The Pony Express

New grading system creates better consistency

Math teacher Amanda Banick sits at her desk grading homework from previous class periods. She is using the new policy of the 20 percent formative and 80 percent summative to correct the students review sheets.

Haley Nelson, Online Editor-in-Chief

August 31, 2019

“Grades should reflect what students know and can do. Everything else has to somehow revolve around that,” Principal Robert Bach said. Over the past year and a half, a group of representatives was put together to look at modifying the old grading scale being used. This scale was not consiste...

Free the Pee open forum answers questions, leaves changes uncertain

Student Council President Nikhil Kumaran speaks to fellow seniors at the April 17 open forum discussing SAHS bathroom closures.

Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief

April 24, 2019

Monday, April 1 marked the date bathrooms at Stillwater Area High School closed during class times, except for those next to the Red, White and Black Pony Centers. After the viral success of the "letuspee" Instagram account protesting the closures, the administration held an open forum in the cafeteri...

ACT budget cuts should not impact student’s educational opportunities

Stillwater school district cuts the ACT out of the budget for the 2019-2020 school year. The ACT is a test that measures student's skills in 5 core areas: English, math, reading, science and writing (optional).

Carina Block, Copy Editor

April 11, 2019

This year's junior class took the ACT April 2 with no cost to the students, but a large price tag of $41 thousand to the school. Next year, there will no longer be a free, school-funded ACT exam. In recent years, the state has not provided school districts with money for them to provide tests like the A...

Budget cuts severely diminish professional and curriculum development plans

The School Board discusses their action items at the school board meeting. Staff development cuts passed 5-1, with Board Member Jennifer Pelletier (right) the only nay.

Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief

March 15, 2019

The school board voted 5-1 to cut $348,000 from the district's budgeted professional development (PD) days at a March 7 business meeting. This was on top of the $500,000 cut with combined PD and curriculum development budget that occurred Dec. 20, 2018. This cut accounted for roughly 56 percent o...

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...

E-cigarettes and vaping discussion raises awareness

Principal Rob Bach and community members meet in school auditorium for a discussion regarding student vape use.

Aidan Gunderson, Podcast Reporter

November 1, 2018

A community meeting was held on Oct. 10 in the auditorium to address the issue of e-cigarette use (also called e-cigs, and vapes) amongst students. The purpose of this meeting was to help parents and students become more aware of this ongoing problem, share how the school staff and local law enforceme...

Parking lot barriers changed to improve safety

Alternative Copy Story by Mya Lysne

Andrew Phan, Photography Editor

December 27, 2017

The safety of students has always been administration’s number one priority. Stillwater Area High School started its attempt on increasing safety by rearranging the parking configuration for the safety of students, because many students are in a rush to leave school. This winter, with many fresh...

Senior prank may result in consequences

Senior prank may result in consequences

Megan Karnuth, Online Editor-in-Chief

May 7, 2017

Principal Rob Bach in a letter to parents said, “…walking at graduation is a privilege, not a right.” There are certain things a student can do to be banned from the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but other punishments should be considered if the offenses from the student are only minor infr...

College In Schools program may be at risk

College In Schools program may be at risk

Noah Johnson, Distribution Reporter

January 12, 2017

Students across Minnesota may not be able to get free credits for college anymore, since the College in School program throughout Minnesota has the possibility of shutting down. The College in Schools program has many factors to it possibly being shut down. These factors consist of new teaching requirements and cost...

National Merit Scholar semi-finalists demonstrate school excellence

National Merit Scholarship semifinalist, Marta Markowitz doing her homework in the media center.

Anna Koenning, Copy Editor

October 13, 2016

After countless hours of preparation and fretful nights prior to the PSAT, senior Marta Markowicz and college freshman Jacob Kosyakovsky brought pride to the school by achieving the positions of semi-finalists for National Merit Scholar. The application process of National Merit Scholar involves qualif...

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