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District task force coming up with proposal for the school board by 2020

District task force coming up with proposal for the school board by 2020

Mairin Torgerson, Photographer

November 7, 2019

The school district has been through numerous changes in recent years. Many of the ideas executed were made possible and created by the Community Design Team. The team is part of the district long-range facilities task force made up of community members, parents, city officials, students and staff. The schoo...

Long range task force analyzes boundaries of District 834

Long range task force analyzes boundaries of District 834

Dorothy Chislett, Graphics Editor

November 1, 2019

The district has put together a long range task force together this fall/winter to analyze enrollment numbers and consider possible boundary changes if needed. These changes depend on the population demographics of the many parts of District 834. Senior Elise Riniker said the Lake Elmo and Woodbury s...

Students adapt to new cultures

Students adapt to new cultures

Ella Gag, Social Media Editor

October 27, 2019

Students born and raised in other countries adapt to the culture when they move to the United States. A significant amount of work goes into changing the way a person lives. At school, there are students who have to adapt. They have to learn American ways and traditions differentiating with their home...

Local music grants help music programs grow

Local music grants help music programs grow

Jaynie Diaz, Graphics Editor

October 25, 2019

The Saint Croix Valley Foundation (SCVF) has opened registration for music program grants across Washington County and the St. Croix Valley. Private and public schools in the area have applied for the grants since the beginning of September. The SCVF has made a mark in the music programs. About $34 thousa...

Fifth year of 24 hour play challenge showcases students’ creativity

Fifth year of 24 hour play challenge showcases students’ creativity

Emma Wagner, Copy Editor

October 18, 2019

Junior Avery Mitchell said she directed a show that included VSCO girls, as well as directing a parody of the movie "Tall Girl" on Netflix, showing that students included pop culture references into their performances. This is the fifth year the theatre department has put on plays created in 24 hours. Ev...

‘Clouds’ movie set to pay tribute to Zach Sobiech

‘Clouds’ movie set to pay tribute to Zach Sobiech

Olivia Bystrom, Field Reporter

October 16, 2019

Nearly seven years ago, Stillwater alumni Zach Sobiech fell victim to Osteosarcoma. However, his legacy has continued to impact the local community and people across the globe ever since. His hit song 'Clouds' gained 14 million views on Youtube and hit number one on the iTunes singles chart not long after its release in 2...

Innovations team helps students plan their future

Innovations team helps students plan their future

Stella Bertsch, Field Reporter

October 10, 2019

The Innovations team spent the past year designing a new registration guide that includes College/Career Pathways and Programs of Study. This new design helps students make informed decisions about their education. They work to help students feel confident about what they choose to do after high school ...

Top Secret Project returns

Top Secret Project returns

Ava Hoelzel, Photographer

October 7, 2019

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation hosted the Top Secret Project on Sept. 30.  The Top Secret Project featured an exhibit and a presentation in the auditorium.  The objective of this event was to inform parents on how to notice abnormal teen behavior, like substance use and mental health issues.  Ju...

Administration implements new changes to high school parking lot

Administration implements new changes to high school parking lot

Gunnar Johnson, Copy Editor

September 30, 2019

Stillwater Area High School modified its parking lot this year to better traffic flow in and out of the school parking lot. By modifying this, students are getting out of the parking lot later, but parents benefit from the development of the new drop off zone. SAHS had an independent company come out to ...

Warner Nature Center closure showcases importance of nature education

Warner Nature Center closure showcases importance of nature education

Kathleen Pothen, Copy Editor

September 28, 2019

The Lee and Rose Warner Nature Center announced they will close at the end of the year after 50 years of service. This is due to a decision by the financier and owner of the property, the Manitou Fund, not to renew their partnership agreement with the Science Museum of Minnesota who administers the p...

Morris Leatherman survey results spark conversations about district changes

Morris Leatherman survey results spark conversations about district changes

Rachel Duerr, Online Editor

September 26, 2019

In August 2019, a public research team called The Morris Leatherman Group conducted a phone survey with 570 randomly selected residents of the community to assess the attitudes and obtain opinions of the residents and parents in the district with all of the changes made in recent years. The Morris Leatherman Group ...

Choir keeps same music tradition after losing strong senior class

Choir keeps same music tradition after losing strong senior class

Charlie Valerius, Online Editor

September 26, 2019

One of the most highly respected mixed voice choirs in the state of Minnesota graduated 52 seniors from its 78 person ensemble this past Spring. With close to 70 percent of the choir gone, this raised the question of how things would look in the fall.   The Stillwater Concert Choir is an auditione...

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