Pioneer School of the Arts is a School of Choice within West Ada Joint School District #2. At Pioneer School of the Arts, students enjoy …
Positive Environment: Pioneer is a K-5 Magnet Arts Program that strives to foster a safe, supportive, and intellectually stimulating learning environment.
Learning for All: Pioneer’s staff effectively responds to the needs of all learners by differentiating instruction, integrating visual and performing arts, and instilling a lifelong love of learning. Innovative Instruction: A synthesis of traditional core instruction and innovative arts integration supports the intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and artistic development of the “whole child.”
Operating as usual
This spring, 2nd graders made these creative arts-integrated displays that CHANGE as you walk down the hallway.
It was bittersweet celebrating our 5th graders as they move on to great things at middle school and beyond. These amazing students will be missed!
Pioneer enjoyed a return to in-person programs with yesterday’s Kindergarten Promotion Programs!
Our students grew so much this year, highlighting some of the key moments of Kindergarten through song and movement in this program.
So proud of the efforts of our students and teachers all year long!
Pioneer 2nd Grade teachers surprised students and families using the crosswalk or drop-off loop this morning with the first ever Pioneer performance of …
Crosswalk: The Musical
Creative props, quick costume changes, theatrical skill, and some amazing dance moves provided just a glimpse into the many talents of Ms. Eisentrager, Mrs. Hulslander, Mr. Broyles, Mrs. Greene, and Mrs. Meyet!
Our incredible 4th grade team, along with the support of some amazing parents and community organizations, created the first ever Pioneer History Fest!
Fourth graders …
- Learned to lasso
- Panned for GOLD
- Square danced
- Made their own bread and butter
- Visited a trading post
- Played with old-fashioned toys
- Analyzed historical artifacts
- Experienced an incredible taxidermy museum
- Raced in a Pioneer Chores relay
- Learned about Idaho’s gems and minerals (walking away with their own star garnet and geode!)
What an amazing day for our students as they had the opportunity to live and learn our history!
Thanks Education Foundation of West Ada!
We were delighted to catch up with Lindsey Bisbee of Pioneer School of the Arts to hear what an impact an art grant she received in 20/21 has made on her art students.
Receiving this grant means that over 650 student now have access to innovative and exciting building/construction materials. This grant gives her students access to 3-D building materials, which will enhance their intelligence, support their creativity and help make connections to the real world.
Art + protractor practice = a pretty palette of primary and secondary colors in Mrs. Stump’s class!
(That’s ACUTE and meaningful arts connection right there.)
It’s difficult to tell who had more fun at the Zoo yesterday … the 1st grade teachers or the 1st graders.
It’s safe to say that they all had a great time during this opportunity to make valuable connections to their learning!
At the end of April, Pioneer welcomed families to join together for an unique art experience.
The PTA’s Paint Pour event was a great success (even after needing to move inside at the last minute). The creativity of our artists, young and old, was on full display.
We appreciate all of the volunteers who made this possible with a special shout out to the Johnson family for the extra efforts in planning, coordination, and implementation of this amazing event!
Pioneer Teachers are second to none. They are exceedingly dedicated, seemingly tireless, deeply caring, and extremely talented. They were showered with appreciation this week and deserved every ounce!
Thank you to our parents for helping make sure they know how much they mean to our students families, and school community.
Throughout the week the PTA provided a delicious lunch, some delicious snacks, a meaningful gift, decorated ALL 35 teacher doors, and coordinated donations for and the creation of PERSONALIZED gift baskets for every teacher.
Mrs. Cavazos’ 4th graders utilized their strong abilities in research, writing, and visual arts to create pages for their class “Idaho State Book” …
Happy St. Patrick’s Day
Mrs. Emery’s Kindergarteners are using their rhyming, reading, and deductive skills as they follow clues to search the school for some gold this morning!
She is responsible for helping students prepare for the major transition from Elementary to Middle School and takes pride in helping her students become the best version of themselves. Her creativity and care are a hallmark of her personally and professionally.
Check out the video to find out who was chosen as Pioneer's 2021-22 Teacher of the Year ...
She is often the first face you see or voice you hear when you visit/call school and Pioneer would not be the same without her.
Check out the video to find out who is our Classified Staff Member of the Year …
(While our school psychologist, Jane Jablonski, is amazing as well … the auto-selected preview photo of her is misleading. Watch to find the true COY winner.)
The East Hall turned into the cutest retirement community in the Treasure Valley today.
To celebrate the 100th day of school our first grade team AND their students came to school 100 years old.
You know it’s almost Valentines Day when the Valentines boxes start arriving.
You know it’s almost Valentine’s Day at an ART school when they look like these. Love the creativity and the execution!
We caught some Pioneer 4th graders performing a song/dance THEY CREATED to help remember the key steps of long division.
The most impressive part is that this wasn’t an assignment. It was just kids excited about learning, being creative, and using their SUPER Learner Powers!
Torn paper collage is for the birds!
Pioneer students carefully created these amazing works of art out of torn paper during their art special with Mrs. Bisbee.
(Some are framed in our front hallway so don’t mind the reflection/glare)
He shows up before daybreak to start shoveling (and chiseling!) snow and spreading ice melt to make sure that we have safe paths around our campus, then maintains as needed throughout the day. Thank you Mr. Robby for your care of our school!
