January 27, 2021 | Volume 1 • Issue 20
Safe Learning Plan Update
The School Board for St. Louis Park Public Schools unanimously approved changes to the District’s Safe Learning Plan at their meeting on Monday, January 25. St. Louis Park Middle School and High School will transition back to hybrid learning in a rolling start approach (see timeline below) or continued distance learning. 

CLICK HERE to view the School Board meeting. 
CLICK HERE to view Superintendent Osei's slide deck from the meeting.

Secondary students and families have voiced their desire to return to school through multiple communication channels, including Superintendent listening sessions, student meetings, student surveys and direct communication with School Board members.

Transitioning to hybrid for secondary students is contingent on the Hennepin County COVID-19 case rate data meeting the safe learning model parameters and expectations of 29 or less cases per 10,000 and the school district’s ability to successfully meet all of our local educational delivery model considerations.

Approved plan changes and the Secondary Transition Timeline include:

  • January 26-February 4: Middle School and High School students and families can select to change learning models to continue distance learning or return to school in the hybrid learning model. 

  • February 18-19: No School for students in grades 6-12 to allow for transition days for teachers and staff to prepare for the transition to hybrid instruction at fifty-percent capacity. 
  • February 22: All Middle School students in grades 6-8 and High School students in grade 9 and grade 12 will return to school for hybrid learning at fifty-percent capacity.
  • March 8: High School students in grade 10 and grade 11 will return to school for hybrid learning at fifty-percent capacity.
Celebrating Paraprofessionals Recognition Week
St. Louis Park Public Schools employs approximately 135 paraprofessionals who are absolutely vital to helping the District realize its mission every day. We encourage all stakeholders to take time to thank a para at your child's school this week!  
Upcoming Listening Sessions with Superintendent Osei
As a part of the process to hear stakeholder perspectives, Superintendent Osei will be 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. 

February 1 | Students | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Zoom Link

February 1 | Staff | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Zoom Link

February 16 | Parents/Guardians - English | 5:00-6:00 p.m. | Zoom Link

February 16 | Parents/Guardians - Spanish | 6:00-7:00 p.m. | Zoom Link
Updated COVID-19 Dashboard
Now that some students have returned to in-person learning in early learning and grades K-2, the district will once again publish a weekly COVID-19 dashboard. The dashboard will be updated every Wednesday and can be found on the District's COVID-19 News & Updates page at www.slpschools.org/covid19. Please note that this week's data only reflects early learning and K-2 students.
Nineteen Female Middle School Students to Participate in Athena Honor Ensemble
Nineteen female Middle School students have been accepted to participate in this year's Athena Honor Ensemble. The Athena Honor Ensemble is a unique music performance opportunity that showcases young female musicians from around the globe. This unique virtual event will include clinics and workshops led by renowned Athena faculty which will provide supplementary music and leadership opportunities for young women. 

Selected musicians will:

  • Create a final, recorded performance to be premiered online this spring.
  • Participate in master classes and empowerment sessions with trusted Athena Music and Leadership faculty.
  • Develop leadership skills through mentoring opportunities and social-emotional learning activities.

The following St. Louis Park Middle School students were nominated and accepted to participate in this year's Athena Honor Ensemble:

  • Lydia Anderson, clarinet, 7th grade
  • Kayleigh Bishop, percussion, 7th grade
  • Alexandra Coronado, percussion, 8th grade
  • Amira David, alto saxophone, 8th grade
  • Renee Dominguez, clarinet, 7th grade
  • Erin Eichten, clarinet, 6th grade
  • Ellanor Foreman, trumpet, 7th grade
  • Allie Foster, clarinet, 6th grade
  • Maddie Grecco-Rosen, clarinet, 7th grade
  • Nora Johnson, clarinet, 6th grade
  • Kylie Kaiser, flute, 7th grade
  • Julia Lorenzen, percussion, 8th grade
  • Brooklynne Patterson, alto saxophone, 6th grade
  • Madeline Peterson, percussion, 6th grade
  • Sylvie Richardson, alto saxophone, 6th grade
  • Isabel Schmidt, flute, 7th grade
  • Jasmine Schmoll, flute, 8th grade
  • Maggie Tight, flute, 7th grade
  • Kateri Trebnick, flute, 7th grade