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January 2020

Campus News

Spirit Day

Don't forget to sport your Panther House Gear every Friday! This is how we show unity and our Panther Pride during these difficult times.

Due to our new COVID protocols, we have to change up our normal monthly house meetings. This year, our monthly values are taught in each homeroom. December's value is GENEROSITY. During the month of December, students will race to see who can show the most Panther Pride by practicing our monthly value of being generous and participating in Spirit Fridays by wearing their house t-shirts. The classroom that earns the most points will receive a special pizza party next month!

Cold Weather Information

As our Montana weather becomes colder and potentially more severe, it’s important for parents and students to remember to dress warmly and think smartly, especially when it comes to waiting for a school transportation vehicle. Everyone should be prepared for potentially severe weather conditions. Here’s what you need to know….

* Parents/guardians always make the final decision as to whether or not it is safe to send their child to school. If parents decide to send their child to school when the weather is severe, the school will be open to receive them so long as we have not closed the school due to the severe weather.

* In the event that the school is closed, our Panther families will be notified via text message. In addition, a message will be sent out via the media and our school Facebook page.

* Parents and students should expect delays due to traffic and hazardous road conditions. This means a potentially long wait time for students at the bus stop. Students should be well prepared for extreme weather and have very clear instructions on what to do if the school vehicle does not arrive. Children should be escorted to their bus stop and parents should remain with them until the bus arrives. Parents should have backup arrangements in case of an emergency. That plan should be written down, communicated with children and the paper copy put into the student’s school bag.

School Board Trustee Election

There will be one seat open on the Board. This is a 3 year term

You may pick up a nomination petition in the school office after Thursday, December 10th or contact Mrs. Michael and she can email the form to you.

To be eligible, you must reside and be registered to vote in the Pioneer School District.

Nomination Petitions must be turned in by Thursday, March 25th 2021 by 5:00 pm.

The election will be held May 4th.

School Board meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of each month at 4:30 pm – the public is always welcome.

If you have any questions about the Pioneer School Board, please contact Mrs. Michael

Upcoming Events

1/11/2021 - School Board Meeting 4:30 PM

1/18/2021 - PIR Day - No School

Wanted! Substitute Teachers!

Interested in making a difference? Pioneer Elementary is looking for substitute teachers and we'd love to add you to our list!

Pay: $100.00 a day

Apply by emailing:

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Wanted! Substitute Bus Drivers!

Pioneer Elementary is searching for a substitute bus driver! Must have CDL with passenger endorsement. The position is an "on-call" position and pays $90.00 a day.

Contact Melissa Schnitzmeier or Marilyn Michael at (406)373-5357 for more information.

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Principal/Superintendent's Message

Dear Panther Families,

Happy New Year! As we venture forward into 2021, our young Panthers will be getting right back into the swing of learning. Our campus will be focusing on those important COVID protocols in addition to reviewing daily procedures and meeting expectations to ensure the optimal classroom environment for learning.

January is the time that we begin to see our students make giant leaps of progress in their learning. Students who have previously struggled are starting to take off; reading more fluently or adding and subtracting like pros. This progress is a true testament to the work being done both at home and school since the beginning of the school year.

In order to keep the positive growth going, it will take a coordinated effort between home and school. Remember, you can and should read with your child each night. Students need to read with you for 1) a fluent model of what reading sounds like, 2) seeing that you value the practice needed to grow as a reader, 3) continued practice of strategies and skills learned at school, and 4) quality time for you and your child/children.

Please don’t forget to stay connected and “Like” Pioneer Elementary on Facebook at and also visit our school webpage at We are looking forward to all that this new year has to offer!


Melissa Schnitzmeier - Principal/Superintendent Pioneer Elementary

Panther COVID-19 Guidelines

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Monthly Calendar

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PAWS Value of the Month

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Campus Highlights - December Magic