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  • February 8, 2016 - Congratulations to the 2016 Pecatonica High School WYSE Team. The WYSE team won the Rock Valley Regional on Friday, February 5. They will advance to the NIU Sectional on March 3rd. The team scored 465.8 points to handily defeat 2nd place Keith Country Day. The members of the team and personal places are listed below. Congratulations to Mr. Ornatek and all the members of the team!
    Lauren Barr
    Jessica Curry - 2nd place English
    Evan Fedorev - 3rd place Computer Science
    Emily Gorman - 1st place English
    Ben Kimes
    Aaron Kirch - 1st place Engineering Graphics and 1st Place Math
    Taylor McGrew
    Alyssa Schieser - 3rd place English
    Ryan Swanson - 3rd place Math
    Charity Voskuil - 2nd place Math
    Kaylene Cuthberson - 2nd place Physics, 3rd place Chemistry
    Lexi Dean - 3rd place Biology
    Eric Durand - 3rd place Biology
    Nate Koch - 2nd place Engineering Graphics
  • February 8, 2016 - Fan Bus Wednesday - We will be offering a fan bus for High School Students on Wednesday night for the girls basketball regional semi-final game. The game will be in Lena at 6:00. Students who would like to ride must sign up in the high school office. Everyone riding the bus must be here by 5:00. There is no cost to ride the bus. The cost of admission to the game is $4.00.
  • February 8, 2016 - PHS Yearbook Awards.  The IJEA Student Media Contest: high school yearbook results - The 2014-2015 yearbook won two awards: Theme Development and Coverage of the Year.  Congratulations!!
  • February 5, 2016 -  Pecatonica Middle School Book fair starts (TODAY) Friday and all of next week. Come buy some books and support the library.
  • February 5, 2016 -  Boomer the hedgehog visited the Kindergarten classes at PES in honor of Groundhog’s Day. Boomer was briefly allowed to explore the classroom carpet on the 100th day of school. The student’s giggled as they observed the little hedgehog hopping, scratching and sniffing her unfamiliar environment. Be sure to visit to learn more about this exotic Pet Rescue Sanctuary located in nearby German Valley where Boomer lives. (PS - Punxsutawney Phil Did Not See His Shadow - so an early Spring - YAY!)
  • February 4, 2016 -  The PES held a “Minute-To-Win-It" Assembly. Elementary students received a blue ticket for displaying a good behavior.  All the tickets were stored in a bucket and then, if their ticket was drawn during the assembly, the well behaved student was able to participate in a super fun minute-to-win-it challenge!
  • February 4, 2016 -  Congratulations to the SENIOR class who also won the GPA challenge for the 1st semester AGAIN! Culver’s frozen custard was here today at lunch as a treat for the winning class during today on Thursday. Seniors won the challenge with an average GPA of a 3.09. Juniors were second with a 3.02, with freshmen following, then sophomores. Keep up the good work - the next class to have the highest GPA will be awarded in March. Everyone’s grades matter - make sure to complete all your homework and study for tests!
  • February 4, 2016 -  Congratulations to the 138 PHS students who are on the honor roll! This means they earned a 3.0 average GPA for their first semester classes. Keep up the good work! Please see the posters around school!
  • February 3, 2016 -  By Kevin Kunkel - The Pecatonica Varsity Girls Basketball Team has been chosen as the ABC Advertising team of the week. Their team picture is displayed on the ABC billboard by US bank in Freeport across from McDonalds. If you are in Freeport drive by and check it out. The girls are off to a 16-9 start. Keep it up girls!
  • February 3, 2016 - The 4th grade went on a "fossil" dig in their classroom. They have been studying how fossils form, so it was time to try their hand at being a paleontologist. They used cookies as a dig site and then logged the results of their finds on data collection sheets.
