• Minnesota Community Education Association Celebrates Regional Champions

    Posted by Pierz Schools on 11/1/2023

    Minnesota Community Education Association Celebrates Regional Champions

    [Brooklyn Park, Minnesota] – [October 26, 2023] – The Minnesota Community Education Association (MCEA) is proud to announce the honorees of the Regional Community Educator of Excellence Awards for this year. These awards recognize the outstanding contributions made by dedicated individuals across the state who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to their communities, the field of community education, and the pursuit of collective learning.

    Each year, MCEA recognizes the outstanding work of community educators who go above and beyond to make a positive impact on their local communities. These individuals are the unsung heroes who, through their dedication and tireless efforts, enhance the lives of community members by providing valuable education and resources.

    This year, we are thrilled to extend our heartfelt recognition to the Regional Community Educator of Excellence Award Recipients, who have displayed unwavering dedication in their service to their communities and have been instrumental in advancing the cause of collective learning.

    The Regional Community Educator of Excellence Award is a testament to the remarkable work carried out by educators who have not only excelled in their roles but have also made a profound difference in the lives of those they serve.

    As the Minnesota Community Education Association, we are committed to supporting, promoting, and celebrating the community education field. The recipients of these awards embody the values and dedication that make community education such a vital part of our society.

    We were proud to announce and present the award winners at our Annual MCEA Statewide Conference on Thursday, October 26th in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Their stories and achievements inspired others to continue striving for excellence in community education.

    For more information about the Minnesota Community Education Association and the Regional Community Educator of Excellence Awards, please visit https://mn-mcea.org/awards-and-recognitions/

    About the Minnesota Community Education Association: The Minnesota Community Education Association (MCEA) is dedicated to supporting, promoting, and advocating for community education in the state of Minnesota. MCEA serves as a resource for community education professionals and strives to enhance the quality and availability of lifelong learning opportunities for all Minnesotans.

     

    Congratulations to the following 2023 Minnesota Community Education Association Regional Community Educator of Excellence Award recipients.  

     

    Region 1 Jennifer Lawhead - Austin Community Education

    Community Education Director Austin Community Education

     

    Region 2- Crystal Fleck - New Ulm Community Education

    Program coordinator New Ulm Community Education.

     

    Region 3 - Emily Watts - Osseo Area Community Education

    Adult Basic Education Program Coordinator at Osseo Area Schools

     

    Region 4 - Jenny Nagy - Prior Lake-Savage Area Community Education

    Adult and Community Engagement Coordinator at Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools. 

     

    Region 5 - Laurie Thrush - Hastings Community Education

    Hastings Senior Center & AWD Coordinator.

     

    Region 6 - Stephen Keeler - Fridley Community Education

    Community Education Director - Fridley Public Schools

     

    Region 7 - Tricia Jessen - Bemidji Community Education

    School Age Child Care Facilitator at Bemidji Area Schools Community Education.

     

    Region 8 - Kristal Berg - Proctor/Hermantown

    Director of Community Education for both Proctor Public Schools and Hermantown Community Schools.

     

    Region 9 Sarah Funk - Pierz

    Director of Community Education at Pierz Schools.  

     

    Media Contact: 

    [Matt Dickhausen] 

    [Executive Director]

    [MN Community Education Association] 

    [320-455-2407}]

    [mdickhausen@mn-mcea.org]

    award winners

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  • Compeer Financial Press Release: Ag Grants for Rural Schools

    Posted by Pierz Schools on 10/26/2023

    Download: Compeer Press Release

    For Immediate Release
    Contact:
    Nora Nolden, Communications Consultant
    nora.nolden@compeer.com or (651) 245-6804

    Compeer Financial Awards 60 Grants to Ag Classrooms
    $212K granted to schools to further agricultural education

    Sun Prairie, Wis., (September 8, 2023) – Compeer Financial’s Fund for Rural America, the Farm Credit cooperative’s giving program, awarded a total of $212,000 through the Agriculture Education and Classroom Equipment Grant program this year. Sixty schools in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin located across Compeer Financial’s territory will be receiving grants of up to $4,000 each, funding a variety of hands-on learning tools and new technologies for
    agriculture education classrooms.


    The lives of 12,290 students will be directly impacted through this grant program, which is intended to support agriculture education and motivate youth to further their knowledge of the agriculture industry. With this ever-changing industry comes the need for program funding, and that’s where Compeer Financial steps in.

