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April 8, 2021

Important Websites for High School Families

1: From the Interim Principal
Dear SLP Families,

I hope you and your family enjoyed the warm and sunny spring break and had a chance to get away from Zoom links and Google Meets.  Everyone has worked hard and endured so much change, and with only nine weeks left in this school year, I am confident our students can and will finish strong!  Time is going to pass quickly and I invite you to partner with us to continue to encourage your child to do their best, ask for any help they may need, and truly finish this incredible year to the best of their ability.  

We are excited and planning for many safe spring activities including the production of our spring musical, an outdoor band concert and ice cream truck in May, spring sports, Prom, a virtual awards night, an outdoor graduation ceremony in our stadium, and the safe return of all students wishing to attend school for in-person learning on Monday, April 12.  Below are some points of clarification for families regarding attendance.

  • In-Person (IP) students are expected to be at school and in all classes each school day, just like pre-Covid days, except for Wednesdays.
  • Teachers prepare lessons and activities, expecting In-Person students to attend.
  • A parent may allow their student to learn from home, even after informing the school they are an In-Person learner, but the parent or legal guardian must notify the Attendance Line (952-928-6045) so the school knows that the parent is aware they are learning from home.
  • If a parent or caregiver doesn’t call in, the student will be marked absent and the home will receive the robo-attendance call.
  • If an IP student is quarantined, (Q), they are expected to participate virtually.

  • Distance Learners (Cohort C) are expected to log into the class link each hour.
  • Teachers may excuse distance learners to work on their own and access their work in Schoology for parts of class periods.

Wednesdays will continue to be Student Feedback Day with online Park Connections at 11:45.  Students are invited to use the Student Support App to schedule one on one time with their teachers, virtually or in-person, for extra feedback and support from their teachers.

The UK Variant, B.1.1.7 is now the most common strain of coronavirus in the US.  It is reportedly more contagious than the original virus, so it is absolutely essential that ALL students and ALL staff wear masks properly, wash hands regularly and keep social distance.  It will be a huge challenge to maintain a 3’ distance between all students in the hallways, so we are asking all families to reinforce this expectation in preparation for our return.  While all students have a choice to return, we are actually only expecting 65% of our students to learn in-person, and 35% to continue learning from home.

Wendy Loberg
Interim Principal
2: SLPHS Band

SLPHS Bands is proud to announce that Isaiah Klepfer, 10th grade saxophonist, has successfully auditioned into the MBDA 9-10 State Honor Band for the second year in a row. Isaiah also recently participated in the MBDA 9-10 State Jazz Band, also for the second year consecutively. We expect a link to that virtual concert soon. The students will have the opportunity to work virtually with some of the finest music educators in the state as their section coaches. The 9-10 Band will be conducted by Jacquie Dawson, Director of Bands at the University of Manitoba. Students will also have virtual sessions on April 17th with local musicians, and composers, including a session with world-renowned Australian composer Jodie Blackshaw. They will record their individual performances of the music to be made into a Virtual Honor Band video. The Honor Band program is an on-going project of MBDA, a professional organization of band directors representing band programs of all grade levels from throughout the state of Minnesota. Picture courtesy of Isaiah Klepfer and used with permission.
3: IB Spanish Students learn about immigration from SLP HS Alumni
Students in the IB Spanish Language and Literature class are learning about the topic of immigration. Hybrid learning and Zoom have created new learning opportunities: students are getting new knowledge and perspectives by having professionals who work in the immigration field join class via Zoom. What makes this experience extra meaningful is that our guests are all SLP HS graduates who also attended PSI and spoke only Spanish during their visits. 

On March 19, we welcomed immigration lawyer Jeremy Davis (class of 2012), as well as two other staff members from Davis & Goldfarb PLLC in Minneapolis: Cody Olson (2012) and Maisie Pekarek (2015). Earlier this year, Sophie Macklem-Johnson (2014) shared her experience as a paralegal working with asylum seekers in Washington D.C. and Tijuana.  
Students enjoyed these learning experiences and seeing how Spanish is used in the workplace.
4: PROM Information
5: Boys Lacrosse Information

Come join the St. Louis Park High School Boys Lacrosse team where our focus is to create a team culture of inclusion and community. We encourage students from all backgrounds to come try the sport. Whether you have never held a lacrosse stick, or you are a veteran of the game, this is the opportunity for you. Work with the high school varsity coaches to learn the game and develop the skills needed to complete at the high school level.

Gear Provided if needed, please contact coach Eric Buckley at ericb92@gmail.com with questions.

Registration: Click here
6: School Nutrition Meal Pick Up
Meal pickup schedule:

  • Mondays & Wednesdays 11:45am-12:45pm

Breakfast and lunch is available for students in the building daily. All meals are free for students!
7: Boys/Girls State
Are you interested in American Government and the political process?  Boys or Girls State might be for you.  This program is for current juniors who want to experience a simulation of how the government works with other students from around the state.

Girls State - Virtual this year - June 13-17
Boys State  - St. John’s - June 13-18

Junior social studies teachers will have information and applications.  Students should turn in the application by April 17th to the Student Services Office and sign up for an interview with a member of the SLP American Legion.  Questions can be directed to Barb Nelson nelson.barbara@splschools.org.
8: Change to Chill
Does your student get enough sleep? Sleep is essential to health, both mental and physical, but most teens don't get the recommended 9-10 hours per night. Chat with your student about the importance of sleep and encourage them to use Change to Chill's "Head to Toe Relaxation" meditation - it's a great tool to help unwind at the end of the day.
9: Join a PSEO Information Session
PSEO means:
* Taking college classes while still in high school.
* No tuition for classes.
* Earn high school and college credit.
If you are interested in applying to a College's PSEO Program, you MUST attend one information session.
Please scan the QR code OR click this link.
Click for more information (example: Powerpoint, questions/answers, steps to apply).
10: Junior Students & Families
Even in a distance learning/hybrid format, we have Post-Secondary representatives, Career Options, Virtual Campus visits, and Informative Recordings that are and will become available.

These options host live or recorded zoom meetings. This is a great time to learn about:
Different post-secondary institutions.  
Different Career Programs.
Virtual tours opportunities.

** this is a live link that will update throughout semester two **

11: Upcoming Listening Sessions with Superintendent Osei
Upcoming Listening Sessions with Superintendent Osei

To hear stakeholder perspectives, Superintendent Osei is hosting Listening Sessions over the course of this school year for students, parents/guardians, and staff to better understand the impact of the implementation of the District's educational delivery models. 

April 20 | Parents/Guardians - English | 5:00-6:00 p.m. | Zoom Link
April 20 | Parents/Guardians - Spanish | 6:00-7:00 p.m. | Zoom Link
12: News from Health Services
A Message from Health Services Regarding COVID-19

In an effort to keep our community’s COVID-19 spread down, the District will continue to follow guidelines set in place by the Minnesota Department of Health. Although COVID-19 rates are decreasing, Hennepin County continues to have high levels of community transmission (defined by the Minnesota Department of Health as greater than 10 cases per 10,000).

Students should not come to school if they are ill or if anyone in their household is ill. The District continues to follow a 10 day isolation period for individuals with illness symptoms and a 14 day quarantine for those exposed to COVID-19 or exposed to an ill household member.

We ask that student illness symptoms are reported to the school health office: 952-928-6108. Health office staff will review exclusion guidance and determine isolation and/or quarantine dates. The illness exclusion document that is used in our schools can be viewed here

Free COVID testing locations can be found here.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our students, staff, and community safe.