Issue #70

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Week of 11/16-11/22

It's been snowing all week, as we start of Quarter 2!

This Friday, 11/18, teachers have a Professional Development Day, so students will not have school.

Next week is a three-day week, with class from 11/21-11/23 (Thursday 11/24 & 11/25 no school).

Gordon Parks Students at the Overcoming Racial Equity Conference 11/11/22

Gordon Parks Students Did an Amazing Job at the Conference!

On Friday 11/11, nine Gordon Parks High School students presented at the Overcoming Racism conference at Metro State University. This student-led presentation was the byproduct of another student-led event in May of 2022, when we celebrated the 1-year anniversary of Midway Peace Park.

The student presentation was entitled "We Roll The Dice" and it was an innovative presentation that focused on housing inequalities and intergenerational wealth. Enjoy the photos, and stay tuned for the film being made about our presentation.

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Congratulations to Joseph, Winner of the Optimist Scholarship

Optimist Scholarship

Joseph is a student leader here at Gordon Parks. Joseph is a highly motivated student who has overcome personal obstacles. His GPHS counselor Dan Kennedy nominated him for the Optimist scholarship and he won!

There are only 16 winners in pubic/private schools who win this scholarship/award each year, so it is a highly competitive scholarship. A panel of fifteen different people weight things like academics, volunteering, personal characteristics and obstacles the applicant has had to overcome.

SPPS counselors, TRIO and others help to tell the student's story by interviewing students and then submitting nominations. Joseph will be getting $3,000 to apply to cost the college he decides to attend. Way to go Joseph!


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GPHS Student Leadership Group Info: Next Meeting is 12/1 at 1:30PM in the GPHS Library

Would you like to be a student leader and participate in the decision-making centered around our school and community-based events/activities? If so, then join the Gordon Parks Student Leadership Team on 12/1 at 1:30PM. Joining this team will not only enhance and/or build your leadership skills, but it will provide you an opportunity to be actively involved in developing fun and educational events that would benefit all students and staff at Gordon Parks. In order for you to join you must meet the following expectation criteria:

  1. Model healthy and positive behavior in school, classroom, and community

  2. Take your leadership role seriously, as this is a reflection of you and your school

  3. School and community ambassador

  4. Complete credits toward graduation

  5. Attend class consistently

If you are interested and meet the expectation criteria, please join us at our next meeting on 12/1 at 1:30PM in the library.

Thank You,

Ms. Saunders and Ms. Fountain

Student Leadership Facilitators

Please click the "One IMPORTANT REMINDER: Click the link below to do your annual update of your info for this school year.


Students welcome back to school. I hope you had a great summer. I am glad to have you back and hope you are ready to learn. I recognize that we are still experiencing challenging times with the pandemic, racism, and economic uncertainty. As we stand together through these times, let us think about the African proverb, It Takes a Village, We are the village. An entire community of people. I can't wait to connect with you and find out what your goals are. As we start the year, please remember that I'm here to support you, you can be successful, and we are going to have a fantastic year!