    “The agriculture industry offers a variety of career opportunities, and exposing young adults to this starts in the classroom,” said Karen Schieler, senior corporate giving specialist at Compeer Financial. “The goal of this grant program is to help develop and enhance modern, comprehensive agriculture education in schools, teaching students about its importance and limitless potential. These grants help to fuel the inspiration and exposure students receive in high schools.”

    High school agriculture departments throughout Compeer’s 144-county territory were eligible to apply for an Agriculture Education and Classroom Equipment grant. The grant funds will be used across a variety of classes, including: animal and plant sciences, food science/chemistry, veterinary, horticulture, mechanics,  forestry/wildlife, aquatics, and more. Through new equipment
    in these classrooms, applicants say, students are provided with real-world hands-on educational experiences, industry-standard equipment experience, exposure to STEM concepts and development of life-long skills.

    The organizations receiving grants in 2023 include:
    ILLINOIS
    Camp Point Central High School: purchasing a CNC desktop machine
    Elmwood Community School 322: multi-process welder with TIG kit, cart, and extra tips

    Freeport High School: equipment to till the garden, spread mulch and other materials and turn compost piles

    Grant Park School CUSD #6: educational materials for career development events and mechanics tools

    Heyworth High School: cordless drills with backup batteries, hanging base assemblies for greenhouse water system, water nozzles, calcium filter, and plugs to fix overhead water

    Lexington School District: mig welders

    Michelle Obama School of Technology and the Arts: a chicken kit, indoor hanging grow lights, commercial crops identification mounts, leaves and seeds of common trees identification mounts, soybean plant model, full-size mobile light cart, root systems display, Poultry Judging 101 CDE Manual team set, and Forestry CDE resources

    Olympia High School/Olympia CUSD No. 16: equipment and supplies to implement three new units in biology and three new units in agricultural science, including dissecting microscopes, soils test kits, feed testing chemicals, jars, baskets, hydroponic fertilizer, rock wool, grafting knives, dome lids, trays, rootstock and scion wood, clay pebbles, buckets, tubing, air poppers, bowls and DNA testing supplies.

    Pearl City Jr/Sr High School: equipment for labs and hands-on activities

    Rich Township High School District 227: corn stalk model, commercial crops identification mounts, plant mounting sheets, pig dissection mats, 4D science cell models complete set, leaves and seeds of common trees identification mounts, soybean plant model, plant science kit, and indoor hanging grow lights

    River Ridge: small gas engines, set of digital micrometers, set of digital calipers, set of telescoping gauges, set of telescoping gauge balls, and feeler gauge set

    Rolling Meadows High School: storage shed, refrigerator, food storage bins, heat sealer, plastic storage bags, hose, and a food prep table for food production and distribution at the school's suburban farm

    Sycamore High School: optical dissolved oxygen probes, oxygen gas sensors, and turbidity sensors

    Tri-Point CUSD #6J/Tri-Point High School: a greenhouse

    Tri-Valley High School: supplies for Horticulture curriculum and workshops

    Unity High School: hand tools, small power tools and cleaning tools

    Williamsfield School District: a stainless-steel commercial utility sink with drainboard, backsplash and faucet for the shop

    MINNESOTA
    Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Schools: GroShed

    Cleveland High School: trout tank and supplies, rod building classroom kit, sets of classroom novels, immersion blenders, graduated cylinders, beakers, food thermometers, squirt bottles, hot oil popcorn popper, metal strainers, periodic table poster, conductivity meter, pH meter, petri dishes with agar, muffin and Bundt pans and kitchen timers

    Hayfield Community Schools: replacement greenhouse tables and an inventory shelf cart

    Heron Lake Okabena: greenhouse bench, reverse osmosis system, raised garden beds and irrigation, jerky guns, dehydrator, chicken coop run, activity tables, canine IV leg, feather dissection kit, bird beak adaption kit, and talon set

    Holdingford: vertical milling machine

    ISD 316 (Greenway Public Schools): food-grade stainless steel sink and a faucet for the agriculture classroom

    LeRoy-Ostrander Schools: tablet with protective cover, hot plates, multi-use utility transfer carts, taxidermy and dissection lab specimens, and microscopes with LED illumination

    Lewiston-Altura School District: shovels, rakes, shears, trowels and other basic tools, and a storage shed, piston ring compressors, and a floor jack

