The Science Museum of Minnesota visits Pioneer Elementary
Students at Pioneer Elementary were visited by experts from the Science Museum last week, as part of what they call a residency.
Above: First graders were asked to observe, sort, and match the teeth from different animals. After they did that the students had to decide if that animal was a meat eater or a plant eater based on the shape of the tooth.
Above: Second graders learned all about dinosaurs and fossils. They were able to make observations to find out which fossils belong to certain animals.
Above: Students in fifth and sixth grade learned all about Groundwater. Here, fifth graders are doing experiments that demonstrate how water moves through soil and aquifers and how that affects our water wells.
Facilities Committee Meeting is a Success; planning for our future
Blood Drive at Healy collects over 59 units of Blood
Minnesota Honor Society students from Healy (along with Miss Jindra and Mrs. LeBlanc) organized the Blood Drive that took place at the MAC last week. Thank you to all who gave, tried to give, or worked the event. We collected 59 units of blood, saving and improving the lives of so many!
Teacher Feature - Our Speech Language Pathologists
Districts throughout Minnesota struggle to hire Speech Language Pathologists. In Pierz, we are fortunate to have two highly trained SLP professionals:
I’m Jessica Teske, a speech-language pathologist (SLP) in the Pierz School District. This is my fourth year working in Pierz. I primarily work with preschool through 3rd grade students who have communication needs, including speech/articulation, language, fluency (stuttering), and voice disorders.
I grew up on my family’s dairy farm near Perham, Minnesota. My two younger brothers, who both received speech services in elementary school, inspired me to look into the field of speech-language pathology. During my senior year in high school I worked with the SLP in my school district and instantly knew I found my calling. I attended Minnesota State University - Moorhead, where I earned my undergraduate and graduate degrees in Speech-Language Pathology.
Why Pierz? My husband, Rich, has taught science and coached in the district since 2009. From his experience, I was able to witness the support and stability the district offers employees. Also, I was impressed with the opportunities offered to students. In 2014, I was lucky enough to become part of the “Pioneer Family” and quickly realized what amazing and caring staff work in our district! Rich and I look forward to watching our sons, Andrew (3) and Zeke (1), start their education in the Pierz School District.