Friday, February 22, 2019--Issue #31
"A fear for most...FUN for us!"
Does the idea of giving a speech in front of a live audience leave you with sweaty palms and high anxiety? Not surprising, as public speaking is the #1 fear among Americans, topping even the fear of dying! Who are these brave souls that face this fear and *gasp* ENJOY IT?!

The Pioneer Speech team is a co-curricular fine arts performance activity that consists of thirteen separate speaking categories. Each category requires unique skill sets, allowing a wide range of students with different skill sets to thrive. Under the direction of their coaches, students enter into the category of their choice, ranging from discussion and informative speaking to humorous interpretation, extemporaneous speaking and storytelling among other categories. Through practice and judge critiques from competitions, students learn how to structure a speech, analyze material useful to their topic, and improve their performance techniques.
Students are judged on their ability to perform their pieces based on the individual rules for each category; however, general public speaking abilities are central to scoring. Judges look for indicators like voice tone, speech clarity, speed and volume, eye contact, and gestures. Read on to learn about their success and future competitions
Healy Highlights
Showcase at Healy High School-- soup bowl supper benefit, student presentations, displays, and more
The annual Healy Open House/Student Showcase Night will take place on Wednesday, March 13 throughout the halls of Healy. The public is welcomed and encouraged to come, as the staff and students prepare to feed you, entertain you, and TEACH you! Here's just a short list of some of the activities going on from 4 - 7pm during the Showcase:

  • Eat--Empty Bowls: soup supper benefit - $10/person $30/family + you get to keep a beautiful student-made bowl! All proceeds go to the Pierz Food Shelf and the Pioneer Packs Program--combating hunger in our area.
  • Listen to the sweet sounds of our award-winning Jazz Band
  • Preview the comedy-murder-mystery, "Clue", as the Theatre dept performs pieces from the Spring play in the Choir Room throughout the evening.
  • Visit the 'Hidden in Plain Sight' room to learn what vaping, Juuls, and other paraphernalia would actually look like in your child's room--learn what to look for!
  • Play with virtual reality and MakerSpace in the media center
  • Speak with our Speech team, listen to their expertly crafted pieces, and get some pointers on public speaking
  • Spark some interest and visit the shop area as students demonstrate the plasma cutter and new welding equipment
  • Plan for the future - Representatives from the Department of Labor and Industry will present information about the Registered Apprenticeship Programs in Minnesota. A presentation specifically for employers from the area (Pierz, Little Falls, Brainerd and St. Cloud), will be at 5:30. At 6:30, they will present information for students, parents and community members. Both presentations will take place in the MAC.
  • And SO MUCH MORE! View all the happenings on the Showcase website here.
'I Love to Read' month has generations sharing the love of reading
At Healy High, we are celebrating "I Love To Read" month by promoting books that students want to read. We encourage students to read books of their choice. Some students may prefer audiobooks, while others may enjoy graphic novels, non-fiction or fiction titles. Other options are available online with e-books subscriptions. Providing choices may give students options they may enjoy.
Additionally, the district partners with the Great River Regional Library (GRRL) to provide a larger selection of titles for students. The district libraries couldn’t possibly own every title that students would like to read, so with the help of the GRRL we can provide additional reading options for our students. Pierz is so fortunate to have a branch of the GRRL in our community.

T o give you an idea of how much our students read: during our October reading challenge, students in grades 7-12 read nearly 48.5 million words!

