Holiday Spirit Week Highlights

Last week was a busy one at St. Paul Prep, with all of our Holiday Spirit Week Dress-Up Days, basketball games, a SPP Night Out, and, of course, the Art and Talent Shows last Thursday!

Each day we awarded a prize to the “Best Dressed” of the themes. which included Pajama Day, Sport Day, Favorite Character Day, Career Day, and Christmas Day. Thanks to all the students who went above and beyond with their costumes!

The SPP/HSRA varsity and JV boys basketball teams had a monster week, picking up big wins in their first two home games of the season. The varsity squad trounced Minnesota Transitions Charter 85-42 on Tuesday, then upped the ante on Thursday with a 91-73 victory against Lincoln International. The JV team also had a huge week, posting wins of 44-12 and 67-4 (not a typo: 4 points)!

Students also had the chance to take in a Timberwolves game on Thursday evening. The hometown team gave our students a show, topping the Kings 119-96!

But the big event of the week was our Art and Talent Shows on Thursday, which was capped off with the traditional cake-eating contest. If you couldn’t make it to downtown St. Paul or you missed our live-stream of the event, you have some options to watch it! You can find the entire video on our Facebook page or our YouTube channel.

It was a crazy week at SPP, and now students are eagerly preparing for Winter Break! Hooray Falcons!

Basketball Warms Up

Though the basketball season is officially underway, things really heat up this week as the St. Paul Prep/High School for Recording Arts (HSRA) boys JV and varsity basketball teams play their first two home games of the season!

Members of the team include:

  • Telmo
  • Matteo
  • Alejandro (Alex)
  • Anh
  • Tae Rim (Kim)
  • Demdindori (Demi)
  • Pavlomyr (Paul)
  • Kunihiro (Kuni)

Catch the Falcons on Tuesday or Thursday this week on their home court at HSRA, located at 1166 University Ave W. in St. Paul. Cost for tickets is $2 for students and $5 for adults. SPP is in a co-op with HSRA for basketball, meaning students from both schools practice and play together. All home games are played at HSRA.

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On Tuesday, the Falcons take on Minnesota Transition High School. JV tips off at 5pm and varsity at 7:15pm (times subject to change due to back-to-back games).

Lincoln International visits on Thursday, with JV tipping off at 5:30pm and varsity begins at roughly 7:30pm.

Click here to see the rest of the schedule.

Let’s show up and loudly declare our support all season long! Go Falcons! #WhoAreWeSPP

Upcoming Events & Activities

Though it may be the last month of the year, we’re not slowing down at St. Paul Prep! We’ve got a ton of great activities planned for our students in December that’ll take us right into winter break (Dec. 22-Jan. 8). If you have any questions about anything you see below, please contact Ms. Leko!

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December 1: SPP Night Out: Bowling

Join us for a few hours of unlimited bowling! For $9, students (and their host families) get shoes and two hours of knocking down pins.

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December 8: No School

Enjoy the long weekend! Maybe check out some of these noteworthy spots around the city.

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December 11-15: Spirit Week

Spirit Weeks at St. Paul Prep are a time to dress up and celebrate everything that makes our school great. Stay tuned for more details!

 

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December 14-15: Art Showcase

Come view (and buy!) beautiful works of art created by St. Paul Prep students. In the Galtier theater foyer starting at noon on the 14th.

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December 14: Talent Show

From 2-3:15pm, students will play, sing, and perform for a chance to be named SPP’s brightest star! We’ll also live-stream the event on Facebook!

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December 15: Winter Dance

Break out your finest (and warmest!) clothes for our annual Winter Dance. Held in the Galtier Theater.

SPP Night Out: Science Museum of Minnesota

While we’ve already hosted a SPP Night In this school year, we’ve yet to have a SPP Night Out! That all changes this Friday, when students can explore the recently famous Science Museum of Minnesota for just $6!

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From exhibits on the human body and Mississippi River to one of only four real, complete Triceratops fossils on display in the world (and the largest, to boot!), there is plenty to explore and learn.

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Please see Ms. Leko for a permission slip. Students meet at SPP at 4:30 on Friday, November 3, to check in. Then we’ll walk through the Skyway over to the museum, and return to SPP around 8:45pm.

Remember: All the cool kids are doing it…..

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#TBT: Best Halloween Costumes

With the spookiest of holidays right around the corner, we thought it’d be fun to dig into the SPP archives and find some of the scariest, funniest, and all-around amazing costumes we’ve seen at St. Paul Prep over the years. Enjoy!

 

Spirit Week: Pajama Day!

Dress up days are a common American high school experience, and SPP is no different! We have a different theme for each day, and on Monday (Oct. 23), we asked students to come dressed in their comfiest pajamas! Here are some highlights:

And the winners for best dressed….

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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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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