    Madelia High School: agricultural power and technology materials package, advanced wind experiment kit, circuit boards, energy sensor, ethanol sensor, force and acceleration sensor, rotary motion sensor, and variable load sensor

    Mankato West High School: storage shed, shade tent, cash register, table and display shelves, startup containers for sales, and a floral cooler

    Medford Public School: food lab update, wildlife teaching material, small gas engines equipment, welding equipment

    Milaca High School: pedestal grinder and battery power tools

    Mora High Public Schools: bathing and grooming supplies kit

    Nicollet: dishwashers, baking and cooking equipment, Vernier Lab quests, auto darkening welding helmets, pairs of welding gloves

    Pierz Healy High School: oil immersion microscopes

    Plainview-Elgin-Millville: equipment for new food science class: meat grinder, air fryer, blenders, canning equipment, movable stainless-steel tables, canning jars, ice cream maker, dehydrator, meat grill, knives, bowls, and utensils

    Red Rock Central Public Schools: plant grow towers and supplies
    Southland Public Schools: new hand power tools, calculators, router bits, small engine tools, welding helmets, socket sets, small engine testing equipment, and electric wiring tools

    St. Clair Public Schools: hydroponics table, seeds, gardening gloves and a vet trainer dog model

    Upsala Area Schools: tool cabinets, orbital sanders, air nailer, assortment of clamps, welding pliers, cordless drills, impact screwdriver set, screwdriver set with case, electrician pliers,
    combination wrench set, and drill bit sets

    WISCONSIN
    Blair-Taylor: flood benches for the greenhouse, fertilizer injector system, and soil mixing table

    Brodhead School District: bovine artificial insemination simulator

    Cadott High School: food processing equipment, including grinder, juicer attachment with screens, cheese presses, maple syrup vacuum press, mixers, pasta attachments, and convection ovens

    Campbellsport School District: fruit trees, fencing, and maintenance equipment for school education center

    Cashton School District: swine litter processing simulator and supply packs, cow and pig ear simulation and replacement packs
    Clinton Community School District: swine litter processing simulators and corn stalk model

    DeForest Area School District: hydroponic system

    Eleva-Strum: shade cloths, outdoor whiteboard, seating, and tables including ADA accessibility for outdoor garden classroom

    Gilmanton Schools: mig welder

    Howards Grove School District: canine vet trainer and animal training models

    Lancaster High School: hand tools, portable power tools, miter saw, and subscription to online curriculum

    Lodi High School: adding lights to the new greenhouse

    Milwaukee Public Schools: duck barn and a chicken coop

    Mineral Point High School: installation of a walk-in cooler and shelving, bins, and trays

    Montello School District: livestock gates

    Monticello School District: butcher beef cut models

    Portage High School, Portage Community School District: vertical hydroponics systems

    River Valley School District: food science supplies, including: pots, pans, bowls, and mixing utensils

    Sauk Prairie School District: vertical hydroponic unit and consumable supplies

    School District of Wisconsin Dells: veterinary equipment, hoof trimming kit, entrance disinfectant mats, cattle panels and T-posts, calf hutches, poultry netting, feed troughs and hay mounts
    Shullsburg: egg incubator, brooding pen, grow-out pen, a quail cage, and processing equipment

    Tomah Area School District: garden tools, soil, seeds, hoses, watering heads, tomato cages, stock tanks, and a portable livestock scale
    Waupun Area School District: swine breeder artificial inseminator simulator

    About the Fund for Rural America
    The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America is the corporate giving program of Compeer Financial, structured to support Compeer Financial’s mission to enrich agriculture and rural America. Compeer Financial’s Board of Directors has dedicated one percent of annual net earnings to support the Fund’s focus areas of agricultural advocacy and development, agriculture education, cooperative initiatives, rural development and community enrichment; and
    youth engagement. The Fund is managed by a Board of Trustees, made up of team members from Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin and members of the Compeer Financial Board of Directors. More information about opportunities available through the Fund can be found at Compeer.com/giving-back.

    About Compeer Financial
    Compeer Financial is a member-owned Farm Credit cooperative serving and supporting agriculture and rural communities. The $30.5 billion organization provides loans, leases, risk management and other financial services throughout 144 counties in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Based in the Upper Midwest, Compeer Financial exists to champion the hopes and dreams of rural America, while providing personalized service and expertise to clients and the
    agriculture industry. Compeer Financial is the third largest cooperative of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of lending institutions supporting agriculture and rural communities with reliable, consistent credit and financial services. Learn more about Compeer Financial.

