Pony E-News: Community comes together to address students' mental health issues

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June 25, 2017

Community gathers to discuss students' mental health

mental health

More than 60 community members gathered Wednesday night to talk about a difficult topic - mental health. 

The group came together to talk about the many challenges facing our students - from depression and anxiety to chemical dependency and suicide - and identify the mental health resources available, as well as the gaps that exist within our community. 

Feedback gathered during this conversation will be used to help community leaders develop a plan to provide training, resources and support to all who work with our youth, and give people the resources to identify and address issues before it is too late. Watch for more details and learn more about this work online.

3d toy designs

Students team up with toy maker 

Oak-Land students have formed a unique partnership with a local toy inventor. The students used 3D printers to help Tony Morley create rapid prototypes of his designs. It's a win-win for the students and Morley, and the district hopes to expand such opportunities for students and local businesses to collaborate on real-world projects. Check out this video.

Stillwater Success Stories

  • High school student Fatima Menawa is being recognized by BestPrep for one of the top essays in a state competition. The sophomore ranked 18 out of 415 students who entered the Why Character Matters contest. This year’s essay prompt challenged students to take a deeper look into the role of character development in their education.
  • Senior Mary Burchill has been named a Triple Threat Award winner by the Hennepin Theatre Trust. Burchill was recognized by the Trust’s Spotlight Education program for her singing, acting and dancing as well as community leadership. Burchill was among four winners who were given an all-expense paid trip to New York City to meet with industry professionals, participate in workshops and attend Broadway shows. 
  • Congrats to the girls lacrosse team on a successful 14-3 season! They suffered a tough overtime loss in the state quarterfinals against Farmington.
  • Congrats to the boys golf team who placed fifth in the state tournament! Brock Winter was the Ponies' top finisher in 18th place.

Free food! Schools serve up breakfast and lunch this summer


Heading to swimming lessons or taking part in summer school or a Community Education class this summer? Be sure to stop in for a free meal.

Free breakfast and lunch is available for all kids ages 2 - 18 years old. Meals are being served at Oak-Land, Oak Park and Andersen. Learn more at stillwaterschools.org/summer-meals.

Court of appeals affirms decision in Douglas suit

On Monday, June 18 the court of appeals affirmed the lower court’s decision to dismiss Melissa Douglas’ lawsuit regarding the bond referendum. The court of appeal agreed that the District’s actions have been consistent with the ballot language and the purpose of the bond. According to the court, the decision not to spend 0.45 percent of the bond proceeds to improve elementary schools that were later slated to close did not radically alter the purpose of the $97.5 million dollar, district-wide bond project.