The Pine Island 7th grade Stock Market Game team of Abby Whitby, Erica Schaefer and Izzy Nisbit finished as the top team in the statewide competition which just concluded. They will be recognized at the Annual Best Prep Luncheon and Awards Ceremony in Minneapolis on May 23rd.
Pine Island 7th grade teams finished with 10 of the top 14 spots in the state and the best school average per team account. Congratulations!

Current 5th 6th and 7th graders: For anyone interested in taking part in Middle School Student Council, please pick up an application from your homeroom teacher. Applications need to be turned in to the teacher who you choose to write your recommendation by Monday, May 8th. Students who apply will need to prepare a speech that they will present to their grade. Voting will take place mid-May and Student Council representatives will be announced at the assembly at the end of the school year. Please see Ms. Solberg or a current Student Council representative if you have any questions.

Congratulations to the twelve PIHS Art students who brought multiple media to the annual MSHSL Visual Arts Competition on Saturday. Students received 7 excellent and 11 superior ratings. While competing with 15 districts, Pine Island students earned 4 out of the 12 Best of Show awards! Andrew Bogard earned BOS in both Video and Painting, Samantha Shull earned BOS in Mixed-Media and Katilynn Swanson earned BOS in Crafts. Their artwork will travel to the State Exhibition in May.

Attention Kindergarten through 6th graders: Elementary track and field camp is BACK! From June 12 - 15, kids can learn to sprint, run, jump, hurdle, throw, and vault. See the attached registration form for more details!

Attention 5th graders through 11th graders: Cross Country Camp will be held July 17-21. You don't have to be on the CC team or join CC this fall in order to get the benefits of this camp. Lots of other athletes have used this week to jump start their own fitness before the fall sports season begins. We will adjust the workouts to your fitness level and have fun while doing it! See the attached form for more details.

Seniors – If you are interested, please stop in the office and add your open house to the list of graduation parties.

This year we are going to push back Grand March a half an hour in order to avoid arriving at the same time as another convention is leaving the civic center. This year Grand March will be at 4:30. Because we are moving back Grand March, we are also moving back dinner too. So if you are someone that gets hungry really early, I would suggest eating snacks before Grand March. The following times are for when everything is happening on May 6th. The original invitations are wrong.

3:00-4:00 Bag check in for post prom
4:00 Line up for Grand March in the maroon gym and the Gold doors open for the audience
4:30 Grand March starts
6:00 or before, We load the buses and leave for the Civic Center
6:30 Arrive at the Civic Center and have dinner
7:30 Dance starts
11:30 Load the buses and leave for PI
12:00 Arrive at the school

Congratulations to the boy's track and field team for winning the Mel Schroeder Memorial Meet on Saturday. Earning Champion tshirts and points for the team were:

100 m dash - Noah Kneeland - 2nd, Jarod White - 4th, Samuel Yennie - 5th
200 m dash - Noah Kneeland - 3rd, Blane Burkhalter - 5th
400 m dash - Jacob Wright - 2nd
800 m run - Jack Williams - 1st, Logan Meuer - 3rd, Jacob Wright - 4th
1600 m run - Eric Wittlief - 1st, Logan Meuer - 2nd
3200 m run - Danny Langworthy - 1st, Garrett Bates - 2nd, Alex Pahl - 3rd
110 hurdles - Ryan Kelling - 1st, Will Warneke - 2nd, Ryan Fohrman - 3rd
300 hurdles - Ryan Kelling - 1st, Ryan Fohrman - 2nd, Logan Owen - 3rd
4x100 - Kneeland, Z. Cain, Yennie, White - 1st
4x200 - Yennie, Nathan Marx, Cole Groven, White - 1st
4x400 - Meuer, Williams, Kelling, Wright - 1st
4x800 - Langworthy, E. Wittlief, Connor Bailey, Williams - 1st
High Jump - Warneke - 1st, Fohrman - 3rd, Burkhalter - 4th
Pole Vault - Marx - 1st, Evan Goplen - 2nd, Burkhalter - 3rd
Long Jump - Nathan Marx - 1st
Triple Jump - Will Warneke - 1st, Marx - 2nd, Fohrman - 4th
Shot Put - Gavin Kennedy - 5th
Discus - Kelling - 2nd, Reed Johnson - 5th

The Panthers run next on Thursday in Stewartville.

We have some Mel's Meet Tshirts left over. If you would like to buy one, please email me at Cost is $12.00, add $3.00 for shipping or if you are local, you could pick it up at the 5-12 office. Payment goes to PICCTF.

