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Teachers voice perspectives in classrooms

Teachers voice perspectives in classrooms

Pony Express Staff

January 8, 2020

Topics in politics keep rising, so do the voices of students. What students learn in a classroom strengthens their voice. When teachers voice their opinions they can inspire students to share their voice, respect others perspectives and put knowledge into their beliefs. State of Arizona proposed the bill HB 2002, ...

School Board should listen to recommendations of community

School Board should listen to recommendations of community

John Franklin, Copy Editor-in-Chief

December 20, 2019

As a student who lives between Lake Elmo and Woodbury, I can see that times are changing.  Almost every day of my life I have driven past the Lake Elmo Airport.  Across from the Lake Elmo Airport, there used to be a farmer's field.  I always thought it would stay there.  Then, during my junior high...

eLearning Days keep students learning during snow days

eLearning Days keep students learning during snow days

Pony Express Staff

November 26, 2019

  E-Learning or flex days will be implemented this school year. Students can do an assignment virtually on snow or cold days when they will not be in school. This is to prevent adding on days to the end of the school year when students would have to make up the school lost on snow days, and to keep students learning...

Stop denying Climate Change

Stop denying Climate Change

Hazel Flock, Layout Editor-in-Chief

November 25, 2019

President Trump announced that the U.S. will formally leave the Paris Climate Agreement Nov. 4. After proposing a withdrawal in 2017, Trump was told the U.S. must remain in the agreement and actively participate for three years. The decision to withdraw from the agreement will not only negatively affect...

School Board violates Open Meeting Law, not strong enough response

School Board violates Open Meeting Law, not strong enough response

John Franklin, Copy Editor-in-Chief

November 20, 2019

On Aug. 29, the School Board formed a quorum at a Finance and Operations Working group meeting, therefore violating Minnesota's Open Meeting Law (OML).  This was confirmed by an advisory opinion letter from Commissioner Alice Roberts-Davis from the Minnesota Department of Administration. The S...

LGBT employees wrestle with Supreme Court over discrimination and protection

LGBT employees wrestle with Supreme Court over discrimination and protection

Charlie Valerius, Online Editor

November 8, 2019

  Justices of the Supreme Court clashed over the meaning of “sex” during a blockbuster set of cases concerning the rights of LGBT workers on Oct. 8. Bosses should not fire someone because of their sexual beliefs or orientation, unless it disturbs the work they are responsible for. ...

New security has students wondering what is best

New security has students wondering what is best

Brianne Johnson, Layout Editor

October 29, 2019

You can often find them monitoring the halls. Checking hall passes and bathrooms making sure students are where they are supposed to be. The security team consists of four security guards. These guards work for Per Mar security services; the school hires these officers to follow a daily schedule put...

Going paperless in a continuously electronic world

Going paperless in a continuously electronic world

Pony Express Staff

October 29, 2019

  On average, around 40 percent of the waste produced by schools is due to paper towels. Many public places have begun the switch to a more cost-efficient and green device, air dryers. Within the past month, many students left school to protest climate injustice. Despite this recent spur in climate ...

’88rising’ up in the music charts

’88rising’ up in the music charts

Julie Xiong, Cartoonist

October 20, 2019

Music organization 88rising promotes worldwide up and coming artists. Located in New York, 88rising’s appearance on music charts explode throughout the world, especially in the United States and Asian countries. In utilizing collaborations of diverse artists, issues involving language barriers are...

Trade War negatively effects consumers

Trade War negatively effects consumers

Alex Steil, Online Editor-in-Chief

October 1, 2019

You are losing money. I’m losing money. Your parents are losing money. People are losing jobs. We have yet to see the full impact of what this will mean for us. President Donald J. Trump engulfed the United States into a full-on trade dispute with China in June 2018, and it hurt the average consume...

Trump hunkers down as House Dems push inquiry over Ukrainian call

Trump hunkers down as House Dems push inquiry over Ukrainian call

Lucas Polucha, Video Editor

October 1, 2019

While President Trump adds another scandal to his resume, House Democrats struggle to make a lasting impact. A whistleblower complaint brought to the spotlight Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky on Aug. 12. During the phone call, Trump had pressured Zelensky to gather intelligence on former Democrati...

Myth Live unfit for prom

Myth Live unfit for prom

Michael O'Gorman, Business Editor

May 5, 2019

Prom takes place at The Myth this year, a venue for mostly rap and rock concerts.  The Myth has a bar for adults and hosts many concerts.  The venue is clearly meant for adults, and not for students. In the last two years, there have been 262 calls to police, which on average would be a call every...

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