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  • Facebook - It’s official...we are pleased to announce that Pecatonica CUSD 321 has a Facebook Page! We hope that you like it. (posted 5.5.16)fbindlogo
  • May 24 2016 - 5th Grade Living Wax Museum - The Pecatonica Community Middle School presented their annual Living Wax Museum on Thursday, April 28, 2016. The middle school was filled with visitors coming out to enjoy the famous characters.  Take a look at the website window photo show to see if you can guess what famous character the student represented. Go to Pecatonica CUSD 321 Facebook page to the beginning of our Timeline to see if you got any right!
  • May 22, 2016 - Congratulations Graduating Seniors!
  • May 18, 2016 - Geography - North, East, South, West - Please enjoy the Geography Slideshow, featuring a fascinating trip to Washington D.C. with Mr. Dertz’s 8th graders, to get a glimpse of where some of our students and staff went over Spring Break. Zoos were very popular this last Spring Break, you will discover that one of our staff has a passion for Giraffes. One of our staff made it to London...perhaps some ideas for your next trip?
  • May 18, 2016 - by Kevin Kunkel
    Thursday, May 19, 2016
    o  State Track Meet Begins, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston
    o  State Bass Fishing Tournament Begins, Carlyle, Illinois.
  • May 17, 2016 - by Kevin Kunkel
    Wednesday, May 18, 2016
    o  Send Off For Bass Fisherman as they leave to the State Bass Fishing Tournament 10:45 in the commons
        Nick Gasparini, Travis Jacobs, Dan Daly, Jacob McGrew, Adam Green.
    o  Send Off for Alyse Southard as she leaves for the State Track Meet. Alyse will be competing this weekend
        in the 1600 meter run.
    o  If Baseball wins on the 16th they will play at Stillman Valley vs Winnebago in the regional semi-finals at 4:30
        pm Softball at Dakota.
    o  Regional Semi-Finals vs Durand 6:30 pm.
  • May 16, 2016 - Pecatonica High School girl’s basketball player Carlye Heitter, signed a letter of intent to play for the Highland Community College “Cougars” located in Northwest Illinois, that compete in the Arrowhead Conference. Carlye was a starter for the Pecatonica Indians, the senior team captain, she was rising Stars All Star Game Player, named 1st Team All-Conference as a senior, and Honorable Mention All Conference as a Junior. Carlye plays softball for the Pecatonica Indians and is the Team Captain Senior Year, and All Conference as a Junior.  Coach John Guth said, "Carlye was a great leader for the lady Indians and represented Pecatonica High School for four years in both basketball and softball. She will be tough to replace. We all wish her well in her college career." Carlye was officially signed with Highland at 8:15 a.m. May 13, 2016, at the Pecatonica High School, 1300 Main Street in Pecatonica, Illinois. Carlye is shown with the Highland Coach Antwon Harris and her parents Scott and Carla Heitter. 
  • May 13, 2016 -  by the Athletic Director - The PHS softball game has been cancelled for today. Practice will be Monday, at 4:00 at the park. 
  • May 13, 2016 -  IHSA Sectional Bass Fishing Tournament Winners! - The Pecatonica High School Bass Fishing Tournament ended well for the Pecatonica Team Friday, May 9, 2016 at Pierce Lake at the Rock Cut State Park. The team is led by Brett Dunn and won the tournament with a total of 10.16 pounds. Mr. Dunn said, “they fished hard, they had a game plan and were able to bring in all the fish they hooked.” The team will now be advancing to State which is to be held at Carlyle Lake in Carlyle, Illinois on May 20th for a 2-day State Tournament. Junior Nick Gasparini and Freshman Travis Jacobs will be representing the Indians. Championship photo starting at the left is Jacob McGrew, Daniel Daly, Travis Jacobs, Nick Gasparini, and Adam Green. 
