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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...

Innovations team visits Mounds View, investigates Pathways

This is a copy of Mounds View's information graphic, which describes their version of the pathways program. The Innovation Team further reviews their program on April 9.
Grace Silbernick, Layout Editor April 15, 2019

“I want to inspire curiosity in all learners through educational programming that is personalized, student-driven, and highly engaging,” John Perry Director of Learning, Technology, and Design Systems...

Middle school students learn about holocaust from firsthand story

Eighth graders Berit Serle (left)  and Kennedy Tope (right)  had the exciting opportunity to have Fred Amram (middle) talk to their class about his experiences in the Holocaust.
Chas Morgan, Layout Editor March 30, 2019

Eighth graders Berit Serle and Kennedy Tope from Stillwater Middle School had the opportunity in March to have Holocaust survivor Fred Amram talk to their class about his experience during the Holocaust....

Academic Vision team proposes new grading policy draft

The Academic Vision Committee's new draft of a school wide grading policy released on Jan 7. While still a rough draft, it is getting a lot of feedback from staff.
Ellsa Ohmann, Layout Editor March 20, 2019

In January, the school's Academic Vision team created a draft for a new school-wide grading policy. The draft was distributed to staff around the building to gather constructive feedback. Ideas for this...

Budget cuts severely diminish professional and curriculum development plans

The School Board discusses their action items at the school board meeting. Staff development cuts passed 5-1, with Board Member Jennifer Pelletier (right) the only nay.
Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief March 15, 2019

The school board voted 5-1 to cut $348,000 from the district's budgeted professional development (PD) days at a March 7 business meeting. This was on top of the $500,000 cut with combined PD and curriculum...

Josiah Hill makes a run for State Senate, District 39

Josiah Hill kicked off his campaign Feb. 5. He is running for State Senate to represent residents of District 39.
John Franklin, Copy Editor March 1, 2019

English teacher Josiah Hill started his campaign for State Senate Jan. 31.  Hill will run for the District 39 seat currently held by Karin Housley, who has held the position since 2012. Hill,...

Superintendent Pontrelli addresses concerns of trust among board members

The school board met on Feb. 7 to hear a report on Taking Care of our Children, among other district-related agenda items. At the Feb. 11 school board retreat, members discussed goals and brainstormed ideas for the upcoming school year.
Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief February 27, 2019

"I’m well aware that three of you did go and talk to our lawyers, and I don’t believe that all of you are aware of that," Superintendent Denise Pontrelli said at the school board retreat Feb. 11. The...

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