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Grading policies varies, consistency encouraged

The schools strong beliefs for a strong academic grading system.
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...

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...

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...

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

Young Democrats meet weekly on Wednesday mornings to discuss current events and political issues. Michael Wilhelmi came to speak to the Young Democrats on the morning of Oct. 10 to influence the Young Democrats to get involved and help out the Tim Walz Campaign.
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...

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

Sexual harassment posters are scattered around the school to spread awareness.
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...

Building entry times changed to increase security

Students stand patiently by the locked doors before 7:10, waiting for to be released into the building and begin the day.
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...

Potential Brookview addition sparks debate

Brookview Elementary, the second smallest school in the district, stands on Brookview Avenue.  It is so small that according to Superintendent Denise Pontrelli,
John Franklin, Copy Editor October 23, 2018

The School Board has met on multiple occasions over the past months to discuss a possible expansion to Brookview Elementary. They have also explored whether to re-open Oak-Park and spend money to hire...

Schools should provide opportunities for weekly Pledge

A group of students gather around the flag to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Students recite the Pledge once a week.
Catherine Monty, Distribution Reporter September 25, 2018

Now that students are back in school, the controversy around the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance will most certainly surface again. There was a time when students stood with hand over heart and...

New cell phone policy decreases distraction in class

This fall, administration implemented a new cell phone policy to decrease distraction in class.
Taylor Lee, Distributive Reporter September 15, 2018

There is a new cell phone policy this year. It was put into place after much careful consideration from a committee of teachers and staff. Assistant Principal Matt Kraft headed the committee last spring....

Stricter cell phone policies implemented this fall

Junior Maleka Hussein stands in front of
Paige Speedling, Distribution Reporter September 13, 2018

This last fall, administration updated and changed the cell phone policy. Students are only allowed to have their phones on them in passing time, lunch, before and after school and when it serves a...

President Trump shuffles his cabinet

President Trump shuffles his cabinet
Paxton Watson, Podcast Reporter May 12, 2018

President Donald Trump has been taking a lot of heat in the last few weeks due to the fact he has reshuffled his cabinet multiple times. This started on March 13 when President Trump removed the Secretary...

EIC Column: terrible truths haunt TSA

EIC Column: terrible truths haunt TSA
Michael VanLieshout, Broadcast Editor-in-Chief May 7, 2018

Why me? That is a question I ask myself when time after time I am randomly selected for a frisking at the hand of a Transportation Security Administration agent. What is the deciding factor that distinguishes...

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