April 7, 2023 - Issue #104

Senior Class Trip: Washington D.C. & NYC

The annual senior class trip had this group of eighteen seniors (pictured above) traveling to Washington D.C. and New York City last week. Landing in Washington D.C students first visited the Arlington National Cemetery and the Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima). The evening had them enjoying a guided tour of the World War II Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Memorial, the National Mall, Tidal Basin, Washington Monument, and a stop by the White House. On day two the group visited the Holocaust Museum and the numerous Smithsonian Museums.

After a short 4-hour bus ride, the group arrived in New York City. They spent time walking Midtown, seeing Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Times Square, and Grand Central Terminal—with enough time left to spend a little time shopping on Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue. The second day in New York allowed them to take the ferry to Ellis Island to view the Statue of Liberty along with a Lower Manhattan tour of Wall Street and finally caught a Broadway show. On day three in New York City, the group visited the 9/11 Memorial, Chinatown, and Little Italy and attended a Yankees baseball game. Whew! Special thanks to Mrs. Stephanie Andres and Mrs. Kara Patrick for chaperoning this incredible opportunity for these students.

"Traveling is an important part of life. It helps us to appreciate the beauty of the world and to gain a better understanding of different cultures, religions, and lifestyles. It can also help us to learn more about ourselves, as we explore new places and challenge our preconceived notions. Traveling also gives us an opportunity to experience new things, meet new people, and make memories that will last a lifetime. By traveling we can expand our horizons and gain valuable skills such as problem-solving, communication, resilience, adaptability, and creativity. We can develop a greater appreciation for the world around us and become more open-minded about different perspectives. We are so lucky to live in a community that has supported this trip for so long!" —Mrs. Stephanie Andres

Happenings at Healy

Studying the Sweet Art of Target Marketing

Students in Mrs. Stuckmayer's Advertising & Graphic Design class are studying franchises and the ways companies use social media to influence their target markets in specific areas. Choosing one of the sweetest (and newest) franchises in the St. Cloud area, Crumbl Cookies, students determined that the target market is Gen Z consumers. Using social media outlets like TikTok, the students determined that 'viral' cookie reviews from TikTok influencers seemed to have a direct correlation to the cookies being released at Crumbl each week. Coincidence? Our students didn't think so. The best part was 'grading' the assignment as Mrs. Stuckmayer brought in samples to determine marketing effectiveness. Of course. 

Happenings at Pioneer Elementary

Local Geography Bee Winners

Several fifth and sixth graders have been working very hard on learning about the states, continents, and countries of the world.  All fifth and sixth graders were given a qualifying quiz then the top 15 worked together as a small group, studying for several weeks. There were two different categories of winners for each grade level: Geography Bee Trivia and Map Contest. The map contest winners were determined by locating and labeling the continents, our 50 states, and the countries of the world. Each week we studied and quizzed on a new continent. All of their scores were totaled up at the end of the sessions.

Thank you to our PTO for $5 in Pierz Bucks for each winner, along with a Papa Murphy's Mini Murph certificate and an Atlas for the Geo Bee Winners. Congratulations to the following 5th and 6th Grade Geography Bee Winners:

5th Grade Trivia Winners: 1st Grayson H, 2nd Ellie H, 3rd Roman W

5th grade Map Winners: 1st Emmeline H, 2nd Ellie S, 3rd Emmeline H

6th Grade Trivia: 1st Parker K, 2nd Brynna W, 3rd Andrew T

6th Grade Map: 1st Tyler T, 2nd Parker K, 3rd Andrew T

Third Graders: Saving the World

Students in Mr. Nezerka's third-grade class were reading "Judy Moody Saves the World" as their story of the week and learning all about recycling. The students split into teams to create posters about why recycling is important and how they can recycle at home. With Earth Day just around the corner, these third graders have lots of ideas on how to keep our Earth healthy.

Looking (Way) Ahead

  • April 7-10: No School - Easter Break
  • April 8: Pierz Lions Easter Egg Hunt - Pioneer Elementary, 11am
  • April 15: Prom - Northern Lights Ballroom and Banquet Center, 4-8pm
  • April 23: Pierz Band plays National Anthem at Target Field for Twins Game
  • May 7: Music in the Park Fundraiser: Pierz Park Golf Shelters, 12:30pm
  • May 8: High School Band Concert, 6:30pm
  • May 10: Healy Academic Awards Night, 6:30pm
  • May 11: Pioneer Fine Arts Festival, 5:30pm
  • May 18: Junior High Band Concert, 6:30pm
  • May 26: Class of 2023 Graduation, 7pm

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