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Asian Student Association members wear clothing of their cultural heritage at the end of their May Production performance. “It was really awe-inspiring to see so much of the culture that I never got to learn about when I was younger. So much Asian pride that was shown during the performance. It was amazing to see because I haven’t seen anything like that ever before, said junior Mia Lambert.

Asian Student Association brings back highly successful May Production

Khayaal Desai-Hunt, Features Editor June 10, 2022

The Asian Student Association at South held its annual May Production on May 27th for the first time in three years. ASA was unable to continue the tradition in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID. “We feel kind...

Junior Ingrid Noren is very excited to wear her mask.

MPS lifts mask mandate in school

Ezra Gearhart, Staff Writer April 19, 2022

Last Thursday, the Minneapolis Public Schools district announced it would be lifting the mask mandate starting Monday, April 18. This move comes days after the St. Paul Public Schools district lifted their...

A car reads there is power in the union. The Minneapolis Federation of Teachers (MFT) and Education Support Professionals (ESP) voted in favor of the tentative agreement on Sunday. This marks the end of a historic, three week long strike.

Historic fourteen-day strike comes to an end upon passed tentative agreement

Caleb Stipkovits, Editor-in-Chief March 28, 2022

After fourteen school days of striking, the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers (MFT) and Educational Support Professionals (ESP) unions have voted to end the picketing, in what MFT president Greta Callahan...

Union members have gathered and marched around South holding handmade signs as a part of the ongoing strike. Sheila Willette, the South MFT media relations specialist and teacher said, “I think what we are doing is right, I think its overdue. I don’t think it’s comfortable, but I think it is absolutely necessary.”

Minneapolis Public School staff on strike for second week

Khayaal Desai-Hunt, Features Editor March 15, 2022

Minneapolis Public School Teachers and Education Support Professionals (ESP) have been on strike since Tuesday, March 8th. Negotiations between the Minneapolis Public School (MPS) district and the union...

Senior Graham Doyle poses with a Minneapolis Federation of Teachers union shirt in support of the likely upcoming strike.

MPS teachers to strike for first time in 50 years

Khayaal Desai-Hunt, Features Editor February 16, 2022

This article has been updated as of 2/17/22 to reflect ongoing changes. Minneapolis Federation of Teacher members voted on February 15th and throughout the week to decide if they are going on strike...

Minneapolis Public Schools has made the decision to move to online learning for two weeks through January 27th. Students are encouraged to stay home, although the school is remaining open for support to students that need it.  This decision was made because of the rising number of covid cases, specifically from the omicron variant. The visual above shows the number of COVID positive tests in Minnesota throughout the pandemic.

Minneapolis Public Schools moves to online learning through January 27th

Grace Bischoff, Arts & Entertainment Editor January 16, 2022

Minneapolis Public Schools has made the decision that starting on January 13th, and continuing to January 27th, there will be distance learning due to the recent outbreak of COVID 19 cases. Students are...

Large-scaled fights erupted at South High School on Monday, November 15th.  As a result, classes were put in code red for about 30 minutes and the rest of the day was spent in code yellow.

Large-scale fighting leads to code red

Caleb Stipkovits, Editor-in-Chief November 15, 2021

On November 15th,  multiple fights broke out at South High School.  The first fight started before a scheduled assembly for freshmen, which was canceled in response to the conflict.  Fighting continued...

Fake shooting threats surfaced on social media on October 28th.  The claims reflect a large increase in shooting threats across the country.

Friday shooting threats deemed false

Asa Grumdahl, Sports Editor October 29, 2021

On Thursday October 28th, South received threats over social media concerning the possibility of a school shooting, which were later deemed fake.  While the threats were purportedly not directly given...

Acting Principal Stephen Simondet sits in his office.  Simondet takes over for Brett Stringer, whose resignation was announced to staff members on October 24th.

Brett Stringer Resigns as Principal of South High School

Caleb Stipkovits, Editor-in-Chief October 25, 2021

Note: This story includes writing from another Southerner article that you can read here.  Please read this article for context about Brett Stringer’s licensing issue. Brett Stringer has resigned...

Brett Stringer’s provisional license (a temporary license) expired on June 30th, making him an un-licensed administrator.  He has a chance to get his license extended at the Board of School Administrators’ (BOSA) next meeting on October 25th.

What is Happening at South Right Now? Explaining the Stringer License Situation

Caleb Stipkovits and Khayaal Desai-Hunt October 4, 2021

On August 12th, 2021, a citizen’s complaint notified the Minnesota Board of School Administrators (BOSA) that South High Principal Brett Stringer’s provisional license had expired. BOSA is responsible...

MPS votes to terminate contract with Minneapolis Police Department

Erika Peterson, Features Editor June 2, 2020

During the Board of Education meeting at 5pm on Tuesday, June 2nd, the Minneapolis school board voted unanimously to terminate their contract with the Minneapolis Police Department. The resolution was...

Minneapolis Public School Board Director and Clerk Josh Pauly announced that he wrote a resolution to terminate the district’s contract with the Minneapolis Police Department. The contract, signed in August 2017 for $1.15 million per year that employs 14 School Resource Officers, was up for negotiation this year.

MPS Board Member announces resolution to terminate contract with MPD

Erika Peterson, Features Editor May 29, 2020

On Friday, Minneapolis Public School Board Director and Clerk Josh Pauly announced that he wrote a resolution to terminate the district’s contract with the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). The resolution...

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