Stillwater Area High School Newsletter for Week of April 15, 2019

SAHS E-Newsletter

April 19, 2019


Four alumni recognized for their accomplishments and service

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Four individuals will be honored for a lifetime of distinction after graduating from Stillwater Area High School. They will join nearly 100 others who have been named Distinguished Alumni since the award was first given in 1987.

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.  Read More.


Pony Athlete National Letter of Intent Signing Day

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The following students participated in the National Letter of Intent/Celebratory Signing Day at SAHS on Wednesday, April 17. Congratulations to our Pony Athletes!

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

SAHS BARR Coordinator presents at National BARR Conference

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Katy Pupungatoa presented at the National Building Assets, Reducing Risks (BARR) Conference this past week in Minneapolis. Katy is the Stillwater Area High School BARR coordinator and 10th-12th grade interventionist. She presented on “Successful Student Interventions” with a focus on what teachers and other educators can do to support student achievement through focusing on their strengths. Katy is extremely driven and talented at helping educators implement interventions in the classroom and tracking the data to determine their level of success. 

Stillwater Area High School has a focus on a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS), which is the practice of providing high-quality instruction and interventions matched to student need, monitoring progress frequently to make decisions about changes in instruction or goals, and applying child response data to important educational decisions. Katy has been instrumental in coordinating and developing this process at SAHS.


Let’s Talk: In Response to 420 – More about Cannabis

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In addition to April being Alcohol Awareness Month, April 20 (4/20, 420, 4:20)  has been popularized internationally as a day to celebrate and consume cannabis. Many marijuana/cannabis users attach meaning to this date and intentionally use on this date (and even time of 4:20). Click here to use this date as an opportunity to open the dialogue about drug culture, its impact, and the dangers of using cannabis.

As discussed in past blogs, a growing trend are “dab carts” and “vape pens” used to vaporize THC oil/wax – page 15-18. Young people are gravitating toward this product due to its greater concentration of THC and the convenience of the product – it’s easier to hide and the smell is minimal.

To reinforce our teens’ healthy decisions, as parents/caregivers, we need to intentionally applaud them when they make healthy choices. Likewise, we need to use clear, health-based language about the risks of exposing the developing teen body to substances.

Here are some resources to keep us informed of the risks of cannabis and ways to talk to our young people:

Youth and Marijuana – navigating the conversation when our kids say “but it’s legal in Colorado”

Youth Marijuana Prevention resources

Effects of consuming marijuana edibles  

SAMMN – group committed to keeping MN healthy and protecting youth by preventing the commercialization and normalization of marijuana