Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Students in early learning programs will use the equipment.
More than 600 St. Louis Park students have a new playground to enjoy. Last week, staff at the Central Community Center unveiled the new equipment, which will be used by students in the district's early learning programs. “We are delighted our youngest learners will have this wonderful play area for learning and growth,” said Mary Juberian, the district's manager of Youth and Family Services, in a press release. The new playground features a fitness play complex designed to promote the development and growth of children ages 2-5, a toddler play area, and an outdoor classroom space.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The board wants to have a new member seated by Oct. 22.
The St. Louis Park School Board hopes to have a new member seated exactly two months to the day after Pam Rykken announced her resignation. Rykken, who joined the board in 2008, announced on Aug. 22 that she would be stepping down due to personal reasons. On Monday, the board formally certified a vacancy and laid out a timeline that would have a new member seated at the Oct. 22 meeting. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. Applicants must meet the same requirements as regular school board candidates: United State citizen over 21 years old; resident of Minnesota for 30 days; and resident of the district. Applicants are asked to send letters of interest with the following information: Applications will be accepted by board…
St. Louis Park is the only community in Minnesota to receive the designation six times.
St. Louis Park has once again been named one of the "100 Best Communities for Young People" in the country. America's Promise Alliance has been announcing its 100 best for six years, and St. Louis Park is now the only community in Minnesota to receive the designation each year. “Being named one of America’s Promise Alliance’s 100 Best is significant and meaningful to the entire community,” said Karen Atkinson, director of Children First, in a press release. “So many dedicated people and programs contributed to this win and it further reinforces our belief that a focus on youth pays dividends to the entire community.” More than 300 applications from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico were received this…
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The start of a new school new year is a week away—here's what will be cooking in the cafeteria.
We all know that proper nutrition works hand-in-hand with a good education. Attached to this article are the school lunch menus for St. Louis Park elementary schools, the junior high and the senior high. At the elementary level, the regular hot lunch price is $2.50 per day. Junior high and senior high students pay $2.75. Reduced lunch is 40 cents across the board. The district also provides breakfast at $1 per day for all students, or free for those students who receive free or reduced lunch. For more articles to help you get ready for the start of the school year, see our Back to School Guide.
School starts across the Park in a week.
The start of a new school year is just a week away, which means one thing: back-to-school supply shopping. To see what your St. Louis Park student will need this year, find the appropriate list uploaded to this article. (Note: Aquila, Peter Hobart, Susan Lindgren, the junior high and the senior high each have one list. Park Spanish Immersion has separate lists for grades K-5.) To find the right list(s) for you, scroll between the PDFs attached at right. You can hover over a PDF thumnail with your cursor to see what list it is. For more articles to help you get ready for the start of the school year, see our Back to School Guide.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
In honor of the All-Year Reunion, we want to take a visual stroll down St. Louis Park memory lane.
The St. Louis Park High School All-Year Reunion is just two days away (don't have tickets yet? Get them online), and what better way to celebrate than by sharing old Park photos? If you have old class photos, or any other old school-related photos, feel free to share them by clicking on "Upload photos and videos" above. Want more All-Year Reunion stories? We've got you covered:
Both worked in the Park for a number of years—and both have kids who graduated as Orioles.
Editor's Note: With the first ever St. Louis Park High School All-Year Reunion approaching on Saturday, we're helping kick things off with a week's worth of stories. Today, we profile former Park teacher Camille Schroeder and former principal Paul Schroeder. Earlier this week, we featured the St. Louis Park Public Schools Foundation, which is putting on the event. Tomorrow, look for a history of the high school. *** While they both had strong connections to St. Louis Park schools, it was the game bridge that brought Camille and Paul Schroeder together. Both played regularly, and when Paul's first wife died, mutual bridge friends helped set the two up—they eventually married. However, they learned that their mutual interests didn't end …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The two-term board member cited family and personal reasons for her decision.
Pam Rykken, the St. Louis Park School Board vice chair, has announced her resignation from the school board, effective immediately due to personal and family commitments. “Serving as a member of the St. Louis Park School Board has been an honor and privilege,” said Rykken in a press release. “It is with mixed emotions that I announce my resignation, for personal and family commitment reasons. I will remain forever grateful for the opportunity to serve as a school board member. It has been one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences of my life.” Rykken first joined the school board in January of 2008, and was re-elected for another four-year term that began in January of 2012. The board will meet in September to discuss how to …
He taught for 32 years and also had great success as a basketball coach.
Editor's Note: With the first ever St. Louis Park High School All-Year Reunion approaching on Saturday, we're helping kick things off with a week's worth of stories. Today, we profile former Park teacher Darold "Deb" Wold. Earlier this week, we featured the St. Louis Park Public Schools Foundation, which is putting on the event. Later this week, look for more interviews with former Park teachers, as well as a history of the high school. *** Chatting with Darold Wold is like opening a basketball encyclopedia. Wold, nicknamed "Deb" by his grandfather, is quick to relay a story of Jim Petersen as an eighth-grader, or of the two state titles won by the St. Louis Park girls over a four-year span. For 34 years, Wold coached at Park in a variety …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
He oversaw the district's gifted and talented program for nearly 20 years.
Editor's Note: With the first ever St. Louis Park High School All-Year Reunion approaching on Saturday, we're helping kick things off with a week's worth of stories. Today, we feature former Park teacher Joel Anderson. Yesterday, we profiled the St. Louis Park Public Schools Foundation, which is putting on the event. Later this week, look for more interviews with former Park teachers, as well as a history of the high school. *** When an eighth-grade class came to Joel Anderson with an interest in entering a contest to possibly win a trip to Washington, D.C., he challenged them to think outside the box. The contest called for submitting an essay saying why the group wanted to go. Anderson saw it as an opportunity to be creative. "I asked …