Pony E-News: Flex Days will keep students learning this winter

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October 13, 2019

students with post-it notes of kindness

Students spread kindness one Post-It Note at a time

To celebrate World Day of Bullying Prevention on Oct. 7, freshman Maddie Steil and a few friends posted brightly colored notes of affirmation around the high school hoping to brighten the day of students, teachers and staff. More photos on Facebook.

Flex Days will keep students learning this winter


Forecasters are predicting another cold and snowy winter. But school board members have approved a plan to prevent an over-abundance of snow days from impacting the school calendar this year.

Beginning this winter, the district will implement Flex Days (sometimes called e-Learning Days) to provide for an uninterrupted alternate learning experience and avoid mid-year calendar reconfigurations. Flex Days will be activated after the second inclement weather or snow day in our district. Learning experiences will be provided in either an online or offline format, and attendance will be taken through Schoology (for secondary students) or assignment completion.

A 2017 state law allows districts the opportunity to provide students up to five E-Learning/Flex Days each year due to inclement weather. 

More details about the district’s Flex Days plan will be shared with families in the coming weeks.

School board to consider future of Spanish Immersion

School board members voted on Thursday night to approve a motion to request the administration explore options and gather information for a possible expansion of the Amigos Unidos (Spanish immersion) program. The direction from the school board was that administration should provide an option to move the program to Oak Park Elementary and to provide transportation from all other elementary schools, as well as determine whether it is feasible to expand this program by next fall.

The immersion program is housed within Lake Elmo Elementary and currently includes two sections in each of the three grade levels. The first group of kindergarteners who started the program in 2017 are now in second grade. 

Read the Board Meeting Notes or find meeting materials and video of the meeting online.

Community raises $25,000 to Tackle Cancer

Tackle cancer

A big thank you to our community for helping the Ponies Football team raise more than $25,000 to help Tackle Cancer! All of the funds raised through the team's campaign has been donated to the Randy Shaver Cancer Research & Community Fund. Since Tackle Cancer began in 2012, the Ponies and the St. Croix Valley community have raised more than $87,000.


Student journalists earn top awards

Student journalists from Stillwater Area High School brought home numerous awards this week from the Minnesota High School Press Association. 

The students also recently earned the International First Place ranking from the Quill and Scroll organization. Read more.

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. The deadline to apply has been extended to October 23, 2019. Apply online.

High school theater to present "Almost, Maine"

Almost, Maine poster

Warm your heart in the ice-cold, mythical town of Almost, Maine. Stillwater Area High School theatre department will present nine short vignettes exploring love, loss and friendship with a touch of humor and tenderness.

Performances: Nov 1, 2, 8 & 9 at 7 p.m.; Nov 3 at 2 p.m.; Nov 9 at 2 p.m. (understudy performance)

Reserve your seats online or buy tickets at the door. Adults $10, Seniors $6, Students $5

Upcoming Events

October 17-22: NO SCHOOL
October 21: Conferences (elementary and middle school)
October 22: Conferences (high school)
October 24: Board business meeting; elementary schools and middle schools evening conferences
October 29: Conferences (high school)
November 1: NO SCHOOL