Important Information for High School Families
September 19, 2021
Message from Principal Paddock

This week we celebrate Homecoming.  This is a time to celebrate our Park PRIDE.  As we continue to build relationships with each other, our mission asks us to stand in our purpose as we embrace learning experiences that energize and enhance the spirit of our community.  

“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.”
-Sydney J. Harris

The ‘P’ in PRIDE asks us to lean firmly into our purpose, to live in our why.  What drives you to live unapologetically in your brilliance?  Together we create personal awareness and develop ourselves as learners, in order to lead through inquiry and deepen our understanding of the world around us.  My personal journey starts with reflection of self in relation to others. It allows me to live fully in my purpose, changing mirrors into windows to provide meaning and clarity.  I invite you to join me as we live in our collective purpose.

Take care, be well, and GO PARK!

LaNisha Paddock
SLPHS Family Welcome Night
Homecoming 2021
We can’t wait to see you out and involved this week!

Multiple ways to show your #ParkPride
Follow @slpstudentcouncil_ on Instagram for the latest updates. 

Dress-up! Follow the fun dress code this week 
Monday: Cozy Day

Tuesday: Class Color 
Seniors: Red
Juniors: Blue
Sophomores: Green
Freshen: Yellow

Wednesday: Decades Day
Seniors: 90s
Juniors: 80s
Sophomores: 70s
Freshmen: 60s

Thursday: Celebrity/Character Day 

Friday: SLP Pride Pride 

Join us for some out-of-school fun!
Come out and dance the night away. Some changes and accommodations are in place to make sure we are all COVID safe. 

Note: The Dance will be canceled & postponed depending on inclement weather. Announcement will be made no later than 3pm on Saturday, September 25th.

When: Saturday, September 26 
When: 7pm-10pm
Where: Turf Field 
Theme: Glowcoming 
Tickets are $10 
Use the cashless system by click or scan the QR code. 
OR tickets will be sold during all three lunches Monday through Friday by the Storiole Door, cash only
The purchase of the ticket is agreement to:
  • Mask required
  • No outside food or beverages is allowed inside the dance
  • No heels can be worn on the turf field
  • No outside guests allowed- MUST present school ID or pull up Powerschool schedule
  • No re-entry into the dance
Masking and the COVID Return to School Guide
In an effort to maintain a safe environment for our students and staff in relation to COVID-19, St Louis Park Schools has developed mitigation strategies for the upcoming school year. SLPHS is committed to creating a safe environment for our community per Board Policy 808.
Face Coverings and/or masks are required for all students, staff, and visitors indoors. Masks are also required when traveling by school bus. Properly wearing masks to cover nose, mouth, and chin will help decrease the spread of COVID-19. Masks are not required outdoors at any time, however masks are encouraged when in large groups or when social distancing cannot be maintained.
Please take time to review the Back to School Guide and discuss this with your high school student. A link with the information can be found below. The information contained in this guide is designed to support you in the transition back-to-school this fall. 
Click here to download the COVID Return to School Guide.
Good Neighbor Policy
St. Louis Park High School students are expected to respect our neighbors and not litter, loiter, smoke, trespass, or act inappropriately on or near their property. Please do your part in respecting off-campus community spaces.
Echowan (Yearbooks) Sales are Now Open
Yearbook prices are $65 until October 4th, then go up to $70. 
Senior photo submissions are due October 22nd.
Baby ads are $10 until October 4th, then go up to $15.
Echowan Website: 
All links are on the website!
St. Louis Park High School Home Athletic Event Expectations
Masks are required to be worn properly by all spectators attending contests in District buildings.  Masks are not required at outdoor events, however MDH recommends mask wearing outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained.

Please remember the following are prohibited at athletic contests at District venues: Outside food or drink, facepaint, signs and pets.

All student spectators are expected to sit in the bleachers or provided seating.

There is no re-entry.

Bags and backpacks are not allowed in the stadium.

Any student in middle school or younger will need to be accompanied by a paying adult to attend all St. Louis Park High School home athletic events where admission is charged. Student tickets will only be sold to the adult responsible for the student. Paying adults agree to supervise students for the entirety of the event.
Winter Sport Information
Winter sport registration will be open on Monday, October 4th. Please register online at If you do not have internet access, please stop in the high school athletic office to register. You will need to have a valid (within 3 years) sports qualifying physical on file to register. Here are the winter sport offerings and start dates:

Girls Hockey (coop w/ Hopkins) - November 1st
Gymnastics - November 8th
Girls Basketball - November 15th
Boys Hockey - November 15th
Boys & Girls Nordic Skiing - November 15th
Boys Basketball - November 22
Boys Swimming - November 29
New Format for Submitting Student Absences
Students are expected to be in class every hour, every school day. 

For the school year 2021-2022, we are piloting an attendance form. If your student will be absent from school for any reason, please submit the attendance form (, within 24 hours. Please be prepared to report the following information: student name, grade, date of absence, reason for absence and your name/relationship. Any absence not excused within 24 hours will remain unexcused. Students can not excuse themselves.
Free Senior Pictures Opportunity
The Echowan (Yearbook) will be hosting free senior pictures for use in our 2021-2022 yearbook on Monday, 9/27 and Tuesday, 9/28 in room B135. Please fill out the Googleform on the link below to schedule a time. 

