School and community events highlights of the week
There’s nothing quite like homecoming week for local schools and school and community events take center stage next week when the St. Croix Valley celebrates “Pony pride” with Stillwater Area High School.
Independent School District 834 student board members Nick Alm and Paige Heitpas gave a short presentation on homecoming week plans to the board Thursday night.
“As a student council, we really wanted to figure out ways to get everyone pumped for homecoming,” Alm said. “It’s been kind of stressful planning it all but our advisors have been great at helping us.”
The events include a partnership with local businesses to paint the town red, a new powderpuff football game between junior and senior girls, homecoming royalty election at Boutwells Landing, which Heitpas said has already gotten more than 120 votes, and a community-wide pre-game celebration at Pony Stadium before kickoff Oct. 4 against Roseville.
“I want to commend you for getting the whole community involved in this year’s homecoming,” said board member Tom Lehmann. “It’s great to have more events during the week than just the game.”
Homecoming Week events
Paint the town red: Businesses can show their Pony Pride by painting their windows with artwork or messages of support for 2013 Stillwater Homecoming. Student council helpers are available to partner with businesses in the painting and clean-up. Window painting should be completed some time Saturday or Sunday before the week begins. Windows should be cleaned sometime on Oct. 5 or 6. Businesses interested in participating or have questions should contact Patti Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kelly Jordan Gray at email@example.com or call Linda Moncrief at the high school.
Adapted Flag Football: 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Stillwater Junior High School’s Miller Stadium. The event is sponsored by Stillwater Varsity/JAVA Football Team. The game is open to current district special education students including Early Childhood Family Special Education and Special Education Alumni. Refreshments at 3 p.m. No pre-registration required.
Fashion Disaster Day: All day Student Activity Sponsored by SAHS Student Council a dress-up theme day for students in grades K-12 at all district schools.
Powder Puff Football Game: 6:30 p.m. at Pony Stadium, participating high school girls can sign up for free in the Activities Office.
Beach Day: All day student activity sponsored by SAHS Student Council a dress up day for students in grades K-12 at all district schools.
Crowning of Senior Citizen’s Homecoming King and Queen: 3 p.m. at the Town Hall at Boutwells Landing. Sponsored by SAHS Student Council.
Varsity Adapted Soccer: vs Wayzata 4:30 p.m. at SAHS Gyms 3 and 4
Western day: All day student activity sponsored by SAHS student council, a dress-up theme day for students in grades k-12 at all district schools.
Intramural Flag Football Tournament: 7:30 p.m. at Pony Stadium. Participating students should have signed up by Sept. 24 in the activities office and pay a $4 fee. SAHS football players are not eligible to participate. Rain Location Miller Stadium at SJHS.
Animal print day: All day student activity sponsored by SAHS student council a dress-up themed day for students in grades K-12 at all district schools.
A rock, paper, scissors tournament will take place during school lunches.
Varsity Boys Soccer: vs. Park, 5 p.m. at Pony Stadium
Varsity Girls Swimming and Diving: v.s.Mounds View 6 p.m. at SJHS pool
Varsity Girls Soccer: vs. Park 7 p.m. at Pony Stadium
Varsity Volleyball: vs. Woodbury 7 p.m. at SAHS gyms 1,2,3,4
Pony Pride Day: All day student activity sponsored by SAHS student council
- All-District Kickoff (Students Only) High school students in athletics, music, clubs and activities will hand out “Go Ponies” wristbands at their elementary and junior high alma maters.
- Homecoming Coronation and Pep Fest Assembly (students only)
- Homecoming pre-party: The inaugural homecoming pre-party will take place from 5-7 p.m. at the Southwest Parking lot adjacent to Pony Stadium. The event features a fun and family-friendly event with live music provided by the student Battle of the Bands winner and a professional band. There will also be games including Bean Bag Toss and a Punt, Pass and Kick competition, face painting, and the opportunity to meet cowboy Jeff and his horse Roanie.
- Varsity Football: vs. Roseville at 7 p.m. at Pony Stadium.
Community Pancake Breakfast: 8-11 a.m. at SAHS Cafeteria, sponsored by Stillwater community members. Come connect with other Pony alums and celebrate a great homecoming week over breakfast. There is a $5 suggested donation and all proceeds will go to the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund.
Lullaby concert: 2 p.m. at Boutwells Landing, sponsored by the SAHS Music Department for families with young children. High school music students will play lullabies and other child-friendly songs. Free entry with one perishable food item per person.