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Idea Quest hopes inspires change within district

Idea Quest hopes inspires change within district

Emma Sneden, Business Editor

November 15, 2018

Idea Quest is a way for the district staff to submit ideas about solving problems or adding to the district. During the end of Oct. and beginning of Nov., staff are able to submit their solutions through a website and then vote on them. Idea Quest began in 2017 with five ideas being accepted, one...

Brookview Elementary expansion uncertain with new school board candidates

Brookview Elementary expansion uncertain with new school board candidates

Elli Swanson, Photographer

November 14, 2018

Brookview Elementary, District 834's newest elementary school is hoping to expand very soon due to the developing neighborhoods near by. Brookview Elementary school located in Woodbury has almost met its capacity of students and continues to increase in size. Because of the increase in students...

School board discusses $2.4 million deficit

School board discusses $2.4 million deficit

Julia Bennett, Business Editor

November 8, 2018

There will be new budget cuts in the district this year. The district is looking to address a $2.4 million deficit. The first school board meeting took place on Oct. 10 to begin conversations for new changes within our schools. The school board is reviewing possible areas to consider for reductions...

Ricky Michel named to St. Croix Valley Hall of Fame

Ricky Michel named to St. Croix Valley Hall of Fame

Sadie Heieren, Photography Editor

November 7, 2018

A new name was added to the St. Croix Valley Hall of Fame this fall: Athletic Director Ricky Michel. He now has a place with the other coaches and athletes that have many great accomplishments at Stillwater. Long awaited, he and a few others happily received their claims to fame. Their dedication and hard...

Mindful Movement helps elementary classroom calm and recharge

Mindful Movement helps elementary classroom calm and recharge

Megan Baxter, Photography Editor

November 6, 2018

At Lake Elmo Elementary, classrooms are safe, welcoming and stress free because of the Mindful Movement that made its way into elementary school classrooms across the district. The Mindful Movement gives the opportunity for students to take a break, and recharge their minds and bodies throughout th...

Hannah Sween and Madi Weispfenning win national journalism awards

Hannah Sween and Madi Weispfenning win national journalism awards

Carina Block, Copy Editor

November 5, 2018

Two newspaper students during the 2017-2018 school year have been nationally recognized for the opinionated pieces they completed last year. Seniors Hannah Sween and Madi Weispfenning were named Honorable Mentions and in the top 10 in their categories by the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA). ...

Michael Wilhelmi energizes Young Democrats group

Michael Wilhelmi energizes Young Democrats group

Martin Kurle, Podcast Reporter

November 4, 2018

With the election for governor of Minnesota right around the corner, it is important that each candidate gets all the votes he can. Michael Wilhelmi came to speak to the Young Democrats on the morning of Oct. 10 to influence the Young Democrats to get involved and help out the Tim Walz Campaign. ...

Dodds, Maxwell and Kaul lead new Peer Helper program

Dodds, Maxwell and Kaul lead new Peer Helper program

Carina Block, Copy Editor

November 2, 2018

Adolescents often turn to their peers rather than adults with their problems. The new peer helper program begins this fall is a support system for the students that are most often relied on by others to help solve dilemmas. Oftentimes those heavily relied on students are either stressed out or...

E-cigarettes and vaping discussion raises awareness

E-cigarettes and vaping discussion raises awareness

Aidan Gunderson, Podcast Reporter

November 1, 2018

A community meeting was held on Oct. 10 in the auditorium to address the issue of e-cigarette use (also called e-cigs, and vapes) amongst students. The purpose of this meeting was to help parents and students become more aware of this ongoing problem, share how the school staff and local law enforceme...

National Merit Scholar semifinalists announced

National Merit Scholar semifinalists announced

Emma Urban, Photographer

October 30, 2018

Four seniors were named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Abigail Banks-Hehenberger, John Maloney, Elias Roll and Keenan Walker are among 16,000 seniors in the nation to earn the recognition. Each year about 1.6 million students apply, but only one percent are accepted as National ...

Chaplinski brings attention to endangered species

Chaplinski brings attention to endangered species

Elli Swanson, Photographer

October 23, 2018

Middle school teacher, Bretta Chaplinski, and five of her students took a trip to the St. Croix River to work with the DNR to help find federally endangered species, the Winged Mapleleaf mussel. "This is a federally endangered mussel found in the St. Croix River exclusively near Taylors Falls, WI and St. Croix Falls, MN," middle school scienc...

Pep fest ends Homecoming week, kicks off homecoming game

Pep fest ends Homecoming week, kicks off homecoming game

Lilly Sample, Online Editor-in-Chief

September 28, 2018

To wrap up Homecoming week, Student Council has planned another successful pep fest. The Stillwater Armada Robotics team used their robot to shoot t-shirts into the bleachers, a lucky student pie-d Principal Rob Bach, the football team joined the Chevals in their performance, the Cheerleaders  ...

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