The Pony Express

Brine’s Market and Deli celebrates 60th anniversary

Matt Brine chats with a customer while helping them decide on dinner. Matt works with his brother Mark in the meat department as co-owners, along with sister Polly Hoy, who works in the kitchen as well as clerical duties.

Jameson Stahl, Online Editor-in-Chief

November 30, 2018

Brine’s Market and Deli recently celebrated their 60th year in business. Brine’s was originally opened in 1958 by Bud Brine in downtown Stillwater. It has been a staple of the St. Croix Valley ever since. Now, Brine’s is co-owned by siblings Polly Hoy, Matt Brine, and Mark Brine. Brine’s cele...

Grading policies must reflect growth and learning

Website that links communication between teachers, parents and students concerning academic achievement. Teachers post grades on this website and also announcements. Students use this tool to check their grades.

Grace Roeske, Social Media Editor

November 21, 2018

The Stillwater Grade Reporting Policy is focused on reflecting student’s achievements and it explains what grading includes. It is also the link between teachers, parents/guardians and students when it comes to communicating academic progress. Although the policy covers many things like student standards,...

Roger Stippel retires after 34 years

Roger Stippel has been a member of the Stillwater community for 20 years. Stippel will be retiring at the end of the first semester after 34 years of teaching and coaching. He is planning on running for public office in Wisconsin after retiring.

Catherine Monty, Distribution Reporter

November 20, 2018

AP Government and Politics teacher Roger Stippel is finishing up his last semester of teaching. The 2018-2019 school year marks Stippel's 34th and last year of teaching. At the start of the second semester, the staff and students will miss a very adored member of the school's community. Before t...

School board gathers as new team forms

School board elect Liz Weisberg had signs  placed all over the district and won 16.6 percent of the votes.

Chas Morgan, Layout Editor

November 20, 2018

The history of the school board has been a bumpy one and there has been conflict within the board and with families. "I think we've struggled the last three years since the decision to close schools, to work together as a board and move forward together. There's been some division and it seems lik...

Tessa Johansen visits father in Jerusalem

Tessa Johansens's father, Tarek Abu Bassam Abu Sbeih, reads to her from a children's book. Johansen is back to visit him after moving to the United States with her mother, Gina Johansen.

Lilly Sample, Online Editor-in-Chief

November 18, 2018

Looking out of a taxi window and to the Palestinian landscape, senior Tessa Johansen notices the growing Israeli settlements, their houses seemingly forming out of thin air. Israelis man posts throughout Jerusalem with machine guns pointed in Palestinian faces. Tessa is returning to Palestine to see her father, Tarek Abu Bassam Abu Sbe...

Committee reexamines grading practices and policies

The schoolwork students have to struggle with piles up. It can be hard to keep so many things in mind all at once. It absorbs life.

Elise Truman, Online Editor

November 18, 2018

“Someone's intelligence or how hard they're working in a class shouldn’t be defined only in a series of numbers and letters,” sophomore Ellie Capra said. Education is imperative to the success of a society, but some students and teachers are not convinced the current testing approach is effecti...

Woman behind curtain of Cutaway Productions: Deb Drew

Deb Drew with a few of her students.

Ella Stratmann, Video Editor

November 13, 2018

Many people wonder what keeps teachers motivated to keep teaching throughout the years. "The students, I love my students. That is one of the reasons why I love teaching," Deb Drew stated. The passion that Drew contains for her students is heart-warming and very admirable, and her students are the ...

Teens increased caffeine consumption brings concern

After playing in the boys soccer quarterfinal game on Oct. 25, senior Rayce Johnson and junior Nick Purdie finish off the game and celebrate their win with a Nos energy drink.

Marie Lecuyer, Copy Editor

November 12, 2018

Young adults are experiencing health drawbacks of consuming caffeine daily starting at such a young age. This generation especially is turning to caffeine to resolve stress and exhaustion. Students are also using caffeine to improve their athletic performances. Adults are becoming increasingly concerned...

Malaina Fragnito trains as EMT

Malaina Fragnito practices using a bag valve mask to provide breaths during CPR. Fragnito is part of a 916 schools program that provides her with the opportunity to get her EMT certification during high school.

Soren Danelius, Layout Editor

November 6, 2018

Many students do not know what they are going to do in their future, but senior Malaina Fragnito does. Fragnito is participating in a 916 school class that provides her the opportunity to get her EMT certification in high school. The purpose of the EMT program is that it encourages students to get ...

Genesys Works, helps students prepare for career

Donyea Davis & Chinmay Sahu working together on their projects for Genesys Works.

Toby Weiss, Camera Editor

November 4, 2018

Genesys Works is a program that employs high school students and teaches them how to work an IT job in major corporations. Seniors can experience what it is like to have a $12.50 an hour, nine-to-five job in the IT world. According to seniors Donyea Davis and Chinmay Sahu, it is most definitely a re...

Agribusinesses contribute to local water pollution

Local rivers and lake also see pollution from farming, being so far away from larger farms.

Haley Nelson, Online Editor

November 3, 2018

Pollution from agribusinesses is responsible for most of the pollution in over 100,000 streams in the U.S. With an increase in the population, larger farms and agribusinesses need to produce more crops, turning to chemicals to help them. These chemicals get drained into water streams that are now unu...

Drommerhausen begins 45th year of teaching

Photo by Grace Silbernick 
Debbie Drommerhausen starts her day in her 45th year of teaching.

Grace Silbernick, Layout Editor

November 2, 2018

“Students...they just want to learn something, they want someone to love them, they want to meet new friends,... they want to have someone that’s going to help them plan out where they want to go from here. They just want someone to know that they care about them, and I think that’s been forever since time,” M...

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