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March 17, 2023

Dear Panther Staff and Families,

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Weekend!!!  While it doesn’t quite feel like spring break, I hope all of you are able to enjoy family and recharge.  

I realize that this is also the time for many of you to finalize your summer plans and I wanted  to get summer planning out to you in a timely manner.

Today’s update includes 22-23 calendar reminders for the remainder of the year, the 23-24 school calendar including potential make-up dates, if needed, information about our upcoming surveys (parents and students), summer programming options, and finally a notice regarding opportunities with our upcoming strategic planning.  

2022-2023 School Calendar - The entire school calendar can be found on our website or here - LINK.  

*April 7 - No School

*April 26 will mark an early release with the K4 building being released at 12:30 and the 5-12 building released at 12:45.  

*May 26 - End of quarter #4 - Last Student Day

*May 26 - GRADUATION - Pine Island HS Football Field 

2023-2024 School Calendar - The 23-24 calendar has been approved and is available here and on our website.  While we’re hoping to have a mild winter next year, potential dates have been identified for make-up, if needed.

School Perceptions Surveys - (please review both parent survey and student survey information below)

*Parent Survey

The Pine Island Public School District cares deeply about our students. We are always looking for ways to improve their educational experience and form a stronger partnership with you, our parents. To help us accomplish this goal we are conducting a parent survey to help us understand what we are doing well and where we need to improve.  We have hired School Perceptions, an independent educational research firm, to conduct the survey and ensure all responses are kept confidential. We are asking that all parents respond to a survey that will be sent out on March 30.  The survey will be open from March 30 through April 10 at 5:00 PM. If you do not receive an email invitation to complete the survey, please check your “spam/junk” folder or contact the district office for assistance. 


We value your comments and suggestions, and strongly encourage you to participate in this important survey. Together, we will continue to shape the future of Pine Island Schools.


*Student Survey

Beginning on 3/30/23, students in the Pine Island School District (grades 4-12) will also have the opportunity to participate in the School Perceptions Student Life Survey.

The survey is designed to measure student’s engagement at school. It will provide our district with answers to important questions, such as:

  *What practices and policies help our students learn, and what barriers are in the way?

*Do students feel supported?

*What could be done to increase student involvement, both in and out of the classroom?

The survey is online and takes about 10 minutes to complete. Once the survey is done, the District will receive a summary report that will not include confidential or identifiable information. The purpose for the survey is to ensure that our practices are positively meeting the needs of our students.  Any trend data will be used in our upcoming strategic planning to ensure continuous improvement.

This survey is designed ONLY to reflect on the engagement and opportunities for our students.  However, if you would like to preview the survey, it is available in the district office.  If you would prefer that your student not participate, please return the opt out form which is provided here for your convenience.

Summer Programming:

*Summer Scholar Academy (Grades K-6) June 12-June 16 (1 week only)

-PLEASE click HERE to register for Summer Scholar Academy

*Middle School Career Academy (June 20-23) students entering 7th or 8th grade - click here for more information and registration materials.  (Please note that this is a partner program and is provided in Rochester)

*ESY (Extended School Year) More information and invitations will be provided to our qualifying students

*Credit Recovery - additional information will be provided to students and families who are eligible.

Strategic Planning Opportunities - It’s hard to believe that it’s time for a refresh again.  Please stay tuned for opportunities to participate in our upcoming strategic planning.

My apologies for the lengthy update today.  Thank you for all that you do to support our students, district and community!


Dr. Tamara Champa

Tamara Champa


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