Pony E-News: Feb. 18 set as make up day for students grades 6-12

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February 10, 2019

snow day

We love our drivers, custodians

Getting kids safely to school and home again in this week's extreme weather took some extra effort. A shout out to our bus drivers, school crossing guards, custodians and maintenance crews and countless others who navigated slick roadways and shoveled, plowed and sanded walkways to keep our kids safe. Thank you!

Make-up snow/cold weather day scheduled on Feb. 18

Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 18, will now be a school day for middle and high school students. Elementary students will not need to come to school, as this will be a parent/teacher conference day.

The school board approved a change to the school calendar to provide a make-up day in response to the unexpected snow/cold days in January. Read more.

We understand this is short notice for families. If your middle school or high school student will not be in attendance on Feb. 18 we just ask that you enter it as an absence in Skyward.

Please note, this decision was made prior to the Feb. 8 snow day, so additional action may be required in the future. We encourage you to contact local legislators to encourage them to waive the instruction hour requirements this year to avoid additional make up days.

Board continues to consider budget adjustments

School board members met on Friday, Feb. 8 to continue their work to further reduce the general fund budget for the 2019-2020 school year. At the work session, board members considered a list of ways to reduce costs to balance the budget and begin to work toward building the fund balance back up to reach their five percent goal (see the latest list of considerations). Read more.

Stay up-to-date on the latest school board news: Check out a summary of the Feb. 7 school board meeting online.

High school encourages everyone to have a BLAST this week

BLAST week pony pride

February 11-15 is BLAST Week at Stillwater Area High School, which stands for Be Loving and Sharing Together. And they’re inviting you to join in the fun! Here are some ways you can spread the love during BLAST Week:

  • Tell us why you love Stillwater Area Public Schools. Use #PonyPride when sharing pictures or posts on social media.
  • Wear Pony Pride on your sleeve! Encourage your friends, family and co-workers to wear Pony gear throughout the week. 
  • Participate in random acts of kindness. Help make the community an even better place to live and go to school by spreading joy to others.

Stillwater ski teams are state bound, again!

boys alpine ski team 2019

Alpine ski teams advancing to state
The boys and girls alpine ski teams both captured the Section 7 championships. It's the second year in a row that they swept the team titles. The teams will compete in the state meet on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Giants Ridge in Biwabik. Read more.


girls nordic ski team 2019

Nordic ski teams making another state appearance
The boys and girls Nordic ski teams are also heading to state. The defending state champion girls and state runner-up boys both finished in second place in the Section 4 championship. The state meet will take place on Thursday Feb. 14 also at Giants Ridge. Read more.

Alumni hope to inspire students at SAHS Girl Power event

For the fourth year in a row, alumni participated in a Girl Power event at Stillwater Area High School. Six Stillwater grads returned to their alma mater to talk about how they became successful in their careers and what they needed to do to achieve their dreams. About 50 students attended the discussion, which was hosted by the College and Career Center. The women shared their experiences and advice hoping to inspire the next generation of female students. Read more.

girl power speakers 2019

School board meeting notice

The school board will be attending the Schools for Equity in Education Day at the Capitol to meet with area legislators on Tuesday, February 19 from 9:45 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m. at the State Offices of the Capitol in St. Paul. Read notice online.

Upcoming Events

Feb. 18: Make up day - Grade 6-12 only
              PreK-Grade 5 - NO SCHOOL 

Feb. 26: Elementary spring conferences

Mar. 1: Kindergarten Orientation (No school for kindergartners)

Mar. 11-15: NO SCHOOL (Spring Break)

Mar. 29: NO SCHOOL (Teacher workshop/grading)