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Saint Peter Area Schools to celebrate
National Walk / Bike to School Day on Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Saint Peter, Minnesota – Saint Peter Public Schools in Saint Peter, Minnesota will join schools from around the country to celebrate National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, October 6, 2021.

Approximately 500 students will be riding or walking to school on Wednesday along with parents, teachers and community leaders.

The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. with kids, parents and community leaders riding to their respective school buildings. Bicyclists and walkers will arrive at the school at the normal start to the school day.

Walk/Bike to School Day encourages a nationwide bike-focused celebration for students in the month of May and builds on the popularity and success of Walk to School Day, which is celebrated across the country – and the world – each October.

Walk/bike to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for bicycling and walking and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, reducing traffic congestion and concern for the environment. The events build connections between families, schools and the broader community.

The event is being organized by School Resource Officer, Jonathan Hughes and the administrative teams at Saint Peter Public Schools. This activity is to promote healthier habits, safer streets and a cleaner environment.

For additional local information, please contact Officer Hughes at 507-934-4210 ext. 5101 (Office) or
email: jhughes3@stpeterschools.org

For additional information, please visit these websites:
Walk and Bike to School Day www.walkbiketoschool.org
National Center for Safe Routes to School www.saferoutesinfo.org

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About National Bike to School Day

National Bike to School Day, coordinated by the National Center for Safe Routes to School, provides an opportunity for communities across the country to join together to bicycle to school on the same day. The event builds on the excitement surrounding National Bike Month, led by the League of American Bicyclists each May, as well as the popularity of Walk to School Day, coordinated by the National Center for Safe Routes to School every October.

National Bike to School Day is based on the Walk to School Day model. Walk to School Day was founded in 1997 as a way to bring community leaders and children together to build awareness for communities to be more walkable. The one-day event has now grown to a month-long celebration with students and parents from more than 4,000 U.S. schools joining millions of Walk to School Day and Month participants worldwide. The reasons for walking have grown just as quickly as the event itself. For more information on bike and walk-to-school activities in the United States, visit www.walkbiketoschool.org.

About the National Center for Safe Routes to School

Established in May 2006, the National Center for Safe Routes to School assists states and communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bicycle to school. The National Center serves as the information clearinghouse for the federal Safe Routes to School program with funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. Part of the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center, the National Center also provides technical support and resources and coordinates online registration efforts for U.S. Walk to School Day, and facilitates worldwide promotion and participation. For more information, visit www.saferoutesinfo.org.

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Kurt Hildebrandt

While the focus for high school students is often geared towards college prep courses, at SPHS, students can get plenty of hands-on experiences in industrial technology and building trades. These course offerings are part of the school’s overall CTE (Career & Technical Education) program, which includes agricultural science and FACS (Family and Consumer Science). (More information on those two programs will be shared in next month’s Highlights.
 

  SPHS teacher Michael Reeser chats with
  Marshall Nicolai and Jeremy Plonske about
  the small engine they took apart and will
  eventually put back together as part of
  Automotive Mechanics class. 

SPHS CTE teachers Michael Reeser and Scott Robinson provide students with instruction in several areas of study, including Woodworking, Introduction to Engineering, Building Trades, Metalworking I, Metalworking II, Automotive Mechanics, and Introduction to Power Mechanics. Reeser has worked with the district since the high school opened in 2017, while Robinson is new this year, replacing long-time teacher Warren Peterson, who retired after the 2020-21 school year.

These courses are specifically designed to provide students with the skills and training necessary should they consider choosing one of these tracks as a field of study either through vocational/technical school or college or move right into a career path upon graduation.

Courses offered in the Manufacturing Lab include Intro to Power Mechanics, Principles of Metalworking I and II, and Automotive Mechanics. 
 

  SPHS woodworking teacher Scott Robinson
  works with freshman Johnny Kennedy on
  the design for his shelf project.

“Students enrolled in the Introduction to power mechanics course learn about outdoor power equipment and small gas engines with a basic overview of things to know when you own a car but may not necessarily plan to perform all of the maintenance yourself,” Reeser said. 

Students engage in various hands-on activities such as engine disassembly, engine components and systems identification, engine inspection, engine assembly, engine troubleshooting, and basic automotive components.

Automotive mechanics student’s hands-on opportunities include general vehicle maintenance items such as oil change, tire change, tire rotation, undercarriage repair, brakes, steering suspension, driveline, exhaust, and fuel systems.