  • May 11, 2016 - Middle School American Legion Essay Update - Annah Dulaney's essay was the Runner Up in the 12th District for the Illinois American Legion. She didn't advance but that is still an impressive accomplishment. "I have never had a student get that far," said Mr. Dertz. She received a nice, handwritten note from the 12th District Chairwoman in which Annah was invited to read her essay at the American Legion Auxiliary Spring Conference on May 15th at the Legion post here in town. We are all really proud of her...she did an outstanding job! 
  • May 11, 2016 - The baseball games scheduled for today (5/11) against Lena Winslow have been cancelled. They have been rescheduled for tomorrow. There is no baseball practice tonight. 
  • May 10, 2016 - NHS Induction - The National Honor Society induction ceremony was held on April 27. Congratulations to the inductees!
  • May 10, 2016 - High School Fine Arts Festival tonight at 7pm in the Commons.
  • May 9, 2016 - The FFA plant sale will go forward as listed below this week. We sold a good number of plants over the weekend, but have a LOT more to sell. We have a little of everything and a lot of some items. Impatiens, marigolds, tomatoes, pansies, and lobelia are down there in high quantities. We still have a good number of petunias, coleus, alyssum, dusty miller, and other flowers too. Please feel free to contact Brendan Schultz with any questions.
    Monday: 3:30 - 6:00
    Tuesday: 3:30 - 6:00
    Wednesday: 3:30 - 6:00
    Thursday: 3:30 - 5:30
    Friday: 3:30 - 5:30
    Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    We will send out a notice if times have to change. Thanks for all your support. The funds generated greatly help us accomplish our chapter, school, and community projects and support student participation in leadership events.
  • May 6, 2016 - by Mrs. Brockway - We have an exciting way to help the Pecatonica Lions Club and the environment for Earth Day all at the same time! We collected old keys up until Earth Day in container buckets. The class that raised the largest number of keys will have an Ice Cream Party at 3rd Street sponsored by Lions Club! For those of you that may not be aware, the Lions Club offers vouchers to families who are unable to afford vision exams, glasses, etc. for students who require them, so this is nice for us to be able to give back in a really easy, purposeful way.
  • May 5, 2016 - Happy Teacher Appreciation Week 2016!!
  • May 5, 2016 - Art Show - This weekend is the last weekend for the Young Artist Show at the Rockford Art Museum. Both the middle and elementary school have students that have artwork exhibited: Middle School Students: Lexie Carden Ashley Burrow Alyssa Schmitt Kayla Lindquist Jocelyn Bagarinao Abby Speer
  • May 4, 2016 - MS Earth Day - The Power of Bright Ideas - The middle school was buzzing with activity during Earth Week 2016. The students combined activities with information to encourage visitors to interact with the displays. The theme this year was “The Power of Bright Ideas”. Students spent the week preparing the displays and participating in fun and creative themes to promote “forms of energy and how work is done using energy” awareness. Mrs. Dunham, from the Science Department, said, “the student projects were awesome and they put in a great deal of effort into their experiments”. Thank you students and staff for all your effort and hard work... PS. Turn off the lights when not in use!
  • May 3, 2016 - YOU'RE INVITED! Please join the Pecatonica Education Foundation at our 2nd Annual Bowling Extravaganza on Saturday, May 14 at Park Lanes Bowl in Loves Park, IL.  Please click Event Details for more information.
    - by the PEF
    Dear parents, There are many good reasons to attend the Pecatonica Education Foundation bowling night on May 14 at Park Lanes in Loves Park, but here are 5 really great ones:
    1. A $50 evening is a bargain. This includes 3 games of bowling, shoe rental and an all-you-can-eat pasta buffet!
    2. We offer opportunities to win door prizes for free.
    3. You can choose (or not) to participate in additional raffle, 50/50, silent auction and game opportunities to go home with some extra cash and/or items.
    4. It can be as early or long of an evening as you want! Bowling usually ends by 9-9:30 and you can choose to make it an early night OR stay for the live band.
    5. You're doing your part to support Pec schools by having an inexpensive night of fun. Remember, we will pair you with friends! Attendance so far this year is really low, please consider joining us.
    Please contact Jackie Batista at 815-742-6781 or Tara Southard at 815-520-5252 by text or phone to sign up or for more information. Thank you!
