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In front of Warner Nature Center a sign stands that welcomes thousands of  visitors. Freshmen Eiri Salman and Shannon Pothen saw it often when they visited the Center during elementary school. Salman said she remembers the Center as her ¨favorite field trip.¨ But the sign now looks slightly different. It currently displays a neon green piece of paper that notifies visitors  of Warner Nature Center´s closure.

Warner Nature Center closure showcases importance of nature education

Kathleen Pothen, Copy Editor September 28, 2019

The Lee and Rose Warner Nature Center announced they will close at the end of the year after 50 years of service. This is due to a decision by the financier and owner of the property, the Manitou Fund,...

Young students flood out of Brookview Elementary at the end of a busy school day. Brookview is one of the newest elementary schools, which was a result of the new and incoming students coming from the southern areas of the district. This K-5 school was opened as a result of the B.O.L.D. plan that was put into place after the district shut down Withrow and Marine Elementary.

Morris Leatherman survey results spark conversations about district changes

Rachel Duerr, Online Editor September 26, 2019

In August 2019, a public research team called The Morris Leatherman Group conducted a phone survey with 570 randomly selected residents of the community to assess the attitudes and obtain opinions of the...

Choir Director Angela Mitchell leads vocal warm ups with basses before Tuesday sectionals. Each member of the Stillwater Choir is required to attend sectionals once a week at 7 a.m. before school.

Choir keeps same music tradition after losing strong senior class

Charlie Valerius, Online Editor September 26, 2019

One of the most highly respected mixed voice choirs in the state of Minnesota graduated 52 seniors from its 78 person ensemble this past Spring. With close to 70 percent of the choir gone, this raised...

Senior Rowan Bell-Myers stops by for a visit to the Wellness Center to check in about life with his therapist, Nora Eiseland after a long summer away. Located in room E123 near the ALC, the Wellness Center is unmistakable with its bold logo out front.

Wellness Center staff lend a helping hand

Olivia Bystrom, Field Reporter September 25, 2019

Nestled in the hustle and bustle of the crowded halls of high school hides a place of peace and clarity that many tend to overlook. A quiet place free of judgement and the stresses of everyday life,...

Freshmen Maura Christianson, Lauren Cuta, amd Edy McCurrie are shown socializing by the Student Leadership Board in the main rotunda during homecoming week.

Principal showcases student leaders

William Raymond, Podcast Reporter September 23, 2019

The school built a new installation showcasing student leaders in the downstairs main rotunda. This new installation brings an updated and refreshing look to the rotunda while also highlighting students...

Locals and tourists browse through downtown, passing the former Mara-Mi retail storefront location. The space is currently vacant. Many  excitedly wait to see what takes its place.

Restaurants suddenly close downtown Stillwater

Ella Nelson, Copy Editor September 21, 2019

Downtown has always been known as a busy hangout spot for many, however recently things have taken a turn. Restaurants and storefronts are suddenly closing around the beloved town with reasons unknown....

Child Protection unit binder showing the visual depth, and academic contribution to students learning.

Students new opportunities for soft skills grow

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...

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.

New grading system creates better consistency

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...

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.

Coffee cart sales teach valuable skills to special education students

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...

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.

Summer internships help students decide their future

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....

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.

Deaf Awareness Day provides education, experiences

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 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.

The 9/10 formal gives underclassmen opportunities

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...

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