National scholarships are becoming available for seniors graduating this May. Follow the link to the Counselor Connection Website to see what's available! https://sites.google.com/a/panaschools.com/phs-counselor/scholarship-information
Congrats to the Freshmen Football Panthers on a win last night, 36-0, over the Gillespie Miners. Come out and support the Varsity Panthers as they take on Gillespie tonight at Brummett Field, and the JV Panthers as they travel to Gillespie on Monday.
Shoutout to English IV students! EVERY student had his/her notes done and ready for class today. Mrs Patton is SUPER proud of you!
Deadlines are approaching for upcoming employment opportunities. Check out https://www.panaschools.com/o/pana-cusd-8/page/employment--309 for current job offerings, such as https://5il.co/a3br
Washington and Lincoln Schools' book fair is this Thursday and Friday (September 12-13) at Lincoln School. We are still in need of help on Thursday from 10-12 and Friday from 10-2. Please let us know ASAP if you are available (firstname.lastname@example.org). These events cannot be successful without all of our wonderful volunteers!!
Interested in ordering Panther Gear? The online store to purchase items is OPEN and will remain open through Sept. 30th. Several shirt options and sizes available for men, women and kids! Here is the link: https://www.bsnteamsports.com/shop/VAYK2PPKDM Go Panthers!
Sophomores are needed to help work in the concession stand at varsity football games! The money we make will be used for next year's prom and our senior trip. Parents are encouraged to help also! Sign up with Mrs. Whalen or Senor Evaul.
Hannah Brewer from the Illinois Department of Natural Resource Safety Education department observed the Outdoor Resources class today at PJHS. She observed how Hunter Education is taught in a our classrooms so that it can be used for an example for other schools in Illinois that may want to add to their curriculum. PJHS have offered this class as an elective for students now for seven years.
Last week at PJHS we completed MAP testing and the following students signed the Wall of Fame for their positive office referrals: Andrew Kealen, Zoie Wemple, Claire Osborn, Eli Lindsay, Clayton Worker, Carter Edwards, Brynn Ade, Presley McNear, Kaine Cunningham, Nicole Jannink, and Skylier Clark. Nice work!!
Reminder for the week: Wednesday, September 11th, is a half-day school improvement day. All schools will dismiss 3 hours early.
Students in Mrs. Watson's classes celebrated the best moment from this week by posting it on the Brag Board. What was the best thing that happened to you this week?!
Parents and Guardians: Please take a moment to read the attached PDF letter on school safety from our superintendent. https://5il.co/a1jp
Congrats to Austyn Dagen, Cameron Banning, Taylor Beck, Noah Weeden, Cayden Hankins, Brandon Schulz, Shane Warren, Devin Smith, Lukis Merrifield, Mya Smith, Kaylee Patrick, Kali Budds, Dalton Cole, Katie Christer, and Leah Christman for receiving positive office referrals and signing the PJHS Wall of Fame last week!
Today PJHS students celebrated completing Crushin’ It boot camp. For the last 2 weeks, students have learned about conflict resolution, proper technology use, good manners, doing the right thing and self regulation during Crushin’ It boot camp. Today’s celebration included hot dogs, Crush soda and extra recess time.
Reminder for the week: NO SCHOOL on Monday, September 2nd, for Labor Day.
Miss PJHS Open House? Please watch this video to see how you can keep in touch this year and be involved in your child's education. https://youtu.be/ymkOAG7U454
Thursday we had our first Future Business Leaders of America meeting for the 2019-2020 school year!!
Stop by Room 225 at PHS this evening From 6:30 to 8 pm during Open House to purchase your Chromebook insurance for the 2019-2020 school year. Deadline for payments is tomorrow, August 30th. $19 for the year protects your device from unforeseen accidents. A screen replacement alone is $36; get your Chrome protection today!
PTO Fundraiser: If you have friends and family that are interested in ordering online and you choose to "Register" your child (NOT required, but helpful), you will need the organization id # 59651. This information was inadvertently left off of the blue information sheet.
Any family that ordered Yard Signs at registration, your order is in! You are welcome to stop by the HS office and pick yours up weekdays until 4pm.
PJHS will host Open House on Thursday, August 29th. This year the format will be a little different. Come at 6:30 and report to your child’s homeroom for a parent/guardian communication info session so you’ll know all you need to know about staying in touch and up-to-date this school year! After the session, tour the building and see our brand new look! If you can’t make it at 6:30, no worries! Come when you can. A video of the presentation will be available after Open House. See you there!
We had a great time at our PBIS kick Panther celebration. Thanks to some of our high schoolers for showing us what it means to be a Panther!
The school district provided bottled water for the Lincoln Elementary students today due to the boil order after a break in the water line on 2nd and Vine. We will continue to provide water until the boil order is lifted but would like to encourage you during this time to send your student to school with water from home as well.