Wanted - High school student to serve as an after school tutor for a variety of subject areas. Sixth grader needs academic and organizational support on a volunteer basis. Please see Mrs. Northrop if you are interested and able to help out.
The PI FFA team that consists of Lauralee Eaton, Katie Hawkins, Monique Nelson, and Josh Zemke (Noah Gorman is an alternate, but didn't judge at state) is one of 5 finalist teams that will be on stage Tuesday April 25th at the State FFA Convention. They will find out their final placing on stage.

Haley "The Hammer" Bauman busted out the lumber in Friday's game against Goodhue. The senior went 3 for 3 with an RBI and had 11 put outs behind the dish. Katelyn "The Crusher" Kennedy went 1 for 3 with a triple and an RBI.
In last night's game against St. Charles, Brianna "The Bruiser" Fohrman went 3 for 4 with a stolen base and an RBI. Autumn "Ball Point" Pin went 2 for 2 with an RBI and Bridget "Cool Hand" Kennedy went 1 for 3 with 2 RBI to help the cause. The Lady Saints answered with their bats marching three runs across the plate with one of them being a homerun. However, Katelyn "The Crusher" Kennedy answered in kind going 3 for 3 with a homerun and 3 RBI. The Lady Panthers improve their record to 6-0 and play tonight in Hayfield. Join us Thursday night for Parent Night with game time at 5:00.

Hey 5th and 6th Graders, are you looking for something fun to do? PTO is hosting the 2nd Annual Fun Night
Friday, April 28th 2017
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Middle School
Gym and Commons area

DJ glo-dance with Bosterthon, Minute To Win It Games, Bottle Flipping Contest, Human Hungry-Hungry Hippo, 3 Legged Race, Gunny Sack Race, Suitcase race, Basketball Shoot-Off Competitions, Dodgeball, Art or Science class and more!

Please fill out the attached form and return by Wednesday, April 25th.
Looking forward to a fun night!

Become a Panther Crew Leader and mentor next years freshman!!! We are now accepting applications for Panther Crew Leaders for the 2017/20178 school year. As a crew leader you will help incoming freshman have a great start to their freshman year. You will continue to mentor them throughout their freshman year. If you are interested in being a Panther Crew Leader pick up an application in Mrs. Rosenthal's room. Be part of a fun and helping group seeking to make Pine Island High School a fabulous place!!

Summer Boys Basketball Activities Sign Ups for 8th and 9th Graders – Please stop by Mr. Baker’s room to get signed up.

May 5: Inter-Library Loans end for the school year. ILL Requests made by April 28 should arrive before this deadline.
May 19: Library Materials Final Due Date. All library materials are due back to the library on this date.

Attention seniors: May 1st is Decision Day at Pine Island High School! Decision Day is the day by which most Colleges and Universities require students to decide if they are going to accept or reject an offer of admission. College (2 year or 4 year), military, work…whatever your plans - show your pride by wearing a shirt that represents your post-high school plans on May 1st! Also come to the cafeteria during your lunch hour to celebrate your next steps with cake and pictures. Congratulations PIHS seniors!

If anyone is interested in coming out for gymnastics next year, please email Brynn Olson at ASAP! Team activities will start soon so we would love to include anybody new!

2016-2017 Yearbook- Just 2 weeks left to order the yearbook at the low price of $55.00. Starting April 1st the price increases to $60.00. The link to order is on the 5-12 site, or copy this link to your web browser.

Pine Island Public Schools - Student School Board Position Opportunity
The Pine Island School Board is seeking sophomores interested in applying to be the next years Junior class school board representative. To qualify for this position, you must currently be a Pine Island High School sophomore willing to serve your junior year as an ex-officio student school board member for the 2017-2018 school year. The Pine Island School Board will appoint one representative from the junior class to share the school board student representative responsibilities equally with a senior class representative for the 2017-2018 school year. Applications will be shared after a short meeting with all sophomores in the forum room on Thursday, March 16, 2017. The Pine Island School Board funds and will provide a $500 scholarship to a student that serves their Junior and Senior years as school board representative.

2017 Summer Football Camp & 2017 Fall Flag Football League sign-ups are now available. Summer Football camp sign-up deadline is June 29th for grades 1-12 and fall flag league sign-up deadline is July 14th for grades 1-6.

Attention students! For the remainder of the 2016-17 school year, Kaplan is offering Pine Island students free self-paced ACT test prep ($299 value). To access this free program go to www.kaplanatschool/pineisland. You will then be provided with a promo code that you can enter when you get to your cart.