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  • An Important Message About Bussing

    Posted by Superintendent George Weber on 8/31/2023

    Hello Pierz Pioneer Parents,

    We are excited about the start of this school year.  Pierz Schools are functioning at an amazingly high level and we are very, very blessed to have so many caring and committed staff members who consistently do much more than what is in their job description in an effort to continue being among the best at what we do.

    We have some important information to share and explain as it relates to one of our significant challenges, which is transportation.  We will try to summarize some of our challenges as well as some of our solutions to those challenges, and at the same time allow you a deeper understanding of those challenges as well as the grace to see the big picture of getting 1,400 children to and from 3 schools each day. 

    1. Safety and Respect

    Our Drivers are very caring and very committed.  Their main goal is safety.  Driving 65 children around in a vehicle is one of the most challenging of duties.  We need all parents to expect that their children always listen to the driver.  No adult can manage that many children safely if 5 to 10 to 20 of those children believe they can have their “own agenda” nor “constantly negotiate” what is appropriate and what is not.  It’s imperative that while on the bus, children respect the necessary decisions of the bus driver. 

    1. Prepared

    As mentioned above, we need children and parents to understand that they are one of 50 or 60 on that route at that time.  If 50 individuals think they need an extra 2 minutes, that adds up to 100 minutes.  We do our best to stick to timelines, and if they are off, it is seldom related to the driver. We need your help in guaranteeing children are ready.

    1. Bus Capacity and Flexibility

    We have more children riding buses than ever. We are doing our best to create space for all children to ride. This year, in order to make it work, we may have to have some of the shorter routes closer to Pierz drop off students earlier and then go back to pick up with in-town students living west of Highway 25. The students living east of Highway 25 already walk to school.

    We will have to work this out over the first week or two of school as we verify which children are riding each day and which ones are not. For those parents on those routes, please understand that we are still working through this challenge and need some time to actually see how it will function. 

    1. Going Above and Beyond 

    We have a long history of trying to accommodate as much as possible. This includes:

    - going into driveways even when it takes extra time;

    - going outside of district boundaries to accommodate families 

    - picking up students at various locations or dropping them off at various locations based upon changes in who is caring for that child on that particular week or even day of the week.

    All of these things seem critical to that family at that moment in time.  And we have often done all we can to make it work.  At the same time, all of these things add to the length of the route and the capacity of the routes.  

    We ask for understanding and support that we simply cannot do it all. Thus there are some things we ask of parents that include:

    -We have and will continue to establish meeting points for families out of district when going to the door presents a challenge.

    -We will ask that parents find ways to get their child to the end of their driveway: there are narrow roads, and busy roads, and times when we cannot stop, or back up, or turn around, or go into a yard.

    Even though our Drivers and our Transportation Coordinator would love to accommodate all requests at all times, they simply cannot.  We ask for your understanding and support.

    1. Join our Team

    We need another Bus Driver right now.  We can promise you good pay and support if you are interested. We need more Bus Aides.  We are so committed to providing safety and support for children and our Drivers that we are willing to pay for another adult to be on every route.  We just need to find those people willing to take on that role.

     

    Our team is fun, and supportive and you can join that family of caring and loyal adults who get to show their patience, guidance and getting to know children every day. Until we can fill this position, we will be rotating people and doing what we can to make it work every day. 

    Thanks you for your understanding and support as we navigate this added challenge.



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  • Industrial technology/East Wing renovation nearing completion

    Posted by George Weber on 1/12/2023

    After nearly a year of planning, remodeling, and construction, Healy High School is very close to having a dramatically improved East Wing which houses our industrial technology classes. These hands-on courses appeal to so many of our students, and many students continue their post-high school education and careers in these areas. Courses like construction, cabinet making, small gas engines, welding, greenhouse management, landscaping, veterinary science, and wiring/plumbing/concrete will all see vast improvements to equipment, storage, ventilation, and workspaces. 

                    

    All teaching spaces in this area have been updated with new HVAC, lighting, paint, flooring, and technology, resulting in brighter, cleaner spaces large enough to house three full-time teachers. The addition of a technology workroom to this area will allow industrial technology teachers and students to navigate between the woods, welding shops, and high-tech spaces that house equipment like plasma cutters, 3D printers, and laser engravers.  

