GORDON PARKS HIGH SCHOOL

"The LENS" E-NEWSLETTER Issue VIII

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THIS WEEK WE CELEBRATE OUR 2020 GRADUATES!

HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN GPHS' "VIRTUAL" GRADUATION ON JUNE 1ST

Our graduation will be June 1 at 5:30.

To join us, click this Eduvision link on your computer, smart phone or tablet.

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HOW TO GET YOUR DIPLOMA

Diplomas can be picked up by students only on June 5th, 9AM-12PM/Noon at Gordon Parks. Students must also turn in their iPad to receive their diploma. Family members cannot pick up diplomas.
Message from Robin Winfield Hickman, grandniece of Gordon Parks

GRADUATE "SHOUT OUTS" from GPHS STAFF

TAKE A VIRTUAL YOGA CLASS

Students, if you're feeling restricted in your home during CV19, consider a new approach to physical and emotional health via Yoga & Dance. And if you want to experiment for free, our neighbor Ananya Dance Theater's instructor Kealoha Ferreira has a free program for you: https://www.facebook.com/events/886415295129023/

Check it out!

FREE FOOD ACCESS INFO

GPHS students and families can access free food from Saint Paul Public Schools. Besides the cost savings, having food delivered to your home provides you the advantage of reducing your potential CV19 exposure (and your family members) while acquiring food in grocery stores, convenience stores, etc.

Please note that on the SPPS Nutrition Services website, it says free food drop off is only for under 18 students. This rule does not apply to GPHS because we are a Conditional Enrollment Program (CEP). You are fully able to access free food and should ignore this condition.

Please follow these two simple steps:


  1. In order to familiarize with SPPS food drop off processes, please click here.
  2. Register for food drop off via this link.



And we are here to help you navigate the process. Please email GPHS Social Worker Shelly Fountain with any questions.

FREE FOOD ACCESS AT CONWAY PARK (M-F 1-4PM)

The Conway Community Center will provide “Grab & Go” meals during the following distribution time: Lunch & Dinner Services: 1pm - 4pm.

Location: Conway Community Rec Center 2090 Conway St. Saint Paul, MN 55119 651-690-4855

Additional free food info, and more CV19 support links, via this website: http://covid19.thesannehfoundation.org/

"A CHOICE OF WEAPONS: Honor & Dignity" online exhibit

Visit this virtual exhibit of the Gordon Parks & Jamel Shabazz exhibit, featuring GPHS student curator writing and reflection.

RAMSEY COUNTY COVID 19 RESOURCES

These resources help you navigate CV-19.

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NURSE INFO: How to get accurate info about CORONAVIRUS or CV-19

More and more businesses are requiring that their employees and shoppers wear face masks to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. I wanted to re-share information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about how to make a home-made face mask: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/DIY-cloth-face-covering-instructions.pdf Click this link to watch a video on how to make a face mask at home https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPx1yqvJgf4. I am available if you need to speak with me at any time regarding your health and/or wellness. I can be reached at jen.harvey@spps.org

SOCIAL WORKER INFO: EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE INFO FOR RENT, MORTGAGE & UTILITIES

"You may be concerned about interruptions in your income and paying your bills. Ramsey County is here to help with Emergency Assistance (EA) and Emergency General Assistance (EGA). Emergency Assistance helps adults with children, and pregnant women. Emergency General Assistance helps adults without children. EA and EGA help with shelter, such as past due rent, a damage deposit, or to stop foreclosure. EA and EGA also help pay for utilities, when there is threat of disconnection. Utilities include electricity, heat, and water."

Click the following links for language specific resources:

SOMALI

SPANISH

HMONG

KAREN

ENGLISH

COUNSELING CORNER

May 26-29 info

APPOINTMENTS WITH A GP COUNSELOR, NURSE, SOCIAL WORKER

We would love to hear from you! Please make an appointment using this Virtual Appointment Form if you would like to talk to a GP support staff person in detail about a concern you have. Otherwise, please email if you have an urgent question or concern.

GRADUATION

1. The Gordon Parks High School virtual graduation will be on June 1st at 5:30 p.m. Details about graduation click this link 2020 Graduation Information for June GRADS

2. Counselors will be reaching out to you by next week to let you know if you qualify to graduate.

EVENING HIGH SCHOOL

I hope you enjoyed the Memorial Day weekend. This is the last week of Evening High School. The last day for Tuesday/Thursday classes is Tuesday, May 26 and the last Monday/Wednesday classes is Wednesday, May 27. Students, submit all you asignments, including your test, quizzes, papers, etc., by the 11:59PM the day your class is scheduled to meet. Don't forget to complete the Daily Connect quiz so that you are marked PRESENT for the last day of class.

Keep up the good work!!

Ms. Clemmons

SUMMER SCHOOL

Summer school will be happening this year. Counselors will be contacting you about summer school Gordon Parks High School summer sessions will be offered as distance learning Schoology courses . Session 1 June 15-July 9 Session 2 July -August 6

POST-SECONDARY OPPORTUNITIES

Please use this link Navigating Life to access college and military information, job postings, career exploration, life skill presentations, and other topics that will help you with your post-secondary planning. For urgent questions, please email me at koryn.saunders@spps.org or leave me a voicemail at 651-744-1241. Please make sure to leave your phone# and email so I can return your messages in a timely manner. For a more detailed discussion please complete this Virtual Appointment Form.

WELLNESS SUPPORT ANNOUNCEMENTS

The clinic will be open Monday-Friday, and the telehealth line is now open for mental health counseling and essential medical visits. For more information click link here: Health Start Clinic at Gordon Parks


Message for the Week: DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY!

WE'RE HERE FOR YOU. LET US KNOW HOW WE CAN HELP.

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