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  • March 2, 2015 - End of Quarter Early Dismissal - Friday, March 6. Elementary School 1:35, Middle School and High School 1:45.
  • February 26, 2015 - Penpal’s Surprise Visit to 3rd Grade Class - The children’s eyes widen, their jaws dropped, and they were speechless as their penpal, Private First Class Dylan Paul, walked through their classroom door on Friday, February 13. This school year Dylan has been exchanging letters with the class and is also a former student of Mrs. Wenstrom. Dylan has been stationed in Fort Huachuca, Arizona, and graduated his basic training from the Army National Guard just 24-hours earlier. He flew back late Thursday and the students were quietly working as he entered the classroom around noon. Mrs. Wenstrom encouraged her students to ask questions: His favorite food is Sushi, his favorite song is “Hey Jude” by the Beatles, the name of his platoon “the Hitman” was the same as his high school baseball team. He told them that he just finished a 5 day basic training where his unit performed task and battle drills with paint ball guns. He mentioned that it was also much warmer in Arizona than it was here. He will receive college tuition assistance through the GI Bill and plans to attend ISU and the Army Reserves. Thank you Private Paul for your time and service!
  • February 25, 2015 - An Introduction to Musical Instruments Through the Ages - The Elementary Music Department recently hosted a special guest, Linda Wendt a Renaissance Musician. Linda presented several historical instruments such as wooden flutes, recorders, krumhorns, bagpipes and other early instruments. Her collection was very impressive and as she played each instrument the whimsical sounds seemed to transport the classroom back to a time long ago. Her historical clothing suggested that she might have been a middle-class citizen from the 1600s and added authenticity to the performance. The students enjoyed learning about the small delicate wooden soprano recorder up to the giant bass recorder that was as tall as her!
  • February 24, 2015 - Rockford Art Museum Young Artist Show - Congratulations to one of PHS' own talented artists, Freshman Meghan Salamon, for having a work of art juried into the highly competitive Rockford Art Museum Young Artist Show! We are so proud of her! This year there were well over a thousand of the best high school works submitted from all around our region and only about 150 will hang in the art museum exhibition. There will be an opening on Sunday, March 1 and the show will be on display at Rockford Art Museum through the beginning of April. Dates are:
    Sunday, March 1, 2015 | High School Division Opening, 1-3 p.m.
    March 1-April 4, 2015 | High School Division on display
  • February 24, 2015 - February 24, 2015 - WYSE (Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering) held an Academic Competition last week and Pecatonica High School Students came away loaded with medals! The total team score of 476 was 12 points behind the 1st place team Keith Country Day. Individual medal winners were:
    Jessica Curry - 2nd English
    Laura Dougherty - 1st Graphic Engineering
    Emily Gorman - 1st English & 3rd Biology
    Erin Heim - 3rd English Shelby Hitchcock - 1st Biology
    Aaron Kirch - 2nd Physics & 3rd Chemistry
    Noah Melhausen - 3rd Math & 2nd Physics
    Brad North - 3rd Chemistry
    Alex Rosenberger - 2nd Math & 3rd Physics
    Charity Voskuil - 2nd Chemistry
    The team will advance to the sectional competition at NIU on March 5th. Congratulate these students for their amazing job.  
  • February 23, 2015 - Early Dismissal for School Improvement Day (SIP) - Friday, February 27. Elementary School 11:05, Middle School and High School 11:15.  
  • February 23, 2015 - Teacher of the Week - Molly Powers a math teacher from Pecatonica Middle School was named “97zok Teacher of the Week” on Friday, February 20.  Please click to read more!  
  • February 20, 2015 - Outstanding Work Academic Bowl - This year's Pecatonica High School Academic Bowl Team has had a great season with a 3-1 win/loss record.   
  • February 18, 2015 - Congratulations!  The Pecatonica High School Science Club was awarded a DNR Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant which will allow the Science Club to buy materials and supplies needed to develop two separate plantings on the high school grounds. Click here for more information.  
