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!

Big Events This Semester

From academics to extracurricular activities to our famous SPP Nights Out, we want to give our students the full American high school experience.

We’ve already held our year-opening camp, played our first fall sports, and ate some chicken at our all-school picnic in the first few weeks of school.

We wanted to give you a breakdown of what’s coming up for the rest of the semester. There will be changes, such as adding more SPP Nights Out, but this will give you a good chance to mark your calendars. You don’t want to miss out!

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September 28, 4:30-6pm | College Fair

Since our goal is to prepare students for university and beyond, we want to provide every opportunity to explore your options for higher education. We’ll have over 20 representatives from schools across the country on hand to give you all the information you need to aid your decision on where to attend university.

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October 7, 7pm | SPP Night Out #1: MN United Soccer Game

Minnesota’s newest professional sports team, MN United, is part of America’s highest pro league, MLS. The game is at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota’s campus, as MN United’s new stadium is constructed.

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October 11 | PSAT Testing

The PSAT (Preliminary SAT) is much more than just a pre-test for the SAT. Students who perform well on this test are eligible for scholarships from colleges and universities around the U.S. The PSAT tests skills in reading, writing, and math, and takes 2 hours and 45 minutes to complete. Don’t miss out!

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October 27 | Halloween Dance

Break out your best costume and dancin’ shoes! School dances are as American as apple pie, and this one you get to dress in your scariest attire!

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November 22-24 | Thanksgiving Break

Your first big break from classes, Thanksgiving is a time for family and food in America. Fill up on turkey and forget about homework…for awhile, anyways.

 

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December 7 | Art & Talent Show

Start planning your act now! Our talent shows are always a hit with students (and teachers get in on the fun, too!). We also get to show off the work of the talented artists of SPP, as works of art are on sale before and after the talent show.

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December 22-January 8 | Winter Break (Travel Opportunity #1)

While not the end of the semester, Winter Break is the first chance our students have to return to their home countries to visit family and friends (and escape the Minnesota cold!). Make sure to have your visa in order before departure!

Click here to view the full academic calendar, and be sure to follow us on Facebook for any schedule changes.

Soccer Loses Season Opener

The St. Paul Preparatory School soccer team dropped a 3-2 game to Chesterton Academy on Wednesday night in their first action of the season.

Mr. Wiggin said it was a hard-fought contest.

Scoring for the Falcons were returning forwards Xurxo and Tae Rim, but the equalizer wouldn’t come before the clock ran out.

The Falcons are back in action with their first home game of the season tomorrow, Friday, September 15. SPP takes on the International School of MN at our home pitch, located at the Mt. Airy Boy’s and Girl’s Club (690 Jackson St., St. Paul, MN).

Game time is 5:00pm, sharp, so come cheer on the Falcons!

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A bus full of players and fans before the game!

Photo Gallery: Camp Tanadoona

Our back-to-school camp was a huge success! Enjoy these photos of our students and staff getting some quality bonding time together, courtesy of Camp Fire Minnesota. (Click the pictures for a larger view.)

St. Paul Preparatory School Volleyball Schedule

As we do with other sports at St. Paul Prep, our volleyball team is in a co-op with High School for the Recording Arts (HSRA, also located in St. Paul). All practices and home games are played at HSRA.

2017 St. Paul Prep Volleyball Schedule

(Home games in bold)

September 12 | 6:30pm
vs. Prairie Seeds Academy

September 15 | 6:30pm
vs. International School of MN

September 19 | 6:30pm
@ Chesterton Academy

September 22 | 6:30pm
@ Cristo Rey Jesuit

September 26 | 6:30pm
vs. Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf

September 29 | 6:30pm
vs. AFSA

October 5 | 6:30pm
@ Twin Cities Academy

October 10 | 5pm
vs. Liberty Classical Academy

October 14 | 10am
Twin Cities Athletic Conference Tournament

 

 

Niche.com Ranks SPP a Top Private School in Minnesota

Just in time for the start of the school year, Niche.com, a website that ranks public and private schools, has named St. Paul Preparatory School the 15th best private school in the state of Minnesota out of 74 schools.

As a part of their ranking, St. Paul Prep was named the #1 school, public or private, for diversity in Minnesota. We also rated high in the academics and college prep categories.

Over the years, St. Paul Prep has scored and ranked highly by Niche.com. Thanks to all students, teachers, staff, and everyone else for making SPP a truly special place!

Check It Out: Minnesota State Fair

In America, fairs are as common as baseball and apple pie in summertime. There are town fairs, county fairs, state fairs…and then there’s the Minnesota State Fair.

Widely regarded as one of the best state fairs in America, the “Great Minnesota Get-Together” has transformed from an agricultural showcase in its inaugural run (in 1859), to the vast entertainment and eating event of the year that it is today.

If you’re new to the Land of 10,000 Lakes (and the U.S.), attending the state fair is a big ol’ helping of Minnesota (and American) culture. Here’s a list of some cannot-miss attractions (and foods, of course).

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Sweet Martha’s Cookies

Why have one when you can buy ’em by the bucket?! Martha has been making her sweet treats for over 30 years, and no trip to the fair is complete without a stop at Sweet Martha’s.

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Giant Slide

Debuting in 1968, the Giant Slide is a rite of passage for Minnesotans new and old. Don’t let the long line fool you: it goes fast.

