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  • Instilling Best Practices - On Tuesday, February 7, 2017, the Pecatonica Driver’s Education Program had a special visitor, Trooper JJ Thew, from the Illinois State Police District 16. Trooper Thew spoke to the graduated driving program participants (student drivers who are 16 - 17 years old).  His talking points included:
    -State police officers have jurisdiction in the entire state of Illinois.
    -Parents allow graduated drivers to drive with their consent, but they can legally rescind their consent at any time.
    Driving Restrictions:
    -Mon - Thursday 10pm to 6am
    -Friday - Sunday 11pm to 6am
    Distracted Driving:
    -Number of people in car with (related/non-related passengers)
    -Cell phone usage (No hands free until 19) (no texting at any age)
    Law as of January 1:
    -Scott’s Law, also referred to as the “move over” law, requires drivers to slow down or change lanes when driving by a stopped emergency vehicle. Beginning in 2017, the law also will include any vehicle on the side of the road with hazard lights flashing.
    How To Conduct Yourself During a Traffic Stop:
    -Pull to right completely off the road in a safe area if possible
    -Keep seatbelt fastened and stay in the car
    -Sit still, Stay off cell phone
    -Listen to verbal commands
    -You will always be asked to produce a driver’s license and proof of insurance
    -Be truthful in your answers, let the officer know if you are recording the situation
    Current students, providing they are 16, are under a probationary status for 9 months before they can take their driving test to receive their license. Thank you Trooper Thew for taking the time to talk to our students.  
    (Posted February 17, 2017)
  • Pecatonica Elementary School Has a "Lucky" Visitor - Lucky the hedgehog, from Critter Camp, visited the Kindergarten classes at Pecatonica Elementary School (PES) in honor of Groundhog’s Day on Friday, February 3, 2017. Lucky was so named because when he was brought to the Camp he was starving and malnourished. Lucky’s diet consists of bugs and worms. He was nursed back to health and travels with Beth from Critter Camp to visit classrooms. Lucky was in Mrs. Ballard’s room and the students were able to pet his quills if they wanted to. Beth also donated a book to the PES Library “Frankie Finds Critter Camp”.  Be sure to visit to learn where to find this adorable book and more about this exotic Pet Rescue Sanctuary located in nearby German Valley where Lucky lives. (PS - Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, signaling six more weeks of winter!)  
    (Posted February 16, 2017)
  • Happy Valentine's Day - Love can be a noun, verb or adjective.  
    (Posted February 14, 2017)
  • Lady Indians Sectional Update - by Kevin Kunkel - Just wanted to let everyone know that tonight's game will be broadcast on WCCI from Savanna. 100.3. We are looking forward to a huge crowd. Again, they will clear the gym after the first game and allow people back in if they already paid if there is room. If you get in to the first game I would ask the workers to make sure you get back in to our game. Lets go Indians!!! (Thanks yearbook and anyone who provided pictures!)
    (Posted February 13, 2017)
  • High School Activities 2/13-18 - by Kevin Kunkel
    Monday, February 13
    Scholastic Bowl at Pearl City 4:00 pm
    Girls Basketball Sectional Semi Final at Pearl City 7:30
    Tuesday, February 14
    Boys Basketball vs Milledgeville 6:00 FS start with varsity to follow
    ******Senior Night Parents will be announced to go to the little gym at the end of the 3rd quarter of FS and and introductions will be between games.
    Thursday, February 16
    Girls Basketball Sectional Final if they win tonight. 7:00 pm at Pearl City High School
    Friday, February 17
    Boys Basketball at AFC 6:00 FS start followed by Varsity School Improvement Day 11:15 student release
    Saturday, February 18
    Daddy Daughter Dance in High School Commons 6:00 pm
    (Posted February 13, 2017)
  • Girls Basketball Sectionals - by Kevin Kunkel
    -Congratulations to the girls basketball program for winning the school's first ever regional championship in girls basketball on Friday night!!! Now they move on to Sectionals at Pearl City on Monday, February 13, against Eastland. The game will be played at 7:30. Tickets will not be pre sold. Fans must pay at the door. The cost will be $5 at the door.
    -There will be another game at 6:00 which will be Galena and Freeport Aquin.
