We are getting word that some HS students are discussing a plan to gather at the HS parking lot to see one another and although we understand their intent is not disruptive or "bad" in nature, we cannot condone or permit this to occur as their safety and health is paramount. We encourage parents to please discourage this behavior as this can encourage and promote behavior that could put our community at risk and does not send the message we want as a district as we are working hard to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.
Reminder that Farley Hill Food Pantry is available today from 1pm-3:30pm. Also, school breakfast/lunch is available at Pathfinder from 4pm-5pm. Thank you.
NOTICE FOR MOBILE FOOD PANTRY ON 3/25/20: Those planning on picking up food between 4pm-6:30pm on Wednesday at the bus garage will need to enter via the McGregor Rd entrance (NOT THE M36 ENTRANCE) as we are expecting a large turn-out. This distribution is open to ANY and ALL families in the community with children.
Week of March 23 Food Distribution: Although there is a new "Stay Home" Executive Order issued today, we are still able to provide food to our students and community who are in need. Please see the upcoming dates/times that are available this week: School Breakfast/Lunch: Tuesday & Thursday 4pm-5:30pm at Pathfinder. Mobile Food Pantry: Wednesday, 5pm-6:30pm at Transportation/Bus Garage. (PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS DISTRIBUTION WILL BE FOCUSING ON STUDENT-CENTERED FOOD OPTIONS) Farley Hill Food Pantry: Thursday, 1pm-3:30pm (FOOD WILL BE BROUGHT TO VEHICLES, PREPACKAGED. FAMILIES WILL NOT BE GIVEN THE OPTION TO SHOP IN THE INTEREST OF SAFETY.)
Just a reminder that we will be distributing school lunches this afternoon (4pm-5:30pm) in front of Pathfinder. The Farley Hill Food Bank will also be open this evening from 5pm-6:00pm. We still have some K-6 work packets available.
Reminder for those families in need that we will be offering our mobile food pantry on Wed. (3/18) from 5pm-6pm in the PCS Transportation/Bus garage (next to Pathfinder School). Full meals are provided with items such as turkey, potatoes, apple sauce, fruit, etc.
As we prepare to begin supporting students who depend on our school lunch program for meals, we understand that transportation challenges may prevent some from obtaining this service. If so, please use the following tool so that we can work to get the food delivered students in need: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfSqEDt4ZFd3i94cjEzjuQwOvfH4BkzaZkTULm5AQ8XnVH6OQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
Following Governor Whitmer's recent announcement to close all Michigan schools, PCS will be closed for Friday, March 13 and will look to reopen on Monday, April 6. ALL events/activities are canceled, which includes Latchkey services. We will continue to keep you updated.
Hello Pirate Families, Although I sent an update earlier today, this current situation is ever-changing and as of 5 pm this evening, new guidelines have been presented that have initiated the five Livingston County Schools to post a united letter on behalf of our local schools and communities. Please see the attached letter that provides information regarding changes to school trips, athletics, after school activities and community events.
This past Wednesday morning I (along with my county counterparts) met with representatives from the Livingston County Department of Health & Human Services (“DHHS”) to discuss the Coronavirus (COVID-19). During our time together, I was able to get a better understanding of how they would like the districts in Livingston County to engage in the community response efforts. Fortunately, they did not express a need to treat this as a crisis at this time as no confirmed cases of the Coronavirus have yet to be established in Michigan. They did recommend that we encourage everyone to wash their hands frequently and to stay home when sick. As shared by the DHHS, 90% of all communicable diseases can be prevented by simply washing our hands. When asked about the adequacy of our current cleaning practices within our schools, DHHS did not recommend the need to initiate any changes at this point. We also discussed the need to cancel out of state travel plans for student groups and they felt that unless a specific travel advisory is issued for the area our students would be in, cancellation was not necessary. I will continue to maintain open communication with the DHHS and the other education leaders in Livingston County. To the extent that the Center for Disease Control or the DHHS issues a directive different than any of what I mentioned here, I will let you know. For additional information and guidance regarding the Coronavirus, please visit the Livingston County Health Department webpage by clicking https://www.livgov.com/health or feel free to review the recently joint issued memo from the MDE and MiDHHS at https://www.pinckneypirates.org/article/199224?org=district. Rick Todd, PCS Superintendent
Wouldn't it be great if you could listen to a conversation about Act2's upcoming production of "Catch Me If You Can"? Take a minute to check out the new PIRATE LIFE PODCAST here: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/pinckney/episodes/2020-03-04T10_02_04-08_00
Congratulations to our Boys Varsity Swim & Dive Team for taking 1st place in the SEC White Division's Swim & Dive Championship. Our Pirates dominated this event and we could not be more proud of what they have accomplished! Specific results can be found at https://pinckneypiratesathletics.com/recap/boys-varsity-swim-dive-finishes-1st-place-at-2020-sec-white-division-mens-swim-and-dive-championships/?fbclid=IwAR0-10cWknxq6WioUNd-U2YnKPUooC4tRI4P-WtmcBNTlxa88232h2AtJKs GO PIRATES!!
