Service Learning at St. Paul Prep

While freshman, sophomores, and juniors were taking the PSAT and Aspire tests on October 13, 68 seniors and six staff members spent a few hours packing meals at Feed My Starving Children. FMSC has been creating and distributing meals to kids in underserved areas since 1987, and has packed nearly two billion meals in that time.

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SPP has been involved with FMSC for the last few years as part of our Service Learning days, when students have a chance to have a positive impact on their community and the world by volunteering their time.

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This time around, the SPP crew packed 202 boxes of meals, which is enough to feed 120 kids for a year. The 43,632 meals will be distributed to starving kids around the world.

Great job seniors!!

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Advisor’s Angle: The Internet: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

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The Good
The internet provides many opportunities for people to communicate with one another via social networks, online games, phone calls, texting, etc. The aspects to this connectivity are the ability to easily contact friends and family who live in other states or countries, exposure to people and places across the world, and access to international news events as they are happening. Students can easily keep in contact with family and friends back home while living in the U.S.—and probably for free! This is a big change from years past when cell phones and internet did not exist, and phone calls made to other countries were very costly and rare.

The Bad
The internet, social networks, and online games are all ways that keep people engaged with their (sometimes multiple) electronic devices for hours a day, sometimes to a degree that is not healthy for the mind, body, or real life relationships.

Students who have constant contact with friends and family back home tend to be more homesick and not enjoy their time in America simply because they are not allowing themselves the time to build relationships here. If students choose to spend all of their free time on the internet instead of interacting with their Host Families and friends, this will interfere with having a successful exchange experience.

It is acceptable to use the internet, social networks, and online games occasionally as a stress reliever or as a social activity, but it is important to balance free time with other activities that are not dependent upon the internet.

The Ugly
Sometimes people forget that extra-curricular time online is a choice, because they begin to depend on checking or updating statuses, gaming with virtual friends, viewing pornography, etc. as determinants for personal happiness. These online habits become unhealthy (and verge on addiction) when daily life necessities such as: proper hygiene, eating healthy food, getting enough sleep, and exercise are frequently ignored. It can also be deemed unhealthy when students start to neglect and not put time and effort into real life relationships.

If someone begins to suffer physical pain (a sore neck, aching wrists, strained eyes, etc.) from excessive internet use/ gaming, it is safe to say that is not healthy and habits need to change in order to have a happier, healthier exchange experience.

Lynx Championship Parade

Looking for something to do tonight?? Help the WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx celebrate with a parade down University Avenue and event at Williams Arena (on U of M’s campus)!

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The Lynx defeated the LA Sparks in the fifth game of the WNBA finals last night, locking up their fourth championship in seven years.

The parade starts at 6:30 and will run from 12th Ave SE to Williams Arena, with a celebration at “the Barn” to follow. Lynx players and coaches will address the crowd. Both events are free and open to the public.

Go Lynx!

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Special Guest At SPP Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 3, we’ll welcome a special guest to the halls of St. Paul Prep: Bill Harper, Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative Betty McCollum.

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Mr. Harper will discuss concerns regarding immigration and issues with US government-issued visas. As most of our students are in America with an F-1 visa, this is an important issue to our students and their families.

Rep. McCollum has served Minnesota’s 4th Congressional District since 2001, and has visited and spoke to SPP students about immigration concerns in the past.

 

So Much Room For Activities!

We have tons of great clubs and activities lined up this year at St. Paul Prep. Students had the chance to hear pitches from leaders of SPP’s various clubs and activities and the opportunity to sign up to join them at our Activity Fair on September 28.

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While some groups simply had a sign-up sheet, others got a bit more creative, offering ‘incentives’ to join a particular club or activity.

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Dance Club took their incentive to a different level, and it appeared to work great.

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Math Team also had a solid approach.

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Full list of Clubs & Activities at SPP for 2017-18:

Art Club, Math Team, One Act Plays, Table Tennis, School Store, Boys and Girls Basketball, Track and Field, Service Leaning/ WE Day, School of Rock, SPP Night Out, Student Council, Board Games, Dance Club, Korean Club, Ted Talk, Global Challenge, SPP Media, YMCA, Mount Airy Boys and Girls Club, East Side Boys and Girls Club

 

College Fair Colleges

We’ll hold our second annual College Fair on Thursday, September 28, in Room 160 of Cray Plaza from 4:30-6pm, and we hope you can join us!

Representatives from colleges and universities across the upper Midwest (and a bonus West Coast school) will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about their schools. So who is coming? Here’s a sample of some of the schools you can talk to on Thursday evening.

Full List:

Concordia University St Paul

North Dakota State University

U of MN Crookston

U of MN Morris

St Cloud State University

St Olaf College

Augsburg College

U of Wisconsin La Crosse

Concordia College Moorhead

University of St Thomas

North Hennepin Community College

Milwaukee School of Engineering

Hamline University

College of St Scholastica

University of San Francisco

Metropolitan State University

St Catherine University (St Kates)

Minneapolis Community Technical College

MN State University at Mankato

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Gallery: Soccer’s 4-2 win Sept. 19

The St. Paul Prep soccer team came away with a 4-2 win over Liberty Classical Academy on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.

Here are photos from the game!