Stillwater Area High School Newsletter for Week of April 1, 2019

SAHS E-Newsletter

April 5, 2019

Students and admin working together to resolve concerns

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 to utilize students’ creativity and ingenuity 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.

The Student Council will be hosting a forum during Flex Time on Wednesday, April 10 for students to share ideas and generate alternative solutions to address these issues. Students are also encouraged to share their ideas with their assistant principal, a teacher or any member of Student Council.

MCA testing

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments

The statewide Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) will continue with all 11th grade students taking the math assessment on April 9-11 and all 10th graders taking the MCA science assessment April 23-25.

Additional information about the MCA assessments.

Abby Banks Journalist of the Year

Pony Express Editor-in-Chief places second in Minnesota Journalist of the Year contest

Congrats to senior Abby Banks who was awarded second place in the Minnesota Student Journalist of the Year contest! SAHS teacher and Minnesota Journalism Education Association President Laurie Hansen presented Banks with the award. In order to earn the honor, she had to compile an extensive portfolio of her work produced during her time as Editor-in-Chief of the Pony Express newspaper. Read More.

April 19 will be a NO SCHOOL day for students

All students will once again have Friday, April 19 off from school. The school board approved changing the school calendar, cancelling the make-up day for secondary students on April 19. This change was made in response to the legislation signed by the governor that allows forgiveness of the instructional hours requirement after our challenging winter.

Congratulations to the Robotics Team

Congrats to the Robotics team who placed seventh out of 63 teams at the 10,000 Lakes Regional Tournament! It was the first time Armada 2508 made it to the semifinals in the competition.  

Destination: Deep Space was centered around space and the two teams competed to place poly-carbonate hatch covers and orange rubber balls or "cargo" on rockets and cargo ships before returning to their HAB platform to climb at the end of the match.

Armada Robotics Team

Six SAHS Speech students advance to state competition


Six Stillwater Area High School students will advance to the state speech competition next week. They earned a spot after placing in the top three at the Section 4AA tournament.

Grace McDonough (section champion - extemp speaking), Ellie Capra (section champion - great speeches), Sabre Sletton (3rd place - discussion), Gursimrat Dahry (3rd place - extemp speaking), Kyra Kellogg and Brendon Rich (3rd place - dramatic duo)

This is one of the largest group of speakers from Stillwater going to state. The competition takes place on April 13 in Wayzata.

Flex Time Reminders

Flex Time attendance is being taken. All students (including 916) should log into FlexiSched to sign up for a teacher, class or activity. If a student does not sign up for something proactively, students are automatically then placed with their 5th period teacher. If you or your student have any questions please feel free to contact your pony center or assistant principal. 

Concert Orchestra returns from Boston


The SAHS Concert Orchestra recently returned from a performing tour to Boston, Massachusetts. They performed at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and participated in an exchange concert at the Boston Latin School (the oldest public school in the United States).

The orchestra attended a masterclass at the Berklee College of Music with Grammy Award winning composer Eugene Friesen, and a workshop on stage at Boston Symphony Hall with Boston Symphony violinist Wendy Putnam.

Students heard live performances of the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and had the opportunity to do sight-seeing around the city.

The Concert Orchestra's final performance of the school year is the Concerto Concert on Sunday, May 19 at 3:00 pm in the SAHS Auditorium. Tickets.

Let’s Talk: April is Alcohol Awareness Month


With vaping on the rise and the legalization of marijuana spreading across the country, we need to be reminded that alcohol use continues to be the most widely used drug among youth. It’s timely to discuss this important topic as April is Alcohol Awareness Month.  

The good news is that drinking among Minnesota youth continues to decline. 9th graders currently using alcohol dropped from 20 percent in 2007 to 12 percent in 2016.

However, alcohol use among adults has not changed much over the past seven years, and Minnesota has one of the highest binge drinking rates in the nation.

Alcohol can come with a host of physical, emotional, social and legal consequences. Click here for resources on talking to your child about the dangers of alcohol use.