November 10, 2023 - Issue #114

Wizard of Oz, with a twist

Everyone knows the story of The Wizard of Oz but instead of lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!) we have Jitterbugs, Ghosts, and a talking skeleton. The Wicked Witch has new friends and her same enemies but it isn't ruby slippers that will get Dorothy home. We still have Dorothy's friends at the end of the rainbow (Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion) and even new friends in Gloria and the other girls of Oz. 

Our cast has been hard at work and can't wait to show you all the fun we've been working on since the summer. Please join us November 16th and 17th at 7pm and November 19th at 2pm. We are very excited to give a little preview to our elementary school on Wednesday!

Happenings at Healy

CPR training for Healy students

Each year, all Healy students in 8th and 10th grade are provided with Hands-Only CPR training. Last week, Colette Fitterer, BS, ADN, RN, CEN, Take Heart Program Coordinator & ER Nurse with Essentia Health - St. Joseph's Medical Center was onsite to oversee the training along with her ER nursing staff who also helped train our students.

Mr. Toops also teaches students the American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR & AED courses (it covers infant choking as well). This covers infants, children, and adults. His training for students also includes Project Adam -- a Wisconsin-based program that teaches Hands-Only CPR and AED use.

All said, Pierz students get taught by a CPR professional at least twice throughout their high school careers. Thank you to Mr. Toops, the health department at Pierz Schools, and the Take Heart program for making this possible. 

Field Trip Opportunities for Healy Students


Thirteen students from the Fabrics & Textiles class took a field trip to JoAnn Fabrics in St. Cloud to purchase fabric for their quilts.


Students in Mr. Gruber's welding and woods classes took a trip to Little Falls to explore local manufacturing careers during MFG Day, a national annual event during which manufacturers open their doors to showcase the potential of modern manufacturing and foster interest in manufacturing careers. The students toured Falls Fabrication and DJ's products, both of Little Falls.

College Touring

On November 7th, 40 students boarded the bus to Bemidji State University. Students were able to learn about the different programs the campus has to offer and also the perks of having a campus close to Bemidji Lake. These perks include access to canoeing, a 17-mile paved trail around the lake for walking, rollerblading and biking, and also walking to class right from your fish house. All perks that pleased our Pierz students!

Students were able to experience eating lunch right on campus. Another bonus to the Bemidji campus is that almost all of the buildings are connected to a tunnel system to avoid walking out in the cold during wintertime. Taking this tour was a great way to expose students to different opportunities after high school.

Happenings at Pioneer Elementary

Generations of Bingo Fun

One of the many benefits of school in a small town is our proximity and relationships with area businesses and facilities. Last week, Mrs. Talberg's 5th Graders headed over to nearby Harmony House to visit with the residents and play Bingo. This inter-generational connection is so important not only for students but for the residents as well.

Next month, our Jazz Band will be providing soothing tunes for the residents at the Pierz Villa.

Exploring Morrison County

Third graders took a trip to Little Falls for various learning opportunities. The first stop was a tour of the Morrison County government center, including a tour of Judge Antoinette Wetzel's courtroom and the 911 dispatch center. This supported their learning of the court system through their reading of "The Trial of Cardigan Jones" in class.

Classes also took time to enjoy Maple Island Park and learn about the hydropower produced at the dam.

Looking Ahead
  • November 16: Fall Musical: "The Wizard of Oz," PAC @ 7pm
  • November 17: Fall Musical, 7pm
  • November 19: Fall Musical, 2pm
  • November 23 & 24: No School - Thanksgiving Break

Community Education

Upcoming Community Education

Calling all adults—join us for pickleball fun! Looking for a way to get active, socialize, and have a blast with friends? All levels of play are welcome. Come to the open gym on Sunday nights at 5pm. Sign up online to ensure you're on the email list for weather updates, or updated locations and times. You have the option to pay online or pay when you come. The fee is $2 per time, and all equipment is provided. Note: no experience necessary!

Are you ready to indulge in the sweetest of holiday traditions? Join us for a Christmas candy-making class where you'll make homemade treats that will spread the joy of the season! More info coming soon with recipes and fees but you can save the date for registration which will open online on November 1. Space will be limited!! The one-time class will held Monday evening, November 27, and hosted by Patsy Przybilla and Lynn Folger.

Ready to serve up some fun while connecting with your friends and community? Gather your team and sign up for the women's volleyball league, Wednesday nights at 8pm on November 15, 29, December 6, 13, January 3, 10, 17, 24, February 7, 14, 21, 28.

Register your team online.

Watch for more adult classes coming soon! You can always view the latest in offerings on under Community Education and follow Pierz Community Education on Facebook.

Register for any of the classes by calling 320-468-6458 ext 1906

Pierz Public Schools #484

District Office: 320.468.6458

112 Kamnic Street, Pierz, MN 56364