Pony E-News: Middle schooler honored for saving teacher's life

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May 5, 2019

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Middle schooler honored for saving teacher's life

Oak-Land Middle School sixth grader Katie Peterson was honored for saving her teacher's life. The 11-year-old was given a lifesaving award by the Washington County Sheriff's Office for helping her teacher who was having a heart attack. Watch the video.

Brookview students celebrate diversity

Brookview Elementary students in the Language and Culture Club held a Fashion and Artifacts Show. Students wore clothing native to ten different countries and cultures. Student Adrian Kushneryk even shared a special dance from Ukraine. Watch the video and see photos on Facebook.

Brookview culture fashion show

Kindness dance SAHS

Students are spreading kindness

Kindness is spreading through the hallways of Stillwater Area High School. It started with a small group of students committed to bringing together general education students with their special education peers. But this week kindness has taken hold of the entire campus, impacting thousands of students and inspiring a new way to see and speak to their classmates of all abilities. Read more.

Supporting students with mental health needs

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Did you know supporting and caring for our young people with mental health needs has been identified as a top concern among staff, parents and community members? In the past several years our schools have stepped up efforts to provide resources to our students, staff and families. We've expanded communication, trained staff and created new opportunities in our schools - like our Peer Helpers group and the Make It OK campaign. Check out our website to learn more about all of the ways we're supporting our students' mental health needs.

In Crisis?

  • Text MN to 741741 or call CRISIS (274274) from a mobile phone
  • Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) – National Suicide Prevention Line
  • Call 651-275-7400, Washington County Mobile Crisis Response 

Good news from Stillwater Area High School

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SAHS junior given county volunteer award
SAHS junior Ryan Ciminski received the Youth Volunteer Community Involvement Award by Washington County and Community Thread. Ryan began volunteering as a junior high student, playing cribbage and chess with senior citizens. Over the past several years he has volunteered at Bayport Library, as a math tutor at Mathnasium, and serving as a page in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Read more.

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Stillwater Area High School ranked top 10% in nation
Stillwater Area High School is among the top 10% of high schools in the country and top 5% in the state, according to U.S. News & World Report. Data from more than 23,000 public high schools was analyzed to create the list. Read more.

SAHS student journalists

Student journalists place high nationally
Student from the Pony Express newspaper attended the National High School Journalism Convention. More than 1,200 students competed in this year’s write-off contest. Stillwater had five students place with high honors. Read more.

Join us in celebrating our incredible staff

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Recognizing the super heros in our school cafeterias
Friday was School Lunch Heros Day. School employees who prepare student breakfasts and lunches do an amazing job of creating healthy meals while adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile. School nutrition professionals are true heroes - we celebrate them!


National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-10)
We’d like to honor the meaningful work that our wonderful teachers do throughout our schools by celebrating National Teacher Appreciation Week. We truly appreciate everything our teachers do in and out of the classroom to create enriching learning environments for our amazing students. Their dedication, compassion and ability to connect are reasons why Stillwater kids love learning. Thank you teachers for the exceptional work you do every single day to support our students on their paths to success.

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National School Nurse Day (May 8)
We recognize the important contributions that school nurses are making to the health and learning of our students. Whether they are RNs, LSNs or health paraprofessionals, they look after the medically fragile, administer medicine, soothe a sick stomach, bandage scraped knees and everything in between. Thank you for keep our kids healthy and safe.

Upcoming Events

May 9: School board business meeting

May 11: Cultural Awareness Night at SAHS

May 16: Building Resilience at SAHS

May 23: School board business meeting

May 31: Last day of school