Pony E-News: Feedback needed on next year's calendar

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September 9, 2018

Give your feedback on next year's school calendar

The Calendar Committee - which is made up of staff, parents and students - is beginning work to develop the 2019-2020 school year calendar. They're looking for input from families, students and staff to help guide their work. Families should have received an email earlier this week with a link to an online survey. If you haven't done so already, please complete the calendar survey to provide your feedback. 

Parents and teachers love Ready, Set, Go conferences

Student and teacher conference

Offering Ready, Set, Go (RSG) conferences to all elementary students has proven to be a huge success. Parents and teachers agree that the time set aside for students to meet teachers before school began made a big impact in starting the year off well.

In a recent survey, 96% of teachers found their time during RSG to be beneficial or highly beneficial.

Parents are also weighing in. Of those who have responded to an online survey so far:

  • 91% of parents felt RSG was valuable way to start a new school year
  • 85% of parents felt RSG helped their student prepare for their first day of school

There is still time to weigh in with your thoughts. Parents can complete the RSG survey through the end of the week. All results will be compiled on Friday, Sept. 14 and shared with staff as they plan for next year.

In Their Own Words
"What a treasure this was! It gave time to relate to our students and time to read with them. Thanks for putting kids first, Stillwater!”

"It really shows to me as a parent that the school is dedicated to helping my child feel comfortable and be successful.”

“I think it’s one of the best ideas in all my 25+ years of teaching.”

preschooler with teacher

Back to school for our littlest learners

Preschool classes are back in session at the Early Childhood Family Center and all seven of our elementary schools. Our littlest learners began the school year on Tuesday. 

Check out more photos on the Early Childhood Facebook page.

Students at Homecoming carnival

Don't miss the Homecoming Carnival

The second annual Pony Homecoming Carnival will be held on Friday, Sept. 28 from 4-6:30 p.m. at the high school. Mark your calendars for this family-friendly event which features inflatables, carnival games, activities, food trucks and more. All are welcome!

Check out a promo video to see what the carnival is all about!

2018 homecoming tshirt

Get your official Homecoming t-shirt

Stop by Heritage Embroidery to pick up your official Homcoming 2018 t-shirt. High school students may also purchase t-shirts at the high school starting Sept. 19

Not a student? It doesn't matter! We're encouraging our entire community to wear Pony gear on Friday, Sept. 28. Pull out the old letter jacket, dress in red and black, or don your favorite Pony tee or sweatshirt. Get your colleagues together in all their Pony wear and take a photo - post it on social media with the hashtag #PonyPride and we’ll share it on the district’s Facebook page.

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Get to know school board candidates

Seven candidates have filed for four open seats on the school board. Learn more about each of the candidates before you go to the polls in November. The Stillwater Gazette is sponsoring a school board candidate forum, hosted by Margot Rheinberger, on Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Stillwater Middle School.

See a list of school board candidates online.