iPad tips

heroNow that the entire student population of HPHS has an iPad in their own possession, there are some tips I’d like to highlight about the devices. Here are the top 5 things to know about SPPS iPads:

5) Use it as much as possible. Remember that whenever the red sign isn’t displayed in the classroom, your iPad can be out and in use. It has the capability to replace most of your paper, don’t let the simplicity of a notebook hold you back.

4) Note-taking. Evernote, Bamboo Paper, Pages, Google Docs and Notes all make for an easy and simple lecture. Just turn the iPad where it’s easiest for you to type and then go to town.

3) AirDrop. Use it as a tool, not a distraction. It can easily help you accomplish tasks. If you missed a day of class, have a friend drop you the notes or a teacher AirDrop the assignment that you missed.

2) “They’re watching you….” Teachers can use Casper Focus to see what you are doing, lock your iPad or lock you into a specific app of their choosing. Through Mobile Device Management, the district, with probable cause, can view you browser/download history and where you have been connected to a network. They also scan each iPad every 24 hours to see if you have downloaded one of the banned apps found at bit.ly/notapps.

1) iPads are a privilege, not a right. Use them the wrong way and continue to abuse your privileges and consequences will be handed to you about as quickly as your iPad was given to you. Use it as tool and avoid the game section of the App Store.

Math Team M4 Press Release – Highland Goes to State!


By: Tate Bosler

On Monday, Highland’s math team defeated Central for a third time this season, which is enough to send the team to the state tournament for the 20th year in a row. The team has one meet left in the season on February 9 at home, which will secure this title, as well as the division championship.

Highland has been performing very well over the last decade, regularly getting second place in the Saint Paul City division to Central. At a meet last year, Highland came within grabbing distance of winning a meet, taking second to Central by only one point.

This year, though, things have been different. Highland started the season by winning a meet in November, defeating Central by nine points. The team won again at Humboldt later that same month. And this third victory will give Highland the title of Division Champions – a title the team has not held since 2005.

The final meet of the season is a home meet, held in the cafeteria and math classrooms on Monday, February 9. Topics for the meet include puzzle problems, probability, and similar triangles. Final division results will be announced immediately following the meet.

The math team is on Twitter at @hp_mathteam, led by captains Tate Bosler (@ichiefboz) and Katie Watson (@coffeemoose) and coaches Michael O’Connell and Christopher Anderson. More information can be found at http://www.tatebosler.com/2015/01/28/one-score-for-mathteam/.

FHA: Engaging Students and Empowering the Community

Friends of the Highland Arts is a new non-profit organization that is forming, to help support all types of art in Highland area schools. Currently, they are actively involved in organization development stages, and are well underway to becoming a strong presence in the Highland community. Here are some progress updates about what they’re up to:

First Annual Highland Arts Showcase

FHA will be promoting the first Annual Highland Arts Showcase to be held 7 PM Thursday March 19 in the HPSH auditorium. The program is free (donations accepted) and FHA will promote to the greater Highland Park and St Paul community.

There will be selections from HPSH IB band, choir, jazz, and dance performances.

HPSH visual/media art work will be exhibited in the auditorium lobby.

They will invite elementary and middle schools in the HPSH articulated network to display some of their student artwork.

There may be a music ensemble from Capitol Hill perform, either on stage or in the lobby before the Showcase.

They hope to have a table staffed with student volunteers to help younger children create a simple art project before and after the performances.

FHA will create the Showcase program (Playbill) and solicit advertising to raise funds for Highland Arts programming.


FHA has done a great job of engaging students thus far in the process. Congratulations to Meagan Blair for submitting the winning logo design in the recently held contest. She gets to work with a professional graphic design artist next! Also, 11th grader Misha Prasolov is working on website development. In the future, they have talked about forming a student advisory board, to give guidance and direction to the organization from the student’s perspective.

For more information about FHA, email: friendsofhighlandarts@gmail.com or contact Colleen Zuro-White or Anne Gimpl. 



HPSH Showcase

By: Emma Dombrow

Tomorrow night at 6pm, HPSH is hosting their annual student showcase.  It’s a time where prospective families can see the school building, meet teachers, and visit tables where you can learn more about student clubs and activities.  Please join us tomorrow for some fellowship and Highland Park pride. More information about this event is listed below.

Prospective Student Open House

Thursday, January 22, 2015

6:00 pm – Auditorium

Please join us for an evening designed for 8th graders and their

families to explore Highland Park Senior High School.

Information on curriculum, academic programs, athletics, activities and more!

Acclaimed Author Makes One Stop in Minnesota – At Highland Park Senior High

Jay Asher had no idea how much of an impact his book would have on students when he originally wrote it as a response to the suicide attempt of a close relative. In fact, his book was originally not received well, as it was rejected 12 times, to the point that he likened every rejection letter to a breakup, noting to HP students, “If I was going to get through this rejection process, I was going to have to make a game out of it.” His good humor and resilience kept him moving forward and he was eventually signed on by a publisher. Since then, Asher’s book has become a call to action for an anti-bullying campaign. This year, he has launched a tour called 50 States Against Bullying and is visiting a school in each state. Highland Park was honored to be the Minnesota school.

Asher’s book, Thirteen Reasons Why, deals with suicide and a lot of issues that teens face in their time in high school. Today, Asher offered wise words to Highland Park students. With regard to the people that we see at school every day, Asher stated, “A lot of what you know about them is just what you’ve heard about them.” There is a quintessential truth to this statement, as gossip and rumors can become commonplace in high school, so often accepted as truth that they lock high school students in an ongoing battle to be who they are amid the overpowering idea of how others perceive them. Asher’s character faces a similar dilemma. Hannah Baker has a series of vicious rumors that circulate about her, rumors that, according to Asher, “change how they see her and then change how they treat her and eventually how she sees herself.” Although Asher never meant to challenge how we treat each other, his book seems to reminds high schoolers of their power and influence in the lives of each other.

Asher’s book resonates with different teens in different ways. That is one of the reasons why it is such a powerful story. At his presentation, Asher shared many of the responses that he had gotten. Many cited the book as a life changer; some realized that they weren’t alone in their struggles, while others pledged to open their eyes to how they treat people and work for others.

It isn’t hard to see why Asher’s book was such a success. His presentation was loaded with wit and humor, and he seemed to connect with the struggles of high school students that often seem overlooked especially by adults. On behalf of Highland Park students and staff, thank you Jay Asher for choosing our school and for all your work to bring awareness to bullying and suicide.

Follow Jay on Twitter @jayasherguy and visit his blog at jayasher.blogspot.com  (As he said, “This is how we can all stay friends when I go home.” )


Above: Jay Asher speaks with Highland Park students at the assembly