Pony E-News: Students and staff win state and national honors

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October 20, 2019


Kabekonian yearbook earns Gold at state

The Kabekonian yearbook earned All-State Gold honors from the Minnesota High School Press Association. The yearbook also placed third in Best of Show. Several students won individual honors for the Kabekonian and Stylus Literary Magazine, including two first place awards. Read more.

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girls soccer 2019 section champions

Girls soccer team section champions

The girls soccer team is heading to state for the second year in a row! The Ponies captured the section 4AA title beating East Ridge 2-1. Watch the video.

Brackets and ticket information will be posted online.


Inclusion Revolution

Special Olympics

Nearly 50 Stillwater Area High School attended the Special Olympics MN Student Leadership Summit at Bethel University. The students - with and without disabilities - along with five educators learned more about inclusion.

Students were empowered to contribute toward an "Inclusion Revolution" and brainstorm ways SAHS could make positive changes toward greater unity and inclusion.


principal gets slimed

Principal gets slimed

Rutherford Elementary principal Heather Nelson got a bit slimy, but it was all for a good cause. Students covered her in a gooey, green mess as a reward for reaching their fundraising goal. Their Move & Groove Color Run raised more than $16,000 for the PTA. 


Congratulations to our amazing Pony staff

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Bartlett receives Presidential Award for teaching
Stillwater Area High School biology teacher Stacy Bartlett has been given the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). It’s the highest government award for math and science teachers in grades K-12. Bartlett is one of just two Minnesota educators and just over 100 nationally to win the prestigious award.

A panel of mathematicians, scientists, and educators at the state and national levels assess the applications before recommending nominees to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Teachers are selected based on their distinction in the classroom and dedication to improving STEM education. Read more.

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Damon wins national lesson plan competition
SAHS social studies teacher Sara Damon has won a national lesson plan competition. She earned first place in the University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies’ (CMES) 16th annual contest. Damon was recognized for her creative and unique lesson plans related to the Middle East. Damon received an honorarium for herself and seven books for her classroom. In addition, her lesson is published on the CMES website for teachers throughout the U.S. to access. Read more.

Laura Larsen

Larsen recognized for facilities management
Laura Larsen, the district's Coordinator of Facilities and Site Operation, was awarded the 2019 Outstanding Contributor Award by the Minnesota Educational Facilities Management Professionals (also known as MASMS). This award is in recognition of Larsen's outstanding dedication and commitment to educational facilities management.


Board meeting notices

  • The school board will hold a closed session for negotiations on Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 4-6 p.m. at Stillwater City Hall.

  • The school board will hold a closed session on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 8:30 p.m. at Stillwater City Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to convene a closed session under the Open Meeting Law Minnesota Statute Section 13D.05, subdivision 3(b), for attorney-client privileged communication regarding threatened litigation arising out of allegations of defamation from an employee’s attorney.

  • The school board will hold a work session on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. to discuss survey results and priorities.

Read the notices online


Upcoming Events

October 21: NO SCHOOL (elementary and middle school conferences)
October 22: NO SCHOOL (high school conferences)
October 24: Board business meeting; elementary schools and middle schools evening conferences
October 29: Conferences (high school)
November 1: NO SCHOOL
November 14: Board business meeting