Read N' Give
On March 10 Pinckney Schools will be starting the 'Read N' Give/ ReCreate Pinckney' Book Drive! The book drive will go all the way through March to allow ample time for students to bring in books if they would like to donate.
So where will the books go? The hopes in this book drive is to create a library in the soon-to-be ReCreate Pinckney building for the teens to utilize. Choose to Lead students from Pathfinder will be organizing the books for the library, with the hopes of fully stocked shelves. Although this a teen center, we will be collecting all grade level books to accommodate all reading levels.
The standards of the books are as follow:
- Lightly used and/or new books
- Paper or hard cover
- All genres (minus dictionaries, encyclopedia, text books)
Pre-Festival Music Clinic
On Tuesday, February 24, the members of the Pinckney Community High School Symphony Band and Wind Ensemble performed a Pre-Festival Clinic on the three pieces they have been preparing for the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association District Festival. Ed Turner, a retired music educator and Marshall Music representative, listened to the performance and offered constructive criticism to help the students prepare for their performances at Festival. This Pre-Festival Clinic was made possible by the Pinckney Community Schools and the Marshall Music Company. The PCHS Symphony Band will perform at 11:40 AM and the PCHS Wind Ensemble will perform at 1:40 PM on Saturday, February 28 at Brighton High School. Family and friends of the music program are invited to attend the performances.
Poms @ Disney!
The Pinckney Varsity Pom Squad just returned from the "Badgerette All Star Talent Tour" at Walt Disney World in Orlando where they performed for the world! The squad joined with other top ten high school pom teams from the Midwest to perform at Epcot, on the Beauty & the Beast stage at Hollywood Studios and in the Magic Kingdom Electric Nighttime Parade!
The squad earned a spot on this Tour in August at the Badgerette Midwest Invitational where they placed second in the large varsity division. "These girls worked endless hours this past summer perfecting their skills and routines to be one of the top ten squads .... and their bonus was a invite to this Disney Tour!" says Coach Susan Katon.
This amazingly talented squad that made memories of a lifetime in Disney and entertained the crowds is Taylor Antal, Cassidy Chambers, Hayley Conry, Erin Cotham, Felicity Couch, Jenna Ellis, Tori Killingbeck, Faith Klein, Lauren Labadie, Mckenna Magda, Brenna Marshall, Melanie McGinty, Kathryn McGinty, Marissa Moore, Ellen Rapp, Jenna Russell, Abby Schoonover, Emma Stafford, Riley Stheiner, Beth Strong, Madeline Strong, and Megan White.
Navigator students who earned all 2s and 3s in Citizenship on their report card participated in a BAAM Jam on Thursday, February 5. For this BAAM Jam, students enjoyed a laser show along with some great music in the Jane Tasch Theater. Students had a great time not only singing along and enjoying the show, but also learning a bit about lasers in the process.
PCHS Polar Plunge!
To show their support for Special Olympics, the Pinckney Men’s Swim Team participated in the Polar Plunge held at Brighton High School. This event raises funds for local Special Olympics athletes. With over 100 people participating, the event raised more than $28,000. The swim team had to jump into the icy water to receive the money from their sponsors. Many members of the team enjoyed their dive and readily entered the water a second time. The entire event showed the love and support our community has for their own.
Kindness Kounts! @ Nav
Liza Kapeller, Kayla Barkoff, and Emma Gendernalik, 4th grade students at Navigator Upper Elementary School, had the idea to create a school-wide program to promote kindness among students. They came up with the name "Kindness Kounts!" and created forms that students and staff can fill out about ways they show kindness to others or times they saw someone show kindness to someone else. Each week, these acts of kindness are read aloud over the morning announcements. Participation has been increasing over the school year and it has been wonderful to hear all the different ways that people show kindness to others at Navigator!