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

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Traveling? Know Your Forms!

With holidays and Winter Break right around the corner, now is a good time to refresh everyone’s memory on all of the paperwork we require to ensure our international students have a safe trip!

Any international student planning to travel with or without their host family must follow the SPP Travel Procedures. International students may only travel independently by air, and must be accompanied by a relative or adult who is at least 25 years old.

If a student is planning to travel outside the U.S., they should first talk to the Admissions Office regarding any visa forms that need to be signed in order to re-enter the U.S. Students must abide by visa restrictions of the country they plan to visit.

Forms are due 2-4 weeks before the start of a trip.

Here is a summary of the forms needed for various types of travel:

FORMS REQUIRED MUST BE SUBMITTED TWO WEEKS BEFORE TRAVEL DATE Travel Proposal Form Host Family Permission Form (on proposal form) Natural Parent Release Independent Party Receiving Form I-20 must be signed for re-entry to the  U.S.
Travel with a Host Parent yes
Overnight travel with an adult other than the Host Parent yes yes yes yes
Independent travel to meet a third party (relative) yes yes yes yes
Travel outside the U.S. with a Host Parent/Family. yes yes yes
Travel outside the U.S. with a

non-Host Parent adult.

yes yes yes yes yes
Holiday travel to home country yes yes yes yes
Overnight travel in U.S. with Natural Parents yes yes yes
Traveling with Natural Parents outside of U.S. yes yes yes yes

Find these forms and more on the St. Paul Prep website.

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.

Host Family Photos

Since we’re a high school full of international students, that means most of our student body lives with host families while attending St. Paul Prep. These homestays help our students better understand the culture and language of the U.S., which in turn helps them succeed in the classroom.

Below are some of the best photos we’ve received from St. Paul Prep host families. Do you have pictures you’d like to share? Please send them to skoob@nacelopendoor.org!

Spanish Class Learns About Dia de Muertos

Students in Spanish Class recently learned about Dia de Muertos (Dia de los Muertos in English-speaking countries/Day of the Dead in English). Dia de Muertos is a Mexican holiday which brings families together to pray for their deceased friends and relatives, and to help support their spiritual journey in the afterlife. The holiday runs from October 31 to November 2.

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Traditions of the holiday include constructing ofrendas. These private altars are created to honor the dead, often with calaveras (representation of a human skull), flowers (specifically aztec marigolds), and the favorite foods and beverages of the deceased. Festivals and parades are also often associated with the holiday.

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Thought to originate some 2500-3000 years ago from an Aztec festival to the goddess Mictecacihuatl, Dia de Muertos has since spread throughout the world and celebrated by many cultures.

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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!

 

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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