Pony E-News: Possible start time changes, principal honored and future kindergartners welcomed

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March 4, 2018

Conversation continues about possible start time changes

Should start times change in the district to allow high school students to sleep later? That's the question school board members are considering. Read more online. 

On Thursday evening, board members will be learning more about how a potential change in school start times might impact students at all levels - from elementary to high school. The discussions are open to the public and will take place on March 8 at Stillwater City Hall. Video of the meetings will be available online.

  • High School Start Time Research Presentation from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.: A presentation by a University of Minnesota researcher and a representative from the Minnesota Sleep Society will review the research regarding high school start times. 
  • School Board Meeting at 6 p.m.: During the regular board meeting school board members will hear more about the impact of a later high school start on elementary and middle schools. Board members will have time to discuss the issue of start time changes and determine whether or not they want to direct administration to prepare a formal proposal to change start time for 2019-2020. 

Heather Nelson

Rutherford principal wins leadership award

The Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA) has recognized Heather Nelson, principal of Rutherford Elementary School, with the 2018 MESPA Division Leadership Achievement Award. The award honors principals whose exemplary leadership and sustained efforts have made noteworthy contributions to the operation of effective school learning programs — improving education, their communities, and their profession. Nelson has served as a principal in the district since 2002.

Freshman wrestler wins second state championship

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Congrats to wrestler Reid Ballantyne for winning back-to-to back state championships! The freshman won the Class 3A, 120-pound title. Last year, he won at 106-pounds. Read more. (Photo from Pioneer Press)

School board seeking advice from community

Want to play a role in helping to ensure our students are ready for whatever life has in store beyond high school? Consider applying to be part of the school board's new World's Best Workforce Advisory. The group will advise school board members on how best to equip our students to be competitive - to be ready for college, trade school, the military or a career. The deadline to apply is March 23, 2018. Apply online.

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Stories from around the school district

Kindergarten Orientation 2018

Class of 2031 gets a sneak-peek at kindergarten
Hundreds of future Ponies from across the school district had the opportunity to visit kindergarten classrooms as part of Kindergarten Orientation. Students met their teachers, made new friends, sang songs, created works of art and rode a school bus. Clifford the Big Red Dog even made an appearance! We are so excited to welcome you to our school communities this fall! Photos on Facebook.

ALC graduation

ALC holds mid-year graduation
Congratulations to the St. Croix Valley Area Learning Center students who graduated on Friday! Eight graduates were honored at a special ceremony. They received their Stillwater Area High School diplomas in front of proud family and friends, fellow students and staff. We are excited to see what the future holds for them!

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Students participate on new adapted floor hockey team
Stillwater Area High School has its first-ever adapted floor hockey team. It’s a cooperative between Stillwater and Mahtomedi. The co-ed team is made up of eight players, including five from SAHS. The team competes in the southern metro area against teams as far away as Owatonna. Coach Jon McAllister says the inaugural team is gaining experience every day and he’s proud of them for playing hard no matter what the score is. 


Principal gets slimed
Afton-Lakeland principal Malinda Lansfeldt kept her word. She told students that if they raised $18,000 for their PTA fun run fundraiser she would get slimed. Well, the kids reached that goal and them some so they got to pour the gooey green mess all over her. A big thanks to Mrs. Lansfeldt who endured 20 minutes of sliming all for a good cause. The money will go towards teacher grants and updating/adapting the playground. Watch the video on Facebook.

Brookview parent day

Parents get to be students for a day
Parents of Brookview Elementary first graders got a sneak peek at what goes on during the school day. Parents were invited to tag along with their children as they visited specialists in music, art and physical education. Photos on our Facebook page.

Official school board meeting notice

The school board will meet with area legislators for Schools for Equity in Education Day at the State Capitol on Thursday, March 15 from 9:45 a.m. to approximately 2:00 p.m. Read official notice online.