The Pony Express

Morris Leatherman survey results spark conversations about district changes

Young students flood out of Brookview Elementary at the end of a busy school day. Brookview is one of the newest elementary schools, which was a result of the new and incoming students coming from the southern areas of the district. This K-5 school was opened as a result of the B.O.L.D. plan that was put into place after the district shut down Withrow and Marine Elementary.

Rachel Duerr, Online Editor

September 26, 2019

In August 2019, a public research team called The Morris Leatherman Group conducted a phone survey with 570 randomly selected residents of the community to assess the attitudes and obtain opinions of the residents and parents in the district with all of the changes made in recent years. The Morris Leatherman Group ...

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...

Oak Park, Marine, Withrow elementaries enjoy last school year

Oak Park, Marine, Withrow elementaries enjoy last school year

Emma Salmi, Social Media Reporter

May 8, 2017

The 2016-2017 school year will be the last year for these schools. With the school year coming to an end, past and present students, staff, and families are cherishing the time they have. All three schools are looking to make the best of the situation by enjoying long-time school traditions, alon...

Sixth graders suit up for ‘The Lion King’

Teacher Abby Brown always give the students advice before they go on stage for the first performance, “Take a deep breathe, focus on your character, have fun, and remember that everyone that’s here loves and supports you.”

Hannah Boardman, Layout Editor

May 6, 2017

For many Marine Elementary students, the sixth grade play is a time honored tradition. Students look forward to it over their entire career at the school, and once they reach the second semester of their sixth grade year they finally get to experience it. This year is a special year for the Marine s...

Community speaks out against B.O.L.D movement

Community speaks out against B.O.L.D movement

Grace Donner, Photographer

February 22, 2016

The Stillwater school district proposed to close three elementary schools as a plan to even out capacity through all the schools and to save money on Dec. 17, 2015. The district's proposal to close Marine, Withrow and Oak Park Elementary schools has been stirring up concern in many communities. Stop Bold Cold ...

Multi-age classrooms extended to more schools

Multi-age classrooms extended to more schools

Megan McGuire, Online Editor-in-Chief

May 15, 2015

For the 2015-16 school year, Stillwater School District is planning on cutting several teaching positions in elementary schools. These schools are now faced with the decision on how to sufficiently teach the same amount of students with less staff. The solution seems to be multi-level classrooms in...

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