Pioneer Football - Class AAA State Champions!
Win Over St. Croix Lutheran Earns Pierz the State Title Once Again
In a 34-21 win over the Crusaders, the Pioneers clinched the state title at U.S. Bank Stadium on November 25. The band played, the fans cheered, and the team was victorious! Thank you everyone who showed up to support, watched it on TV or listened to Rick Grammond -
Go Pioneers!

Community Survey Results
Based on the Community Survey results and the current space needs at both the high school and elementary school, we are in the planning stages for a future referendum.
To stay updated on community feedback, current needs of the district and future plans as outlined by the survey, the board, and our community-member facilities committee, we have created a Referendum Planning - 2018 section on the website.
Visit the page to view the Survey Results from the community meeting presentation and to download a brochure .
Showing We Care
In this Season of Giving,
Students and Staff at Pierz Schools
Have Hearts of Gold
Feeding the Hungry
The Spanish Club sold bracelets and collected donations in November to provide 2400 meals to those in need. On Nov. 21st, this group of 18 Pioneer and Healy students packed 4580 meals that go to Brainerd Lakes Area food shelves and the most impoverished countries around the world.
Pies Donated for Community Thanksgiving Dinner
44 students in Foods I classes at Healy High School made 18 pumpkin pies for the Little Falls Area Community Thanksgiving Dinner.
The students learned how to cut, cook and puree fresh pumpkins. All the ingredients were donated by students and staff.
Annual Toy Drive
The Toy Drive is underway! Last year we collected many of toys, gifts, and nearly $2000 for families in need in our district. Thank you!
Give the "Gift of Life"
Blood Drive - December 6

Everyone is welcome to donate blood in the MAC on Wednesday, December 6 from 8 AM to 2 PM. Donate blood: Save lives!
Annual Coat Drive

The annual Coat Drive was again a success, collecting nearly 120 coats and counting! We have partnered with F&M Bank in Pierz who will also be collecting coats. All donations will be used for students in need at our schools and then sent to Morrison County Social Services to help kids in our area. Keep 'em coming until December 14th!
Shop with a Hero (formerly known as Shop with a Cop)
Six students from Healy will benefit from the "Shop with a Hero" program this year. Each student will receive $100 and get to hang out with a Morrison County police officer as they shop for Christmas gifts for their families.
Pioneer Elementary School News
4th Grade Electric Motor Cars
Fourth graders at Pioneer Elementary learned about electric motors, motion, speed, and more as they designed and built their own electric-powered car this week!
4th Grade Kindness Retreat
Youth Frontiers out of the Twin Cities put on a Kindness Retreat for area 4th graders. It was an all day event held at Holy Trinity on November 16. Students learned about kindness through song, dance and role playing. 
We Have Manners!
At the Kindergarten ‘Friendsgiving’ Celebration, students dined together in style as Mrs. Ferguson taught them about table manners.
Learning About Communities
Junior Achievement is in full swing! A huge THANK YOU to Susie Hoheisel (parent of Kate Hoheisel) for teaching 2nd graders in Mrs. Rocheleau's class fascinating facts about communities.

Junior Achievement is a volunteer organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures, and make smart academic and economic choices.
Healy High School News
Ready for the Holidays in Agriculture Classes
The Greenhouse class has been busy making wreaths from evergreen boughs they have collected themselves after learning how to identify different conifers. Then they learned some basic floriculture principles and designs before constructing a Thanksgiving centerpiece.

The Water, Woods and Wildlife class is building fishing rods!

In Horticulture, students learned how to graft apple trees with rootstock; propagate African Violets, geraniums, snake plants and more. Students LOVE working in the greenhouse and learning plant identification, the need for cleanliness and organization, responsibility for watering along with customer contact skills. Students build models to depict the parts of the greenhouse and using math, calculate space required, potting media required, along with profit and losses. Students learn plant anatomy and understand the purpose and advantage of large vacuoles and tropisms.

Career Tech Goes High Tech
Ryan Maas, an Auto Body Collision Technology instructor from St. Cloud Technical and Community College (SCTCC), visited the Welding II/III class today. Students heard about the Auto Body Collision program and had the opportunity to practice painting a car's fender with a painting simulator.
Beauty & the Beast a Success!
The fall musical, "Beauty and the Beast" was a huge success. The music provided by the pit band under the direction of Joel Pohland was fabulous - members pictured on right.
The actors, actresses, and stage crew gave us three amazing performances under the direction of Diane Hauan.

Over 1000 people come to the PAC to enjoy the show! Thank you to everyone who came to watch the performance.
Healy Teachers Practice What They Preach!
Teachers from Healy High School traveled to St. Cloud Escape Rooms this week! Working together, each team was given clues to try to break out of their respective 'Escape Room'. Success in 'escaping' required communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity - sounds familiar!
Looking Ahead
Skills Boosters Kids
Dec. 5 & 7, 3 PM - 5 PM
Dec. 12, 3 PM - 5 PM
Dec. 19 & 21, 3 PM - 5 PM

For safety reasons, parents please come INTO the school to pick up your child at 5 PM.
Winter Sports Begin
Click here for the full
Winter Sports schedule.
Come cheer on our girls and boys!
Facilities Committee
First Meeting:
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 6 PM
High School Media Center

If you are interested in joining - contact George Weber 320.468.6458
Blood Drive
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 8 AM-2 PM
Located in the MAC
Contact Jessica LeBlanc at
320-468-6458 ext 1420
to schedule a time.
Walk-ins are welcome!
Sponsored by:
Pierz Chapter-MN Honor Society
School Board Meeting
Wednesday, Dec. 13, 6 PM
High School
Media Center - ITV Room
Pioneer Christmas Program
Thursday, Dec. 14, 1:15 PM
6:30 PM - Grades 1 & 2
7:00 PM - Grades 3 & 4
Pioneer Elementary Gym
Pierz Public Schools #484
District Office: 320.468.6458
112 Kamnic Street, Pierz, MN 56364