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    No School Wednesday, November 22 thru Friday, November 24 for Thanksgiving Holiday
    (Posted November 17, 2017)
  • Pecatonica 2017 Veteran’s Day Celebration
    The Pecatonica Veteran’s Day celebration was well attended Friday, November 10, 2017, at the Pecatonica Community Middle School. The yellow Pecatonica school bus was deployed at 9:30 am with ROTC students; Elijah Lichtfuss (10), David Butterfield (10), Jacob Storey, (12), Max Sager (11), Blake Alexander (12), Thomas Matusik (12), and Jacob McGrew (12) to assist with transporting some of our local Veterans to the 2017 Veteran’s Day Celebration. Approximately 30 of our Veterans came out to enjoy the Pecatonica High kitchen’s “famous apple crisp" with ice cream and coffee, and a brief program to honor their service. Many of the veterans went to school together and reminisced how they remember when the middle school was a quarry! Pecatonica 4th Grade Elementary students walked down to the middle school and sang two patriotic songs and then presented veterans with handmade flags. Many staff, friends, and family members stopped by to say “Thank you Veterans for serving our country!” We appreciate the Veterans and were delighted to celebrate this special day with them.
    (Posted November 17, 2017)
  • High School Activities 11/20-25
    Monday, November 20, 2017
    Varsity Boys Basketball Pecatonica Thanksgiving Tournament 6:00 pm Durand vs North Boone 7:30 pm Pecatonica vs South Beloit
    Tuesday, November 21, 2017
    Girls Basketball at Lena-Winslow 6:00 FS start followed by Varsity
    Wednesday, November 22, 2017
    (No School) Varsity Boys Basketball Pecatonica Thanksgiving Tournament 6:00 pm North Boone vs South Beloit 7:30 pm Pecatonica vs Durand
    Friday, November 24, 2017
    FS Boys Basketball at Freeport Tournament 10:30 vs South Beloit (West Gym) 12:30 vs Dakota (East Gym)
    Saturday, November 25, 2017
    FS Boys Basketball at Freeport Tournament 9:00 am vs North Boone (West Gym)\ Either 12:30 or 2:00 Depending on pool play Also a reminder that passes are still available and can be purchased in the high school office or at any home game. Student passes are $15 Adult passes are $50 for a 20 game pass, $30 for a 10 game pass, and Senior Citizen 10 game passes can be purchased for $15.
    (Posted November 17, 2017)
  • Pecatonica Community Middle School Academic 1st Quarter Assembly
    The middle school held their 1st Quarter Awards Assembly on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Students were recognized for Academic Honors and presented with certificates such as Lion’s Club Poster Award, Girls Volleyball, IMEA Awards, Social Studies Classroom Contest, AR Awards, and Student of the Quarter. Thank you students for your academic and extracurricular accomplishments!
    (Posted November 15, 2017)
  • Good Citizen Award
    Pecatonica High School (PHS) is pleased to announce Morgan Miller is the winner of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Good Citizen Award for the Class of 2018 for her demonstration of leadership, dependability, service, and patriotism. Morgan is a Senior and believes she was chosen for her leadership qualities and her positive involvement in academics and extracurriculars. She is a Key Club member, a volleyball player and also voted 2017 Homecoming Queen. Morgan was one of three students nominated by the PHS teachers and then her peers, the Senior class, cast the deciding vote. She is now eligible for a scholarship and was asked to write and submit an essay. She was given a mystery essay question regarding Freedom. Morgan gives credit to her parents for greatly influencing her good citizenship. She says that her mother, Theresa Miller, is a nurse and makes helping people look so easy and that her father, Eric Miller, has strong leadership qualities. One of Morgan’s goals is to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a nurse. She hopes to specialize in nursing mothers and babies. She is looking at colleges but has not made any final decisions about where she will attend. Morgan exemplifies good citizenship and is to be congratulated for the Good Citizen Award.
    (Posted November 14, 2017)
  • I AM AWESOME Assembly
    The ES was definitely Awesome Tuesday, October 31st as they held an "I Am Awesome" Assembly that included: 1. Special people who volunteer at the Elementary school were honored with Lanterns to recognize their "light" for helping rebuild the Little Indian Playground, reading to students, planting the community garden, and working Popcorn Day to name a few. contributions. The entire student body sang the "Thank you" song to them. 2. Teachers performed a skit from the book "The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything" to kick off Halloween Day. It was a cute performance and Ms. Lucas was very funny as she bravely encountered many spooky things along her walk in the forest. It was an Awesome way to start out a chilly Halloween Day! 3. Everyone was given a special "I Am Awesome" sticker to wear for the day.
