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October 23, 2020
October 23, 2020
Important Websites for High School Families

1: From the Interim Principal
Hello SLP Families,

On Wednesday of this week, we welcomed the Class of 2024 to the building for Freshman Orientation. Freshmen had the opportunity to see friends, find their classrooms, meet their teachers in person, take home a free bag lunch, and experience being back in school.  Special thanks go to the many juniors and seniors who welcomed our freshmen and helped them find their way in this large building during orientation.
As you can see from the pictures, there were lots of smiles behind all those masks! All students and adults wore their masks, as masks are required. All classrooms have been measured so desks and tables are placed at least 6' apart, hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies are in each classroom, and multiple signs have been placed throughout the building to remind everyone of all the new procedures to keep everyone safe.  

We can't wait to see all of our students next week as we begin our hybrid model on Monday, Oct. 26th with 25% of our student body in attendance. You should have received a comprehensive brochure, providing everything you and your student/s need to know as we begin our hybrid model.  

Lastly, I recently learned that when you reach the bottom of the first page of this 6425, you need to click on,  "View entire message" to see all the information in the newsletter.


Wendy Loberg
Interim Principal
St. Louis Park High School
2: Hybrid Learning is Starting!
Starting Monday, 10/26, students whose last names begin with A-E are expected to be at school in each class, unless choosing to remain in distance learning. All students, whether in school or at home, are to sign in to all 7 class periods Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Each day, each hour is either "Live (synchronous)" teaching or "support/help (asynchronous)" teaching.

On Wednesdays, students are expected to sign into Connections at 11:45-12:15. Wednesdays are a great day to also meet with teachers for individual help. Students who are doing poorly or failing in a class are strongly encouraged to connect with their teachers every day, including Wednesdays.

*Before entering the building for a Live (Synchronous) day, students must check their temperatures, be free of Covid-like symptoms and wear a mask when in the building.

Week Beginning 10/26: 
Monday: Last Name A-E In-Person; F-Z Virtual
Tuesday:  Last Name F-K In-Person; A-E, L-Z Virtual
Wednesday: 11:45 Connections Class; check-in with other teachers as needed
Thursday: Last Name L-Q In-Person; A-K, R-Z Virtual 
Friday:  Last Name R-Z In-Person; A-Q Virtual

Week Beginning 11/2:
Monday 11/2 & Tuesday 11/3: NO SCHOOL (Grading Day and Professional Development Day for Staff)
Wednesday 11/4: 11:45 Connections Class; check-in with other teachers as needed
Thursday 11/5 & Friday 11/6: ALL VIRTUAL CLASSES

Week Beginning 11/9:
Monday: Last Name A-E In-Person; F-Z Virtual
Tuesday:  Last Name F-K In-Person; A-E, L-Z Virtual
Wednesday: 11:45 Connections Class; check-in with other teachers as needed
Thursday: Last Name L-Q In-Person; A-K, R-Z Virtual 
Friday:  Last Name R-Z In-Person; A-Q Virtual

Cohort C will continue a Virtual Learning format for all hours, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

3: Reminder for Next Week
Parents please remind your student to bring their computer device fully charged and charging device to school starting on October 26. If your student does not have a portable device, please have them stop by the media center to check one out. 
4: Transportation Information
Beginning Thursday, October 22, families will be able to login to the PowerSchool Public Portal and find bus routes for students in grades 6-12. Click here to login or to create a PowerSchool account. Click here to watch a short instructional video on how to use PowerSchool. Updates are made regularly and changes are sent out via email. Please check the Parent Portal weekly to ensure nothing has changed for your student's transportation. 
5: Parent Teacher Conferences Moved to November 4 & 5
The High School will be holding conferences on November 4-5 from 4-7:30pm. Conferences will be 5-10 minute sessions with each of the student's teachers. Please put priority on classes that you or your student has concern in, as the number of conferences are limited. If additional time is needed for conferences, please communicate with specific teachers. Family specific links will be sent via email next week through our new Student Support App (https://slp.studentsupporttime.com/) to set up meetings with parents and students.
6: Important Reminder About Immunizations
It is important for your student to stay current on immunizations, especially during this time. Staying up-to-date on immunizations is one important way to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Check now with your family doctor or clinic to see if your student(s) has all the immunizations required for their age. 

Central Clinic is now open. For general Central Clinic information, Click Here
  • Will be open every Wednesday afternoon from 1-4:30pm
  • Will only see patients for vaccine visits
  • Will not be administering COVID testing at Central
  • Will not be administering immunizations for patients who are positive for COVID symptoms
  • Patients can continue to schedule phone visits for other medical needs as appropriate
  • All patients and visitors must wear a mask
  • Students are only allowed one adult guardian into their visit. Other visitors should remain outside the clinic
  • All persons will be screened upon arrival to the lobby, or at check-in
  • Social distancing guidelines will be posted and the lobby arranged to support this effort
  • When appropriate, the patient can be scheduled for a virtual phone visit

The St. Louis Park School District has joined the growing number of school districts throughout the state of Minnesota who strive for immunization compliance. If the student receives an immunization during the school year; send by mail, fax, or drop off at the school the documentation of the shot(s) received. 

