The Pony Express

SAHS has counselors in all pony centers. Here guidance counselors Becky Hopper and Sandy Weaver working in their offices on February 24, 2021.

Counselors provide services in new ways during pandemic

John Piekarski, Podcast Reporter March 5, 2021

Since their creation in the late 1800s, school counselors have almost exclusively interacted with students during in-person meetings. Now, for the first time in history, counselors are only able to interact...

Special education teacher Dusty Dennis received the Covid-19 vaccine on Jan. 28 in the Twin Cities to help prevent himself and others from getting Covid-19. This vaccination card is a record of getting the vaccine.

Covid-19 vaccine prioritizes teachers

Mikai Tasch, Social Media Editor March 5, 2021

“I have an additional line of defense against COVID, and also the thought of just doing things that I have not done in, you know, over a year like. Like, hug my parents you know when they are able to...

The district website was released on Jan. 12 after over a year of redesigning by district staff. The site is fully accessible, mobile-friendly, and has a quick translate option located in the bottom right corner.

District implements new website

Nissa Wilcox, Layout Editor March 5, 2021

The Stillwater Area School District released a new website in January which looks far different than the old and dated website from previous years. The new website features a quick links tab for families...

Local 3M worker stands outside a 3M building. This building has active workers inside. It is one of many locations that will be laying workers off.

3M Lays Off Nearly 3,000 Employees Worldwide

Alexander Lamsam, Podcast Reporter January 24, 2021

“Especially because people don't know, it does create a lot of stress. My advice is always: you just don't want to borrow the stress, ‘til it happens to you, and then you have to figure it out. But...

Senior Ian Hanlon waits patiently for the next play against Centennial in the section championship.

Stillwater student earns academic all state and other accomplishments

Jayden Leach, Playlist Reporter January 20, 2021

Senior Ian Hanlon earned academic all-state honors on December 9 after the 2020 football season. The award is granted to students who have excelled in the classroom, as well as in athletic competition....

Senior Joelle Carpenter on the court in an away match versus Park High school, down and ready for a pass in one of the last games on the season.

Senior Joelle Carpenter receives the Jennifer Houle scholarship for 2020

Josie Crombie, Field Reporter January 19, 2021

Senior Joelle Carpenter, like many seniors, is applying for scholarships before she heads off to college, but one of the scholarships she has received already is much different than most. Carpenter is...

Downtown Stillwater has become decorated with lights. This scene is on Chestnut street looking towards the river.

Stillwater businesses light up the city

January 18, 2021

 It may have only been one year since the city was last dressed in lights, but for many it felt like an eternity. It is no controversial statement to say 2020 has been a rough year, and even the holiday...

Superintendent Malinda Lansfeldt speaks during the Dec. 17 from prepared speech.

School board approves Lansfeldt’s one-year contract

Alex Steil, Online Editor-in-Chief December 23, 2020

After two weeks of political and volatile reactions from the community, the School Board approved a motion on Dec. 17 to offer a one-year contract to hire Interim Superintendent Malinda Lansfeldt beyond...

The school board, as well as student council leaders, met via zoom on Nov. 5. to make the distance learning decision. After a long discussion, the board decided that distance learning will take effect starting Nov. 16.

School Board prioritizes safety in new learning model decision

Olivia Bystrom, Broadcast Editor-in-Chief December 14, 2020

Much like last year, the in-person learning model must come to an end. With Washington County’s rapidly rising cases of Covid-19, and over 6,000 confirmed cases in total and climbing, the safety of schools...

Emily Carrillo  scrolls through TikTok last night, coming across a Harry Potter related video due to it trending on social media platforms.

Harry Potter trends on TikTok because of J.K Rowling’s transphobic tweets

Danna Carrillo, Playlist Reporter December 4, 2020

Harry Potter has recently been trending again all over social media, but not for a good reason. Author and creator of Harry Potter, J.K Rowling, wrote a few inappropriate and transphobic tweets, which...

The Minnesota State Fairgrounds reopens with the Glow Light Festival

The Minnesota State Fairgrounds reopens with the Glow Light Festival

Parker Gilchrist, Online Editor December 3, 2020

The Minnesota State Fairgrounds has reopened and includes a new event called the Glow Light Festival, a mile-long drive-thru for anyone to admire Christmas lights, ice sculptures, and more. The Minnesota...

Top: With board-member Mike Ptacek on the left, Super-Intendant Malinda Landsfelt speaks at the November 19 School Board Meeting.
Bottom: Principal Rob Bach gives a video update last spring to students before jumping into distance learning.

Leadership in a time of pandemic

Alex Steil, Online Editor-in-Chief December 1, 2020

“Depending on what’s going on with school board meetings and decisions being made, sometimes I’ll get 100 to 300 plus emails [a day] from families and community members and staff,” Interim-Superintendent...

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