Pioneer School District October 2020 Newsletter


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A message from Superintendent Diehl:

As we begin our second month of school in a year that is anything but normal, I want to recognize all of our Pioneer School District staff and our families for their commitment to making this the best year possible under such difficult circumstances. Since my first day on July 1, I have had to make the most challenging decisions of my career in education with the best interests and safety of our students and staff as the highest priority. School districts are governed under multiple agencies during COVID-19 which adds unique challenges. We are working toward a future goal of having all students back in our building. As we prepare for this future and manage details of our current situation, there is no place I would rather be than in the Pioneer School District. I believe in this district and know we will be stronger when the pandemic ends. I love living here and being part of such a caring community. My husband, Tom, and I are settling in to our home on Harstine Island and beginning to connect with the Pioneer community. I am really looking forward to meeting more of you as our county opens up. As the mother of five adult children and the grandmother of fifteen, I understand the struggles of our families and my heart goes out to you! We are doing our best to support you and look forward to brighter days ahead and a future with your children in our classrooms where they are meant to be. I wish the best to each of you!

School Meals

Meals are now delivered to families on Wednesdays after the 9:00 am class has ended. The district is delivering an average of 2030 lunches and breakfasts to students each week.

DON’T FORGET  to complete the Free and Reduced lunch form. Completing this form not only provides meals to our families, but is how our district receives funds to support Title and Learning Assistance Programs for our students. Forms can be completed on Skyward Family Access or are available from each school and the district office.

hank you to our food service and transportation teams for their hard work

Fall Virtual Conferences will be October 28th and 29th

Remote Learning Update

As our district strives to provide the best possible remote learning experience to our students during COVID-19, we are also preparing for future in- person learning. The Mason County Health Department has moved our county back to a “High Risk” category and superintendents were requested to delay plans for reopening until we are in a safer category. 
Follow this link for a PDF of the Letter from the Health Department

As we continue our remote learning model, we will reach out to families for survey input on how we can strengthen our current model. As we move toward our first stages of in-person learning, we will also gather input from our families for a smooth transition to our Hybrid Learning Model.

We are proud of each member of our dedicated staff who are doing their best to make student learning as positive as possible during a very challenging time. A huge thank you to the staff and to our families who are doing their best to partner with us! We look forward to having all students back at school in a safe and healthy learning environment.

October is Principal Appreciation Month!

Join us in celebrating our three fantastic principals who are dedicated to their students, staff and families! We are grateful for our amazing principals!

Pioneer Elementary School:
Ms. Amy Koster, Principal
Ms. Amy Dahlberg, Assistant Principal

Pioneer Middle School:
Mr. Josh Stoney, Principal

Pioneer Elementary School

A big thank you to all of our families! We appreciate the feedback and all you have done to help make remote learning a success. We have just completed our first month!
Attendance is very important during remote learning. If your child is absent due to illness or an appointment, please call the elementary school office.

October 28th & 29th Virtual Conferences—Teachers will be reaching out to schedule appointments with families.
Please know that we are a team, if you have any questions or need more support, please contact us. Elementary school office phone: 360-427-2737

Pioneer Middle School

Thank you to our families for your support and flexibility as we continue to improve and move forward with our remote learning model!

MIDDLE SCHOOL FAMILIES—Please be aware of the following:

  • LOGIN ON TIMEPlease remind your child login to their synchronous (live) classes every day for attendance. Absences must be reported through the school office.
  • SCHEDULE—Synchronous (live) classes end at 12:00 pm but students should be continuing to work in the afternoons during their asynchronous (independent) time in order to complete their homework and assignments.
  • STUDENT SUPPORT— Is available daily from 12:30 to 2:40 pm. Students can request help from teachers on assignments by emailing or calling to set an appointment. Students can also "pop-in” utilizing their teacher's virtual link.
  • SCHOOLOGY—Parents should make sure to set up their parent Schoology access portal. An email with instructions was previously sent. The portal allows parents to check on student grades and progress. Contact the school if you need your parent Schoology access resent.
  • Middle school office phone: 360-426-8291

Advisory teachers will begin reaching out to families during the next two weeks to schedule 20-minute virtual conferences. These conferences allow families to learn about student progress and address questions after two months into our new school year.