  • April 29, 2016 - The Pecatonica High School is proud and excited to announce that senior, Bailey Penwell, has won first place for Illinois District 16 in the Congressional Art Competition! This is an incredible honor and an exceptional opportunity for Bailey and Pecatonica High School. She submitted a charcoal portrait of her grandfather in uniform based on a photograph taken during WWII. This competition was open to ALL high school students in the 16th district, and she has won. Each district throughout the US picks one work of art to represent them in Washington DC. She will be sent on a trip for two to Washington DC for a formal awards ceremony and her work will be displayed at the US Capitol Building for one year.
    - Please click on the Adam Kinzinger website for more information about the contest.
  • April 28, 2016 - by Kevin Kunkel, A.D.
    - The FS baseball game at Dakota is cancelled for today, 4/28. No make up scheduled at this time. No word on practice at this time. We will make an announcement for players.
    - The girls track meet for today, 4/28 has been postponed until Monday, May 2. All track will practice today.
    - Varsity baseball and softball are still playing at this time.
  • April 27, 2016 - by Kevin Kunkel, A.D.
    Activities... If you plan on attending the Pec/Durand Track invite on Thursday, April 28, for girls and Tuesday, May 3, for boys there will be an admission. The cost is $4 for adults, $3 for students, and $2 for senior citizens. This is the track team's annual invite and a fundraiser for the track program. The senior night dates for spring are listed below:
    Track (Boys/Girls),Tuesday, May 3, 4:00. Line up will begin at 3:45. (Boys Invite)
    Baseball, Thursday, May 5, 4:30. Line up will begin at 4:15 (Freeport Aquin)
    Softball, Monday, May 9, 4:30. Line up will begin at 4:15 (Freeport Aquin)
    For softball and baseball we will start the games a few minutes late. We will also announce the seniors for the opposing teams. All parents should have received forms in the mail for senior nights. Please have them returned to the high school office as soon as possible.
    -The track meet at Stillman Valley today has been cancelled. There is no practice.
  • April 27, 2016 - by Ben Powers, A.D.
    The middle school track meet scheduled at Home has been cancelled for today, Wednesday, April 27, 2016 due to the expected heavy rainfall during meet time and the continuously low temps and high winds. There is no plan for rescheduling.
  • April 27, 2016 - COME TO THE BOOK FAIR...Elementary School Scholastic Online Book Fair started April 26 and will run through May 10.  The Open Book Fair will be held at the Pecatonica Elementary School Library May 2-6  (May 5th the library will be open until 8:00 pm).  Please click here for more information.
  • April 25, 2016 - by Kevin Kunkel  
    Pec/Durand and Pecatonica Events – Track & Baseball are Pec/Durand April 25-30, Softball is Pec only
    Monday, April 25, 2016 ~Varsity Softball at Durand (No JV) 4:30 ~Varsity Baseball at Warren 4:00 ~FS Baseball Home vs AFC 4:30
    Tuesday, April 26, 2016 ~Varsity Baseball at Dakota 4:30 ~FS Baseball Home vs Dakota 4:30 ~Boys Track at Forreston Relays 4:00 ~Softball at Rockford Jefferson 4:30 Varsity start followed by JV
    Wednesday, April 27, 2016 ~Pecatonica NHS Inductions 7:00 ~Boys/Girls Track at Stillman Valley 4:00. (Athletes in NHS will not attend)
    Thursday, April 28, 2016 ~Varsity Baseball Home vs Dakota 4:30 ~FS Baseball at Dakota 4:30 ~Girls Track Home Pec/Durand Invite 4:00 South Beloit, Indian Creek, Galena, AFC ~Softball Home vs Rockford Auburn 4:30 Varsity start followed by JV
    Friday, April 29, 2016 ~Softball Home vs South Beloit 4:30 Varsity start with FS to follow ~Boys Track at Oregon 4:15
    Saturday, April 30, 2016 ~Pecatonica Prom 4:30 Grand March, 6:00 Dinner, 12:00 – 5:00am Post Prom
  • April 25, 2016 - Robotics - The Industrial Arts teacher, Mark Light, had the Robotics classroom setup a "Hallway Robotics Event" at the Pecatonica High School (PHS). The students build and program the robots for different tasks and are operated by remote control. This particular Robotics activity is a competition where the students play Botball. There are two teams, the teams are separated by a divider wall that also has holes in it. The objective is to try to score points by using the robots to move balls onto the opposite team's side of the mini-arena. Teams work together to score points by:
