Stillwater Area High School Newsletter for Week of October 7, 2019

SAHS E-Newsletter

October 11, 2019


Fall Parent / Teacher Conferences

On Tuesday, Oct. 22, SAHS will hold pre-scheduled conferences in 10-minute intervals from 4:00 - 8:00 pm. These conferences will be held in teacher classrooms and can be scheduled in Skyward beginning Tuesday, Oct. 8. You will notice a new button on the left hand side titled “Conferences” when you login to your Skyward Family Access account. Directions on how to schedule conferences can be found here.

Tuesday, Oct 29, SAHS will hold arena-style conferences in the gymnasium from 4:00 - 8:00 pm. These conferences do not require pre-scheduling.


Journalism

Student journalists earn top awards

Student journalists from Stillwater Area High School brought home numerous awards from the Minnesota High School Press Association during the recent convention at the University of Minnesota. 

Click here to read more.


Spreading Positivity - World Day of Bullying Prevention

Students at SAHS were greeted with positive messages when they returned to school on Oct. 7, World Day of Bullying Prevention. Freshman Maddie Steil and a few friends posted notes around the building to try to brighten the day of students, teachers and staff.

More photos on FaceBook.

students with post-it notes of kindness

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Community raises $25K to Tackle Cancer

The Ponies Football team raised more than $25,000 to help Tackle Cancer! Thanks to everyone in the Stillwater area who 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!


SAHS Counseling Staff visits 9th grade classrooms

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SAHS Counselors visited ninth graders this past week to share a lesson on College and Career Planning using the Minnesota Career Information System (MCIS). Students completed an Interest Profiler to help determine their interest areas related to possible career fields. The students then researched careers they are interested in based on the results. MCIS is available to all SAHS students at anytime to research occupations, apprenticeships, military information, education, employment, resume building and many other aspects of post high school planning. Parents are encouraged to ask their children to share what they have completed and researched in MCIS and to work with them to explore the many possibilities for their futures. Through MCIS students are building Personal Learning Plans which will be saved each time they add to it. At the end of the class, ninth graders also completed the BARR Survey to help us gather information to assist counselors and teachers as they support ninth graders throughout the year.  


Health class spreading mental health awareness

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Teacher Erin Nickleby's health class just completed a unit dedicated to mental health. During that unit the students created wonderful posters to bring awareness, support and advocate for mental illnesses. October 6-12 is National Mental Illness Awareness Week. Last Friday, the students hung up over 60 different posters (a total of about 150) throughout the school to advocate.

"They did a tremendous job and I am really proud of them. It’s a pretty cool sight to see!", Nickleby said.


Let’s Talk: Understanding and Addressing the Youth Vaping Public Health Crisis

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Youth vaping continues to increase at alarming rates based on new data released last week from the 2019 Minnesota Student Survey. In response to the survey data and the ongoing outbreak of severe lung injuries associated with vaping, Governor Tim Walz is calling for aggressive, multi-faceted campaign focused on youth education, outreach, and tightening limits for accessing vaping products.

Stillwater Area Public Schools is invested in addressing these serious vaping concerns. As described in the district handbook, vaping (and the possession/use of any substance for that matter) on school property and school events is prohibited. All students and parents/guardians sign off on this to acknowledge their understanding of the rules of our school. Educational and anti-vaping posters greet students throughout the middle and high schools, and staff are educating youth on the harmful effects of vaping and directing them to cessation resources.      

Addressing this vaping epidemic takes a village. The Minnesota Department of Health has a variety of resources available for schools and parents to combat e-cigarettes and vaping. Please take some time to learn more about vaping by reviewing these and other resources such as:

·  Teen Vaping: What you Need to Know and Vaping

· Twin Cities Medical Society: Vaping, What Parents Should Know