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Students new opportunities for soft skills grow

Child Protection unit binder showing the visual depth, and academic contribution to students learning.
William Raymond, Podcast Reporter September 7, 2019

A unanimous vote from the Curriculum Advisory committee opened the door for an expansion of the second step unit. This new take on soft skill building made by the district is called the Child Protection...

New grading system creates better consistency

Math teacher Amanda Banick sits at her desk grading homework from previous class periods. She is using the new policy of the 20 percent formative and 80 percent summative to correct the students review sheets.
Haley Nelson, Online Editor-in-Chief August 31, 2019

“Grades should reflect what students know and can do. Everything else has to somehow revolve around that,” Principal Robert Bach said. Over the past year and a half, a group of representatives was...

Coffee cart sales teach valuable skills to special education students

Special Education students at Lake Elmo Elementary in grades three through five run the coffee cart. Each Friday, they deliver coffee and hot chocolate to the staff members who have ordered some.
Ben Jacobs, Podcast Reporter May 16, 2019

Though Fridays often signal the end of the week, sometimes teachers need a little boost to finish off the week. At Lake Elmo Elementary, the staff is getting an extra kick through the coffee cart, which...

Summer internships help students decide their future

History teacher Matt Kiedrowski gives junior Serena Hiveley advice on summer internships. He recommended doing one in high school for more experience in a certain job field.
Emma Sneden, Business Editor May 15, 2019

As students continue the path of high school, many of them, especially upper classmen, are starting to explore and research jobs and careers for the future, one of these explorations being summer internships....

Deaf Awareness Day provides education, experiences

A poster outside of ASL teacher Amy Caslow's room. The poster includes dates and information about Deaf Awareness Day, held on April 27 and will be hosted at Stillwater Area High School by the American Sign Language classes. The Deaf community will gather together and be able to commune with each other, see people they may have not seen in awhile and participate in fun activities.
Elli Swanson, Photographer May 11, 2019

Deaf Awareness Day occurs once a year and aims to celebrate the Deaf community and bring the community together as one. This year Stillwater Area High School honors this day by hosting the event at...

The 9/10 formal gives underclassmen opportunities

The 9/10 Formal traditionally offers a photo booth included in the ticket cost. Sophomores Nick Congdon and Olivia Bystrom, then freshmen, pose at the 2018 9/10 Formal.
Elsa Persson, Online Editor May 9, 2019

A classic high school tradition, prom, is quickly approaching. Students worldwide look forward to it as an extravagant cultural element of their high school careers. Though the majority of juniors and...

Lakeland citizens call for a city wide audit

Citizen and council members wait to start the monthly city council meeting on April 16. Topics of the meeting include new council members and a petition for a city-wide audit.
Grace Silbernick, Layout Editor May 9, 2019

“Does the city want to spend up to $18,000 on an audit that’s going to prove nothing?” Mayor Richard Glasgow asked during what was supposed to be the April 16 Lakeland city council meeting. A large...

ASL students host Deaf community event

Members of St. Catherine's University at the Deaf Event April 27. They are representing the ASL major and minor opportunities offered at St. Catherine University. Those who take the programs find jobs as translators and social service workers.
Q.C. Ho, Editorial Cartoonist May 8, 2019

ASL students hosted the Deaf Awareness Day event April 27, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. For the sixth year in a row, ASL students from across Minnesota had the opportunity to interact with members of the...

Free the Pee open forum answers questions, leaves changes uncertain

Student Council President Nikhil Kumaran speaks to fellow seniors at the April 17 open forum discussing SAHS bathroom closures.
Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief April 24, 2019

Monday, April 1 marked the date bathrooms at Stillwater Area High School closed during class times, except for those next to the Red, White and Black Pony Centers. After the viral success of the "letuspee"...

Long-Range Facility Planning Task Force need volunteers

Reccommendations made by the Long-Range Facility Planning Task Force volunteers will be presented to the school board throughout the year. This task force will ensure the safety of our facilities and district as a whole.
Paige Sanders, Photography Editor-in-Chief April 22, 2019

To better our district and community as a whole and furthermore better the future of our facilities in the district, volunteers will help make this possible. The district is covening new members for...

Tech team proposed innovative plan to teach in snowy conditions

Junior Alyssa Baggenstoss does her homework right after school. Baggenstoss has an advantage over other students that don't have their own electronic devices at home.
Emma Urban, Photographer April 18, 2019

This school year there were only two snow days allotted and the district has exceeded the limit. The district technology team is exploring an idea that if each student had reliable technology at home that...

The Partnership Plan hosts annual Partnership Party

Members of the community celebrated the Partnership Plan at last year's Partnership Party. They helped raise money for the school district. They are able to gather again this year on April 5 at the JX Event Center.
Emma Sneden, Business Editor April 15, 2019

The Partnership Plan is celebrating 30 years of providing educational opportunities for classrooms during its annual fundraising party at the JX Event Center April fifth. They hope to raise money and recognize...

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