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Pierz School Board Approves Resolution to Limit Open Enrollment
At the regular board meeting of Feb. 28, the Pierz School Board adopted a Resolution to manage open enrollment numbers per grade. The Board also will approve a separate Open Enrollment Policy at its regular March meeting. A draft of that policy was reviewed at the February meeting. The goal is to continue to provide financial efficiency, teaching and learning effectiveness, yet also create long term stability.
“Open enrollment has helped all of us, by keeping the district financially strong, bringing terrific families into our communities, helping reverse declining numbers and the potential loss of programs and jobs,” said Superintendent George Weber, “but now is the time to put a limit on it.” Read full article and Open Enrollment FAQs
Academics for All - part 2: College and Career and Training and Healy
At Pierz Healy High School, academic opportunities abound. Students have a plethora of choices, no matter their interest or career path. Welding, Agriculture, College Algebra, Water, Woods, & Wildlife, College Human Biology, Landscaping, Cabinet Making, Electrical Wiring, American Literature, Computer Repair Class, Child Development, Advanced Cooking/Foods, Garageband (digital music productions), Quilting and many more classes provide students with both college and career courses to help them determine their future plans
“We really aim to provide students with courses and opportunities that align with their career and college goals. Our hope is that we offer something that inspires every student that comes to Healy. We know that not all students plan to attend a 2- or 4-year college after high school. We provide classes and opportunities that will help them train in their career field and provide them with skills for the workforce with courses in agriculture, welding, automotive, wood shop, cooking, sewing, and more. Read full article
Academics for All - part 1: ASPIRE to SUCCESS at Pioneer Elementary
In last week’s newsletter, you saw that students at Pioneer Elementary and Healy High School have the opportunity to enroll in so many activities - knowledge bowl, speech, various sports teams, robotics, trap shooting, after school programs, and more.
But what about during the school day? What are these kids up to?
Academic programs at Pioneer and Healy run the full gamut - from helping struggling students to advanced programs to enrich learning, to providing college courses at no cost to students. This week we will introduce you to the new academic programs that are empowering students at Pioneer Elementary; next week, we will showcase the ways Healy students are learning, including Ramping Up, College in the Schools, and the hands-on agriculture and industrial tech programs!
Our newest program at Pioneer Elementary, SUCCESS, aims to help students that may need just a little extra help with reading skills by combining the efforts of both our Special Education and our Title 1 departments. Read full article
Why Activities Matter - It's Not Just Sports
Robotics, Competitive Speech, Drama Club, Choir, Band, Business Professionals of America, Future Farmers of America, Art Club, Athletics, Peer Helpers, oh my! All these activities and more are providing our students with incredible experiences and skills that will serve them well into their futures.
Activities provide personal growth that cannot be replicated in the classroom. Many, many adults point out their personal experiences in high school activities as not only the most memorable part of their teenage years, but also the most critical part of their growing up that gave the drive and self-discipline to succeed. It is not just about competition, in fact that is one of the least important parts of it. The greater benefit is the focus on teaching your body and your brain to get better at something and the discipline and confidence built up while living through that process. It builds character. It builds belief in yourself.
Read full article
Pierz Ag Students Are Ready for the Future
The future of agriculture is looking bright for Healy students--imagine a future with low water, poor soil conditions, and use of alternative energy sources. Our students can not only imagine this--they have solutions for these situations.
Hydroponics...solar energy systems...designing and building greenhouses...engineering and studying irrigation systems...gardening and crop-sharing--these are just a few or the areas Mrs. Pat Tax's agriculture students are exploring. Read full article
Pierz Robotics Build, Compete
The Robotics Team, the Pierz Mechaneers, have two teams that compete in VEX Robotic’s “In The Zone” 2017-18 challenge.
State competition is by ‘invite-only’ and is held February 2-3, 2018 at the River’s Edge Convention Centre in St Cloud, MN. Pierz’ High School team qualified by being one of the finalists following league play at the St Cloud Technical College. Pierz ‘Junior High team only competed in the Sartell MS competition and ended that competition placing 14th of 42 teams.
Read more about the competition
Pierz Facilities Committee - Meeting #2
Once again more than two dozen community members, staff and school board members gathered on Wednesday, January 3. They reviewed information that was discussed at their first meeting on December 5 regarding the Public Schools facility needs, they reviewed facility investment options and tax impacts presented by the district’s facility consultants, and they made a number of recommendations to the school board, including a selection of one of the options.
Based on the survey results and directive from the community, along with the progress the school board has made, the board will consider these recommendations:
The Facilities Committee is determined to move forward by showing the community both the value and the need for this investment.The school board will consider the Facility Committee recommendations and may approve a resolution to hold a referendum on April 10. Full article
Tech Mobile Career Training Tools Provide Hands-On Learning
This year Pierz students and staff are taking part in an innovative program that
allows children to work with very expensive equipment that is used in a variety of
trades industries and advanced training schools. Read full article
Mock Interviews Give Students Real-life Scenarios and Job Skills
Students in Mr. Paulson's Practical Writing class had the opportunity to practice their interview skills with real-life local business owners and managers. Read full article
Healy Seniors Get First-hand Information from Industry Leaders
Jason Morris, Field Construction Manager at DeChantal Excavating; Kim Rocheleau, Administrator at Pierz Villa; and Scoop Reif, Human Resources Director at Midwest Machine - talked to seniors about their companies. Read full article
Pierz Schools Property Taxes to Stay Low
At Pierz Schools, the School Board and all of our employees take our responsibility for providing the best education at the best price very seriously. We constantly make judgments about what expenses are necessary. It’s been working. The end result of this frugal and united work culture, is that we are able to keep our local property taxes very low, yet still deliver heartfelt caring for children and top notch instruction. Read full article
Pierz Facilities Committee Planning for the Future
First Meeting to Discuss Options for Possible April Bond Referendum
More than two dozen community members, staff, and school board members met Dec. 5 to discuss Pierz Public Schools facility needs. As members of the district’s Facilities Committee, they are tasked with defining facility needs, reviewing options to solve the needs, and making a recommendation to the school board to consider for a possible April bond referendum. Read More
Pioneer Elementary Christmas Program--standing room only!
The afternoon performances of the holiday show made our spirits bright! Students in grades 1-4 performed a variety of Christmas songs and skits on December 14. Merry Christmas, all!
Toy Drive at the High School and Elementary--generosity overflows!
The Toy Drive at the high school and elementary were tremendous successes, bringing toys and supplies to family in need in our community.
The Toy Drive at Healy raised $1,173.22. Congrats to Mr. Boman's Class for raising over $350 and earning first place with Mrs. Gruber's class coming in second earning over $220 dollars.Thank you to ALL who gave--we have the most caring community!
The Toy Drive at the Elementary is STILL collecting!
December Blood Drive at Healy Collects 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!
Science Museum Spends the Week at Pioneer Elementary
During a one week residency here, the Science Museum of Minnesota met with first and second graders, teaching them about dinosaurs, fossils, and TEETH! They also met with fifth and sixth grade students, teaching them about the importance of groundwater and learning how the earth filters our water through hands-on experiments. Click for photos!