  • February 2, 2016 - Congratulations to the Pecatonica High School Snow Sculpting Team. The team, consisting of 4 sculptors lead by the art teacher Jillian Torre, headed to Sinnissippi Park on Thursday, January 28, and after two days, a seal emerged from a 6ft tall 4 x 4 wide block of ice. Charity Voskuil and Kelsey Swanson agreed that one of the challenges of snow sculpting is, “hitting ice as you go because the snow chips away wrong.” Lexi Frederick said that she likes “gritting” the snow where you groove the snow then begin shaving, carving, and chiselling out the details. They all enjoy the overall experience of being outdoors with friends shaping the snow sculpture. By Saturday, the seal was ready for judging...Congratulations to the Snow Sculpting Team, Lexi Frederick, Bailey Penwell, Kelsey Swanson, and Charity Voskuil who brought home the Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition High School Division Committee’s Choice Award for their sculpture, “Seal of Approval”.
  • February 2, 2016 - Happy Groundhog's Day and Happy 100th Day of School!
  • February 1, 2016 - The 4th graders sang at the Rockford Icehogs on Friday, January 22nd.
  • February 1, 2016 - No School on Monday, February 15th in observance of President's Day.
  • February 1, 2016 - Early Dismissal Day on Friday, February 12th for a SIP Day. (Elementary School at 11:05, the Middle & High School at 11:15).
  • February 1, 2016 - by Kevin Kunkel 
    Below is the schedule for the week for Pecatonica High School Activities:
    Monday, February 1
    Varsity Scholastic Bowl Home vs Freeport Aquin 4:00
    Tuesday, February 2
    Girls Basketball at Milledgeville, 6:00 FS start with Varsity to follow. Boys Basketball Home vs Pearl City 6:00 FS start with Varsity to follow.
    Wednesday, February 3
    Fans Club Meeting in High School Commons 7:00
    Thursday, February 4
    Boys Basketball Home vs Dakota 6:00 FS start with Varsity to follow. PSA basketball players at halftime of FS.
    Friday, February 5
    Girls Basketball Home vs AFC, 6:00 FS start with varsity to follow. Senior night intruductions will be at the end of FS game.
  • January 29, 2016 - Fridays in the PARCC - (PARTNERSHIP FOR ASSESSMENT OF READINESS FOR COLLEGE AND CAREERS) - Mrs. Power’s math class is preparing for the upcoming PARCC Tests that will take place in March & April.  Basically, the state uses these high-quality assessment tests that are aligned to those standards that would test student achievement levels on what they are learning in the classroom.  For the 2014-2015 school year, Pecatonica's PARCC Scores exceeded the average for the state of Illinois.
  • January 28, 2016 - Pecatonica Community School Academic Assembly - The middle school held their 2nd Quarter Awards Assembly on Friday, January 15. Students were recognized for Academic Honors and presented with certificates such as Academic Bowl, Boy’s Basketball, AR winners, Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance and Student of the Quarter. Thank you students for your academic and extracurricular accomplishments! [assembly photos are courtesy of the ms yearbook]
  • January 26, 2016 - Star Lab is at the Pecatonica Elementary School this week.  All classrooms will visit the Dome to gaze at the stars and learn about various constellations.
  • January 25, 2016 - The Great Kindness Challenge (January 25-29, 2016) - The Great Kindness Challenge is one week dedicated to creating a culture of kindness on campuses nationwide. Our elementary school is proudly participating in the proactive, positive bullying prevention initiative. All students will receive a GKC checklist with 50 kind deeds. Please encourage your child to complete the checklist and show the world that … KINDNESS MATTERS!
    Theme Days
    Monday:  Kick it into Gear and Help Someone Near (Wear mismatched socks or shoes)
    Tuesday: Dream of Kindness (PJ Day)
    Wednesday: Crazy for Kindness (Crazy Hair)
    Thursday: Peace, Love & Kindness (Dress in Tie-Dyes, Peace Signs or Hippy clothes)
    Friday: Pecatonica Kids are Kind Kids (Wear Pecatonica Gear)
  • January 21, 2016 - New Event: Sports Association. Youth Basketball Weekly from 1pm to 3:30pm on Saturdays from Saturday, Jan 16 to Saturday, Mar 5.
  • January 6, 2016 - Congratulations to Pecatonica High School's Illinois State Scholars. Click here for more information.
  • 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.