Friday, October 26, 2018--Issue #23
Junior High Service Day
As part of their junior high service project, each year 7th and 8th grade students spend the afternoon helping our their fellow Pierz residents. Various community members and families indicated they needed some help--and our students were happy to oblige! Last week, students walked the city, raking, bagging, and hauling leaves for more than 28 residents that needed a helping hand. They also cleaned up the community garden. Thank you students, staff, and community members for working together on this project. Please call the school if you or someone you know (within the city of Pierz) would like to get on the 'help me' list for next year.
Healy Highlights
Breaking Out of Math
Students in Mrs. Andres' math classes used their critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills to 'break out' and solve the problem using BreakoutEdu lock boxes. Teams were given clues, stories, random numbers, and decoders to try and solve.
Future Farmers of America - Indianapolis or Bust!
Mrs. Pat Tax along with the FFA officers are heading to the National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis this week-injury and all:) On the agenda - a visit to the mega-big, mega-cool Fair Oaks Farms, a rodeo, a keynote from President Trump, and a private concert for FFA students by Garth Brooks. Did you eat today? Thank a farmer!
**Meet the Team**
(Find out what makes Pierz Schools so successful--our employees!)
This week, we are featuring our teachers who are in their 2nd year of teaching. Do they love their chosen career? Regret it? Find out...
Ms. Jackie Caughey
"Hello! My name is Jackie Caughey and I am a second year teacher here at Pioneer Elementary. I teach fourth grade and just love the age of those students. They amaze me with their resilience, patience, work ethic, kind hearts and humor each day. Sometimes I think we could all learn a thing or two from a nine or ten year old!

I knew Pierz to be an awesome, caring community and boy, has my admiration grown for this place in the past year since starting here! The community itself has been so inclusive and welcoming. I also really can’t say enough about the staff here in the district." More about Ms. Caughey
Ms. Elizabeth Tomala
"Hello, I am Elizabeth Tomala, a 1 st  grade teacher here at Pioneer Elementary. I love teaching 1 st  grade because it is so remarkable how much of these students grow in reading. I am lucky to aid and experience their growth and successes as readers. I have found my calling in 1 st  grade!

This is my second year at Pioneer and I am so happy to be back in my hometown! I was born and raised in the Pierz community. The Pierz community is special to me because of its care and support for one another. When someone is in need or in poor health, the community steps up to lend a helping and loving hand. I have experienced this first hand when my brother battled cancer."
Ms. Collette Loch
"Hi there! My name is Collette Loch, and I teach 7th grade English Language Arts here at Pierz Healy High School. I also coach the Speech team. I grew up in St. Cloud, Minnesota and Graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School.

I will forever be grateful for the opportunity I have been given here as a Pierz Pioneer! Although this is only my second year, I already feel at home. I could not have asked for a better beginning to my teaching career, and it is 100% due to the incredible staff, supportive community, and inspiring students I get to work with every day!" More about Ms. Loch
Pioneer Elementary School News
Over the river and through the woods..
Fifth graders from Pioneer spent some time in the Virnig Family Woods last week, taking a hands-on approach to learning. They were able to identify various plant species that they are studying, as well as learned about forest management and being good stewards of our Earth.
Pumpkins: from Healy to Pioneer
Third graders decorated pumpkins that were grown and harvested by the ag students in the community garden. Some were spooky and some were silly! Thank you for the pumpkins, Healy ag students!
**Student Spotlight**
Featuring students in grades 4-12 selected by their teachers for being awesome humans.
We wish we could feature ALL our hard-working students!
Jeffrey Korte, 4th Grade
Nominated by Mr. Kruse: "Jeffery is awesome to have in class, he is always well behaved and brings a ton of excitement and enthusiasm to the classroom. He is always a great member of the choir!" Congratulations, Jeffrey; keep up the great work!
Alex Gross, Senior
Nominated by Mrs. Billie Jo Kimman: "I would like to nominate Alex because I have been very impressed with his compassion for his classmates. This is a side of Alex that I had not had the pleasure of witnessing until this year. Alex has been helping out in my classroom, and I see him engaging with the other students with both patience and compassion. He will go out of his way to offer support and encouragement. He shows interest in what they have to say, but also challenges them in a way that is kind and non-judgmental. He does all of this so naturally. Alex has such a kind heart that I think is often unrecognized. I have been truly impressed with who he is as a student, a classmate, and a person!" Fly high, Alex!
Upcoming Events
Personalized Wood Sign
Join us for a couple hours of sign making FUN. We will be instructed step-by-step in order to create our very own masterpiece...from bare wood planks to a finished sign all ready to hang in our home. We’ll assemble, stain and paint on our design! Pick from 180+ design choices! Register to receive a link to submit your design request.

Who: Instructor - Dawn Legatt
When: Thursday, November 8, 6:30pm
Where: Art Room, High School
Cost: $46
Deadline to register is November 1. You will receive an email to choose your design after you register.
Essential Oils/ Mommy/Daddy & Me -- November 5, 6:30pm

8 hour AARP -- Nov 13 & 15

Love and Logic -- October 30

How to Plan for Long Term Care
November 8, 4:30 or 6:30pm
Sign up for all classes here:
"The Adamms Family" Musical
The Pierz Healy Drama students will be performing “The Addams Family” musical.“The Addams Family” follows the story of Gomez (Jaron Gross) and Morticia (Tori Mitchell) as they find out that Wednesday (Kamery Hahn) is getting married to Lucas (Ryan Stangl) before they have given their permission for them to marry. Just like the original television series, there are many twists and turns along the way. Diane Hauan is the stage and vocal director, Joel Pohland is the pit band director, Kim Horning is the choreographer and Simon Kroll will be the technical director.

When: Thursday, November 15, 7:00pm
Friday, November 16, 7:00pm
Sunday, November 18, 2:00pm

Where: Performing Arts Center
$6 Adults, $3 Students and Senior s

for Adults with Disabilities
Join our EPIC students for an afternoon of BINGO. All adults with disabilities welcome with another adult.
When: Monday, October 29 from 3:30-4:30pm
Where: High School Art Room, enter Door 2
Daylight Savings Time Ends-
Sunday, November 4, 2018, 2:00am clocks are turned backward 1 hour .
Looking Ahead...
Ultimate Frisbee on the south practice field--
October 27, 9-11am (high school students and adults welcome, FREE )

Choir Concert--
October 29, 7:00pm
Performing Arts Center

Band Concert--
November 5, 7:00pm
Performing Arts Center

Election Day--
November 6

No School at Pioneer
End of Quarter
November 9
Pierz Public Schools #484
District Office: 320.468.6458
112 Kamnic Street, Pierz, MN 56364