    -Pearl City High School would like me to announce that the gym will be cleared after the first game to allow our fans and Eastlands to get in. If there is room and people that watched the first game would like to come back in they will be allowed to come back in at no extra cost. The fan seating area will be marked and a students section will also be marked.
    -We will be taking a fan bus for high school students only. Students who would like to ride the bus should be at the high school by 6:00. The bus will depart at 6:15. We will collect the $5 admission fee before you get on the bus. You must be signed up by 1:00 tomorrow if you wish to ride. We will need 20 students to take the bus but will take two buses if we get enough kids to go. Go Indians!!!!
    (Posted February 13, 2017)
  • Lady Indians Are #1 - This is just a reminder that the girls basketball team plays Rockford Christian Life tonight at home in the IHSA regional tournament. Game time is 6:00 followed by Durand and Kirkland Hiawatha at 7:30. Please also note that everyone must pay to get in. Punch cards and student passes are not allowed. This is an IHSA sanctioned event. Cost at the door is $5 for everyone. Hope to see everyone there to support the girls!!
    (Posted February 8, 2017)
  • Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE)- Congratulations to the 2017 Pecatonica High School WYSE Team for taking 2nd Place at the Rock Valley Regional WYSE Competition Friday, February 3, 2017. The team scored 463.5 and will advance to the NIU Sectional on March 2, 2017. Outstanding job to Mr. Ornatek and all the members of the team! Members and personal places: Back Row L- R Sara Lenz (Sr), Kirsten Kendell (Sr), Bryce Hunt (Sr), Rahim Hunt (Sr)-2nd Place Physics, Marcus Burrow (Jr)-2nd Place Physics, 2nd Place Engineering Graphics, Lexi Dean (Sr) Front Row L-R Jazmin Martinez-Margarito (Sr), Kaylene Cuthbertson(Sr)-3rd Place Math, Cassidy Williams (Jr), Gracie Carter (Sr), Chris Herbig (Jr)-1st Place Biology, 2nd Place Chemistry, Nathan Koch (Sr)-1st Computer Science, 1st Place Physics, Erik Durand (Sr)-3rd Place Chemistry, 3rd Place Engineering Graphics, Trey Degner (Sr)-2nd Place Computer Science.
    (Posted February 8, 2017)
  • Flying with the Eagles - Pecatonica Senior, Kelsey Turner, was signed by the Rock Valley College Volleyball Program to play volleyball as #8 for the 2017-2018 college season on Monday, January 23, 2017. Rock Valley’s Head Coach Alyssa King, to her left, Club Fusion’s Coach Merisa Ritschard, and Pecatonica’s Varsity Head Coach Jessica Berg, along with friends and family, were present at the signing. Kelsey has been playing volleyball since the 6th grade and has always attended camps, clubs and leagues. She has dedicated many hours in the gym and on the court to be at the top of her sport. Kelsey is an Honor Roll Student, a yearbook and National Honor Society member as well as being an outstanding athlete. We are very proud of Kelsey and wish her the best of luck as a future Eagle. (Thank you Piper Turner for the photos).
    (Posted February 7, 2017)
  • Pecatonica Community Middle School Book Fair this week! - Middle school is hosting a bookfair this week, February 6-10, during school hours. Help support the library!
    (Posted February 7, 2017)
  • Early Dismissal - Friday, February 17, 2017, will be an Early Dismissal Day.  (ES~11:05, MS & HS~11:15)
    (Posted February 6, 2017)
  • No School - No School on Monday, February 20, 2017, in observance of President's Day.
    (Posted February 6, 2017)
  • Pecatonica Elementary School (PES) Earns second Kindness Seal! - PES earned a second Kindness Seal by participating in the second annual The Great Kindness Challenge week with fun theme days for students and staff.  They collected Kind Coins for Pakistan this year for their global service project.  A wishing well was located in the PES office and the grand total from that well was $281.64 and will go towards helping build a school in Pakistan! The students received the “Challenge checklist and Jr Checklist for Kindergarten” and as students completed kindness activities on the checklists they could turn the lists in for a brag-tag necklace. ‚ÄčThank you for your support and helping to make the world a kinder place.
    (Posted February 6, 2017)
  • Calling all Kind Kids! -  The Pecatonica Community Middle School (PCMS) is starting the "Random Acts of Kindness Club" and are looking for middle school students to join. Please read the Information Sheet and the fill out the Form to return to the PCMS office. Let's build a community of kindness together.
