Pony E-News: Alternate/open enrollment decisions still being made

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February 19, 2017

No School Monday, Feb. 20. Happy President's Day!

kindergarten orientation

Welcoming the class of 2030

Next year's kindergarten students and their families will be visiting their schools this week for kindergarten orientation. Orientation for our new elementary, Brookview, will be held on Tuesday evening. Other schools will be welcoming students on Friday. 

Remember, there will be no school for current kindergarten students on Friday, Feb. 24.

Alternate and open enrollment requests still being filled


Several hundred families have submitted applications for alternate or open enrollment for the coming year. A lottery was held in January and more than 70 percent of all of the applications were approved in the first round - that’s a higher percentage than is filled at this time in a typical year. Yet, the process is far from over. 

Families accepted in the first round have until March 1 to notify the district if they’ll be accepting a spot in their chosen school. As families accept positions, new openings are created within schools across the district. Families next in line on a waiting list for a place in a chosen school will be notified of any new openings in mid-March, at which time the process begins anew. Alternate and open enrollment requests will continue to be filled throughout the spring, and well into the summer. 

With all of the changes underway in our district, it's sometimes hard to separate fact from fiction. Check our Fact Check page for the latest information on staffing, enrollment, the future of Marine Elementary and more.

Stories from across the district

There are so many amazing things happening in schools across our district. Check out our Facebook page for more photos of all of these events and many more.


First graders became authors during a special reading celebration at Oak Park Elementary. Each student wrote a book - complete with a table of contents, chapters, and original illustrations – on a topic they are an expert in. Parents and other special guests were then invited into the classroom to hear the students read from their books. 

Hope for Haiti

Stonebridge Elementary is helping students in Haiti in a big way! They raised more than $4000 for Hope School in Cite Soliel, Haiti. Stonebridge staff hosted a variety of activities and students bought tickets to attend things like dance parties, karaoke, arts and crafts, and gym activities. Watch the video to learn more. 

Lily Lake reading

Lily Lake Elementary is celebrating I Love to Read Month with a school-wide reading of Charlotte's Web. They kicked off the month with a new book for every student from the Lily Lake PTO.

wrestling section champs

Winter Sports Wrapup

  • The boys and girls alpine and nordic ski teams competed at state. The boys alpine team tied for 3rd place, while the girls nordic team took 4th.
  • The gymnastics team won the section championship and Gretchen Sharp was named section All-Around
  • The wrestling team is heading to state after capturing the section title
  • The boys hockey team clinched back-to-back conference championships
  • Ponies forward Noah Cates has been named one of 10 finalists for the Mr. Hockey award that goes to the state’s top senior players

Community comes together to Reimagine Minnesota


Parents and community members from our district joined with several hundred people from four neighboring district's last night for an important conversation about the future of our schools.

The community conversation was one of a dozen taking place across the metro area to address integration, access, opportunity and educational achievement. Read more.

A night of music, games, live and silent auctions and fun

Music and games will spice up a night of fun-with-a-purpose at The Partnership Party, which will be held from 5:30 to 11 p.m. on March 11. This will mark the 10th anniversary of The Partnership Plan’s gala that raises funds to support enrichment projects and activities in Stillwater Area Public Schools.

Tickets are still available! Click to register

Free heart screening, so much more on digitalBackpack

A free heart screening is being offered for boys and girls, ages 14-18, on March 4 at the high school. The screen helps detect potentially life threatening heart defects in children. Learn more.


Check out digital Backpack more information about this, as well as other resources for families and details about youth sports, activities, clubs, events and more!