Pony E-News: Leaders learn from students by walking in their shoes

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March 31, 2019

District leaders learn from students by walking in their shoes

Principals, directors, coordinators and school board members have been following students around the past few weeks as part of the Shadow a Student project.

The project allows administrators to see our schools through the eyes of students in order to identify meaningful opportunities to improve the experience and create positive change. They'll meet in April to discuss what might be done to improve learning opportunities for all of our students based on what they saw first hand.

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Tell school board members, district administrators what you really think

The school board and district administrators want to know what you think is going well in our schools and what we can do to improve. Please take a few minutes today to share your thoughts and respond to the thoughts of others. Your anonymous feedback will be considered as leaders make important decisions about the budget, facilities, and programming for our kids. Log in now

Facilities will be the topic of conversation of new task force

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The school board will meet on Monday afternoon to create a guiding change document for the long-range facilities planning process. The document will outline the current realities facing the district, and also identify the desired results and unacceptable means that will direct the work of the Long Range Facilities Planning Task Force.

More than 90 people applied to be part of the facilities task force, and the board plans to approve the membership roster on April 11.

The task force is expected to begin its work yet this spring to consider the district's facilities needs both now and into the future. It is expected to bring a recommendation to the school board this fall.

Holocaust survivor shares stories with students

Holocaust survivor Fred Amram

Eighth graders at Stillwater Middle School had the rare opportunity to hear from a Holocaust survivor. 85-year-old Fred Amram talked about his experiences growing up in Nazi Germany and the slow buildup of anti-Semitism that lead to the Holocaust. He challenged students to speak up if they witness wrongdoing and to be upstanders instead of bystanders.

The visit was organized by students Berit Serle and Kennedy Tope, who were working on an English project, but wanted to bring Amram's message to a larger audience of their classmates. Read more.

Try out

Finding the perfect fit!

Fourth graders across the district have been trying a variety of instruments on for size. Each of the elementary schools in the district is holding an Instrument Try-It night for fourth grade students. The kids and their families are able to meet the music teachers and try out various band and orchestra instruments before they make a final selection for fifth grade. 

It's time to register for 2019-2020 Adventure Club

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Please note that our registration dates and processes have changed!

Online registration for the 2019-2020 school year opens for ALL families on Monday, April 1, 2019 at 7 a.m. Registrations received between April 1-8 will get a discounted early-bird registration fee of $20/child. Registrations that come in April 9 and later will be charged the regular fee of $40/child.

Space is limited so register right away. For details on our new process visit our website.

Summer Adventure Club registration is open now through April 18. More information.

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Parenting is hard. We're here to help.

Stillwater Area Public Schools is hosting several presentations for parents to help them navigate the challenges of adolescence. The free events, sponsored by Youth Service Bureau, are designed to address common parenting challenges and supply you with long-term solutions. The three presentations are geared toward parents of teens but anyone is welcome to attend. Click the links below for more information about each session.

The Fallacy of Perfect Parenting
Tuesday, April 2 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Oak-Land Middle School

Understanding the Adolescent Brain
Tuesday, April 30 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Stillwater Area High School

Building Resilience
Thursday, May 16 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Stillwater Area High School

Official school board meeting notices

  • The school board has cancelled a work session scheduled for Monday, April 8, 2019.
  • The school board will hold a work session to hear presentations from possible facilitators of the long range facility plan at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 22, 2019 at the Oak Park Building.
  • The school board will hold a public hearing on April 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Oak Park Building to hear concerns regarding credit card transaction fees it plans to charge users of FeePay. 

Read the official notices posted online for more details.

Upcoming Events

April 1: School board work session and business meeting

April 5-7: Les Misérables at SAHS

April 11: School board business meeting

April 11-13: Les Misérables at SAHS

April 22: School board work session

April 25: School board public hearing and business meeting