With the support of Trevor and Jeri Ann Higgins, we will be hosting a Donate Life night! The Pana volleyball team and Central A&M volleyball team will be working together to provide cakes to be auctioned between the JV and Varsity matches! Come on out and support the cause! All proceeds will go to the Higgins family. There will be other activities going on throughout the night!
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!
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!
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!
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).
Reminder: Mrs. Sowarsh & Mrs. Maxwell are available today in the PHS office from 8 am to 8 pm to assist any PHS student needing a schedule change. All schedule change requests MUST be made by Friday, August 2nd.
Parents who have registered online can skip the online registration line in the HS Library and proceed to pay your fees in the Gym. If you have not registered online please call the Unit Office 562-1500 for your login/password. Register here: https://pana-il.lumentouchhosts.com
Quick update- our champs got stuck in traffic and will be slightly delayed. It may be 5:30pm or so. That gives everyone more time to spread the word. Go Panthers!
Please join us today (Sunday, July 21) in welcoming our Champion Solar Car Team home from victory! They will be getting back around 5pm. Pana Fire Department will be there for the escort. Please share and come out to support them!
Online registration help will be made available in the HS library on July 31st from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. School fees are still due on July 31st. For those unable to attend, you can mail your fees to your child's school. A fee list can be found on the panaschools.com news feed.
New this year: Registration will take place entirely online. The online registration portal was opened on July 17th for those wishing to get an early start. If you need assistance with this process you can call the unit office at 217-562-1500.
Correction: Registration payments may be made on registration day July 31st from 8am to 8pm at the Pana High School Gym.
Online registration is working great. Over 100 parents have registered. If you don't remember your password or don't know your account info call the District Office at 217-562-1500 to get started. Direct link to the parent portal: https://pana-il.lumentouchhosts.com
Parents & Students: Schedules are available to view in Lumen. Any student requesting a schedule change must contact Mrs. Sowarsh or Mrs. Maxwell by phone, email or in the Pana High School office on July 31st during walk-in registration hours, 8 am - 8 pm.
Online registration for the 2019-2020 school year is now open for all grade levels! If needed, contact the Unit Office at 562-1500 for a password-reset. Lumen Parent Portal can be accessed here: https://pana-il.lumentouchhosts.com/light/lumen/signin
The school supply list for 4th Grade Ms Burrus does not indicate school supplies for her class. You will need 2 composition notebooks, 1 box of bandaids, and 1 highlighter in addition to the common 4th grade supplies. We apologize for this omission and hope to clear up any confusion prior to registration. Please let fellow classmates know as well.
Reminder that online registration opens on July 17th through Lumen for those who wish to register early. Don't know your login information? Stop by or contact the Unit Office for password-reset assistance.
***2019-2020 K-8 SUPPLY LISTS available in the www.panaschools.com NEWS section on the front webpage***
Parents: Beginning July 17th you can register your child online through Lumen Parent Portal. Online registration day (with available computers to the public) will be at Pana High School on Wednesday, July 31st from 8 am to 8 pm.
Attention incoming freshman and parents: The date for Freshman Orientation has been moved from Tuesday, August 6th, to Thursday, August 8th. Times will remain the same: Student session is 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm while the parent meeting will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.
Join us in celebrating the accomplishments of the Varsity Boys Track Team, Sunday, June 23rd, at 3 pm in the Panther Den at PHS. Presentation of the State Trophy will take place at 3:30 pm.
The Lincoln Elementary FB page has moved to this page but you will continue to get all the same kind of information without missing a thing!
We are looking for donations for our Makerspace. As you are out and about at the garage sales this summer or Spring cleaning and if you would like to donate to this cause, we are looking for.... puzzles, Legos, building blocks and any type of Hands-On activities that 3rd 4th and 5th graders might enjoy.
New positions have just been posted. Check them out here: https://www.panaschools.com/o/pana-cusd-8/page/employment--309
Soccer Awards ceremony will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, June 4 at 6:30 pm in the Panther Den. Boys Track Awards Ceremony will be held Wednesday, June 5, at 6 pm in the Panther Den.
New employment opportunities available! Check them out here: https://www.panaschools.com/o/pana-cusd-8/page/employment--309
Any high school student interested in attending summer school please contact PHS office as soon as possible. Your last day to sign up is Friday, May 31st! PHS summer school runs from June 3rd-June 21st
6th graders visited Cahokia Mounds today. Students were able to climb one of the major mounds and observe many ancient artifacts.
PJHS Chromebook Collection is tomorrow (5/22). Students: bring your device, CHARGER, and carrying case to turn in. 8th graders who have paid their fees will receive devices on Friday for keeping. 6th and 7th grade devices will be stored for the summer. Please SHARE!
