Pony E-News: Students deliver coffee and smiles

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April 7, 2019


coffee cart

Students deliver coffee and smiles

When the new coffee carts at Lake Elmo Elementary School make the rounds on Fridays, they are delivering more than a hot beverage to a tired teacher. Check out this video to see how selling coffee is helping special education students gain confidence and develop important life skills. Thank you to the Partnership Plan for funding this program for our students.


Students, admin work together to resolve concerns at SAHS

The recent decision to curb negative behaviors by locking a few select bathrooms has garnered a lot of attention around school and on social media. Administrators are working along with members of Student Council and the entire student body to help generate new ideas to address concerns of students safety, vaping and vandalism. Check out Principal Bach’s video message to students.

Here are a few facts to know:

  • There are 13 bathrooms throughout the building that are accessible to students. All of the bathrooms are open before and after school, and during passing time.
  • Four of these bathrooms - which are located in more remote and unsupervised areas of the school - are being locked during class.
  • Students have reported feeling unsafe walking into bathrooms where they may encounter vaping or find someone damaging property.
  • Several incidents in recent weeks have resulted in thousands of dollars in property damage to bathroom fixtures.

Good news from around the district

Armada Robotics Team

Robotics team finishes season well

For the first time ever our high school robotics team made it to the semifinals in the 10,000 Lakes Regional Tournament! Stillwater Armada 2508 placed seventh out of 63 teams. See more photos on Facebook.

Abby Banks Journalist of the Year

Senior named runner-up Journalist of the Year

Abby Banks was awarded second place in the Minnesota Student Journalist of the Year contest. The Pony Express Editor-in-Chief is the 10th Stillwater student in the past 13 years to place or win the award. Read more.


Gearing up for long-range facilities planning

long range planning

Facilities will be the topic of conversation for the coming months as the school board gears up the work of a long-range facilities task force.

The board is expected on Thursday night to approve the membership roster for this task force. They'll be identifying a facilitator to lead the group later this month, with a goal of holding the first meeting later in May. The board approved its guiding change document last week, which outlines the current reality, and identifies the desired results for this work.

The task force will be charged with considering the district's facilities needs and making recommendations to the school board on ways to enhance our facilities to better support our students. Learn more online.


Upcoming Events

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

April 30: Understanding the Adolescent Brain at SAHS

May 16: Building Resilience at SAHS