The Pony Express

BARR and AVID receive additional integration funding

Students sit around a whiteboard in AVID as they help their classmate with a math problem. This activity is what AVID teachers call tutorials, the goal being to help students pick apart a question to determine what it is that they do not understand. Teachers believe that this strategy has benefits for all students.

Elle Guggenberger, Graphics Editor

March 1, 2020

Schools take pride in making students feel comfortable coming into their building to learn every day. Stillwater has implemented many programs which allow students to gain support from staff and other students in the journey to their achievements. Two of these programs are Building Assets and Reducin...

AVID elective prepares students for college

AVID teacher Brandon Maxwell teaches his students valuable study skills to prepare for college. College prep is a focus of the class. A majority of AVID students end up getting accepted to their college of choice.

Jameson Stahl, Online Editor-in-Chief

May 10, 2019

AVID is a program offered in the district that is meant to give middle academic students an extra boost on their path to college. Most students enrolled are the first in their family to go to college, so this experience is completely new to them. Despite the benefits of the class, AVID students ...

ACT should be an embedded part of curriculum instruction

Junior Alli Kelm prepares for the ACT. There are multiple ways to prepare for the ACT. Kelm practices  her speed and knowledge of questions by doing practice worksheets.

Hannah Genosky, Distribution Reporter

December 20, 2018

Forty-nine percent of high school students say that they feel “a great deal of stress” on a daily basis. High school students worry about the ACT a lot because of how important it is. Starting in ninth grade, teachers will talk about the ACT but never go in depth. ACT curriculum should be taught m...

Fatima Menawa defines character with standout essay

Reprited with permission from Stillwater Area High School

Jesse Brown, Distribution Reporter

December 22, 2017

Martin Luther King once wrote: “Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.” This fall BestPrep hosted an essay competition for over 400 students. Students had to write an essay on the quote above and on two questions about character that were given to them by BestPrep. The two que...

English teacher Brandon Maxwell, makes a difference in Tanzania

Maxwell from his service trip in Tanzania.

Jack Seipel, Social Media Editor

October 5, 2017

While only in his 30s, English and AVID teacher Brandon Maxwell has touched hundreds, even thousands of lives. At the start of his career in 2005, Maxwell spent three years teaching secondary English in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He volunteered in Madala, a village just north of Dar Es Salaam. "...

What’s in Mrs. Bartlett’s Desk?

Alternative Copy Story by Emma Lowey

Emma Lowey, Online Editor-in-Chief

January 19, 2017

Stacy Bartlett teaches both biology and AVID in room A1234. She is known as a wacky and free spirited teacher with some crazy funny stories. It's no wonder she would have some pretty interesting stuff in her desk. From silly glasses to plush figurines - she's got it all, come check out what she has! ...

Maxwell makes impact through community service

This past summer Maxwell  brought soccer balls to the children in Tanzania. Bartosh was on this particular trip and he is a soccer player so it suited him. Bartosh and Maxwell had a super hero day with the kids in Madala. “Stillwater students have gone in the past and each trip is tailored to the talents and interests of the students,” Maxwell explains.

Megan Karnuth, Online Editor-in-Chief

November 4, 2016

  Brandon Maxwell, English and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) teacher, is the perfect example of a teacher who goes above and beyond to make an impact on students and the world. Not only is the tremendous at connecting with students, but he is involved in a great amount o...

AVID preparing students for the future

Clay Knoll, Advertising editor

December 6, 2014

New at this year is AVID (Achievement Via Individual Determination). AVID is a program taught as a class designed to help prepare students for college by improving the way they study, write essays and take notes. There is currently one class hour of it at the high school. Most of the students in A...

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