January 21:

*Thank you to everyone who donated fleece for the MHS fleece blanket fundraiser this winter. Students created 23 fleece blankets and 9 hats to donate to the Ronald McDonald House this winter. We appreciate your support in making this fundraiser so successful this year!


*Please see the following information for the Giants Ridge Ski Trip!


Once again we will be heading up to Giants Ridge for the weekend of February 21-23.  This is a great chance to ski at a resort that has wonderful long sweeping runs and real snow.  We have included in the cost most meals, accommodations, transportation and lift tickets.  Not included would be two fast food meals, movie night in Virginia, and rentals if you need them. This is a great experience for the students, bring your friends and create some fun memories! Seventh grade and up welcome without a parent, under seventh grade with a parent. 


February 21-23 

Loading from Panther Door at 4:30 p.m. on February 21 Returning at approx. 9:00 p.m. on February 23



  • Cost $160 -  Rentals (for 2 days) are extra:
  • Cost $190 with ski package 
  • Cost $200 with snow board package  
  • Add $10 for helmet rental  


  • Transportation
  • Lodging + Meals
  • 2 lift tickets   

For more information see the Permission for Giants Ridge




Please return the following documents:

  1. Daily Alpine Release - REQUIRED 
  2. Equipment Rental Agreement - If you are renting
  3. Registration - REQUIRED 

JOIN THE FUN!   Register by Monday February 10

If you have any questions, please call or email me: 

Lisa Swanson



*The Scripps 2020 Pine Island District Spelling Bee was held on Wednesday, January 15. Seven participants from grades 6-8 battled for seven rounds before 8th grader Grace Schroeder was named the Bee Champion. Her winning word was tapestry. This is Grace's second appearance in the final School Bee finishing as runner up last year to Hans Benike who was also in this year's finals. 

The other contestants consisted of three 6th graders: 3rd place finisher, Owen Rueb, Will Taylor, and second place finisher, Kaden Chim. In seventh and eighth grade: Archer LaRue (7), Sam Muller (7) also second appearance, and Hans Benike (8). 

Grace will move forward in competition on February 11, at 9:00 AM to the Regional Spelling Bee at the Southeast Services Cooperative. 


January 20:

*Here are the results from The Class of 2020 vote:

    2020 Class Motto:

    So many roads we have crossed, So many hills we have climbed, So many dreams yet to conquer.

    2020 Flower:


    2020 Class Color:

    Maroon & Gold


*The baseball PAC meeting will be Wednesday night March 4th at 7:00 PM in the Forum room.


*Baseball Open Gym Update*

The baseball open gyms will be on Sundays

Grades 5-8 from 6:00 - 7:00pm

Grades 9-12 it from 7:00pm - 9:00pm 

This Sunday January 26th from 7:00- 8:00 Pine Island alums Joe Bauer and Keegan Majerus will be coming back to work with the 9-12 players. 

There will be no open gym on Sunday February 2nd/Super Bowl Sunday.

Prior Announcements:

*The RCTC Foundation Scholarship application is now open.  An informational session regarding the scholarship application and process will be held on Wednesday, January 22nd at 9:00 a.m in the forum room All seniors planning to attend RCTC in the fall are encouraged to attend. 

*Goodhue County Cooperative Electric will be sponsoring an area youth on an all-expense paid trip to Washington DC June 20-25. The students selected will have the opportunity to spend a day on Capitol Hill observing the House and Senate in session and visit members of Congress in their offices. To be eligible for the Youth Tour applications must meet the following requirements:


  • Be a sophomore, junior in the Zumbrota/Mazeppa, Kenyon/Wanamingo, Pine Island, Lake City, Goodhue, Red Wing or Cannon Falls Schools.
  • Have a parent or guardian who is member of Goodhue County Cooperative Electric


The application form is available online at www.gccea.comClick on Other Resources and then Youth Tour.  