    1. Controlling robots to pick up a ball and drop/place it on the opposite side of the divider.
    2. Controlling robots to push the ball through the holes in the divider board.
    The students were given 5 minutes to see how many points they could get. One Robotics did a cool victory dance after the event! ... Shown in the photoshow are engineers Bryce Hunt & Brandon Jacobs. Robotics is new to PHS for the 2015-16 school year.
  • April 21, 2016 - Thank you to all who came out for the John Flynn Clean Up Day!   Our community is now sparkling clean!
  • April 21, 2016 - The 6th Grade Social Studies class has been studying cultural diversity. On Friday, March 24, the students had an Ethnic Food Day and the students brought in a food item from a different cultural, reported on it, and then enjoyed the foods together as a class.
  • April 19, 2016 - Rockford Art Museum - Several middle school art students currently have work at the Rockford Art Museum: Lexie Carden, Ashley Burrow, Alyssa Schmit, Kayla Lindquist, Jocelyn Bagarinao, and Abby Speer. Their work is part of the 75th Young Artist Show and will be on display until May 8th.
  • April 14, 2016 - History Fair photos 2016 courtesy of Mr. Dertz. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2016 - ♛ TICKETS FOR MUSICAL ON SALE ♛  We are pleased to announce The King and I will be performed at the Pecatonica High School. This is the 2nd theatrical performance held on our stage following last year's wonderful production of the Wizard of Oz. The King and I is a truly unique love story about a King and an English widow who has been hired to tutor the King's many children. The story takes place at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, and students from all three schools are represented in the musical performance.
    There will be three performances:
    ♪ Friday, April 22, doors open at 6:30pm with the show starting at 7:00pm
    ♪ Saturday, April 23, doors open at 6:30pm with the show starting at 7:00pm
    ♪ Sunday, April 24, doors open at 1:30pm with the show starting at 2:00pm
    This year all seats are reserved seating only. Ticket prices for all seats are $8.00 each and available for purchase at the high school office from 7:30am until 3:00pm. Any remaining seats will be sold at the door as available. 
  • April 11, 2016 - Talent Show!!! - It’s back! Kindergartners through fourth graders will show off their talents in “Spotlight on the Stars 4” at Pecatonica High School on Wednesday, April 13th at 6:30 p.m. There are a variety of talents to be shared including: singing, dancing, hula hooping, tumbling routines, ​magic acts, and ​instrumental solos. Come on out for this free and fun event.
  • April 11, 2016 - by Andrea McGrew  
      Dentist - Let's talk about teeth! Some lucky elementary school students recently had an opportunity to sign up and see the Mobile Dentist at school on March 21st. The Mobile Dentist comes to the Elementary School every year and it is a great opportunity for your child to have a dental exam, cleaning and fluoride treatment during the school day! Watch the newsletter next fall for more information on the 2016-2017 visit!
      The first grade classes had a special visit from two local dentists to talk about how important it is to take care of your teeth and how to take care of your teeth. Thanks for the visit Dr. Mirza and Dr. Baer!
      The 10th annual tooth coloring contest was held in recognition of National Dental Health Month. We had over 100 participants and everyone did a great job coloring and decorating their tooth picture! The winners are: Kindergarten- Tully Sacia and Hailee McKnight, 1st Grade- Antonio Reynoso and Ella Vanderheyden, 2nd Grade- Delaney Handy and Zachary Carlson, 3rd Grade- Kayleigh Ohms and Mannon Stern and 4th Grade- Joshua Goebbert and Leanne Shrader.