Good evening PCS families. School will be closed for Thursday, Feb. 27 as the roads are not expected (per the road commission) to be cleared/treated by the morning. Side roads and subdivisions will not be cleared until Thursday afternoon. Thank you for your understanding.
Good evening. PCS will be cancelling classes for Wednesday, February 26 as we anticipate the road conditions to deteriate throughout the early morning and only expect them to get worse during the day. Thank you.
To clarify, bus #16 is a Nav/Country bus, not Farley as previously stated. If you are not sure if this impacts your child, please feel free to call our transportation department at 810-225-3960. Thank you.
For PCS parents whose children ride bus #16, we will be splitting this route among three buses this afternoon due to a shortage of drivers today. This may result in a 5-20 minute delay in drop off times for both our HS/PF & Nav/Farley runs. Thank you.
Just a reminder that we do offer full day latchkey service on snow days at Country Elementary until 6pm for $35 and lunch is provided.
PCS School Closing for 1/24! Sorry for the late notice, but the back roads have become too icy for safe travel this morning. Have a great Friday.
In anticipation of the winter storm that will be hitting our area tomorrow morning (1/18), we are cancelling community education basketball. These games will be rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 15.
Congratulations to Navigator 6th grader, Rylee Kroll, whose shirt design was selected as the "Official" t-shirt for the upcoming Michigan Future City competition, in which teams of students from schools from throughout the state compete by sharing their engineering design/project that focuses on a specific problem. This years focus is to choose a threat to a city’s water supply and design a resilient system to maintain a reliable supply of clean water, which Rylee clearly incorporated in her design. Great job Rylee as we are very proud of you and we know you and your team will do an awesome job at the Future City competition on January 28 at the Novi Collection Showcase. Go Pirates!!
As parents, we know how important it is for kids to learn the essentials of creating/managing a budget, making smart choices when purchasing big items and understanding the natural consequences of having poor credit. That is why all 8th graders participated in the annual Reality Fair today, in partnership with LOC Credit Union. Students were fully engaged in what we hope will be a life impacting activity.
Good evening. Given the heavier than expected snowfall we received today, we will be closing school for Tuesday, Nov. 11 as our side streets and lake/back roads are not conducive for safe travel as they are not expected to be cleared by morning. Thank you and happy snow day!
We will be dismissing the high school at 2:10 and Pathfinder at 2:30 (20 min. early) to allow buses more time to get back for the elementary bus runs as we expect all buses to be running late. Navigator, Farley Hill and Country will dismiss at their normal times.
Given the expected snowfall that will continue this afternoon and evening, we are cancelling ALL after school activities, which includes athletics and community education classes. Thank you.
Today on this Homecoming Friday, we are honored to induct four new PCS alumni who are being recognized for their past and present contributions to our community and district. Their work, passion and dedication exemplify the core values of what we hold in high regard in being a Pinckney Pirate. Their plaques will join last years inaugural inductees on the Alumni Wall of Fame, which can be found at the theater entryway at PCHS. Please join me in congratulating Patricia Tessmer (Class of 1964), Greg Amburgey (Class of 1978), Heidi Swanson (Class of 1983) and Lindsey Schingeck-Smith (Class of 2003). Go Pirates!
What a perfect evening for Farley Hill's annual Fall Fest. Nothing better than seeing our students and community enjoying painting pumpkins, taking hayrides and even getting to pet a baby pig! Big thanks to both the Shell's Family Farm and our neighbors down the street, the Chambers Farm for your support!
We are always looking to improve on the options we are providing students during lunch and after school. In the past couple of weeks, we have added a fresh salad bar at Navigator and several healthy choices vending machines at both Pathfinder and the HS that will accept cash, debit cards, Apple Pay and even Bit Coin (whatever that is! 😆). This is in addition to the fresh grill we placed at the high school last year (think stir fry) and the fruit smoothie machine. Students, let us know what you think as we want to know what kinds of things you are looking for. #healthyeating #healthyminds
The P2 trailer will be open at tonight's home football game! Stop by and stock up on new Pirate Gear!
A big "Shout out" to Coach Beaton and his staff for inviting the high school admin team, along with myself, to come speak with our exceptional young men on the varsity football team. As I shared with our scholar-athletes, remember to always carry yourself in a manner worthy of being called a P.I.R.A.T.E. (P=Pride, I=Integrity, R=Respect, A=Attitude, T=Time to serve others, E=Empathy). Important virtues that should be evident on the field, in the classroom, in our community and throughout life. GO PIRATES!! #onwardtovictory
A big PIRATE congratulations goes out to our Varsity Pom Team as they became the GRAND Champions at the Midwest Regional Competition in Chicago! This is the first time in the 28 years our girls have been traveling to this event that they have earned the title of GRAND Champions. In addition, our JV Squad took first in their division. Equally important, the girls earned the Betsy Carr Sportsmanship Award, which is such a strong reflection of the positive culture and expectations that exists within the team. This is a great accomplishment by a great group of young ladies and the coaches who are mentoring them. GO PIRATES!!
