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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...

School board further reduces 2019-2020 budget to fill deficit, still does not comply with policy R 5.4

The school board finalized more budget cuts on Feb. 21, finally balancing the deficit.
Lilly Sample, Online Editor-in-Chief February 26, 2019

During the 2017-2018 school year, the board fell into a $2.4 million deficit pit. Meetings to address the deficit began in early October, and are still continuing into late February. Being $2.4 million...

Board meeting red-out: students stand in support of Student Council President representation

Students attended the Feb. 21 school board meeting to show support for Student Council Presidents' representation at school board meetings.
Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief February 25, 2019

Inspired by senior Isabella Portelli, Student Council Senior Officer, many students showed up in red to the Stillwater School Board meeting Feb. 21 to support student leader representation at board meetings....

Black History Month represents growing community for students of color

Senior and Black Student Union Co-President Misikir Kebede introduces herself during the first Black History Month event, a Girls of Color panel focusing on the intersection of race and gender.
Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief February 23, 2019

Black History Month saw different events celebrating the cultures of students of color. Via panels, showcases, dancing and culturally significant music played during passing time, Black Student Union and...

Student council puts on BLAST week

Student council members junior Lyxie Moosai and Jenna Yingling dress up for throwback day during BLAST week. Each day of the week offers a new theme to dress up for and show off school spirit.
Elle Sprenger, Social Media Editor February 22, 2019

BLAST week is a time for kindness put on by Student Council. This week takes place in Feb. because it is Black History Month and BLAST week helps celebrate and recognize the significance of being inclusive....

Retired educators hold first ever Sweetheart Ball for school safety

Hannah Sween, Print Editor-in-Chief February 16, 2019

The jazzy richness of a saxophone filled The Grand as a brother and sister danced together in a giggly, bumbling embrace. Parents, the jazz band, and attending adults looked on with cameras and smiles...

Stillwater alumni deliver success stories at Girl Power Event

Lee Valsvik, Class of 1978, spoke at the Girl Power Event Feb. 5. She spoke about her career as a radio show host and her experiences on various morning news programs.
Ben Jacobs, Podcast Reporter February 12, 2019

The Girl Power Event, which recently held its fourth annual event Feb. 5, works to show young women that their careers may not always follow the same path. It also shows that they can still find great...

Ticket sales not affected by Snoball’s later date

Senior Issac Sauer , senior Tucker Farver, senior Celia Gear and friends take pictures in the photo booth during last year's Snoball dance. The Snoball dance is one of the year's most popular events, with tickets commonly selling out.
Alexis Brainard, Online Editor January 27, 2019

The Snoball dance is coming up on Saturday Feb.1. The dance is available for all grades and is one of the most popular dances of the year. The dance is held in the JX Venue in downtown Stillwater from...

Downtown’s colorful light tunnel attracts locals

Junior Sam Ek waits by the holiday tree in Lowell Park next to the lights display for the lights to turn on at 4 p.m. The lights will remain in Stillwater through March.
Ben Jacobs, Podcast Reporter January 18, 2019

This winter, the ice castles that take shape in Lowell Park were missing. Construction took up the space and forced the ice castles to find a new location. To fix the lack of an attraction that Stillwater...

Winter semi-formal dazzles dance-goers

Student Council attends winter Snoball on Jan. 20, 2018. Student Council enjoyed the dance they worked so hard to create.
Rosie Nichols, Layout Editor January 17, 2019

Nothing brings a school together like a school dance. Putting on that dress that makes your eyes pop, slowly tugging the zipper fitting it tightly to your figure making you feel like a princess. Learning...

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