  • February 18, 2015 - It's freezing outside - Dressing appropriately for the weather is important.  Please remind students that it doesn't take long for frostbite to set in if exposed to cold frigid temperatures and that proper clothing is essential to preventing cold weather-related injuries.  
  • February 16, 2015 - GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SECTIONAL SCHEDULE - Doors open on Monday and Tuesday at 6:00.  Doors open on Thursday at 5:15.  Three point shootout will begin at 5:30. Any person who wishes to come in and watch the three point shootout only will not be charged but will have to leave after the shootout is complete. You will be able to pay at the door if you will be staying for the game.

Mon., Feb. 16 Game 1 at 7:00 pm: Prophetstown vs. Freeport (Aquin)
Tue., Feb. 17 Game 2 at 7:00 pm: Galena (H.S.) vs. Durand
Thu., Feb. 19 Game 3 at 7:00 pm: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2

  • February 16, 2015 - SCHOOL WILL BE IN SESSION on Monday, February 16, 2015 - President's Day.
  • February 13, 2015 - Happy Friday Photos - District #321 is "Buzzing" with so many fun things!  ❤  Snow day courtesy photos, PHS computer programming graphic design project (thanks for the cool name tag Blake), 7th grade scientists collecting bacteria samples from around the middle school, and pajama day for 2nd graders who excelled in SuccessMaker Lab.   
  • February 11, 2015 - The Elementary School Kindness Club will be accepting Pecatonica Food Pantry Donations through February 16th.  They are especially in need of personal hygiene items and Kleenex.  Thank you very much for your support.
  • February 10, 2015 - Roller Skating is Fitness Fun! 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th grades just finished their annual “Skating Unit.” Students took time to learn many skills (i.e. how to skate with control whether skating forwards, backwards, or turning, and various stopping techniques including “falling small”). What a great way to stay physically fit!
  • February 10, 2015 - On February 16, 17, and 19, Pecatonica High School will be hosting the IHSA 1A girls basketball sectional tournament. Teams will consist of the winners of the Durand, Dakota, Polo, and Galena Regionals. Games will begin at 7:00 pm each night. The Country Companies Three Point Shootout will take place at 5:30 on the 19th prior to the championship game. Cost to enter the game is $5 for any spectators. Due to this tournament our boys senior night will be on Wednesday, February 18. FS start at 6:00 with the senior introductions after that game and varsity game to follow. This game was originally scheduled for Tuesday the 17th. Hope you can get out to see a few games. Have a great week!!! Kevin Kunkel Activities Director Pecatonica High School.
  • February 9, 2015 - The February PTO meeting has been changed to February 11th, at 4:00 p.m.
  • February 6, 2015 - A Challenge has been issued!  Mrs. Brandenburg’s 4th graders have taken on the challenge of doing 1000 jumping jacks and/or lunges by the end of February to promote health and wellness. As a class they will be doing them while at school each day, and then tracking them on their chalkboard. 4th grade sent out a challenge to the other classes at the elementary and so far Brauer, Carlson, Erickson, Laue, Wanke, Hoffman, Wenstrom, Wiemer, Schwuchow, and Wadsworth are up for the challenge as well. How about you?      
  • February 5, 2015 - 2nd Graders Music Concert Date - ❤❤ Don’t Miss the Concert! Come on out to Pecatonica High School TONIGHT at 6:30p.m.  Our 2nd graders have been working on a delightful concert entitled, “February's Got Heart”. ❤❤      
  • February 5, 2015 - Happy 100th Day!  Today is the 100th day of school and Mrs. Dulaney's Kindergarten Class dressed up as if they were 100 years old.  How cute...      
  • February 4, 2015 - LUNCH CHANGE - There is a change to the lunch menu for Monday, February 9, 2015, at all 3 buildings. A chicken patty on a bun will be served, instead of chicken nuggets and a roll. The rest of the menu will stay the same for that day. (mashed potatoes with gravy, broccoli, and pears.) Thank you...The Kitchen Staff.  