Love our new postcard! Although we in Pinckney Community Schools have always known how special our district is, we also are aware that many are not familiar with many of the great opportunities we offer, both academically and extra-curricular and our goal is to make certain that changes. "Think you know Pinckney Community Schools?"
We are so excited to announce the hiring of Basia Kiehler as our new Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. Mrs. Kiehler has spent the past 4 years as principal of Hawkins Elementary in Brighton and has served in various curriculum leadership roles that includes a professional development facilitator, literacy instructional coach and assessment coordinator for WISD (Washtenaw Intermediate School District). Her strong leadership, passion for learning and inspiring nature will no doubt help us in reaching the high expectations we have for academic achievement. Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Kiehler to our Pirate Family! (Mrs. Kieler is pictured below with the poke-a-dot shirt, along with our Board of Education).
Congratulations to Reece Ohmer, who was recently named as a 2019 Positive Athlete of Michigan Award Winner. She will be the lone representative of the more than 3,000 high school girl golfers across the state of Michigan. She, along with 28 other student athletes representing their specific sport, will be honored at a pregame ceremony on the field of the Detroit Tigers game on June 25th. Positive Athlete is looking for athletes who have overcome difficult circumstances, given back to their schools and communities, or just have an infectious positive attitude. Reece has all of these. She will be representing Pinckney Community Schools proudly on June 25th at Comerica Park. Great job Reece as we are so proud of your accomplishment! http://positiveathlete.org/states/michigan/
A big "Thank You" goes out to the Tecumseh Middle School Wrestling Coach who presented Pathfinder 8th Grader, Levi Podhola with an honorary varsity letter at last nights school board meeting in recognition of Levi's selfless act when wrestling a Tecumseh athlete who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis. His act of compassion and sportsmanship truly embodies that of a PIRATE!
Congratulations to our entire Music Program, Boosters & Teachers for all of the energy, time and passion they displayed in making our first annual mattress fundraiser a resounding success!! Also, a big "Thank You!" to our community for coming out on a beautiful Saturday to support our amazing Pirate family of musicians! Go Pirates!!
We preach family and community in everything we do here at PCS and this morning was a great example of this as HS seniors, along with the Pinckney Pirate himself, Rick Beaudin, spent time with our Farley Hill 3rd graders, talking about hard work, passion, inspiration and always doing your best in preparation for the upcoming M-STEP assessments.
We are excited to announce that Pinckney Community Schools has been awarded $241,418 as part of the 2019 Competitive School Safety Grant Program, which was sponsored by the Michigan State Police. Overall, $25 million was distributed to schools across the state and I am happy to say that Pinckney was one of the biggest recipients. The plan that was submitted for the grant detailed a security plan that will help secure and monitor every door, in every school with security cameras that will not only focus on each entry/exit way, but will be equipped with door sensory equipment and software that will notify us immediately when a door is opened. Overall, the grant will help us purchase approximately 200 new cameras (both interior and exterior), door sensory equipment/software and two servers that will help monitor the activity on our network. This will be a great compliment to our existing buzz in systems that were installed this year and have been working great. However, we are going to continue to look at ways to make sure our schools are as safe as we can make them, while continuing to maintain the balance of being welcoming environments for our students, parents, staff and community. I would like to personally thank Navigator principal, Janet McDole, for her hard work and diligence in helping develop this plan, working alongside the Livingston County crisis response team and for all the time and energy it takes to complete a grant of this magnitude. I have included a link to an article that provides a list of all the schools that were awarded a portion of the $25 million. https://www.clickondetroit.com/education/full-list-25m-in-grants-awarded-to-230-michigan-schools-to-enhance-security
Couldn't be more proud of our PCHS students as they are presenting this afternoon at the Capitol to Senator Lana Theis and her committee on the dangers of vaping and the need for Legislative regulations as part of "Students Leading Students". Love seeing our youth advocate for themselves and the well being of others.
Dr. Jim Darga (Director of Cyber Security Institute) is doing great things for our district, county and state as he builds partnerships with businesses and schools. Earlier this week, Dr. Darga shared our new partnership with Anchor Bay School district at the Cybersecurity: Defense Sector Summit in which PCS will be providing cyber-security classes virtually with high school teacher, Rich Lamb (on stage) facilitating the learning. Although we are excited about this, we are even more excited for what is to come....
When it comes to funding education, many ask the question "Why do schools need more money, they are already getting all the Lottery money?" Looking at the graph, one will see the Lottery money only accounts for 7% of the SAF (School Aid Fund). Coincidentally, the other pie chart shows that 7% of the SAF goes to funding community colleges and universities, which are able to raise tuition to cover costs, unlike public schools. So it actually seems that the 7% Lottery money really goes to supporting higher education and not K-12 as advertised.
Congrats to Noelle Adriens for signing with MSU as she will be a great asset to their track program, in addition to being a great scholar. https://amp.livingstondaily.com/amp/3054159002
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