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McCarthy receives Partnership Teacher of the Year award

McCarthy receives Partnership Teacher of the Year 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

The Partnership Plan hosts annual Partnership Party

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

Chronic attendance still a problem despite detentions

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

Black History Month represents growing community for students of color

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

Peer Helper Group retreat builds student-to-student companionship

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

Bader retires from teaching

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...

All-star Ace shares academic success

All-star Ace shares academic success

Governess Simpson, Layout Editor

October 13, 2015

"Being a good student means you set goals for yourself and you achieve those goals. Studying and having good organization habits will help you get there," senior Ace Oubaha said. On the night of Sept. 21, Oubaha was recognized by the school as a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist. Because ...

District approves facilities bond approval

Hannah Crawford, Online-Editor-in-Chief

February 20, 2015

To create more opportunities for students in Stillwater School District 834, the school board has proposed to build an addition onto the high school.  This will provide more room in the high school for the ninth grade students at Oakland and Stillwater Junior High.  The sixth graders from elementary...

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