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Upcoming Earth Day expects to inspire environmental change

Students in science teacher Glenn Boettcher's wildlife course are currently growing plants in the school greenhouse. There is an array of environmental classes offered at the high school, even including an environmental club.

AJ Gunderson, Podcast Reporter

April 20, 2019

The state of the environment has been rapidly declining, due to issues surrounding climate change and ozone depletion. With Earth Day coming up on April 22, it is critically important that we take action to resolve current environmental issues, while also recognizing what is already being done to r...

Spanish immersion promotes cultural understanding and development

Lake Elmo elementary kindergarten students enrolled in the Amigos Unidos program work on a project. Students spend the majority of the school day learning in Spanish rather than English.

Elsa Persson, Online Editor

April 20, 2019

The school district offers numerous opportunities for elementary students to learn beyond basic curriculum. A unique program offered for early learning is Spanish immersion. Not only does learning a second language in elementary school give kids learning skills to carry throughout their lives, but it...

American opioid addiction problem claims many lives

A band called Joint Pain, played at Tuttle's on March 10 to help raise money and awareness for opioid overdose prevention.

Nathaniel Willius, Distribution Reporter

April 15, 2019

Every three weeks, drug overdoses claim as many American lives as the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Opioids are responsible for 64 percent of these deaths. To help prevent this, organizations such as the Steve Rummler Hope Network have decided to help spread awareness of opioids and stop the overdoses from h...

Simple plastic causes complicated problems

Self Eco is a local green and environmentally friendly company located in Stillwater, Minn. The company helps the plastic problem by creating biodegradable utensils and other everyday use items.

Catherine Monty, Distribution Reporter

April 12, 2019

  Something as simple as plastic is used in almost every aspect of our lives. Durable, mold-able and strong plastic is found in thousands of products. Disposable syringes, tires and police vests are some just to name a few. In addition to medical reasons, technology or public safety, around...

New legislation proposes texting and driving limits

Sophomore Isaac Metraus uses his phone while stuck in traffic, not realizing the distraction he will be causing to the driver just inches away. With the new law that was proposed, there is a chance that Metraus could receive jail time for doing this.

Linda Hill, Podcast Reporter

April 6, 2019

There are one million deaths each year as a result of texting and driving. It is only becoming more of a problem as technology advances. Even though this affects drivers of every age, it seems to be affecting young teen drivers most often. Due to texting and driving becoming more common, laws have been getting stricter to try an...

Additions possible for Minnesota Constitution

Government and history students spend time learning about our country's Constitution and the ways it has shaped and been shaped by America. The countries constitution is not the only one that influences our lives. New changes have been proposed to the Minnesota Constitution.

Elise Truman, Online Editor

March 5, 2019

The United States Constitution was established in 1789 and is the supreme law of the United States. However, each state has its own constitution, focused more on day-to-day operations, as ordained by the tenth amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Minnesota’s constitution was established in 1858 and has...

Chronic attendance still a problem despite detentions

Four years ago Stillwater had one of the worst absenteeism rates in the state of Minnesota. Now, unexcused absences are decreasing while excused absences are increasing.

Paige Speedling, Distribution Reporter

February 28, 2019

Attendance had been an issue four years ago. Slowly, unexcused absences have been diminishing, while excused absences have been increasing. In the 2015 to 2016 school year, Stillwater had one of the worst chronic absenteeism rates in the state. Even now chronic absenteeism rates are down, but still present. Attendance...

Teachers and staff help those effected by Seasonal Affective Disorder

Many doctors recommend that people with SAD get outside in the mornings. There are four student centers where counselors are available.

Megan Baxter, Photography Editor

February 16, 2019

Grades dropping, rare socialization and zero concentration. Already diagnosed with depression, junior Grace Murphy notices that things get a lot worse around winter time. "My teachers are really great and understanding," Murphy said. "One time when I missed five days of school leading up to break...

Self care combats S.A.D.

Junior Carly Young listens to music while trying to stay positive during the depressing winter season.

Claire Anderson, Field Reporter

February 9, 2019

"Lethargic," "lack of motivation" and a "sense of hopelessness," are the words Social Studies and Psychology teacher Roger Stippel used to explain Seasonal Affective Disorder. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that affects student's moods negatively during the fall and wi...

Achieving competitive advantage with 916 Program

Seniors Carter Hansen and Sidney Hatch take auto tech at Century first hour. They are learning to become auto mechanics before they graduate.

Joseph Devins, Business Editor

February 3, 2019

The 916 is a metro area high school located at Century College that teaches students real world training for work after high school. Jill Stewart-Keller is the principal of the school and counselor Jeremy Baldwin is Stillwater Area High School’s direct contact for this program. The school offers 2...

916 Career in Tech program creates new opportunities

Students from the 916 career in tech program work on taking apart a car engine for their class. The 916 program keeps students more engaged in their learning compared to a normal classroom setting, which gives students a boost of experience going into college.

Zach Johnson, Social Media Editor

January 23, 2019

The 916 career in tech is a program offered to students to help to prepare for a career outside of high school before  graduation. The program allows students to attend courses not offered to students at the high school. This better prepares students for the field they are going into. The district p...

Bartkey reflects on the lessons of crime journalism

Julie Bartkey presents key points of her career with first hour newspaper students.

Elsa Persson, Online Editor

January 21, 2019

Standing at the head of the classroom, she stood tall with an inviting smile on her face, upholding herself with impeccable professionalism. She was an award-winning journalist, with an Emmy and multiple associated press awards to her name. Though she had a sophisticated demeanor, her seasoned career e...

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