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Boundary changes enforced due to potential school closings

Boundary changes enforced due to potential school closings

Megan Ramberg, Online Editor

February 14, 2017


Filed under News

The familiar topic of Marine, Withrow and Oak Park closing in 2017 has been of discussion for over almost a year, and with new boundaries being enforced, there has been recent controversy. The 834 District School Board approved a Contingency Boundary Plan on Nov. 10, 2016, that changes boundaries for each town in the 834 ...

Hockey Day glides into Stillwater

Hockey Day glides into Stillwater

Elise Luoma, Student Playlist Editor

February 9, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase, Sports, Winter Sports

The 11th annual Hockey Day Minnesota made a presence in downtown Stillwater. This event involves various games from high school, university alumni, college and professional hockey teams. It is broadcasted each year, and receives national coverage. Since 2007, the event has taken place in cities fr...

College In Schools program may be at risk

College In Schools program may be at risk

Noah Johnson, Distribution Reporter

January 12, 2017


Filed under News

Students across Minnesota may not be able to get free credits for college anymore, since the College in School program throughout Minnesota has the possibility of shutting down. The College in Schools program has many factors to it possibly being shut down. These factors consist of new teaching requirements and cost...

Transition team considers Pony Time study block next fall

Transition team considers Pony Time study block next fall

Kayla Gjerde, Social Media Reporter

January 6, 2017


Filed under News, Read & Watch

  The school administration is considering a 45 minute flexible period in the middle of the day on Wednesdays during five day weeks. This is a decision the transition team will have to make for next year. There is PLC Wednesday occurring now, which happens every Wednesday and is a 15 ...

CIS classes face possible cuts

CIS classes face possible cuts

Emma Lowey, Layout Editor

December 21, 2016


Filed under News, Read & Watch

The life of many high school students consists of taking advanced and challenging courses. With many options of advanced courses, such as AP and PSEO, students can stretch their learning to higher levels. Minnesota High School students have been especially fortunate with University of Minnesota Co...

Debate team finished second in State at the Classic Minnesota Debate Tournament

Debate team finished second in State at the Classic Minnesota Debate Tournament

Press Release by Corey Quick

December 5, 2016


Filed under Activities, Local News, News, Read & Watch, Showcase

The Stillwater Area High School Classic Debate team, coached by Laura Hammond and Corey Quick, competed in the state tournament Dec. 2-3, at South St. Paul High School.  Students, who came from fifteen schools around the state, debated the topic of increasing US military presence in the South Chin...

District Think Tank brainstorms graduation needs

District Think Tank brainstorms graduation needs

Olivia Weirtz, Editor-in-Chief

December 3, 2016


Filed under News

The district has been looking for ways to improve; their most outside of the box method has been to brainstorm ideas with a 12 person district meeting dubbed as a "Think Tank". The Think Tank was held on the 27 and included school administrators, teachers, board members and community leaders. The di...

School start times take toll on mental health

School start times take toll on mental health

Ashlyn Aarness, Photographer

December 2, 2016


Filed under News, Read & Watch

Early morning and late, homework-filled nights. This is the life of a typical high school student. More and more schools are switching over to a later start time to increase productivity. Thought Exchange is changing the game for our district. Stillwater School District has had this discussion ...

Stonebridge kindergartner and mom promote kindness

Stonebridge kindergartner and mom promote kindness

Emma Lowey, Copy Editor

November 16, 2016


Filed under News

  Kids are taught to be kind to others they meet from a young age, but not always to strangers. Few people, even in their adulthood, think of making a stranger's day better. This is where kindergartner Annie and her mother Alaya Matters stand out from the crowd. They have made it their ...

Alternative Learning Center undergoes new changes

Alternative Learning Center undergoes new changes

Evan Klein, Social Media Reporter

November 7, 2016


Filed under News

  The St. Croix Valley Alternative Learning Center underwent many changes for the 2016-2017 school year, including getting new start times to align it with the High School's schedule. There is also a principal at the ALC full time, rather than part time. The ALC will also move to an exist...

Amnesty club holds Hygiene Drive for local charities

Amnesty club holds Hygiene Drive for local charities

Ashlyn Aarness, Photo Editor

November 5, 2016


Filed under Activities, News

The Amnesty International Club will host a hygiene drive at school toward the end of October. Items will be brought in to help local families in need of personal products. Donations are not required, but are much appreciated. The week after MEA break, students will be collecting hygiene items. ...

Effects of construction felt around building, many eager for completion

Effects of construction felt around building, many eager for completion

Anna Koenning, Copy Editor

October 25, 2016


Filed under Local News, News, Showcase

The clangs and clanks of construction ring through school daily, but the effects of construction on people are more than just a headache. Though teachers encounter roadblocks like disruptions to the classroom and flooding, they ultimately anticipate the finished building eagerly. Since passing the...

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