    The expansion of the welding and metals area allows for material storage, the breakdown and cutting of the metals, and the capacity for plasma cutting and shaping— all in one new well-vented area.  We are truly excited to provide this opportunity for our students and the capacity for our staff to implement a variety of classroom experiences using metals as the teaching tool.  The metals area expansion creates more than 5,000-square-feet of teaching space.

     

    The wood shop has also been expanded with added storage areas to the shop, as well as a completely new dust vacuum system to provide the cleanliness and air quality of a professional shop. With the addition, the wood shop now offers approximately 3,500 square feet of space. 


    As you walk down this new East Wing, the two south side classrooms are now merged into the Agricultural Center. This large space, approximately 1,800 square feet,  allows for expanded laboratory options for plants, genetics, landscaping, and the capacity for instruction in the multitude of areas that make up agronomy today.  The large merged rooms will have large south-facing windows to allow for growing and testing opportunities as well as easy access to the multiple greenhouses used in the fall and spring.


    All shop and lab spaces can also access the newly created 1,400-square-foot Tech Classroom centrally located, adjacent to all the workspaces.  The Tech Classroom contains more high-tech learning opportunities like 3D Printers, Laser Engravers, Robotics and Computer stations, and other key components to the design, trades, and ag industries.  

    We have also added a new special education classroom to this project. This new classroom provides some sensory room options and also independent living skills learning opportunities as students will be able to use the classroom’s dedicated kitchen, laundry, and other facilities. 

    We are very close to the completion of this exciting project. The wood shop and welding shop should be operating at full capacity by the end of January. The ag room should be ready by the end of February. 

    students working in woodshopTechnology labweldin storagestudents working

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  • Snow emergency reminders

    Posted by Superintendent George Weber on 1/6/2023

    Thank you to so many parents, bus drivers, and snow plow drivers who have gone above and beyond the last 48-hours as we continue to work through one of our snowiest winters.

    We have a couple of reminders during these challenging times of navigating:

    • Our drivers must make the judgment regarding navigating through certain township roads that we hope are plowed, but we do not always know if they are plowed. If you are aware they are not plowed, please consider giving your bus driver a heads-up.
    • If the driver determines that they cannot safely make it through a driveway that is not plowed, we ask them not to try. In those situations, you may need to get your child to the end of the driveway.
    • Finally, if you live in a location where it is not driveable, it is okay that your child misses school. We will excuse the absence. In the end, we have to make a decision based on allowing the vast majority of students to safely make it to school. If it is not safe in your particular circumstance, that is okay. Do not feel any undue pressure to send your child through a driveway or township road that is not cleared, nor put yourself in that situation with your own vehicle.

    Reminder: we will provide school cancellation and late-start information to families in several ways:

    • We will make the phone call launches to all families who provide the phone numbers in our Synergy Student Information System. To this end, please use your ParentVUE/Synergy access to ensure your contact information is up-to-date.
    • We will post an announcement on the district website as well as the Pierz Schools Facebook page.
    • We will notify LF Radio of our decisions.
    • We use the WCCO School Closings website.

    Thank you, as always, for your understanding and continued support!

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  • Minnesota tops the nation in MCA scores; Pierz tops Minnesota

    Posted by Superintendent George Weber on 11/22/2022

    Congratulations to the Pierz students, teachers, parents, and all the staff who persevered through many obstacles (thank you, Covid!) to outperform schools throughout our region on the 2022 State MCA tests.

     

    In general, Minnesota public school students perform among the highest in the nation when it comes to national assessments. At Pierz Schools, our students in grades 3-6 outperformed our fellow Minnesota students. So when we do well on our own MCA tests compared to how Minnesota students are doing, we know we are competing at a high level compared to our nation and even the world.  

     

    Pioneer Pride stands for perseverance, respect, and self-discipline: these tenets are our road map to being successful over the long term. It does not matter whether it is math or music, athletics or agriculture: our expectation is that respectful students and supportive parents— merged with great teaching and coaching— equals success. It is the best formula to bring every day.

     

    This fall as we reviewed our MCA data, we were proud to see the results of hard work and dedication. Looking at the results of students at every grade at Pioneer Elementary School and comparing our math results to all the schools in our region, we are challenged to find any school that performed better in any of the grades. A huge congratulations and thank you to all the teachers, paras, and supportive parents and guardians who joined together to support our students to achieve this outcome. 

