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Jon Bream, Star Tribune Rock Critic visits journalism classes

Jon Bream, Star Tribune Rock Critic visits journalism classes

Lilly Sample, Online Editor-in-Chief

January 20, 2019

“Ting. Ting. Ting.” Star Tribune Rock Critic Jon Bream sits in a San Francisco recording studio, separated from music legend Prince by only a pane of glass. Prince stares at him, steadily hitting a drum stick against a cymbal every few seconds. He clearly does not want to speak to Bream, and Bre...

916 Career and Technical Center provides college experiences

916 Career and Technical Center provides college experiences

Linda Hill, Podcast Reporter

January 18, 2019

916 Career and Technical Center, also referred to as the 916 program, offers different programs to high school students and the northeast school of Century College. They offer two different time slots: morning and afternoon sessions. This program was made to "get the hands-on learning experience th...

Boyd Huppert surprises Steil, teaches journalism

Boyd Huppert surprises Steil, teaches journalism

Lilly Sample, Online Editor-in-Chief

December 18, 2018

“Oh my god! You are my favorite journalist ever,” newspaper advisor Rachel Steil exclaimed upon seeing Kare 11’s Boyd Huppert enter her classroom. What started as a typical third hour newspaper class took an exciting turn when Steil was surprised with a visit from her favorite journalist, a Chri...

Leader behind ALC, Mary Ticiu, impacts students

Leader behind ALC, Mary Ticiu, impacts students

Soren Danelius, Layout Editor

December 6, 2018

As most students listen to their teacher's lecture or take notes, a small hallway in the back of the school learns in a different and interesting way. The ALC or  St. Croix Valley Alternative Learning Center is a school designed for students who are at risk for graduation or need a different school setting. Th...

Alternative way for students to learn creates relationships

Alternative way for students to learn creates relationships

Gavan Townsend, Camera Editor

December 4, 2018

Having a strong education is very important when it comes to the real world. When a student does not get the proper education that they need, it can harm their futures in immeasurable ways. The Alternative Learning Center offers a different way of learning for students who are struggling in a common...

Grading policies must reflect growth and learning

Grading policies must reflect growth and learning

Grace Roeske, Social Media Editor

November 21, 2018

The Stillwater Grade Reporting Policy is focused on reflecting student’s achievements and it explains what grading includes. It is also the link between teachers, parents/guardians and students when it comes to communicating academic progress. Although the policy covers many things like student standards,...

Committee reexamines grading practices and policies

Committee reexamines grading practices and policies

Elise Truman, Online Editor

November 18, 2018

“Someone's intelligence or how hard they're working in a class shouldn’t be defined only in a series of numbers and letters,” sophomore Ellie Capra said. Education is imperative to the success of a society, but some students and teachers are not convinced the current testing approach is effecti...

Agribusinesses contribute to local water pollution

Agribusinesses contribute to local water pollution

Haley Nelson, Online Editor

November 3, 2018

Pollution from agribusinesses is responsible for most of the pollution in over 100,000 streams in the U.S. With an increase in the population, larger farms and agribusinesses need to produce more crops, turning to chemicals to help them. These chemicals get drained into water streams that are now unu...

Pollution impacts drinking water in Washington County

Pollution impacts drinking water in Washington County

Ben Jacobs, Podcast Reporter

November 1, 2018

The Stillwater community is affected by water pollution, as is any populated area. Large corporations such as 3M have had effects on the local environment and contributed to the pollution of water sources around Stillwater. Chemicals were dumped by 3M legally in the 1970s and since then have s...

School board candidates discuss key issues

School board candidates discuss key issues

Matt Moore, Podcast Reporter

October 23, 2018

Nov. 6 is election day across the country. Locally, seven candidates are running for the four open seats on the Stillwater School District School Board. Each candidate has the difficult task of addressing key issues Stillwater Schools is currently facing. Now that the calendar has flipped to Oct., that leaves approximately one month remaining until th...

Community supports schools across district

Community supports schools across district

Kaitlyn Kirby, Business Editor

May 15, 2018

The local community plays a large role in supporting their local school district. Students believe that the success of Stillwater Schools is largely due to the support they receive from the community. According to students and staff, the school would be a completely different place without the suppo...

Local resident’s death serves as a reminder to avoid distracted driving

Local resident’s death serves as a reminder to avoid distracted driving

Arieanna Junghans, Social Media Editor

May 5, 2018

On Feb. 27, Rob Bursik was waiting patiently at a red light when a semi truck rammed into him, causing the car to completely morph into a ball. The driver of the semi was on his phone, for what was recorded as more than 8 seconds, and hit Bursik’s car at 63 miles per hour. “My Uncle Rob was always the life of our family. He was designated QB at every family event and made sure ...

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