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Lake Elmo adding an immersion program fall 2018

Lake Elmo adding an immersion program fall 2018

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 ...

Band department haunts ELC

Band department haunts ELC

Rose Junko, Business Editor

October 27, 2017


Filed under Local News, News

On October 28, The band department hosts its annual Haunted ELC, were they turn the ELC into a haunted house and scare the guests in costume. The band charges for admission which they use for new instruments, traveling and repairs. This is one of the programs most popular and successful fundraisers of...

Soft seating furniture allows for easy collaboration

Soft seating furniture allows for easy collaboration

Morgan Grim, Photography Editor

October 26, 2017


Filed under Local News, News

Furniture that was newly added with the schools construction allows students and staff members to collaborate before and after school more easily. The school now has comfortable seating and new tables making working and socializing fun and easy. With the new addition to our school, the district also add...

Administrators update cell phone regulation policy

Administrators update cell phone regulation policy

Levi Gregg, Copy Editor

October 21, 2017


Filed under News

High school administrators enacted the updated cell phone policy to formally differentiate cell phones from "nuisance items"; however, stricter guidelines raise concern in some teachers over the potential banning of cell phones from the high school. This fall, the high school implemented the first stand...

Flex Time rolls out school-wide

Flex Time rolls out school-wide

Cassie Ales, Layout Editor

October 19, 2017


Filed under Local News, News

In addition to the new building expansions and upgrades and a larger school student body, students can also expect a change to their schedules with Flex time; a free period of 40 minutes which will take place between third and fourth hour every Tuesday and Thursday. Flex time is expected to build relat...

Student Council hosts movie night at Pony Stadium

Rose Deziel, Copy Editor

October 10, 2017


Filed under Local Arts, Local News, News, Read & Watch

With the new freshmen added to the high school, there are more students attending the school than ever before.  That being said, student council is really focusing on student inclusion this year.  To do this, they thought that it would be best to bring the school together for a movie on the football...

Only one political club remains this fall

Only one political club remains this fall

Hannah Sween, Layout Editor

October 6, 2017


Filed under Local News, News

This fall only one of the two political clubs remains at large within the school, the Young Democrats. Many of the Young Republicans' main characters graduated last year, leaving their fellow conservative underclassmen floundering without leadership. The two politically centered clubs arose durin...

Quick takes over debate team as head coach

Quick takes over debate team as head coach

Kenzie Coyle, Layout Editor

October 5, 2017


Filed under Activities, News, Showcase

  After six years of being coached by Laura Hammond, the debate team has a new head coach, English teacher Corey Quick. As the debate season begins, the team members are adjusting to the differences between Quick and former head coach, Hammond. While Hammond is still helping out, she ...

Exchange program benefits students, families

Exchange program benefits students, families

Rachel Dankers, Layout editor

October 5, 2017


Filed under News, Spotlight 2

Jiawen Ding is one of thousands of exchange students living in the United States during the 2017-2018 school year. For her, this is a dream that she’s had since she was a child. “It was my dream as a little girl to come to America,” exchange student Jiawen Ding said. Many exchange studen...

Online system expands opportunities for scholarships

Online system expands opportunities for scholarships

Morgan Grim, Photography Editor

October 5, 2017


Filed under News, Trending Now

Seniors and students are gaining more and more scholarship opportunities in our community. With about 60 scholarships given out each year, students are able to apply more easily to have opportunities for colleges and universities within the country and community. Amy Carr, who works in the college and career center, talked about the opportunities and scholarships our school offers. Carr said, “If you qualif...

Cheerleaders create support for football players

Cheerleaders create support for football players

Aubrey Kelley, Photography Editor

October 1, 2017


Filed under Fall Sports, News, Showcase, Sports

As the Ponies football team took on the field for the first time this 2017 season, Stillwater fans and students were excited to see them joined by a 32 person cheerleading squad composed of female students ranging from freshmen to seniors.  The cheerleading squad has greatly impacted the energy level...

Coach Scott Christensen recognized by MSHSL

Coach Scott Christensen recognized by MSHSL

Levi Gregg, Copy Editor

September 30, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

Coach Scott Christensen’s dedication to Stillwater’s runners finally paid  off when he was inducted into the MSHSL Track hall of Fame. After coaching 73 track and cross country teams, training 4 runners who have broken 4 minutes in the mile, and winning 8 state titles, Christensen was inducted into the Tr...

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