain/721
19:  Change to Chill Resources
With school closures, we are all living in a time of uncertainty. Stress levels are rising not only for adults, but also for our kids and teens. Your Change to Chill and Health Powered Kids teams are here to support you through a Mental Health Virtual Care Package for students, teachers, and parents who are all adjusting to distance learning. In our care package you'll find activities for de-stressing that can be done as a class, as a family, one-on-one with a child or as an individual. We know our community can build resilience through stress prevention and reduction activities like physical activity, mindfulness and more to get through this challenging period.

20:  Driver's Ed Course Sections
SLPHS Driver's Education
For more information click here.

To enroll during school closure: Send registration form & payment to:
Driver Education Office
4925 Dupont Avenue North
Mpls, MN  55430

Section 4 | April 27 - May 14 : FULL   **Due to school closure, updated course details will be sent via email**
Section 5 | June 8-19 AM : FULL
Section 6 | June 8-19 PM :  22 seats available
Section 7 | July 20-31 AM : 24 seats available
Section 8 | July 20-31 PM : 27 seats available

Driver's Ed Parent Meeting
The meeting originally scheduled for Thursday, April 30, 2020 has been postponed.  It will be rescheduled at a later date.
  • Attendance at this meeting will reduce your son/daughter's required supervised driving hours from 50 hours to 40 hours
  • Students do not need to attend the meeting
  • Parent/guardian will receive a certificate of attendance for attending the meeting
21:  Athletics
Spring Sports Cancelled - Refunds Being Processed
The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL), under direction of the League's Board of Directors, has declared, effective immediately, all activities and athletics that occur during the spring season have been cancelled for the 2019-2020 school year. The decision of the MSHSL is aligned with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Minnesota Department of Health and is in support of practices that focus on community health and safety. 

At the end of last week we began communicating out the process for requesting a refund for spring sports participation fees or the option of donating the fee to the District. In these uncharted times we all are currently operating in, we have made the decision to move forward and issue refunds to all registered participants without expecting families to request the refund. All credit card paid fees will be refunded by next Wednesday, May 6th. Any fees that were paid by check or cash will be refunded as soon as possible via a check from the District Office Business Department. If you paid by credit card and the card has been cancelled or changed please email Athletic Director Andy Ewald at  [email protected] as soon as possible so we can issue your refund by check.
Attention Athletes:
You have access to optional at-home strength & conditioning workouts through our TeamBuildr app. If you're having trouble logging in, please contact Coach Gust ( [email protected] or @slplift on IG). Workouts are posted every weekday and are a great way to stay in shape while we're out of school. Keep an eye on Instagram for fun at-home challenges and updates. #parkpride #slpontop

Go to  gopark.org  for athletic event information and sports registration.
27:  Upcoming Dates
June 23 - HS Graduation, 7:30 p.m., Stadium (rain date June 24)
May 11-14 - Locker Clean Out (see above section 4 for schedule)

St. Louis Park  High School
6425 West 33rd St., St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Phone: 952-928-6100 *  Fax: 952-928-6113
www.gopark.org ( Go Park - SLP Athletics Website)
Click here for the Districtwide Calendar