  • April 8, 2016 by Kevin Kunkel
    -The Galena F/S Baseball Tournament for Saturday, April 9, has been cancelled due to extremely low temps.  Varsity Baseball will practice tonight. F/S baseball will not have practice.
    -The softball game against Forreston/Polo scheduled for today (4/8) has been cancelled. No make-up date has been set at this time.
    -The Boys and Girls Track meet at Mendota scheduled for Saturday, April 9, has been cancelled.  There will not be practice tonight.
  • April 8, 2016 - Elementary School Gets a Visit from an Olympian - Debbi Sullivan, an Olympic Racewalker, is a 3-Time USA Olympian (1992, 1996, 2000) in the sport of Racewalking, and broke the record for the World’s Fastest 1500 meter at the 1992 Olympics. Debbi, wearing her USA Jacket from the 1992 Olympics (the same as Michael Jordan’s), spoke to the students on what it takes to become a champion in any area of life:
    ★ Have a dream
    ★ Believe in yourself
    ★ Have courage
    ★ Take care of your body
    ★ Never Quit
    Debbi encouraged the students “to train their brain” and did an exercise in visualization. She also demonstrated how to racewalk, had the student’s practice, then ran a mock olympic relay where students and staff passed olympic rings. Debbi and her husband, Rory, ended the presentation by providing each child with a “star memento" to inspire everyone to keep dreaming and “reach for the stars”.
  • April 7, 2016 - John Flynn Trash Pickup Day will be held Saturday, April 16. The community cleanup event will begin at the Pecatonica Elementary school at 10 am and finish at the Pecatonica High School.
  • April 7, 2016 - by Kevin Kunkel
    -The high school track meet has been cancelled. There will not be practice today.
    -The softball game vs Rockford Jefferson has been cancelled for today. Everyone will practice at the high school.
  • April 6, 2016 - Pecatonica Community Middle School Academic Assembly - The Middle School Awards (MSAs) were held for the end of 3rd Quarter on Thursday, March 24. Students were recognized for Academic Honors and presented with certificates such as Girls’s Basketball, History Fair winners, Solo/Ensemble, AR recognition, Honor Roll, and Student of the Quarter. Thank you students for your academic and extracurricular accomplishments!
  • April 6, 2016 - by Kevin Kunkel - The high school baseball and softball games have been cancelled today. Baseball will practice at the normal time. Softball will not practice today. The athletic/activity schedule for the rest of the week is listed below:
    Thursday, April 7, 2016
    -Varsity Baseball at Milledgeville 4:00. FS Baseball home vs Milledgeville 4:00
    Friday, April 8, 2016
    -Softball Home vs Forreston/Polo 4:30 JV to follow
    Saturday, April 9, 2016
    -Boys and Girls Track at Mendota 9:30 am Field Events. 11:30 Running Events
    -FS Baseball Galena Tournament 10:30 am
  • April 6, 2016 - The middle school track meet has been cancelled for today, Wednesday, April 6, 2016.
  • April 5, 2016 - Post Prom Permission Forms are available in the high school office. The Form is also available on line to print off and complete. Post Prom will be Sunday, May 1st from 12:00-5:00 am at the high school. ***Prom Tickets are on sale through the end of this week. Juniors and Seniors can purchase the tickets for $40 each through Mrs. Daly.
  • April 5, 2016 - Green Week April 18-22 - In celebration of Earth Day, many unique GREEN activities are taking place throughout the week. By taking a moment to educate ourselves on how to better protect the Earth by reducing, recycling and reusing, we can be confident that our World will be a better place to live in today and in the future. It is rewarding to see how our students, through staff guidance, are setting good examples of this through community projects and service.
  • March 11, 2016 - REWARDING EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING & LEADERSHIP - We are delighted and 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 and 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.
    • November 11, 2015 - Blue Ribbon Award Acceptance Encore Live Event - Principal Carrie Brockway and Gretchen Lagerhausen accepting the Blue Ribbon Award for the Pecatonica Elementary School Distrcit #321.  This award was presented in Washington, D.C. our Nation's Capital. 


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    excellenceaward 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!!!


    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.