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The Pony Express

The student news site of Stillwater Area High School

The Pony Express

The student news site of Stillwater Area High School

The Pony Express

Juniors participate in the Test Drive experience as a part of Pathways Day. This activity helped students figure out how to save and figure out wants and needs.

Pathways day allows students to experience post secondary options

Ava Bentdahl, Graphics Editor November 20, 2023

On Nov. 14 the schedule changed for a day as students got post-secondary planning experiences and a taste of what it is like after high school. All grades were split up throughout the day and divided into...

Seniors Sophie Gutzman and Avery Irlbeck play indoor games for Sports and Society class. A large goal for block scheduling is to give students more opportunities for electives.

Administration proposes block scheduling for upcoming school year

Lainey Zinda, Photography Editor November 9, 2023

Administrators are looking into implementing a new schedule starting fall of 2025; multiple schedules are being considered for the upcoming year. Administration is hoping this change will benefit students...

Vagabonds sing outside the day before choir teacher Katelyn Larsons wedding to practice. Vagabonds will sing at Larsons wedding on Oct 6.

Vagabonds performs at choir teacher Katelyn Larson’s wedding

Amelia Strong, Social Media Editor November 5, 2023

Choir teacher Katelyn Larson got married on Oct. 6 and Vagabonds sang at her wedding.  Vagabonds sang at Larson’s wedding because she was in Vagabonds when she was in high school and she loves the...

Physical Therapist Doctor Matt Hirn talks to a patient after their visit. Thrive HQ always makes sure communication is a high priority.

Lake Elmo brings life back to downtown

Ava Biederman, Photography Editor-in-Chief November 4, 2023

Downtown Lake Elmo is a historic town that is finally being brought back to life due to the strong community and small businesses. Sunshine Coffee Company, Thrive HQ, La Vie Est Belle and Be The Light...

Students walking in the hallway.

Golden ticket goes extinct this school year

Peter Banister, Broadcast Editor-In-Chief October 28, 2023

The golden ticket system is now extinct for this school year. Initially, the system acted as a way to incentivize students to get to class on time because any tardies would result in detention. For as...

This is the current Lake Elmo Elementary school. It was built in 1920, and is over 100 year old. It is struggling to meet the educational standards of today.

District votes on new Lake Elmo Elementary in November

Adelaide Bielke, Broadcast Editor October 28, 2023

After over 100 years of intense learning at Lake Elmo Elementary, the building is no longer able to support its growing community. Last year, the Community Design Team proposed a $175,000,000 bond...

The old Zepher building that is being renovated for River Grove Elementary school. They plan to move into the building in the next few weeks and use the space untill their school in Wilder Forest is complete.

River Grove Elementary experiences changes

Belle Lapos and Stella McHugh, Layout Editor-in-Chiefs October 27, 2023

River Grove Elementary was originally founded due to three school closures in the district that brought many students in the area to come to the forest for their K-5 education. Starting in 2017, “River...

This cell phone caddy is used in the majority of classrooms. This is a common method teachers use to enforce the cell phone policy.

School administration updates cell phone policy for new school year

Tyson Blazer, Copy Editor October 9, 2023

School administration updates cell phone policy for new school year. How teachers have adapted their learning environments for new cell phone policy.   In today’s fast-paced digital world, cell...

Past graduation ceremony

Seniors prepare for graduation ceremony

Olivia Braun, Copy Editor June 6, 2023

The senior class prepares to end their high school journeys as this year’s graduation approaches quickly. The annual ceremony requires a lot of planning and preparation by both students and staff.  Rachel...

Rutherford Elementarys big playground

Rutherford Elementary creates new playgrounds

Sydney Rodd, Layout Editor-in-Chief June 6, 2023

Rutherford Elementary is currently fundraising to replace the school's two original playgrounds from 1998. The new playgrounds will better suit students and create a more inclusive playground experience. The...

Jair on zoom while playing with monkeys.

Monkey Island inspires Spanish students

Kennedy Williams, Podcast Reporter June 4, 2023

This April, Spanish classes worked with Monkey Island, a small island in Peru, to create a unique education opportunity. Through creating games, Zoom calls with the monkeys and numerous discussions, Spanish...

The boys locker room has not been redone for a while. Last time it was  remodeled when head coach Greg Zanon took over as the coach in 2019.

St. Croix Valley Rec Center starts planning new remodel

Brock Lynskey and Will Kane, Podcast Reporters June 3, 2023

The St. Croix Valley Recreation Center, where boys and girls hockey teams practice and play their games, is getting remodeled this summer. The facility endured a makeover in 2019 the walls were painted....

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