It Takes a Valley
Great schools don't happen by accident
To meet the varied and diverse needs of our students requires the efforts of many different people coming together to do what is right for their kids. It takes an entire community, or in our case, an entire river valley! We have amazing people - from our staff and volunteers to community partners - helping us care for our students.
Check out our "It Takes A Valley" video series to learn more about how we're all coming together to love the students of Stillwater Area Public Schools.
Working Together For Our Kids
Our community recognizes that schools cannot do it alone. We have amazing partners who have come alongside us to provide extra support, resources and creative solutions to so many of these challenges. Here are just a few examples of the incredible ways our community is helping us break down barriers for our students:
- Dozens of individuals, organizations and mental health providers formed a mental health collaborative responsible for bringing Peer Helpers, support groups and the Make It OK campaign to our schools.
- FamilyMeans, Youth Service Bureau and Lakeview Health and other local agencies and foundations have teamed up to create a Wellness Center at Stillwater Area High School to help students dealing with chemical health, mental health, nutrition and wellness issues.
- A local church is meeting to design ways its congregation can help encourage and support students, staff and families within our school district, address basic needs, and help meet the social and emotional needs of students inside and outside of the classroom.
- Washington County has partnered with the district to help us improve our emergency preparedness and crisis response systems.
- Many local businesses, as well as the Greater Stillwater Area Chamber of Commerce and the Woodbury Chamber of Commerce, are working with the district to develop the Pathways & Possibilities program to help students explore career options and gain valuable real-world experiences in the workplace. The Partnership Plan has also supported this effort with a significant start-up investment.
- The Stillwater Sunrise Rotary is leading an effort to staff our elementary media centers with volunteers to help shelve books, check out materials, and read with kindergarten and first grade students.
These are just a few of the examples. In reality, there are hundreds of organizations, groups and individuals - from Marine down to Afton and Woodbury - who are working on behalf of our students. It takes a valley to do this important work. We need your creativity, brain power and continued support to ensure we can meet the needs of students both now and into the future.
Contact us if you'd like to get involved.