“Principles of Metalworking I students learn to use the 4-basic arc welding process and 2-basic cutting systems -- shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, flux core arc welding,  gas tungsten arc welding, plasma arc cutting, and oxy acetylene cutting,” Reeser said. “Students in Metalworking II will be able to complete and pass the American Welding Society Welder qualification and certification test for industry recognized training as well as learn to fabricate from blueprints to create precise, inspected components.”

Robinson, who works with students mainly in the engineering/design lab as well as the woodworking shop, has enjoyed getting to know the students and staff here at SPHS since the start of the new school year.

“Being new this year I am excited to see all the opportunities our students have to develop skills in different areas,” Robinson said. “The community support for the school and CTE programs is really paying off for our students. St. Peter offers CTE classes that start with the basics and progress to the advanced skills that give our students an advantage going forward. Some will use these classes as a starting point for a whole career, some will find a new hobby and others will just go forward knowing that they can design, build, fix, cook or grow things when they want to. It is always exciting to see what students do with the skills learned in these courses and I am excited to have joined such an impressive team.”

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Kurt Hildebrandt

Saint Peter School Resource Officer (SRO) Jon Hughes reminds students who ride their bikes to school to be sure to lock them to the available bike racks at each of the buildings.
 

  SPMS fifth grader Noah Nieves shows Saint Peter
  School Resource Officer Jon Hughes how he
  properly locks his bike each day he rides it to
  school.

“Bike theft is a crime of opportunity, and if a bike is stolen at school, it is almost always the case of someone looking for an easy way to get from point A to point B,” Hughes said. “We enjoy having our students bike to school, and to ensure their bikes are secured once they park it and leave it for the school day, a simple bike lock can make all the difference in the world.”

Another method of prevention for those driving bikes to and from school is to register their bikes with the St. Peter Police Department. The cost is just $1, and bike owners will be given a sticker to attach to the bike. This provides police with the easiest way to identify someone’s bike should it be stolen and later recovered.

“Registering it with the Police Department is quick and easy, but if you’re not interested in that, at least be sure to keep a record of the serial number along with the make and model of your student’s bike(s),” Hughes said. 

The majority of serial numbers are located under the bottom bracket where the two pedal cranks meet. “Turn your bike upside down to view it and record the number,” Hughes added.

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Kurt Hildebrandt

Saint Peter High School will celebrate Homecoming 2021 the week of September 20-24 with a full slate of events/activities.

  The 2021 SPHS Homecoming candidates
   includes: (l to r) Cooper Dean, David
   Zhang, Marway Abdi, Brogan Hanson, and
   Shea Hildebrandt; Back row, Grace
   Remmert, Ryenne Pettis, Eva Kracht, Sky
   Gassman, and Eleanor Winterfeldt.

This year’s coronation/crowning of the Queen and King will take place on Friday, Sept. 24, at halftime of the Saints football game vs. Jordan at Floyd B. Johnson Field, with the annual dance set for Saturday evening at SPHS. Plans are also being finalized for the annual Homecoming Carnival, where students will be able to participate in games and activities. More details will be shared on the dance starting time and Carnival festivities as they become available.

The Homecoming Parade returns this year, after a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, and is set for Friday, Sept. 24th, at 3:30 p.m. The route will start on Broadway Avenue on the northside of Saint Peter Middle School/Early Childhood Center campus and head south to Third Street where the parade units will take a right and travel until the Grace Street intersection. There the parade route turns right again and heads west on Grace Street, eventually ending by the Middle School.

2021 SPHS Homecoming Dress Up Days
Monday, Sept. 20 - Adam Sandler Day
Tuesday, Sept. 21 - Skater vs. Cowgirl(boy) Day
Wednesday, Sept. 22 - Jersey/Sport Day
Thursday, Sept. 23 - Generation Day
Friday, Sept. 24 - Saints Day. 

Saint Peter Public Schools logo
Kurt Hildebrandt

Saint Peter High School’s newest members of the National Honor Society, 39 of them in all, were inducted at a special ceremony at the SPHS gym on Wednesday evening.
 

  Some of the newest members of the SPHS chapter 
  of the National Honor Society recite the NHS
  pledge during the May 20th induction ceremony.

The National Honor Society is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, the SPHS chapter of NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.

