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Back-to-School Information

Greetings!

It is with great pleasure that I serve as the new principal of St. Louis Park High School. Building collaborative school
and community partnerships is the foundation of learning and I hope to get to know our students and families. In
alignment with the St. Louis Park Public Schools mission, vision, and core values it is our charge to hold high social
and academic expectations, build long lasting relationships, and create safe spaces for students to show up as their
authentic selves.

Over the course of this school year, our team is committed to creating an educational experience that highlights the
brilliance of our students. We believe in a balanced approach to learning that focuses both on the social-emotional
well-being of our students while providing each student access and opportunity to equitable and inclusive curriculum
and instruction.

We strive to lift the level of student voice and choice in the classroom by providing culturally relevant instruction and
pedagogy, allowing students to see their value and contributions inside and out of the classroom.

My hope is that we lean into the strengths of each other and build a community of life-long learners. I view learning as
a reciprocal process, one where we bring unique and valuable perspectives to be shared and celebrated with one
another. I am excited to begin the 2021-22 school year and look forward to learning and growing with you all.

Take care, be well, and GO PARK!

Sincerely,
LaNisha Paddock
Principal

9th Grade Orientation for Parents/Guardians & Students

Parent/Guardian Orientation
Parents/guardians are invited to a 9th grade orientation session on Wednesday, September 1, at 6:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Attendees will hear from key support staff, learn about the 9th grade academic program, and engage with experienced high school parents through a panel presentation. Optional school tours will be provided. If you are not comfortable attending this event in-person, you can attend it virtually at https://slpschools-org.zoom.us/j/82790354022.

Student Orientation
9th grade orientation is Thursday, September 2, from 8:00-11:30 a.m. Breakfast will be provided upon arrival and then we will kick off the event in the auditorium. After the gathering, students will meet with their Park Connections teacher and receive their schedules and locker assignments. Students will have a chance to find their classes and common locations in a Scavenger Hunt, as well as attend an Activities Fair. The fair will give students time to mingle, ask questions, and indicate interest in various clubs and athletics.

Bus information for 9th grade orientation (including times and bus stop locations) will be available on August 27 through the Parent Portal. Times and bus stop locations will be the same as what will be used during the school year. Return buses will be departing from the high school at 11:40 a.m.

If your child is unable to attend orientation, they view their schedules in PowerSchool and watch the drone tour of the school.

2021-22 High School Daily Schedules

Start/End Times:
8:24 a.m.-3:15 p.m.

The building opens at 8:05 a.m.

The 2021-22 daily schedule features a time for Park Connections on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Students will meet with their Park Connections teacher for 30 minutes. The time will be framed around Park PRIDE and social emotional learning, as well as College and Career Readiness through the following goals:

1. Affirming the health and safety of all students and establishing social support and deepening relationships.

2. Building social emotional competency to be successful in school and in life.

3. Processing and exploring environmental stressors through intentional conversations.

4. Building specific skills to promote college and career readiness.

2021-22 Student Schedules

Students will be able to view schedules through PowerSchool on Friday, August 27. Classes will be balanced during the last weeks of August so students should check for their most up-to-date schedule on Tuesday, September 7.

Schedule change requests must be made prior to Wednesday, September 15. All schedule change requests can be made through the Schedule Change Request link found on the login page of PowerSchool beginning Friday, August 27.

Please remember that schedule changes will be minimal and only adjusted for the following reasons:

  • A wrong class appears,
  • A level adjustment needs to occur,
  • A graduation requirement needs to be fulfilled.

Schedule changes cannot be made for teacher choice or class time preference.

Park Connections 1 to 1 Meetings

Grades 10-12:
Park Connections meetings will be held Thursday, September 2 from 8-10 a.m. and 12-7 p.m. Transportation and translation services are available, please call 952-928-6100. Scheduling the meeting will take place through Student Support Time App. An email to set-up your meeting will be sent to you August 24.

Every student will meet for 20 minutes with their Park Connections teacher…

  • Check-In: Review the 2020-21 school year and set goals for 2021-22.
  • Communication: Confirm student and family contact information and review opportunities for school-to-home connections.

You will pick up your NEW School issued Chromebook on this day as well. The Device Agreement must be signed by a parent or guardian prior to issuing your device and any previous device must be returned.

Grade 9 students will meet their Park Connections teacher and pick up their device during Freshmen Orientation from 8-11:30 a.m. on September 2.

