SPPS lunch survey

Students have always had strong opinions about the school lunch food, and now SPPS is taking their word into consideration. Recently, more and more students seem to bring their own lunch from home, or simply do not eat. Considering the lower number of students eating school lunch, SPPS decided to dig deeper into why students choose to stay away from school lunches.

On the SPPS website, you can find the menus for meals served weekly, along with stars to rate that dish (1-5; 1: bad, 5: good). Students taking these surveys are hoping that their input on the dishes will be taken into consideration.

In order to take the survey, go to the link listed below and follow these steps:

First, choose the grade (9th-12th)image

Next, pick the school you attend to (Highland Park High School)


Then choose which meal time you would like to pick a dish from


Once you pice the meal time, a calendar will show up with the daily meal offered each day and what foods are a part of that dish.


Pick a specific food. Once this is done, you will see a picture of the food and the nutritional facts.

Give the food of your choice a rating (1-5 stars). This survey also allows you to leave a comment on your opinion of the food.

Regarding the surveys, Italian Dunkers served with corn bread seems to be the most popular dish. Taking this into account, students are hoping that the school will now serve that meal more often, to encourage everyone to eat a good, nutritious meal. Hopefully they will also take into consideration the least popular meal, and either serve it less often or improve what students do not like about it.

This survey has become the beginning of allowing students to leave their honest opinion on their daily school life. The survey also educated the students on the nutritional facts of the foods they are being served daily.


Chinese New Year at Highland

From the Star Tribune

Free on Friday? Well, here’s something. On February 5th, 2016, Highland will be hosting a 2016 Chinese New Year celebration organized by the Jie Ming Mandarin Immersion Academy and the Highland Park Middle. Taking place at the Highland Park Sr auditorium, this event will last between 6pm-8pm. The celebration will include a performance and a carnival. Worried that the late night event will leave you feeling hungry? They’ve got that covered as desserts will be served after the performance. However, the actual date of the Lunar new year is on Monday February 8th, 2016. This will mark the first day of the year of the Red Monkey which is the ninth animal in the Chinese Zodiac.

The “red” part of the year represent fire which originates from the Five Elements incorporated into the Chinese calendar. Red is also considered to be a very lucky color in the Chinese culture. Chinese New Year will last for a total of 15 days

People born in the year of the Monkey includes the years: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, and 2028.

According to SunSigns.org, people born in the year of the Monkey are ambitious (and competitive), smart, yet mischievous, and are associated with activity and adventure. With the year of the Red Monkey, people will be dealing with more financial problems. It is also advised that this year people should be more aware of their actions before making any abrupt changes with anything contributing to money, careers, and relationships.

Location of the event? Highland Park Senior HS: 1015 South Snelling Ave, St Paul, MN 55116


Oil/Gas prices and the economy

With the global stock market off to its worst start of the year ever, many are wondering what is causing this trend and what it means for the United States economy. The answer can be found in the oil and gasoline industry, where we are seeing some of the lowest prices for these items in the last decade.

Oil and gas prices have been dropping so much because, simply, there is a large supply of it. This sudden drop in price is great for consumers like us, but hurts the global stock market because the companies that sell the gas and oil are not making as big of a profit as they once were before. This in turn has brought down the energy companies’ shares in the stock market by nearly 10 percent. The price of oil has now fallen so low that investors believe that this could mean global economic growth is much weaker than expected, which could hurt all companies.

Normally, lower prices on gas and oil would signal that the economy is in good shape. However, in this instance, one could argue that since the profit drop is so low it could drag down entire companies and indexes within the stock market. The production of oil in the U.S and many other countries has not changed significantly during this time, and with international sanctions against Iran being lifted, there could be even more oil resources available than before. Nearly 10 years ago, during the financial crisis, U.S consumers were worried about gas and oil prices being too high, and now with prices decreasing as they are, we have become worried about prices being too low.

