Pony E-News: Announcing our 2019 Distinguished Alumni!

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April 21, 2019

Announcing our 2019 Distinguished Alumni ...

2019 alumni

Each year, the high school joins together with the Partnership Plan to recognize outstanding alumni for their positive contributions to their professions and their communities. This year’s class of Distinguished Alumni includes: Dr. David C. Fritts, Class of 1967; Marcella Christine (Schell) Lantz, Class of 1943; Robert D. MacDonald III, Class of 1968; and David Magnuson, Class of 1959.

The four Distinguished Alumni will be honored at a special dinner on Friday, May 31 and also the next day as part of the high schools' commencement ceremony. The May 31 dinner is open to the public. Buy your tickets.

Students take home gold in the state SkillsUSA competition

skillsusa 2019

Congratulations to our 18-21 year old Transitions students who medaled in the SkillUSA State Leadership Conference and Championships.

SkillsUSA offers students experiential growth in interpersonal skills, leadership, citizenship and vocational skill development. Stillwater students earned three gold, one silver and two bronze medals in the leadership competitions. Read more online.

High school student athletes sign letters of intent

athletes signing 2019

Congrats to the four Stillwater Pony athletes who signed letters of intent with colleges this past week:

  • Peyton Classon - Diving, Colorado College
  • Collin McCarthy - Football, University of Wisconsin - Stout
  • Brock Winter - Golf, North Dakota State University
  • Cooper Yeary - Football, University of Minnesota - Duluth

biography showcase

Students give new faces to famous people

Fifth graders at Brookview Elementary celebrated their new writing curriculum with a biography showcase. They researched a famous person and made a display board of them with a cutout where they could insert their own face. They invited parents, 3rd and 4th grade classmates, and other special guests to attend the showcase. The students gathered in the media center to pose as their famous figure and answer questions from spectators as they walked around the room. See more photos on Facebook.

RC presenters

Our district continues to lead the way!

Did you know Stillwater is continually being recognized as a leader in the state and nation for the work we're doing to support our students acadmically, socially and emotionally?

Here's just another example:
Brookview Elementary teachers Kari Pidde, first grade, and Julie Haddad, kindergarten, were recently trained and certified as Responsive Classroom (RC) presenters. They will now present the RC course to teachers all over the country, as well as supporting our own teachers here in Stillwater. There are only 15 people nationally that were invited to be presenters.

RC is a program designed to help strengthen social, emotional and academic growth by creating safe and welcoming school communities. Learn more about RC in our district.

Task force gearing up to begin facilities planning work

The school board unanimously approved the roster of the Long-Range Facilities Planning Task Force last week, and will be interviewing and selecting a facilitator to lead this process next week. See the task force roster, and learn more about the work of this group, online. 

There will be numerous opportunities throughout the coming months for families and other district residents to give feedback on ideas being considered by this group. Watch for more information coming soon.

Celebrating our incredible Pony staff!

partnership awards 2019

Eight staff honored with Partnership Plan Awards
On Monday evening The Partnership Plan recognized eight teachers, staff and retirees for their work on behalf of students at Stillwater Area Public Schools. This year’s honorees are Brandon Auge, Suzee Berner, Pamela Bloom, Mike Kaul, Beth Leavitt, Kris McCarthy, Mary Rudeen and Kim Schneider. Each recipient was given $1,000 to designate to their school of choice. 

Administrative Professionals Day is April 24
Thank you to our secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists, and other administrative support staff. Whether they are working at the front desk or behind the scenes they are an integral part of our district. We appreciate all you do for our schools, parents, teachers, and especially the students!


After-school Professionals Appreciation Week
Did you know that Adventure Club has more than 70 staff district-wide that work before and after school to keep kids safe and having fun? Our after-school professionals make a big difference in the lives of young people. Please join us in thanking these remarkable people for all they do!

staff with kids

School board working group meeting notice

The school board policy working group will meet Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 3‐5 p.m. at Central Services. This meeting is in addition to their regular schedule to continue their policy work. The policy working group is canceling their meeting currently scheduled for May 13, 2019. Read the notice online.

Upcoming Events

April 22: School board closed session and school board work session

April 25: School board public hearing and business meeting

April 30: Understanding the Adolescent Brain at SAHS

May 9: School board business meeting

May 16: Building Resilience at SAHS