  • February 4, 2015 - A Special Critter Camp Guest, "Mr. Prickles the hedgehog" visited all four Kindergarten classes at PES in honor of Groundhogs Day. Mr. Prickles is a sleepy little hedgehog who let curious kindergarteners pet him if they wanted to. He was briefly allowed to explore the classroom carpet for bugs, although he would rather have found a warm dark place to curl back up and finish his nap. Beth, from Critter Camp, explained that hedgehogs are nocturnal, and that they were first used to predict the weather, but early Americans had to use groundhogs because hedgehogs were not local to the area. Be sure to visit to learn more about this exotic Pet Rescue Sanctuary located in German Valley.  
  • February 3, 2015 - On Friday, January 30th, Mrs. Brockway, Mrs. Gocken, Kelsey Magee, Tess Gasparini and Paige Moore attended the Winnebago County Soil and Water Conservation District's annual meeting at Klehm Arboretum. The three fourth grade girls had the winning design chosen for the 2014 Rain Barrel Contest. The 4th Grade Kindness Club painted the rain barrel together during recess and after school. The other members include Piper Swiss, Jaden Gocken, Macy Sager, Mason VandeVoorde, Zach Linder, Lexie Carden, Sam Frank and Tyler Lucas. The live auction raised $500 from Mr. Dwayne Proctor of Durand to be used towards purchasing a Buddy Bench for elementary school playground. In addition, the bank donated the hand-painted barrel back to the elementary school garden!  
  • February 2, 2015 - The boys basketball game scheduled for tonight has been postponed and rescheduled for Saturday, February 7. FS start will be 6:00 with varsity to follow.  
  • February 2, 2015 - Happy Groundhogs Day!  
  • February 2, 2015 - NO SCHOOL DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER.  
  • January 30, 2015 - Holocaust Guest Speaker Marguerite Mishkin and Companion Chico - Mrs. Medearis’s 7th grade class sat quietly in the library and listened intently as Marguerite shared her experience as a “Hidden Child of the Holocaust”. She began by encouraging students to embrace their heritage and appreciate their own families as she was never able to because of prejudice so devastating that millions of Jews lost their lives. She closed her eyes as she recalled her childhood in Belgium, France, where she and her older sister were sent away to be “hidden” among a non-Jewish family under “different identities”. Through photographs she took the students back in time to 1942...introducing them to her father, who was taken early in the war and killed before she was born. She impressed upon them how young she and her sister were. She spoke with fondness of the woman who sheltered them. Her voice saddened as she presented her mother who saved her and her sister’s lives by making the painful decision to hide them and who was killed only a few months prior to the liberation of Auschwitz on January 27, 1944. Marguerite and her sister were eventually adopted by a family out of Chicago, as she came to a close, she hoped students would remember and learn from the discriminations of the past and be accepting of people and their differences.
  • January 30, 2015 - The varsity girls basketball game against South Beloit tomorrow night has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled. South Beloit was forced to forfeit because of not enough players. The next home game for the girls will be Tuesday, February 3. This is our senior night.
  • January 27, 2015 Pecatonica C.U.S.D #321 Early Childhood Screening & Kindergarten Screening/Registration will be held Monday, February 23 - Wednesday, February 25 at the First Congregational Church. Screenings are by appointment only. Please click here for more information.
  • January 27, 2015 - The PTO Fun Fair is coming on Saturday, March 14th! We need your help in filling the baskets that will be raffled off at the Fair. We are asking each child to bring in one item to put in their grade level basket. Please click here for more information.
  • December 10, 2014 - Pecatonica Sports Passes are now available to purchase online.  Please click here to view Ticketracker and order your sports pass today.
  • November 11, 2014 - Pecatonica High School Open for Walking - The Pecatonica High School is now open for walking on school days from 6:00am to 7:30am. The School is closed on Thanksgiving and the day after, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday and President’s Day. The building will also be closed on days when school is canceled due to weather. (Please enter the building on the east side (Entrance P) and park in the east parking lot).


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excellenceaward 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 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 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.