Pony E-News: Happy Homecoming Week!

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September 15, 2019

It's Homecoming 2019! Show your Pony Pride

homecoming carnival

High school students kicked-off Homecoming Week last night with their Homecoming Dance. You're invited to join in the Homecoming fun by attending our 3rd annual Pony Homecoming Carnival! This free, family-friendly event will be held on Friday, Sept. 20 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. on the high school campus. It features inflatables, games, face painting, music by SAHS alumni Danny "Captain Dan" Trudeau, food trucks and more!

Sign up online to volunteer to help at the carnival.

Please wear red and black or your favorite Pony gear on Friday. Take a photo of your friends, family, neighbors or colleagues dressed up in their pony wear and post it on social media with the hashtag #PonyPride.

Help us celebrate Andersen Elementary's 100th birthday!

Andersen 100th birthday

Andersen Elementary is turning 100 years old. Join us for a birthday celebration on Saturday, Sept. 21. Current and former students, and anyone else who wants to party with us, are invited to attend an open house from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

  • Visit classrooms and go back in time with our history stroll
  • View memorabilia and photos from different decades
  • Look for items in our scavenger hunt
  • Pose for the all-class photo 

Parents rave about their back-to-school experience

bockman family

For the second year in a row, parents are RAVING about their back-to-school experience. On average, elementary parents who completed the family experiences surveys rated their overall back to school experience 4.4 out of 5 stars, and secondary parents gave it 4 out of 5 stars. Read more.

"Best start ever," one parent commented. "Huge kudos to whomever came up with the idea," stated another.

While the majority of feedback was positive, many parents shared concerns about the timing of events that occur during the day. District staff will be working to design schedules for next year that better meet the needs of working parents. 

Long-range facilities planning is underway


The Community Design Team has begun meeting to consider 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. The group is expected to present a recommendation later this winter.

Meeting materials will be posted online following each meeting.

News from the school board

The school board met on Thursday night. The board discussed expectations for open forum speakers, reviewed several policies and heard a report on the first day of school. The board also voted down a proposal to consider mediation parameters. 

Check out meeting materials or watch an archived video of the meeting.

Little Free Library

Lake Elmo students learn about the Little Free Library movement

Lake Elmo Elementary students had the opportunity to meet the author of a children's book written about Todd Bol, founder of the Little Free Library movement. Todd attended Lake Elmo and graduated from Stillwater High School in 1974. He passed away last year from cancer, but his legacy with the libraries lives on. Read more.

Class of 1949 reunion

Class of 1949 marks 70 years

The Class of 1949 celebrated their 70th reunion! Twenty-three of the 160 graduates gathered to reminisce about their days at Stillwater High School. What a milestone! Check out the Pioneer Press article.

school supplies

Need school supplies?

Thanks to our incredibly generous community, we still have a stock of school supplies on hand for students.

More than $25,000 in supplies were donated as part of this year's community-wide Stuff the Bus campaign. If your child is in need of pencils, notebooks, markers or any other school supply now or into the school year, please drop by the Central Services Building or contact your child's Student Advocate or counselor to access FREE supplies.

Upcoming Events

September 20: Pony Homecoming Carnival, 3:30-6:30 p.m. at SAHS
September 21: Andersen Elementary 100th Birthday Open House, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
September 26: School board meeting
September 30: The Top Secret Project
, 6:15-8:30 p.m. at SAHS
October 17-22: No School
October 21: Parent/Teacher conferences (elementary and middle schools)
October 22: Fall conferences (high school)