THE LENS

Issue #65

Week of 9/21-9/28

We're approaching the end of the Q1 Cycle 1 grading period. Thank you to all students who started out the year with consistent attendance. A new grading cycle begins next week Monday, and our first FLEX FRIDAY project day begins 9/29. We'll begin registering for those projects next week.
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Gordon Parks Student Photography Featured at UofM Gallery Exhibition

We're very excited about an opportunity tomorrow night (Thursday, September 22nd) to see Gordon Parks High School student photography displayed in the same gallery as some of the most famous African American photographers (including Gordon Parks). The event is free.


7:00 – 9:00 pm

Public Reception, Katherine E. Nash Gallery

405 21st Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Regis Center for Art

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

6-Word MEMOIR FROM Jamie Tomlin's ELA Class

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By Abdul
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WHY DOES GPHS HAVE "FLEX FRIDAY" PROJECTS?

Gordon Parks High School is an alternative high school, so we have unique ways for you to earn credit like 3-week grading, Independent Study classes, and FLEX FRIDAY projects. These are all ways to learn and earn credit outside of your regular classes.

FLEX FRIDAY projects occur (you guessed it) on Fridays. Students get to sign up for a project of their choosing (based on their CLP). A lot of the projects are hands-on and intentionally connect you with things that we don't do in our regular classes.

To learn more about our FLEX FRIDAYs, check out this video https://vimeo.com/329629853

Learn about our Q1 projects below.

Cultural Architecture Construction

Students will choose an architectural structure of interest or one from their personal culture. Students will research its history and the story behind the structure's construction. Students will construct a replica of their historical structure out of supplied materials to scale (math). Examples include the Eiffel tower, Mai Sot dormitories, Khajuraho Temple, etc.

Credit Area: Physical Science, Physics or Geometry

Teachers: Ms. Joly & Ms. Nichols

Explore the Twin Cities

Are you new to the Twin Cities? Would you like to learn more about the unique history of our community and visit some of the locations that make St. Paul and Minneapolis a great place to live? Then join us for the Project where we get out of the classroom and Explore the Twin Cities!

Credit Areas: Human Geography, US Government or Health

Teachers: Mr. Johnson & Mr. Bednar

Fast Fashion

Students will learn about the disadvantages of Fast Fashion and what they can do about it. Students will have the opportunity to refashion and repair garments. In addition students may upcycle fabric to create other useful items.

Credit Area: CTE Teacher: Ms. Stone

Friendly Math

We will learn personal finance, consumer math and Algebra 1.

Credit Area: Algebra 1 Teacher: Ms. Sharma

Math in Sports

Students will learn about the different ways math is in sports. We will explore Statistics, Scale Modeling, Careers, and other math topics in the world of sports.

Credit Area: Algebra 1 or Geometry Teacher: Mr. Zangs

Protest Songs

This project will explore the "protest song", songs that aim to send social messages, raise awareness about an issue and bring about change. Protest songs have had as their subjects war, racism, poverty, sexism, environmental/social justice, human rights, police brutality, etc. We will spend our time listening to the music and engaging with the lyrics.

Credit Areas: US/World History or Human Geography Teacher: Mr. Davie

Urban Agriculture

Time to explore how you can grow your own food at home. What local businesses support food production in St. Paul? What is hydroponics vs. aquaponics? All these questions and more will be answered in this hands-on fun-filled project.

Credit Area: CTE or Science Teachers: Ms. Warner

We Roll The Dice

This project will culminate in a 45-min presentation at the Overcoming Racism conference in November. Students will further research St. Paul housing equity, interact with the Mayor's office, and refine the "We Roll The Dice" housing equity game for a professional conference presentation! Students will also attend the conference Friday 11/11.

Credit Areas: ELA, Econ or Human Geography

Teachers: Ms. Tomlin, Mr. Creager, Ms. Cavanaugh & Mr. Rogers

Writers Workshop

Students will use this PBL time to develop and work on individual projects in creative expression both in the visual and language arts… such as drawing, painting, sculpture, writing story and poetry.

Credit Areas: ELA Teacher: Jamie Hagg

Introducing Gordon Parks High School Counselors

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SOCIAL WORKER INFO

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!