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Profile of a graduate: tips for success in future

Profile of a graduate: tips for success in future

Kate Poor, Distribution Reporter

February 17, 2018


Filed under News

Shaping curriculum is one of the most important jobs of teachers and school administrators. Profile of a Graduate is a new venture being taken on by the district to come up with ways to ensure the success of students after high school. The project came about in December of 2017. The goal of th...

Herbs Brooks Foundation presents Sticks in Stillwater

Herbs Brooks Foundation presents Sticks in Stillwater

Judi Johnson, Announcements Editor

January 11, 2018


Filed under Local News, News

  Sticks in Stillwater is an annual hockey festival for beginner level hockey players being held on Jan.12-14. The festival is being put on by the Herb Brooks Foundation, who was an Olympic gold medal winning Hockey player from Minnesota. The program aims to help young players develop their...

New year brings new books for media center

New year brings new books for media center

Rose Deziel, Copy Editor

January 7, 2018


Filed under News

From the beginning of this school year, the media paraprofessional, Mary Peters had been searching through an extensive list of books to find ones that would best suit the high school, in her opinion.  In the end, the list was narrowed down to about 60 books. With the list complete, Peters ordered th...

Petition circulates to end Pony Activity Center fees

Petition circulates to end Pony Activity Center fees

Levi Gregg, Copy Editor

January 6, 2018


Filed under News

  Hundreds of students join junior Bryn Cater in petitioning school authorities to remove a student fee for use of the Pony Athletic Center. In December, about 900 students and staff members signed a petition, which seeks to remove a monthly $20 fee for the Pony Athletic Center, known...

Flex time activities keep students engaged

Flex time activities keep students engaged

Ike Gunderson, Online Editor

January 4, 2018


Filed under News, Podcasts

This year flex time was implemented and the focus is equity and students finding their passion. The overwhelmingly positive response raises the question: What are kids doing during flex time? The Pioneer Press recently released an article which dives into this issue and describes what the most po...

YouTube Pacific Viperfish displays film-making creativity

YouTube Pacific Viperfish displays film-making creativity
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Fotini Kloos, Announcment's Editor

December 9, 2017


Filed under News, Read & Watch, Student Life

Many students have edited or uploaded a video to Youtube either for school purposes or classes, as in video production, or for fun when they have down time. Seniors Miles Schindel, William Bestler and Victor Brasch have a channel called Pacific Viperfish films. They use their channel to display the...

District influences shift as community notices internal politics

District influences shift as community notices internal politics

Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief

December 9, 2017


Filed under Focus, Local News, News

"I'm never going to vote yes on any future school district [levy]. That bond referendum was such a slap in the face," Denise Knoll, parent of three fourth-generation Stillwater graduates and member of the Superintendent Advisory Committee, said. The $97.5 million bond referendum and the BOLD 5...

Idea Quest garners original ideas from staff to improve district

Idea Quest garners original ideas from staff to improve district

Susan Hubard, Video Editor

November 28, 2017


Filed under News

During the early part of November, staff have been invited to create and share suggestions via PONY Idea Quest, a website for sparking innovative ideas and helpful changes in schools districts. Idea Quest is a big step up from the school districts’ last approach at making changes. This is t...

Student Council plans big changes for winter Snoball dance

Student Council plans big changes for winter Snoball dance

Evelyn Young, Student Playlist Reporter

November 27, 2017


Filed under News

As December begins, the talk of many students is the upcoming Snoball dance. This dance is unanimously a favorite amongst students. However, for this year’s Snoball dance Student Council plans on making the popular tradition have many new and fun twists. In the past, Snoball has been held at Wi...

River Grove provides ‘nature-filled’ elementary education

River Grove provides ‘nature-filled’ elementary education

Mira Lanasa, Editor-in-Chief

November 25, 2017


Filed under Local News, News

River Grove Elementary opened this school year and is working to provide a unique and enriching enviroment for their new students. The school is taking the place of Marine Elementary after it was closed last year due to the bold decisions. The staff and students are excited for the future of the ...

Van Klei wins Paul Schmidt award

Van Klei wins Paul Schmidt award

Wyatt Wasko, Social Media Editor

November 22, 2017


Filed under Local News, News

The Paul Schmidt award, named after the initial winner in 1956, is given out annually to a single teacher in the state of Minnesota to "Honor and recognize the outstanding services and contributions given by an elementary or secondary teacher or supervisor in the fields of health or physical education.” ...

Lake Elmo adds immersion program this fall

Lake Elmo adds immersion program this fall

Kate Poor, Distribution Reporter

November 20, 2017


Filed under News, Photo Slide Shows, Showcase

Lake Elmo Elementary is adding an exciting new addition in the fall of 2018: a Spanish Immersion program is being introduced to the district for kindergarteners.   This is a dual program, with native Spanish and English speakers. They are doing this because it gives kids more opportunities ...

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