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School should require financial literacy

Freshman Jaden Petersen spends his free time learning about finances. He finds them both interesting and vital to success later in life. Finances are seen in every aspect of adult life.

Dorothy Chislett, Graphics Editor

February 27, 2020

Financial literacy classes should be required if students are expected to lead an educated, financially independent life.  Students statistically show a lack of knowledge in important subjects such as taxes, investing and debt. Personal finance classes are offered widely, but not required in more than half of states, including Minnesota. But students seem ...

Acharya strives for excellence throughout academic journey

Senior Meghana Acharya works in science teacher Doug Petty's third hour physics class. She solves a problem presented on the board during a lesson. Physics has been one of the more challenging courses that she has taken, Acharya describes.

Sandy Liu, Distribution Reporter

November 30, 2019

Half a serotonin molecule, an eye set in a sun and a one-line sketch of a face. All of these designs are set in ink on her skin. The tattoo that holds the most significance for senior Meghana Acharya, however, runs sturdy and unfaltering along her left forearm: a pencil. “I’ve written my whole life. Short stori...

District drafts strategic plan: Profile of a Graduate

Alternative Copy Story by Will Gleason

Kate Poor, Distribution Reporter

February 17, 2018

Shaping curriculum is one of the most important jobs of teachers and school administrators. Profile of a Graduate is a new venture being taken on by the district to come up with ways to ensure the success of students after high school. The project came about in December of 2017. The goal of th...

American English departments lack diversity

photo by Michael VanLieshout

Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief

October 28, 2017

Amidst heated debates about immigration reform, protests which have somehow made the general populace throw the First Amendment out the window, and hate crime rates skyrocketing, public education coats an underlying element of racism: the canon. As a largely homogenous group of the so-called white male majori...

Trump administration rolls out controversial new sexual assault policy

Reprinted with permission from Jack Lange

Hannah Boardman, Print EIC

October 25, 2017

In politics today, sexual assault is a controversial topic. There have been debates over what counts as substantial evidence, with the two options being preponderance of evidence or clear and convincing evidence. The Obama-era administration set the standard of preponderance of evidence. Over the past...

Project-based learning benefits students academically

Project-based learning benefits students academically

Megan Karnuth, Online Editor-in-Chief

February 11, 2017

Learning is being compromised because high school students care more about their grades than actually learning the material. Students copy assignments to save time and their GPA. High school is the gateway to college and or real world jobs, so it is important to make sure students are absorbing everything...

Immigrants bring new ideas to community

Immigrants bring new ideas to community

Catherine Eliasen, Online Editor

September 28, 2016

In recent politics, immigrants have been treated with hostility,  but a lack of diversity could be damaging students. In a state known for its inclusiveness, Minnesota stands out for its cultural sameness. The stigma and lack of knowledge about immigrants could be a negative thing for Stillwater students. Follo...

Understanding ideals of presidential candidates

Understanding ideals of presidential candidates

Tiana Meador, Online Editor

March 15, 2016

For the 2016 election, the debate among candidates has come to four frontrunners, each with a stronghold for their ideals. Nationally, Donald Trump is ahead of Ted Cruz for the Republican nomination, and Hillary Clinton is ahead of Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination. Prominent amon...

Staff Editorial: high school needs more preparatory classes

Staff Editorial: high school needs more preparatory classes

Pony Express Staff

December 3, 2015

School, a place for learning and growing. It’s a place that should prepare students for real life and get them on the track to success. After 13 years in such an institution, they should be ready to take the next step, they should know the basics to get them where they need to be. However, school a...

Pontrelli and Hill explore schools for National Education Week

 Denise Pontrelli, Josiah Hill and Red Pony Center secretary Nina Geiser met together to talk about how staff feel about their job and their interactions with students. Typically, from a young age, children choose to be teachers from an example an old teacher brought upon them. “I want to feel the same fulfillment as my own teachers felt, and I hope teachers in the school feel the same way,” Hill said.

Governess Simpson, Layout Editor

November 20, 2015

While students strive for academic success, this week, Superintendent Denise Pontrelli and Josiah Hill, English teacher and Union President, will be learning from all the schools in the district. National Education Week was founded by Devin Schain, and its goal is to expand educational endeavors th...

New New York pre-k program has potential

Graphic by Clara Ilkka </strong><br /> New York officials are implementing a pre-K proposal for all students.v

Ryan Longnecker

May 21, 2014

In the United States, the average child starts public schooling at five years old. That is their entrance into kindergarten and a whole new life. They are there to learn all kinds of new, unimaginable things. Things like shapes, colors and numbers. It is also, for most kids, the start of their lives,...

Consequences for violence should be taught in preschool

Graphic by Luke Weisbrod

Kenzie Monson

November 28, 2013

According to the New York Times, there is a rise of crime among students before the age of 18. Students getting in trouble and getting sent to jail is not a new problem, but it is a concerning issue. It is important to make sure this stops happening by focusing on younger children so when they grow up...

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