Every week this baseball season, we will announce Stillwater Area Baseball Weekly Award Winners here on Stillwater Current.
Here’s our weekly award winners for the week of May 14. The Stillwater Motors Players of the Week goes to Parker Gilchrest, who pitched a no-hitter inning with three strike outs. He also hit his first home run!
May is Mental Health Month and is the time to bring awareness and discussion to the 20+ men and women serving in our armed forces who are completing suicide each and every day. Through their mission, Operation:23 to 0, a local, hands on nonprofit organization, hopes to raise awareness to this epidemic and offer resources to those fighting. Their mission of being available 24/7, bringing awareness, and hosting events such as Ruck walks throughout the Midwest, Operatio
n 23 to 0 hopes to grow their mission and with the help of local businesses and families throughout the community and are holding their first benefit concert.
Stillwater City Council member Mike Polehna announced he will seek re-election as the Ward 4 representative on the Stillwater City Council, a position he has held for the past 14 years. Polehna currently serves as the city’s Vice-Mayor. He served as Stillwater’s 50th Mayor in 2014.
All Stillwater Area Public Schools will be closed on Monday, March 5 due to the anticipation of inclement weather. “Forecasters are predicting a winter storm to hit our area tomorrow. In anticipation of inclement weather, we have decided to cancel school for Monday, March 5. There will be no school for all students. Adventure Club will also be closed and all regular after school and Community Education activities including Early Childhood, adult and youth classes are canceled. Continue Reading →
Celebrate St. Patty’s Day with an Irish Dinner of corned beef, cabbage and potatoes. Food served from 4 – 7 pm. Music by Drinkwine & Friends from 5 – 9 pm. Costume Contest with prizes at 7:15 pm. Continue Reading →
Stillwater Area Public Schools is considering a change to start times for the 2019-2020 school year. The preliminary proposal to change start times was shared with the school board during a work session last week. According to the preliminary proposal:
Start times would be earlier for Oak-Land and Stillwater middle school students, as well as two elementary schools;
Move the start time for Stillwater Area High School back 40 minutes for an 8:20 a.m. start time;
Move five elementary school start times back about 30 minutes; and
Impact local charter and non-public schools with possible start times beginning near 10 a.m.
According to Stillwater Area Public Schools:
“School board members are considering a change to school start times that would allow for high school students to begin school later in the day. Medical evidence and research suggests that a start time of 8:30 a.m. or later would better align with teens’ unique sleep needs – improving both the physical and mental health of high school students.” The district could see a financial benefit from adjusting start times, according to the district’s website, by “allow the district to better balance the number of buses needed during each tier of bussing.”
Link: School board considering start time changes for 2019-2020
Link: Start Time Research on stillwaterschools.org
Link: Preliminary Proposal shared with Board of Education
The preliminary proposal would move the district to a four tier busing system, instead of the current modified three tier system. Tier 1: (7:30 a.m.) Both middle schools and two elementary schools. Continue Reading →
Attorney Kristi Hastings, hired to investigate the alleged misconduct of school board members Michael Ptacek and Sarah Stivland, found that Ptacek and Stivland acted in violation of this District’s Respectful Behavior Policy, and Board Governance Process. Dr. Ptacek made a series of public statements about a District employee. Attorney Hastings found that:
1. When asked a question by the press, instead of making a straight-forward and honest statement, Ptacek asked a rhetorical question crafted to cause people to read between the lines and assume that someone (the District employee) had done something improper. 2. Continue Reading →
Let’s face it. We all have days when the alarm clock goes off and we just do not want to crawl out from under those covers. So when that feeling kicks in, what is it that motivates us to fight off the desire to fall back asleep? What is the “why” that gets us going each day? I posed this question to the staff of the Stillwater Area Public Schools at the start of this school year. Continue Reading →
Stillwater school board member, Paula O’Loughlin, is running for Minnesota House Representative in District 39B. Here’s why I won’t be supporting her:
In May 2015, the voters of Stillwater passed a $100 million school bond which promised, among other things, improvements to every district elementary school. A few months later, the district proposed to instead close three schools. They called this plan BOLD (Building Opportunities to Learn and Discover). Soon after the announcement of the district’s BOLD plan, I posted a thank you on Facebook, listing a few Main Street businesses that had made public declarations against the plan. Continue Reading →
The St. Croix Valley Lumberjacks Special Olympics Team need Polar Plungers. Are you brave enough? This a great fundraiser for the team and it is not too late to sign up, we plunge on Feb. 10, 2018. Continue Reading →