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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...

District task force coming up with proposal for the school board by 2020

The district task force will have meetings ending in January 2020. They will make a recommendation to the school board to address issues in the district. Members of the team discuss the expansion of the student population and how to create learning environments for all students.

Mairin Torgerson, Photographer

November 17, 2019

The school district has been through numerous changes in recent years. Many of the ideas executed were made possible and created by the Community Design Team. The team is part of the district long-range facilities task force made up of community members, parents, city officials, students and staff. The schoo...

McCarthy receives Partnership Teacher of the Year award

Senior Olivia Walsh, along with recommenders Amy Longtin and Abby Banks, nominated Kris McCarthy for the Partnership Plan award.

Sadie Heieren, Photographer

April 16, 2019

Every year, eight teachers in the Stillwater district are honored and awarded by the Partnership Plan. This year, social studies teacher Kris McCarthy was one of few people awarded the 2018-2019 Partnership award. A public banquet is being held in honor of the award winners on April 15, at the Grand Banquet Hall. Tickets are $22 ...

The Partnership Plan hosts annual Partnership Party

Members of the community celebrated the Partnership Plan at last year's Partnership Party. They helped raise money for the school district. They are able to gather again this year on April 5 at the JX Event Center.

Emma Sneden, Business Editor

April 15, 2019

The Partnership Plan is celebrating 30 years of providing educational opportunities for classrooms during its annual fundraising party at the JX Event Center April fifth. They hope to raise money and recognize years of hard work by making this year's gala an 80's theme. The Partnership Plan is a nonprofit organization that b...

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...

Black History Month represents growing community for students of color

Senior and Black Student Union Co-President Misikir Kebede introduces herself during the first Black History Month event, a Girls of Color panel focusing on the intersection of race and gender.

Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief

February 23, 2019

Black History Month saw different events celebrating the cultures of students of color. Via panels, showcases, dancing and culturally significant music played during passing time, Black Student Union and Student Council worked together to host events throughout February. Black Student Union is entering its second year and increasing ...

Peer Helper Group retreat builds student-to-student companionship

The Peer Helpers gather at Camp Icaghowan on Lake Hiawatha, where the retreat was held during the weekend of Nov. 2. They participated in team building activities and learned tools to be effective in their new roles.

AJ Gunderson, Podcast Reporter

January 4, 2019

With the recent creation of the Peer Helper Group, a program designed to prepare a group of students to effectively help their peers, the program advisors decided to organize a retreat. This retreat was held at Camp Icaghowan on an island in Amery, Wis., over the weekend of Nov. 2, where the group parti...

Dodds, Maxwell and Kaul lead new Peer Helper program

Dodds, Maxwell and Kaul lead new Peer Helper program

Carina Block, Copy Editor

November 2, 2018

Adolescents often turn to their peers rather than adults with their problems. The new peer helper program begins this fall is a support system for the students that are most often relied on by others to help solve dilemmas. Oftentimes those heavily relied on students are either stressed out or...

Hear him Kaul: teaching beyond blackboards

Hear him Kaul: teaching beyond blackboards

Mira LaNasa, Print Editor-in-Chief

April 3, 2018

Among the monotonous halls that thousands of students shove through daily, some students stay nestled in a photo covered room, eating, socializing, or doing homework. The room always has someone in it, not because of the relaxing recliners or the ever-present snacks, but because social studies tea...

Lack of poll accuracy skews predictions for presidency

Lack of poll accuracy skews predictions for presidency

Carl Bohacek, Video Editor

September 25, 2016

Clinton has got a huge lead! Trump rebounds! The race tightens! In this election the polls seem to change their mind once a week, but in the long run, these large, corporate media sponsored polls aren't accurate.  It's not because Fox News favors Trump, or CNN favors Clinton, it's because all of these polls are gone about in the...

Bader retires from teaching

Social studies teacher Nancy Bader earns the prestigious Partnership award. “It is recognition of my work, and then I get to designate a school that gets a thousand dollars from the partnership plan, so of course I designated Stillwater High School,” Bader says.

Lauren LeBourgeois, Copy Editor

May 7, 2016

Retirement is a major turning point in one’s life. It symbolizes moving on to bigger and greater things and is a time for relaxation or for some, the opposite, such as traveling. For social studies teacher, Nancy Bader, she plans on doing just that. Bader has reached that point in her life and is ready to retire. ...

Recreational Marijuana harmful to Minnesotans

Recreational Marijuana harmful to Minnesotans

Annie Seiler, Online Editor

January 12, 2016

The legalization of  medicinal marijuana is on the rise in the United States, but only three states have legalized it recreationally. In May of 2014, Minnesota legalized marijuana medicinally and many are concerned with where this will lead. With patients able to get marijuana through their doctor...

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