Virtual Grade-Level Family Nights

St. Louis Park High School will be holding grade-level specific Virtual Family Nights in September for parents, guardians, and families of students in grade 9-12. During the events, we will discuss student expectations, high school success metrics, and career and college preparations (testing, applications, selection, etc.). Watch 6425 NEWS and website for more information on Virtual Family Nights.

Chromebook Distribution/Device Agreement

St. Louis Park will be providing Chromebooks to each student in grades 6-12 this year. Prior to receiving the device, the Digital Device Agreement must be completed online through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. All parents/guardians must check the box and type their name in the space provided on the agreement. The online form must be completed for each student before they can receive their Chromebook.

School Pictures

Lifetouch will take school pictures for Grades 9-11 on September 9 in the small gym during their social studies class. Park Connections teachers will have the form available during 1-1 meetings and on the first day of school, or you can purchase online at www.mylifetouch.com and enter code: EVTXNHXRQ. If purchasing on picture day, please bring your completed Lifetouch order form with you to your social studies class. If you choose not to purchase a photo package, you will still have your picture taken in order to receive your student identification badge and to be included in the yearbook. If you are unable to get your picture taken, there will be make-up pictures on October 14.

Seniors will be submitting their own photos, from either a senior photoshoot or a recent picture that they select of themselves, through a Google Form at https://bit.ly/3lv8sZz. The picture does not have to be professional. The deadline to submit your photo is October 22.

Reminder: your school picture will appear on your ID badge and in the yearbook, please dress in a way that presents yourself in a manner that will be respectful and appropriate for a public school setting as outlined in the student handbook.

Parent Engagement Advisory Committee (PEAC)

All parents/guardians of students in grades 9-12 are invited to participate in the Parent Engagement Advisory Committee (PEAC). There are three meetings scheduled throughout the year, and you may choose to participate in one or more of the meetings. PEAC members meet (virtually or in-person) with the principal and assistant principals to learn the latest updates about what is going on at the high school, share insights and connect with other parents/guardians to help support students. This group supports teacher appreciation and conference meals. For more information contact PEAC co-chairs
Julie Yakes and Lauren Weiser at slphsPEAC@gmail.com or Principal Paddock at paddock.lanisha@slpschools.org.

Meetings are from 7-8 p.m. (Location TBD - virtually or in-person):

  • October 26, 2021
  • January 11, 2022
  • March 23, 2022

Health Services

In accordance with Minnesota Immunization Law (M.S. 121A.15), student immunization records must be up-to-date and on file with the Health Services Department.

Mail or fax your clinic records to the High School Health Office (fax: 952-928-6113). Immunization requirements can be waived only when a legal exemption is on file with the school. Medical exemptions must be signed by a healthcare provider. Non-medical exemptions must be signed by a parent/guardian and notarized. A form is available from Health Services or through the Parent Portal.

Breakfast/Lunch

During the 2021-22 school year, ALL STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE FREE MEALS as part of the federal COVID relief funding. However, this will only include regular breakfast and lunch and does not include extra milk or à la carte items]. Students will need to purchase these items from their meal accounts.

School Nutrition will not accept cash or checks. We are asking parents/guardians to deposit funds in the family meal account prior to your student purchasing à la carte items. You will have access through your PowerSchool account to add funds for purchasing à la carte items.

The Powerschool Parent Portal provides a link to each student’s Wordware meal account where families can view student meal accounts and make payments.

Your Student ID Badge will be scanned when you go through the breakfast and lunch line. You will also use your badge to purchase à la carte items. If you did not receive a badge last year, you will need to enter your student ID number on the keypad when you go through the line. School Nutrition staff will assist students who do not know their ID number.

Educational Benefits Application

Students in households that meet the free or reduced-price meal income guidelines will generate compensatory revenue for the school district from the State of Minnesota. Schools must use compensatory revenue to meet the needs of students in such areas as remedial instruction, instructional materials including digital learning and technology, bilingual programs and additional teachers and teacher aides.

Every eligible meal form equals additional dollars for St. Louis Park Public Schools to provide students with free or reduced sports & activities fees, internet access, school meals, Advanced Placement (AP) tests for potential college course credit, and college application fees.

If your family filled out a meal form last year, a new form will need to be completed for this school year. This also impacts transportation access.

Absences

Students are expected to be in class every hour/day school is in session. We are piloting an attendance form for the 2021-22 school year. If your student will be absent from school for any reason, please complete the attendance form at https://bit.ly/SLPHSattendance within 24 hours. Please be prepared to report the following information: student name, grade, date of absence, reason for absence and your name/relationship. Unexcused absences become permanent after 24 hours. Students cannot excuse themselves.

