Pony E-News: Jessie Diggins pep fest, free summer meals, and much more

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May 20, 2018


Welcome Home Pep Fest for Jessie Diggins

Jessie Diggins at pep fest

Olympic Gold Medalist Jessie Diggins returned to Stillwater Area High School for a pep fest in her honor. Students celebrated the 2010 graduate with a rally in the gymnasium. Diggins spoke about her time as a student at SAHS and how she went from being a three-time state champion cross-country skier for the Stillwater Ponies to winning Gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics. 

For photos visit our Facebook page.


Free summer meals for kids and teens

Stillwater Area Public Schools will be offering free breakfast and lunch to area children (2 to 18 years old) again this summer at Andersen and Lily Lake elementary schools, thanks to a special program provided by federal funding. The goal of this program is to make sure all youth in our community have access to nutritious meals while school is out for the summer.

Families will not be asked to fill out any paperwork and no names will be taken – kids just need to show up to eat! See menus, date and times online.

kids eating lunch

News around the district

robot storytelling

Storytelling with robots
Robots are helping storytelling come to life at Stillwater Middle School. The teaching team at SMS House 6 Black had their students combine English, science, engineering and robotics into their latest project. Sixth graders were asked to write a story with a robot character who went on an adventure. Read more and see photos on our Facebook page.

student with map app

Third graders create apps
Third graders at Afton-Lakeland Elementary are creating their own apps with coding. Students in Christi Wallace’s class have been researching the history of local businesses, parks, flora and fauna. They are coding an app that includes the history when you click on a map. Mrs. Wallace says the lesson has been very engaging and she is so impressed with how much the students have accomplished. More photos on Facebook.

AVID career day

AVID Career Day
Students in the AVID program at Stillwater Area High School participated in Career Day at UnitedHealth Group. The tenth and eleventh graders learned about many fields including nursing, marketing, finance, graphic design and information technology. They even gained some real-world experience when they brainstormed ideas to combat teen depression. The students came up with a “Call-a-Friend” app where teens can reach out for uplifting messages.


Let's Talk - Healthy Habits

let's talk healthy habits

Middle school students are talking about healthy habits. Check out this short video, written by our parent educators and created by Stillwater Area High School students, to learn how parents can help their children learn to stay mentally and physically fit. 


Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” airs Friday

13 Reasons Why TV poster

The controversial TV series "13 Reasons Why" is back for season two and it may include storylines that mention suicide, rape and a school shooting. It will likely generate conversations among parents and children. Stillwater Area Public Schools has a list online of resources to help facilitate discussions you may have. 

As always, if you have individual concerns about your child related to mental health, or need additional resources, please contact your child’s school. We have counselors, social workers, psychologists and administrators available to support your child and your family.


Distinguished Alumni Banquet

distinguished alumni logo

Come celebrate our Distinguished Alumni! The Partnership Plan is holding a banquet at the Lake Elmo Inn Event Center to honor the 2018 recipients on Friday, June 1. Hear stories of achievement from: Maureen (Hooley) Bausch, Tracey Galowitz, Pamela (Ogren) Johnson, and David Ratte. Don't miss one of the most inspiring events of the year! Get your tickets online.


School board meeting notice

  • The school board will hold a closed session to discuss property identified as Marine Elementary School on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Stillwater City Hall. The session will take place immediately following the the regular business meeting. 
  • The school board will hold a work session for the purpose of studying a demographic, enrollment and housing analysis report at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at Central Services.

Read official notices online