SPHS school counselors and NHS co-advisors Jana Sykora and Maggie Carlson presided over the May 20th induction ceremony while Principal Annette Engeldinger provided the welcome. NHS leadership team members Eva Kracht, Eleanor Winterfeldt, Hannah Wohlers, and Shea Hildebrandt also spoke on the four qualities that serve as standards for NHS -- Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character.

“It is an honor to welcome these new students to our St. Peter chapter of the National Honor Society,” SPHS Counselor Maggie Carlson said. “These students have been chosen based on their strong academic ability, involvement in school activities, leadership in the classroom and in the community. I’m looking forward to seeing what these students are going to accomplish in the next couple years”

The newest member of the SPHS Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted on May 20th includes the following students (listed alphabetically by this year’s grade):

JUNIORS -- Sophia Doherty, Lex Johnson, Ellie Johnson, Jake Moelter, MacKenzie Pettis, Theodore Pierret, and Adrian Rojas-Malledo.

SOPHOMORES -- Colton Abels, Martin Anderson, Matias Anderson Garcia, Isabel Avant, Alyia Bice, Adrianna Bixby, Audra Bixby, Anna Boomgarden, Samuel Buffington, Averie Byrd, Evan Deshayes, Elodie DeVos, Isabeau Fuller, Fabian Gerstbauer, Sophia Grigsby, Amelia Hildebrandt, Najma Jamac, Madison Kelly, Eleanor Kennedy, Ellinore Letts, David Marlow, Maya Pettis, Alexandra Rassbach, Brooks Reicks, Raina Roemhildt, Hadley Stuehrenberg, Benjamin Taylor, Jaydon Thompson, Ashton Volk, Heidi Weber, Warren Wernsing, and Tate Winkelmann. 

2020 - 2021 Officers:
Senior Representatives: John Borgmeier & Rahima Jamac
Junior Representatives: Shea Hildebrandt & Eva Kracht
Treasurer: Hannah Wohlers
Secretary: Eleanor Winterfeldt

2021 - 2022 Officers:
Senior Representatives: Shea Hildebrandt & Eva Kracht
Junior Representatives: Isabeau Fuller, Sophia Grigsby, & Amelia Hildebrandt
Treasurer: Hannah Wohlers
Secretary: Eleanor Winterfeldt

For a complete list of the SPHS National Honor Society chapter’s membership for the 2020-21 school year please click HERE!

Saint Peter Public Schools logo
Kurt Hildebrandt

Saint Peter High School alum Charlie Potts’ second annual Run St. Peter Scholarship 50K event was another success as Potts, with help from community members, raised over $2,400 with more than 4,010 community-challenge miles logged as well.

  Charlie Potts (right) finishes up his Run St. 
  Peter 50K scholarship fundraiser run, with
  his sons Owen & Ethan at his side.
  Ethan 

Potts said funds from this year’s event, which were raised via his GoFundMe page, will go to fund four scholarships of approximately $600 each for SPHS seniors later this year. Applications have already closed and they will be presented during the annual Senior Awards program on Sunday, May 23. Last year he raised around $3,200 for scholarships.

“This was another amazing experience,” Potts said. “I’m so grateful for a community that supports kids, and a group of running friends that showed up to support me on this adventure as I probably had a dozen or so people join at some point.”

Potts ran all 50 kilometers (approximately 31.2 miles) on the trails behind SPHS and in Community Spirit Park which he completed in about six hours. 

“I'm in pain, but feeling happy and proud,” Potts said. “Running this far will never be easy or even all that fun for me, but I am okay with how I did. I felt pretty strong through 17 miles, kept a decent run/quick walk tempo through 26, then just did all I could to finish. 

“Extra thanks to (my wife) Angie for being an amazing crew leader and to E and O (the Potts' sons Ethan and Owen) for being there to help me finish. Until next year!

Younger students get involved, too!

The Saint Peter Middle School physical education department gave the students an opportunity to contribute mileage to the scholarship fundraiser. Potts’s sons, Ethan and Owen, are sixth graders at SPMS.

According to Alex Weis, SPMS physical education teacher, the middle school students contributed 1,815 miles of running and walking over the course of eight days.  

“They would get 12 minutes each class to get as many laps as they can on the track,” Weis said.

According to Potts, Saint Peter elementary PE classes contributed over 1,000 miles, too! In total, SPPS students and community members logged 4,010 miles of running & walking to show their support to graduating seniors through physical activity.