The Pony Express

All students currently eat for free

Juniors at Stillwater Area High School, Amelia Bretl, Nick Koehn and Connor Quaderer take advantage of the free lunches provided due to COVID-19. Each student can receive one entree but must take one serving of fruits or vegetables.
Austin Buck, Broadcast Editor October 1, 2020

Due to many families across the country being in financial hardship right now, the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) extended a nation-wide waiver allowing all children ages 0 to 18 to receive...

COVID-19 creates new cafeteria set up

This is the new seating arrangement in the cafeteria for the 2020 school year. The cafeteria looks very quiet and empty due to the individual desks and the reduced number of students attending to lunch.
Ella Hamilton, Social Media Editor October 1, 2020

This 2020 school year is already unlike anything ever seen. One of the many differences is the cafeteria. Inside the cafeteria, students see individual desks spread out six feet apart so the contact between...

Students impacted by changes to school year

Changes that have happened due to COVID at Stillwater Area high school this school year.  The high school has been doing everything they can to prevent the spread of the virus.
Marisa Fredericks, Social Media Editor September 28, 2020

COVID-19 has impacted the students and staff of the lives this school year. This school year will be one for the books. COVID-19 has completely turned everyone's lives upside down, especially the students...

Small businesses combat coronavirus

Local small businesses sit empty and closed until further notice. Business owners endure the financial burden due to COVID-19 and anxiously wait until they can reopen once again.
Ella Nelson, Copy Editor April 30, 2020

Small businesses across the nation continue to feel the financial toll of COVID-19. Federal assistance loans continue to be distributed, but many small business owners are wondering if it will be enough...

District bus terminal risks closure

The boundaries of the current bus terminal on Hudson Boulevard North in Lake Elmo. The bus terminal is at risk of closing following a Lake Elmo City Council meeting in January
AJ Fierro, Online Editor March 30, 2020

At a Lake Elmo City Council (LECC) meeting on July 17, 2018, the school district was given a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to operate a new bus terminal on their property in Lake Elmo. The permit came with...

Jessie Diggins’ book slides into shelves

Jessie Diggins’ book slides into shelves
John Franklin, Copy Editor-in-Chief March 12, 2020

When people think about alumni from Stillwater, one of the first names that pops to the head is Jessie Diggins. Diggins, a 2010 Stillwater graduate, placed second in the 2017-18 nordic skiing world cup...

Mayes addresses cultural issues to build brighter community

Dr. Keith Mayes presents to Seniors March 2 in the auditorium. In his presentation, Mayes addresses the importance of respecting diversity in the community and eliminating microaggressions.
Sandy Liu, Distribution Reporter March 4, 2020

Spreading awareness of racial issues and disparities, closing the achievement gap and ending toxic climates in communities. These are the goals of Dr. Keith Mayes, Professor of African American and African...

BARR and AVID receive additional integration funding

Students sit around a whiteboard in AVID as they help their classmate with a math problem. This activity is what AVID teachers call tutorials, the goal being to help students pick apart a question to determine what it is that they do not understand. Teachers believe that this strategy has benefits for all students.
Elle Guggenberger, Graphics Editor March 1, 2020

Schools take pride in making students feel comfortable coming into their building to learn every day. Stillwater has implemented many programs which allow students to gain support from staff and other...

Community team pushes new recommendations for upcoming meeting

Community  members can look online to see when the school board meetings are happening. The community can go to these meetings to hear recommendations of the CDT and voice their opinions and recommendations.
Rachel Duerr, Online Editor February 15, 2020

Changes in a school district are inevitable. As a community and school, there are many needs that need to be met involving financial and physical updates. A large part of these changes revolves around...

BLAST week promotes cohesiveness

Senior Khuluc Yang, juniors Mark Sinyigaya, Shahd Abouhekel and freshman Ariam Mussiel speak about being first generation citizens. This forum helped students understand what first generation students go through on a day to day basis.
Joseph Devins, Business Editor-in-chief February 11, 2020

BLAST week is a weeklong event consisting of various panels talking about the school coming together as a community as well as tribulations high school students may have. BLAST stands for “be loving...

French V transitions from AP to CIS

French teacher Jackie Parr's classroom is decorated from floor to ceiling with flags, posters and other items that clearly display her love of the language. Her lively way of teaching and caring attitude towards students allow them to share her same passion and recognize the benefits of pursuing the education another language.
Elle Guggenberger, Graphics Editor February 10, 2020

Advanced placement (AP) classes are college-level courses students can take to earn college credits while in high school. College in the Schools (CIS) is a program run by the University of Minnesota which...

Students express creativity at Da Vinci Fest

Students visit the Gertens booth at the Da Vinci Fest Jan. 25. Students were able to take a quiz to learn about different plants. The Gertens  booth was one out of the 41 community booths guests could visit.
Brianne Johnson, Layout Editor January 31, 2020

The 12th Annual Da Vinci Fest was held Jan. 25 at Stillwater High School. The Da Vinci Fest is an educational fair open to the community in the spirit of Leonardo Da Vinci. The fest is put on by The Partnership...

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