Pony E-News: Need school supplies? Shop for free next week!

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August 2, 2019

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Need school supplies? Shop for free!

Families living in the Stillwater Area School District can shop for school supplies with a volunteer at Community Thread, 2300 Orleans St. W, Stillwater, on August 7 from 3-6 p.m. and August 8 from 9:30 a.m.-Noon.

Families must bring a piece of mail from the past 60 days for proof of address. No pre-registration is required.

All school supplies available at this event have been donated to the Stuff the Bus campaign in partnership with Community Thread and the United Way of Washington County East.

Summer Slice served up fun for hundreds of students


Students were flying high during Stillwater Community Education’s Summer Slice program. They learned coding and collaboration through a new drone class. The students worked together in the aftermath of a "community natural disaster" scenario, using computational thinking, coding and human-centered design to try to drop a ping pong ball into a bucket.

The lessons helped them use empathy and collaborate with their peers while also learning how to follow directions, solve-problems, and persist through failures along the way - all skills vital to a student’s success in the real world.

The class culminated with a visit from Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Matthew O’Hara who showed students how drones and robots are being used in law enforcement. Watch the video and read more on our website.

Hundreds of students took part in the three week Summer Slice program, which offered enrichment classes like Ninja Camp, Creative Writing, Dirt School and a Fabrication Lab.

High school trapshooter earns top marks at nationals

clay team

Congrats to SAHS senior Ryan Augustine who placed 17th in the nation at the High School Clay Target Championships. More than 2,000 shooters participated in the prestigious event earlier this month in Michigan.

Nine members of the Stillwater Clay Target team competed including Augustine: Axel Bradshaw, Nathan Erickson, Grady Jerdee, Hunter Neubauer, and Wyatt Patzner, and Kyle Sharp, along with reserve shooters Mason Jerdee and Dylan Stickan. 

Students artwork on display at Lakeview Hospital

lakeview mural

Stillwater Area High School art student Clarice Vrambout helped make the emergency room at Lakeview Hospital more welcoming and less scary for children and families.

Clarice designed and painted a mural in the pediatric exam room. It features a scuba-diving Sphinx cat along with 12 hidden objects for patients to spot.

Kick off the new year with Ready, Set, Go! Conferences


Ready, Set, Go! (RSG) Conferences will be held for all elementary students on August 26 and 27. These conferences are designed for teachers and students to get to know each other. Learn more.

Watch for a mailing from your school to arrive at your home in the coming days with scheduling information. Don't forget … the first day of school for all elementary students K-5 will be Wednesday, August 28.

Based on feedback from families, we will not be holding the traditional “Open House” event 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 other special events at your child’s school this fall to get to know other students and families and celebrate the start of a new school year.

Need a little help paying for school meals this year?

Could you use a little extra help paying for school meals, field trips and other school-related activities this year? Families meeting federal household income guidelines may qualify for free or reduced price meals and be eligible for other benefits. 

Complete the 2019-2020 Free & Reduced Meal Application online at stillwaterschools.org/freelunch or request an application by calling 651-351-8326. Please Note: Families MUST fill out a new application for benefits at the beginning of each school year or benefits will expire!

Upcoming Events

August 8: Board business meeting
August 22: Board business meeting
August 26: First day of school, grades 6 and 9
August 27: 
First day of school, grades 7-8 and 10-12
August 28: 
First day of school, grades K-5
September 4: 
First day of school, pre-K