Pictured, high schoolers from Ms. Bemis's class volunteered to read to preschoolers all month as part of February's "I Love to Read Month" theme. Sharing the love of reading across generations: Pioneer Pride!
**Meet the Team**
(Find out what makes Pierz Schools so successful--our employees!)
Ms. Roxanne Welle: Healy Media Center Specialist and a big fan of 'I Love to Read Month'-- all year long
I am Roxanne Welle, Media Specialist at Healy Jr Sr High School. I have worked at Healy High for the past 18 years. I was fortunate to be a stay-at-home mother for 14 years before I was hired as an assistant in the media center space in 2001. It was while working as an assistant that I started taking classes to finish my degree in special education. After receiving my degree in special education, I continue another degree at St Cloud State University (SCSU) for information media. And finally, in 2015, I earned my Masters in Information Media from SCSU.
I love my job. Life doesn’t get much better than working with wonderful people, all working toward a common goal of helping young people reach their goals and potential. My favorite part of my job is talking books to students. During this process, we talk about what books the student enjoyed in the past and see what topics they like or want to learn more about. I firmly believe it only takes one book to get a student hooked on reading…we just need to find the right hook. Read on to find out about Ms. Welle's other passions...
Pioneer Elementary School News
At Pioneer--when life gives you go sledding!
Parents and staff might be frustrated by all the snow, but the students certainly are not! Our ever-busy, very-handy, super custodians have piled up the snow so the kids can spend their recess time slipping, sliding and sledding. Keep the snow coming!
'I Love to Read' month continues to inspire Pioneer staff and students
Media Specialist Miss Dalsted had classes making reading nooks out of cardboard boxes last week! As part of February's 'I Love to Read' month-long theme, students are encouraged to read, read, read. Next up: Flashlight Friday when students get to sit in dark hallways with their flashlights as they snuggle up and read--all working toward their reading goals to DUNK MR. OTTE in March!
**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!
Kataya Hebler, 6th grade
Nominated by Mr Holbrook: "We have just been introduced to some new ways of looking at Algebra and Kataya has proven her math-aptitude by cracking the code. She has gained self confidence as well as the respect of her fellow classmates. She has a great sense of being "Number Smart", according to our Metier terms. She has earned the honor of being recognized as our Math Student of the Month. She is a puzzler, logical thinker, as well as a planner when diving into new ways of breaking down Algebra. Well done Kataya."
Dominick Juetten, 4th grade
Nominated by Miss Caughey: " Dominick shines in our classroom with his artistic ability and creative mind. He illustrates and writes books about topics that we are learning in class or anything that interests him. His attention to detail and effort he puts into his artwork is amazing. He goes above and beyond what is taught during an art lesson, always creating something spectacular. We celebrate this rising artist in our classroom! Great work, Dominick !"
Community Education Happenings
Essential OIls- Vitality Edition
Monday, February 25, 6:30pm

Are you tired of having the same old dinner? Ready to kick it up a notch? Discover how essential oils can enhance your dinner plate and how you benefit by adding them to your foods. We will go over YL vitality oils, how to incorporate them into your foods, along with sending you home with practical tips and recipes for in the kitchen.
You will make and take the following oil infused seasonings to enjoy at home:
Vegetable Seasoning, Lemon-Thyme Sea Salt and Italian Seasoning. Register today!
Looking Ahead...
February 25-27 Preschool
Conferences ( by appointment)

February 27 Healy Conferences

March 4 Choir Concert

March 10 Daylight Savings

March 13 Healy Showcase/Open House/Soup Bowl Benefit 4-7pm

March 14 Spring Play
March 15 Spring Play Dinner Show
March 17 Spring Play

March 18 Band Concert

March 19 Kindergarten Round Up

March 22 Early Childhood Screening
No School at Pioneer

March 26 Preschool Registration

April 12 Blood Drive

April 22 will be a make up day-
School is in session!
Upcoming Community Ed classes:
Under the Big Top Grades K-2
February 27 Register today!

Crazy about Colors Grades 3-6
February 28 Register today!

30 hour Driver Education Course
must be 14 years or older

AARP Driver Safety course

8-hour new course
March 12 and 13, 5:30-930pm
Pierz Senior Center
$25 (AARP membership qualifies you for a $5 discount)

Call 468-6458 ext 7 to register
Pierz Public Schools #484
District Office: 320.468.6458
112 Kamnic Street, Pierz, MN 56364