JV Pom Banquet
The Jv Pom team just ended their 2014-15 season with their banquet last Friday. This year's teams success was due to hard work and diligence. This championship squad welcomed a wonderful addition mid year - an exchange student from Norway. Her name is Emma Dahl and it was a pleasure getting to know her!
Kid's World Magazine!
Sienna Strauss, a kindergarten student at Farley Hill Elementary School in Pinckney was honored by Kid's World Magazine of Livingston County as a coloring page winner in this month's edition. Sienna will be featured in the next edition of the magazine.
PCS Music Student Awards!
Varsity Choir’s Success at MSVMA Choral Festival
Thursday, March 19, 2015
On Thursday, March 19, the Pinckney Community High School Varsity Choir, under the direction of Rachael Nieman, participated in the annual Michigan School Vocal Music Association District IV Choral Festival at Walled Lake Northern High School. The choir performed two pieces on stage for a panel of judges: O Sing Out Forever written by Henry Purcell and arranged by Patrick Liebergen and Musica Dei (The Gift of Music) written by Mary Lynn Lightfoot. The choir was accompanied by Susan Snow. After the performance on stage, the Varsity Choir received a clinic from Dr. Brandon Ulrich of Stoney Creek High School. He expressed later to Miss Nieman that he was impressed by the amount of change the Varsity Choir was able to make during the clinic, especially in regards to their overall tone and understanding of the style. In the final portion of Choral Festival, the Varsity Choir was asked to demonstrate that they could sight sing a new piece of music, in three parts, using just the starting note and the solfege syllables.
MSBOA State Solo & Ensemble Festival
Saturday, March 21, 2015
A total of fifteen events from both the High School Bands and Orchestras qualified for the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association State Solo and Ensemble Festival this year. In order for an event to qualify for States, the performers must earn a first division rating at District Solo and Ensemble which occurred in mid-January. Here is the list of events from the Symphony Band and Wind Ensemble that qualified this year:
Sophia Coke, proficiency II flute solo
Noah Brady, 9th Grade clarinet solo
Olivia Welling, 9th Grade clarinet solo
Anna Wilmanowicz, proficiency I clarinet solo
Katrina Gensterblum, proficiency II clarinet solo
Julianna Welling, proficiency II alto saxophone solo
Samantha Krieg and Jacob Holt, percussion duet
Emma Scott and Carter Bonifas, trumpet duet
Flute Choir: Taylor Nash, Macie Toy, Casey Taft, Hava Topolski, Maren Krajacic, Rachel Flickema, and Sophia Coke
Clarinet Choir: Yannick Christensen, Katrina Gensterblum, Emily Ball, Matthew Anderson, Kara Sorek, and Becca MurphyState Solo and Ensemble was held at Chelsea High School on Saturday, March 21. Earning first division superior ratings were Olivia Welling, Samantha Krieg, and Jacob Holt. Earning second division excellent ratings were the flute choir and clarinet choir. Sophia Coke, Anna Wilmanowicz, and Katrina Gensterblum all performed well in their proficiencies. Congratulations to all of the students who represented Pinckney Community High School at State Solo and Ensemble Festival.
First Place in Autos!
Pinckney's CyberPatriots Return Home!
Pinckney Community Schools is proud to announce that a team from Pinckney Community High School competed at the CyberPatriot VII National Championship. Twenty-eight teams in three divisions met in in National Harbor, Maryland on March 13th-15th. Pinckney was one of twelve teams in the Open Division that made it through six practice rounds and five qualification rounds to get to the finals. Nationwide, two thousand one hundred and seventy five teams competed over the past year. Less than 1.3% of them made it to the finals. Getting to the National Championship competition is a tremendous achievement.
The students on Pinckney’s team were; Austin Eckman, Adam Flickema, Joe Mayo, Torin Meinicke, and their team captain, Jacob Rickerd. While at the competition, the team was awarded the 3rd place prize from Cisco Systems for their performance in the Switch and Router event in the Presidents Day Open competition.
The CyberPatriot competition was conceived by the non-profit, Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire high school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future. By participating in CyberPatriot, students are introduced to an exciting and lucrative career path. In addition to learning teamwork and organizational skills that set them apart in the STEM job market, competitors benefit from direct tutelage by industry professionals that volunteer through the CyberPatriot Mentor Program.
Corporate sponsors like Northrop Grumman, Cisco, Facebook and many others have contributed countless hours of their employee’s time and millions of dollars to make this competition possible.
State Unified Basketball Tournament
Congratulations to Pinckney's Unified Basketball team!
Pinckney finished in 1st place and received the Gold Medal (State Champs).
Next year PCHS will begin a new program for all freshmen called the Pirate Academy. This new program is a foundation for students entering the high school, helping them build positive relationships, grow critical skills, and develop into well rounded students. For many years Pinckney has been providing students the opportunity to be involved in two different nationally recognized programs - Freshmen Academy and New Tech High. The new program is taking the best of both programs and mashing them up into an opportunity for students to become P.I.R.A.T.E.s - students who are Problem-solvers, who have Integrity, who are Responsible, who are Achievers, who are Technologically Literate, and Empathetic.
To learn more about the program page through the linked slides or watch the video: