Af-Soomaali ku daawo

October 9, 2023


Happy HoCo Week!!

Today we kick off homecoming week.  We are excited to engage students and families in a week of celebration.  Students will kick off the week with a pepfest. Families are invited to join us for the Park parade and football game amongst our other athletic events.  Our students will conclude the week at the Homecoming dance to be held on Saturday!

Take care, be well, and GO PARK!

LaNisha Paddock



Today we acknowledge the lived experience of indigenous peoples’ and their contributions throughout the United States.  Students learned more about the experiences of our Indigenous communities in their social studies classes.

SLP Schools Land Acknowledgement:

We are gathered on the land of the Dakota and Ojibwe peoples. I ask you to join me in acknowledging the Dakota and Ojibwe community, their elders both past and present, as well as future generations. St. Louis Park Public Schools also acknowledges that it was founded upon exclusions and erasures of many Indigenous Peoples, including those on whose land this school district is located. This acknowledgement demonstrates a commitment to dismantling the ongoing legacies of colonial power and the district’s desire to support the ongoing work of local Indigenous communities to thrive in our schools.


The principal, LaNisha Paddock, of St. Louis Park High School announced today that Elena Colacci, Alexander Geretz, Sadie Levitan, Thomas Shope, and John Tuite have been named Commended Students in the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2024 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 students who entered the 2024 competition by taking the 2022 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

"Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success," commented a spokesperson for NMSC. "These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishements, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success."

Still in the competition from St. Louis Park are National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists Aaron Casey-Fix and Chiara Collinet-Adler.


For the safety of all students and staff at St. Louis Park High School, the elevator is to only be used by students that have or need ADA accommodations. Students that use the elevator without these accommodations are subject to a phone call home, parent meeting or other interventions. Thank you for your cooperation.


Doors Safety & Security Per the Student & Family Handbook:

The safety and security of our school community is of utmost importance. Students are required to access the building between the hours of 8:30 am and 3:15 pm using DOOR 1 only. The following is strictly prohibited and may result in removal from the educational setting (dismissal):

• Use of doors other than DOOR 1 between 8:30 am and 3:15 pm

• Propping of doors (ie. use of pencils in doors)

• Opening and providing access to the building for anyone

As a reminder, St. Louis Park High School will remain a closed campus for ALL students grades 9-11 during lunch. Seniors with a lunch release form on file are expected to use DOOR 1 to enter and exit the building. This also applies to students that have been

issued a release for PSEO and/or work/internships.


Join us for the SLP Homecoming Festivities on October 13, 2023

All residents, families, staff, and alumni are invited to join together for this year's SLP Homecoming events! There will be a student parade from 4:30-5:00pm from the High School to the Football Stadium and the football game where the SLP Orioles will take on Cretin-Derham Hall - kickoff at 7pm. Come join the fun!

Homecoming Expectations: 

  • Any child in 8th grade or below must be accompanied by a paying adult who is responsible for them, their behavior and their whereabouts at the game. The student must be in the bleachers unless with the accompanying adult.  
  • No bags, backpacks or outside food/drink will be allowed in. No reentry. Please remember there are no cash ticket sales and no refunds. 
  • Admission will stop at the end of the third quarter.

Please purchase your tickets here: Hometown Tickets 


Homecoming Week is here!

Student Council has been working hard to make this year’s homecoming week a total blast! 


Movie on the Bleachers - Coraline

Guest Form Due

Ticket Link

Homecoming Dance Ticket


Normal PC Schedule

Pepfest Events:

Sibling race

Staff v Student Volleyball Game

Royalty announcement


Friday, October 13th, 4:30 pm

All school clubs and activities are welcome and encouraged to participate in the parade. It will begin in the long lot/athletic lot of the high school and use the immediate block around the school, ending at Central Community Center for a tailgate party hosted by the Touchdown Club! Plan to be in place no later than 4:15 pm. 

Sign up HERE!


Contact Valerie Weaver ([email protected]), 

Kaelyn Dagon ([email protected]), or

 Emily Rennhak ([email protected])


Emily Rennhak 

Student Council Advisor

[email protected]


On Friday, October 13th, Friday Flowers will be returning to the high school. Friday Flowers is an exciting way to celebrate the start of the school year and bring joy to our SLP community! Buy a flower for a friend, staff, family or a special someone to show your appreciation and care for them! You can include a note or keep it anonymous! Flower prices range from $2-$10.

Have any questions? Contact Emma Engebretson ([email protected])

Pictured: 10th graders Evelyn Barnett, Ruby Viot, Alex Hoag,

Paige Descarpentrie, and Anna Williams


Are you looking for a place to study and work on homework after school?

The Orioles’ Nest is the place for you! 

