Pine River Area Schools Update

Spring 2022

School Community Letter


Dear School Community Members,


It appears spring has finally arrived and we find ourselves in the final weeks of our 2021-2022 school year. Our seniors last day of school is May 10, 2022 and for everyone else it will be June 10, 2022, which will be a half day! As the 1980's hair band Europe would sing, "It's the FINAL countdown!"


Below is a list of district-wide upcoming events for May and June including high school graduation, field trips, band concerts, and more. We may only have six short weeks left, but they are jam-packed with all kinds of amazing things happening in each of our buildings.


Spring high school athletics are in full swing (pun intended). We'd love to see you come out and support our baseball, softball and track teams. Most home events for the spring 2022 athletic season are free admission with concessions also available.


Please check out our home page http://www.pineriver.org for more information regarding these events and all our upcoming activities.


Other ways to stay informed are:

Facebook @ Pine River Area Schools

Facebook @ Pine River Area Elementary

Facebook @ Pine River Area Middle School

Pine River School App- for Apple Device

Pine River School App- for Android Device

All Sports Day

May 7th is All Sports Day where the Bucks will host several schools for a track invitational as well as varsity softball and baseball tournaments. Events will begin at 10:00 a.m. There will be a $5 parking/entry fee per vehicle. Our boosters will be serving up their famous chicken dinner with all the fixins' for a nominal price of $8.00/dinner ( $6.00 for student athletes in uniform)! We could use some volunteers that day to help with track events. Please contact one of our track coaches (Brian Jackson or Trevor Holmes) or our Athletic Director (Shawn Ruppert) if you are able to help.

Class of 2022, Senior Updates

Graduation may be right around the corner, but our Class of 2022 has many good things happening in the first two weeks of May. The senior class photo was taken on April 28th. Here is a list of other important dates for our seniors:


May 4- Senior Awards @6:30pm

May 10-Seniors Last School Day

May 11-Senior Class Trip

May 12-Senior Breakfast and Graduation/Commencement Practice

May 15-Graduation Day


Caps and gowns will be distributed to our seniors on May 5th. We wish our Class of 2022 the best of luck as they close one chapter and begin the next chapter of their lives!

Kindergarten Roundup

Kindergarten roundup is open house style and will be happening on May 4, 2022, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the K-3 Elementary building. For more information and to sign your future buck up for the 2022-2023 school year please CLICK HERE.


We hope to see you there!

Summer School 2022

With the end of the 2021-2022 school year wrapping up we wanted to share details regarding 2022 summer school programs. Summer school for all three buildings will take place in June, from 9:00-3:00 p.m. each scheduled day. Dates for summer school are:


  • June 16-17
  • June 20-24
  • June 27-30


K-3 summer school will focus on math and reading skills. 4-7 summer school will also focus on math as well as reading gap interventions. High school credit recovery will focus on credit recovery and readiness for the 2022-2023 school year.


Invitations to attend elementary and middle school summer school should be mailed out next week. To sign your student up for high school credit recovery, please have your student grab an application in the forms rack in the high school lobby and submit it to the high school building secretary by June 6, 2022.

School Bond Updates

The school's construction management firm and architect are finalizing our bus garage and baseball/softball announcer's booths. We are hopeful to have the pavilion ready at the elementary school for the new school year. We will be turning our attention to the bond final punch list shortly and the board is still reflecting on how to utilize any remaining contingency funds.

HVAC Update

The district is moving forward with gathering bids for a proposed 2023/2024 HVAC project that would increase fresh air movement and remove/greatly reduce particles, such as the COVID 19 virus. The proposed project would include increased fan motor sizes, higher filtration, bipolar ionizers, and new air handling units throughout the buildings. A statewide bid packet will be going out soon.

Want to Get Involved?

Research shows that home/school collaboration improves student achievement, behavior, attendance, higher self-concept, and more positive attitudes toward school and learning. Pine River Area Schools has a variety of opportunities if you would like to become involved. Below are groups that collaborate with the schools to create opportunities for all students. We encourage you to join! Contact information is provided.

