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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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.)