Pony E-News: Mountain bike team three-peats at state!

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November 3, 2019

Andersen Rock Band

It's fun to be a Pony!

Andersen Elementary turned into the School of Rock last week! Students celebrated a very fun and successful Diggy's Dash fundraising effort with a Dragonpalooza rock concert by a supergroup of amazing staff musicians. The Andersen gym was rockin'! Turn up the volume and watch them jam!

Of course, Andersen wasn't the only school where costumes and fun could be found last week. Check out our Facebook page for even more photos from across the district.

SAHS mountain bike team 2019

Mountain bike team three-peats at state

The Stillwater Area High School mountain bike team has claimed its third straight overall state championship! Stillwater closed out the season with a first place showing at the Minnesota High School Cycling League State Championship race at Mount Kato in Mankato.

After combining points from the championship race, along with five races during the regular season, the Ponies placed 1st overall in the state.

The middle school team is also state champions once again! They won back-to-back state titles, after biking to first place in the championship race.

Community comes together for its kids


Community members and educators are coming together to talk about what the community can do to support struggling students and families, as well as the teachers and staff who work with them. 

Shepherd of the Valley Church in Afton hosted a conversation this week for some of its members as well as a group of district staff. The focus of the conversation was on on service, not religion. The discussion revolved around the needs of our schools and the resources of the congregation and how the two might intersect. 

The hope is that this could eventually grow to become a community-wide initiative that brings together people from a variety of faith and service organizations toward a common goal of serving our kids. Read more.

Grace McDonough

SAHS student named Academic All-American

Stillwater Area High School senior Grace McDonough has been named an Academic All American by the National Speech & Debate Association. Fewer than 1% of students across the country earn this prestigious award each year. The award recognizes academic rigor, competitive speech and debate success, and personal excellence.

Belinda Jensen visits Lake Elmo

Second and third graders talk weather

Students at Lake Elmo Elementary school were talking about hurricanes, blizzards and thunderstorms during a recent visit with meteorologist Belinda Jensen from KARE 11 news. Second and third graders learned all about the science of weather as Jensen shared with them experts from her Bel the Weather Girl series of children’s books. They discovered how hail is formed, and even watched as Jensen created a cloud with hot water and a bag of ice. Read more.

Leaders begin talks of possible boundary adjustments

District leaders are beginning to explore boundary adjustment changes to help address growth in the southern portion of the school district. A conceptual draft of a boundary change scenario was shared with members of the school board’s Finance Working Group last week to help them understand the complexities of boundary changes and the potential impact on families across the district. The information was simply provided as a rough idea of what balanced boundary changes could look like, should they be necessary. Read more.

School board contemplating levy election in November 2021

The expiring operating levy and a possible bond referendum were the topics of conversation during a school board work session on Tuesday afternoon. Board members have until November 2021 to renew the existing operating levy without losing approximately $12 million in funding.

While no decisions were made, board members raised concerns about a 2020 election and indicated it may be better to wait until 2021. Delaying the election would allow more time to communicate with residents, answer questions, and work to build trust and healing in the community. Watch video of the work session online.

Special Event: Building resilience in your children!


Join us for an important conversation led by Search Institute's Dr. Kent Pekel on how you can help support youth, build their resilience, and promote mental well-being.

Relationships First: Creating Connections That Help Youth Thrive
Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 6-8 p.m. at Stillwater Area High School

This FREE event will also feature a Resource Fair. Save your seat!

District revises notices for school board committee meetings

The district received an opinion from the Department of Administration, Data Practices Office that the notice provided for school board committee meetings is not sufficient under the Open Meeting Law. In accordance with the opinion, the district has revised its notices on the website and in postings. Learn more.

Special board work session official notice

The school board will hold a work session on Thursday, November 7 from 4-6 p.m. to discuss limitless learning potential. The work session will be held at the Oak Park Building located at 6355 Osman Avenue North in Stillwater. See the official notice.

See a full list of school board meetings on our website. Regular business meetings are typically held the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 6 p.m. at Stillwater City Hall. 

Upcoming Events

November 6: Relationships First: Creating Connections That Help Youth Thrive
November 8-9: "Almost, Maine",
 SAHS Theatre production
November 14: Board business meeting
November 21: Board business meeting
vember 28-29: NO SCHOOL