Sign-Up Form
2022 D.C. Trip (Current 9th Graders)
David Burr, teacher at St. Louis Park Middle School, is inviting current 9th Grade families to attend an informational Zoom meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 7:00 P.M. to learn about the twice-postponed D.C. Trip from when the students were 7th Graders. He is very hopeful that we'll actually be able to travel this coming June 14-17! 

Please go to to join, or use Zoom Meeting ID 823 7148 2262. Families that are already registered do not need to attend but are more than welcome to attend to learn any new information regarding travel this year. Questions can be directed to Mr. Burr at
St. Louis Park Park Explorer Information
Join the St Louis Park Police Explorer Post! Police Explorers have the opportunity to attend competitions, ride along with officers, apply for scholarships, and attend training! Becoming an Explorer helps young adults (ages 14-21) build confidence, effective communication techniques, and problem-solving skills. 

To learn more about becoming an Explorer, please join us at our "First Nighter" Orientation Event! Any potential Explorers and their parents are invited to attend. The event will be held on September 21st at 6:00 pm at the St Louis Park Police Department (3015 Raleigh Ave S). Food will be provided and attendees will take part in several fun police related activities. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about the program, meet the Advisors, and hear from Police Chief Harcey. 

Please reach out to our Explorer Advisors with further questions: Officer Bjorge ( and Officer Turnquist ( We hope to see you there!
PSAT Information
Don’t be left out! 
Space is limited – Get a place now! 
● Juniors could qualify to be a National Merit Scholar 
● PSAT is an excellent practice test. 
Who: Any Sophomore or Junior 
● Wednesday, October 13 
● Starting at 8:25am. Students will be excused from classes periods 1-4 and Park Connections 
Where: TBD 

● Register at 
● Registration begins on Monday, September 20 
● Registrations are on a “while supplies last” basis and cost $30.00. ● Free to students who qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch 
● Registration Ends - Friday, October 8 at 4:00pm

For more information contact: 
Jami LaPray 
St. Louis Park High School Testing Coordinator 
MAP(NWEA) Testing Information
MAP(NWEA) Testing for Freshmen and Sophomores Begins September 20 

The MAP Reading test will be given to Freshmen and Sophomores as part of Social Studies classes during the week of September 20 for Reading and during Science classes the week of October 18 for MAP Math. 
We will be using class time to administer the exams. Using classes to administer the exam allows students an opportunity to take their time on the exam without having to worry about missing a class. 

To learn more about testing, see the High School Website under Assessment Research and Evaluation. 
Opt out forms are available on the District Website and can be returned to Jami LaPray, Assistant School Assessment Coordinator at the High school.
Care Counseling

CARE Counseling is offering 
services on Thursdays at 
St Louis Park High School!
Immediate appointments available.
Male and female therapist are available.

Practice areas include: anxiety, depression, family work, life transitions and relationship difficulties.

Accepted Insurances:
BlueCross BlueShield
Cigna - HP
HennepinHealth (MHP)
LaborCare - United Healthcare - UBH
Medica - UBH
Medical Assistance - MN Medicaid
SelectCare - UBH
United Healthcare

Contact your student’s grade level Counselor or Social Worker for more information on a referral.

Kids in the Park


Criteria for participating households:
Must be currently be leasing rental housing in St. Louis Park (no shared housing) or housed in rental housing within SLP in the last 12 months;
Have a child or children enrolled/attending a SLP/Hopkins school (online school allowed if due to COVID)
One parent must be employed a minimum of 28 hours per week, unless decreased hours due to COVID
Household must not currently be receiving any other housing assistance
Annual income must be at or below 50% area medium income (AMI) at intake, income must be below 100% AMI at annual re-certification. 
Rental payments must be current with landlord
Parents must meet with STEP staff for an economic and social needs analysis, plan establishment, service referral, and case management, as necessary
Parents/Guardians must be active participant in child’s educational progress demonstrated by attending conferences or participating in other equivalent activities

Income Requirement: Current 50% AMI income eligibility requirements by household size.

Rent Assistance: Households receive rent assistance based on their bedroom size. The rent assistance is a flat payment based on a percentage of HUD’s Fair Market Rents. The amount of assistance decreases annually. 

Bedroom Size
In order to begin receiving subsidy families must: 
Sign the Release of Information and Data Privacy Statement
Sign the Participation Agreement and fulfill obligations laid out in agreement
Schedule and attend appointment with STEP each month
Provide any information requested by SLP HA, STEP, or school district related to eligibility
ACE Mentorship Program Information
Have an interest in architecture, construction, or engineering? If so, the ACE Mentorship Program is a great opportunity to explore these careers. The program pairs students with working professionals to gain exposure to these fields. After school, once a week, students will work with mentors from several local companies to plan, design and model a unique structure or site. In the spring, students will then compete against other student groups from around the area. The ACE Mentorship Program sponsors many scholarship opportunities. Each year that we have participated students have earned several thousand dollars to go toward an education in these fields. See Mr. Wachutka in room A306 or email him for more information.
A Look Ahead ... (Important Dates)
Homecoming Event Schedule ... See above message