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Nutrition remains top priority for district as COVID-19 pandemic occurs

Nutrition staff at the high school prepare for families to pick up free meals. They have remained a source of positivity and support during this unprecedented time.

Kathleen Pothen, Copy Editor

March 15, 2020

The echoing cafeteria has been silent for the past month. The large lunch tables are folded up indefinitely. No lines for food wind through the serving stations. All the students that once frequented this space are home. Even as the cafeteria remains empty, the nutrition department has adapted rapidly ...

Community Design Team discusses future of district facilities

The Community Design Team discusses in small groups how to best use district facilities.  Each table is assigned a building to make specific recommendations for.

John Franklin, Copy Editor

January 9, 2020

When January comes, the School Board will receive a recommendation from the Community Design team. The Community Design team is a team the Cunningham group put together after the School board voted to hire them. The Community Design team's goal is to utilize existing space in the school district, enhance...

Spanish immersion promotes cultural understanding and development

Lake Elmo elementary kindergarten students enrolled in the Amigos Unidos program work on a project. Students spend the majority of the school day learning in Spanish rather than English.

Elsa Persson, Online Editor

April 20, 2019

The school district offers numerous opportunities for elementary students to learn beyond basic curriculum. A unique program offered for early learning is Spanish immersion. Not only does learning a second language in elementary school give kids learning skills to carry throughout their lives, but it...

Mindful Movement helps elementary classroom calm and recharge

Lake Elmo Elementary piloted Yoga Calm last year as a result of a Partnership Grant. This year, all district schools will practice Mindful Movement. 

Megan Baxter, Photography Editor

November 6, 2018

At Lake Elmo Elementary, classrooms are safe, welcoming and stress free because of the Mindful Movement that made its way into elementary school classrooms across the district. The Mindful Movement gives the opportunity for students to take a break, and recharge their minds and bodies throughout th...

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 new staff. The agenda item under consideration was labeled "Facility & Financial Considerations...

Community supports schools across district

Community supports schools across district

Kaitlyn Kirby, Business Editor

May 15, 2018

The local community plays a large role in supporting their local school district. Students believe that the success of Stillwater Schools is largely due to the support they receive from the community. According to students and staff, the school would be a completely different place without the suppo...

Lake Elmo adds immersion program this fall

Kindergartners Ella Coles and Teddy Hanawalt work on their math problems in their spanish immersion class. “I love spanish immersion school; I don’t speak spanish but kind of,” explains Coles.

Kate Poor, Distribution Reporter

November 20, 2017

Lake Elmo Elementary is adding an exciting new addition in the fall of 2018: a Spanish Immersion program is being introduced to the district for kindergarteners.   This is a dual program, with native Spanish and English speakers. They are doing this because it gives kids more opportunities ...

District 834 spends $8.8 million on long range facilities renovations

District 834 spends $8.8 million on long range facilities renovations

Christian Anderson, Distribution Reporter

March 31, 2017

  Feb. nine, the district approved the spending of $8.8 million for the renovations of Lake Elmo Elementary, Afton-Lakeland Elementary and Stillwater Junior High School. Among these renovations includes heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) and special education accommodation...

Sixth graders could move to Oak-land Jr. High one year early

Parents of about 94 Lake Elmo future sixth graders listen to a presentation about the possible grade shift. “It actually gives them more options, my daughter is excelling at math right now and she would have more course options,

Sarah Junko, Layout Editor

November 23, 2015

Sixth graders from Valley Crossing and Lake Elmo Elementary could possibly be moved to Oak-Land Jr. High for the 2016-17 school year. This move would ease the stress of the grade shift in the fall of 2017 and to ease overcrowding issues at Lake Elmo Elementary. Parents of sixth graders at Valley Crossing are...

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