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Middle school students learn about holocaust from firsthand story

Middle school students learn about holocaust from firsthand story

Chas Morgan, Layout Editor

March 30, 2019

Eighth graders Berit Serle and Kennedy Tope from Stillwater Middle School had the opportunity in March to have Holocaust survivor Fred Amram talk to their class about his experience during the Holocaust. Amram grew up in Germany during the Holocaust and shared what it was like growing up Jewish in Hannover,...

Academic Vision team proposes new grading policy draft

Academic Vision team proposes new grading policy draft

Ellsa Ohmann, Layout Editor

March 20, 2019

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...

Budget cuts severely diminish professional and curriculum development plans

Budget cuts severely diminish professional and curriculum development plans

Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief

March 15, 2019

The school board voted 5-1 to cut $348,000 from the district's budgeted professional development (PD) days at a March 7 business meeting. This was on top of the $500,000 cut with combined PD and curriculum development budget that occurred Dec. 20, 2018. This cut accounted for roughly 56 percent o...

Josiah Hill makes a run for State Senate, District 39

Josiah Hill makes a run for State Senate, District 39

John Franklin, Copy Editor

March 1, 2019

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

"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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Downtown’s colorful light tunnel attracts locals

Downtown’s colorful light tunnel attracts locals

Ben Jacobs, Podcast Reporter

January 18, 2019

This winter, the ice castles that take shape in Lowell Park were missing. Construction took up the space and forced the ice castles to find a new location. To fix the lack of an attraction that Stillwater had, a tunnel of lights was made and put up for display for people to walk through and enjoy. The...

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