Friday, October 4 - Issue #41
October College Knowledge Month
To assist students in preparing and applying to a post-secondary institution, Pierz Healy High School will participate in the statewide College Knowledge Month held in October.

To us, “college” or “postsecondary” means any education program beyond high school including certificate programs, two-year degree or diploma programs and four-year degree programs. This initiative is so important because research shows that most new jobs will require some form of education and training beyond high school. 

College Knowledge Month activities at Pierz Healy High School :
  • Every Wednesday during the month of October, the iMac Computer lab will be staffed with either the Counselor and/or the Career Advisor to assist students with completing their college applications. All Minnesota State colleges and universities are waiving their application fee October 28-November 1, with most waiving fees the entire month, making it a great time to submit college applications.
  • Wednesday, October 9th is FAFSA completion night for students and parents. Information has been sent to all senior students and their parents.
  • Throughout the month we will announce special days when students and staff will be invited to wear college clothing.
  • Early deadline and institutional scholarship information will be distributed to seniors. 
  • Senior college-related scavenger hunt for post-secondary school-related prizes. 

What careers are growing in Minnesota? Click here to find out!

If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Bueckers or Mrs. Pohlkamp at the high school. For more information about College Knowledge Month and Minnesota Goes To College, check out this website:  College Knowledge and MN Goes to College

Healy Highlights
Homecoming King and Queen crowned
Homecoming 2019 kicked off with coronation on Monday, naming Simon Gruber and Katie LeBlanc King and Queen to reign over homecoming week at Healy. The week of fun includes dress up days, a home volleyball match, a home football game and the homecoming dance after the football game on Friday night. We hope to see all the Pierz alumni at the homecoming football game tonight--Go Pioneers!
Learning the skill of cribbage--look out grandma and grandpa
Students in Mrs. Andres' 8th grade math classes are applying a combination of quick math skills and probabilities with the fun and timeless game of cribbage.They spent a week practicing setting hands and dueling for points and ended with a few competitive days of playing. 
Greenhouse students get unique tour
Fall Greenhouse Management students were invited to a high tunnel greenhouse on Monday in Little Falls owned by Ron Woltjer. Ron experiments with many different types of fruits and vegetables. He has kiwi vines growing in his high tunnel, along with tomatoes and peppers. He also has over 4000 apple trees, cherry trees, saskatoons, blueberries, pears and many more. He invited the students to each pick a 1/4 peck of Sweet Tango apples that were very appreciated by the students!
Pioneer Elementary School News
Pioneer Elementary kicks off their PTO fundraiser by asking kids to "Dream Big"
The Pioneer PTO is a seemingly tireless, energetic group of parents and teachers whose goal is to continue to make Pioneer Elementary a great school. This year, the fundraising theme is "Dream Big", and our students are providing the inspiration. Click to view some of the big ideas our students have for Pioneer!
Collecting, identifying, investigating
Mrs. Girtz' 3rd graders spent time collecting and identifying leaves this week. Students were challenged to collect any type of leaf from home. They then had to look through MANY photos of native Minnesotan trees in order to determine what type of tree their leaves came from.
Sixth graders design 3D art--and it's nature friendly
Mr. Holbrook's art classes learned about 3-dimensional artwork before being tasked with creating their own. Students had to think about composition and the angle of the viewer in order to create an image that appears to 'come off the page'. These works of art were created on compostable egg crates made from recycled materials. Earth-friendly artists, unite!
**Student Spotlight**
Featuring students in grades 4-11 selected by their teachers for being awesome humans (seniors have their own spotlight!) We wish we could feature ALL our hard-working students!
The Welding II Class
Mr. Gruber nominated his Welding II class. Last week, his senior high students were posed the problem: How do we make this piece of equipment safer? The group was explained the conditions of the piece of equipment and has brainstormed the situation, then had to come up with solutions and collaborate to create a prototype and ultimately the finished product. Creativity, communications, critical thinking, collaboration--they hit a 4C's homerun!
Andrew Juetten, 5th grade
Nominated by Mr. Mathwig: "Andrew has been an awesome member of our trombone section, he is a very strong leader and is always ready to help the people around him at a moments notice. Andrew is also doing very well on his instrument, and he has been taking it home very often to practice. "
Community Education Happenings
Securing and Preserving your Retirement Strategy
Monday, October 21, 6:30-8 pm 
Healy Media Center, enter through the main door; #2
Provided free courtesy of Tara Hemsing Woitalla
Register by calling 320-468-6458 ext 7 by October 18

Join Tara Hemsing Woitalla for an educational class to better understand the opportunities available to you to help secure and preserve your retirement. Together we’ll focus on determining your needs and wants when it comes to your retirement goals and plans. We will explore high-level concepts around protection and preservation options for you to get started on a plan that provides for both the expected—and the unexpected. 
Looking Ahead...
October 9 - HS conferences
FAFSA workshop

October 12 - Charity Volleyball game Football players vs. Volleyball players. 10am-noon @ MAC link

October 13 - Education Today arrives in your Morrison County Record

October 14-15 - K-6 conferences

October 28 - Choir Concert

November 3 - Daylight Saving ends

November 4 - Band Concert

November 11 - No School

November 21-24 - Fall Musical

Upcoming Community Ed classes:
Piano lessons with Joan Novak will be offered on Tuesdays.

Cribbage - Grades 3-6
Register by October 18

Faux Feather Earrings - Grades 4 to adult. Register by November 1

Set, Trump, Uno - Grades 4 to adult
Register by October 15

Use the CLASS REGISTRATION button to learn more and register!
Pierz Public Schools #484
District Office: 320.468.6458
112 Kamnic Street, Pierz, MN 56364