     

    The MCA math test measures if children are considered proficient in all of the grade-level standards in math. The percentages in the graph show the percent of the students in each grade who are proficient in all of the standards-based upon that test. 

     

    Pioneer Elementary MCA scores chart comparing. MN and Pioneer Elementary results

     

    It should be noted that as grade levels progress, more standards are added, so it is common for the percentages to drop as students increase in grade. It is challenging for educators and students to keep up with the level of new learning required every year. That said, Healy High School 7th and 8th graders consistently perform above the state in math; 11th graders outperformed the state in math this past year; and 8th graders outperformed the state in science as well. 

     

    In order to sustain learning growth into the teenage years, it is critical to have consistency for children in all parts of their lives and critical for the student to always be present and ready to learn every day. We know that both parenting and teaching is never ending and ever-changing. We embrace working together to support the development and growth of students.

     

    Thanks to all in our community who support our children in all areas of their lives.

     
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  • Responsibility Centered Discipline

    Posted by Pierz Schools on 9/29/2022

    Pierz Healy High School has started down a path to totally transform how we handle student discipline issues and, more importantly, how we help each student graduate as a responsible, self-disciplined adult. We are adopting the Responsibility-Centered Discipline (RCD) program, which was created by author Larry Thompson and is now being implemented in hundreds of schools in all 50 states and several other countries. This program teaches practical techniques to help teachers de-escalate confrontations with students, while also enabling teachers to successfully redirect students who need correction.

    We began implementing this program several months ago, and we have already begun seeing significant improvements in school climate in teacher-student relationships. Mr. Thompson will join us for the upcoming Parents Night on Monday, October 10, 2022 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the Pierz Healy High School band room to answer your questions and to explain how RCD is working at our school.

    He will also offer tips that you will find helpful when working with your child or teen, including:

    » Obedience-Based vs. Responsibility-Based
    » Why Time-Based Consequences Don’t Work
    » Developing Self-Regulation Skills
    » Exits Off the Road to Responsibility
    » The Response-Ability Process
    » Give ‘em Five Conversations

    Mr. Thompson is the author of several books, including Roadmap to Responsibility and Give ‘em Five. He has just finished his latest book, Roadmap to Responsibility: The Power of Give ‘em Five to Transform Families. He is a thoughtful, engaging presenter with a terrific sense of humor, and we are excited that he has agreed to present to the entire Pierz Healy High School community.

    The Responsibility-Centered Discipline program has been implemented in a number of different settings including public schools, private schools, charter schools, alternative schools, parochial schools, and even juvenile schools. It has been proven to work in elementary, middle and high school settings and is effective with students with disabilities including oppositional defiant disorder, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD etc.

    Parenting is filled with decisions. Which concerns are most important? How do parents handle all these endless scenarios? Every child is different. Every age and stage brings up a new set of complexities. As parents seek to direct children toward responsibility, success and fulfillment, life presents many potential detours. The Responsibility-Centered Discipline program that is being implemented at Pierz Healy High School can also help parents identify their destination and recognize when they are getting off course. The RCD concepts provide tools to help parents put a balanced parenting style – not too permissive and not too authoritarian – into action. Mr. Thompson will define the common exits parents allow their children and teens to take off the road to responsibility. This session will help parents recognize how they may be making it easy for children and teens to escape solving their own problems and, therefore, losing the opportunity to grow in independence. When parents and children stay together on the road to responsibility, the children and teens are required to think critically. With emotional support from their parents, they will—maybe for the first time—tap into their own creativity to solve their problems. By the time they launch into full independence, they will have an internal resource that has been practiced many times. Responsibility-Centered Discipline uses a “Give ‘em Five” guided conversation to train educators and parents to incorporate five important themes into their corrective conversations.

    The five themes are:
    » Support – Use supportive statements that connect to your relationship with the child or teen to identify a strength that she possesses.
    » Expectation – Let the child or teen know the expectation you have for him.
    » Breakdown – Communicate where you see the expectation breaking down or failing to be met.
    » Benefit – Tell the child or teen how meeting the expectation benefits her.
    » Closure – Determine whether the situation has been resolved or whether the conversation is at a place where you can feel comfortable moving on.

