June 8, 2011
“Home of the Panthers”
In This Issue
A Publication of Spring Lake Park High School Perspective 1
Dates and Events 2
Insights from Dr. William Sommers Panther Pride 2- 4
Senior All Night Party
Aloha- Information 7
I would like to quote Porky Pig from the end of Looney Tunes: “That’s All Folks.” (OK, Class of 2011
many of you may not remember that cartoon). The fact is, there is no end to learning. Important Info 8
The formal school year ends and learning continues either formally or informally. To
those parents of 9th – 11th grade students, help keep kids involved in activities, reading,
Services Info. 5 & 6
volunteering, etc, throughout the summer. There is a great deal of research that says
the “summer slide”, where just hanging out with no reading or working on projects, Something to think
keeps students from progressing to their potential. So, keep kids learning. about 7&8
The student behavior at graduation was very good. This was one of the best I have attended. Students Mr. Reif’s Annual
were respectful, student speeches were meaningful, and the class of 2011 demonstrated “a class with
class.” One glitch was the wind blowing over the screen. Our goal was to show the all the student speak-
ers who auditioned, but did not get a chance to give their speeches, to the parents and community. Each
student who tried out had something good to say. Tom Cash, district technology, has posted those speeches on this site
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFBF4gWpQfM. I recommend you visit this site to see these additional speeches
from our students. Graduation also will be played on the cable channel several times if you would like to hear the four
We have about ten yearbooks left if someone forgot to order one. Please contact Maria Ahrndt at
email@example.com if you would like to buy one. For next year’s students, schedules and information from the coun-
seling department will be mailed out later in June. Keep in mind that these schedules are subject to change depending
on new students, students dropping, and we will balance class sizes before the final schedules are complete in August.
Please see the counselor/student services calendar for summer hours in this edition.
I want to recognize a few people who made graduation a success. Guy Quick, Larry Hanson, and the maintenance staff
started with breakfast and worked right up to the last minute making sure the structures were in place. Never forget
that after the event, they continue to work to remove and clean everything; the district technology crew - without their
support graduation would be difficult at best; the Counseling Department led by Don Fineran, the senior counselor. Mr.
Fineran worked constantly keeping students and parents informed about their progress. There are more graduates as a
result of his efforts. Maria Norman was the main organizer. Without her planning and monitoring this event would have
not have been this successful. Without Maria, I wouldn’t have been on time.
Finally, I’d like to recognize the staff of Spring Lake Park High School. What a great turnout! It was very heartening
to see the students and community applaud our staff. Students are why they come to work and to see the results of
their efforts is very important.
William A. Sommers, PhD
Spring Lake Park High School | 1100 81st Ave. NE, Spring Lake Park, MN 55432 | www.springlakeparkschools.org
August 30, 2011
Back to School
• Update family contact information.
• Fill lunch account
• Transportation Questions
• Parent Portal Registration
• Health Information Update
• Pick up 2011 - 2012 Schedule
Page 2 Panther Pulse
