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April 30, 2017

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Once again, we've made the list of best high schools in Minnesota!

Stillwater Area High School has been named one of the best high schools in the state. U.S. News and World Report ranked SAHS 11th in Minnesota, up from 16th last year. The high school also earned a silver medal which was awarded to just 10 percent of high schools nationally. Read more.

Thoughtexchange: What do our kids really need to succeed?

Watch for an email coming soon with an invite to participate in our second Thoughtexchange process, or sign up online to participate.

During the month of May, you'll be invited to share your thoughts and ideas about the skills and attributes our students need to succeed. In three simple steps you’ll be able to share your ideas, read and consider other people’s ideas, and help establish priorities for district leaders to consider in planning for the future. Findings will be shared with the community this summer. Be sure to lend your voice! Learn more.

Kids to help other kids adjust to new school environments


Making the transition from elementary to middle school, and middle school to the high school could be a bit daunting. But we’re hoping to change all that!  

This fall the district will be launching an orientation program to help students navigate their new surroundings in a fun and supportive way. 

WEB, which stands for Where Everyone Belongs, will welcome students in their first year in middle school. A similar program, called Link Crew, will be implemented at the high school. Both programs pair small groups of incoming students with older student leaders who will help them discover what it takes to be successful in school. They will meet up in small groups during a formal orientation day before the first day of school, and then gather together throughout the year for social activities, study groups and more structured activities. Read more.

Working to improve learning for Special Education students


A major study of our Special Education programming is underway this year, with a goal of ensuring we provide our students with the very best learning opportunities possible.

A task force is digging deep into student achievement results, financial and staffing data, and more to determine what is working well and what can be improved.

Results from Phase 1 of the study will be shared with the school board at meetings in May and June. Phase 2 will allow stakeholders to learn more about the findings and engage in discussions to help design programming that best meets our students needs. Watch for more information coming soon.

Stillwater Success Stories!

Five juniors selected as delegates for Boys and Girls State
Five Stillwater Area High School juniors have been selected as delegates for Minnesota Boys and Girls State. The intensive week-long programs teaches students how government works, while developing leadership skills through real-world activities. Read more.

Two SAHS students among just 14 state Chemistry Olympiad finalists
Two Stillwater Area High Schools students are among just 14 in the state of Minnesota to be named Chemistry Olympiad finalists. They'll go on to compete at the national level. Read more.

Legislators debating education funding. Lend your voice.

It's that time of the year when state legislators are vigorously debating education funding for the next biennium. Our district receives more than 70 percent of its revenue from the state, which is why these discussions are so important. The school board's legislative committee is advocating for a three percent inflationary increase on the general education formula, as well as an increase for Special Education funding. View the school board's 2016-2017 legislative platform.

You can help! Stay up to date on the latest legislative proposals and reach out to your local legislators to share your concerns, ideas and feedback.