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.

 

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!

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.)

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!

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!