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Week's Activities

Gymnastics @ Stewartville (Make-Up Meet that was postponed on January 8th) - 6:30 pm, Bus at 4:25 pm.
Girls Basketball - Home vs. Hayfield - 7th at 4:30, 8th and JV at 5:45, Varsity at 7:15 pm.
Boys Basketball @ Hayfield - 7th & C-Team at 4:30, 8th & JV at 5:45, Varsity at 7:15 pm.  Jr. High & C-Team dismissed at 2:45, Bus at 3:00 pm, JV & Varsity Bus at 4:15 pm.
Girls Hockey @ Owatonna - 7:00 pm @ Owatonna Four Seasons Centre.
Boys Hockey - Home vs. Austin - 7:00 pm in Kasson.
No Activities Scheduled
Gymnastics @ La Crescent - 6:30 pm at the Elementary School, Dismiss at 2:40, Bus at 3:10 pm.
Wrestling @ Kasson-Mantorville triangular with Stewartville - K-M vs. Stewartville at 5:00 pm, PI vs. Stewartville - 6:30 pm, PI vs. K-M at 8:00 pm.  Bus at 3:30 pm.
5th Grade Band Informance - 7:30 pm.
Girls Basketball @ Triton - 7th at 4:30 pm, 8th & JV at 5:45 pm, Varsity at 7:15 pm, Jr. High bus at 3:25 pm, JV & Varsity Bus at 4:20 pm.
Boys Basketball - Home vs. Triton - 7th & C-Team at 4:30, 8th & JV at 5:45, Varsity at 7:15 pm.
Wrestling - Pine Island Invitational - 10:00 am.
Gymnastics @ Breck Invitational - 11:00 am, Bus at 6:30 am.
Jr. High Girls and Boys @ Hayfield Invitational - 8:30 am, Bus at 7:15 am.
Girls Hockey @ Eden Prairie - 3:00 pm @ Eden Prairie Community Center.
Boys Hockey - Home vs. Windom Area - 1:00 pm in Kasson.
One Act Play - Section Championships @ St. Mary's in Winona - * Must qualify in the Sub-Section presentation to participate.
How is the decision made to close school?  by Superintendent Beniak
While I didn’t receive any complaints (at least not yet), I realize that many of you are probably wondering how a decision is made to close school.  I thought I would take a few minutes and share with you the process and help you understand my approach.  My perspective today is much different than it was as a student, a teacher, or as a parent.  This is, of course, one of the responsibilities that is never quite right for all.  From my opinion, it is much more difficult to make the decision for cold weather than for hazardous road conditions. 
The conversation started at about noon on Tuesday with local districts and our transportation director, Beau Twaddle.  How cold is too cold?  Is there a magic number?  The answer is no, so personal opinion and the collective media concern weighs in.  At five o’clock there is a phone conversation with another district, a call back to Beau, and then it’s revealed that Rochester has closed.  Due to the size of Rochester and the various start times, I can only imagine how difficult it is to call a two-hour delay.  At this point, it only makes sense that we’ll delay two hours so the phone call and text are sent out immediately.  The next phone call is to my assistant to contact the local tv stations, radio, etc…  Each station has a different password so the process takes some time.  She then updates our school website with the notice.  Now that the decision is made to go two hours late, there is the question if we’ll close.  I completely understand that closing late is an irritant to making plans for students so when possible, I try not to change the call, but will always consider our students’ safety first.  So why was there a change at 6:30am?  Frankly, it was reported that there were glazed areas on the road, and it just wasn’t worth putting our students at risk.  With an adjusted school calendar already in place this year, I can tell you that school delays and closings do not come easily.   
In the event, that another delay or closing is warranted, I will attempt to make that decision as early as possible so families can make the appropriate plans.  If the decision is not made until a very early hour, I send a text when the decision is made with a phone call to follow at 6am. 
Hopefully, I took a little mystery out of the decision to close school.  

Please Note:  Due to construction, our 2014-15 school year calendar has been adjusted. 
The last day of school will be May 22nd.  Graduation will be on May 24 at 2 p.m.

Keep watching here for construction information as it becomes available.
Pictures of progress on the new school have been added .

 Click here to view all updates.

In addition to this suggestion box, there are  boxes around town and in the foyer of the school.  Please feel free to leave a message in any box.  The Collaboration and Communication Committee goes through the boxes each month and reviews the suggestions.  (Click on the box above to submit a suggestion here.)  If you would like personal follow-up, please add your name or phone number to your suggestion.

Private transportation should unload on 1st Ave SE.
  • Drop off zone is only from 7:00-8:30 a.m.
  • Pull curbside for student drop off.  Stopping in the middle of the street is illegal and unsafe.  Drive from south to north so students do not have to cross the street.
  • Following drop off, continue on to 2nd Street SE to Main Street 
Walkers should stay on sidewalks and cross at crosswalks.  Students should not walk between cars or buses.
Thank you for keeping our students safe!


Pine Island’s Early Childhood Screenings are taking place March 11 and 12, 2015.  Early Childhood Screenings are recommended for all children ages 3 and 4 and are required for kindergarten entrance.  Please contact Robin Schmoll RN at 356-8785 for more information or to sign up for an appointment.  
Pine Island "Athlete of the Week"
The Activities Department is proud to announce that Noelle Langworthy has been named our "Athlete of the Week" forJanuary 12-17.  Noelle is a Sr. captain for the Panthers this season and has been a key member of the basketball program for the last three seasons.  During the SimleyHoliday Invitational in December, she set a school record by draining 9 three pointers and had a career high of 32 points against Holy Angels.  She is averaging over 12 points a game, 3 assists, and scored in double figures in Tuesday night's 60-31 win over Cannon Falls.  She is also remembered by PI fans for her clutch 3 pointer, "The Shot", that put the Panthers ahead to stay in the 2013 1AA West Final against Dover-Eyota.  Congratulations Noelle!
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