The Pony Express

French teacher Kasak-Saxler retires after fulfilling career

Photo by Paul Hudachek </strong><br /> Kasak-Saxler teaches her students French during the day and is also a favorite of the students. “I learned to really try hard with my French from her. I would consider her as a role model because I admire that she has kept up with French over all these years, and I want to do the same,” said senior Chandler Stormo.

Emily Lodahl

May 20, 2014

After teaching more than two decades at Stillwater Area High School, French teacher, Mary Ellen Kasak-Saxler, will say goodbye. Her retirement will be official at the end of this school year. Kasak-Saxler has been teaching for 40 years, with 22 at SAHS. She teaches French III, French IV and Advanced P...

Kasak-Saxler considers retirement


Kasak-Saxler entertains her AP French class with her fun loving personality. ““I’ve had all kinds of fun stuff teaching, and going places. Those were sort of the icing on the cake for me. . . I feel really lucky,” said Kasak- Saxler.

Paul Hudachek

January 12, 2014

There is something mystifying about going to a teacher’s home. It is as if that elementary school belief is true, no teacher does anything but teach or goes anywhere but to school. French teacher Mary Ellen Kasak-Saxler, “Madame,” does have a home, though, and it is completely reflective of the ...

University of Minnesota voted among ugliest campuses


The University of Minnesota’s industrial look is off-putting to many. Nevertheless, the U of M offers excellent education.

Olivia Flicker

November 27, 2013

When it comes to deciding what college to go to, most will think of  the quality of education they gain from the school of their choice. The appearance of the school campus might affect part of the decisions for certain students, but is probably not the biggest influence on their choice. The Univer...

National Honor Society continues to provide community leadership

The recent blood drive hosted by the National Honor society was a big success.

September 22, 2013

The blood drive took place Sept. 20 and Coffeehouse, a popular wintertime event, will take place this Dec. Spring will carry with it the popular food drive as well. New this year is a Toys for Tots effort in which toys are collected for less fortunate children.  The blood drive this fall was a success ...

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Mary Ellen Kasak-Saxler