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Mayes addresses cultural issues to build brighter community

Dr. Keith Mayes presents to Seniors March 2 in the auditorium. In his presentation, Mayes addresses the importance of respecting diversity in the community and eliminating microaggressions.

Sandy Liu, Distribution Reporter

March 4, 2020

Spreading awareness of racial issues and disparities, closing the achievement gap and ending toxic climates in communities. These are the goals of Dr. Keith Mayes, Professor of African American and African Studies at the University of Minnesota. Mayes has a message, and he came to the high school Marc...

B.A.R.R. program improves freshmen relationships

Freshman Chance Swenson works on his I Time project. He plans to share this with his team in the up-coming weeks.

Dylan Stormoen, Copy Editor

May 10, 2019

Ninth grade students began filling the halls in August 2017. As the school and its student population grew larger, teachers and staff have been working to create a close-knit community amongst the students, specifically the new freshman. With the B.A.R.R. program, the staff strives to bond with students on not only an acad...

American opioid addiction problem claims many lives

A band called Joint Pain, played at Tuttle's on March 10 to help raise money and awareness for opioid overdose prevention.

Nathaniel Willius, Distribution Reporter

April 15, 2019

Every three weeks, drug overdoses claim as many American lives as the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Opioids are responsible for 64 percent of these deaths. To help prevent this, organizations such as the Steve Rummler Hope Network have decided to help spread awareness of opioids and stop the overdoses from h...

Chronic attendance still a problem despite detentions

Four years ago Stillwater had one of the worst absenteeism rates in the state of Minnesota. Now, unexcused absences are decreasing while excused absences are increasing.

Paige Speedling, Distribution Reporter

February 28, 2019

Attendance had been an issue four years ago. Slowly, unexcused absences have been diminishing, while excused absences have been increasing. In the 2015 to 2016 school year, Stillwater had one of the worst chronic absenteeism rates in the state. Even now chronic absenteeism rates are down, but still present. Attendance...

New cell phone policy decreases distraction in class

This fall, administration implemented a new cell phone policy to decrease distraction in class.

Taylor Lee, Distributive Reporter

September 15, 2018

There is a new cell phone policy this year. It was put into place after much careful consideration from a committee of teachers and staff. Assistant Principal Matt Kraft headed the committee last spring. Many students find themselves burnt out after and even during a long, boring lecture. The only reason...

FLEX Time utilizes new FlexiSCHED software

FlexiSCHED has students log in with their school email to track attendance.

Gavan Townsend, Camera Editor

September 15, 2018

The administration has changed the way FLEX Time works in their recent iteration that is going to take place during the 18-19 school year. Students, teachers and staff have wanted these changes to occur since last school year ended, but some are still skeptical as to whether or not they will be exceptional...

Stricter cell phone policies implemented this fall

Junior Maleka Hussein stands in front of

Paige Speedling, Distribution Reporter

September 13, 2018

This last fall, administration updated and changed the cell phone policy. Students are only allowed to have their phones on them in passing time, lunch, before and after school and when it serves a purpose in the classroom. Using them otherwise results in punishments that become more extreme over...

Pony Time study block instated soon

District 834's transition from a junior high school to a middle school is bringing along many changes, including the addition of Pony Time, a study block surrounding lunches.

Mira LaNasa, Layout Editor

May 6, 2017

With the freshman moving up to the high school next year many changes are being made. Among them, administration is looking into adding a flex period in which students can study and have a break between classes during lunch hours. In having PLC Wednesdays students are able to get a couple extra mi...

Admin updates new bathroom policies, monitoring in response to vaping, vandalism

Some students dislike using the bathrooms because of other students “vaping”, so the administration is doing its best to reclaim the bathrooms.

Noah Ness, Read and Watch Team

March 26, 2017

  Recently, a surge in the use of electronic cigarettes among teenagers has caused many schools, including Stillwater Area High School, to try different tactics to end the "vaping." E-cigarettes are devices that allow the user to avoid inhaling tobacco smoke, which can be very unhealthy, but still get a "buzz" simi...

Staff Editorial: vandalism occurring in bathrooms increasing

Staff Editorial: vandalism occurring in bathrooms increasing

Pony Express Staff

February 14, 2017

One of the problems at school is vaping and vandalism in the school's bathrooms. This problem has raised concern for some of the staff. Not only is it an illegal activity, it is also negatively impacting students who do not vape, and need to use the bathrooms. Vaping, although similar to s...

Attendance policy reinforced to improve attendance

Attendance policy reinforced to improve attendance

Kayla Gjerde, Social Media Reporter

October 13, 2016

This year the administration has made a more strict attendance policy. Students receive an orange warning slip if they are tardy once, and after two tardies they receive 30 minutes of detention after school. Stillwater had the third most absences in Minnesota last year, which is the main reason for...

Ninth grade transition offers innovative ideas

Ninth grade transition offers innovative ideas

Ebbie Benson, Copy Editor

October 11, 2016

Beginning fall of 2017, more than 700 freshmen within the district will attend the high school for the first time. It is a big change from what everyone is used to, and adjustments will need to be made between now and then. In order to ensure that all the freshmen feel settled and comfortable at the ...

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