Pony E-News: Supreme Court denies request to consider closures

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May 19, 2017

Supreme Court denies request to consider school closures

Earlier today the Minnesota Supreme Court denied a motion submitted on behalf of 834 VOICE to consider review of the school closure case. With this ruling, the district may move forward with the closure of Marine, Oak Park and Withrow elementary schools at the end of this school year. Read more.

While we know this decision by the Supreme Court doesn’t make the closing of Marine, Oak Park and Withrow any easier, it does end many months of uncertainty as we conclude this year and move into a new school year. We are committed to working along with our entire community to continue our transition into a new year and support our students, staff and families. 

Welcoming sixth graders to middle school


With wide eyes and lots of questions, fifth and sixth grade students from across the district have had their first glimpse at what next year has in store. For the past several weeks incoming sixth and seventh graders, who will be transitioning to middle school next year, have visited Stillwater and Oak-Land middle schools. Read more.

Learn more about the many ways Stillwater Area Public Schools is supporting students as they transition into middle school (and the high school) next year.

Being bilingual pays off for Stillwater area students


Michelle Sanchez and Valentina Borrero, sophomores at the high school, are fluent in both Spanish and English. It’s a unique skill that few SAHS students can claim, and now it’s one that can earn them a bilingual credential and college credit. 

Sanchez and Borrero are two of 16 students whose first language is not English who took a new state-approved proficiency test. Another 250 students in Level 4 Spanish and French also took the test. Read more.


AVID graduates are ready for college

Seventeen students have been working hard for the past several years to prepare for life after high school. Check out this great story from KARE-11 reporter Jana Shortal about how the AVID program has prepared them for college and a bright future.


More than half a million dollars in scholarships awarded

Eighty high school seniors were awarded more than $585,000 in first-year and renewable scholarships. More than 60 local donors offered 122 scholarships to our students. Thank you to the community for supporting their continued education! Read more.

Good new from across the school district

  • Students from the St. Croix Valley Area Learning Center launch two handmade kayaks on Lake Carnelian.
  • Foreign exchange students get a special souvenir to remember their time in the U.S.
  • Retiring math teacher Cathy Gunvalson has an inspirational message for her AP Calculus students.
  • Rutherford Elementary third graders perform at the Washington County Historic Courthouse for Law Enforcement Memorial Day.

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Get your ticket for the Distinguished Alumni dinner


This year's Distinguished Alumni will be honored at a special banquet on June 2 that is open to the public. Hear personal stories and memories from Marilyn “Lynn” (Bruette) Abercrombie, Class of 1948; Denis McDonough, Class of 1988; and Lee Valsvik, Class of 1978. Tickets are available on The Partnership Plan website.

Official notice of school board meetings

The start time of the May 25 learning session has been changed, and two closed sessions have been schedule. View the official meeting notice for more details:

  • The start time of the May 25 learning session has been changed from 5:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
  • The school board will hold a closed session following the learning session on May 25 to discuss negotiations. 
  • The school board will hold a closed session for the purpose of evaluation after their business meeting on June 8.