    (Posted February 3, 2017)
  • Great Performances by Pecatonica High School Scholastic Bowl (PHS) - 
      The IHSA High School Scholastic Bowl Conference Tournament was held Saturday, January 28, 2017. Congratulations to the PHS Scholastic Bowl Team on their performance.
      The High School Quiz Bowl was held on Sunday, January 29, 2017. The PHS Quiz Bowl Team had an outstanding performance taking on the Durand Bulldogs. That Quiz Bowl Competition will be aired on Channel 17, on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at 6:30 pm. Be sure to tune in to find out who was victorious.
      The PHS Scholastic Bowl Team makes their teachers and community VERY proud! 
    (Posted February 3, 2017)
  • 2017 Snow Sculpting Competition - The 2017 Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition was held at Sinnissippi Park on Thursday, January 26, through Saturday, January 28, 2017. The buzz is that the Pecatonica High School (PHS) Snow Sculpting Team took home the Linda K. White Spirit Award for their snow sculpture "Bees Make Our Planet Home". Congratulations Kaylene (KK) Cuthbertson, Skylar Eisman, Kelsey Turner and Payton West! This team was made up of first-year sculptors and advised by PHS’s Art Teacher Jillian Myers. Senior, Payton West, said the most challenging part of this year’s sculpture was carving out the honeycomb cells. Each cell was carefully chiseled out using a hexagon form. The honeybee, with a 4 foot wingspan, looks as though it just landed. Some surface areas needed building up with added snow and ice and Senior, Skylar Eisman, was “busy as a bee” collecting snow across the road with her shovel and bringing it back to the site for use. Senior, Kelsey Turner and KK Cuthbertson, patiently shaved and shaped the honeybee’s body. The students hard work paid off as they were recipients of a “spirit” award. Linda K. White was a former park district employee that made a commitment to overcoming obstacles. It is heartwarming that our PHS Team was able to represent that spirit and commitment during this competition. Thank you Pecatonica CUSD 321 Facebook Support, Jillian Myers, and Piper Turner for photos.
    (Posted February 2, 2017)
  • Go Lady Indians! - Tonight is Senior Night for the Lady Indians Basketball Team. If you can, please come out and support our teams in their last home game before hosting the Regional tournament on our home court.
    (Posted January 31, 2017)
  • Happy 100th Day of School! - Check out our Facebook page to view photos of how some of our 1st grade classes celebrated the 100th day of the 2016-2017 school year.
    (Posted January 31, 2017)
  • Many Thanks From the Middle School Hosted Vendor Fair/Craft Day - The Pecatonica Community Middle School (PCMS) would like to thank everyone who came out and supported the Winter Wonderland Vendor and Craft Fair Saturday, January 28.  PCMS raised over $1,500! The organizers did an outstanding job and are already working on how to improve and expand it for next winter.
    (Updated, January 31, 2017, January 27, 2017, December 14, 2016, Posted November 29, 2016)
  • Pecatonica High School Hosts Girls Basketball Regionals
    Monday, February 6 - Quarterfinals:
    Game 1
    o  (10) Rockford (Christian Life) vs (11) Crystal Lake (Faith Lutheran) at 7:00 pm
    Wednesday, February 8 - SemiFinals:
    Game 2
    o  (1) Pecatonica vs Monday’s winner @ 6:00 pm
    o  (4) Durand vs (8) Kirkland (Hiawatha) @ 7:30 pm
    Friday, February 10 - Finals
    Game 3
    o  Winners from Tuesday's  6:00 & 7:30 games
    Please note that this is an IHSA event. As the host we are responsible for creating a fair environment for all teams involved. The bleachers at the end of the court that are considered our student section will have to be neutral. Our student section will be on the home side at the south end. Any students that are at the game will be directed to sit in that area.
    (Updated, Feburary 7, 2017, Posted January 30, 2017)
  • Fan Appreciation Night  The Pecatonica Fans Club is having two Fan Appreciation nights over the next few weeks during home basketball games! For these games all fans who are wearing any Pecatonica Spirit wear or that are wearing visible Purple & Gold will receive a free popcorn from the concession stand. So mark your calendars as these events will take place on January 31st which is the last girls home basketball game vs. Milledgeville and on February 14th which is the last boys home basketball game vs. Milledgeville as well. Hope to see everyone there!
