Congratulations to PIHS Homecoming King and Queen – Keagan Bailey and Isabella Wiggins!!

Attention Seniors- The Wilburt and Thena Literary Scholarship is open and accepting applications. See Mr. Smith if you are interested. It requires reading three books, writing a few essays and giving a speech.

Financial Aid Night
Pine Island High School
Monday, October 9th, 6:30 PM
Presenter: Tiffany Betcher, Admissions Representative
Rochester Community and Technical College

Pine Island High School’s annual financial aid information night will be held on Monday, October 9th at 6:30 p.m. in the Forum Room. The information covered in this presentation is especially relevant for seniors and juniors who will be applying for financial aid for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 academic years. Students are eligible to apply starting October 1st of their senior year AND families are now asked to provide financial aid information based off of prior-prior year taxes. This means that juniors will be able to apply starting October of their senior year, making this presentation especially relevant to junior families.

Parents of 9th and 10th graders who wish to get a head start on learning about the financial aid process are also welcome.
Topics addressed will include:
· Types of financial aid
· General Eligibility requirements
· Calculating financial need
· Applying for aid
· The Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA)

Homecoming dance tickets will be sold during lunch this week. Cost is $4. Tickets WILL NOT be available at the door so please plan ahead.

The annual Lions Peace Poster Contest is here! The contest is open to students ages 11, 12 or 13 as of November 15th, 2017.
* You can win MONEY!!! 1st Place = $75, 2nd Place = $50, 3rd place = $25
* Get an ENTRY Form & Poster paper from Mrs. Flaig ** Due November 1st

Create a poster that includes:
* Visual symbols and colors that represent the theme of The Future of Peace!
*** No words or language allowed
* Use pencil, pen, colored pencils, crayons, markers, chalk, and/or paint
* An Original idea - Duplications are not accepted

Lions members Judge on: Contest theme, artistic quality, and creativity
Due: November 1st, 2017
Turn into: Mrs. Flaig, Pine Island Middle School Art Teacher

It is Homecoming week  – Here are the dress up days and activities for high school students. (Grades 5-8 are also encouraged to dress up)
Monday - 'Merica Monday with Coronation at 7pm in the auditorium
Tuesday - Tacky Tourist Tuesday with a game show during 3rd and 4th hours (9:47-11:05)
Wednesday - Class Color day (see poster on main stairs) with Powder Puff at 7pm on the lower playground (where the skating rink is)
Thursday - Cartoony/Disney day with the dance competition during 1st and 2nd hours (8-9:35)
Friday - Panther Pride Day with tug of war after lunch and the Parade at 2pm
Saturday - Dance for grades 9-12 7:30pm - 10pm in maroon gym

Congratulations to PIHS Homecoming Royalty! The following students will be representing their grade:
Seniors: Melaina Distad, Nicole Fall, Noelle Koenig, Brynn Olson, Belle Wiggins, Keagan Bailey, Joe Bauer, Isaiah Douglas, Keegan Majerus and Wes Sorum
Juniors: Bailey Kuball and Andy Kroll
Sophomores: Morgan Engel and Carter O’Reilly
Freshmen: McKenna Mathison and Micah Douglas

Boys and Girls 7-12 Soccer Players
Please turn in your pancake ticket money at the office. October 11 is the deadline. Also, if you need more tickets they are in the office.

Homecoming T-shirts can be picked up in Mr. Dewey's room.

The Meca Sportswear representative will be here on Friday, Oct. 6th to take orders for Letter Jackets. Jackets can be ordered between 7:30-8 by the trophy case. A $100 deposit is required on order day. Students ordering jackets should bring any patches or award letters they would like sew on their jacket.

WOMEN’S SELF DEFENSE CLASS - for girls 15 years and older
Pine Island Community Education is offering a women’s self-defense class. Basic strikes, throws, take downs, escapes from being chocked and many other practical situations will be discussed during this program. This program is offered to anyone over the age of 15 and encourages members from the community to participate as well. You can reach Community Ed at extension 3501 or

Date Thursday, October 5, 12, 26
Time: 4—5 p.m.
Location: 5—12 School, Wrestling Room
Fee: $25
Instructor: William Winter

Picture retake day for grades 5-12 will be held on October 4th.

The 2018 yearbooks are now on sale. Order now to save money!
The "Back to School" campaign lasts until October 20th. Purchase price is 50 dollars and some free extras.