ALL THE FOOD

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With 56 new items just this year, the state fair is a foodie’s dream (though it might be a nightmare on your wallet!) Plus, everything “on a stick” looks great on Instagram! From cheese curds to deep fried Oreos to mini donuts to sweet, crisp corn on the cob, if you can dream it, there’s probably some form of it at the fair. (Check out Andrew Zimmern’s list, too).

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Sky Ride

Avoid slow walkers and strollers: take a ride on the Sky Ride! This bird’s-eye-view of the fair has been in operation for 53 years now, and is the preferred choice for people watching on the midway.

Concerts

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From big-name Grandstand acts to free performances at the Bandshell, you can find music pretty much everywhere and at any time from now until Labor Day.

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Farm stuff

It wouldn’t be a fair without animals (specifically livestock), so make sure to check out the various barns for a chance at getting up-close and personal with Minnesota’s more furry friends. From sheep to snakes, draft horses to bunnies, there are all kinds of opportunities to see all types of creatures.

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All-things Minnesotan

From a giant tank of native fish to rubbing elbows with Minnesota’s members of Congress, if something is labeled as ‘Minnesotan’, there’s a good chance you can find it in some form at the fair.

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Whether you go for the food, animals, people-watching, or attractions, there is truly something for everyone at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. But hurry! The fair ends Labor Day (Sept. 4).

Advisor’s Angle: All Americans Live in Mansions

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By Student and Host Family Advisor Janel Cook

A stereotype is defined as a non-factual assumption about individuals or a group of people. Stereotypes can be positive or negative and can pertain to race, religion, gender, occupation, age, culture, and more.

Everyone around the world holds stereotypes to some degree. Some are conscious and some are subconscious. Many factors influence stereotypical thinking, including: culture, communities, religion, advertising, movies, TV Shows, music, celebrities, news, etc.

For example, some commonly held stereotypes about Americans are that we are loud and arrogant, we eat a lot of fast food (particularly McDonald’s and pizza), and everything in the U.S. is large compared to other countries (i.e. houses, streets, cars, yards, food portions, and people).

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St. Paul Prep students are influenced by American pop culture well before they arrive on program. They have probably watched American films or TV shows, listened to American music, and read about American celebrities and/or politics. That exposure has most likely influenced their ideas of the United States as a whole.

One of our goals is to foster international understanding between cultures. Every student who decides to participate in one of our programs is deciding to live in the U.S., which means they will come face-to-face with the reality of life in the U.S., and therefore, with any stereotypes that they hold about Americans and the United States of America.

Host Families are in the same position. They volunteer to host a student from a specific country. The student arrives and perhaps it is different than expected. Ultimately, both sides are faced with the realities of each other and must learn to allow one another to be who they are as individuals. Sometimes reaching full cultural understanding takes a while, depending on how strongly assumptions are held by each party.

Cultural exchange is a wonderful opportunity for students, Host Families, and SPP staff to challenge what we think is true, which is an important factor in breaking down stereotypes. Through these experiences, we grow more knowledgeable to the realities of cultural exchange. What an enriching experience to share with one another!

What’s Your Specialty?

One big reason students choose St. Paul Prep is the opportunity to earn an American high school diploma, which makes acceptance to an American university that much easier. At SPP, we take things one step further.

Our students have the opportunity to choose a specialized diploma, meaning students take classes in a specific area. At SPP, we offer STEM, Visual Arts, Global Leadership, and International Business specialized programs. Below is a breakdown of what students can expect from each field of study.

STEM

 

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Want to master your critical thinking and problem solving skills? Already an expert in these areas? Then our STEM option is for you! This rigorous course of study will prepare students to succeed in a 21st century workforce, at college and beyond!

Featuring advanced classes in math, science, engineering, and technology, this diploma option is open to all students.

International Business

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This diploma specialization introduces students to the complexities and relationships between different countries’ political, economic, and business practices and policies. Courses in this diploma path look at everything from the impact of international business to ethics to import/exports.

The curriculum prepares students for university-level business courses, and gives our students a leg-up on the highly competitive and constantly changing global economic environment.

Visual Arts

 

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Create products with a purpose with the Visual Arts diploma specialization. Featuring a studio, kiln, local and national art competitions, art lab, and an expansive art curriculum, our art program is a standout in the established art community in downtown St. Paul.

Open to students of all skill levels, this option assists students in preparing an art portfolio, help students discover new art mediums, and learn the history and techniques of different art forms.

Global Leadership

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The newest specialized diploma, the Global Leadership option provides students with an advanced look at oral and written language, cultural understanding, and the commonalities and differences throughout various cultures of the world.

This option prepares students for further studies at the university level in majors such as International Relations, Diplomacy, Education, and more. The Global Leadership special diploma gives students a head start on success in a global society.

Camp Tanadoona

We hope you’ve had a great summer, but it’s almost that time of year again: school. While that means homework, tests, and the like, it also means another thing here at SPP: CAMP!

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A tradition that goes back many years at St. Paul Prep, our start-of-the-year overnight camp is just as important as testing day for new students! Since our student body changes so dramatically with each new school year, this camp is designed to bring students and teachers together to break the ice and get to know each other better.

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Located on the shores of Lake Minnewashta, Camp Tanadoona features 100 acres of woods, trails, and fun!

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This year, students will have the chance to participate in many fun activities, from swimming and boating to soccer, frisbee golf, and so much more! It’ll be just like the classic American camp experience you’ve seen in the movies, only with your classmates and teachers!

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If you want more information, check out the Camp Tanadoona website!

We’re excited. We hope you are too! See you soon, Falcons!

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