    (Posted January 30, 2017)
  • Drivers Education  -  Pecatonica High School (PHS) students have the opportunity to enroll in a drivers education class (Drive Right) on school grounds. There are many advantages of having the course available on campus, such as The Illinois Secretary of State expediting driving permits on Thursday, January 19, 2017, by processing the written tests and administering vision exams for twenty-seven students at the PHS location. The students took the written test in the classroom, waited patiently for the state personnel to score them, and then finished with the vision exam. The state staff members appreciated how polite and focused our students were and told Mr. Nunez, the driver’s ed instructor, that they were impressed that “seven” of our students received a perfect score and that they were well prepared and ready to begin the driving section of the program. 
    (Posted January 27, 2017)
  • Early Childhood Screening & Kindergarten Screening/Registration - Pecatonica C.U.S.D #321 Early Childhood Screening & Kindergarten Screening/Registration will be held Monday, February 6 - Wednesday, February 8 at the First Congregational Church in Pecatonica. Screenings are by appointment only.  Please click here for more information.
    (Posted January 23, 2017)
  • 2016 PARCC Parent Letter - Please click Here.  
    (Posted October 26, 2016)

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Rewarding Excellence in Teaching & Leadership - We are proud to present our very own “Golden Apple” winner, Mrs. Laura Wanke ... It was an exciting morning Thursday, March 10, 2016, as The Golden Apple Award Committee marched upstairs followed by family, administrators, BOE members, co-workers, and the RRStar & WREX TV crew to Mrs. Wanke’s 2nd grade classroom to present her with “A Golden Apple”. Mrs. Wanke was surprised yet humble as she accepted the well-deserved symbol of her excellence and dedication to teaching and leadership. Once she recovered from the shock, she exclaimed to her wonderful whale students, “You did it!” Mrs. Wanke’s students quietly sat and worked on a cloud/rainbow project during the lively recognition. Congratulations Mrs. Wanke for making her wish come true by investing the time and energy that is required to accomplish the achievement of becoming a Golden Apple Recipient.

Congratulations to the amazing teachers and staff at Pecatonica Elementary School, 2015 Exemplary High Performing National Blue Ribbon School!  In Illinois, the only way a school can be nominated for this prestigious honor is through special recognition from the Illinois State Board of Education. They recognize schools for one of two awards, Exemplary High Performing School or Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing School. The final selection is made after an application process, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education.  The Blue Ribbon Award, which began in 1982, has only ever recognized two Winnebago County schools, one other elementary school and a private high school. The rest of the awards have been throughout other parts of the state. This year 15 schools were named Exemplary High Performing National Blue Ribbon Schools in Illinois.  Pecatonica Elementary School is one of only 332 schools nationally to receive this award!!!  

*Blue Ribbon Award Acceptance Encore Live Event on November 11, 2105 - Principal Carrie Brockway and Gretchen Lagerhausen accepting the Blue Ribbon Award for the Pecatonica Elementary School District #321.  This award was presented in Washington, D.C. our Nation's Capital. 

excellenceaward 2012 ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARD
Pecatonica Community Middle School was awarded the 2012 Academic Excellence Award from the Illinois School Board of Education. 454 schools earned the Award. To earn the award a school must meet the following criteria:
  1. Made Adequate Yearly Progress in 2011 and 2012 as required by No Child Left Behind.
  2. In schools serving grades 8 and below, 90 percent of students must have met or exceeded state standards in both reading and mathematics for the three most recent school years.

excellenceaward 2012 ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARD
Pecatonica Elementary School was awarded the 2012 Academic Excellence Award from the Illinois School Board of Education. 454 schools earned the Award. To earn the award a school must meet the following criteria:
  1. Made Adequate Yearly Progress in 2011 and 2012 as required by No Child Left Behind.
  2. In schools serving grades 8 and below, 90 percent of students must have met or exceeded state standards in both reading and mathematics for the three most recent school years.

excellenceaward 2011 ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARD
Pecatonica Elementary School was awarded the 2011 Academic Excellence Award from the Illinois School Board of Education. 438 schools earned the Award. To earn the award a school must meet the following criteria:
  1. Made Adequate Yearly Progress for two years in a row.
  2. 90 percent of students must have met or exceeded state standards in both reading and mathematics for three consecutive years.