Pony E-News: Governor visits Stillwater Area High School

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April 14, 2019

Governor visits SAHS to celebrate social/emotional learning

governor's visit

Students and staff at Stillwater Area High School (SAHS) had the opportunity to show off the incredible work underway to support kids to an audience of special guests - including the top lawmakers in the state.

Governor Tim Walz, Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, Commissioner of Education Mary Cathryn Ricker and other local lawmakers spent the morning at SAHS visiting classrooms and talking with students and staff about the importance of supporting students not just in academics, but in their social and emotional well-being.

It was Stillwater’s reputation that brought the special guests to the high school, the governor stated. The district’s focus on mental health, and the addition of programs like BARR (Building Assets, Reducing Risks) and Peer Helpers, make Stillwater a leader among other school districts across the state. Read more.

Concert Orchestra tours Boston

The SAHS Concert Orchestra recently returned from a performing tour to Boston, Massachusetts.

They performed at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, attended a masterclass at the Berklee College of Music with Grammy-Award-winning composer Eugene Friesen, and heard live performances of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. See photos on Facebook.

orchestra to Boston

What do ponies, frogs and sharks have in common?

Mr. Cox dancing

Lily Lake Elementary principal Nate Cox dressed up in a frog costume, wearing Pony Pride gear and danced to the song "Baby Shark" on the roof of the school. He spent two hours dancing to classroom favorites, including "Eye of the Tiger" and "I'm on Top of the World".

It was all part of an incentive for students to raise money toward technology improvements for the school. And boy, did it work. The fundraiser totaled more than $18,000!

Watch the video on Facebook.

Andersen students and staff beat the winter blahs

Andersen Elementary students and staff decided to ignore the weather outside and bring the warmth inside with a Hawaii/Beach day. It was originally scheduled for Thursday which was our seventh weather-related school closure. Now bring on spring, please!

Beach day

Schools free of radon according to recent testing

Formal radon testing in all of our buildings took place this winter following the MN Department of Health Radon in Schools Model Plan. Of the 843 testing canisters that were analyzed across the district, just two had initial radon concentrations above the recommended level. Follow up testing in those two locations showed concentrations were well below the action level, and per the Minnesota Department of Health, no further testing/mitigation is necessary. Information about the latest radon testing is available online.

Stay up-to-date on the latest school board news

The school board met on Thursday night. Check out the meeting notes online to learn more about the latest discussions and action.

Upcoming Events

April 19: NO SCHOOL

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