Stillwater Area High School Newsletter for Week of March 4, 2019

SAHS E-Newsletter

March 8, 2019

Spring Break

No School March 11 - 15

Students Offer Tech Support at Community Thread

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A group of Stillwater Area High School students have been going to Community Thread to help senior members of the community with technology questions so that they can do more and connect more with their families. 

Imagine growing up in a world where a calculator was an innovative technology and sending a letter was the only way to correspond with someone in California.  In the last twenty years technology has exploded to make lives easier, but some people have missed all of the changes or at least have taken longer to adapt.  Read More.

2018-2019 Partnership Award winners announced

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Congratulations to this year’s winners of the Partnership Awards! The awards, given by The Partnership Plan, recognize teachers, staff and retirees for their work on behalf of students at Stillwater Area Public Schools. Mike Kaul, Kris McCarthy and retired teacher Pam Bloom from SAHS were recognized this year.

Each award winner is given $1,000 by The Partnership Plan to designate to their school of choice. A public banquet will be held in their honor on April 15 at the Grand Banquet Hall. The cost is $22. You can purchase tickets online.

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Art students selected for elite art shows


Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is state wide, and then all gold key winners go nationally to compete at that level.  

Winners: Maria Delwiche, Cleo Haugen, Madeline Koltun, Michael Finch, Lillian Sample
Best 100 is the best one hundred high school art pieces from the St. Paul side of the metro.   
Winners: Paige Linhoff, Madeline Koltun, Cleo Haugen, Michael Finch, Lillian Sample, Yulia Shevyakova, Grace Niskanen

Congrats to the Mock Trial Team

Congrats to the Mock Trial team who competed in the state competition. The Region 10 champions traveled to Duluth for the the event which was held at the St. Louis County Courthouse.

Keenan Walker was named top team lawyer and Mia Pariseau was named top team witness by the state judges. Read more.

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Getting by with some help from their friends


The high school has recently deployed a group of Peer Helpers to support and guide classmates through the social and emotional complexities of high school. The Peer Helpers are available to work with students on both the little and big challenges they face -from the occasional misunderstanding between friends to topics like anxiety, depression, eating disorders or even self-harm. Read more.

Music department had a number of successes at recent contests


On Tuesday, Feb. 26, the SAHS Bands and Orchestras attended the MSHSL Large Group Ensemble Contest.  All of the bands and orchestras from SAHS attending the event received a superior rating from the adjudicators.  Further, the Concert Wind Symphony and Concert Orchestra both earned 119 points out of a possible 120, garnering a perfect score from two out of the three adjudicators.

On Wednesday, Feb. 27, the SAHS 9th Grade Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Kent Musser, attended the Minnesota String and Orchestra Teachers Association's Tier 1 Orchestra Festival.  They earned the rating Superior with Distinction and have been invited to perform at Orchestra Hall on April 15.

On Thursday, March 7, the SAHS choir program participated in the MSHSL Vocal Solo and Ensemble Competition.  52 students performed solo, with 46 receiving a superior rating, and 6 receiving an excellent rating.  The Select Women's Choir and Vagabonds both received superior ratings, and two "best of site" awards went to Seth Olson and Vagabonds.  

Girls basketball headed to state!


The Stillwater girls basketball team is headed to state for the first time in 31 years! The Ponies captured the Section 4AAAA championship, beating White Bear Lake 61-47.  It was the 21st win in a row for the Ponies who are 26-2 overall for the season. They will play on Wednesday at Williams Arena. Opponent and time will be determined on Saturday. Watch the video.

This is the eighth SAHS team so far (speech is still out there) that has made it to state this winter!

Ponies Baseball among Super 25 preseason teams in the country


The Ponies are among the Super 25 preseason baseball teams in the country!  USA Today High School Sports ranks the Minnesota state champions number 22 in the nation.

Let’s Talk: E-cigarettes and Marijuana

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According to the 2018 Monitoring the Future Study,  over the past year among teens, vaping (e-cigarette use) has increased significantly, marijuana use has remained stable, and all other substance use has declined. Having meaningful, ongoing conversations  about substances is key to helping keep our children safe and healthy.

The following are resources to support you in having health-based conversations with your teen about all substances with specific attention to e-cigarettes and marijuana.

Vaping 101 for Parents and Caretakers  – webinar that interactively explores what vaping is, how to have conversations with teens about vaping, and how parents/caretakers can prevent and/or intervene on use

Marijuana Talk Kit – what you should and shouldn’t say when talking to your teen and how to respond to their questions

How to Talk to your Teen about Substance Use – guide to having conversations about substance use and laying out clear expectations   

Bottom line: Listen. Ask questions. Respond with health-based language. If they are using, explore what might be underneath the use – what is driving them to use vaping or other substance use as a coping mechanism or escape?