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Teachers work to keep students safe

Math teacher Peter Hamilton takes precautions by wiping down desks. Hamilton ensures safety for students in the classroom.

Greta Sorenson, Social Media Editor

October 1, 2020

Teachers have been affected by COVID-19 immensely, and have to change their style of teaching by incorporating online learning. This year teachers are experimenting with new ways to teach students and are finding their way through this pandemic. The new schedule consists of only three classes for one quarter ...

Custodial response to COVID-19

The wresting gym overtaken by seating that custodians moved due to lack of social distancing ability.

Sophia Arndt, Photography Editor

October 1, 2020

Starting a school year in the middle of a worldwide pandemic is never an ideal situation. Head Engineer Mike Miller is combating the transmission of COVID-19 through proper sterilization of surfaces in the school, extra hours of laborious work, and temporary hires.  A recent study by the National Institute of Al...

Stillwater moves to online graduation

Newspaper editors-in-chief John Franklin and Hazel Flock gather on a final Zoom call. They dressed up in their cap and gown to signify the virtual graduation.

Alex Steil, Online Editor-in-Chief

May 30, 2020

After weeks of planning, the Stillwater Graduation Committee finally came to an tentative agreement for hosting this year’s graduation at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Although the planning had yet to be sorted, the group agreed it was the best idea. Then on May 8, Governor Walz signed an exec...

BLAST week promotes cohesiveness

Senior Khuluc Yang, juniors Mark Sinyigaya, Shahd Abouhekel and freshman Ariam Mussiel speak about being first generation citizens. This forum helped students understand what first generation students go through on a day to day basis.

Joseph Devins, Business Editor-in-chief

February 11, 2020

BLAST week is a weeklong event consisting of various panels talking about the school coming together as a community as well as tribulations high school students may have. BLAST stands for “be loving and sharing together” and is meant to promote positivity and diversity. Along with the speakers, the st...

New Pathways program expects to roll out in 2020-2021 school year

Students from the Pathways team are working with administration to help finalize details concerning Pathways before Pony Possibility night in January. This year, Pony Possibilities night will include the addition these Pathways.

Morgan Hildreth, Camera Editor

December 14, 2019

Transitioning from middle school into high school can be a scary time for some. To help reduce the anxiety for incoming freshman and their families, Pony Possibilities night was created. Pony Possibilities is a night were families can come in and learn a bit about scheduling, transitioning into the high...

Newly found pathways program, almost up and running

Innovations team meeting after school to discuss the pathways program. Pathways is expected to serve as a course-filter to focus on a specific career path of a student. This program will be fully effective fall of 2020.

Rosie Nichols, Layout Editor

December 8, 2019

This year, a new program has made its way to stillwater the high school after being discussed in recent years. The Pathways program aims to prepare students for their future careers with a flexible layout of classes that should be taken to help them better achieve their aspirations. Pathways was s...

Long range task force analyzes boundaries of District 834

Senior Elise Riniker uses her Flex Time to look at the previous boundaries of District 834.  Riniker attends all task force meetings and represents the student body's voice.

Dorothy Chislett, Graphics Editor

November 1, 2019

The district has put together a long range task force together this fall/winter to analyze enrollment numbers and consider possible boundary changes if needed. These changes depend on the population demographics of the many parts of District 834. Senior Elise Riniker said the Lake Elmo and Woodbury s...

Students ‘pee’ved over new bathroom security policy

Signs posted outside all bathrooms, warning of the new bathroom use policy.

Pony Express Staff

April 8, 2019

While walking the halls, keep an eye out for the locked bathroom doors with ‘See Something, Say Something’ QR codes taped up over them. Notice kids wearing yellow shirts, sweatshirts and pins. Watch for teachers and security guards who watch back as kids enter the bathroom. All are effects of new rules tha...

Pony Possibilities Night welcomes in-coming ninth graders

The 2018-19 Pony Possibility Night Tag-a-long allows students to write out their course plan prior to registration. The packet provides information on every class offered.

Dylan Stormoen, Copy Editor

January 15, 2019

With the conclusion of the first semester, the 2019-2020 school year is becoming a topic of discussion. As class registration is coming up, current eighth graders have the opportunity to get an in-depth look at classes a little early. Pony Possibilities Night is a time for students, as well as parents, to l...

Boyd Huppert surprises Steil, teaches journalism

Boyd Huppert surprised newspaper advisor Rachel Steil during her third hour newspaper class.

Lilly Sample, Online Editor-in-Chief

December 18, 2018

“Oh my god! You are my favorite journalist ever,” newspaper advisor Rachel Steil exclaimed upon seeing Kare 11’s Boyd Huppert enter her classroom. What started as a typical third hour newspaper class took an exciting turn when Steil was surprised with a visit from her favorite journalist, a Chri...

School calendars not religiously biased

The standard calendar shows nine months out of the total 12. In these nine months there are six federal United States holidays that take place. Of the nine months, the first five shown are the ending months of most school years and four nationally recognized holidays take place.

Paige Speedling, Distribution Reporter

November 20, 2018

 The school calendar is not religiously biased toward Christianity. Public schools all across the country have to make decisions based on many different and sometimes difficult factors, when they add religion to the mix, things can get tricky. According to a poll, in the United States alone,...

District drafts strategic plan: Profile of a Graduate

Alternative Copy Story by Will Gleason

Kate Poor, Distribution Reporter

February 17, 2018

Shaping curriculum is one of the most important jobs of teachers and school administrators. Profile of a Graduate is a new venture being taken on by the district to come up with ways to ensure the success of students after high school. The project came about in December of 2017. The goal of th...

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