Pony E-News: School year to end a day early this year

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March 12, 2017

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School year to end a day early 

The end of the school year will come one day early for students across the district this summer. The school board has approved a shortened calendar, which will move the last student-contact day of the school year from Thursday, June 1 to Wednesday, May 31Read more.

Alternate/open enrollment requests are still being approved

We're in the midst of the second round of alternate/open enrollment requests, with several rounds left to go.

Families accepted in the second round have until Friday, March 24 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 at the end of 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. 

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First day of school delayed for kindergarteners, juniors and seniors

The start of the 2017-2018 school year has been adjusted to help transition students into the new year this fall. Under the newly approved calendar:

  • Students in grades 1-10 will begin school on Monday, August 28.
  • School will begin for juniors and seniors at the high school on Tuesday, August 29.
  • The first, full day of kindergarten will be Wednesday, August 30.

The tiered start dates will provide time to more smoothly transition students into their new learning spaces at the start of the year. Read more.


Watch your mailbox!

A copy of the district's Shareholders' Report will be appearing in your mailbox before spring break. This report highlights the many successes of the past year, and shares the many ways we're innovating and changing to better meet the needs of our students. 

Afton-Lakeland is making music Nashville style

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Fourth and fifth graders at Afton-Lakeland Elementary are making music, Nashville style. The students worked with country singer-songwriter Jeff Dayton to write their own songs. Following a week-long residency program, fourteen groups performed their songs live in-concert for the school. Some of the songs were fun and silly, others more poignant. Read more.


Singers shine at Solo/Ensemble Contest

Congratulations to the 42 soloists as well as Select Women and the Vagabonds choir who participated in the Region 4AA MSHSL Solo/Ensemble Contest. Our Stillwater singers excelled with 33 Superior ratings, nine Excellent Ratings and four Best of Site awards, including soprano Jenna Slayton, mezzo Sophie Vogel, mezzo Governess Simpson and the Vagabonds.

Concert Orchestra performs at prestigious national event

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The Stillwater Area High School Concert Orchestra travelled to Pittsburgh to participate in the American String Teachers Association's National Orchestra Festival. The orchestra was the first from Minnesota to participate in the festival and one of just 15 from around the country to be invited to this prestigious event. The orchestra also performed for residents of a local retirement community. Listen in.

SAHS senior meets President Trump


A once-in-a-lifetime experience for Stillwater Area High School senior Alexander Pavlicin. He spent the past week in Washington, D.C. as one of 106 student delegates selected to the United States Senate Youth Program. Among the highlights, meeting President Trump and Vice President Pence in the East Wing of the White House. Watch the video.

Digital Backpack is out. Peachjar is in.

Starting March 29 we will begin sending electronic flyers (eflyers) from local non-profit organizations directly to parents. This new service, which is being provided by Peachjar, will be replacing our current digitalBackpack.

Peachjar provides an innovative flyer management system that sends school-approved eflyers directly to parents' inboxes and posts them on school websites - making it easier than ever for parents to learn more about the events, activities and programs offered to students by local non-profil organization. Learn more.