Panther Pride - Class of 2011
Maher Abduselam Nicholas Cockriel * Jayda Groess Jacob Klimek ****◊●
Ottilia Abebrese Amos Cole Samantha Grubbs ****◊● Mallory Klis ****∆
Brandon Acker Bryant Corrigan * Haley Halliday *¤ Alicia Koenig *
Matthew Ahlfs Maxwell Corrigan **◊ Josilia Hallie Kelly Koenig *
Sheraz Ahmed Jarquese Cosey Taylor Hanson ****¤∆● Ryan Kraber *
Manuel Alarcon * Morgan Croft **● Evan Harris Denise Kraimer
Rhiannon Ament Derek Dahl * David Hasbrouck * Thomas Ku *
Anthony Anderson Joshua Dahl * Ashley Hawkins * Tia Kvidera **∆
Jenna Anderson Ralphel Dahl Mary Hayford Jessica LaCrosse
Jessica Anderson Rebecca Dahlen ****◊● Christine Hedin ** Brittany LaFrance
Jonathan Anderson Jessica Dalke * Brice Held * Dustin Lahr **
Katelyn Anderson Joshua Davies ** Jennifer Henifin Margaux Lassegard **◊●
Fadumo Anshuur * Katrina Davis **◊ Alexander Henke Liongmayong Lee
Alexis Apanah Scott Davis ****∆ Nalee Her *● Nicholas Lemke
Melissa Aune Shelby Davis * Riley Hoffner Linda Lemus
Raj Badola Blake DeBoer * Tyler Holetz Sydney Lener
Kendra Bahr *¤ Alan Denno ¤ Alex Hommes Kaila Levesseur
Elizabeth Bakeman Jacob Dering * Linh Hong ***∆ Gregory Lewandowski ****◊●
Desarae Barns Turquoise Dickenson Brandon Hoyne Beth Lewis-Miles ***
Zachary Barstow Anh Doan ** Shekinah Hudson Kayla Lindgren
Katelyn Bassett ¤ Zachary DuBay Tenea Hudson * Rachel Lindquist
Emily Bauer ****◊● Torianne Dvorak Carrie Huelsnitz ****∆● Justin Little *
Benjamin Beaver **∆ Kaylee Eagleman * Kelly Huigens Jovany Lopez
Alexandra Beckman Megan Eckman ***¤∆ Jesse Hunt Julio Lopez
Lukas Belau ** Michael Edgett Vilayvone Inthirath Kaitlyn Luedtke **∆
Emily Bell Brendon Edwards John Irwin Justin Lynch **∆
Heather Berry ** Lauren Eid Michael Ives Carolyn Maki *¤
Christopher Bevers Trevor Eilers Melissa Jaskela Alisha Martin
Bridget Birkholz Mark Engstrom **◊● Alyssa Jedlicka * Dominick Martin
Lindsey Bjorge ****◊● Alexander Erbe Nykia Jensen Traci Martin
Anthony Bodelson ****◊● Sydney Erickson * Callan Johnson Anastacio Martinez-Garcia
Kierah Bogan Olivia Fahey Chloe Johnson Samantha McClanahan ****◊●
Emily Booth * Tobiloba Fanibi * Myron Johnson Sarah McGeough **∆
Malik Borders Max Faulkner * Bria Jones **∆● Carolann Medina **
Cassandra Brackenbury Sandra Figueroa Ceriah Juean * Yared Mekonen
Lucas Breitbach * Devon Fleck ** Dakota Kahlstorf-Paciorek Brady Melberg
Michael Bronk Austin Fleming * John Kallestad * Rawan Melhem *
Krista Bryz-Gornia ****◊● Brittany Forsberg David Kanani ****◊● Alex Mercer
Tyler Burda ****◊● Shawna Fredrickson Amber Kelly Thomas Moe
Fuad Burhan **∆ Taylor Frischmon * Kirsten Kemen * Paige Monson
Ariana Caldero * Griselda Fuentes Brandi Kemling Victoria Morrissette
David Cameron Brandon Gangelhoff Jamie Kendzora-Forman * Jordyn Mosser
Meagan Canchola Christine Ganoza Benjamin Keute Issamar Mountain *
Katrina Carpentier **∆● Nicolas Garcia Musab Khalif * Ashley Mozey **
Skylar Cary **∆ Chelsea Georges Khong Khang Monte' Mulroy
Emily Cash Merissa Goeman * Soraia Khosti Delaney Murphy *
Joseph Casiano John Gormley **◊● Melissa Kidd Courtney Nelson **∆●
Carmen Chirinos * Natalie Graham Mariah King Jordan Nelson *
Jessica Chlebeck ***∆ Emani Gray Jonathan Kim ****◊ Michael Nelson
Veronica Choice Allen Grigor Hannah Klimek **● Alexander Nguyen
Panther Pride—Graduates 2011 - Continued
Jennifer Nguyen ****◊ Samuel Schwab Dylan VanDriel rigor” coursework - Gold
Tassel and Gold Cord
Oanh Nguyen MaryJo Scribner Armone Vang
Caitlyn Nolte Jenna Seery ****◊ Kathy Vang **∆ ● National Honor Society –
Nicole Norgaard *● Nathan Sill * Sammatha Vang White Cord
Nicholas Novack-Perhus Corey Simmer Shiyeng Vang *
