The student news site of Stillwater Area High School

The Pony Express

The student news site of Stillwater Area High School

The Pony Express

The student news site of Stillwater Area High School

The Pony Express

Math teacher Darby Whitehill reviewing with his first hour Geometry students. His approach on teaching is more interactive compared to just teaching them.

Beloved math teacher Darby Whitehill retires

Tyson Blazer, Copy Editor May 13, 2024

Beloved teacher Darby Whitehill has had a long and amazing career teaching math. He has decided to retire at the end of the school year after 31 years of teaching. Whitehill has been able to help countless...

Past graduation ceremony

Seniors prepare for graduation ceremony

Olivia Braun, Copy Editor June 6, 2023

The senior class prepares to end their high school journeys as this year’s graduation approaches quickly. The annual ceremony requires a lot of planning and preparation by both students and staff.  Rachel...

Students participating in office hours in a classroom.

Office hours at its best, there are still ways to improve

George Palm and Garin Warner June 1, 2023

Office hours is an important tool that has been implemented for students to make sure they have dedicated time to catch up on any school work they might be missing. Even though it is a very useful...

Principal Rob Bach helps junior Ella Hamilton in the hall. demonstrating how Bach is attentive to his students needs.

Bach wins Administrator of the Year

Karley Rydeen, Distribution Reporter June 5, 2021

With his open mind and attentive nature, Principal Rob Bach was named Administrator of the Year by the Minnesota Association of Secretaries to the Principals. This award amplifies the dedication and leadership...

Math teacher Kathy Meyer stands beside principal Rob Bach and executive director Rick Robbins after being suprised with the news that she had been nominated and won a Partnership Award. Along with the recognition and honor bestowed upon her, she also receives an excellent mug.

Partnership Plan recognizes and rewards district’s most deserving teachers

Abby Anderson, Photographer April 7, 2021

Teachers are widely underappreciated for the efforts and care many put in to educating. However, the Partnership Plan, a grant giving association, presents a set of awards for teachers who have risen above...

Top: With board-member Mike Ptacek on the left, Super-Intendant Malinda Landsfelt speaks at the November 19 School Board Meeting.
Bottom: Principal Rob Bach gives a video update last spring to students before jumping into distance learning.

Leadership in a time of pandemic

Alex Steil, Online Editor-in-Chief December 1, 2020

“Depending on what’s going on with school board meetings and decisions being made, sometimes I’ll get 100 to 300 plus emails [a day] from families and community members and staff,” Interim-Superintendent...

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

Teachers work to keep students safe

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...

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

Custodial response to COVID-19

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...

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.

Stillwater moves to online 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...

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.

BLAST week promotes cohesiveness

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...

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.

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

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...

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.

Newly found pathways program, almost up and running

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...

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