Pony E-News: Survey shows residents supportive of school district

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September 29, 2019

Lily Lake student has a powerful message for classmates

Molly and Jana

Molly Steffl, a Lily Lake fourth grader, knows what it's like to be different. But rather than hide, she's stepping out to speak up for herself and other kids who may not look like everyone else.

Steffl was recently featured on national TV and has been interviewed by local reporters. She also shared a powerful message this week with her own classmates about the importance of acceptance and kindness.

Watch her Mollytalk presentation to her class.

Check out Molly's interview with reporter Jana Shortal from KARE-11.

Survey shows residents continue to support schools

District resident have weighed in to tell school district leaders what is working in the district, and what could be improved. About 400 residents from across the school district took part in the random-sample phone survey, which was conducted to help the school board and administrators better understand the attitudes and opinions of its residents. The survey asked questions about the overall quality of education in the district, and also measured whether or not the community would support future referendums. Read more.

Fewer ‘Fs’, less stress: Ninth graders thriving thanks to BARR


In 25 years of teaching, Bob Manning has seen a lot of programs come and go. So it’s no wonder he had some reservations about adopting the BARR program three years ago as he made the move along with his ninth grade students to the high school.

So what changed Bob’s mind? The results. Since implementing the Building Assets, Reducing Risks (BARR) program at the start of the 2017-2018 school year, the overall number of courses ninth graders have failed has been cut in half - dropping from 14% three years ago down to just 6% last year. Ninth graders are also self-reporting less stress. Read more.

Audit finds district's financial reports in order

Independent financial auditors have given the Stillwater Area Public School District an “unmodified” opinion on its annual audit of basic financial statements.

School board members approved the 2018-2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, upon which the annual audit is based. The report showed no deficiencies in the district’s internal control over financial reporting that was considered to be material weaknesses. Read more.

View the September 26 Board Notes and find meeting materials and video of the meeting online.

Volunteers needed for World's Best Workforce Advisory

The district's World's Best Workforce Advisory is seeking new members.The advisory provides advice to the school board, and helps engage the public in the district's work to ensure all students are career and college ready. Members will be helping to establish annual goals and working to engage the community in plan development. Conversations will revolve around how our community and schools can equip our students to be competitive and ready for college, trade school, the military or a career. Apply online by October 9, 2019.

Have an interesting job? Want to tell students about it?

The high school is seeking local professionals to talk to students about what you do every day! We’re looking for individuals representing a wide variety of occupations - from jewelry makers to phlebotomist - and any and everything in between.

We want to expose our students to as many career opportunities as possible, and help get them thinking of how they can turn their strengths, interests and passions into a rewarding future career. Volunteer speakers would need to be available between 9:30 and 11 a.m. on one of the following days: Oct. 30, Nov. 6, Nov. 13 or Nov. 20. Interested in learning more? Contact Amy Carr at carra@stillwaterschools.org.

Upcoming Events

September 28: 24 Hour Play Festival, 7 p.m. at SAHS

September 30: The Top Secret Project, 6:15-8:30 p.m. at SAHS

October 5: BIZAA Night, 6:30 p.m. at SAHS

October 17-22: NO SCHOOL