Pony E-News: Thoughtexchange results, holiday concerts and more

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December 4, 2016


Talk of the District: "We're listening"

We’ve asked you what’s working and what isn’t working with our school district. You’ve shared your ideas, your concerns, your hopes and your dreams. You’ve helped us identify your top priorities. And we’ve been listening to all that you’ve told us. 

Read more from Superintendent Pontrelli about the next steps we're taking in response to your feedback.

Click here to visit our new Thoughtexchange website and learn about the top priorities identified by staff, students, parents and community members. 

  • Be sure to watch for the Taking Action tab (coming soon) to see what's been done already to address concerns. 
  • Click on the School Reports tab to see results specific to your building. You can also access a link to your school's results from your school's website.


The Stillwater Choir featured on NPR

The Stillwater Choir is being featured on the National Public Radio show From the Top this week. You can listen to the program online and hear the choir performing two pieces for the show. Senior Jacob Lagus and junior Lydia Stannard were also interviewed for the program.

Celebrate the holidays with amazing musical performances

Hear your holiday favorites performed by the high school's top choirs, orchestras and band ensembles. From 12 Days of Christmas to Handel's Messiah, we have something for everyone this December. Make Stillwater Area High School concerts part of your holiday tradition! See a calendar of events and ticket information.


Winter is coming!

The temperature is dropping and winter is just around the corner. Please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather.  

The decision to close schools is never made lightly and is largely based on the ability of buses to travel roads safely and the conditions bus riders face while waiting for the bus. Learn more about our notification plan for weather-related closings, delays and early releases.

Volunteers Needed for Da Vinci Fest

Da Vinci Fest needs a few volunteers to help us handle the behind-the-scenes work on Thursday, January 5Friday, January 6 and all day on Saturday, January 7.  The full list of volunteer opportunities is available onlineAll you need to do is click on the time and responsibility that works for you and hit submit.  You'll get a confirmation email and a reminder two days before your shift.

Da Vinci Fest is a celebration of art and science, sponsored by The Partnership Plan on Jan. 7 at Stillwater Area High School. This free, family-friendly event is open to the public from 1 to 5 p.m.  More information at partnershipplan.org 

SJHS 9th graders tops in geography awareness


Stillwater Junior High ninth graders won big in the the November Minnesota Geography Awareness Week 2016 Downstream Challenge. Students competed against other Minnesota high school students to answer geography trivia questions and earn points by playing a variety of online geography games. Madi Kulzer was awarded 1st place, Ryan Ciminski 2nd place and Ben Snyder "Most Active Participant." In addition, the AP Human Geography 3rd and 4th hour classes were the highest scoring in the state.


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