This year's summer reading theme is "Build a Better World" and the Michigan eLibrary (MeL) is here to help! Please download the document below (click on the picture) for a list of great resources and weblinks for students of all ages. These include centers to support and build basic skills such as reading and math as well as resources for students in grade 6 -12 to maintain basic skills and improve research skills to help prepare for life after high school with college or career information.
During the 2015-16 school year, Pine River 5th grade students have been competing in MOEMS, an international competition with thousands of students from across the globe. MOEMS stands for Math Olympiad in Elementary and Middle Schools. It has been around for decades and is a well-respected program around the world. Last season, approximately 150,000 students and 6,000 teams competed from 49 states in the U.S. and 30 countries around the globe.
The math content in MOEMS is extremely challenging with a mix of high-level upper elementary, middle school, and pre-algebra concepts written in problem solving situations. There are five contests each season in which students compete with each other across the globe. Pine River Pioneers compete in the Elementary Division which is 4th-6th grade students.
Since September, fifteen students have been meeting an hour each week. These students have demonstrated excellence in the classroom in math and during this competition. Mr. Gary Griffin, 5th grade teacher and the MOEMS facilitator at Pine River, has been running this program for the past four years. Our Math Olympians have an “appetite for excellence!” This year’s Math Olympiad team consists of (back row left to right), Olivia Stoecker, Hadley Schwarz, Azalea Taube, Anna Dabelstein, Jack Betcher, Curtis Hutchins, Connor Essary, Braylon Essian, Michael Rancilio, (front row), Julia Rausch, Madeline Card, Lindsay Girard, Kellen Sullivan, Mac Garth, Ethan Hart, Frank Cole.
Ho Ho Ho…Pine River was a buzz of excitement and activity last Friday night when students and their families filled the school for our annual PTO Christmas Family Fun Night. They had fun making crafts, munching on cookies, visiting with Santa, and much more. It turned out to be a grand time to make new friends and renew old acquaintances.
This fun-filled evening was the result of many hours of work by our parents, who took charge of decorating, organizing, and cleaning up. Former parent, Lisa Fountain, was our Santa photographer and Eric Liniarski led us in song. Our PTO Board members, Michelle Jackins, Carrie Bommarito, Sharon Martin, and Angela Jovanovich were instrumental in bringing the whole night together!
Santa, of course, was the big hit of the evening, coming all the way from the North Pole to join us during his busiest time of the year. He listened to long lists of items desired by the children, and they had their picture taken with good old St. Nick. It was a great way to celebrate the Christmas season!