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Innovative plan to teach school in snowy conditions

Innovative plan to teach school in snowy conditions

Emma Urban, Photographer

April 18, 2019


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This school year there were only two snow days allotted and the district has exceeded the limit. The district technology team is exploring an idea that if each student had reliable technology at home that an online learning day could be a solution in the case of a snow day. Online learning days would count as a full school day, when often it would be a snow day. If each student at the high school had their own reli...

The Partnership Plan puts on annual Partnership Party

The Partnership Plan puts on annual Partnership Party

Emma Sneden, Business Editor

April 15, 2019


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The Partnership Plan is celebrating 30 years of providing educational opportunities for classrooms during its annual fundraising party at the JX Event Center April fifth. They hope to raise money and recognize years of hard work by making this year's gala an 80's theme. The Partnership Plan is a nonprofit organization that b...

Innovations team heads to Mounds View to investigate Pathways

Innovations team heads to Mounds View to investigate Pathways

Grace Silbernick, Layout Editor

April 15, 2019


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“I want to inspire curiosity in all learners through educational programming that is personalized, student-driven, and highly engaging,” John Perry Director of Learning, Technology, and Design Systems said, and that is the mission of the Pathways program that the Innovations team wants to get more ...

Academic Vision team proposes new grading policy draft

Academic Vision team proposes new grading policy draft

Ellsa Ohmann, Layout Editor

March 20, 2019


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In January, the school's Academic Vision team created a draft for a new school-wide grading policy. The draft was distributed to staff around the building to gather constructive feedback. Ideas for this draft arose when administration and teachers were getting multiple questions and comments from par...

Josiah Hill makes a run for State Senate

Josiah Hill makes a run for State Senate

John Franklin, Copy Editor

March 1, 2019


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English teacher Josiah Hill started his campaign for State Senate Jan. 31.  Hill will run for the District 39 seat currently held by Karin Housley, who has held the position since 2012. Hill, who currently teaches English and serves at the St. Croix Education Association Union President, wants to improve t...

Superintendent Pontrelli addresses concerns of trust among board members

Superintendent Pontrelli addresses concerns of trust among board members

Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief

February 27, 2019


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"I’m well aware that three of you did go and talk to our lawyers, and I don’t believe that all of you are aware of that," Superintendent Denise Pontrelli said at the school board retreat Feb. 11. The new school board took office in January. With the newest school board having only been in offic...

School board further reduces 2019-2020 budget to fill deficit, still does not comply with policy R 5.4

School board further reduces 2019-2020 budget to fill deficit, still does not comply with policy R 5.4

Lilly Sample, Online Editor-in-Chief

February 26, 2019


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During the 2017-2018 school year, the board fell into a $2.4 million deficit pit. Meetings to address the deficit began in early October, and are still continuing into late February. Being $2.4 million in the hole, the board needs to make cuts for operations to return to normal for the 2019-2020 school...

Board meeting red-out: students stand in support of Student Council President representation

Board meeting red-out: students stand in support of Student Council President representation

Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief

February 25, 2019


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Inspired by senior Isabella Portelli, Student Council Senior Officer, many students showed up in red to the Stillwater School Board meeting Feb. 21 to support student leader representation at board meetings. A brainstorming suggestion to rotate the Student Council Presidents from their current seats...

Black History Month represents growing community for students of color

Black History Month represents growing community for students of color

Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief

February 23, 2019


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Black History Month saw different events celebrating the cultures of students of color. Via panels, showcases, dancing and culturally significant music played during passing time, Black Student Union and Student Council worked together to host events throughout February. Black Student Union is entering its second year and increasing ...

Student council puts on BLAST week

Student council puts on BLAST week

Elle Sprenger, Social Media Editor

February 22, 2019


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BLAST week is a time for kindness put on by Student Council. This week takes place in Feb. because it is Black History Month and BLAST week helps celebrate and recognize the significance of being inclusive. BLAST week includes guest speakers and events that are intended to bring the community together. The...

Retired educators hold first ever Sweetheart Ball for school safety

Retired educators hold first ever Sweetheart Ball for school safety

Hannah Sween, Print Editor-in-Chief

February 16, 2019


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The jazzy richness of a saxophone filled The Grand as a brother and sister danced together in a giggly, bumbling embrace. Parents, the jazz band, and attending adults looked on with cameras and smiles as the pair stumbled about. The children were some of the youngest members in attendance at th...

Stillwater alumni deliver success stories at Girl Power Event

Stillwater alumni deliver success stories at Girl Power Event

Ben Jacobs, Podcast Reporter

February 12, 2019


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The Girl Power Event, which recently held its fourth annual event Feb. 5, works to show young women that their careers may not always follow the same path. It also shows that they can still find great success. The event was hosted by the College and Career Center and had six alum of Stillwater. Former...

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