Pony E-News: A great start to the 2019-2020 school year

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September 1, 2019

A great start to the 2019-2020 school year

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Making students feel welcome in their new schools
Sixth and ninth graders were welcomed back to school in style on Monday. Special orientations were held at both middle schools and Stillwater Area High School to help students as they transition to their new buildings.

As part of the Link Crew and Where Everyone Belongs (WEB) programs older students serve as mentors to help their younger counterparts discover what it takes to be successful in school. The incoming students toured the buildings and got to know each other during small group activities. They will meet together throughout the year for social activities, study groups, and more structured activities. See more photos on Facebook.


Elementary students get Ready, Set, Go!
Elementary students started the week with Ready, Set, Go Conferences. The one-on-one sessions allowed them to get to know their teachers a bit before the first day of school on Wednesday. For pictures from the first day of school for elementary students visit our Facebook page.

How would you rate your back-to-school experience?

The 2019-2020 school year is officially underway! We're interested in hearing about your back-to-school experiences.

  • Elementary families: Please weigh in on your experience with our Ready, Set, Go Conferences and share your thoughts on how the start of the school year has gone for your family. Take our elementary survey online.
  • Middle school and high school families: Let us know what you thought of the staggered start, as well as events like Schedule Pick-Up. Take our secondary student survey online.

High school theatre department earns international acclaim


The Stillwater Area High School performance of HAMLUKE was voted Best Play and Best Technical Production at the 2019 International Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Twenty-eight students from the high school's theatre department traveled to Edinburgh this summer to perform under the direction of Grif Sadow, Theatre Coordinator and Brian McTier, Technical Director. They were among 40 high schools invited to represent the best in high school theatre at the prestigious festival. Thousands of performers take to 300 stages all over Edinburgh to present close to 4,000 shows. Read more

Stillwater students making strong academic progress

The 2019 North Star Accountability results show that students in the Stillwater Area Public Schools continue to outperform students across the state on the Northstar Accountability Measures. Even more important, however, is that the latest results show Stillwater students are growing academically and making strong gains in Reading, Math and English Language (EL) Proficiency progress. Read more.

Coach Brian Luke

Coach named to state hall of fame

Stillwater Swim and Dive coach Brian Luke has been named to the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Luke is being recognized for his more than four decades of positive impact on athletes and the tremendous achievements by the girls and boys swimming and diving teams. Read more


Don't miss the 2019 Homecoming Carnival

The third annual Pony Homecoming Carnival will be held on Friday, Sept. 20 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the high school. Mark your calendars for this family-friendly event which features inflatables, carnival games, activities, food trucks and more. All are welcome!

School board meeting notice

The school board will hold two closed sessions for negotiations on September 26 and October 10, both from
5-6 p.m. at Stillwater City Hall. Read the official notices online.

Upcoming Events

September 2: No school
September 3: First day of school, pre-K
September 12: School board meeting
September 20: Pony Homecoming Carnival, 3:30-6:30 p.m. at SAHS
September 26: School board meeting