Minnesota Statutes Section 121A.15 requires children enrolled in a Minnesota school to be immunized against certain diseases, or file a legal medical or conscientious exemption. This form is designed to provide the school with information required by the law.

Susanne Otos, BSN,RN,PHN
Licensed School Nurse
St. Louis Park Public Schools
7: Parking Permits
We will not be selling parking permits as we transition into Hybrid learning. Parking will be available for students in the student lot on a first come first serve basis. Once we move into full in-person learning we will prorate the sale of parking permits. 
8: Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Registration Continues
Advanced Placement (AP)* Exam Registration Continues! No cancellation fee!
  • October 22, 2020 - November 4, 2020 - $100 per exam
  • November 5, 2020 November 11, 2020 - $140 per exam

HEFTY LATE REGISTRATION FEES! Please watch for more information about paying for exams. It’s a two step process. Both steps must be completed to be successfully registered!

STEP ONE:  Exam registration must be completed through https://myap.collegeboard.org/. Students have received join codes from their teachers and should have already completed this task.

STEP TWO: Exam payment for AP Exam must be completed through Total Registration** https://user.totalregistration.net/AP/242205. Students who receive Free/Reduced Lunch must go through Total Registration**

To learn more about AP testing go to the High School website under Academics.
Contact Jami LaPray, AP Coordinator, lapray.jami@slpschools.org for more information.

*Advanced Placement (College Board) and International Baccalaureate are different entities - registration and payment must be completed separately.
** Answer all questions completely to avoid late fees caused by registration mistakes.
9: Fall 2020 MAP (NWEA) Testing for 9 & 10 Graders to Continue

The MAP Reading and MAP Math tests will be given to Freshmen and Sophomores ​remotely​on Wednesdays beginning at 9:00am. Social Studies and Science teachers administering the exams will contact students prior to exam day with login and testing details, and give the join codes and links needed to test.

October 28 - MAP Math Test
November 4 - MAP Make up Math Test

Please visit the District Website for ​Assessment, Research and Evaluation​ for more information. 
10: October is College Knowledge Month
October in Minnesota kicks off the college application season with many Minnesota colleges offering no-fee college applications. October 1 is also the opening date for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Minnesota Dream Act Application. There are many online resources and training opportunities for educators, parents and students happening this month outlined below.
11: Juniors and Seniors-Are you interested in taking PSEO college courses for semester two?
Click this link for more information.
The application must be submitted TO THE college by December 1st.
12: 12th Grade College & Career Drop-Ins
If you are interested in getting help with your college applications or any other college & career related question, please attend Ms. King's Thursday Zoom Help Sessions.
13: 2020-21 Yearbook Sales are Open
2020-2021 yearbook sales are open! Purchase yours online now at slpechowan.com. Don’t miss out, get yours today! For any questions on sales, please email echowan2021@gmail.com
14: Attention Spanish Speaking Families
Please join us for the SLPHS Familias Latinas Reunión meeting on Monday, October 26th from 5:30-6:30. The meeting will be held in Spanish and will include updates about the high school hybrid schedule and upcoming conferences. Please use this link to join: 
15: Familias Latinas High School SLP
Please check out our Facebook page dedicated to our Latino families.

“Familias Latinas de nuestras escuelas, ahora ya tenemos una página de Facebook con información totalmente en español! Les invitamos a visitarnos y darnos un me gusta.
Familias Latinas High School SLP”.
16: Attention Somali Speaking Families
Please join us for the SLPHS Somali Family Information Meeting on Monday, October 26th from noon-1:00. The meeting will be held in Somali and will include updates about the high school hybrid schedule and upcoming conferences. 

"Feejignow qoysaska Soomaaliyeed! Fadlan nagala soo qaybgal kulanka SLPHS ee Macluumaadka Qoyska Soomaaliyeed Isniinta, Oktoobar 26keeda laga bilaabo duhur-1: 00. Kulanka waxaa lagu qaban doonaa Af Soomaali waxaana ku jiri doona warar ku saabsan jadwalka iyo isku dhafka nidaamyada dugsiga sare ee Hybrid iyo shirarka soo socda. Fadlan isticmaala xiriirkan (Meeting Link) si aad ugu biirto: Xiriiriyaha Kulanka Qoyska Soomaalida"
Tarabi Jama
Multicultural Liaison

