Pony E-News: Taking a stand against bullying; Conferences; Boundaries and more

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October 21, 2016

Enjoy the extra long weekend!

Students are enjoying a long break from school, returning on Wednesday, Oct. 26. During the break, our teachers will be engaging in professional development as well as preparing for parent/teacher conferences. 

Your attendance at conferences matters! We hope to see ALL parents at conferences this fall and again in the spring. Students of all ages - even junior high and high school - do better in school when parents are involved in their academic lives. Attending parent/teacher conferences is an important way to engage in conversations with your child's teacher(s) about your child's strengths, as well as any areas for improvement.

Superintendent's advisory council met for first time

supt advisory

Nearly 30 people, representing all of the district's schools and the 18 various communities within our district, came together for the first-ever Superintendent's Community Advisory Committee meeting this week.

The group will meet several times throughout the year to discuss the challenges and opportunities that exist in our current system, and provide feedback.

Still time to weigh in with feedback on boundaries


Want to learn more about the attendance boundary contingency plan and weigh in with your feedback? Here’s how:

Students pledge to stand up to bullying

Students and staff across the district stood together against bullying. Many schools celebrated Unity Day by wearing orange. Oak-Land Junior High students signed pledges in support of kindness, acceptance and inclusion. Students at the St. Croix Valley Area Learning Center wrote positive messages, read poetry, and created a quilt. At Stillwater Junior High, the entire student body participated in a Unity 5K. Some ran, some walked, others cheered them on. For pictures visit our Facebook page.

unity day

Stories from across the district

  • Hundreds of elementary students got their groove on for a “Crank It Like a Chainsaw” halftime spectacular, celebrating the work of our physical education department. Check out the video.
  • The undefeated boys soccer team is heading to state! The girls team lost to East Ridge in their state bid. Congratulations to the boys and girls for a great season! They both finished the regular season ranked #1 in the state.
  • Health and wellness was the topic of the day as Oak-Land Junior High School hosted its annual student Health Fair earlier this week. Read more.

Lights on Afterschool

Lights on Afterschool

It's Lights on Afterschool Week, a nationwide event that celebrates afterschool programs. Whether it’s Adventure Club or youth enrichment activities, our Community Education youth and family programs play an important role in the lives of children and families. Watch the video to see just some of what we have to offer!

School board meeting notice

The school board will hold a business meeting on Oct. 27 at 5:30 p.m. prior to their scheduled learning session to take action on a personnel issue. See the official meeting notice.


Learn more about where you can go for free or reduced-priced food and scholarships for youth activities. The digital Backpack now has information about resources available for families, as well as information about youth sports, activities, clubs, events and more! Check it out!