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NLA Adds Three School Days to School Year

This winter there have been many snow days not due to snow but due to the blistering cold. On February 11th, the School Board voted to add three school days to the calendar: February 17th (A Day), March 7th (A Day), and March 31st (B Day).

NLA is not the only school that is adding days. Most major districts have added anywhere from one to four school days to their calendar: Forest Lake, White Bear Lake, Osseo and Apple Valley are adding two days. Minneapolis Public Schools has added four days.

Students are less than thrilled about the decision. With the National History Day deadline coming up on February 25th, many had set aside the day off to work on projects. Others were just deeply disappointed there would be no impending long weekend.

“Oh screw that. Oh my God!” said Chelsea Halvorson (11).

Jordan Bakke (11) admitted he was disappointed when he learned school would be held on Monday.

Some students had absolutely no idea what was going on, like Parker Call (11), who responded to a query on his thoughts about the schedule change in the following way:

“Wait a minute… there’s three additional school days this year?”

This response represents another problem: the schedule change is pretty late-notice. Phone calls and email messages went home to families on Tuesday night at about 8:30 in an effort to warn people as early as possible, but many still are unaware.

So remember to come to school on the extra three days – even though you know you probably won’t.


Formal Dress Shopping

With the winter formal only days away, formal dress shopping has begun.  A lot of girls went shopping over the four-day weekend to find the perfect dress that just might get them a slow dance with that special guy.

Dresses come in many styles and colors. For some reason, however, black – for part or all of the dress – seems to be a trend this year, along with flowing, sparkling designs.  Fancy purses or clutches are a popular accessory.

It is not often that a girl does not find the perfect dress – though they often don’t find exactly what they were originally looking for. Josie Schlosser (10) was looking for a blue dress and ended up with a black one. This is not always a bad thing – sometimes a girl finds the best dress that way.

To find dresses, NLA girls went all over.  Macy’s, JCPenney, and stores at the Maplewood Mall were common. Some even ventured to the Mall of America.  But the day was not done with finding the dress; some, like Sophie Crowell (10) and Maddy McDonough (9) plan to travel even further to find the right jewelry, makeup, and shoes.

Although accessories are not the most important part of formal dress, they can really make the outfit.  Schlosser not only found black wedges, but a gold clutch and belt, along with matching black earrings and a necklace.

In the end, it doesn’t matter how you find the dress.  Maybe it’s not your first choice or you just happen to find it, or your dad picks it out.  Formal Night is always a fun time; it’s always enjoyable to dress up and dance with friends.

Hope to see you at the dance – with or without bells – on February 15.

The 8th graders are coming the 8th graders are coming

Once again, it’s that time of year: Shadow Week. With the horror stories of kids getting lost and shadows running around the school, its effectiveness has come into question.

One point of Shadow Week is to help incoming students learn where everything is.  Last year, however, construction to the school left many students – even seniors – confused where classes were.  Many classroom locations have changed since then and this year’s freshmen claim that their Shadow Week didn’t help as much as they thought it would.

Some believe that for future freshmen, spending a day in high school is too overwhelming; they don’t retain anything about the building even when things stay in the same place.  Most students claim that’s not true – it is an effective way to learn the layout of the building and get advice from an experienced peer in an non-stressful, creative manner.

Another issue with Shadow Week is  how enjoyable it really is for the incoming students.  Getting out of math or science is appealing, but then being thrown into a math and/or science that’s a year ahead usually isn’t the engaging, fun experience 8th graders are looking for. Most students agree that isn’t fun.

Also, it’s hard to get a good idea of what a class or teacher is like from such a short experience.  Emma Sosa (9) didn’t enjoy her time in Tom Lutes’ English class during her Shadow Week last year because she didn’t understand his sense of humor.  Now, after being in the class for awhile, she does get it and it’s better.

There are many fond, often goofy memories of Shadow Week, however.  Sosa (9) states that former art teacher Joelle O’Keefe was funny and cool. Two years ago, many incoming 9th graders (now sophomores) got lost in all those walls back by the bathrooms and drinking fountains, recalls social studies teacher Chris Stewart.  And it is fun for the Upper School students to break out of our old routine and help the incoming 9th graders. As a school, we feel it is a very effective and creative way to show future students around, show off the curriculum, and make them feel at home.

Robotics Team Updates

The NASA NLA robotics team is preparing to catch, pass, and move in pre-programmed mode.

The team, sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), has been issued its challenge for the year.  A “challenge” is the operation that teams must get their robot to perform in the competition.  This year’s challenge is called “Aerial Assist” and is basically a mix of volleyball and soccer played by teams of student-created robots with a two foot diameter exercise ball. Teams must design a robot that can pass, throw, catch and/or score the ball.

