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  • March 26, 2015 - Landforms -The Earth takes shape in so many interesting forms... The 5th graders have been studying landforms and created replicas out of water and flour. They teamed up to build canyons, caves, coastlines, glaciers, mountains, oceans, plateaus, plains, and valleys and used colors and markers to indicate elements such as water, dirt, grass, and ice. The students labeled the landform models and then presented them to their class.
  • March 26, 2015 - The Pecatonica High School Baseball Game today vs Aquin and Softball vs. Lutheran are cancelled.
  • March 24, 2015 - Early Dismissal, Friday, March 27th - 1:35 Elementary School: 1:45 Middle & High School.
  • March 23, 2015 - Board of Education (BOE) meeting tonight at 7 p.m. in the High School Library.
  • March 23, 2015 - All baseball and softball games for today and tomorrow have been cancelled. There will not be FS baseball practice today but everyone else will practice according to their normal indoor schedules...Kevin Kunkel - High School Athletics
  • March 23, 2015 -  Author Day - At the beginning of March the Pecatonica Elementary School hosted an “Author Day” focused on Dr. Seuss. The author study included a variety of “fun smart” activities. The students rotated classrooms and participated in story time, watched Dr. Seuss movies, exercised to Dr. Seuss books, crafted Lorax puppets and Thing hats, and even enjoyed a “green eggs” pudding snack!
  • March 20, 2015 - Congratulations to Mr. Ornatek and the WYSE team for winning 3rd place at the WYSE Sectionals at NIU on March 5th and having qualified for the state finals! WYSE medalist were Noah Mehlhausen (Physics 2nd Place), Shelby Hitchcock (Biology 3rd Place), & Brad North (Chemistry 3rd Place).
  • March 19, 2015 - Spanish students and their family members had a fun field trip to Fiesta Cancun in Freeport a couple of Saturdays ago!  One student and his dad ordered and finished a giant burrito.
  • March 18, 2015 - The Pecatonica High School Art department is excited to announce that two Pecatonica students have won awards for their work entered in the Rock Valley College Annual Juried High School Art Show:  Molly Sager - Honorable Mention Award for "Big Ben" and Isabella Gasparini - Juror's Mention Special Recognition for "Day of the Dead Skull" There are over 350 works from all around the region on display through the end of March and the judges granted 19 juried awards total at the opening event. There are a total of 9 works from Pecatonica students on display. Other participating artists included: Cassidy Williams, Taylor McGrew, Katie Lameyer, Mariah McNamer, Kyla Bausic, Bailey Penwell, and Megan Cunningham.
  • March 18, 2015 - Pecatonica Education Foundation Bowling Extravaganza Flyer.
  • March 17, 2015 - Crystal Forest - 6th grade science students just finished studying rocks and minerals and made a "crystal forest".  In the science classroom many small delicate crystal trees can be seen on the back counter. The students used a solution that evaporated quickly and turned from a liquid into a gas and left behind the salt deposits as small white crystals.
  • March 17, 2015 - Happy St. Patrick's Day!
  • March 16, 2015 - Parachutes - Elementary music students worked on an impressive routine with parachutes. The colorful parachutes had six handles and 3rd grade students worked together to make different shapes and effects with the parachutes. They had to remember dance steps while moving in time and switching places with members of their group.
  • March 12, 2015 - Fish Cribs - The definition of a fish crib = ”a man-made 3-dimensional habitat structure composed of biological or inert materials designed specifically to attract and concentrate fish". The Pecatonica High School Illinois Ecology Class designed, built and placed several fish cribs out on the frozen pond at the Torstenson Property.  The pond will thaw and the structures, with the help of cement blocks, will sink to the bottom.  The class will then be able to study the effects of fish cribs as they relate to the environment of local fish ponds. 
  • March 10, 2015 - The PTO Fun Fair is coming! We’ve been waiting for it all year...but we don’t have to wait much longer because this Saturday, March 14, the fun fair will be at the high school from 11am - 3pm for an exciting afternoon of games, prizes & raffles! The PTO hosts this annual event and all proceeds go back to our school district.  Blast from the past...Fun Fair 2014
  • March 9, 2015 - Spelling Bee - Thursday, February 26, the middle school hosted the annual spelling bee for grades 5-8. The contestants entered the gym and nervously awaited their turn to spell a word in front of students, staff and parents. One by one they courageously approached the podium where the proctor called out words from a list such as saturate, disentangle, and illiteracy to name a few. Contestants were allowed to ask three things: 1) to repeat the word, 2) the definition of the word, or 3) to use the word in a sentence. 6th grade winner “Molly Kleckler” and runner up 7th grader Nathan Campbell went head to head for many rounds. Molly successfully spelled the word “plumage” and will now advance to the Annual Regional Spelling Bee to be held at Harlem High School on March 25th.  We are proud of all our students who chose to participate and want to congratulate Molly and wish her good luck at Harlem High!