◊ President’s Award for Educa-
Braedon Novak * Anita Sinha ****◊● Steven Vang tional Excellence
Jasmin Nurmi Emma Skimland Travis Velde
∆ President’s Award for Educa-
Nima Odowa ****◊● Amanda Smith Cruz Velez tional Achievement
Justin Okerstrom Chante Smith Christina Vorasane
Caitlynn Olson Connor Smith ■ Travis Vradenburg ¤ Certified Nursing Assistant –
Mitchell Opdahl *■ Lorenzo Smith Kelsey Walczak **¤◊●
Jorge Orellana Taylor Smith Kathryn Waska * ■ Nationally Registered Emer-
gency Medical Technician
Nabeel Osman * Terrell Smith Iman Wazwaz
Hilary Palmer ****◊● Trevor Smith Andrew Welch
Sathyashiva Persaud * Bethany Snyder Lena Welte *
Christina Pi * Rajaa Sougdali Natalie West
Sara Piekarski Shane Sowder Mariah Wika ****◊●
Samantha Pieper Britney Stafford * Kyle Willette *
Alina Podolyanchuk Flavius Stanici Krysta Williams ****∆●
Anthony Polillo Brandon Stellmach ** Martenaze Williamson
Rialda Prutina Kayla Stevenson **● Rayonna Winfield
Jonathan Quarberg * Kelly Stifter ****◊● Barrett Winrick ****◊●
Ernesto Quevedo Baltazar Heather Stoning Jacob Wolfe *
Josue Quintero Eric Stramer
Senida Rahic Dzenita Subasic
Victoria Raihle **∆ Omar Sugule
Jesse Ramstorf Coleton Sunderland *
Weifan Xiao ***∆
Zachary Randall Sarah Swanson ***◊● Christian Yang
Jorde Ranum ****∆● Kourtney Swetland Katrina Yang **∆
Lauren Rau Leah Sylvester ****◊● Lotua Joshua Yang
Jesse Reemtsma Rachel Szurek ****◊●
Urji Yusuf **∆
Chelsea Reinartz * Tien Tang **◊●
Amanda Reinhart ****◊ William Teetzel *
Roy Rendon-Alarcon Vongdara Tep Tyler Zahuranec
Steven Rethwill * Maxwell Tesch * Robert Zelenak *
Cesar Reyes William Thao Yumeng Zhang
Miguel Reynoso Jacquelyn Tigue
Tyler Richards *● David Tomlinson
Devion Richardson Andrew Tortora *
Jersi Rickenbach Dyon Tran * Honors Graduate
3.0 - 3.399 GPA – Gold
Zora Robertson Nhi Tran *
Aleyshia Ruberg Jordan Trapp **●
** High Honors Graduate
Yesenia Rubio Briana Trowbridge
3.4 - 3.699 GPA – Gold
Jessica Salwei * Quentin Tschofen ****◊ Tassel
Edgar Sanchez-Martinez Alona Tueffel
*** Highest Honors Graduate 3.7
Jeremiah Sandstrom Nicholas Turbitt or greater GPA – Gold Tassel
David Savage * Elizabeth Twedt
**** Highest Honors Graduate
Molly Schleeter ** William Ullrich with Academic Distinction
Jillian Schmid **∆● Taylor Vacca ****∆ 3.7 or Greater GPA and also
completed 33 credits of “high
Alyssia Schmidt Brittany Vance
2010-2011 Year Book
If you are 9th-11th grader, you can get a year book. We only have 10 books left.
See Mrs. S.Johnson or Mrs. M. Ahrndt in room B144 or B145. (ext. 5634 or ext. 5136)
Student Support Services
As of Wednesday July 20
open Wednesdays only
8:00 - 11:30 and 12:30 - 3:30
also open Monday - Friday
August 22 - 25
due to limited number of counselors available -
APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED
Summer in the Park 2011
Summer School registration information and form is
now online at http://www.springlakeparkschools.org/
Any student who has failed a class and needs to make
it up, or who wants to take a summer school class,
please complete the form and return it to your high
school counselor as soon as possible. Space is limited!
If you or your student are unsure of which credits
need to be taken in summer school, please contact
your student's counselor at 763-785-5547 or email:
9th grade: Ms. Magid Hart, firstname.lastname@example.org
10th grade: Mr. Elhardt, email@example.com
11th grade: Ms. Corneil-Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org
12th grade: Mr. Fineran, email@example.com
MN Office of Higher Education
The Minnesota Office of Higher Education is pleased to announce the 2011 Summer Academic Enrichment Program.
