The Pony Express

Superhero, more like school nurse

School nurse, Deb Hammergren, in her at home office all set up for another days work as a Covid-19 triage nurse.
Mackenzie Chang, Online Editor November 7, 2020

  “The most difficult part of this job is hearing the heart breaking stories from families. In my new role, I work as a resource for these families that need guidance,” school nurse Deb Hammergren...

Rish addresses equity issues surrounding community

Cultural liaison Cornelius Rish is currently his first year in the Stillwater school district and he is adjusting to the current situation of equity and diversity at SAHS. Rish will represent the BIPOC student community and coach teachers on new learning curriculums to include more diversity.
Connor Quaderer, Podcast Reporter October 27, 2020

“I'm glad I'm doing the work I'm doing, but we're going to need a lot more of me in Stillwater. We're going to need many more people doing the work,” cultural liaison Cornelius Rish said as he talked...

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...

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"...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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