PowerSchool & Schoology

PowerSchool & Schoology are the platforms that allow parents/guardians to view their student’s attendance, grades, class events and assignments online. PowerSchool is the primary source for attendance and final grades. If you have issues accessing your PowerSchool account, contact Abby Schrader at schrader.abby@slpschools.org. If you are not signed up, you can do so in the main office.

Annual Update/Required Forms

We are now completing the routine annual update/required forms through the PowerSchool Public Portal. Please complete the following forms by September 8:

  • Annual Student Update
  • Media Release Form
  • Emergency and Health Information
  • Educational Benefits (Free and Reduced Lunch)
  • Ride 360 and transportation information
  • Schoology Access for Families
  • Technology and Device Loan  Agreement
  • Out-of-School Time information
  • Central Clinic information

Parking Permits

Student parking permits will be sold online each semester. The permitting process has changed slightly to allow for more access. Starting at 8 a.m. on September 2, students need to complete the Google Form at https://bit.ly/SLPparking indicating the desire for a Parking Permit. Permits will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis and historically sell out quickly.

On September 8 at 8 a.m., students will be notified that they have been assigned a parking permit. At that time, payments can be made online (preferred). The link will be provided in confirmation email or in-person if needed. Permits are $50 per semester. If payment is not submitted prior to September 13 at 8 a.m., they will be released to anyone on the waiting list.

Once purchased, please print a receipt and have your student bring it to the main office to pick up their parking permit. Students will need to have past due media center and instructional materials returned, and present a valid driver’s license to receive their permit. Vehicles without permits are subject to being towed. If you have questions/concerns or need to pay in cash or check, please contact Kiki Christensen at 952-928-6102 or christensen.kirsten@slpschools.org.

Student Handbook

Park Connections teachers will review the Student Handbook with students during the first weeks of school. The handbook will be available in early September on the Park Connections Schoology page and St. Louis Park High School website.

6425 News Newsletter

6425 News is a weekly email newsletter designed to communicate to students, parents, and families timely information regarding schedules, events, and news. New this year…we will be sending this electronic communication to you on Sundays based on the email address you provided to the school district in PowerSchool. If there are changes or corrections to your email address, please contact Abby Schrader, schrader.abby@slpschools.org.

Visitor Policy

Due to COVID-19, visitors will be limited to those who are academically necessary beyond the main office. Masks will be required when inside the school building. If you would like to meet with a teacher during the school day or outside of the school day, please contact the teacher directly to make arrangements. If you need to pick up your child early, please come to the front office, and we will contact your student.

School Supplies

There is no school supply list for high school students. Students should utilize systems that work for them, either a folder and notebook for each class or some kind of 3-ring binder. If teachers have specific requests, they will let students know within the first week of school.

ID Usage

Your student identification card will be used in multiple ways this year. You will need to present this ID to check in and out of the building, obtain library and technology materials, to get lunch and breakfast or purchase à la carte items, and take attendance in designated areas. Please carry it with you at all times.

Transportation

Bus numbers, stop locations, routes, and stop times will be available from the Transportation Department in the Parent Portal starting August 24.

Log into the Parent Portal at http://slpschools.powerschool.com/public and click the bus icon on the left menu.

If you have more than one student in your account, click each student’s tab to view their bus information.

Please note: transportation information is not available via the PowerSchool app.

If you don’t have a PowerSchool Public Portal account, please contact Abby Schrader, Administrative Assistant to the Principal at schrader.abby@slpschools.org to get the necessary information to create an account.

ACT/SAT

The ACT and SAT college entrance exams should be taken in late spring of the junior year. The best way to prepare for exams is to take practice tests.

For more information, visit the St. Louis Park High School Career & College Center website at hs.slpschools.org/students/career-college-center.

Online registration should be completed at:

2021-2022 ACT
www.act.org

2021-2022 SAT
www.collegereadiness.collegeboard.org

All juniors will be taking the ACT at St. Louis Park High School. Look for more information in the 6425 News.

PSAT

The PSAT will be offered on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at St. Louis Park High School to students who register for the exam. Registration and fee information will be available soon.

The PSAT is used to qualify students for National Merit Scholarships when taken during 11th grade. Students who are in the top third of their class and/or have over a 3.0 GPA are encouraged to take the test. Students in 10th grade who are in the top 25% of their class should consider taking the test as well as a practice for 11th grade. The PSAT can also be used as a practice test for the SAT.

More information regarding college preparatory tests will provided in 6425 News as it is made available.