Stillwater Area High School Newsletter for Week of October 14, 2019

SAHS E-Newsletter

October 18, 2019

Attention Advanced Placement (AP) Students


This is a reminder to join your myAP classroom and submit payment for AP exams in Total Registration by Wed., Oct. 22. Please email Patti Pratt with any questions.

girls soccer 2019 section champions

Girls soccer headed to state!

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.

State tournament schedule.
Brackets and ticket information will be posted here after October 19.

Stacy Bartlett receives Presidential Award for teaching

Stacy Bartlett

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.

Sara 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. 

Kabekonian earns gold at state

kabekonian 2019

Yearbook had a strong showing at the Minnesota State High School Journalism Convention at the U of M this past week. 

Kabekonian Yearbook: Gold honors in the All-State Contest and Third place Best of Show in yearbook category

Individual Awards: Second Place-Gabi Danielson--Yearbook Student Life copy; Second Place--Ben Valerius--Yearbook Academic/Clubs copy; Fifth Place--Michael VanLieshout--Yearbook Student Life copy; Fifth Place--Lateefat Ajidagba--Yearbook Theme Concept package

Stylus Literary Magazine Individual Awards: First Place--Grace Anderson--Magazine Photograph; First Place-Lydia Geiser--Magazine Art/Illustration; Third Place--Dorothy Chislett-Literary Magazine Poem; Third Place-Magazine Spread Design (whole staff); Fourth Place--Eli Fisher--Magazine Art/Illustration; Fourth Place--Tommy Igo--Magazine Photograph

Debate team is off to a strong start


The SAHS debate team is off to a great start this season and posted strong results at the Rochester Mayo Tournament last Saturday. 

The varsity team of Gursimat Dahry/Grace McDonough took first in the varsity division (27 teams) and the novice team of Liam McClellan/Ava Roots took first in novice (out of 80 teams). JV debaters Ben Jackels/Nathan Sherman took third (39 teams) and Elllie Capra/Brendon Rich took fourth.  

Stillwater will host a tournament Oct. 26. This is a great time to see some amazing students competing in a rigorous intellectual activity. 

Special Olympics MN Student Leadership Summit

Special Olympics

Nearly 50 Stillwater Area High School students and staff attended the Special Olympics MN Student Leadership Summit at Bethel University last week. The students - with and without disabilities - along with 5 educators learned more about inclusion. 

They heard about the Special Olympics movement toward creating "Unified Schools" where sporting teams and academic classes are designed intentionally to include students of all abilities. Students were empowered to contribute toward an "Inclusion Revolution" and brainstorm ways SAHS could make positive changes toward greater unity and inclusion.


SAHS students get a lesson in Native American astronomy

Students in Ben Straka's astronomy class had a special guest lecturer on October 4. University of Minnesota Duluth professor Jim Rock shared his knowledge based on Dakota/Lakota land and sky connection. His presentation covered his extensive research into cultural sites in Minnesota and their connection to the important constellations of the Dakota/Lakota people.

Stillwater's Native American Parent Advisory Committee brought in their 20 foot tipi to help Rock demonstrate how Native Americans would set up the tipi to correspond to the solstice and equinox.