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.


Winter sports update

Here’s an update on some of the winter sports at Highland Park, for the past couple of weeks:

~b075738Congratulations to the boys hockey team on an exciting 6-5 win against Legacy Christian on Friday, the 8th! They now hold 3rd in conference. Their next home game is Saturday, the 16th, against LaCrescent at Highland Arena. Keep up the good work boys!

The boys basketball played Central, at Central, last Tuesday, the 5th. The boys put up a hard fight but lost 80-76. On the bright side, they won their next three games. They won against Harding 71-60 on Friday, the 8th, against Humboldt 66-54 on Tuesday, the 12th, and a very close game against Johnson 78-77. They have one conference game this week against Como on Wednesday, the 20th. Good luck and keep making Highland Park proud!

The women’s gymnastics team participated in the Roseville Invitational Meet, and hit a score of 121.575. On Tuesday, the 12th, they pulled out the win against Cretin Derham Hall! It was a close meet, and Highland won by 1.25. Congratulations to freshman Lia Wallace for being the All-Around Winner at 4 out of their 5 meets. Keep up the good work girls!

The boys and girls Nordic ski team took first place at their last meet in the 5K Race Classic with a score of 471! Congratulations to Gabriel Pfeiffer, who was an individual winner, in the Freestyle, with a time of 10:27, at last month’s Maplelag Invitational.

swim_2_2013-14The boys swimming/diving team has been undefeated so far this season! On Tuesday, the 5th, they won against Hopkins 104-83. This past Thursday, the 14th, they won against Como 100-71. Their next meet will be on Thursday, the 21st, against Johnson at Humboldt. Keep up the good work boys!

Last but not least, congratulations to Amitri Collins who competed against some of the nation’s top talent at the US Army National Combine in San Antonio, Texas. He is one of the 600 athletes invited from all around America. Way to represent Highland Park, we’re proud of you!

Popular Christmas movie recommendations on Netflix

Still in need to get into the holiday mood? Below are listed popular and classic Christmas movies available to you via Netflix streaming.

Holiday Comedies

I’ll be home for Christmas (1998) PG



A college student struggles to return home for Christmas and learns a lot about himself and the true meaning of the holidays.



Christmas with the Kranks (2004) PG


With their daughter away, the Kranks decide to skip Christmas altogether until she decides to come home, causing an uproar when they have to celebrate the holiday at the last minute.



Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987) R



A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion.




Bad Santa (2003) R

A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot.



Happy Christmas (2014) R



After a break up, Jenny moves in with writer Kelly, her filmmaker husband, and their child. Despite a rocky start, Jenny’s influence helps Kelly realize that an evolution in her life, career and relationship is necessary for her happiness.


Romantic Comedies

Love Actually (2003) R

Love Actually


Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.


White Christmas (2000) NR



A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.



The Fitzgerald Family Christmas (2012) PG-13



The adult siblings of the Fitzgerald family prepare for their estranged father to return home for Christmas for the first time since he walked out on his family 20 years ago.



Children Holiday Favorites

Frosty the Snowman (1969) G



A living snowman and a little girl struggle to elude a greedy magician who is after the snowman’s magic hat.





The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) PG



Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn’t quite understand the concept.



Highland Park Cross Country Season Highlights

The Highland Park Cross Country team had an overall very successful season this year including: sending the top seven girls and seven boys of the team to city conference, being conference champions for both girls and boys, and winning against our rival Central!

Girls conference had a great outcome with Erin Moening coming in third place. Boys conference also had a good outcome with Michah Mather coming in second and Abram Donovan getting 5th. Michah Mather also won second during the sections race! The girls team unfortunately did not get into the top three but had three girls in the top thirty, Elizabeth Pearson, Erin Moening, and Anna Schmidt.

Micah at state meet

photo courtesy of Nancy Galligan

Abram, Coach Moening, Coach Johnson and Micah at State Meet

photo courtesy of Nancy Galligan

This year, the Highland Park Cross Country team sent two boys to state, Michah Mather and Abram Donovan, which has not happened in years, according to their coach Brad Moening. Michah Mather came back with amazing results coming in second place overall. Coach Brad Moening said, “This is one of the best performances we’ve had, we’ve only sent 4 people to state in the past 15 years so this was a big deal. I’m very proud of them.”

Another great mention, and thanks, to the cross country coach, Brad Moening, who was voted “Coach of the Year”. He said, “Being voted coach of the year really reflects how the kids have done and it’s really fun for them to be recognized as well.”

Congratulations Scots! We’re all very proud!

Girls Varsity Soccer Sections Game

The Highland Park Girls Varsity soccer team had an overall very successful season. With five wins and one loss they came in second in the Saint Paul Public Schools conference.

Audrey Dombro, one of the soccer captains this year, said, “I’m really pleased with the dynamic of our group”.


The girls soccer team made it to sections and played Trinity on October 13th and played a very close game, making the first goal. The team played this team earlier in the year also playing a close game and tied 2-2. They sadly lost the sections game 2-3.

Audrey also commented on their game performance, “We hoped to advance in sections and perform against more competitive teams. While we didn’t win our game, our season was a testament to the fact that we definitely have played at a level that was high enough to have gone further.”

Get ‘em next year girls!


DIY: Favorite fall foods

Get ready for fall with easy, healthy, and creative snacks to satisfy your sweet tooth. Get inventive with the typical fall foods such as pumpkin, apples, and caramel. It’s easy to convert such sweet goodies into healthy snacks with simple to make recipes. Here are a few examples of recipes that are fun and easy to make at home and to take advantage of the delicious seasonal foods of fall.

Inside out Apples : A Creative Twist to Making Caramel Apples More Enjoyable.

If you enjoy caramel apples and creative ways to try new things, here is a recipe perfect for you! This snack gives the traditional caramel apple an interesting twist that makes it more fun to eat and share among friends. All this recipe requires is caramel of your choice and your favorite type apples. Depending on the amount of people that are being served, you decide how much you think you will need to serve this recipe.

First, cut the apples in half vertically.

Then, with a deep spoon, hollow out the center so that there is no longer a core.

After, melt the caramel at a low temperature and pour into the hollowed apple until full.

Then let the apple halves sit in the fridge for about 30 mins or until the caramel has hardened.

Once it has hardened, cut the apple into slices to serve.

Lastly, enjoy this delicious snack and share with friends!


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More on this recipe on this link : https://betterhalfweddings.wordpress.com/2012/11/19/inside-out-caramel-apples-slices/

Apple Pumpkin Muffins : Zero Sugar and All Natural Ingredients.

These muffins combine all the fall favorite flavors. This muffin recipe requires apples, fall spices (pumpkin spice and cinnamon) and the basic baking goods that are needed to create these tasty treats. These muffins are also a healthy alternative snack due to natural ingredients and the use of honey instead of sugar for sweetening. More information on this recipe and baking instructions see the link below:




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