Pony E-News: New leaders selected for Andersen, SMS and Special Ed

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August 3, 2018

New administrators selected to lead schools, programs

The school board is expected August 9 to approve the selection of three new administrators. Anna Wilcek will serve as the principal for Andersen Elementary School, Gina Doe will serve as assistant principal at Stillwater Middle, and Caitlyn Willis will take over as the assistant director of Student Support Services. Read more.

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Summer learning is fun!

About 230 students from across the district took a break from summer relaxing and headed back to school. Students entering grades 1-6 took part in Summer Success at Andersen Elementary. The three week program is designed to give students the opportunity to catch up to classmates and better prepare them for the coming year.

This year, Summer Success not only taught students new skills, but kept them engaged through cross-curricular lessons that combined physical education with spelling and reading with geometry. Read more.

Watch for bus route info to arrive in your e-mailbox

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Information about your child's bus route will no longer be coming to you by mail. Instead, you'll be able to access this information electronically - several days earlier than it has been available in years past.

An email will be sent to families the week of August 13 that will include a website link, username and password for the Versatrans e-Link system. Please make sure to have an accurate email address entered in Skyward. You can update your email here.

Using the Versatrans e-Link system should result in families receiving their bus information nearly a week earlier than it has been previously available, in addition to reducing printing and postage costs. 

Need help with school supplies?

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Families can “shop” for school supplies … for free! Items donated from community members through the Stuff the Bus campaign will be available on Wednesday, August 15 from 2 to 7 p.m. and Thursday, August 16 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the cafeteria of the Oak Park Building, 6355 Osman Avenue North in Stillwater. There is no paperwork to fill out and nothing required to pick up what you need. If you are unable to stop in one of these days please speak with your school secretary to make other arrangements. Thanks to United Way and Community Thread for sponsoring the Stuff the Bus campaign.

Tutors needed! Make a difference and earn some cash

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Would you like to help students to become successful in reading or math? You can make a difference by serving with the Minnesota Reading Corps and Minnesota Math Corps! 

No experience is necessary – tutors receive training and ongoing coaching throughout the year. Tutors are paid a living allowance every two weeks and are eligible for up to $5,920 for tuition or repayment of student loans. Tutors 55 and older may gift the education award to a child or grandchild. Free health insurance and child care assistance is available for qualified applicants. Learn more

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Registration begins Monday for fall  Community Education classes

Community Education has even more activities planned for this fall! There are 47 new classes for adults to choose from, including personal training, basket weaving, job search advice, and more! Look for the catalog in your mailbox next week or view it now online. You can register for classes starting Monday, August 6.

Filing now underway for school board elections

Four school board seats will be up for election on the November 6, 2018 ballot. Anyone interested in running for School Board must file an affidavit for candidacy between Tuesday, July 31 and Tuesday, August 14. Filing takes place at the school district’s Central Services office, 1875 South Greeley St, Stillwater. 

Interested candidates should plan to attend a special information and training session on Thursday, August 9 at 5 p.m. at the district's Central Services Building where important information about serving on the school board will be shared by leaders from the Minnesota School Boards Association.

Official school board meeting notices

  • The school board will hold a special meeting on August 8 at 5 p.m. at Central Services. The purpose of the meeting is to convene a closed session under the Open Meeting Law (Minn. Stat. Section 13D.05, subd. 3(b)) for attorney‐client privileged communication related to threatened litigation received by the District from an employee’s attorney. See official meeting notice
  • The school board will host an informational session on Running for School Board presented by the Minnesota School Boards Association at 5 p.m. on August 9 at Central Services. See official meeting notice

Upcoming Events

Check out school calendars for dates of Back to School open houses, registration days and more.

July 10 - August 14 - Summer Tuesdays! Come visit us at our booth
August 27 & 28 - Ready, Set, Go! Conferences, grades K-5
August 27 - First day of school, grades 6 and 9
August 28 - First day of school, grades 7-8 and 10-12
August 29 - First day of school, grades K-5
August 31 & September 3 - No school