The team is much farther than last year in week two of the six weeks they are permitted for robot construction. The NLA team already has a plan of what they need to do and how they need to do it, and already have the frame and wheels of the robot completed. All the robot needs to move now is programming.

In the next four weeks, the team must program the robot, which is a very slow process due to the downloading. They also must build a box that can catch the ball and add bumpers to hold the ball.

Paul Good’s goal, the team’s adviser, is to assist the alliance members and to actually score this year. He believes the team is doing well for being down two days, due to the harsh Minnesota cold. The team members hope to win a few matches and place better than last year; perhaps they will be chosen for the championship round.

The game of “Aerial Assist”

The game to be played is as follows.  The field is divided into red, white, and blue zones.  In the red and blue zones there are goals and in the white zone is an obstacle called a “trust”, a bar that bots can travel under.  If you can throw the ball over it, you score points. Also, you can catch it. Catching is important, according to Good: no catch, no points.

Six robots will perform per round – three on a “red” alliance and three on a “blue” alliance. The alliances switch after every round; one robot could be battling another and then the following round they could be allies.

The team has two major sponsors, which is new this year.  NASA paid for the competition in Duluth, while Snap-On Tools gave the team a brand new toolbox, including tools to help with construction of the robot. With these sponsors, the team was also able to purchase a 3D printer with their extra credits from Andy Mark.

The team is very excited to display its robotic prowess.  Come to see the competition March 6-8 at the Deck in Duluth.

Middle School Book Club

After facing some setback from weather problems, NLA’s middle school book club will start up again this week.

On Wednesday, students will be starting the book Hoot by Carl Hiaason. Students will answer questions and will be writing summaries regarding each chapter. After finishing the book, the club will watch a movie to compare and contrast.

Andrea Yaeger, a sixth grade teacher at NLA, started the book club last year. The purpose of the club, she said, is to have a club for students to go to during the winter months and to share her love of books with her students.
“I think the more you read, the more you learn and grow in your knowledge of our world,” said Mrs. Yaeger

Currently, there are five students in grades 5-7 signed up for the club, and it is very open to new students. Students are free to bring snacks to share.
For more information email Andrea Yaeger at

Seniors Getting Accepted Left and Right!

After working hard, keeping up with homework, and enduring their ACTs and SATs, the hard work has paid off: NLA’s seniors are beginning to receive their college acceptance letters and are announcing the news on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Two of the fortunate students that received acceptance letters are Abigale Millerbernd (12) and Kaylee Krogstad (12).

Millerbernd has been accepted to the College of Saint Scholastica and Saint Cloud State University; she applied at the University of Minnesota, but hasn’t heard anything. Millerbernd, who wants to study occupational therapy, chose Saint Scholastica over Saint Cloud.

“[It] gave me a $12,000 scholarship and it’s safer; plus its enrollment is smaller than most colleges,” Millerbernd said.

Krogstad has been accepted to University of Minnesota – Duluth, Hamline University, and St. Catherine University (St. Kate’s). She chose to go to UMD because she loves the campus and its location. Also it’s the best choice in terms of cost. Krogstad is unsure of what she plans for her future career, but knows exactly what direction she wants to take.

“My planned major is Biology, maybe with some Criminology & Anthropology minors. So something along those lines, like forensic anthropology,” Krogstad said.

Marshall Beyer (12) hasn’t been accepted to any colleges yet but mainly wants to go to Anoka Technical College for its highly rated machine program.

 “I want to be a machinist and eventually own my own engine building shop,” he said.

The seniors have a life changing decision to make. Some have chosen the college they dreamt of; some are still trying to pick. These students have a bright, challenging future ahead of them.

North Lakes Academy First Basketball 1K

Tuesday, January 21st, Christopher Rosencrantz hit 1000 points in his basketball career during the NLA boys varsity game against Minnesota State Deaf Academy. Rosencrantz does not attend NLA, but he does play for the boys basketball team alongside other homeschool students that also play for the Huskies organization.

Rosencrantz(12), number 22, is the team’s starting point guard. He has been playing basketball since he was in the first grade and has been playing for NLA for three years. He is the first NLA basketball player to hit 1000 points. “It [reaching 1000] made me happy because I reached a goal that I really wanted to get.” Rosencrantz stated, regarding his completed milestone.

This year has potential to be huge for the NLA boys varsity basketball team. Jake Ozment(12) is also getting close to reaching 1000 career points. If Jake can average 20 points a game he can also hit 1000 points in his career this year. Jake has averaged 33 points the last three games he’s played, and he is well on his way to reaching 1000 points.