    (Posted November 14, 2017)
  • Day of the Dead
    The high school Spanish classes celebrated the Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) on Monday, October 10, 2017, by bringing in decorated food and art work, and some students painted their faces in honor of the holiday. This Mexican holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have passed.
    (Posted November 14, 2017)
  • 'A' Rating: (Score 470 and above)
    Pecatonica CUSD #321 was recently ranked by MYSTATELINE.COM in a feature called "Our Report Card of Stateline Area School Districts Based on PARCC and SAT Data. Please click read More to view WTVO Channel 17's analysis.
    (Posted November 8, 2017)
  • Pecatonica High School Boys Basketball Thanksgiving Tournament Schedule 2017
    **Team Listed First is the Home Team and Will Wear White
    Monday, November 20, 2017
      6:00 Durand vs North Boone
      7:30 Pecatonica vs South Beloit
    Wednesday, November 22, 2017
      6:00 North Boone vs South Beloit
      7:30 Pecatonica vs Durand
    Monday, November 27, 2017
      6:00 South Beloit vs Durand
      7:30 Pecatonica vs North Boone
    (Posted November 8, 2017)
  • High School Activities 11/6-11
    Monday, November 6, 2017
    Boys Basketball Begins Wrestling Begins (at Durand)
    Thursday, November 9, 2017
    Winter Activity Pictures 2:30
       Scholastic Bowl, Band, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Cheerleading, Poms
    Volleyball Banquet @ 6:30 in the High School Commons
    (Posted November 6, 2017)
  • The PES Happy Halloween Parade
    The staff and student costumes were amazing this year. Many students wore masks and were in disguise to trick us! It is a treat to be able to participate in this Halloween tradition! more photos on Facebook.
    (Posted November 1, 2017)
  • Kinders Find Out What’s Inside of a Pumpkin
    Monday, 10/30 in Mrs. Dulaney’s Kindergarten Math class student's took a guess at what was inside of a Pumpkin... “SEEDS” they all agreed. They took turns guessing how many seeds were in the pumpkin. Then Mrs. Dulaney carved off the top of a pumpkin and students took turns scooping out the seeds and orange stuff. They separated the seeds and the orange stuff and borrowed a big colander from the kitchen. The seeds will be washed and baked for the students to try. Yum!
    (Posted November 1, 2017)
  • A Cereal-ously Fun Reading Project!
    Mrs. Fuller's 6th Grade Reading classes did a fantastic job with a 1st quarter creative book report assignment. The students read books, used Chrome books to research and produce work. Once the students collected and finalized their work, they re-purposed cereal boxes into beautiful colorful book reports!
    (Posted October 31, 2017)
  • Congratulations to the SENIOR CLASS!
    They are the winners of the 1st Quarter GPA Challenge! They were treated to Culver’s frozen custard at lunches last Wednesday, 10/25. Sophomores, then juniors were very close behind, following with freshmen. It was a close competition! Keep up the good work by completing all of your homework and studying for tests and quizzes!
    (Posted October 30, 2017)
  • No School
    No school in session on Thursday and Friday, November 2 and 3 for Parent/Teacher Conferences.
    (Posted October 27, 2017)
  • Game Livestream
    The Pecatonica Fans Club along with a generous donation from German American State Bank are proud to announce that we now have a webcam installed in the High School Gymnasium. You can now watch all of our home Volleyball and Girls/Boys Basketball games and some select away games at schools that also have the same type of webcam from your smart phone or PC. All you have to do is go to following website and create an account Once you have an account search for Pecatonica High School and click "Follow". To watch events live you will need to purchase a subscription. The subscriptions are broken up into three choices. $9.95 for one month, $35.00 for four months or $65.00 for a 1 year annual subscription. The annual subscription is the best value. We will also be able to stream other events that take place in the gym such as Honors night and Graduation so that your extended family and friends can watch from anywhere they have an internet connection. PM the Fans Club Facebook page or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions you might have! A big thank you to all of the staff at the High School who helped in getting the new camera up and running! The Regional Volleyball games will can also be viewed this week if you cannot make it!!.
    (Posted October 23, 2017)
  • Saddle Up and Read!
    Elementary School Scholastic Online Book Fair starts October 30 and will run through November 3. The Open Book Fair will be held at the Pecatonica Elementary School Library.  Please note the days and times the Elementary School Library is will be open:
    Oct 30 - 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Oct 21 - 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Nov. 1st - 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Nov. 2nd - 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Nov. 3rd - 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
    (Posted October 18, 2017)


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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.