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  • Greek Week - Energy Conserved Is Life Preserved - The atmosphere at the middle school was “charged” during Green Week 2017. This year's theme was “Energy Conserved Is Life Preserved”, and students spent the week participating in creative energy events, preparing displays to showcase “forms of energy and how work is done using energy”, and the week concluded excitedly with an Energy Fair and Carnival. Student projects thoughtfully brought energy awareness and alternatives to our community. 8th Grade presented their Energy Experiments with confidence and enthusiasm. Some conducted live experiments and exhibited outcomes for visitors through models and detailed display boards. Many middle school students were involved with Carnival Games that tested knowledge on Energy Wasters and facts. These themes were also evident in a poster contest and innovative Windmill Designs. Thank you students and staff for hosting another fun and informative week... PS. Turn off the lights when not in use!    
    (Posted April 24, 2017)
  • Future Farmers of America (FFA) Tractor Day - Pecatonica High School (PHS) students Kolton Mathieu (R) and Aaron Ackerman (L) and the FFA Advisor, Brendan Schultz, rolled into school on their tractors early Thursday, April 13, 2017, and parked them in the front parking lot for all to see.    
    (Posted April 21, 2017)
  • 2017 Bass Fishing Team - The high school team competes at various local and state lakes and is "hooked" on fishing.    
    (Posted April 20, 2017)
  • Elementary School Book Fair - PES is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair.  Please click here for more information.   
    (Posted April 20, 2017)
  • Strike Up The Band! - A small group of PHS alumni are calling all band and baton twirling alumni to play and march in the Pecatonica Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 29, 2017 as part of the new PHS Alumni Band!  Please click here for more information.   
    (Posted April 20, 2017)
  • Art Show Special Invite - Featuring "Your Student's Artwork Framed and on Display". Please click here for more information.   
    (Posted April 20, 2017)
  • Spotlight on the Stars 5 Talent Show - The Kindergarten through fourth grade showed off their talents in “Spotlight on the Stars 5” at Pecatonica High School last Wednesday, April 12th. The show started off with a wonderful tumbling act, followed by singing, dancing, hula hooping, tumbling routines, ‚Äčmagic acts, and ‚Äčinstrumental solos. Thank you Tammy Durand for providing a showcase for the amazing talents of our young students. Thank you Ms. Hoffman for the photos.   
    (Posted April 19, 2017)
  • 2017 Washington D.C. Trip - The Pecatonica Middle School 8th grade students worked all school year to raise money to go on the 2017 Washington D.C. Trip over Spring Break.  The students visited many historical sites, museums and enjoyed a trip they will never forget.   Some of the 8th graders even got their picture taken with President Trump!  Four of our students had the honor of participating in the laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. Thank you Mr. Dertz for all the effort that goes into planning this trip for our students.  What a wonderful educational experience.   
    (Posted April 13, 2017)
  • Annual Talent Show - It's back! Kindergartners through fourth graders will show off their talents in “Spotlight on the Stars 5” at Pecatonica High School on Wednesday, April 12th at 6:30 p.m. There are a variety of talents that will be shared. Come on out for this free and fun event. 
    (Posted April 11, 2017)
  • John Flynn Trash Pickup Day - John Flynn Trash Pickup Day will be held Saturday, April 15. The community cleanup event will begin at the Pecatonica Elementary school at 10am and finish at the Pecatonica High School. 
    (Posted April 11, 2017)
  • Pecatonica FFA Fence/Fund Drive for Kansas - The Pecatonica FFA chapter recently contacted the Kansas Livestock Association in regards to the wildfires that occurred in their area of the country. Many farmers have lost feed, buildings, hay, fencing and livestock, and they are in need of our assistance. We are asking for help with fencing materials and/or collect funds for those affected. Our deadline is April 27th, and we will be transporting all donated materials the weekend of April 28th-30th. Below is a list of all accepted fencing materials, and note that any size greater than those stated is accepted, this is just a minimum. Please consider donating in any way possible and we would appreciate your support! If you have any questions, contact Mr. Schultz at brendenschultz If you decide to participate in this effort, upon your collecting of materials/funds, please get hold of Mr. Schultz to coordinate a time to get all materials/funds transferred to the FFA program if the following times do not work. Funds can be directed to the Pecatonica FFA with a notation of what it is for...we are establishing a fund in our account for this money that will be given as 1 donation to purchase materials. THANK YOU!!!.  School will resume on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.  Click here for more information.
    (Posted April 10, 2017)
  • 2017 Easter Break - No School Friday, April 14, 2017, through Monday, April 17, 2017.  School will resume on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.
    (Posted April 10, 2017)
  • SIP Early Dismissal - Thursday, April 13, 2017, will be an Early Dismissal School Improvement Day. (ES~11:05pm, MS & HS~11:15pm)
    (Posted April 10, 2017)
  • New PHS Menu Item - Pecatonica High School Kitchen Announces new menu item (drum roll please) - Healthy prepared salads packed with protein, topped with everyone's favorite "Ranch Dressing" starting Monday, April 10, 2017. This delicious & nutritious salad will be an "addition" to the regular lunch menu periodically and will be offered while supplies last.
