Stillwater Area High School Newsletter for the Week of April 8, 2019

SAHS E-Newsletter

April 12, 2019

Governor visits Stillwater 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.

Attention seniors with overdue lunch account balances

If you are a senior and have an overdue lunch account balance please be sure to pay this prior to cap and gown pick up on Tuesday, May 21 or there could be a hold placed on your cap and gown.  

Justin Warner honored for exemplary volunteer service


Stillwater Area High School student Justin Warner was honored for his exemplary volunteer service with a Certificate of Excellence from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, and with a President's Volunteer Service Award.

Presented annually by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors young people across America for outstanding volunteer service.

Certificates of excellence are granted to the top 10 percent of all Prudential Spirit of Community Award applications in each state. President's Volunteer Service Awards recognize Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country. Congratulations Justin!

Let’s Talk: Alcohol and Youth: What’s the Big Deal?

April is alcohol awareness month

While the use of alcohol among youth is declining, there continues to be a widespread use among youth. Because drinking alcohol impairs judgement and can increase feelings of invincibility, individuals under the influence are more likely to engage in risky behaviors like reckless driving, fighting and having unprotected sex.

While teens tend to drink less often than adults do, when they do drink, they drink larger amounts, compounding health and safety risks. Binge drinking, consuming at least four to five standard drinks per occasion, constitutes about 90% of underage drinking. Additionally, research has shown that the earlier in life a person drinks, the more likely they will suffer the negative consequences, and develop an addiction.

As a parent, this information may feel overwhelming, especially considering that alcohol is often glamorized in the media such TV shows and movies. Remember, you have more influence than you think. In fact, 3 out of 4 teens say their parents are the leading influence on their decisions about drinking.

Check out these resources to help you along the way:

Parent Resources: to help you start - and keep up - the conversation about dangers of drinking alcohol at a young age

Alcohol and Youth: tips to support parents (towards end of article)

Power of Parents: facts about teen drinking and how to start the conversation about drinking with your kids