Stillwater Area High School Newsletter for Week of April 29, 2019

SAHS E-Newsletter

May 3, 2019

Stillwater Area High School ranked top 10% in nation

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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. 17,245 schools were ranked based on six factors, including college readiness, curriculum, and performance on math and reading assessments. Stillwater ranked 1,546th in the nation and 24th in Minnesota.

Student journalists place high in national writing competition

SAHS student journalists

Student journalists from the SAHS Pony Express newspaper attended the National High School Journalism Convention in Anaheim, California last week. The National Scholastic Press Association/Journalism Education Association convention is the largest gathering of student journalists in the country.

More than 1,200 students competed in this year’s write-off contest. Stillwater had 5 students place with high honors. Read More.

High school junior receives county-wide Youth Volunteer Award


Ryan Ciminski, a junior at Stillwater Area High School, was the recipient of the Youth Volunteer Award this year as a part of the Washington County Community Involvement Awards.  

Ryan began volunteering as a junior high student, playing cribbage and chess with long-term care residents. Over the past several years he has volunteered at Bayport Library, as a math tutor at Mathnasium, serving as a page in the Minnesota House of Representatives, and is president of Key Club International, a student led community service club that provides members with opportunities to do service, build character and develop leadership. Read More.

SAHS Seniors achieve rank of Eagle Scout


We are proud to announce that Peyton Miller, Nikhil Kumaran, Kyle Ly and Ben Gauker (standing Left to Right) have attained the rank of Eagle Scout with the Lake Elmo Boy Scout Troop 9224. These incredible four young men who are all seniors at Stillwater Area High School have worked hard towards completing the requirements necessary to attain the highest rank possible as a Boy Scout.

Since its inception in 1911, only four percent of Scouts have earned this rank after a lengthy review process. The Eagle Scout rank has been earned by over 2.5 million youth. Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges. The Eagle Scout must demonstrate Scout Spirit, an ideal attitude based upon the Scout Oath and Law, service and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages. 

Annual FFA Plant Sale

plant sale

Celebrate Spring! You are invited to the annual FFA Plant Sale at the SAHS Greenhouse next week.

Friday, May 10 - 8am - 4pm AND Saturday, May 11 - 9am - 12pm

SAHS-NE Entrance off 58th street; east side bus loop Door 34E; please do not enter the bus loop between 1:45 - 2:30 pm.

3.5" pots----$5.00 each, Hanging Baskets---$20.00, Deck pots----$40.00

Plants - Tuberous Begonia, Coleus, Spikes, Euphorbia, Fuchsia, Geranium, Heliotrope, New Guinea Impatiens, Lantana, Lysimachia, Petchoa, Petunia, Salvia, Vinca, Portulaca, Bidens, Asparagus fern, Daisies, Lobularia (alyssum), Sanvitalia, Verbena

Join us in celebrating School Lunch Hero Day - Friday, May 3


Cafeteria workers 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!

Busy busing season could mean some delays

With extra field trips and special events in the last weeks of school, school bus drivers are stretched thin. A bus returning late from a field trip, or some other unexpected situation can have an impact on our regular routes. In the event your child’s bus route will be impacted by a delay or change, we will communicate with you as soon as possible.

Let’s Talk: May is Mental Health Awareness Month

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Substance misuse and mental health issues are public health conditions that often overlap, especially for adolescents. Youth don’t typically abuse substances, or frequently get intoxicated, because their life is going ‘great.’ Unfortunately, there continues to be stigma and misunderstanding about substance use and mental health disorders.

May marks Mental Health Awareness Month, so people are especially encouraged to think about them and their loved one’s mental health. During the month, NAMI Minnesota (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) is hosting many free programs for the public to learn how to support others experiencing a mental illness, encourage conversation on the topic, and inspire attendees to take better care of their own mental health.

We also need to remember that substance use is often a symptom of deeper struggles. Young people with mental health issues are more prone to substance misuse, and conversely, those abusing substances are more likely to develop a mental health condition. If your child is using substances, open the lines of communication with them by asking questions about their use and the needs it is meeting for them such as attempting to manage mental health symptoms. Show concern, hold your child accountable to healthy and safe expectations, and show compassion. There are great resources to support you and your child such as Partnership for Drug-Free Kids , Gobi Support, and Child Mind Institute.