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  • 2016-17 Illinois State Scholars - Pecatonica High School (PHS) Principal Todd France is pleased to announce that 8 PHS students from the graduating class of 2017 have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars. Nathan Koch, Emily Bullock, Justin Hobson, Rahim Hunt, Erik Durand, Kaylene Cuthbertson, Alexis Dean, and Jachob Noble have earned this honor.  Press Release
    (Posted  January 13, 2017)
  • Pecatonica High School Athletics & Activities January 16-21, 2017 - by Kevin Kunkel
    Monday, January 16
    Tuesday, January 17
    Girls Basketball vs Durand, 6:00 FS start followed by Varsity Sports Association Basketball at Half of FS Scholastic Bowl at Durand 4:00
    Wednesday, January 18
    AP Parent Meeting 6:00 High School Commons
    Thursday, Janaury 19
    Boys Basketball vs Stillman Valley 5:45 FS start followed by Varsity **Please note start time** Sports Association Basketball at Halftime of the FS
    FS Scholastic Bowl Tournament 4:00
    Friday, January 20
    Girls Basketball at Dakota 6:00 FS start followed by Varsity
    Saturday, January 21
    Boys Basketball vs Orangeville 6:00 FS start followed by Varsity (4th grade sings National Anthem)
    (Posted  January 13, 2017)
  • ES Habit 4 Assembly - On Wednesday, January 4, 2017, the Pecatonica Elementary School (PES) held a Habit 4 Assembly. First, Mrs. Brockway presented excited students and classroom teachers with Jog-A-Thon pledge winnings! Secondly, Mrs Lagerhausen, with the assistance of the 3rd grade, discussed and demonstrated Habit 4 (Win Win). The 3rd graders were asked to line up three times, each time focusing on a different scenario: “Win-Lose”, “Lose-Win” and the desired scenario “Win Win”. This lesson encouraged students to develop a habit of approaching life situations with a Win Win attitude where sharing and being considerate of one another is a worthy goal. Finally, it was time for “Minute to Win It”, a positive behavior incentive program that rewards a student’s good behavior by giving them a ticket the instant the good behavior is displayed. This ticket is drawn out of a bucket at assemblies, giving the student the opportunity to become a participant in “Minute to Win it’ games and competitions. It was a fun and positive way to start out the new year.
    (Posted  January 11, 2017)
  • No School - No School on Monday, January 16, 2017, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
    (Posted  January 6, 2017)
  • “Evergreens Are Green” - The Ag Literacy Coordinator, Diane Cleland from Ag in the Classroom, spoke to PES kindergartners about evergreen trees right before Holiday Break. She brought samples of evergreen needles and pinecones, and after discussing facts about evergreen trees, she read “Evergreens Are Green”, a beautifully illustrated scientific book about exploring the differences between evergreens and deciduous trees through the four seasons. Students were then given a craft evergreen tree with a “special” etching tool that as the top layer of green on the craft tree was etched away, a rainbow of hidden colors were revealed. The students decorated and designed the craft trees to make fun tree ornaments.  "I Climbed A Tree to See the World".
    (Posted  January 4, 2017)
  • Random Acts of Kindness (RAOK) - On December 14th, the second RAOK Club meeting of the 2016-17 school year was held.  Mrs. Brandenburg took the club photo. Mrs. Brockway read the story of Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman while students enjoyed donated snacks. Then the children, family members and police officers got to work bagging the over 1,000 stuffed animals into zip lock bags to be distributed to regional police and fire departments. The officers can use the stuffed animals to provide a sense of comfort to children in emergency situations. High school students Austin Steinborn, Nate Lichtfuss, Matt Jones, and Ian Sorg collaborated with RAOK Club on collecting, organizing and sorting stuffed animals at all three schools.
    (Posted  January 3, 2017)
  • “Happy New Year! - School resumes Wednesday, January 4, 2017.
    (Posted  January 3, 2017)
  • “Happy Holidays” - from Pecatonica Community School District #321...We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.   Please have a safe holiday and we look forward to seeing you and yours next year!
    (Posted  December 21, 2016)
  • “A Holiday of Music” - Pecatonica 4th Graders Presented “A Holiday of Music” Tuesday, December 6th at 6:30 p.m. at Pecatonica High School. Thank you Ms. Durand for sharing the photos for the holiday musical.
