Stillwater Area High School Newsletter for Week of March 18, 2019

SAHS E-Newsletter

March 22, 2019

School will be in session on March 29

Just a reminder that Friday, March 29 will be a regular school day for all students. This will serve as a make-up day in response to the unexpected snow/cold days in January.

ACT/MCA Day - April 2 schedule

Tuesday, April 2 will be a unique day at Stillwater Area High School. Regular classes will not be in session for grades 10-12 while students in grade 9 will have a modified schedule (detailed below). The purpose of this day is to provide the time necessary for grade-level initiatives in: high-stakes assessments that measure proficiency on college and career benchmarks, assessing state standards in reading, a focus on mental and chemical health, and preparing seniors for graduation. Click here for more details about the schedule for this day.

Skyward Family Access will be sending you weekly emails


Many parents and guardians choose to have daily, weekly or monthly progress reports emailed to them through Skyward Family Access. We have received much positive feedback for this feature as it keeps families connected to their students' progress in school and supports healthy work habits.

Therefore in an effort to broaden its reach, Skyward Family Access will be set up to send weekly emails to all parents/guardians who are not already signed up to receive them beginning on March 23 and continuing every Saturday through the end of the school year. Establishing this practice is designed to keep school/home communication strong and provide a tool to help families better support students. If at any point you choose not to receive this weekly automatic email, you can log in to your Skyward Family Access account and adjust the settings appropriately.

Girls basketball team takes second at state

girls basketball 2019

Congrats to the girls basketball team for their runner up finish in the Class 4A state championship! It was the first time in school history playing in the finals. Stillwater lost to undefeated Hopkins 74-45. Three Ponies made the all-tournament team: Liza Karlen, Alexis Pratt and Sara Scalia.

Stillwater had an incredible season going undefeated in conference play with only three losses overall. Watch the video.

Business Professionals of America students qualify for national competition

The SAHS Business Professionals of America chapter will be competing at nationals. Four Stillwater students earned a spot after placing second in the Minnesota State Leadership Conference in two events. Students earned silver in Entrepreneurship (Henry Still) and Small Business Management Team (Andrew Langenberger, Cecelia Montufar, Elise Riniker and Henry Still).

They will compete at the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California May 1-5.

Business Professionals of America

Mark your calendars for the following events


Understanding the Adolescent Brain

Tuesday, April 30th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Location: Stillwater Area High School, Main Forum Room
Audience: Parents and Community Members

Details: Understanding the adolescent Brain - Tools and Tips for Responding to Risky Teen Behavior. This presentation will explore how experiences and behaviors, along with outside influences, help develop the adolescent brain. Subjects such as "normal" developmental stages, stressors, adverse experiences, risk taking, and how adolescents make choices will be discussed. There will be a highly interactive activity in communication and boundary skills. We will also offer tips and potential solutions for resolving and presenting problems such as substance use, mental illness, stigma, vaping, etc. This is a public event by Youth Service Bureau and it is FREE to attend.


Building Resilience

Thursday May 16th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Location: Stillwater Area High School, Main Forum Room
Audience: Parents and Community Members

Details: In this session we will explore the importance of self-regulation as an essential part of building resilience. We will help families practice breathing techniques, as well as examine concepts such as timing, containment, and emotional processing. In addition, we will talk about labels and diagnoses, examining how they may keep us focused on problems, rather than solutions. We will also share tips for how to maintain our progress in building family resilience in spite of what other families of society at large may be doing. This is a public event by Youth Service Bureau and it is FREE to attend.

Take a few minutes to tell us how we're doing


There is still time to tell us what you appreciate about our school, and what you'd like us to improve upon. If you didn't receive an email invitation earlier this week, you can click here to take part in Thoughtexchange, an online conversation that allows you to respond to questions and provide your feedback.

In three simple steps you’ll be able to share your ideas, read and consider other people’s ideas, and help establish priorities for district leaders to consider in their planning for the future. 

Let’s Talk: Empowering Youth to Speak up Against Big Tobacco


Electronic cigarettes, or “vapes,” are considered tobacco products because the majority contain nicotine which comes from the tobacco plant.

Even though the trend among youth has shifted from smoking cigarettes to vaping, Big Tobacco continues to use deceptive marketing strategies to target young people to become lifelong customers. March 20 marked Kick Butts Day: a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up, and seize control against Big Tobacco.

As parents, caregivers, and supportive adults, we can educate ourselves about this epidemic, inform others about the dangers of vaping, and empower young people to recognize that they are being manipulated to line the pockets of Big Tobacco at the expense of their health and well-being. Fortunately, youth are increasingly recognizing the risks of vaping, including the symptoms of nicotine addiction and overdose.

It’s not about trying to get kids in trouble with adults, but rather providing them with the information so they can come to form of self-awareness where they are able to reach out for help.