Pony E-News: Celebrating the class of 2019

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June 2, 2019


Celebrating the class of 2019

More than 660 Stillwater Area High School students received their diplomas on Saturday evening.This year marks the 143rd commencement exercise for our high school. Check out our Facebook page for more photos.

Valley Access Cable TV will rebroadcast the ceremony. Check out their website for more details.

Congratulations and best wishes to all of our Pony graduates!

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Thank you for a great year!

Thank you to all of our amazing students, staff and families for another incredible year of learning throughout Stillwater Area Public Schools! We hope you have a wonderful and safe summer.

End-of-the-year reminders
Teachers are finishing up grading for the final semester. Report cards will be available through Skyward next week.

Many school offices will be closed this summer. Please contact the individual school for its summer hours or call the district receptionist at 651.351.8340 for assistance.

Kick off summer with cool Community Education classes 
Looking for things to keep your kids busy this summer? Check out our Community Education summer offerings for classes, sports camps and more!

Pony points of pride

synchro swim team 2019

Synchro team finishes second at state
Congratulations to the synchronized swimming team who placed second at state! In 46 years of competition the Ponies have either come in first or second place - with 18 championships and 28 runner-up finishes. Two Ponies were named All State: seventh grader Paige Schmitt and freshman Juliana Silva. Read more.

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AVID graduates college bound
Congratulations to the 22 students graduating from the AVID program! AVID, which stand for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is an elective class designed to close the achievement gap by preparing students for college. This is the third class of graduating AVID seniors at Stillwater Area High School. We are proud to say that all of the students will be attending college in the fall.

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Top juniors given Book Awards
Top students from the Class of 2020 were honored at Stillwater Area High School's annual Book Awards Ceremony. Nine juniors were recognized for their academic achievements and community involvement. The awards come from some of the top universities in the country, including Harvard, Dartmouth and Yale. Read more.

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Stillwater Middle School students build planter for hospital
Lakeview Hospital has a new outdoor planter thanks to some students from Stillwater Middle School. Tim Schulz, Casey Stiner and Tim Weber designed, built, disassembled and reassembled the raised planter as part of their User Center Design Project. The two foot area between the octagons will be filled with dirt and planted with vegetables and flowers. 

50 years of making the wheels on the bus go round!


For half of a century, Barb Thomsen has been responsible for driving Stillwater area students to school and home again each day. Thomsen was recognized this week for fifty years of service to our community as a school bus driver.

Check out the story in the Pioneer Press.

Throughout her career it's estimated Thomsen has transported nearly 800,000 students and has logged more than 522,000 route miles. And she's done it all with a big smile on her face! 

Thanks to Barb and all of the wonderful bus drivers who keep our students safe every day.

Get free meals for your hungry kids this summer

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Check out summereatsmn.org for a list of places in the east metro where you can bring your children (ages 2-18) for a free meal all summer long.You'll find details about the district's free Summer Meals program, which will run out of Andersen Elementary from July 15 - Aug. 1, as well as community centers, churches and other places offering free meals.

Looking ahead to the 2019-2020 school year

Mark your calendar for these important back-to-school dates for next fall:

  • Monday, August 26: Orientation day and first day of school for grades 6 and 9 only.
  • Tuesday, August 27: First day of school for grades 7-8 and 10-12.
  • August 26 and 27: Individual Ready, Set, Go! Teacher/Student Conferences, grades K-5
  • August 28: First day of school, grades K-5

Ready, Set, Go (RSG) Conferences
RSG conferences will be held for all elementary students again this fall. These conferences are designed for teachers and students to get to know each other. Learn more. Your school will contact you with specific scheduling information in late July and early August.  

Elementary Open Houses will not be held this fall
Based on feedback from families, we will not be holding the traditional “Open House” event at our elementary schools before school begins. Instead, parents and students will have the opportunity to meet their teacher and drop off school supplies during the RSG conferences. We also encourage you to attend specific events at your child's school to get to know other students and families and celebrate the start of a new school year.

Upcoming Events

June 4: School board retreat

June 13: School board business meeting

June 27: School board business meeting

July 15: Summer Success starts

July 15: Summer meals begin at Andersen Elementary