Everyone is very proud of Christopher and his incredible accomplishment. Huskie fans, who attended the game, showed their pride for NLA’s starting point guard that night.

“I’m happy I have reached this mile stone. I appreciate everyone that was there to support me including my family”(Rosencrantz).


Student Of The Week

The Husky Press is starting a Student of the Week story that spotlights different students each week at the upper campus. These articles will contain information about the students, and help you get to know your fellow classmates! This week’s student spotlight goes out to Dylan Klein(11).

Years At NLA: This is my first year at North Lakes, so I’ve been here a half of a year.

Favorite Color: That’s a personal question I’d rather not answer… but my favorite colors are blue, red and green.

Favorite Thing About NLA: My friends Noah Nei, Aaron Herr and Travis Fish.

What do you Want to do After High School: Umm…go to college…umm… yeah that’s it.

Something people don’t know about you: I don’t know…umm… I’m a pro skier and pro golfer and I’m better than Tiger Woods. Actually, I’m the white Tiger Woods.

Best Friend: My best friends are Noah Nei, Aaron Herr and Travis Fish.

Favorite Class: Lunch, because I get to see Travis… and Travis is a sexy beast.

Is there anything else you’d like to share: Noah and Travis are the cutest couple in school.


NLA Debate Team to Host Mock Debate

The North Lakes Academy Debate team is hosting a Mock Debate today, January 22nd, in the room of English teacher and debate coach Tom Lutes.  The topic will be technology and whether it is good for our school.

When people think of debate, they think of an argument. This is not exactly wrong; debate is an argument with rules. The process is as follows:

  • Research.  Debate teams across the state are given the same topic.  This month’s topic was “Resolved: The benefits of domestic surveillance by the NSA outweigh the harms.” Teams must research the topic, which changes every month.

  • Compose Constructives.  Constructives are papers that give a debater’s affirmative (“Pro”) and negative (“Con”) arguments.  A “constructive” usually has two to three “contentions”, which are the argument’s main points.  There are also sub points for each contention. Claims made in the constructives are supported by research. 

  • Share. Debaters at NLA share their constructives in a shared folder on Google Drive®.

  • Feedback and Revision. Next they get comments from Lutes through Google Drive® and make changes as instructed.

  • Compete. The team car pools to tournaments on the weekends. A typical debate has the following steps: teams hear the topic and take positions (pro and con); teams discuss topics and come up with statements; teams deliver the statements and give main points; competitors discuss the opposing argument and formulate rebuttals and deliver them; closing statements are made.  Each section of the debate is timed.

For a clearer picture of how it works, come to the Mock Debate today after school.

Construction Workers MIA at NLA

Production seems to have mysteriously stopped on the Upper School Activity Center. The center, which had been progressing rapidly up until mid-December, is to be finished by next year. NLA had become used to the sound of cement mixers and excavators working outside every day. Workers had even worked through the snow, starting “hobo” fires in metal buckets around the site. But one day the workers went missing, and just arrived back to finish the construction on Friday the 17th. Where did they go?

Theory 1: It’s too cold to work outside.

Most students accept this theory.  School has been cancelled due to cold weather this month and things have been slippery.

“It’s covered in like 10 inches of snow,” said Rayna Yaeger (10).

Katie Alamo (10) speculated that the construction workers don’t work in the winter.

“They probably don’t have to,” Alamo said.

Theory 2: It’s a conspiracy

Other students speculate that construction has stopped because plans have changed and there will not be a gym.

“It’s just like this thing to put it in our minds. They’re telling us that it’s going to happen… but it’s not,” said Josie Schlosser (10).

Schlosser didn’t speculate as to why administration would want to create such a conspiracy.

Other Theories:
“They went union.” -Logan Haller (10)

“I feel like aliens abducted them.” [I laugh] “I’m dead serious. There’s definitely been some weird stuff going on. Have you seen Travis [Fish] (10)? There’s something inside him” -Noah Nei (10)

“They had to go get building permits.” – Branden Flasch (12)

“Watching Cody Warren and Derek Beatty fight over fantasy football became too boring.” – Chelsie Thielen, English teacher

North Dakota?!

Though all of these are good guesses, the truth lies in North Dakota.

“Our understanding is they went back to North Dakota for winter break,” said Cam Stottler, NLA’s Dean of Students.

It took them a bit longer than expected to get back and the school really can’t do anything about it.

“This piece of the construction is handled by our building landlord. NLA has nothing to do with the timing, who does the construction, and the timeline for it,” Stottler said.