Math Masters Program Strong at Pioneer
What does it take to be a math master? According to math coach, Denny Rothstein, "More critical thinking and problem solving skills than anything." Denny was convinced by sister-in-law and then teacher Connie Banach to volunteer for Math Masters in 1997, and has been coaching the teams ever since. Read on!
Healy Highlights
Healy Students Test Out Plasma Cutter
Students in Mr. Gruber's welding class got to experience a state-of-the art plasma cutter last week. They designed, programmed, and fabricated their own creations. Here, Mr. Winscher makes his very own 'Chevy' sign out of steel!
Jazzin' Up the City of Eau Claire
Jazz I went to Eau Claire, WI and participated in the Eau Claire Jazz Fest! They did extremely well and received great comments from the judges. Nailed it!
**Meet the Retirees**
(We are taking the next few publications to honor those that are waving the white flag!)
Georgia Kretschmar, 4th grade
I am Georgia Kretschmar, 4th grade teacher at Pioneer Elementary. I have been a teacher in the Pierz school district since 1989 when I joined the “small” Pioneer family in Harding at the only public school in the district. I was the Title I teacher for one year before moving to 4th grade where I’ve been having fun ever since.

I have truly cherished my time at Pioneer, and will greatly miss my “school family”. But, to quote a favorite song, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end”. I look fondly back at my old beginning, and with great anticipation forward to my new beginning.
Jo Loidolt, Special Ed. Para
My name is Jo Loidolt. I have been a Special Ed. Para at Pioneer Elementary for the last 12 years; however, it was not my first experience working with children. I ran an in-home daycare for 16 years while raising our three kids.

As a kid I always wanted to be a teacher. Life didn’t turn out that way, but I have been so fortunate to be able to touch children’s lives by doing daycare and now working in an elementary school. It is so amazing to see children succeed. Knowing that you have been a little part of their progress is gratifying.
Pioneer Elementary School News
Second Graders Buzzing About Electricity
Second graders had a visit from TechMobile to further learn about electricity, more specifically open and closed circuits. They were then able to create a device that could make noises, turn fans on, and flash lights.
Sixth Graders Print Key Chains
Sixth grade students have been busy designing, programming and fabricating items using the 3D printer. TechMobile spent time showing these students the wide world of 3D printing - including ways scientists are printing actual prosthetic LIMBS for people!
**Student Spotlight**
Featuring students in grades 5-12 selected by their teachers for being awesome humans.
We wish we could feature ALL our hard-working students!
Mckenna Hoheisel, 4th Grade
Nominated by Mrs. Caughey: "I nominate Mckenna Hoheisel for her warm heart, spirited energy, and academic efforts. Mckenna ALWAYS has a smile on her face and it is most definitely contagious. She is a positive ray of sunshine and makes others around her feel included and comfortable just for being who they are. McKenna asks great questions and works hard at tasks that are challenging, never complaining or giving up without getting the problem solved. Kudos to Mckenna for being a great student and kid!
Katelyn Becker & Laura Tautges
"Katelyn and Laura took their Minnesota Honor Society project to a whole new level," says Mrs. Jinda, advisor. The girls contacted Mrs. Meyer-Myrum, principal at Holy Trinity and raised funds for blanket materials. They then worked with Holy Trinity students to actually make the blankets and had the children go with them as they delivered blankets to residents at Meadow Ponds and the Pierz Villa! Residents cried for joy when the blankets were delivered by these angels. They raised so much money, they were able to make over 60 blankets, with many blankets also being donated to the veterans at the VA hospital in St. Cloud. Amazing job, Katelyn and Laura!
Upcoming Events
Evening of Jazz at Pierz Ballroom
Date: Saturday, April 28
Time: Doors Open @ 5:30pm
Performances by Pierz Jazz Groups starting at 6:30pm
Headliner: Loras College Jazz Band @ 8:30pm
6th Annual Pioneer Walk/Run
When: Saturday, April 28 at 8:30am
Where: Pierz Healy High School
What: Meet at the front of the high school. Advanced registration is $15 or $20 at the event, includes a t-shirt.
Why: Money goes toward scholarships for Healy High Seniors!
Drive Your Tractor to School!
The annual tradition continues!
When: Wednesday, May 2
What: Park your car/truck for the day and fire up the tractor for your ride to school!
How: Talk with Mrs. Tax to coordinate parking, arrival and dismissal time for safety.
Where: It's pretty cool to see all those tractors lined up - come take a look for yourself in the high school parking lot on May 2.
Looking Ahead...
Prom:
  • Saturday, May 5, 2018; doors open 7pm
  • Location: MAC Gym
  • "A Stroll In Paris" is this year's prom theme.
  • Grand March begins at 7:30pm.

Choir Concert:
  • Monday, May 7 at 7:30pm in the PAC
  • Theme: Music from the 80s and 90s!

A cademic Awards Night:
  • Wednesday, May 9 at 6pm in the PAC

Band Concert:
  • Monday, May 14 at 7:30pm in the PAC
  • Theme: "America: A Tribute to Our Country"
Pierz Public Schools #484
District Office: 320.468.6458
112 Kamnic Street, Pierz, MN 56364