Please use this link to join: 
17: SLP Library - Place Your Own Holds
If you'd like to borrow books from the SLPHS Library Media Center, and pick them up in a no-contact manner, see the instructions in the link below. Books will be placed in a bag with the borrower's name on it, and placed on a table or cart in the enclosed entrance foyer of the High School. SLP Students already have the accounts created that allow this, and their school library login is the same as for their familiar school accounts.
18: 1st Parent Engagement Advisory Committee (PEAC) Meeting, Tuesday, October 27, 7-8:00 PM Via Zoom
Parents, please join us as we hear from our Principal as we move into hybrid learning and plan for conferences. We'll also hear form from Kelly Brown on Connections, Extra-Curricular Activities, BARR and more. Find out about volunteer and donation opportunities as well. Hope to see you then! Zoom Link

Lauren Weiser and Julie Yakes - PEAC Co-Chairs
19: Athletics
St. Louis Park’s girls cross country is once again Metro West Conference Champions following an intense day of racing at Gale Woods Farms on Oct. 8. The Orioles defeated perennial powers Chanhassen and Jefferson by 16 and 24 points, respectively. All five Park scorers finished within the top 10 individually, including freshman Jersey Miller who was runner-up in 19:26.90 and junior Fredonia Zeigle who as third in 19:27.62. Junior Kate Holden was seventh overall, eighth-grader Nora Lindeman was eighth overall and classmate Anna Healey was 10th overall to also garner All-Conference honors.
20: Student Spotlight!
Career Pathways Advisory Board partners with CTE Teachers! Abby Lugo, Business Teacher, invited Career Pathways Advisory Board member Mike Scott from Dale Carnegie to host a “First Impressions” for the DECA class! Thank you Mike for leading this highly interactive session for the students to learn the importance of first impressions and tools to help them be successful!

Student quote "the pictures Mr. Scott showed us helped me to remember types of questions I could ask a new contact! He was so helpful and had great energy!"

21: Our Future Workforce
DECA the Class has been preparing for employment interviews and this week they put their skills to the test as they participated in mock interviews with Best Prep and Momentum Volunteers. Here's what a few of our volunteers shared. 

"I loved participating in the mock interviews this morning! What a great opportunity for students."

"I asked a follow-up question regarding whether she had customer service skills. After thinking about it, she said babysitting counted, as it was important to have happy parents and happy kids. What a great response!" 

"I'm so impressed with how thoughtful his answers were"

Way to go DECA students! Thanks to a generous donation from the Jennissen Family Vos Fund all DECA the Class students will be national members of DECA the Club! Thank you!

Abigail Lugo
Business Teacher: DECA the class & Personal Finance 
DECA Co-Advisor 
22: Aspirations in Computing Award
Honoring young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests

Aspirations in Computing Award Application is open! Deadline is Nov. 5!  Available to students in grades 9-12! Last year 133 of Minnesota's young women, were selected to be honored locally and/or nationally.  Based on last year's results, there is a 75% chance they will be selected for one or more of the award levels.....and if they complete and submit their application, there's a 100% chance that they'll be invited to participate in numerous no-cost technology learning and networking events. These events connect them with other women; their peers, and adults who love working as a computing professional, and have diverse interests.

This brief video from the National Center for Women and Information Technology features their peers encouraging them to apply and Go For IT!

Minnesota Aspirations in Computing (MNAiC) has tons of school, business, and organization partners who are dedicated to support any and all young women to realize their technology passion, while solving community problems, and turning them into opportunities.  

23: Motivated Senior Excelling as a Youth Apprentice with local HVAC/R Company
Congratulations Angel Diaz, Class of 2021 
Member of St. Louis Park Trade Ambassador Program

Across the nation, we are experiencing a massive and increasing need for skilled workers. Year after year skilled trades are the most difficult careers to fill. In step with their tradition and promise of innovative solutions, the Gustave A. Larson Company is excited to have partnered with GPS Education Partners to take on the challenge of encouraging new recruits to the HVAC/R industry with a HVAC/R youth apprenticeship program that matches motivated student workers with promising careers. 

The primary objective of this program is to educate high school students about the industry and help them gain the skills needed for careers in the trade. Students develop technical knowledge and professional skills in this unique program as they cross-train among Warehouse, Counter Sales and HVAC/R Technician positions. 
24: Drivers Ed
Registration for Driver's Ed is now open!
Register and find more information here: Website
25: myHealth for Teens and Young Adults
Upcoming opportunities for parents. Join myHealth in our latest series of parent workshops created to increase your confidence in navigating sensitive topics with your family. Together, we will learn how to support our young people in our ever-changing world.

Oct. 15 6:30-7:45pm Register Here
Oct. 22 6:30-7:30pm Register Here
Nov. 5 6:30-7:30pm Register Here
Nov. 12 6:30-7:30pm Register Here
Return to School Guide
The District released its Return to School Guide to families on August 14. This guide contains important information about the three potential learning models (distance, hybrid and in-person), health and safety guidelines and protocols, and other general information on a variety of topics including transportation, school nutrition, childcare, arts, athletics, and much more! Click here to download a PDF version of this document.

This document will be updated frequently and will be maintained on the district website at www.slpschools.org/covid19.
Student Spotlight!