Name Our Middle Schools

Our junior highs will soon become middle schools and they'll need new names. School board policy requires a building's name to match the programming - meaning the junior highs have to be renamed as middle schools. This is also an opportunity to consider new names for the two buildings.

Community members are being asked to submit possible names for our two middle schools. Names can be submitted through October 31, 2016. 

Submit your idea here 

The naming committee will consider all submissions and select up to three names for each school to recommend to the school board. A final decision will be made by the school board in December.

The following guiding principles will be applied when considering names:

  • Encourage unification among community stakeholders
  • Include definition of function (ie. Middle School)
  • Be clearly identifying, widely known and recognized for an extended period of time
  • Support the mission of the school district
  • Not be limited to educators and/or individuals formerly employed by the school district
  • If named for an individual, consideration will be given for his or her character, contributions, and achievements.

See the School Board Policy R 4.1.1 for more details on the naming process and guiding principles.


Why is a name change necessary?

School board policy requires a building's name to match the programming - meaning the junior highs need to be renamed as middle schools when they change next fall. It could just be the schools’ current names change from Oak-Land and Stillwater Junior High to Oak-Land and Stillwater Middle Schools. However, the naming process also provides an opportunity for community members to suggest any new names for the two buildings.

What are the costs associated with changing the schools’ names?
The new school name and corresponding brand would be phased in over time. Any materials with the old name would be used up before new materials were re-ordered.

  • Signage – Signs in front of Oak-Land and Stillwater Junior would need to be updated. The cost to change the monument signs at the two schools is estimated between $8,000 and $10,000, and would be paid for out of the district’s capital budget.

  • Repainting of gym floors – Gym floors are resurfaced as part of ongoing facility maintenance, which is paid for from the capital budget. Floors could be repainted to reflect the name change, if necessary, the next time they are slated for update. No new costs would be incurred due to the name change.

  • Internal branding - In recent years the two schools have been working to align themselves with the “Pony” brand. They’ve been incorporating the colors of red and black and the pony logo as updates have been made to the facilities or to materials. Each school has an annual budget to help cover these miscellaneous projects. The principal and school staff may choose to allocate funds from that budget toward items (signs, banners, etc.) to match the new school name or the pony brand.

  • Stationery – Both schools use pony stationery. No new costs would be incurred due to the name change.

  • Letterhead – Letterhead is created in-house, stored virtually and printed as needed at the school. No new costs would be incurred due to the name change.

  • Uniforms – Any update to athletic uniforms would be made the next time uniforms need to be ordered. No new costs would be incurred due to the name change.