Friday, December 13, 2019 - Issue #46
We wish you a Merry Christmas...
If you've attended a band, choir, or school musical in the last few years, you’ve had the pleasure of witnessing the advanced talents of the staff and students that comprise the Pierz Music Department. 

This week, Pioneer Elementary showcased their annual Christmas Program to the delight of their friends and family. Last week, middle school choir and band students impressed audiences with their technical skills and abilities--even more impactful is knowing that these students have only been in band and choir for a couple years or less. Next week, senior high students will expertly perform their Holiday Concert, inspiring all ages from our community. 

The students and staff at Pierz Schools are supported by parents and community members who truly care for the well-being and futures of their children. 

What makes the Pierz Music Department so successful? It’s an ideal mix of student passion, staff passion and parent and community support. Read on!
Healy Highlights

Mr. Pohland Receives 'Teacher of the Week' Award
Band Director Mr.  Joel Pohland  was surprised in his band room this week as he received the "Teacher of the Week" award from St. Cloud radio station, RIVER 96.7. But his students (and anyone who knows him) weren't shocked. Nominated by Jazmine Dickmann, Jaron Gross, Mariah Olesch, Tori Mitchell, Levi Block, Duncan Osborne, Abby Nelson, here's what they had to say:

"Mr. Pohland has been such a great teacher. He is always at school, whether he is helping students in lessons or coaching golf; and he always does it with a smile on his face. He genuinely loves what he does, you can see it on his face when you walk through the door. He loves to have fun in the classroom, as you can see every Friday with his painfully unfunny jokes. From giving great advice to being passionate to doing little things to show his appreciation for every student, Mr. Pohland, is one of a kind and we are all very thankful to have him as a teacher." Click here for full story.
Blood Drive Success
Thank you to all the students, staff, and community members who came out to donate blood last week. Minnesota Honor Society students at Healy hosted the event, and with your generosity, we donated 52 pints of blood to those in need through the American Red Cross Blood Drive. The next Blood Drive will be April 8th in the MAC. Hope to see you here!
Pioneer Elementary School News
Grandma Madeline Honored
'Grandma' Madeline Moren was recently honored for 15 years of service at Pioneer Elementary at the Foster Grandparent Holiday Recognition Program held at the festive Historic Train Depot in Little Falls. She has made a positive difference in the lives of many students. The staff at Pioneer thank her for 15 years of dedicated service! Pictured L to R: Jon Knopik, Foster Grandparent Area Supervisor; 'Grandma' Madeline Moren; Mrs. Sadlovsky; and Mrs. Pohlkamp. 
Sixth Graders Spread Christmas Cheer
In the days leading up to the Holiday break, band and choir students will be serenading the halls of Healy and Pioneer with sounds of the season. Here, percussionists and trumpet players (and Mr. Mathwig), entertained fellow students at Pioneer Elementary this week with various Christmas songs.

Band students have also 'carolled' at Holy Trinity and the Pierz Senior Center so far!
Toy Drive at Pioneer
The annual Toy Drive has begun at Pioneer, and we are asking students to spend some time (and maybe even some of their hard-earned money), shopping and purchasing a same-age gift to donate to the Toy Drive. All unwrapped, new donations must be brought to Pioneer Elementary no later than the morning of December 18th. Toys will be distributed to families in need this holiday season at the City Maintenance Building on December 18th from 5-6:30pm. Please share this information with friends and family that may benefit from this event!
** Staff Spotlight **
Our beloved bus drivers!
Bus drivers are the quiet, everyday heroes in our district. They are among the first employees to punch in each day, starting their routes as early as 6AM. Their job is crucial: get hundreds of children safely to school every day. With skill, patience, kindness, and care, our drivers are the first teachers many of our students see each day, and the last teacher they see before arriving home.

This week, all drivers attended training with Pierz Chief of Police Eric Hanneken to help them identify vaping on their buses. They learned how to identify vape pens (often disguised as computer flash drives) and what vaping looks and smells like. Thank you to all our drivers and paras who ensure that our students arrive to and from school safely each day!
Community Education Happenings
Looking Ahead...

December 16 - SH Band/Choir Concert - 7pm Middle School Gym

December 23 - January 1
No School - Winter Break

Upcoming Community Ed classes:
Cookies in a Jar, Grades 4-6
December 16

Defensive Driver (55 Alive)
December 16, 1:30pm Pierz Senior Center; call 468-6458 ext 7 to register

Watch for the new class offerings online and in the Education Today included with your January 12th Morrison County Record edition.

Use the CLASS REGISTRATION button to learn more and register!
Wishing all our families and community a
very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! See you in 2020!
Pierz Public Schools #484
District Office: 320.468.6458
112 Kamnic Street, Pierz, MN 56364