Pony E-News: School is in session Monday for grades 6-12

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Feb. 17, 2019

Don't forget! School in session Monday for grades 6-12

Middle and high school students will have school on Monday, Feb. 18, and five minutes will be added to the end of that day, to make up for lost time during recent snow days. Preschool and elementary students will not need to come to school on Monday, as this will be a parent/teacher conference day. Read more.

Additional make-up day could be added for ALL students on March 29
The school board is expected to vote on Thursday night on whether or not to add a second make-up day to the calendar. March 29, which is currently set aside as a grading day for teachers, is being recommended as a make-up day for ALL students in grades K-12. The Feb. 8 snow day was the sixth of the year so far, and pushed us below the instructional time threshold for all of our students. More information will be shared with families following the board's decision.

School board expected to vote on further budget cuts

On Thursday night the school board is expecting to vote on another round of budget adjustments, which would take effect for the 2019-2020 school year. Read more.

The board has already approved $1.081 million in reductions and is considering the following items as it looks to balance the general fund budget and begin to rebuild the fund balance:

  • an increase to high school athletic fees
  • shifting middle school activities to Community Education
  • having high school families pay for ACT testing
  • reducing custodial staff and cleaning buildings every other day
  • reducing paraprofessional staff at elementary schools
  • further reducing administrative staff
  • reducing the district’s technology budget 
  • further reducing the professional development budget

fashion show

High school students celebrate BLAST week

Students at the high school celebrated diversity and showered one another with kindness during BLAST week, which stands for Be Loving and Sharing Together. Student took part in a variety of special activities and panel discussions throughout the week to celebrate Black History month, learn about various cultures and promote kindness and love. See more photos on Facebook.

Speed STEM

Students consider career options with help from community experts

Stillwater Middle School students learned first-hand about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers from the people who actually work in them. Professionals from ten local companies, including software developers, cyber security analysts and a heart surgeon took part in the second annual Speed STEM event. Read more.

Student athletes bring home the hardware

boys and girls nordic ski teams 2019

Ski teams finish well in state tourney
Congrats to the girls and boys Nordic ski teams! The girls team finished 3rd at state and the boys placed 4th - just one point off the podium.

In alpine skiing, the boys finished 5th at state, while the defending state champion girls placed 7th.

gymnastics team section champs 2019

State champion gymnastics team to defend title
The gymnastics team scored a season-high 149.975 to win the Section 4AA championship! The Ponies will move on to defend their state championship Feb. 22-23. Watch the video.

wrestling team

Wrestling team heading to state
The wrestling team captured the Section 4AAA championship for the third year in a row! The Ponies went undefeated (20-0) in the regular season and are ranked 3rd in the state. 

Teachers honored for their incredible work

Jarl Wilson

Lily Lake teacher wins Chamber's educator of year award
Lily Lake Elementary teacher Jarl Wilson has been named Educator of the Year by the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce! Wilson, who teaches fifth grade, was recognized at the 3rd Annual Community Award Celebration, Winter Gala. Several other educators from the district were nominated for the award. See the full list of nominees.

tom wendt

ALC teacher recognized for service to alternative education 
Congratulations to St. Croix Valley Area Learning Center (ALC) teacher Tom Wendt. He received the 2019 Exemplary Award from the Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs (MAAP). Wendt was honored for his outstanding dedication, service and commitment to alternative education. Read more.

Upcoming Events

Feb. 18: Make-up day for grades 6-12 only. No school for preK through grade 5

Feb. 26: Elementary spring conferences

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

Mar. 11-15: NO SCHOOL (Spring Break)