Stillwater Area High School Newsletter for Week of May 27, 2019

SAHS E-Newsletter

May 31, 2019

2019 Graduation - Watch it live!


Stillwater Area High School will hold its 143rd commencement exercise on Saturday, June 1 at 7pm. The event will take place at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul.

Valley Access Cable TV will be will be broadcasting the ceremony live on Xfinity channel 15 in their viewing area and streaming the graduation ceremony online. They will also be streaming the commencement on the Valley Access Cable TV Facebook and YouTube channel. Photos from the event will be posted at

Congrats 2019 special education graduates

Twelve students from the Class of 2019 graduated from the Stillwater Area High School Special Education program on May 24.

After the SAHS orchestra played “Pomp and Circumstance,” Assistant Director of Student Support Services Caitlyn Willis delivered the faculty commencement speech. Each student was called up on stage by special education teacher Deb Gray and recognized for their individual activities and involvement at SAHS over the years. The ceremony ended with the students tossing their graduation caps in the air. View photos and read more.



AVID grads are 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 all students for college readiness. This is the third class of graduating AVID seniors at Stillwater Area High School. We are proud to say that all 22 students will be attending a 2 or 4 year college in the fall. #PonyPride

Juniors selected for Boys and Girls State

Nine Stillwater Area High School juniors have been selected as delegates for Minnesota Boys and Girls State. Caeden Windschitl, Daniel Beletsky, Ethan Selph, Olajide Oduloye and Peter Grace were chosen, as well as, Isabella Thao, Elizabeth Blair, Grace McDonough and Isabella Anderson.

The intensive week-long program teaches students how government works, while developing leadership skills through real-world activities. The programs are sponsored by the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary. 



Synchro team earns second at state

Congratulations to the synchronized swimming team who placed second at state! The Ponies swept the entire “short” division (like JV), and many of our routines scored higher than normal. Stillwater had a total of 23 routines qualified to compete at state, and all but one of them placed and earned points. In 46 years of competition the Ponies have either come in first or second place - with 18 championships and 28 runner-up finishes. In addition, two Stillwater swimmers were named All State: seventh grader Paige Schmit and freshman Juliana Silva.

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Mark your calendar for these important back-to-school dates

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To ensure all students have a successful start to the 2019-20 school year, the first day of school will again vary to meet the specific needs of each grade level. 

Monday, Aug. 26: First day of school, grades 6 and 9
Tuesday, Aug. 27: First day of school, grades 7-8 and 10-12
Wednesday, Aug. 28: First day of school, grades K-5
Tuesday, Sep. 4: 1st day of school, pre-K

Elementary students (K-5) will start school on Aug. 28 to allow parents time to schedule a 30-minute Ready, Set, Go! one-to-one conference with their child’s teacher. Students in grades 6 and 9 will start school on Aug. 26 to allow them to attend a special orientation day in their new buildings. Students in grades 7-8 and 10-12 will begin on August 27. Read more.

Let’s Talk: Having a Healthy and Safe Summer

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Summertime and the end of school often bring excitement, freedom, sun and adventure. With freedom, often comes less adult supervision. While youth should be encouraged to have fun during school break, summertime can also mean an increased likelihood of exposure to the risks of substance use.

Teens are much more likely to try alcohol, tobacco products (including e-cigarettes, marijuana, and hallucinogens) for the first time during the summer than any other time of year.

So, what can parents do?

Be involved (ask who, what, where, when, and why)

Be willing to chaperone or drive while respecting boundaries

Be consistent, firm, and loving

Be a good role model

With the beginning of summer upon us, now is the perfect time to speak with your youth about the negative effects of alcohol and drug use.  While it’s not possible to be with your teen at all times, you can help them by providing them with education and tools to make positive decisions. Click here for more information and have a safe and healthy summer!

In the event of a crisis, call Washington County Crisis Response Unit at 651.275.7400.

As we prepare for next school year, please e-mail feedback about the “Let’s Talk” excerpts to the author, Julia Geigle, Chemical Health Specialist, at Please let her know what was helpful, what was not helpful, and what you’d like to see for next year!