September 16, 2022 - Issue #93

Welcome to the newest Pioneers!

It has been a great start to the 2022-23 school year! New practices in place, new staff on our team, new industrial technology addition - we are going to have a fabulous year here in Pioneer Country! 

This year we welcomed nearly forty new staff members to the Pioneer Family! Click the image to meet our newest Pioneers. 

Happenings at Pierz Schools

New year, new (and improved!) website

Last spring, the technology and media departments started the process of updating our school's website. While it was time intensive, we are thrilled with the results. The new website has a search feature, is ADA compliant, and allows users to translate text. The most popular links can be found at the bottom of every page for staff and parent resources along with current employment opportunities in our district. The most noticeable detail is the change in the web address from the bit clumsier to

All staff emails have also transitioned to this new domain and in most cases, you will find that staff use the first letter of their first name with their last name

Try the new translate feature!

And - look for a brand new Pierz Schools app to hit the Apple and Google Play stores later this fall! 

Industrial technology department getting a makeover

The industrial technology improvement project at the high school is fully underway. The remodel of existing structures and addition of space will bring industry-standard equipment, facilities, and storage areas to our welding, woodshop, and agricultural programs. For a full description, be sure to check out our district blog. 

Jill Hoheisel honored for her dedication to Pierz Schools, students

At halftime of the football home opener, Pierz Special Ed teacher Jill Hoheisel was honored by the Pierz school and the Granite Ridge Conference for her outstanding dedication and commitment to the students of Pierz, whether in the classroom or for the incredible amount of activities that she helps out with. Jill runs the concession stands at athletic events, she chaperones at games and concerts and musicals, she helps out at Cross Country and Track and Field Meets, and on top of that, she's just one of the nicest people you'll ever meet. Pierz Activities Director Dave Rocheleau presented Jill with a plaque at halftime. Thanks for all that you do, Jill!

—Submitted/written by Rick Grammond

Happenings at Pioneer Elementary

Lots of smiles as elementary students get back to work

We've had a great first couple of weeks at Pioneer Elementary. Students are getting back into the routine of classrooms, learning to be helpful classroom friends, and first graders even had time for watercolor painting on day two! 

Looking Ahead
  • September 26: Homecoming Coronation, 2:30 @ MAC
  • September 30: Hall of Fame Inductees at the homecoming football game
  • October 3: Picture Day for Headstart, Kindergarten, M/W School Readiness, and all students not taken at the elementary Open House night
  • October 4: Picture Day for T/TH School Readiness
  • October 6: PTO's "Fall Family Festival", 6-8pm (more details to come!)
  • October 7: No School - Teacher Workshop
  • October 12: Healy High School Retake Day
  • October 20 - 21: No School MEA Break
  • October 24: Final Retake Day

PTO is doing a Fall Family Festival, October 6th in the Pioneer Elementary Gym from 6p-8p. Costumes are encouraged. There will be a DJ, selfie station, activities and snacks! Details will be sent home with your elementary child. 

Community Education

Rick Sczublewski will be offering the four hour refresher course for individuals age 55 and older who want to take the refresher course for their insurance discount. The class is sponsored by the Minnesota Highway Safety and Research Center from St Cloud State University. The class is offered monthly, just call Sarah at 320-468-6458 ext 7 to add your name to the waitlist. You will be notified as dates and times are added! The fee for the class is $24 per person and you will receive a certificate for your insurance agent at the end of the class.

Sign up for the family bus trip to the Children's Museum on October 7. This is a teacher workshop and no school day in the Pierz district but open to area families. The cost is $10 per child and registration is in the webstore.

Pierz Public Schools #484

District Office: 320.468.6458

112 Kamnic Street, Pierz, MN 56364