Campaign #1- The book price is still 50 dollars with no free extras. After Dec 15th the price of the book increases.

The link is on the upper right side of the 5-12 website homepage or use this link

The 2016-2017 Pine Island Yearbooks are here! They were distributed to students. Last years seniors can pick their books up in the HS office. Parents and siblings are welcome to pick these books up for their graduating senior as well.

Extra books are available on a first come basis. The cost is $64.13 and checks can be made out to Pine Island Yearbook.

Attention juniors: Pine Island High School will be offering the PSAT on Wednesday, October 11th. The PSAT is a preliminary version of the ACT that can help prepare students for the SAT or ACT. If you are interested in taking the exam, please sign up in the front office or send Ms. Garcia an email by Friday, September 29th. The cost to take the exam is $16. Please make checks payable to Pine Island High School. Spaces are limited and will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are to:
· Receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
· See how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
· Enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (grade 11).
· Help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.
· Receive information from colleges when you check "yes" to Student Search Service.

Students who are interested in participating in Junior High Math League (grades 6-8), Lego Robotics (grades 5-12), or Junior High Knowledge Bowl (grades 7-9), please sign up by Friday, September 15th. Use the link below to learn more about each activity and to sign up.
Please contact Ms. Solberg if you have any questions at

If you purchased an athletic pass - please stop in the 5-12 office to pick it up. Office hours are 7:30am - 3:45pm. Thank you.

We'd like to send ALL old markers back to Crayola to be recycled. We get NO money but the satisfaction of knowing that we're not adding to the land fill. Color Cycle Flyer

Online Payment of Fees – Please pay all fees online. Examples of fees you can pay online are:
- Course fees –9-12 grade elective course fees
-$35 Tablet Insurance
- Lunch money in lunch accounts
- Sport sign up
- Parking Passes –NOW AVAILABLE – once the fee has been paid online, the student should bring the receipt and vehicle information to the 5-12 office to pick up their parking tag.
Instruction Sheet for Paying Fees Online:

To report an absent child for grades 5-12 - please use the following e-mail address:

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 113
Wednesday: 6:50-7:50am in Ms. Schimek’s Room 240
Wednesday: 3:15-4:15pm Ms. Rusch’s Room 113
Thursday: 3:15-4:15pm Ms. Rusch’s Room 113
Friday: 6:50-7:50am in Ms. Schimek’s Room 240

Please check the website for cancellations:

No Activities Scheduled
Homecoming Coronation - 7:00 pm

Girls Soccer - Home vs. Mankato Loyola - JV at 5 pm, Varsity at 7 pm.
Boys Soccer @ Cannon Falls - Varsity at 4:30, Jr. High at 4:30, JV at 6:45 pm. All played at the CF Elementary (No lights, so the JV will play as long as the daylight allows). PI dismissed at 2:45, Bus at 3:00, Zumbrota-3:15 pm.
C-Team Boys Soccer - Home vs. Triton/Kenyon-Wanamingo - 4:30 pm at the PI Soccer Fields.
C-Team & JV Football @ Stewartville - C-Team at 4:30, JV at 6 pm at the Varsity Football Field.
Jr. High Football - Home vs. Stewartville - 7th and 8th both play at 4:30 pm at the PI Practice Football Fields.

No Activities Scheduled

Volleyball - Home vs. Lake City - 7th and C-Team at 4:30, 8th and JV at 5:45, Varsity at 7:15 pm.
Girls Soccer - Home vs. Cannon Falls, Jr. High at 5:00 pm, Varsity at 7:00 pm, both played at the PI Elementary Track/Soccer Complex. (NO JV MATCH).
Cross Country @ Zumbrota-Mazeppa/Kenyon-Wanamingo invitational @ Zumbrota Golf Course - 4:00 pm, Dismissed at 2:30, Bus at 2:45 pm.

Varsity Football - Home vs. La Crescent - 7:00 pm.
C-Team Boys Soccer - Home vs. Rochester Mayo - 4:30 pm at the PI Soccer Fields.

Girls Soccer @ St. Charles/Lewiston-Altura - Jr. High and JV at 11:00 am, Varsity at 1:00 pm, Jr. High at St. Charles City park, JV and Varsity at the High School in St. Charles, Bus at Mazeppa-9:00 am, Zumbrota-9:15 am, PI-9:30 am.
Boys Soccer - Home vs. St. Charles/Lewiston-Altura - Jr. High and JV at 11:00 am, Varsity at 1:00 pm.

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