Pony E-News: Spreading kindness; Think Tank #2; Thoughtexchange update

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Oct. 31, 2016

Stonebridge kindergartner spreads kindness


October is Kindness Month, but Stonebridge kindergartner Annie and her mom Alaya are spreading kindness year round. They sprinkle positive messages at school and throughout Stillwater as part of their You Matter movement. Watch the video.

Second Think Tank brings even more big ideas


A dozen community members and educators gathered together to talk about education and their dreams for the future of our district during the second in a series of Think Tank conversations.

Participants talked very little about standards and testing, or even specific courses or curriculum. Instead, they focused on things like developing empathy in students, instilling grit and expanding connections to the community. Read more.

Community weighs in with feedback on our schools

Nearly 3,500 people took place in our first ever Thoughtexchange process and shared more than 7,000 thoughts about our schools. The top areas of appreciation expressed were for teachers and staff, school environments and teacher/parent communication. Top concerns were related to class sizes, lunch/recess and school closures. A website to share all of the results with our public is being developed and will be published in the coming weeks. 

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Boys soccer team in the state semifinals

The boys soccer team cruised past Mounds View 6-1 in the first round of the state tournament! The top ranked Ponies (20-0) advance to play #4 seed Andover (15-2-2) in the semifinals at 8 a.m. Monday at U.S. Bank Stadium. More info.

Learn about board candidates before election day

Ten candidates are vying for three open seats on the school board this November. This is a very important election and the outcome will set the direction of our school district for years to come. Here are some resources you can check out to learn more about each candidate:

Reading, writing and robots


Ninth grade students at Stillwater Junior High are using robots in English class. The Dash and Dot robots can be programmed and coded, respond to light and sound and sense objects around them. Students took parts of the text from John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men,” turned it into an image and used the robots to pair it with light and sound. Teacher Andrew Smith plans to expand the unit thanks to a grant from the Partnership Plan. Read more

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SAHS student presents deer tracking study to scientists

Project-based learning is on display at the Lee & Rose Warner Nature Center! Stillwater Area High School senior Rebecca Franke was asked to present her deer tracking study to area scientists. Read more.


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