Pony E-News: Construction wrapping up; New year around the corner

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July 30, 2017

Get to know the “new” Stillwater Area Public Schools

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The start of the 2017-2018 school year is even more exciting than usual. Not only will we be welcoming back more than 8,300 students for a great year of learning, but we’ll be doing so in a variety of beautiful new learning spaces - thanks to our residents who supported a bond in May 2015.

Read Superintendent Pontrelli's latest column for an update on the construction projects.

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Pony Pride at Lumberjack Days

Students shared their Pony Pride at the Stillwater Lumberjack Days Parade. More than 70 kids, along with some staff and parents, handed out Pony Pride goodies to the crowd. Boys soccer players dribbled their way along the route, while gymnasts flipped down the street. Other groups on hand included synchronized swimming, wrestling, football, girls hockey, debate, National Honor Society and Chevals. 

Thanks to everyone who volunteered! For pictures visit our Facebook page.

Summer Success students get hooked on learning


Third graders in the Summer Success program got hooked on learning - literally. About 30 kids spent the day fishing as part of their Marvelous Minnesota unit. While nobody caught the state fish (walleye) they did hook plenty of sunnies and even a turtle. Members of the Washington County Sheriff's Office joined the kids and helped them bait their hooks and reel in their catch. 

See more photos on Facebook.

Getting ready for the first day of school

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The first day of school is fast approaching! Start dates will be staggered this year according to grade level. The staggered start is designed to help students transition into a new year.

  • Monday, August 28: Grades 1-10
  • Tuesday, August 29: Grades 11 & 12
  • Wednesday, August 30: Kindergarten
  • Tuesday, September 5: Preschool

Please note: A slight adjustment was made to the 2017-2018 calendar: Jan. 29 is now a non-school day and school will be in session on May 14. Visit our website to download the revised, printable year-at-a-glance calendars

Help local students have a great start to their school year

You can donate new school supplies now through August 10 to support the Stuff the Bus initiative. Top supplies requested include headphones, calculators, 3-ring binders and composition notebooks. Please click here for a complete list of requested school supplies. Drop off school supplies at: Community Thread, DiaSorin, First State Bank & Trust, Lake Elmo Bank, and United Way of Washington County-East.

Volunteers are needed to pack supplies at Stillwater Area High School on August 15 from 5-6:30pm. Stop by for as little as 5 minutes or stay the entire time. The event is open to the public on a drop-in basis, so there’s no need to pre-register.

New opportunity!
On average teachers spend over $400 on school supplies. Donate cash and gift cards for local teachers! Donate online at www.uwwce.org/donate. Designate Stuff the Bus.

Stuff the Bus is offered by United Way of Washington County-East and Community Thread.

Official school board meeting notice

The school board will hold a closed session at 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 10 at Stillwater City Hall to discuss property identified as Marine School Property. Pursuant to Minnesota Statute §13D.05 Subd. 3. (3) to develop or consider offers or counteroffers for the purchase or sale of real or personal property. See the official notice.