SEL School-Community Group

Social emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and human development. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others and establish/maintain supportive relationships, as well as make responsible and caring decisions. Through combined efforts of our educators, adminstrators, school success workers, social workers, parents, and Board members we have formed an SEL School-Community Group. Their first meeting took place on March 21, 2022. This group's focus will be on establishing and implementing social emotional learning resources for staff and students.

Parent Resources

IXL Program for ELA & Math (K-7 Students) Supplemental program for all K-7 students that is individualized to each student's level based on their most recent NWEA score.


Social Media Information for Parents Tips and strategies to help keep your child safe on social media.


NWEA Toolkit for Families Learn about the NWEA assessment that K-12 students take three times a school year to show growth in academics.


OASIS Family Resource Center Comprehensive shelter and counseling programs supporting survivors of domestic violence and their children. (231-775-7233)


How do I report a safety concern or threat?

Contact Law Enforcement by calling 911 or dispatch 231-796-4811

Tell a Staff Member at Pine River

Report it to OK2SAY


Upcoming Dates & Events

May 4

Kindergarten Round-up (Elementary) @ 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Senior Awards Night (High School Gym) @ 6:30-8:30 p.m.

May 5

Blood Drive (High School Gym) @ 9:15-1:45 p.m.

6th and 7th grade activity night

May 6

Date with my Dude (Elementary) @ 5:00-6:30 p.m.

May 7

ALL SPORTS DAY (High School Track/Baseball and Softball Fields) @ 10:00 a.m.

May 9-11

Elementary PRPTG Book Fair

May 9-20

Spring NWEA Testing Window (K-12)

May 10

Last day for seniors

Friends of the Middle School Meeting (Middle School) @ 3:30-5:30 p.m.

May 11

Class of 2022 senior trip (Craig's Cruisers)-Time TBA

High school band concert (High School Gym) @ 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Booster Club meeting (High School Lobby) @ 6:00-8:00 p.m.

May 12

SPG senior breakfast (High School Patio) @ 8:15-9:00 a.m.

Graduation commencement practice (High School Gym) @ 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Senior Clap Out (Pine River Area Elementary School)-immediately after graduation practice

4th & 5th grade activity night (Middle School) @ TBA

May 13

8th grade formal (High School Cafeteria) @ 5:00-6:30 p.m.

May 15

Class of 2022 Graduation Ceremony (High School Football Field-weather permitting) @ 2:00 p.m.

May 16

High school band banquet (High School Cafeteria) @ 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Board meeting (MS/HS Media Center) @ 6:00 p.m.

May 20

4th & 5th grade field trip (Craigs Cruisers)

May 25

5th Grade field trip (White Pine Village)

Middle school band spring concert (High School Gym) @ 6:00-8:00 p.m.

May 26

K-3 elementary school field trip (Center Lake Bible Camp)

5th grade field trip (White Pine Village)

May 27

6th & 7th grade field trip (Craig's Cruisers)

May 28

Memorial Day Parade in Luther (MS/HS Marching Bands performing) @ TBA

May 30

Memorial Day-No school for staff or students

June 1

Kindergarten field trip (GR Butterfly Museum)

Second-grade field trip (Deer Track Junction)

June 2

First-Grade field trip (John Ball Zoo)

4th grade field trip (Grand Rapids Public Museum)

June 6-7

Third Grade Mackinac Island field trip

June 6

PRPTG Meeting (Elementary) @ 3:15-4:45 p.m.

High school band banquet (High School Cafeteria) @ 6:00-8:00 p.m.

June 7

Friends of the Middle School Meeting (Middle School) @ 5:00-7:00 p.m.

June 8

7th grade career day (Middle School) @ TBA

6th grade field trip (T.C. Pit Spitters)

Kindergarten Graduation (Elementary)

-Mrs. Johnson's Class @8:15am

-Mrs. Casey Wanstead's Class @9:15am

-Mrs. Dena Wanstead's Class @10:15am

Booster Club meeting (High School Lobby) @ 6:00-8:00 p.m.

June 10

Last Day of School (District-Wide Half Day)

Elementary release time is 10:55 a.m.

MS/HS release time is 11:15 a.m.