    (Updated December 20, 2016, Posted  December 5, 2016)
  • No School in Observance of Winter Break - No School Thursday, December 22, 2016, thru Tuesday, January 3, 2016 (Teachers Institute).  Students return Wednesday, January 4, 2016. 
    (Posted December 19, 2016)
  • End of 2nd Quarter Early Dismissal - Early Dismissal Wednesday, December 21, 2016, for ES~1:35, MS & HS~1:45. 
    (Posted December 19, 2016)
  • Activities December 19-21 - by Kevin Kunkel AD
    Girls Basketball Wednesday, December 21, 6:00 FS start followed by Varsity. 
    (Posted December 19, 2016)
  • 8th & 7th Grade Sweep Route 72 Academic Bowl Conference Meet - Congratulations 8th & 7th Grade Academic Bowl Teams for taking 1st Place at the Route 72 Academic Bowl 2016 Conference Meet. Congratulations on an outstanding accomplishment middle school Academic Bowl Teams!
         by Mr. King...”Our kids won both grade level championships. The kids were awesome! Mrs. Kalas and Mrs. Bergin had the right kids playing at the right time. This speaks volumes to the kids our parents send us and to the countless hours all the adults put into the success of our kids. Exclamation point on Pec CUSD academic success!"  
    (Posted December 15, 2016)
  • Middle School is Hosting a Vendor Fair/Craft Day Update December 14, 2016 Now available: Winter Wonderland Craft & Vendor Fair Form.
    ***VENDOR FAIR INFO*** "Winter Wonderland" vendor fair and craft day will take place at the Middle School on Jan. 28th from 9-3. Mark your calendars to come shop at the vendor fair and create a board and brush or canvas painting in one of our sessions! Concessions, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and more. All proceeds will go to the school to be used on items to support student learning. We need your to help make this fund raiser a success. So come for a day of fun, shop our vendor fair and get creative in one or both of our painting sessions. To reserve a spot in our vendor fair, please contact Karenkramer, lisajurkovic, or Brendabranham Vendor fee is $20 for 16x10ft space. tables are $10 each, chairs $2 each
    ***CLINE'S CUBBY CRAFT INFO*** To sign up to paint a pallet please visit the Cline's Cubby website. $15 from every pallet will be donated to the school!
    (Updated, December 14, 2016, Posted November 29, 2016)
  • PHS Holds Senior Interviews - The Pecatonica High School Senior Interviews took place Monday, December 12, 2016. The Senior students were dressed for success. Each had a Senior portfolio in hand that included information needed to pursue their stated career goals. They were interviewed by a panel of teachers to discuss their preparations for life after high school...And so the adventure begins...
    (Posted December 12, 2016)
  • What on ‘Earth’ has the 5th grade been up to? - The 5th grade students have been studying Geosphere and Atmosphere! They did research, created models out of a variety of materials, and then presented them to the class.  The models were very well done.  Good job 5th grade.
    (Posted December 6, 2016)
  • Varsity Boys Basketball Tournament - Varsity Boys Tournament Bracket for the Forreston Tournament.  
    (Posted December 5, 2016)
  • Varsity Girls Basketball Tournament  
    The Varsity Girls Holiday Tournament schedule at Pecatonica High School.
    The JV Girls Holiday Tournament bracket at Galena High School.  
    (Posted  December 1, 2016)
  • Junior Varsity Boys Basketball Tournament - The JV Boys Holiday Tournament schedule at Galena High School.  
    (Posted December 1, 2016)
  • Football Cooperative Meeting Information - Please click here to find out information on the upcoming Durand - Pecatonica Football Cooperative Meeting.
    (Posted November 29, 2016)
  • Pecatonica High School 2016 All Conference Athletes - The Pecatonica High School Athletics Department is proud to announce All Conference Athletes (L-R): Golf, Erik Durand, 1st Team; Football - Garrett Mellentine, Honorable Mention, Linebacker, Nathan Koch, 1st team, Defensive Line; Volleyball, Laura Schulze, Honorable Mention, Logan Mund, Honorable Mention. Congratulations athletes for your outstanding team contributions for the 2016 Season.
    (Posted November 29, 2016)
  • 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.