Friday, January 24, 2020 - Issue #46
Lifelong Learning Grant at Pierz
Through a grant from Big Ideas USA, and the cooperation and partnership of local welders, Marvin Thomas and Gerald Retka of Central McGowan, Pierz Schools is able to offer introduction to welding classes. Participants are learning the basics of gas cutting, gas welding and MIG welding.

Big Ideas, USA is a non-profit organization committed to partnering with local communities, schools and businesses to provide Introduction to Skilled Trades classes to students ages 13 to 113 who are interested in trying trades such as carpentry, welding, plumbing, electrical, mechatronics, masonry, HVAC/sheet metal, commercial cooking, commercial sewing, and more. At the end of each course, we provide information on “next steps” to consider including further education, on-the-job-training, paths to certification/accreditation as well as industry-specific insight into employment and salary statistics. Courses are designed for small class sizes and hands-on experiences taught by local master tradespeople and industry experts.

Pierz Community Education is looking for additional ideas and community masters to share their talents with students and adults to increase interest and awareness about trade opportunities, skills or hobbies. For more information on this program or available opportunities, visit the Big Ideas, USA website at or contact Community Ed directly at x7.
Healy Highlights
Hi-Tech Printing in PLTW
Seventh graders in Mr. Teske's Project Lead the Way (PLTW) course are currently working with Photoshop to make artwork using the UV Printer. The UV printer can print on a variety of surfaces: wood, canvas, cellphone covers, metal, glass and many more. The students created their own picture in Photoshop and then they printed them on the UV printer which instantly cures the ink with UV light.
Pioneer Elementary School News
Students Celebrate, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Second graders in Mrs. Swenson's class created portraits of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. after learning about how he spoke up for and defended human rights.
Mrs. Burnett's kindergartners learned about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his dream for all humans. They talked about their dreams and goals on how to make the world a better place.
Youth Authors Enter Contest, Publish Stories
Students in ASPIRE have been doing lots of writing in grades K-6. They have worked on figurative language, writing longer stories, class books, and more. This fall, they entered Spooky Saga Stories into a Young Writer's contest. Many students were excited to receive a bookmark and certificate in the mail along with a letter about their writing being published in a book of Spooky Stories. Pictured are students with their certificates and bookmarks in grades 2 and 4.
Students in the Spotlight
**Just a little spot to shout-out to some of our hard-working, respectful, kind students.
There aren't enough weeks to nominate them all, but know that "We see you!"**
Alyssa Sauer, 6th Grade
Nominated by Mr. Holbrook and Mrs. Larson: "Alyssa is always going above and beyond in everything she does. She utilizes every opportunity given to her to show her best work and be the best person she can be. Not only is she an amazing student, but she is honest, kind, down-to-earth, and respectful to everyone who crosses her path. She is extremely deserving of this spotlight."
Logan Gross, 8th Grade
Nominated by Ms. Schmidt: "Logan always works super hard in class: he is always prepared and is a great supporter to his teammates in class. While some may view Logan as quiet in class, he works really hard and isn't afraid to ask questions. He is the student that might typically fly under the radar, but he really does deserve recognition! He always comes in with a positive attitude, works with everyone, and is so respectful to all adults and students. Really, really a great student!"
Looking Ahead...
Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition - January 26 - Jason Sadlovsky for more info: 320-360-0001

  • Healy -- February 12
  • Pioneer -- February 12 & 13
  • Pre-School -- February 18, 19, and 21 by appt.

No School- All Schools
Monday, February 17
Upcoming Community Ed classes:
Kombucha January 28, 5:45pm
Register online by Jan 26

First Aid Refresher February 3, 3:30. Register by Jan 29

Freezer Meals February 3, 5:30
Register by Jan 29

Chess, Grades 3-6
February 5, 12, 19, 26 3:15

Watch for the new class offerings online and via our FB page

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