Pony E-News: Parents give high ratings to the start of a new year

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September 8, 2019

preschooler and pony

Our littlest learners are back in school!

Preschool students were welcomed back to school on Tuesday with lots of hugs from teachers and support staff, and even "Big Red" the Pony!

With all of our learners back in school, the 2019-2020 school year is in full swing. Reports from parents are indicating it's been a great start. Elementary parents who responded to the Ready, Set, Go Conference survey gave their back to school experience an average rating of 4.4 out of 5. Watch for more results to be shared in the coming days.

bockman family

Keeping it all in the family

As the oldest school district in the state, it's not uncommon for families to have attended our schools for generations. What is more uncommon, however, is for more than one generation to be in our schools at one time!

Brookview Elementary is home to three generations of the Bockman family. Reese (5th grade) and Addie (1st grade) attend school with mom, Chelsey, and grandma, Lori Mogren. Chelsey is an interventionist at Brookview and Lori is a paraprofessional. 

Design team begins work on long-range facilities plan

The Community Design Team will meet for the first time this week to begin considering the district's long-term facility needs. The design team is made up of community members, city and township officials, students, parents and district staff who will consider the district's facilities needs and make recommendations to the school board on ways to enhance our facilities to better support our students

Agendas, meeting summaries and supporting materials will be posted to our website following each meeting.

Community survey complete. Results coming Sept. 26

How does our community feel about the quality of education in our district, our long-term facility needs and future referendum requests? For the past several weeks a random sample of local residents have been asked to weigh in with their thoughts on these topics and more as part of a Community Survey conducted by The Morris Leatherman Group. Results from the survey will be shared with the school board and public at the Sept. 26 school board meeting. 

Wondering what is on the agenda for this week's board meeting? Check it out

Do you know what's hiding in your teen's bedroom?

top secret bedroom

Learn to spot everyday items in your home that may indicate your child is engaging in risky behavior (drug/alcohol use, eating disorders, self harm and criminal activity). This free event is for adults only. Register online.

The Top Secret Project
Monday, Sept. 30 from 6:15-8:30 p.m.
Stillwater Area High School Auditorium

September is Suicide Prevention Month


In 2019, suicide rates in teens and young adults have reached its highest rate in over two decades. Although there is no single cause, depression is the most common condition associated with suicide. Studies show that conditions like depression, anxiety, and substance problems, especially when unaddressed, increase risk for suicide.

Check out this month's blog post from Family Means on the warning signs you can watch for in people who are contemplating suicide or self-harm. Additional resources are available online.

homecoming carnival

Celebrate Pony Pride at Homecoming

Students, parents, alumni and community members are all invited to the 3rd Annual Pony Homecoming Carnival. The free event takes place Friday, Sep. 20 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at Stillwater Area High School. It features games, giant inflatables, activities, music, food trucks and more! After the carnival, watch the Ponies football team take on Woodbury.

adventure club staff

Looking for a great job in our schools?

We're hiring for a variety of part-time positions - from food service to Community Ed staff and bus drivers. Most allow individuals to work when their children are in schools. No nights, no weekends, and no holidays. Learn more and apply online.

Upcoming Events

September 12: School board meeting
September 20: Pony Homecoming Carnival, 3:30-6:30 p.m. at SAHS
September 26: School board meeting
September 30: The Top Secret Project
, 6:15-8:30 p.m. at SAHS