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  • The Winter Wonderland 2017 Art Show, Family Reading Night - The Winter Wonderland Art Show, Family Reading Night was held Thursday December 7, 2017, and was a great success. Parents were able to purchased their child's framed artwork, see Santa, hear Christmas stories, do arts & crafts and more! Thank you to all who attended and helped with this very special event!!!
    (Posted December 12, 2017)
  • 58th Annual 2017 Forreston Holiday Tournament - To view the Boys Basketball Bracket please click here
    (Posted December 12, 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 11, 2017)
  • Early Dismissal - Please note Early Dismissal Day - End of 2nd Quarter on Thursday, December 21, 2017.  ES ~ 1:35, MS-HS ~ 1:45.
    (Posted December 11, 2017)
  • High School Activities 12/11-16
    Monday, December 11, 2017
    Varsity Girls Pec Holiday Tournament
      6:00 Durand vs Genoa Kingston
      7:30 Pecatonica vs Forreston
    Tuesday, December 12, 2017
    Varsity Girls Pec Holiday Tournament
      6:00 Forreston vs Durand
      7:30 Genoa Kingston vs Winnebago
    FS Girls Basketball at Galena Tournament
     5:30 or 6:30 pm. Opponent TBA
    Thursday, December 14, 2017
    Varsity Girls Basketball Pec Holiday Tournament
      6:00 Forreston vs Winnebago
      7:30 Pecatonica vs Durand
    FS Boys Basketball at Galena Tourney
      5:30 or 6:30 Opponent TBA
    Saturday, December 16, 2017
    Varsity Boys Basketball at Forreston Tournament Time and Opponent TBA
    (Posted December 8, 2017)
  • FFA to Refurbish Tractor - The Future Farmers of America (FFA) The FFA acquired an antique tractor Saturday, December 2, and the tractor was brought to PHS to be refurbished. Dominic Milam will head the Agriculture Class's refurbishing project for an upcoming FFA Spring Event. Good Luck with the project. 
    (Posted December 8, 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)
  • Sounds of the Season - Tired of the hustle and bustle of the holidays? Do you need a little boost to your Christmas spirit? You won’t want to miss the Pecatonica fourth graders as they present their concert Sounds of the Season tonight at Pecatonica High School at 6:30 p.m.
    (Posted December 5, 2017)
  • Early Dismissal - Please note Early Dismissal Day on Friday, December 8, 2017.  ES ~ 11:05, MS-HS ~ 11:15.
    (Posted December 5, 2017)
  • High School Activities 12/4-12/9
    Monday, December 4. 2017
    - Girls Basketball at Orangeville - 6:00 FS start followed by Varsity
    Tuesday, December 5, 2017
    - Boys Basketball at Stillman Valley 5:45 FS start followed by Varsity
    - 4th Grade Concert 6:30 High School Commons
    Wednesday, December 6, 2017
    - High School Fine Arts Festival 7:00
    - High School Commons
    - Fans Club Meeting 6:00 High School Workroom
    Thursday, December 7, 2017
    - Boys Basketball vs South Beloit 6:00 FS start followed by Varsity
    - Middle School Boys Basketball Night
    Friday, December 8, 2017
    - Girls Basketball vs Freeport Aquin 6:00 FS start followed by Varsity
    Saturday, December 9, 2017
    ***Boys FS Basketball Galena Tournament (Galena High School Gym)
      2:45 vs Pearl City
      4:00 or 5;15 vs Galena or Lancaster,WI
    ***Girls FS Basketball Galena Tournament (Galena Middle School Gym)
      8:30 am vs East Dubuque
      11:00 am or 12:15 vs River Ridge/Scales Mound or Stockton
    *** Girls Varsity Basketball Pec Holiday Tournament
      1:00 Pecatonica vs Winnebago
      2:30 Genoa Kingston vs Forreston
      4:00 Winnebago vs Durand
      5:30 Pecatonica vs Genoa Kingston
     ***Complete Tournament Schedules***
    (Posted December 4, 2017)
  • Small Town, Bright Christmas Walk Kicks Off!
    The Pecatonica Christmas Walk starts Friday, December 1, 2017 and the community has been busy preparing... The Middle School and High School Christmas Committee had fun repurposing old tires and decorations to make cute Christmas displays for the front lawns.  Entrances were also decorated so cars passing on Main Street can enjoy the Holiday Spirit. The Elementary School looks amazing inside as students work on craft projects to "Deck the Halls" with Christmas chains, Snowflakes, and Scenes everywhere! The 4th graders are rehearsing for their Christmas Concert and many Pecatonica students will be caroling or playing in the band downtown on Saturday, December 2nd during the all day Christmas Walk.  Downtown business are decorated and look wonderful and the new light pole Snowflake lights are beautiful and bright. Festivities will begin at 4:00pm on Friday, December 1, 2017, followed by The Christmas Tree lighting at 7pm.  Thank you to all who donated time, energy, decorations and money to make this a Memorable Small Town, Bright Christmas!
    See ya downtown!
    (Posted December 1, 2017)
  • A Day of Thanksgiving at Torstenson
    The 3rd Grade made a pilgrimage out to the Torstenson Property yesterday afternoon for a 2017 Thanksgiving Feast. Some students dressed in the time period dating back to 1621. They feasted on food that might have been served at the first Thanksgiving between the newly arrived Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians at Plymouth...Thanks for the photos Ms. Hoffman.
    (Posted November 30, 2017)
  • PECATONICA - 2017 All Conference
    We are very proud to announce our All Conference Student Athletes: Golf - Ethan Meinders-Honorable Mention, Football - Griffin Mulcahy-Honorable Mention/Linebacker, Volleyball - Makenzie Kunkel,1st team Morgan Miller, 2nd team Laura Schulze-Honorable Mention.
    (Posted November 29, 2017)
  • SPARK - An Upcoming Autism Event - Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment and Services (AARTS) Center
    The AARTS team will be hosting an on-site SPARK day on Saturday, December 9th, 2017, at Easterseals Academy in Machesney Park, IL, in partnership with Easterseals Academy/TAP near Rockford.
    (Posted November 28, 2017)
  • 1st Grade Goes to Torstenson
      First Grade took a field trip out to the Torstenson Youth Conservation Education Center Thursday, February 9, for an exciting day of learning about and exploring nature...Inside the Learning Center a Severson Dells educator, Ellen Rathbone, focused on owls, presenting photos, identifying owls by playing owl calls, showing students “owl pellets”, and then reading a book “Owl Moon” by Jane Yolen.
      Superintendent Faller followed her by discussing various forest animals and then guided 1st grade students on a nature walk where they discovered bee keeps, plants, trees, acorns, and the beautiful property. The air was crisp and clear and students really loved getting out and enjoying the fresh air. Once back at the Learning Center Mr. Faller bid them farewell. Hoo Haven representatives, Karen & Steve Herdklotz, then educated students about the environment and brought out “Great Balls of Fire” the friendly corn snake for students to pet. “Echo” a Barn owl, was presented next and students were able to see a real live barn owl which is very rare. “Echo” was purchased and licensed for Hoo Haven’s educational program. It was a very fun and busy day of learning at the Torstenson Youth Conservation Education Center.
    (Posted November 27, 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.