Welcome Back!

2022-2023 School Year Updates

Updates from Superintendent Lukshaitis

Pine River Families, Staff, Students and Community Members,

On behalf of myself, the Pine River Board of Education and our administrators, we welcome you back for another great school year! We have many new and exciting things planned this year and we cannot wait to share these experiences with all of you.

In case you missed our August 4, 2022 press release (found in the news section on our website), here are some highlights and important dates for the 2022-2023 school year.

  • Schools of Choice Open Enrollment for new students is available now. Please call (231) 829-3141, option 8 to speak with our Registrar and set up an enrollment appointment today, or begin the process online by selecting the "enroll now" button on our website's home page (www.pineriver.org). School of Choice Open Enrollment is unlimited at Pine River, for grades K through 12, and runs until September 2, 2022. Take a look today at Pine River Area Schools, Home of the Bucks! Call or visit our website to check out our district!

  • We are finishing the final touches of our $3.9 million bond that was approved in 2020, which included much-needed repairs, an elementary school addition, and other upgrade work on classrooms and building grounds. We thank our caring and supportive community so much!

  • The First Day of School for all students is Monday, August 29, 2022!

We look forward to seeing everyone at open house and are looking forward to the first day of the school year also! Enjoy the rest of your summer, we will see you soon. Go Bucks!


Matt Lukshaitis

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New Motto, Vision and Mission Statement for 2022

Pine River Area Schools is excited to inform our community of the district's Board approved motto, vision and mission statement for 2022.

MOTTO: Instilling PRide, one student at time!

VISION: We honor achievement and promote PRide in ourselves, our school and our community!

MISSION: Pine River Area Schools, in a partnership with the community, will provide a safe and supportive environment to develop individuals academically, socially, and emotionally, so they are enabled to preform at their highest potential.

It's always a great day to be a Buck and we at the district strive to practice our motto, vision and mission everyday to ensure every student is safe and supported whilst instilling Poise, Resiliency, Integrity, Diversity and Empathy (PRIDE), throughout our Pine River family. We look forward to a fresh start this school year! Go Bucks!

Open House -Tuesday, August 23rd

Open House for the district is August 23, 2022. The elementary building (grades K-3) will host their open house from 4:00—6:00 p.m. and the middle/high schools (grades 4-12) will host their open house from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. This year at Open House we will have Amazon gift card drawings (12 per building), food trucks at each site; and additionally, attendees who complete each station in their building will also be entered to win a Free Family Athletic Pass for the year (two per building)!

Meet Our New Staff

New Faces in the Elementary

Pine River Area Elementary is excited to welcome the following new staff to our building:

  • Mrs. Vicky Bowman, ClassroomTeacher
  • Miss Tylla Hahn, Art Teacher
  • Miss Allison Roberts, Student Teacher
  • Mrs. Jessie Wanstead, Classroom Teacher
  • Miss Kaitlyn Ware, Music Teacher
  • Miss Brianna Woodard, Student Teacher

New Faces in the Middle School

Pine River Area Middle School is excited to welcome the following new staff to our building:

  • Mrs. Michelle Carper, MS Cashier
  • Miss Fawn Hubbard, Student Teacher
  • Mrs. Terri Lukshaitis, Technology Teacher
  • Miss Kaitlyn Ware, Music Teacher

New Faces in the High School

Pine River Area High School is excited to welcome the following new staff to our building:

  • Mrs. Chelsea Hicok, Assistant High School Principal and Special Education/Student Services Coordinator
  • Mrs. Patricia Galloup, Special Education Teacher
  • Miss Moriah Miltgen, High School Success Coordinator #2
  • Mrs. Desiree Moore, High School Cook

Please also welcome Mr. TJ Updike, our new Transportation and Plant Operations Supervisor for the district.

More To Come

More new staff will be announced next week after the August 22, 2022 Board meeting. Stay tuned!

Join us for our Annual Tailgate Party!

Thursday, September 1 is our first home varsity football game. To celebrate the start of the 22-23 school year, we will be hosting our annual community-wide tailgate party before the game at the high school cafeteria. Please join us for a FREE hot dog meal where we will be giving out VIP passes that ensure free admission to the game. Come anytime from 5:00-6:30 pm. Pine River Bucks versus Lake City Trojans' kick-off is at 7 pm.
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We are Hiring!

Pine River Area Schools is seeking creative, dynamic, student-centered personnel for a variety of positions. If you are interested in joining our team, please check out our latest openings at https://www.pineriver.org/page/job-posting.

Elementary (K-3) Teacher Welcome Letters

We know our elementary students are excited to find out who their teachers will be this school year and teachers are excited to meet them! All kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade students will be receiving their welcome letter from their teacher by this weekend. If you do not receive yours by Monday, August 22nd, please contact the elementary office at 231-768-4481.