Application Deadline 2/24/2020  

Attention Seniors- Please start turning in your senior pictures for the yearbook. We prefer vertical shots that are close up. They can be emailed to If you don't plan on having professional pictures taken, please contact Mr. Smith or Annika Adelsman to arrange something.


ALL ARTISTS - Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest is OPEN.  Finished 9x12 artwork is due to Mrs. Flaig by March 5th. Stop by or email with any questions.

* As you may have noticed we now have recycling receptacles next to many of our trash receptacles. Unfortunately, many of them are just being used as a second trash bin. We need help to change the culture surrounding this!

1.      If the bin is blue it is recycling. Any other color is trash.

2.      Recycling is single stream which means if it is recyclable it can go in our recycle bins! Paper, plastic, aluminum, glass, tin… can all be put in our recycle bins!
3.      Recycling needs to be reasonably clean so please empty your bottles and throw food in the trash before putting the recyclable container in the recycle bin.
4.      Our coke bottle recycle bins are single stream also, so an recycling can go in those as well (not just plastic bottles or cans). Again please empty containers before recycling.
Thanks so much for your help with this!


*ATTENTION: Please do not leave the school through the Legion parking lot. Please observe their one way. Thank you


*Pine Island SKI/SNOWBOARD Club and Welch Village

Invites all students in Pine island to participate on Sundays in January and February from 2:00 - 8:30 *extended one hour
January 5, *12, 19, 26  

February 2, 9, *16

February 21st - 23rd Giants Ridge (more information to come)

*extended one hour  

  • Grades 5-12 no parent required
  • Grades 4 and below are welcome with parent participation 

The bus loads from the Panther Door by the new gym behind the school beginning at 2:00 p.m., leaves at 2:15 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.


REGISTRATIONS MUST be completed by Thursday of each week or REGISTER (  You may register for the season this year.


Lift Ticket Waivers: 

Ski and Snowboard club members will need to sign the the lift ticket waivers 1 x per season.  Season pass holders need only have their season pass with them.


Rental Waivers:

Ski and Snowboard club members will need to sign the the rental waivers 1 x per season.  Only if you are renting



$214 - Night Season Pass  (including taxes and fees) *purchase night pass on Welch website

$60 - Day pass (includes bus, rentals, lift ticket)

$30 - Season bus pass

$5 - Individual bus pass

$30 - Lift ticket

$25 - Ski or Snowboard Rental includes helmet

*Giants Ridge is an additional cost not figured into these fees


Please make checks payable to P. I. Ski/Snowboard Club
Suggested: Bring sack lunch or money for cafeteria  (No eating on the bus.)
 or 507-398-8433
We reserve the right to ban any student not following school bus or Welch Village rules of conduct.

UPDATED Weekly lunch Meetings






1st Week of the Month

Culture club @ lunch/Profe Wernau/Rm 245

DECA @ lunch/Ms. Rusch's, Rm 113

Stud Co @ lunch

Roots & Shoots @ lunch/Ms. Schimek/Rm 240

2nd Week of the Month

Art SCREAM @ lunch/Mrs. Mentjes/Art Room

TZD @ 7:50 a.m. Location: Mrs. Organ/Rm MHS @ lunch/Mrs. Muston

Stud Co @ lunch

FCCLA @ lunch/Ms. Keller/FACS room

3rd Week of the Month

Culture club @ lunch/Profe Wernau/Rm 245

DECA @ lunch/Ms. Rusch's, Rm 113

Stud Co @ lunch

Roots & Shoots @ lunch/Ms. Schimek/Rm 240

4th Week of the Month

Art SCREAM @ lunch/Mrs. Mentjes/Art Room

Stud Co @ lunch

FCCLA @ lunch/Ms. Keller/FACS room

FFA Meetings Lunch/P25 Forum Room

If there is a 5th Week

Culture Club/Art SCREAM together @ lunch

FCA is before school most Mondays@7:15 Bakers Room

Attention seniors- There is a scholarship opportunity offered through the PIHS English Department. Information can be found here:


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