GORDON PARKS HIGH SCHOOL

"The LENS" E-NEWSLETTER Issue IX

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THANK YOU

The 19/20 regular school year ended yesterday, June 9th. We'd like to thank and recognize all parents, guardians, family members and friends that supported students during this challenging time. Our students navigated unprecedented school changes, and we applaud them. Our staff was right there with students, adjusting to changing needs, schedules and more. It was a collective, team effort and we'd like to thank everyone, and wish you a wonderful summer!

GORDON PARKS HIGH SCHOOL MURAL: SOLIDARITY WITH THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY

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Click the link below to view a recording of GPHS' graduation

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

COVID-19 can spread easily and quickly in large groups of people who are close together for long periods of time. Some people do not have symptoms but can still spread the virus to others. If you participated in a protest, vigil, or other neighborhood event, you should get tested. The Minnesota Department of Health is hosting free COVID-19 testing.

  • When: June 16, 17, 23, 24 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Where: Oxford Community Center (Jimmy Lee) 270 Lexington Parkway North, St Paul, MN 55104
  • Appointments: They are encouraging people to make an appointment on-line at https://reg.primarybio.com/r/minneapolis. There will also be a limited number of walk-in appointments.
  • Eligibility: This testing event is FREE and open to all, with or without symptoms

More information: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/testsites.html or MDH COVID-19 hotline at: 651-297-1304

SOCIAL WORKER INFO: FOOD & EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE INFO (RENT, MORTGAGE & UTILITIES)

As we navigate CV19 I'd like to continue providing you resources to stay healthy and safe.

FOOD INFO:

SPPS will continue offering food drop off or pickup over the summer. For more info, click here

This link will help you to access food support while school is out of session: https://mn.p-ebt.org/en/

Additionally, there is an image below with "Free Farmers Market IN A BOX" info to access free food at Allianz Field.

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE INFO:

"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

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COUNSELING CORNER

The purpose of the counseling corner is to inform you about general and specific counselor and wellness department announcements during your time of distance learning. Check this newsletter and/or your email periodically for updates.

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.


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 13 -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

  1. 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: CONGRATULATIONS JUNE GRADUATES!

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

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