  • March 6, 2015 - Think Warm! - On a cold February Monday elementary students glowed in the warmth of Tropical Island Day.  It was “no problem” with K-4 students wearing sunglasses, hawaiian shirts, sundresses and shorts (maybe with flips flops or perhaps with snow boots).  1st grade went out to the Torstenson Learning Center for the morning and participated in Island Day activities that included beach balls, the limbo, hula hoops and warm weather fun. Ms. Hoffman’s 2nd graders read books in a swimming pool! “Ya Mon”
  • March 2, 2015 - End of Quarter Early Dismissal - Friday, March 6. Elementary School 1:35, Middle School and High School 1:45.
  • February 26, 2015 - Penpal’s Surprise Visit to 3rd Grade Class - The children’s eyes widen, their jaws dropped, and they were speechless as their penpal, Private First Class Dylan Paul, walked through their classroom door on Friday, February 13. This school year Dylan has been exchanging letters with the class and is also a former student of Mrs. Wenstrom. Dylan has been stationed in Fort Huachuca, Arizona, and graduated his basic training from the Army National Guard just 24-hours earlier. He flew back late Thursday and the students were quietly working as he entered the classroom around noon. Mrs. Wenstrom encouraged her students to ask questions: His favorite food is Sushi, his favorite song is “Hey Jude” by the Beatles, the name of his platoon “the Hitman” was the same as his high school baseball team. He told them that he just finished a 5 day basic training where his unit performed task and battle drills with paint ball guns. He mentioned that it was also much warmer in Arizona than it was here. He will receive college tuition assistance through the GI Bill and plans to attend ISU and the Army Reserves. Thank you Private Paul for your time and service!
  • February 25, 2015 - An Introduction to Musical Instruments Through the Ages - The Elementary Music Department recently hosted a special guest, Linda Wendt a Renaissance Musician. Linda presented several historical instruments such as wooden flutes, recorders, krumhorns, bagpipes and other early instruments. Her collection was very impressive and as she played each instrument the whimsical sounds seemed to transport the classroom back to a time long ago. Her historical clothing suggested that she might have been a middle-class citizen from the 1600s and added authenticity to the performance. The students enjoyed learning about the small delicate wooden soprano recorder up to the giant bass recorder that was as tall as her!
  • February 24, 2015 - Rockford Art Museum Young Artist Show - Congratulations to one of PHS' own talented artists, Freshman Meghan Salamon, for having a work of art juried into the highly competitive Rockford Art Museum Young Artist Show! We are so proud of her! This year there were well over a thousand of the best high school works submitted from all around our region and only about 150 will hang in the art museum exhibition. There will be an opening on Sunday, March 1 and the show will be on display at Rockford Art Museum through the beginning of April. Dates are:
    Sunday, March 1, 2015 | High School Division Opening, 1-3 p.m.
    March 1-April 4, 2015 | High School Division on display
  • February 24, 2015 - February 24, 2015 - WYSE (Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering) held an Academic Competition last week and Pecatonica High School Students came away loaded with medals! The total team score of 476 was 12 points behind the 1st place team Keith Country Day. Individual medal winners were:
    Jessica Curry - 2nd English
    Laura Dougherty - 1st Graphic Engineering
    Emily Gorman - 1st English & 3rd Biology
    Erin Heim - 3rd English Shelby Hitchcock - 1st Biology
    Aaron Kirch - 2nd Physics & 3rd Chemistry
    Noah Melhausen - 3rd Math & 2nd Physics
    Brad North - 3rd Chemistry
    Alex Rosenberger - 2nd Math & 3rd Physics
    Charity Voskuil - 2nd Chemistry
    The team will advance to the sectional competition at NIU on March 5th. Congratulate these students for their amazing job.  
  • February 23, 2015 - Early Dismissal for School Improvement Day (SIP) - Friday, February 27. Elementary School 11:05, Middle School and High School 11:15.  
  • February 23, 2015 - Teacher of the Week - Molly Powers a math teacher from Pecatonica Middle School was named “97zok Teacher of the Week” on Friday, February 20.  Please click to read more!  
  • February 20, 2015 - Outstanding Work Academic Bowl - This year's Pecatonica High School Academic Bowl Team has had a great season with a 3-1 win/loss record.   
  • February 18, 2015 - Congratulations!  The Pecatonica High School Science Club was awarded a DNR Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant which will allow the Science Club to buy materials and supplies needed to develop two separate plantings on the high school grounds. Click here for more information.  
  • January 27, 2015 Pecatonica C.U.S.D #321 Early Childhood Screening & Kindergarten Screening/Registration will be held Monday, February 23 - Wednesday, February 25 at the First Congregational Church. Screenings are by appointment only. Please click here for more information.
  • December 10, 2014 - Pecatonica Sports Passes are now available to purchase online.  Please click here to view Ticketracker and order your sports pass today.
  • November 11, 2014 - Pecatonica High School Open for Walking - The Pecatonica High School is now open for walking on school days from 6:00am to 7:30am. The School is closed on Thanksgiving and the day after, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday and President’s Day. The building will also be closed on days when school is canceled due to weather. (Please enter the building on the east side (Entrance P) and park in the east parking lot).


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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.