    (Posted April 7, 2017)
  • Pecatonica Aspiring Writer Winners  - Congratulations to our 2017 PAW Winners! Eden Eden Stukenberg, Anna Munson, Nathan Munson, Hailey Hoffman, Renee Brown, Isaac Munson.
    (Posted April 7, 2017)
  • 76th Young Artists Show - Come out to the 76th Young Artist Show this weekend at the Rockford Art Museum. The opening is this Sunday, April 9th from 1 - 3 pm. The Rockford Art Museum is in the same building as the Discovery Center. If you are not able to attend the opening, work will be displayed until Sunday, May 7th. The following students will have artwork featured at the show - Jonathan Hartline, Ava Magarity, Tess Gasparini, Shannon Shrader, Molly Kleckler, Emma Gocken, Kayla Lindquist..
    (Posted April 7, 2017)
  • EXCELLENT KEYCLUB BRINGS HOME TROPHIES, PLAQUES AND HONORS - Article by Mrs. Johnson, Keyclub Advisor - Congratulations to the Pecatonica High School Key Club. We had a very exciting and rewarding weekend at District Convention and Leadership Conference March 10-12.
    The club received: 1) The Distinguished Club honor for the 2016-2017 year. 2) 2nd place in the recruitment poster contest. 3) 1st place in the t-shirt contest. 4) Emily Bullock and Jennie Wiegert were two out of only four $1,000 scholarship recipients. 5) We are very proud that our own Tyler Swanson was inducted as the Division 12 Lieutenant Governor and will now serve on the District Board. 6) And finally, a huge congratulations to Emily Bullock, who received the Sandy Nininger Award for her service and leadership. This is a national award and is the highest honor that any Key Club member can achieve. Again, congratulations to our amazing club!
    (Posted April 6, 2017)
  • FFA Competes in Envirothon - Article from Brenden Schulz, FFA Advisor The FFA competed in Envirothon against schools from Boone, Dekalb, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Winnebago counties. The team had to declare as FFA or school and we declared as FFA team even though scoring and content are the same. The team of Aaron Ackerman, Taylor Polhamus, Taylor Swanson, Dominic Milam, and Danny Daly won the FFA contest and advanced to state. They had the 5th highest score in the entire contest and highest in Winnebago County (Durand had 2 teams and Hononegah had 1 team) but didn't qualify for overall and county awards due to FFA classification. They performed extremely well and wish they could have had their score counted for both! Very proud of them! We compete at State April 26th.
    (Posted April 6, 2017)
  • The Sound of Music - Ticket sales for the upcoming play, The Sound of Music, will begin on Wednesday, April 5th in the High School office. Tickets will be available during regular office hours 7:00am - 3:30pm, Monday through Friday. The three show times are: Friday, April 21 @ 7:00pm Saturday, April 22 @ 7:00pm Sunday, April 23 @ 2:00pm This year there will be reserved seating and general admission ticket sales for each performance. Reserved seating will be $10.00 per ticket and general admission seating will be $8.00 per ticket. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door.
    (Posted April 5, 2017)
  • Congratulations Winnovation! - Winnovation, FIRST Robotics Team 1625, won the Midwest Regional Competition in Chicago, partnered with teams from Penfield, New York and St. Charles, IL. Competition included 53 teams from 9 states and Brazil. The team will fine tune their game in LaCrosse, WI April 14-15 and go onto Championships with teams from around the world in St. Louis, April 26-29! Congratulations to team members for all their hard work!.
    (Posted April 3, 2017)
  • PARCC Testing Starts This Week! - Please click here for more information.
    (Posted April 3, 2017)
  • Carnegie Mellon University Tartans sign one of the Last Indians - Congratulations Nathan Koch, a senior at Pecatonica High School (PHS) who was signed in the PHS library among parents and peers on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Nathan signed a letter of intent to play football for Carnegie Mellon University, a NCAA Division III school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Nathan is strong on the football field, as well as in the classroom, and will start his 2017 football season a team member of the Tartans while pursuing his education in Engineering. (Nathan played football for the Pecatonica Indians and beginning the 2017 season the new football Pecatonica and Durand cooperative will move forward as the Rivermen under head coach Tyler Hoffman).
    (Posted March 24, 2017)
  • Hear Ye! Hear Ye! - Pecatonica Village President Dan Barber has proclaimed Tuesday, March 21, 2017 as Pecatonica Lady Indians Basketball Day. The proclamation will be made at the beginning of the meeting tomorrow night. The meeting begins at 6:00 pm. Anyone is welcome to attend the meeting for the proclamation. Congratulations to the girls on another outstanding accomplishment!!! Thank you to the village for this outstanding honor!
    (Posted March 21, 2017)
  • Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) - Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) - Congratulations to the 2017 Pecatonica High School WYSE Team for taking 3rd Place at the NIU Sectional on March 2, 2017.  This means that the team has qualified and will go to State on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at the U of I Urbana/Champaign.  Congratulations and Good Luck! 
    (Updated March 7, 2017, Posted February 8, 2017)
  • 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.

Thank you Ms. Hoffman for the photos