Making a Murderer

Making a Murderer is new Netflix television series based on the trials of Steven Avery. ~b975254

Avery was originally imprisoned for 18 years by the State Wisconsin for rape, a crime he did not commit. Because of his false imprisonment, Avery was planning to sue the Manitowoc police department for $36 million dollars, but was accused of the death of Teresa Halbach before his case could be resolved.

Avery was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of photographer, Teresa Halbach in 2005, though he says he is not guilty and that “The murder is still out there.”  


On Halloween, 2005 Halbach went to Avery’s property to take photographs of cars for sale, when she was mysteriously murdered. Avery’s nephew, Brendan Dassey confessed that he helped his uncle kill Halbach, but later confessed that he was lying. Dassey was also sentenced to life in prison.

The Manitowoc police department found a lot of evidence that pointed towards Steven Avery being guilty of the death of Teresa Halbach, but he is still fighting for his freedom.

This series will take you through the trial of Steven Avery, and go further into the details of the Teresa halbach case. 

Know what you are consuming

If you cannot read the nutrition facts on what you’re eating should you really be consuming it?

If you were asked to name off what commercials you have seen for food products what would you say? Fruit Loops? Pop Tarts? Gushers? Cereal that contains a lot of sugar? McDonalds? Burger King?


You can probably only think of commercials that contain sweets or processed food. The number of commercials for unhealthy foods that are broadcast is crazy compared to the number of commercials that are seen containing fruits and vegetables.

Does the government care more about making a profit off food or keeping us healthy?

We’re not only paying for the food we’re consuming but also paying it off in doctor bills later on.

The meat industry, and how they’re promoting unhealthy foods to kids, has a large impact on how the people in America live. Below are some facts about the food industry.

In 2012 they tested chicken feathers to see what was found in their system (chicken feathers would be equivalent to us testing our finger nails) They found caffeine, antihistamines, and even prozac (an antidepressant). Prozac was added to the chicken feed because apparently stressed out chickens produce ‘tough meat.’ One person in America eats up to 200 lbs of meat yearly, causing us to have twice the obesity rate, more chances of having cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

Not only can the meat industry be bad for your health, but it can also be bad for climate change. If the meat production cut back half of its amount it would be as if we were garaging all vehicles. Two acres of rainforests are cleared each minute to help raise and feed cattle. 35,000 miles of America’s rivers are polluted with animal waste. It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of meat, but only 25 gallons to produce a pound of wheat.

America’s government spends $38 billion a year on the meat industry, but only .04% of their money is spent on fruits and vegetables.


Have you ever noticed that when you see a Burger King commercial the healthy foods are not advertised? They sell veggie burgers and salads, but the only things you see on TV is the Original Chicken Sandwich or their fries.

Another example is commercials that contain breakfast foods for children.  Instead of them advertising healthy foods like fruits, yogurt, or eggs they promote Pop Tarts, Cocoa Puffs, and Taco Bell breakfast.

We are so used to having such unhealthy and processed foods laid out for us, we find it so difficult to come in contact healthy foods when they’re really right in front of us, although they just might be hiding behind a greasy Big Mac. $1.6 billion is spent on advertising unhealthy foods to children. Children see 15 unhealthy food commercials a day.

Companies make a larger profit selling a more processed food. The more food is processed the less healthy it is, and the less filling it is. Just because the packaging food comes in has one health claim it DOES NOT mean the food is healthy.

In 2006 20% of kids were classified as ‘obese.’ There was a promise made to change the marketing of food, a year later they did a study to see if it had changed and 80% of the food commercials were what the Department of Health and Human Services believes should only be eaten once in awhile. In 2013 80% was still the same. It is proven that the more kids watch TV the more unhealthy their food preferences are.

A cat in 7 easy steps

To draw a cat you need

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1. To start make a curve for the face
2. Draw the ears
3. Sketch the face shape
4. Draw the eyes, whiskers, nose & mouth
5. Make a curve for the neck and the body
6. Draw the two front legs
7. Draw the back legs, then design your cat