Pony E-News: Thoughts on the senseless tragedy at Florida high school

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February 18, 2018

Thoughts on the senseless tragedy at Florida high school

We are likely all struggling to make sense of the violence that occurred earlier this week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Please read a statement from Superintendent Pontrelli for more information on the district's emergency plan and the role students, parents and the community play in helping to keep our school safe.

Check out this resource titled Talking to Children About Violence,” created by the National Association of School Psychologists. It might be helpful as you talk with your children about this latest event. 

Reminder: No school Monday, Feb. 19

Students will be enjoying a long weekend in honor of President's Day. Teachers and support staff will be reporting to work to engage in professional development. Elementary schools will also be holding spring conferences. We look forward to welcoming students back on Tuesday. Enjoy the long weekend.

Portrait of Graduate round table conversation

Business leaders agree: Students need to "learn, unlearn, relearn"

Being open-minded and flexible are some of the most important things we can teach our students - that's according to business leaders from within our own community. During a recent Community Leader Roundtable, nine business and community leaders came together to talk about what schools and our community can do to best prepare students for a changing workforce. Read more.

Incredible things are happening in classrooms across district


Our students and staff have been busy! Check out our Facebook page for photos and stories about the incredible things happening in our classrooms. Here's just a sample of what you'll see.

  • Teacher Lori Stippel wins Educator of the Year Award
  • Girl Power event at Stillwater Area High School
  • A royal visit to Afton-Lakeland Elementary

A big week for Pony athletes (past and present)

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Girls alpine ski team wins first-ever state title
Congratulations to the girls alpine ski team for winning the state championship! It’s the first-ever state title for the team. Senior Maggie Raedeke also medaled in the meet, placing ninth in the individuals.

The boys alpine ski team finished in sixth place at the state tournament. Congratulations!

nordic ski team

Nordic teams take first and second places at state
Congratulations to the girls Nordic ski team for winning the state championship this week. Two Ponies medaled in the individuals: sophomore Libby Tuttle placed seventh, while senior Siri Bohacek placed eighth.

The boys Nordic ski team also earned a second place victory in the state tournament. Way to go!

wrestling section champs

Wrestling and gymnastics teams heading to state

The wrestling team captured the Section 4AAA title, beating Mounds View 39-25. The team will compete at the state tournament March 1-3.


The gymnastics team won the Section 4AA championship. The Ponies will compete at the state meet on Friday. Individual and All Around qualifiers will compete Saturday.

jessie diggins olympics

Olympic athlete cheering on Ponies from South Korea
Jessie Diggins (Class of 2010) is in the midst of competing at the Winter Olympics but took time to send her congratulations to the Stillwater girls and boys Nordic ski teams. She has been cheering on the  Read more.

so far, Diggins has three fifth place finishes along with a sixth in the women's classic sprint cross-country skiing event. That matches the best Olympic finish ever in the sprint by the American women.  📷: @jessevaananen

District's finance staff recognized for quality work

The Association of School Business Officials International has selected Stillwater Area Public Schools as one of its award-winning examples of how districts should prepare their Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. This recognition highlights the outstanding work of the district's finance staff in its reporting of the district's financial statements.

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Thank you, school board members

School Board Member Recognition Week is February 19-23. Please join us in thanking our school board members for the important role they play in helping take care of our community’s children.

Mark You Calendar:

March 13 from 5-7 p.m.: College Fair at Stillwater Area High School
The Minnesota Education Fair (MEF) provides families an opportunity to meet with representatives from approximately 125 regional and Midwest colleges (two and four year), professional schools and military organizations. 

March 14 from 6:30-8 p.m.: Top Secret Project at Stillwater Area High School
Parents with kids of ALL ages are invited to attend this presentation to learn how to recognize items often found at home that could be a signal that there’s a problem with their teen. Presenters from Hazelden and Youth Service Bureau will also discuss what to do if you or someone you know is concerned about mental/chemical health, and provide important resources for young people and families. Register for the adults-only event online.