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Voter-approved levy required after $2.5 million deficit

Voter-approved levy required after $2.5 million deficit

Emma Kostroski-Polucha, Print Editor-in-Chief

December 9, 2018

 The Stillwater Area School Board has encountered decisions they have not had to make for many years. The board will have to make cuts in many different departments from all around the district because of the $2.5 million deficit. These cuts are likely to affect every student in one way or another...

The only thing to hate is hate itself

The only thing to hate is hate itself

Q.C. Ho, Editorial Cartoonist

December 8, 2018

Late October, America watched as news of bomb threats to prominent Democrats and the shooting of a synagogue showed horrors we did not expect from Halloween. The antisemitism and hate Americans fought against in World War II has now resurfaced in our own country. We the people have a duty to stop hate in ...

Flu shot necessary to keep everyone healthy

Flu shot necessary to keep everyone healthy

Pony Express Staff

December 5, 2018

Some say they are toxic, that they make people sick and are unsafe for people to get. Others say they are necessary and help keep individuals healthy. So what do flu shots really do for us? Flu shots are a necessary vaccine, and for those who can get one should receive every year. They keep the pop...

Citizens should have respectful response to George H.W. Bush’s death

Citizens should have respectful response to George H.W. Bush’s death

Emma Stansbury, Distrubtion Reporter

December 3, 2018

A person grieves and responds to death in different ways, but is there a correct way to respond to the death of a prominent figure? George H.W. Bush died on Nov. 30, 2018, and served the United States from 1942-1945. Many people including Donald and Melania Trump, Obama, and Al Gore, along with various n...

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,...

EIC Column: Afton Lakeland Elementary demonstrates civic efficacy

EIC Column: Afton Lakeland Elementary demonstrates civic efficacy

Hannah Sween, Print Editor-in-Chief

November 17, 2018

As his class flipped through the brand new pocket constitutions they had just received, one boy recited the preamble to their very own Constitution, “We the P.I.E.sters, in order to form a more perfect fifth grade, establish leadership, ensure learning, provide for our classmates, promote kindness...

Grading policies varies, consistency encouraged

Grading policies varies, consistency encouraged

Ashlynn O'Connor, Social Media Editor

November 13, 2018

The hot topic that is lingering throughout the schools hallway is the grading system. The grading system is not a gentle subject because of the fact that there are so many different opinions. The middle schools grading system is the 80 percent summative, 20 percent formative rule all around. The m...

Minnesota, highest for political ad spending

Minnesota, highest for political ad spending

Grant Erickson, Podcast Reporter

November 9, 2018

If Minnesotans have turned on the television at any point this month, they have almost certainly seen some of the many political advertisements bombarding them. They may have seen House candidate Dean Phillips comparing opponent Erik Paulsen’s elusiveness to that of Bigfoot. Alternatively, they may see...

EIC Column: peer counseling program long overdue

EIC Column: peer counseling program long overdue

Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief

November 6, 2018

With three deaths within three years in the Stillwater school district, the ISD 834 school board finally took the initiative to create a mental health program for middle and high school students. It's easy to feel unheard in our school district, but if there's any cause that's important for them to actually tun...

Trump’s threat to revoke birthright citizen laws immature, impulsive

Trump’s threat to revoke birthright citizen laws immature, impulsive

Rosie Nichols, Layout Editor

November 3, 2018

America is posed as a country of freedom, freedom formulated from the birth of the Constitution. Standing by our nation's morals has never been an issue, but now more than ever, our morals are being put through their paces. The rules and regulations in which our governmental ancestors handcrafted have be...

Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation sparks uproar of support for Christine Blasey Ford

Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation sparks uproar of support for Christine Blasey Ford

Hannah Sween, Print Editor-in-Chief

October 30, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh, a Yale University graduate and former United States Circuit Judge, was sworn in to the Supreme Court on Oct. 6. This swearing in was preceded by sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford during the process of his confirmation. Ford’s allegations, whi...

Building entry times changed to increase security

Building entry times changed to increase security

Pony Express Staff

October 27, 2018

As students walk towards the school doors ready to enter the building for the day, they are stopped when the door does not open and a staff member comes out to tell them they have to wait. The school policy, newly enforced this year, does not permit students to enter the building before 7:10 a.m....

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