Sunny Days Ahead
Mark your calendars for a Midway Peace Park event on May 26th. More info forthcoming!
College and Resource Fair Day, Tuesday, April 26, 2022
"Mountain Landscape" by Olivia
Artist Statement: The process of doing this painting was a bit challenging because I wanted it to look realistic. Doing this painting made me feel at peace because it was a landscape of nature and I love nature. The challenge I had while making this was trying to blend the colors, especially the mountains. It took a lot of time. I struggled trying to get the right shades of blue which was hard because there were a lot of different shades. I think seeing the end result was a good feeling because it just all came together and to me it came out better than I expected but the think I felt really good about is the quality of the shading on the mountains. That's the one thing I'm most proud of in my painting.
"Ocean Scene" by Ruqayyah
"Locs" by Jazmin
GPHS SHINING STARS FOR MARCH
The following students have been nominated by GPHS teachers for their dedication to learning during the month of March.
Nominated by Mr. Abdella-Science
Aaron- Excellence in Chemistry
Phao- Academic Excellence in Chemistry
Dorian- Academic Excellence in Biology
Olivia- Academic Excellence in Biology
Ad'Janay- Academic Excellence in Biology
Emilio- Superior Bridge in Physical Science
Isaiah- Superior Bridge in Physical Science
Wah- Superior Bridge in Physical Science
Nominated by Ms. Fountain-Social Work
Tierra- Academic Excellence
Nominated by Mr. Hagg-English
Za'Cariel- Academic Excellence
Jerrell- Academic Excellence
Tint- Academic Excellence
Hsar- Academic Excellence
Aquil- Academic Excellence
Adjanay- Academic Excellence
Nominated by Mr. Kennedy-School Counseling
Joseph- Creative, Inspiring, and Dedicated
Nathan- Persistence, Motivation, and a desire to be an agent of change
Isis- Academic Success and Determination
Emilio- Academic Success and Determination
Keith- Academic Success and Positive Attitude
Sadiq- Recent graduate
Mario- Outstanding Attendance and Motivation
Aaron- Academic Success and Attendance
Jerrell- Positive Attitude, Academic Success, and Attendance
Nominated by Mr. Miller-Art
Emilio- Outstanding Achievement in Visual Arts
Ruqayyah- Outstanding Achievement in Visual Arts
Nominated by Mrs. Tomlin-English
Jacob- Contributions to Class, Academic Excellence, and Kindness
Mario- Academic Excellence and Overall Positive Attitude/Kindness
Joseph- Perseverance, Hard Worker and Supportive of Peers
Emilio- Empathy for Others, Motivation to Learn, and Exploring Academic/Credit Earning Opportunities
Ramona- Overall Positive Attitude and Active Participation in Class and with Ms. Robin Hickman Winfield's TPT Production, "Don't Believe the Hype"
Isis- Overall Positive Attitude and Active Participation in Class and with Ms. Robin Hickman Winfield's TPT Production, "Don't Believe the Hype"
Treasure- Academic Achievement, Kindness, and Creative Writer for her Poetry
Aquil- Outstanding Job Facilitating the Q & A session of the Parks Play in Gym
Nominated by Ms. Wikre-FACS
Arnold- Academic Excellence
Earth Day Cleanup at GPHS on Friday 4/22, 12:30-1:00PM
2022 PROM May 6th
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FLEX FRIDAY PROJECTS FOR Q4: Register now!
Teacher: Kent Miller
We will learn personal finance, consumer math and Algebra 1.
Credit Area: Algebra 1
Teacher: Anupma Sharma
Images of War
This project will explore through film and photography major conflicts in US History. (WWII,
Vietnam War, WWI, Iraq War, Afghanistan War) Students will be engaged in assessing the social,
political, psychological and human aspects of US wars. We will look at how US wars past and
present have unified and divided our country and influenced the world. Finally we will explore the
multiple ways these wars have affected soldiers, their families and civilians.
Credit Areas: US/World History or Human Geography
Teacher: Tom Davies
Landscaping & Construction
Students will be engaged in a hands-on project around landscape design and creating a pollinator
garden. Later in the Quarter they will work with other schools to build end walls for the greenhouse.
Credit Areas: CTE, Algebra 1 or Geometry
Teachers: K. Warner & B. Zangs
One-Year Anniversary of Midway Peace Park
Organization & production of activities for the May 26 Midway Peace Park event.
Credit Area: ELA
Teachers: J. Tomlin, P. Creager, M. Cavanaugh & K. Rogers
ReCycle, UpCycle, ReFashion
This is an opportunity for students to use their creativity to remake or refashion clothing,
furniture and cardboard boxes.
Credit Area: CTE
Teacher: Sharon Stone
Students will be engaged in looking directly into the sun with a Coronado Solarmax telescope!
Students will be able to make solar observations from 150X to 300X magnification using this
technology. In addition to solar observations students will have the opportunity to photograph the
sun and digitally enhance their image using the program Gimp. Other topics that will be covered
include, the physics of telescopes, light, and the life cycle of our sun. Mathematics will also be
integrated into the course.
Credit Areas: Physical Science, Geometry or Algebra 2
Teachers: Joel Abdella & Marty Gaslin
Sports and Society
What do you know about Jackie Robinson or Althea Gibson? What about Muhammad Ali? They
are not just athletes, but larger than life icons in American culture. Students will explore through
film how our understanding of sport is shaped by social and historical contexts. Students will also
critically assess the relationship of sports to issues of race, equity, and identity.
**Prerequisite: Must Need a Phy Ed credit or Teacher Approval**
Credit Areas: Phy Ed, US History or Human Geography
Teachers: Mike Bednar & Ted Johnson
Writers Workshop / Art Studio / Chess Club
Students will have plenty of PBL time to work on creative writing or art projects of their choosing.
Guest writers and artists will visit. A Chess Club component will be offered.
Credit Areas: English, Art, or Elective
Teacher: Jamie Hagg
MCA Tests Coming Up Soon
We have MCA testing right around the corner.
Juniors will be doing the MCA Math test. For those few students in need of Science testing, those tests will occur in early May.
What is the MCA? The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) are state tests in reading, mathematics, and science that are used to meet federal and state legislative requirements.
GP RECONNECT: An incentive program for students who have stopped participating in school
We want you to reconnect with Gordon Parks High School. We can help you get back on track toward graduation. To encourage you, we are offering a $25 Target Gift Card for students who complete these three GP Reconnect steps:
1) Contact your counselor to update your Graduation Plan and get a schedule.
2) Upon receiving your schedule, reach out to all your teachers.
3) After connecting with all your teachers, complete just one full week of school.
Based on completion of these criteria, you will receive a $25 Target Gift Card! (limited to one).
And new this year, is our Sustain Momentum incentive. If you return to school and "sustain momentum" you can continue earning incentives till you qualify Credit Program Incentives!
GPHS Credit Earning Incentives
1-2 classes (or 14-28% of your classes): $5 Target Gift Card
3-4 classes (or 29-50% of your classes): $10 Target Gift Card
5-6 classes (or 51-99% of your classes): $25 Target Gift Card
Honor Roll (100% of your classes): $50 Gift Card
You can earn these incentives each 3-week cycle till the end of the 2022 school year!