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  • WINTER MAP TESTING - Winter MAP testing is currently in full swing at all three district buildings. MAP tests are administered via computer software in the Fall, Winter, & Spring. MAP Growth is a computer-adaptive test. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. This type of assessment challenges top performers without overwhelming students whose skills are below grade level. Once your child completes a MAP Growth test, they receive a RIT score. Teachers can use the score to inform instruction, personalize learning, and monitor the growth of individual students. Principals and administrators can use the scores to see the performance and progress of a grade level, school, or the entire district. Please encourage your student to do their best on this and all tests.  Thank you.  Read more...
    (Posted January 12, 2018)
  • FROM THE HIGH SCHOOL AD - KEVIN KUNKEL - With the closing of school yesterday the girls basketball game against Dakota has been postponed. The reschedule date is Thursday, January 18, 2018. This will be a normal 6:00 FS start with varsity to follow. All practices are cancelled tonight.  
    (Posted January 12, 2018)
  • NO SCHOOL - No School on Monday, January 15, 2018, in observance of Martin Luther King Day.  
    (Posted January 11, 2018)
  • Congratulations to the 2017 Jog-a-thon highest lap winners!! - They were announced at the Elementary School Assembly on Thursday, December 21, 2017. The number after the runner’s name indicates the number of laps completed!
    Back Row: 4th Grade: JJ Wideman(21), Amelia VandeVoorde(22) (Not Pictured), 3rd Grade: Travys Ross(23), Alivia Cashman(18), 2nd Grade: Anna Freier(19), Aiden Ferling(19). Front Row: 1st Grade: Ava Larson(13), Adam Buck(15), Kindergarten: Chevelle Haas(12), Noah Doner(13).
    (Posted January 10, 2018)
  • The Elementary and Middle School students worked with Certified Energy Manager, Caryn Turrel, to Conduct an Energy Audit - On Friday, December 15, 2017, as part of the Energizing Student Potential Grant, Caryn an auditor from the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project, taught mini-lessons about different forms of energy that are used at the Elementary and Middle schools. She taught twelve elementary students (four from each 4th grade classroom) and groups of middle school students how to measure the energy that we use by collecting data using auditing instruments such as a light ballast, light meter, and a school energy consumption survey to determine the energy consumption from appliances, and the efficiency of heating and cooling rooms and spaces. The students explored spaces of each school to measure the energy and discuss ways in which the school could become more efficient. The students were great auditors! (Courtesy Photos)
    (Posted January 9, 2018)
  • High School Activities 1/8-13 - Just a reminder about the upcoming semester. Students must have passed all classes the first semester to be able to participate in any sports, clubs, or activities for the spring semester. If you failed a class first semester you will no longer be able to participate.
     ***Another reminder that if you plan to attend the girls basketball game tomorrow (Saturday, January 6) it will be a 1:00 pm FS start followed by varsity.
    Monday, January 8, 2018
    Scholastic Bowl vs Durand High School Library 4:00 pm
    Tuesday, January 9, 2018
    Boys Basketball vs Freeport Aquin 6:00 pm Fs start followed by varsity
    Wednesday, January 10, 2018
    Scholastic Bowl at South Beloit 4:00 pm
    Fans Club Meeting High School Commons 7:00 pm
    Thursday, January 11, 2018
    Girls Basketball vs Dakota 6:00 FS start followed by varsity
    - PSA Basketball will play at half of FS
    Friday, January 12, 2018
    Boys Basketball vs Orangeville 6:00 FS followed by Varsity
    Saturday, January 13, 2018
    Varsity Girls Basketball at Byron MLK Tournament
    - 12:00 pm vs North Boone
    - 4:30 pm vs LaSalle Peru St. Bede
    Freshman Boys Basketball vs Winnebago and Durand
    -  9:00 am Pecatonica vs Winnebago
    - 10:00 am Winnebago vs Durand
    - 11:00 am Pecatonica vs Durand
    (Posted January 8, 2018)
  • Pecatonica High School Announces Illinois State Scholars - The following Pecatonica High School students were named 2018 Illinois State Scholars: Cassidy Williams, Makenzie Kunkel, Morgan Miller, Marcus Burrow, Christabelle Mehlhausen,Christopher Herbig, and Meghan Salamon.  Please click here to read more...
    (Posted January 3, 2018)
  • Happy New Year from Pecatonica School District 321 - Welcome back students Thursday, January 4, 2018.
    (Posted January 3, 2018)
  • Build character with Key Club through service and leadership - The Pecatonica Key Club is a service club and does many projects that better our community. They volunteer time for community and school events, this year they made "Thanks" cards thanking and encouraging staff, they held a food drive and Christmas donation project to name a few. They are active, amazing and kind, and are lead by Michelle Johnson. We just want to say, "Thank you for your service and being such terrific role models Key Club!".
    (Posted December 19, 2017)
  • PHS Holds Senior Interviews - The Pecatonica High School Senior Interviews took place Wednesday, December 13, 2017. 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 and staff to discuss the preparations for life after high school...And soon they will be released into the wondrous world to become productive responsible citizens.
    (Posted December 18, 2017)
  • No School - Please note No School - Winter Break beginning Friday, December 22, 2017 through January 3, 2018. (Teacher's Institute on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, with students returning on Thursday, January 4, 2018)
    (Posted December 18, 2017)
  • Periodic Table of Elements Classroom Unit is (Ge Ni U S)...The periodic table is a tabular arrangement of the chemical elements, ordered by their atomic number, electron configurations, and recurring chemical properties and...
    - Ryan Barrack, one of our 8th grade science students, has memorized and can recite all 118 Elements in the Periodic Table IN UNDER A MINUTE. Ryan has been working on this feat for 2 years and achieved this goal during Ms. Dunham's recent Element's Unit. Please be sure to check out his amazing video on our Facebook page!
    - Grace Sommerio designed a (Be Au Ti - ful) 3-dimensional model of a Titanium Atom (Titanium is a versatile metal, being both very light and exceptionally strong) with rotating parts. Very NiCe!!! 
    (Posted December 8, 2017)
  • We Did It! The Pakistan School Is Complete. Check Out This Inspiring Video...
    This is the school the Pecatonica Elementary School helped build in Pakistan during our Great Kindness Challenge week last January! You will see Pecatonica Elementary in the credits and our picture should be on the picture wall as well. Thank you for your Kind Coins.
    Mrs. Gocken.
    (Posted November 27, 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)
  • 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)


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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.