From left: Devonte Miller and Bryant Bentley, students at Gordon Parks High School (GPHS), presented at the Courageous Conversations Summit in St. Louis.

Gordon Parks students and staff to present at Courageous Conversations Summit
DeVonte Miller and Bryant Bentley, students at Gordon Parks High School (GPHS), will present at the Courageous Conversations Summit in St. Louis on October 28. Devonte and Bryant will help lead an interactive presentation with GPHS staff entitled Promoting Civic Engagement & Courageous Conversation Through Media Activism.

GPHS staff presenters are Traci Gauer, principal; Jamie Tomlin, reading intervention coordinator; Luke Turvold, social studies teacher; and Paul Creager, curriculum and media arts coordinator.

Gordon Parks High School, named for the late media activist, sets high standards for racial equity. GPHS empowers high school students through media activism projects like Transitions: University Avenue that increase the level of civic engagement and courageous discourse about race in our school community. Effective media activism projects intersect with race and develop student leadership capacity through passion, practice and persistence.

SPPS Soccer Players recognized by coaches association
Five SPPS soccer players on October 20 were selected as members of the All-State and/or Honorable Mention team by the Minnesota State High School Soccer Coaches Association (MSHSSCA). SPPS has never had so many students recognized.

Three SPPS students win Library Card Drawing
Bitaniya Gebrekiristos of Four Seasons A+, Mu K Shi of Washington Technology and Tha S Paw of Humboldt won $25 bookstore gift cards as part of a Library Card Drawing. The cards were awarded to the students through "Wild Cards," a summer partnership campaign between Saint Paul Public Schools and the Saint Paul Public Library. The program aims to equip every summer school student with a library card.