Whether you are looking for a place to work on group projects, complete credit recovery work or a space for more individual support the Nest is your after school academic support hub! 

The Nest will start on Tuesday, October 10th! It is located in the Learning Learning in the A2 Hallway and runs on most Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:30pm -5:30pm.

Please sign up for the Nest in advance through Student Support Time. Only 25 students are allowed a night, if your name is not on the list you will be asked to try again for another night! 

Need transportation? Not a problem! The after school activity bus picks students up at 5:45pm and drops students off at hub stops. Please sign up for transportation 5 days before you plan on attending.

Website for Transportation

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Kaelyn (9th Grade ASC)

[email protected]


Change to Chill

With school, sports, and activities in full swing, it's common for students to experience stress. You may feel like you are being pulled in many different directions to perform at your best. Recognizing symptoms of stress may help identify the things in your life that are causing them. Visit to identify symptoms of stress and connect you with resources to manage stress.

Teen Stress Management | Causes of Teenage Stress | Change to Chill

Barb Nelson 


[email protected]


Seniors - take note! 

You can apply for free during Minnesota State Month!

Barb Nelson

9th Grade Counselor

[email protected]



Contact information: Alison Tsuchiya Theiler at: [email protected]

Caretakers, need to set up your account for PowerSchool or Schoology? Or don’t remember your password? Please follow this link for directions.

Alison Tsuchiya Theiler

Media Center Specialist

[email protected]


Our Parent Engagement Advisory Committee (PEAC) MIssion:

We partner to create a collaborative and inclusive learning environment for students, families and educators that fosters and embraces the brilliance of the SLP community.

Parents and Caregivers, thanks for spending a moment with us to learn about volunteer opportunities.

Ways to help:

  • Let’s bring the red carpet to life at the Homecoming Dance! We are looking for just 10 parents to spend a few hours decorating the field house on Saturday, Oct. 14, 12:00pm - 2:00pm. Signup today!

  • Give the gift of school supplies! Take a moment to look at the many school supplies that can make a difference for our staff and students at! Drop off your donations at the Main Office or manually enter the school address for delivery directly there. ATTENTION: School Supplies.

  • Attend a Coffee with the Principal Thank you to everyone who was able to join Principal Paddock to discuss a variety of topics, including the wonderful start to the school year (Parents, your kids are amazing!), student conferences, building construction and more. We hope you will join us for our next Coffee with the Principal.


  • December 12, 3:00 - 3:30 p.m. 
  • March 4, 12:00 - 12:30 p.m.

Where: High School front office

Why: These informal sessions are intended to provide you with an opportunity to have a conversation with our principal.

If you are interested in being part of the PEAC for a short-term project or a longer-term stint, we’d love to have you join the team. Please send us a note at [email protected].

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!!

PEAC - Parent Engagement Advisory Committee

Roni Falck, Julie Yakes - Co-Chairs

Ben Schein - Treasurer

Jen Beach - Communications


International Baccalaureate (IB) Evaluation Visits in SLP Schools

Inquiry, reflection, and feedback - three practices that are vital to our success.

Every five years, our IB schools take part in a rigorous self-study and evaluation process of inquiry, reflection, and feedback.  This process allows us to learn more about ourselves and receive feedback from an outside professional international organization.  During the month of October, all five of our IB World Schools will undergo an evaluation visit by members from the International Baccalaureate. During the visit, the evaluation team will meet with students, families, educators, and district leaders.  During these sessions, the evaluation team will seek to learn more about the following:

  • Our understanding of what it means to be an IB World School
  • Evidence of the Standards and Practices in our schools 
  • Strengths of our schools and areas we want to improve/grow

The IB Organization has a set of standards and practices (similar to MN Standards and Benchmarks) for IB schools. While some of the practices are mandatory, (e.g.: having an IB coordinator and a Pedagogical Learning Team, Exhibition and Community projects) the majority of the standards and practices are inspirational  - in other words, the IB finds them to be universally tried and true practices that we should ASPIRE to…

The IB Standards and Practices fall into four categories

  • Purpose
  • Environment
  • Culture 
  • Learning

There are five International (IB) World Schools in the St. Louis Park Schools - Aquila, Peter Hobart, Susan Lindgren, the Middle School and the High School.  Two-thirds of K-12 SLP students and staff are part of our International Baccalaureate Programs.  

Evaluation visits dates

Middle School - October 3 - 5

Aquila - October 4-6

High School  - October 25-27

Susan Lindgren - October 25 - 27

Peter Hobart - October 30 - Nov. 1


October is National Farm to School Month! 

Join us and thousands of schools, early care and education sites, farms, communities and organizations across the country as we celebrate food education, school gardens and lunch trays filled with healthy, local ingredients. Read more about some of our local partners!



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