This program is made possible by the Federal College Access Challenge Grant and it will provide stipends on a first
come, first-serve basis to cover all or a portion of the direct cost for eligible students in grades 3-11 to attend eligible
2011 summer academic enrichment programs. A flyer about the program is attached at the end of this email. At the
website below you will find information on the program, a link to the listing of eligible programs, and a link to the
Please get the word out and help students plan early to participate in activities that will strengthen their academic
June 8, 2011
Senior All-Night Party - June 4, 2011 - News & Announcements
The Senior Class of 2011 would like to thank the following for their generosity and support for the Senior
All Night Party. The party would not be possible without them. Please thank them when you visit their es-
Hasling Insurance Agency Paul’s BarberShop
Norma Velde Wild Mountain
David Banks Studio Two Stooges Sports Bar & Grill
Spring Lake Park Lumber Ham Lake Lanes
Spring Lake Park Chiropractors Perkins
Tropics Indoor Water Park – Shoreview North Country Barber & Stylist - Chris
Minnesota Zoo Buffalo Wild Wings - Northtown
Old Log Theater Cub Foods - Christopher Parker
Ichibans Japanese Steakhouse City of Blaine
Brightwood Golf Course Lorenze Bus Service
Kate Haven Golf Course Bethel University
Daves Sports Shop Fridley American Legion
Dairy Queen Friendly Chevrolet
Pickle Park Christopher & Catherine Moran
Jodie & Rod Luedtke Terri and Mike Gormley
Taco Bell Sue & George Walters
John's Auto Parts Keith & Norma Lee Velde
Kurt Manufacturing Cathy Palmer
Perfect 10 Car Wash Eddingtons
Anchor Bank Lincoln Pawn
Bob's Produce Brenk Brothers Inc
Jeff Thayer Ins Agency Northpoint PTO
St. Catherines Goofy Golf of Spring Lake Park
Minnesota Vikings Broadway Pizza
Park Tavern Blaine Jaycees
3rd Lair Skateboard Park Bakers Square
Bed Bath & Beyond Water Park of America
St. Paul Saints Costco
Salon Mystique Old Chicago
Menards Subway - 106th & University
Sams Club Nelsons Cheese y & Deli
Minnesota Twins Caribou
Walters Recycling Borders Foods - Jeff & Carol Williams
Best Buy – Northtown Allina Hospitals
SLPHS Parent Advisory Committee
All the parents and family that have volunteered of their time and skills.
8. Cherish your health:
Something To Think About If it is good, preserve it.
If it is unstable, improve it.
If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
"Research is the transformation of money into knowledge.
Innovation is the transformation of knowledge into money. 9. Don't take guilt trips.
Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county, to a for-
Geoff Nicholson, former 3M VP eign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.
10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportu-
Questions To Ponder nity.
And if you don't send this to at least four people - who
Thoughts to Ponder: But do share this with someone.
1. Can the term money be thought of as student learning?
2. What is the research that supports our experience? "Love all, trust a few. Do wrong to none". --William Shakespeare
3. What is the research that challenges our experience? --------------------
4. What innovation is turning knowledge into student learning? An Old Farmer's Advice:
* Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
HOW TO STAY YOUNG
* Keep skunks and bankers and lawyers at a distance.
1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and
* Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay them.
* A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
2. Keep only cheerful friends.
The grouches pull you down.(keep this In mind if you are one
of those grouches;) * Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled.
3. Keep learning: * Meanness don't jes' happen overnight.
Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever.
Never let the brain get idle. "An idle mind is the devil's workshop." And * Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.
the devil's name is Alzheimer's!
* Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.
4. Enjoy the simple things.
* It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge.
5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
And if you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots
and Lots of time with HIM/HER. * You cannot unsay a cruel word.
6. The tears happen: * Every path has a few puddles.
Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us
our entire life, is our self. LIVE while you are alive. * When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
7. Surround yourself with what you love: * The best sermons are lived, not preached.
Whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies,
whatever. Your home is your refuge.
* Most of the stuff people worry about ain't never gonna happen
June 8, 2011
Mr. Reif’s Annual Tour
* Don't judge folks by their relatives.
* Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
Every year since 1993, English teacher R. K. Reif has led
groups of S.L.P. students and adults on exciting tours of far-off
* Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think continents. Over 500 people have enriched their lives through
back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.
their cultural experiences in Europe, Japan, New Zealand and
* Don't interfere with somethin' that ain't botherin' you none.
In June 2012, Mr. Reif's annual tour will take him and his en-
* Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance. tourage on a three-week tour of six European countries -- Eng-
land, France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, and Germany. There
is still room for more, but the enrollment period will end on
* If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.
April 30, 2011. This tour is open to students in grades 9 - 12,
their friends and family, interested adults, and S.L.P. alums.
* Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
There will be one more informational/registration meet-
* The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with, ing: Tuesday, April 26th @ 6:30 P.M. Enter the high school
watches you from the mirror every mornin'. building through Door 29, and head upstairs to Mr. Reif's class-
room: Room C-275.
* Always drink upstream from the herd.
If interested, contact Mr. Reif at 763.795.5115 or via e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Students can pick up brochures and flyers
* Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes outside Room C-275 anytime!
from bad judgment.
* Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it
* If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try or-
derin' somebody else's dog around.
* Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave
the rest to a higher power.
Last Years Tour in Sydney Australia
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