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The schools strong beliefs for a strong academic grading system.

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...

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...

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.

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...

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

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...

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

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...

Brookview Elementary, the second smallest school in the district, stands on Brookview Avenue.  It is so small that according to Superintendent Denise Pontrelli, There are families that can see it, but have to be bussed to other schools. With so much growth in the southern part of the district, the school is over capacity. The board will vote Nov. 29 to decide whether to approve expansion.

Potential Brookview addition sparks debate

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...

A group of students gather around the flag to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Students recite the Pledge once a week.

Schools should provide opportunities for weekly Pledge

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...

This fall, administration implemented a new cell phone policy to decrease distraction in class.

New cell phone policy decreases 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....

Junior Maleka Hussein stands in front of no cell phones In the restroom sign after exiting the ladies restroom. You can find these signs all around the school.

Stricter cell phone policies implemented this fall

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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