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Students express creativity at Da Vinci Fest

Students visit the Gertens booth at the Da Vinci Fest Jan. 25. Students were able to take a quiz to learn about different plants. The Gertens  booth was one out of the 41 community booths guests could visit.

Brianne Johnson, Layout Editor

January 31, 2020

The 12th Annual Da Vinci Fest was held Jan. 25 at Stillwater High School. The Da Vinci Fest is an educational fair open to the community in the spirit of Leonardo Da Vinci. The fest is put on by The Partnership Plan and highlights art, science and technology projects all created by Stillwater students...

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...

Da Vinci Fest blends artistic passions in community

The Da Vinci Fest features drawings. Both the picture on the left, by junior Jordan Schmidt, and the picture on the right, by junior Lily Cichon, were submitted in the 2018 Da Vinci Fest. Both done in charcoal, Schmidt's piece is a portrait of sophomore Abbie Garness, and Cichon's piece portrays her parents.

Elsa Persson, Online Editor

January 12, 2019

One of the community's most special showcases of talent is coming around once again. This festival displays incredible art and science projects made by students in the Stillwater district, for which participants strive to win the competition. The Da Vinci Fest is an annual tradition in the Stillwater...

Bev Petrie leads Partnership Plan, supports community

Music teacher Dennis Lindsay received an award for a Partnership grant this year.

Ben Jacobs, Podcast Reporter

December 30, 2018

When the school does not have the funding to support the activities that the student body spends their time with after school throughout the year, grants from the Partnership Plan provide funds to allow students to have these opportunities. Activities and fundraisers are also hosted by the Partners...

Community supports schools across district

Community supports schools across district

Kaitlyn Kirby, Business Editor

May 15, 2018

The local community plays a large role in supporting their local school district. Students believe that the success of Stillwater Schools is largely due to the support they receive from the community. According to students and staff, the school would be a completely different place without the suppo...

Partnership Party raises money to enhance District 834

Gina Jostes recently won her third award at The Davinci Fest as an art grand champion. Max Ylitalo, center, was a semifinalist at a national Science Talent Search competition. Nate Farmer, end, another winner of the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair were all present at the event.

Sam Hudachek, Video Team

April 6, 2016

The Partnership Plan is an education fund for Stillwater Area Public Schools. Their main goal is get the community to join in on their support for the education and well being of students. This year, the Partnership Plan created a fundraiser to bring in new resources, known as the Partnership Party, ...

Grants granted for a finer education

Grants granted for a finer education

Madie Woltman, Social Media Editor

December 24, 2014

The Partnership Plan is the educational foundation for Stillwater Area Public Schools. Nearly 30 classroom initiatives reaching $57,000 were funded by the Partnership Plan this fall. The grants help students from computer coding for second-graders to exploring the culture, history, music, and dance customs ...

STEM/Fab Lab provides hands-on learning opportunities

Abby Kunze, Copy Editor

December 4, 2014

With the ever-changing technology of today’s world, the demand for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs is on a sharp incline. The district is now able to provide experience in these fields for the community and students using a new STEM/Fab Lab. The Partnership Plan has granted the school district the ability to build a STEM/fabrication lab in the industrial t...

Graffiti mural makes a statement


The graffiti mural can be found near the art hallway next to the Pepsi vending machine. Created by JoJo at the Da Vinci Fest, the mural has been admired by many students.

April 1, 2014

Scrawled under bridges, composed on bathroom walls and illustrated on idle train cars, graffiti is often regarded as nothing but teenage kids with a spray can. Recently however, graffiti has made its debut in the  hallways, not as vandalism, but as art. The artist, a man that goes simply by JoJo, cre...

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