The Pony Express

The wresting gym overtaken by seating that custodians moved due to lack of social distancing ability.

Custodial response to COVID-19

Sophia Arndt, Photography Editor October 1, 2020

Starting a school year in the middle of a worldwide pandemic is never an ideal situation. Head Engineer Mike Miller is combating the transmission of COVID-19 through proper sterilization of surfaces in...

Fully online students use technology to their advantage. Junior Bella Gatcliffe during a Google Meet interview.

Students virtually jump into the 2020-2021 school year

Bella Godfrey, Online Editor October 1, 2020

Freshman students have unexpectedly begun to enter high school somewhat virtually. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all students continue to deal with the unfortunate circumstances of our world today.  Distance...

Junior Greta Sorenson abiding by the new preventions in the school. She is wearing a mask and following the one-way hallways, keeping herself and others safe from COVID-19.

Administration creates a prevention and action plan for COVID-19

Luci Miller, Business Editor October 1, 2020

High school student’s education dramatically shifted with new precautions at school and the fear of COVID-19. The action plan at school could keep kids and parents quarantined at home for two weeks....

Juniors at Stillwater Area High School, Amelia Bretl, Nick Koehn and Connor Quaderer take advantage of the free lunches provided due to COVID-19. Each student can receive one entree but must take one serving of fruits or vegetables.

All students currently eat for free

Austin Buck, Broadcast Editor October 1, 2020

Due to many families across the country being in financial hardship right now, the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) extended a nation-wide waiver allowing all children ages 0 to 18 to receive...

This is the new seating arrangement in the cafeteria for the 2020 school year. The cafeteria looks very quiet and empty due to the individual desks and the reduced number of students attending to lunch.

COVID-19 creates new cafeteria set up

Ella Hamilton, Social Media Editor October 1, 2020

This 2020 school year is already unlike anything ever seen. One of the many differences is the cafeteria. Inside the cafeteria, students see individual desks spread out six feet apart so the contact between...

Changes that have happened due to COVID at Stillwater Area high school this school year.  The high school has been doing everything they can to prevent the spread of the virus.

Students impacted by changes to school year

Marisa Fredericks, Social Media Editor September 28, 2020

COVID-19 has impacted the students and staff of the lives this school year. This school year will be one for the books. COVID-19 has completely turned everyone's lives upside down, especially the students...

Local small businesses sit empty and closed until further notice. Business owners endure the financial burden due to COVID-19 and anxiously wait until they can reopen once again.

Small businesses combat coronavirus

Ella Nelson, Copy Editor April 30, 2020

Small businesses across the nation continue to feel the financial toll of COVID-19. Federal assistance loans continue to be distributed, but many small business owners are wondering if it will be enough...

The boundaries of the current bus terminal on Hudson Boulevard North in Lake Elmo. The bus terminal is at risk of closing following a Lake Elmo City Council meeting in January

District bus terminal risks closure

AJ Fierro, Online Editor March 30, 2020

At a Lake Elmo City Council (LECC) meeting on July 17, 2018, the school district was given a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to operate a new bus terminal on their property in Lake Elmo. The permit came with...

Jessie Diggins’ book slides into shelves

Jessie Diggins’ book slides into shelves

John Franklin, Copy Editor-in-Chief March 12, 2020

When people think about alumni from Stillwater, one of the first names that pops to the head is Jessie Diggins. Diggins, a 2010 Stillwater graduate, placed second in the 2017-18 nordic skiing world cup...

Dr. Keith Mayes presents to Seniors March 2 in the auditorium. In his presentation, Mayes addresses the importance of respecting diversity in the community and eliminating microaggressions.

Mayes addresses cultural issues to build brighter community

Sandy Liu, Distribution Reporter March 4, 2020

Spreading awareness of racial issues and disparities, closing the achievement gap and ending toxic climates in communities. These are the goals of Dr. Keith Mayes, Professor of African American and African...

Students sit around a whiteboard in AVID as they help their classmate with a math problem. This activity is what AVID teachers call tutorials, the goal being to help students pick apart a question to determine what it is that they do not understand. Teachers believe that this strategy has benefits for all students.

BARR and AVID receive additional integration funding

Elle Guggenberger, Graphics Editor March 1, 2020

Schools take pride in making students feel comfortable coming into their building to learn every day. Stillwater has implemented many programs which allow students to gain support from staff and other...

Community  members can look online to see when the school board meetings are happening. The community can go to these meetings to hear recommendations of the CDT and voice their opinions and recommendations.

Community team pushes new recommendations for upcoming meeting

Rachel Duerr, Online Editor February 15, 2020

Changes in a school district are inevitable. As a community and school, there are many needs that need to be met involving financial and physical updates. A large part of these changes revolves around...

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