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Class sizes average 30 to 40 students. If the first levy question on Nov. 2 fails to pass, class sizes are expected to grow by ten to twelve kids.

School Board poses two levy questions Nov. 2

Abby Thibodeau, Layout Editor-in-Chief October 20, 2021

The current operating levy expires this fall and the School Board is asking the community to renew it. Polling stations are welcoming citizens to vote on this referendum and other local elections on Nov....

Instructional coaches Geri Handberg and Ing Mari Ryan are new this year as coaches. Ryan and Handberg work together to help teachers.

New instructional coaches support teachers

Shannon Pothen , Layout Editor and Copy Editor October 12, 2021

It takes a village to teach a child.  The new instructional coaches Ing Mari Ryan and Geri Handberg are making connections and building community.  They are working with teachers to make sure students...

Pathway Coordinator Bob Manning in the Pathways Office planning Game Day and the upcoming Manufacturing Day.

Pathway Coordinators create future planning day for upperclassmen

Evelyn Biederman , Photographer and Online Editor October 10, 2021

On Oct. 13 career pathways coordinators have set aside a day for juniors and seniors to plan their future. On this day physical campus tours of Minnesota and Wisconsin universities along with virtual tours...

The hockey team and members of the community lie down sod for wounded veteran Mike Polehna.

Hockey team participates within community

Jeremiah Swartz, Graphics Editor and Copy Editor October 8, 2021

The hockey team steps up in its community to help out a wounded veteran. Mike Polehna requested help to lie down 800 yards of sod for a house in an assisted living neighborhood. In an immediate response,...

A district school bus picks up high school students to bring them home. The bus routes with drivers are making sure that students are transported to and from school safely.

District encounters bus transportation issues due to bus driver shortage

Sydney Rodd, Business Editor and Copy Editor October 8, 2021

As the school year begins, the district puts in hard work to cover missing bus routes after their vendor was unable to provide enough drivers for students. This year, Metropolitan Transport Network is...

Lake Elmo Elementary students gather in the media center to watch Shahd Abouhekel’s video. The students were able to learn about Muslim culture as well as interact with one another.

Senior Shahd Abouhekel shares Muslim culture, representation in schools

Mackenzie Vang, Podcast Reporter June 13, 2021

"It would have been amazing if we had different books portraying a variety of cultures and traditions. If I did have this experience like the elementary schoolers now, it would’ve opened up conversation...

Carolyn Leopold, Kelly Lindquist and a coworker pose during a retirement ceremony held by the Stillwater Public School District in May.

District recognizes 62 retirees at Lake Elmo Inn

Henry Jansen, Distribution Reporter June 10, 2021

The Stillwater School District recognizes their reputation is earned through the hard work of its staff, so it took a moment this year to recognize its retirees. Some of whom have worked for the district...

Principal Rob Bach helps junior Ella Hamilton in the hall. demonstrating how Bach is attentive to his students needs.

Bach wins Administrator of the Year

Karley Rydeen, Distribution Reporter June 5, 2021

With his open mind and attentive nature, Principal Rob Bach was named Administrator of the Year by the Minnesota Association of Secretaries to the Principals. This award amplifies the dedication and leadership...

Maddie Motz, Elise Karlstad and the Choir board work in preparation for welcoming choir students as well as the Home Concert at Stillwater Area High School. With the crazy year that everyone has experienced, the Choir board has done what it can to transition and progress smoothly.

Concert Choir prepares to close turbulent school year with Home Concert

Jay Lohr, Food Blogger May 30, 2021

In the midst of the craziness this past year, Concert Choir has been preparing for one last concert to lay rest to their year of hard work and preparation. The “Home Concert” will be held at Stillwater...

Senior FFA reporter Brianne Johnson prepares for the Plant Sale on May 7 and 8 by transplanting and trimming plants. The sale took place along the curb at Stillwater Area High School to allow for social distancing.

FFA hosts annual plant sale

Abby Thibodeau, Layout Editor May 28, 2021

  Senior reporter Brianne Johnson led the FFA as they hosted their annual Plant Sale on May 7th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. To comply with COVID-19 safety guidelines, the sale took...

Students create posters to promote the Voices of Change virtual conference. These posters were put around the school to encourage students to attend.

Voices of Change conference impacts students

Mackenzie Vang, Playlist Reporter May 28, 2021

Cultural Liaison Cornelius Rish and several other student leaders held a virtual conference called The Voices of Change conference on April 16. This was intended to openly communicate to school administration...

Lydia Geiser holding her fully filled out vaccination card proudly after her second and final dose of the vaccine on April 24, 2021.

16 and 17 years olds are allowed to get the COVID vaccine

Josie Crombie, Video Editor May 24, 2021

After almost a year of the spread of COVID-19 and the struggles that go along with it, the first ever vaccine was administered in December of 2020. Sandra Lindsey was a nurse and a healthcare worker who...

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