    On this adventurous road of parenting there are three different styles that parents tend to use:

    » PERMISSIVE PARENTS are strong in warmth and acceptance, but make few demands. They just want their children to be happy. They are strong in emotional support, but may be uncomfortable holding the line when children and teens push back against the limits. For these parents, leadership may be weak, and expectations may be low.

    » Rules and control are high priorities for AUTHORITARIAN PARENTS. Warmth and acceptance are contingent on performance. These parents are strong on issues of consistency and clear expectations, but often try to exercise control by utilizing strong, negative emotions. Their children may not feel supported in coming up with their own solutions. The result can be high levels of tension in the family and low levels of connection and shared joy.

    » AUTHORITATIVE PARENTS can blend together warmth and acceptance, while still challenging their children and teens to grow in maturity. These parents do not veer off the road to either side—permissive or authoritarian. They’re balanced, as they provide genuine warmth and clear, consistent expectations. 

    For questions please contact Tony Andres (320) 468-6458 Ext. 1205 | Email: tandres@pierzschools.org

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  • Dropping off high school students in the morning

    Posted by Pierz Schools on 9/28/2022
    Attention parents dropping students off at the high school in the mornings:
    Did you know? Students are to be dropped off near Door 2—not Door 3 where the buses are dropping off. Dropping off at Door 2 (main high school entrance) allows you to be out of the line of buses (safer) and allows buses the ability to go around the cars dropping students off (more efficient).
     
    Students still need to go in Door 3 (yes, they have to walk a little!) not entering Door 2 as those doors are secured during the day and require guests to “buzz in”. Door 3 opens at 7:45.
     
    Students can still also get dropped off behind school at Door 7– no problem! Door 7 opens at 7:30.
     
    And while we have your attention, please pick up students in the MAC parking lot only (Door 22) after school. This keeps all the buses and vehicles separate, resulting in greater safety and efficiency.
    Whew!
    Tell a friend!
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  • Industrial Technology gets a makeover

    Posted by Heidi Thielen on 9/15/2022 7:00:00 AM

    The industrial technology improvement project at the high school is fully underway. The remodel of existing structures and addition of space will bring industry-standard equipment, facilities, and storage areas to our welding, woodshop, and agricultural programs. It will also add space for a new special education classroom and a technology classroom. Read on for the latest update on this exciting project: 

    Woodshop:

    • Removal of internal storage will create a larger classroom. An addition on the north side will allow for material storage and the compressor.
    • New dust vacuum and duct work reconfiguration as well as new HVAC.
    • Allows for capacity to add new equipment over time.

    Welding/Metallurgical Shop:

    • Addition on north side and to the east will create additional material storage and space for plasma cutter and new venting system.
    • Larger classroom with larger windows, new sinks and counters for the variety of cement, plumbing, greenhouse, electrical, and ag classes taught.
    • New welding stations.
    • Overhead door into shop.

    Agriculture Center:

    Larger classroom with larger windows, new sinks and counters for the variety of cement, plumbing, greenhouse, electrical, and ag classes taught.

    Common Areas:

    • Rooftop HVAC for heating, A/C, and fresh air in all spaces.
    • A hallway for access to door 8 will run along the FACS room and will house three new offices for staff.
    • The loading dock will move and a new dust vacuum serving the wood shop will be on the north side of the wood shop.
    • New girl's bathroom and lockers will be added.
    • A transformer and switchboard will provide an additional 2000 AMPs.

    Tech Classroom:

    A room between the welding and wood shop will serve as space for instruction and house technical equipment such as 3D printers, laser engraver and computer design stations.

    Special Education Classroom:

    A new DCD/ASD classroom will be a building/structural addition and will have its own restroom and sensory room.

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  • Pierz Schools Updated Website

    Posted by Heidi Thielen on 5/18/2022

    Pierz Schools has recently updated it's website to not only improve the experience for site users, but to stay ADA compliant on its platform. Working with the web content management company Blackboard, the new site will also allow all web pages to be easily translated. The enhanced site provides easy access to district communications, staff and student resources, as well as easy access to activities, online payments, and timely information. 

    Like anything new, it may take time to navigate the new format. We appreciate your patience as we continue to update the new site and close out the old one. Please note: the old site will no longer be updated as of June 1 and will officially sunset on June 30. At that time, the new site will roll over to www.pierzschools.org, so all bookmarks should automatically forward to the new site. 

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