Pony E-News: Celebrating Pony grads big and small

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May 26, 2019

No school on Monday, May 27

Celebrating Pony graduates both big and small!

preschool graduation 2019

Class of 2032 celebrated during preschool graduation
Hundreds of our littlest graduates celebrated the end of their preschool year during graduation ceremonies this week. About 330 students donned mortarboards and received graduation certificates during special events across the school district. More photos on our Facebook page.

SpEd graduation 2019

High school holds special ceremony for 12 extraordinary grads
Parents, family and district staff gathered on Friday to honor 12 extraordinary graduates during the Class of 2019 Special Education Graduation ceremony. Teachers shared personal stories of the tremendous accomplishments each of the students have made, and to wish them well in the future. More photos on our Facebook page.

Grad Live 19

Stillwater Area High School will hold its 143rd commencement exercise on Saturday, June 1 at 7 p.m. at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul.

Valley Access Cable TV will broadcast the ceremony live on Channel 15 in their viewing area and stream the graduation ceremony online. They will also be streaming commencement on VACTV's Facebook and YouTube channel. Photos from the event will be posted on the district's Facebook page.

Four students named National Merit Finalists

National Merit Finalists 2019

Four Stillwater Area High School students have been named National Merit Scholarship Finalists. Abigail Banks-Hehenberger, John Maloney, Elias Roll and Keenan Walker are among just 15,000 seniors in the nation to earn the recognition. Each year about 1.6 million students apply.

Students qualify for the National Merit program by earning top scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which they take during their junior year of high school.

SAHS students make cancer patient's wish come true

Ninja Turtles

Students at Stillwater Area High School helped make the dreams come true for a young cancer patient. Wyatt loves the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles so much he wrote a song about it. SAHS students helped bring the song to life for a video. They dressed as Ninja Turtles and helped Wyatt battle Shredder and the other bad guys. It was all part of the Bridging Rooms Project that brings hospital rooms and classrooms together. The video was made by Lad in a Battle with help from the Children’s Cancer Research Fund. Watch the video.

Fifth graders jump, run and play during district-wide field day

5th Grade Field Day 2019

Hundreds of fifth graders participated in a district-wide field day. The event was held at Stillwater Area High School's Pony Stadium. Students from our seven elementary schools competed in sprints, relays, the one mile, softball throw, tug-of-war and other events. It was also an opportunity to connect their future classmates before they go to middle school next year. More photos on Facebook.

School meal prices expected to rise next year

As a participant in the National School Lunch Program, the district is required to increase its average meal prices by a minimum of ten cents for the 2019-2020 school year.  The school board is currently considering raising the prices of meals to be effective July 1, 2019 as follows:

  • Elementary student breakfasts by ten cents.
  • Elementary student lunches by fifteen cents.
  • Middle school student lunches by five cents.
  • High school student lunches by ten cents.
  • Adult breakfasts and lunches by ten cents.

The board is expected to vote on the new school meal prices for the 2019-2020 school year at the June 13 board meeting.

Check out the latest School Board Notes to catch up on this and other important school board discussions.

stuff the bus

Have unused school supplies?

Don't throw away unused school supplies at the end of the school year. Consider donating them instead!

We'll be partnering with the United Way and Community Thread again this summer to Stuff The Bus and collect school supplies for local students.

New and unused school supplies will be collected from July 8 to August 2 at various locations in our community. Watch for more information.

School board meeting notice

The location of the school board finance working group meeting scheduled at 7:45 a.m. on Friday, May 31, 2019 has been changed. It will now be held at the district’s Oak Park Building, 6355 Osman Avenue North in Stillwater. Read the notice online.

Upcoming Events


May 31: School board work session

May 31: Last day of school

June 1: Graduation

June 4: School board retreat

June 13: School board business meeting

June 27: School board business meeting