Pony E-News: Sixth graders get up-close look at Native American culture

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December 15, 2019

Native American culture on display for sixth graders

students with Native American animal hides

Sixth graders are learning about Native American culture from tribal elders. They brought artifacts for the students to identify, including ceremonial dresses, animal furs, jewelry and a drum. Students also heard about the healing properties of plants and how Native Americans use them to treat illnesses and injuries. The lessons are part of a partnership with the Stillwater Native American Parent Advisory Committee. More photos on Facebook

High school recognized as a BARR anchor school

first day of school sahs

Stillwater Area High School (SAHS) has been selected as a participating school with the BARR/Gates Network for Schools Improvement (NSI) program. SAHS has been chosen as an “anchor” school to serve as a model and mentor for schools across the nation. This recognition also comes with grant dollars from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that will ensure sustainability for our BARR program in the coming years. 

School board holds annual Truth in Taxation hearing

The district held its annual Truth in Taxation public hearing during the board meeting. Each December the district is required to present its budget and levy to the community and provide a time for public comment. The report included information about the district’s preliminary budget for 2019-2020, as well as details about the voter-approved and non-voter approved levies paid for by taxpayers. The school board will certify the levy at its Dec. 19 school board meeting.

Read the School Board Notes from the Dec. 12 school board meeting.

DaVinci Fest registration reminder

DaVinci Fest

This year's Da Vinci Fest will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Stillwater Area High School. All students grades 4-12 are invited to participate. Just like last year, The Partnership Plan will have an Art Fair, Science Fair, Upcycling Fair, Science Challenge, Spoken Word and Film Fest.

Learn more about each category and register your child's entry online. Registrations accepted through January 7.

This event is made possible through the help of dedicated volunteers. If you can volunteer, please contact info@partnershipplan.org.

Upcoming Events

December 16: First-Time Kindergarten Parent Meeting
December 19: Board business meeting
January 9: Board organizational meeting
January 15: Preschool Open House
January 16: Preschool registration opens