Pony E-News: Honoring veterans; board chair wins state award

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November 12, 2017

veteran with kids

Honoring veterans around the district

Students and staff observed Veterans Day by paying tribute to those who served in the armed forces. Many schools held special assemblies where veterans were invited to attend to hear patriotic songs and messages, while other students made cards to give to veterans at local nursing homes. For photos visit our Facebook page.


Board chair named to 2018 All State School Board

Stillwater Area Public School’s board chairperson George Hoeppner has been named to the 2018 All State School Board, which is the Minnesota School Boards Association’s (MSBA) most prestigious award.

Of the more than 2,300 school board members in the state, Hoeppner is one of just seven board members chosen for the award this year. Read more.

Board considers calendar options for 2018-2019

School board members are considering two variations of a calendar for the coming school year. Both calendar options have school beginning the week before Labor Day, and feature staggered starts to provide students transitioning to new buildings with time to familiarize themselves with their new school environments. The difference between the two calendar options is the schedule for elementary students. Read more and view the two calendar options. 

  • Option A is similar to the current year, with kindergarten beginning two days later for Ready, Set Go conferences.
  • Option B extends Ready, Set, Go conferences to all elementary students grades K-5. 

Designing a new way for middle schoolers to learn

Matt Howe’s classroom at Oak-Land Middle School is alive with activity during third and fifth hour each day.  It’s noisy, and might feel a bit chaotic, but if you ask the students they’ll tell you the Design and Make class is one of the best parts of their day.

The class is based on the design process used by engineers and other professionals charged with creating new innovations, and it allows students to dream up an idea and make it a reality. Read more.


Fall sports teams continue to shine

boys cross country state 2017

Congrats to the Stillwater Area High School Boy's Cross Country team for their second place finish at state! The girls team placed 13th in their first state appearance since 2005. 

The volleyball team made their second state appearance in program history and first trip since 2009 losing to Lakeville North in the first round.

Official school board meeting notices

  • The school board will have a special meeting on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 4:30 p.m. at Stillwater City Hall for the purpose of a closed session for attorney‐client privilege to discuss pending litigation.
  • The school board will hold a special meeting for the purpose of a closed session at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at Central Services to discuss property identified as Marine School Property.
  • The school board will host a legislative breakfast on Monday, Nov. 20 from 7:30‐9 a.m. at the Early Childhood Family Center located at 1111 Holcombe Street South in Stillwater.

View the official meeting notices online.