The 30th Annual Young Authors, Young Artists Conference is May 16-18, 2017. Registration is Now Open! (For grades 3-5)
The early bird registration deadline is April 17, and final registration deadline is May 1.
If you’d like more information, please visit our website by clicking here.
The Pine Island Community Scholarship application is now available! This scholarship application offers a variety of scholarships available ONLY TO PINE ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS! The application packet can be found on the College and Career Center Schoology Page and the high school website. Please see Ms. Garcia with any questions. The application deadline is March 24, 2017.

Middle School Yearbook - NOW on presale for $25.00 NEW this year - Buy the yearbook ONLINE!
Steps to Order:
1. Log Into your Skyward account (go to, scroll to bottom of page and click on Skyward)
2. Click on your child’s name whom you’re buying the yearbook for (at top of page under the all students tab)
3. Go to Fee Management (on left hand side)
4. Click on Add a Fee (it’s blue and on the right hand side)
5. A box will pop up…click on Middle School Yearbook, click ADD
6. Click on BACK at the top right hand corner of the box
7. Click on Make a Payment, it will then take you to the payment screen. Select the student name on the left hand side and you should then see the fee, continue with making the payment
If you have any questions, please email Krista Flaig

Extra copies of the 2015-16 High School Yearbook are available in the High School office. The cost is $50 and checks can be made out to Pine Island Schools.

Middle School Pass will be every Tuesday and Thursday at 3:10 in Mrs. Zincke's room # 219
Tuesday and Thursday 3:10 -4:05 in 219

Monday: 3:15-4:15pm in Ms. Rusch’s Room 103
Tuesday: 6:50-7:50am in Ms. Rusch’s Room 103
Wednesday: 3:15-4:15pm Ms. Rusch’s Room 103
Thursday: 3:15-4:15pm Ms. Rusch’s Room 103
Friday: 6:50-7:50am in Ms. Rusch’s Room 103

Varsity & JV Baseball - Home vs. Prescott, 5:00 pm.
Softball @ St. Charles - Varsity & 7th at 4:30, JV & 8th Grade at 6:00 pm. Dismiss at 2:45, Buses at 3:00 pm.

Varsity & JV Softball @ Hayfield - Varsity at 4:30, JV at 6:00 pm, Dismiss at 2:45, Bus at 3:00 pm.
Jr. High Softball - Home vs. Hayfield - 7th at 4:30, 8th at 6:00 pm.
Under-Varsity Golf @ Stewartville Invite - 4:30 pm @ Riverview Greens.
Varsity, JV, 7th, 8th Grade Baseball vs. Hayfield - Home, Varsity at 4:00 pm, 7th at 4:15, JV & 8th at 5:45 pm.
C-Team Baseball @ Byron - 4:30 pm.
7,8,9th Grade Track Meet @ Chatfield - 4:15 pm, Dismiss at 2:30, Bus at 2:45 pm.

No Activities Scheduled

Varsity & JV Baseball @ Zumbrota-Mazeppa - 5:00 pm, Bus at 4:05 pm.
Jr. High Baseball - Home vs. Zumbrota-Mazeppa - 7th at 4:30, 8th at 6:00 pm.
Varsity & JV Softball - Home vs. Stewartville - 5:00 pm.
Jr. High Softball @ Stewartville - 7th at 4:30, 8th at 6:00 pm, Dismiss at 2:50, Bus at 3:05 pm.
Varsity Track @ Stewartville Invite - 4:30 pm, Dismiss at 2:45, Bus at 3:00 pm.
HVL Conference Girls Golf @ Cannon Falls Golf Course at 2:30 pm. Van at 1:00 pm.
Grade 5 Music Concert - 7:30 pm, Auditorium.

Varsity Softball @ Concordia Academy Invite - 3:45 pm, Dismiss at 1:15, Bus at 1:30 pm.
C-Softball - Home vs. Byron at 4:30 pm.
C-Baseball - Home vs. Byron at 4:30 pm.

Varsity Softball @ Concordia Academy Invite - Two Games - times to be determined based on Friday's results. Bus TBD.
Varsity & JV Baseball - Home vs. St. Charles - Noon for both games.
8th Grade Softball @ Zumbrota-Mazeppa Invite - 9:00 am, Bus at 8:00 am.
Girls Bowling - State Tournament - 10:00 am.
Jazz Concert - 7:30 pm, Auditorium.

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