First day pics: It was a great day to be a Panther at PJHS!
Kindergarten students will dismiss at 11:45 Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. They will start the regular dismissal schedule on Friday.
A huge shout out to Mr Bauer, board members, & Nicole for the delicious lunch today. Great way to begin a new school year. Thanks so much!
Today we welcomed back our teachers and staff to Pana CUSD #8 for Teacher Institute. A big thanks to Nicole Blodgett and board members for serving lunch today.
Can't wait to see everyone tonight!!!
WELCOME TO WASHINGTON SCHOOL Meet the Teacher Night Thursday August 15th 5:00-6:00 pm Bring your school supplies and your smiles! See you soon!
Flipping with excitement to meet my new students and their families tomorrow night at meet the teacher night.
Meet the Teacher! Welcome to PJHS and PHS Miss Shelby Bayless! Miss Bayless will teach 6-12 Music this year. She graduated from Illinois College in May 2019 with a degree in Music Education. While at IC, she was very active in the choirs, Mu Phi Epsilon Music Fraternity, and Kappa Delta Pi. She has loved music for a long time and knew from the time she started choir in the 6th grade that her dream was to teach music. Miss Bayless is excited to start her teaching career at Pana and to be able to give students the opportunities to create, reform, and become educated music consumers. In her free time, she loves participating in community theatre. This past summer she was in Hairspray at The Legacy Theatre in Springfield. She has also been in shows at The Muni, Theatre in the Park, and Springfield Theatre Center. Miss Bayless loves to watch theatre with her friends, binge watch reality TV, and visit with her family and their dogs. Welcome to Pana, Miss Bayless!
Meet the Teacher! Ms. Erin Nicolas joins the PJHS special education staff this year. Ms. Nicolas has lived in Pana her entire life, and she is excited about starting a new chapter working in her hometown! She attended Lakeland Community College and earned her Associates degree before transferring to ISU where she received a Bachelors in Education in 2009. She began subbing within in the Pana School District and found her love for working with special education students. Ms. Nicolas attended Greenville University in 2013 and earned her LBS1 endorsement. In 2015, Ms. Nicolas began teaching K-5 special education at South Fork Elementary before accepting the position here at PJHS. Ms. Nicolas enjoys spending time with her boyfriend Chris and his children as well as boating, riding wheelers, campfires, and any activities with her niece Eloise. Welcome, Ms. Nicolas!
Meet the Teacher! Welcome to PJHS Miss Britany Watrous. Miss Watrous will be teaching 7th grade math. She graduated from EIU in December of 2018 after student teaching with PJHS's Mr. Miller in the Fall. After graduation, Miss Watrous taught 7th grade reading at Edison Middle School in Champaign, but has made the move back to PJHS. She is looking forward to her wedding in November, and she also enjoys reading, unsweet tea, and all things Disney! Welcome (back) to PJHS Miss Watrous!
Meet the Teacher! Introducing Mrs. Cindy McKinney, who will teach 8th Grade Math at PJHS. Mrs. McKinney and her family have just moved to Pana and are excited to be part of this community. She and her husband are both teachers, and they have 2 daughters. Mrs. McKinney grew up in a small town in the Bloomington-Normal area and attended college at Illinois Weslyan University. She has taught a variety of levels including elementary, junior high math, and high school. Mrs. McKinney likes to spend the majority of her time with her family, and they love to be outside playing and riding bikes. She also enjoys reading, music, and sports, and the family can often be found at school events throughout the year. Mrs. McKinney looks forward to working with the students of PJHS and meeting lots of new people. Welcome Mrs. McKinney!
Meet the Teacher! Introducing Brooke Brandis. Ms. Brandis will teach P.E. at PJHS this year. Ms. Brandis grew up in Taylorville and graduated from Illinois College where she played volleyball for all four years of her college career. Currently, she coached club volleyball out of Springfield, IL for a team called Shock. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends and family, especially her nephew Nash. She also enjoys working out and going on walks or car rides with her dog Eddie. Welcome Ms. Brandis!
Know a Pana alumni you would like to see honored? Pana is still accepting nominees for the 2019 Wall of Fame. Nominations will be accepted through the end of August. Forms can be mailed or dropped by the PHS office until the 31st.
PJHS staff all came together today for an unpacking party. Teachers and staff are working hard to get everything ready for the first day of school. A huge thanks to all the maintenance staff for their incredible efforts!! Oh and also, pizza was enjoyed by all.
New Student Chromebook Orientation (grades 6-12) and 6th Grade Orientation is Monday, August 12 at 5:30 in the PJHS auditorium. All students and parents/guardians new to the chromebook program must attend the orientation meeting, including students new to the district in grades 7-12 and all 6th grade students. A device cannot be issued without this meeting. Sixth grade orientation will begin at 6:30 after the Chromebook meeting. If you cannot attend, please call 562-6500 (JH) or 562-6600 (HS).
Freshmen Orientation by the numbers..... 84 students, 8 staff members, 6 service learners, 13 pizzas, 4 hours, 7 activities, 9 small groups. Not having any surprises on the first day of school......... Priceless!!
Pana School Supply Giveaway at the United in Faith Church. Saturday August 10th from 9 until 12.
He’s back! The PJHS panther is looking good! Here’s a sneak peek.
Reminder to Freshman: PHS Orientation will be this Thursday from 1:30 to 5:30 with the parent meeting following at 6:30 pm.
New to Lincoln this year! So excited for 2019 2020