Some scenes of our upper grades students enjoying the first snow this week. So many snow people and snow forts were made that there was almost no trace of snow left on the ground!
Idaho Lottery stopped by today to award 5th grade teacher Mr. Jons with $200 as part of a program honoring Idaho educators. He was one of 15 winners statewide out of over 1,000 nominations. Here is an excerpt from his nomination written by a Pioneer parent …
“Mr. Jons is a phenomenal educator. He goes out of his way to make every student know that they are valued, important, wanted, accepted, and he expresses from the beginning of the school year that students and parents are teachers as well- that we all learn from each other. Not only does he teach to curriculum standards, but he teaches every day life skills that help students become successful people, with self-confidence and a desire to become the best version of themselves possible.“
Congratulations Mr. Jons!
Today was the first day of 3rd grade "program" recording and they are looking and sounding great! We can't wait to share the product of all of their hard work with their families.
So proud of 4th grader Carissa Bramlet. Last year, she entered her artwork in the West Ada Art contest, was selected as the Pioneer representative for the district art show, and Meridian Arts Commission was so impressed that they selected it to beautify our community as a traffic box wrap. If you want to check it out in person, head over to the Meridian Rd/Pine Ave intersection.
Way to go Carissa!
Also ... consider encouraging your child to enter their favorite artwork or to create a new masterpiece for this year's West Ada Art contest. You never know what might happen. The framed art may grace a special location (such as a mayor's office) or even become a community display like Carissa's. Mrs. Bisbee will be sharing more information with all of our students through art class.
Our little (and not so little) Ghouls and Goblins had a great time at PTA's first-ever Trunk-or-Treat. It was a great time for students, families, and staff to connect, have some fun, and stock up on some tasty treats!
Thank you to all of the parents who set up trunks and/or donated candy/time to make this such a success! We might just have a new annual tradition on our hands.
Just like Vashti in the Peter H. Reynolds classic The Dot, students in Mrs. Bisbee’s art class learned about the importance of getting started, the many ways one idea can be explored, and the value of sharing one’s gift with others.
We couldn’t get a staff team out the door in time for Idaho Lottery’s Scratch for Schools event, so Afton J. volunteered and even made it a family affair by wrangling her sisters into joining her!
They scratched until they couldn’t scratch no more … literally … there is a time limit.
They showed true Pioneer enthusiasm and spirit as they raised $197 for our school. We are going to put the funds toward arts supplies for generalist classrooms!
After 22 months away, PUMATHON IS BACK!
Our Pumas had a great time racking up the laps toward their own personal marathon. Students are encouraged to set goals for their running on Tuesdays/Thursdays and come to school prepared to move!
Thank you to our PTA for their support and the parent volunteers who make this lunchtime fitness program possible!
For more info … check out the video linked in the comments.
4th Graders from Mrs. Cavazos' class were treated to a private concert from professional cellist Cory Cavazos (you might say the teacher had an in to arrange the visit!).
They explored how music conveys and impacts emotions and even had the opportunity to interact with movement and rhythm.
The newest Puma Post is live now (see below).
Have a fun and safe holiday weekend. No school on Monday (9/6) due to Labor Day!
Pioneer Puma Post Pioneer Puma Post September 2, 2021
Our PTA Bulletin Board Guru, Selena H., always wows us with her great displays. This time she also made us hungry! Mmmmm ... giant S'mores.
Happy start of school from the Pioneer PTA!
A few classes at Pioneer received a special visit from Dr. Derek Bub and Bret Heller this morning.
In Mrs. Erickson’s first grade class, Dr. Bub asked …
“Who lost sleep last night because they were so excited about the first day of school?”
We love that in addition to many students, our Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent both had their hands raised high.
That excitement carried our students and staff through an AMAZING start to the 2021-22 school year.
Happy First Day of School to all of our Pioneer students, families, and staff!
The Pioneer community CARES for our school. When given the opportunity to be of service to the school, many Pioneer families quickly put on some gloves and braved the heat to help with campus beautification this past week, stopping in to help pull a summer’s worth of weeds, trimming tree shoots, improving planter beds, and even doing a little mowing.
The campus looks GREAT and the assistance of our students/families has allowed our custodial/maintenance staff to focus on additional projects inside the building as we get ready for another tremendous school year at Pioneer School of the Arts.
(Note: Thank you to all of our patrons who came to help. Some sent in pictures, but we know not all we’re able to. You ALL made a difference!)
It was bittersweet sending our 5th graders off for summer one last time. While some tears were shed we also celebrated with an informal promotion ceremony, music/dancing, games, popsicles, unveiling the apropos mural the 5th graders created, and starting a new tradition with our 5th Grade Walk (where our K-4 students cheered on the 5th graders’ last trip around the building).
It wasn’t a typical last day, but as we did all year … we found unique ways to capitalize on what we CAN do instead of worrying about what we CAN’T.
Go do great things in Middle School and beyond Pumas!
It's been tough to get to Facebook over the district network recently, but for this occasion it was worth the trouble of accessing our page.
As you all know, we have one of the BEST school counselors out there in Mrs. Thon. The impact she has on students, staff, and families is immense. We are so fortunate to have such a dedicated and talented individual doing everything possible to meet the needs of our school community.
Feel free to share your appreciation in the comments!
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