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The student news of St. Paul Academy and Summit School

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 CHRISTMAS NIGHTS. In class, Anderson showed students the Krampus and Nikolaus parade explaining southern Germanys ways of celebrating Christmas. Nikolaus is the Santa that provides gifts to good children, while Krampus is the Christmas Devil who punishes naughty children and kidnaps them on Christmas night.

A faraway visit from Bavaria to German classes by Chantel Anderson to spread culture

Rita Li, Creative Design Manager November 26, 2023
The Goethe Institut connected Chantel Anderson to SPA's German classes, introducing the Bayrisch dialect as well as Bavarian culture.
AMPLIFYING VOICES. Listen Up Youth Radio is committed to bringing radio to the Twin Cites by the hands of the local youth. Freshman January Cook works as a production editor there, helping to train people and make decisions for the radio and website. (Submitted Photo: January Cook)

Cook invites students to work for Listen Up Youth Radio

Zadie Martin, RubicOnline November 16, 2023
Listen Up Youth Radio is looking for volunteers, interns, and paid workers to help with their radio station and website.
ROSCOE. James Englands German Shepherd smiles for the camera. Roscoe was named after the childhood dog of Englands mother. [His name] makes Roscoe seem more like his own individual and not just like everybody else,” England said. (Submitted Photo: James England)

[WHAT’S IN A NAME?] Students discuss pet names and their importance

Greyson Sale, RubicOnline November 14, 2023
Naming pets is crucial to a strong pet-owner relationship.
COMMUNITY SERVICE. Thanksgiving break presents a great opportunity to get involved in the community by volunteering and making thoughtful donations. However, community service is much needed all year long.

Give thanks by giving back

Aarushi Bahadur, RubicOnline November 11, 2023
This Thanksgiving break, volunteer in the local community.
HARD AT WORK. Juniors Rohan Kharbanda and Humza Jameel work together to build a concrete mixer during an Advanced Science Research class. (Submitted Photo: Rohan Kharbanda)

Kharbanda puts the planet first in ASR

Amanda Hsu, The Rubicon November 10, 2023
Kharbanda plans to solve two environmental issues by adding plastic to concrete.
BFFS. Friends juniors Serene Kalugdan and Deling Cheng stroll in the lily courtyard.

The power of friendship

Thomas Chen, RubicOnline November 8, 2023
Juniors Serene Kalugdan and Deling Chen's friendship enhances their daily lives.
LOCKED IN. German teacher Rachel Ruddick talks to her German II students in her class of 6 on Wednesday.

Small class sizes create unique learning opportunities for German students

Nora McKoy, RubicOnline November 1, 2023
German classes utilize collaboration and hands-on activities.
RESTOCK. SPA parent and leading co-organizer for the Spirit Store Katie Miltner counts and folds new just-in orders. She shares not just new designs but also near-future goals. I want to start an Instagram for the Spirit Store... so students can see the new products, Miltner said.

Behind the Spirit Store

Lani Ngonethong, RubicOnline October 31, 2023
Blue and Gold and... mom? Parents volunteer to keep Spartan swag in stock.
LIBRARY LEARNING. Two ninth graders find a patch of sun on a Monday morning to review for a Physics assessment.

I [love/hate] Monday. What a day it is.

Writing for Publication, Staff Writers October 30, 2023
It's Monday. Love it? Loathe it? Students weigh in on the first day of the school week.
THROWBACK. The class of 2026 does some dancing in their 8th grade Spanish class. They went to Midtown Global Market for a day filled with learning about Latin American culture. Spanish classes made a return trip last year: It was a really engaging field trip and you saw a lot of culture. In classes, there’s only so much you can do without a true Spanish-speaking environment, sophomore Ryan Shiroma said. (Photo submitted by Mackenzie Bevins)

Field trips help immerse students in active learning environment

Greyson Sale, RubicOnline October 28, 2023
Students who have experienced class fields trips in the past sees many benefits it can add to a class.
GROWING TOGETHER. Junior Elise Pickens sisters are extremely important in her life and especially her experience at SPA. When she moved to the middle school, Pickens had to deal with difficult changes: “I didn’t see my sisters every day... It’s a much bigger campus instead of having just one homeroom class. (Photo submitted by Elise Pickens)

Elise Pickens: a lifetime of learning as a Spartan

Lucy Thomas, RubicOnline October 21, 2023
Pickens, a lifer at SPA, has changed and grown throughout her time across the two campuses.
NUCLEAR PHYSICS. The Randolph Project: A Nuclear Club will be learning more about various subjects in nuclear physics and fission in the first semester. Then, in the second semester, the club members will study composite cores and explosive devices. (Photo submitted by David Hsu)

Nuclear Club ignites an interest in nuclear physics

Zimo Xie, RubicOnline October 20, 2023
Senior David Hsu started this new club, channeling his personal passion for nuclear science.
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