Want to know what our 2019 PHS graduates will be doing after graduation? Check out their future plans on our website: https://www.panaschools.com/o/pana-cusd-8/page/seniors-2019--2
Letters were sent home this week for those students receiving scholarships that will be honored during the annual Scholarship Dinner, which will take place this Sunday, May 19, 6 pm, at Pana High School.
Summer volleyball camps for 2019 are due to your child's office by 5/19/2019 (Wednesday) Camp is for girls in grades 6-12 for the 2019-2020 school year. https://5il.co/7ozd
Final update: The 3rd graders arrived safe and sound around 4:30 and everyone has been picked up! Thanks for your patience. Have a great weekend!
3rd graders are on the move back to Pana, estimated time of arrival is 4:30.
Update on the 3rd graders that are still on the field trip.... The bus is moving to a bypass around the crossing. They may be an additional 25 minutes IF they can get across the other crossing. Students can be picked up at Lincoln School.
Attn: The 3rd grade students on the field trip bus HAVE NOT started moving still as of yet, We will update on here as soon as they are back on the road.
The buses on the 3rd grade field trip have been delayed and unable to cross the tracks at the Shelbyville Dam. Their estimated time of arrival back at Lincoln School will be approximatly 3:30.
Attention 3rd Grade Parents: Students will not return to the school from the field trip until 3:30 pm. Students will need to be picked up at Lincoln School at that time.
2019 Senior Walk through Lincoln Elementary School https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=share&v=FTsdP6TmJHI#dialog
Choose Subway on May 14th! Come out and support the Pana Education Foundation as a portion of each purchase made from 3 - 10 pm will be donated to the PEF.
Check out PJHS 6th graders Natural Disaster Info-graphics! As a culminating project for identifying cause and effect relationships, students researched a natural disaster and then took their information to create an info-graphic to share. https://padlet.com/lmayhall/l7fxk89ymqyg
Mrs. Mathon's classes played Quizlet Live to review the academic language they've learned this quarter. The students loved the combination of team work, competition, laughter, and learning!
Mrs. Schmitz’s class celebrated Pioneer Day today. They dressed as pioneer children, made yarn dolls, created pioneer journals, played pioneer games, and even did laundry using a washboard and tub. This special day was planned to celebrate the end of our unit on life long ago and to celebrate finishing the book Little House in the Big Woods. We had so much fun!
Terry Rodman from Graphic Packaging International visited Mrs. Rodman’s Second Grade Class. He discussed GPI products, jobs, careers, and dedication to renewal. The class watched a video which brought about great discussion concerning careers in programming and robotics. A big THANK YOU to GPI for giving trees to our class! Thank you Mr. Rodman for the fun presentation.
Check out the Annual PEF Newsletter, showcasing support of education and technology in our schools. https://5il.co/7jkc
PHS Baseball, Softball, & Soccer games for today are CANCELLED.
Please join us for the PJHS Curriculum Fair on Wednesday, May 1 from 5-6:30. Students will showcase their work from all subject areas and PBL classes. Come see what your students have been up to!
Students in Mrs. Schmitz’s class have been learning about life long ago. They have been working hard on their stories about pioneer life. Today they worked with a partner to edit their writing. Lots of important learning going on in First Grade!
$3,000 of gift cards and prizes are awaiting some lucky students who attend this year's post prom festivities. Prizes include Smart TVs, Laptops, Mini Fridge, State Fair Concert Tickets and numerous gift cards including Ulta, Casey's, Tres Compadres, & Starbucks. Forms due ASAP
Please attend the annual Washington Spring Fling. Book fair and Photo booth open at 5 pm. Concert and art show will begin at 6 pm. Carnival will follow the student performances.
Please attend the annual Washington Spring Fling. Book fair and Photo booth open at 5 pm. Concert and art show will begin at 6 pm. Carnival will follow the student performances.
Don’t forget tomorrow’s Spring Fling!
FCA Power Camp for students entering 5th - 8th grades will take place June 17, 18, & 19th at Pana High School. Sports offered: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Soccer, Softball, and Volleyball. Registration can be completed online: https://fca.regfox.com/2019silpanapowercamp
Students in Ms. Hahnenkamp's class worked on constructing a way to protect their egg for the egg drop challenge. Several groups made it through the first test of a 5 ft. drop. They will go onto round 2-drop from basketball hoop height. Many interesting ideas.
New employment opportunities have posted. Check them out here: https://www.panaschools.com/o/pana-cusd-8/page/employment--309
Inventor’s Day in 3rd grade at Lincoln School
PHS Baseball for 4/6/19 has been cancelled.
Sports update: PHS Soccer has been cancelled for 4/6/19
Sports Update: PHS softball game at 10 AM has changed location. The game will now take place at Meridian.
Checkout the home-school communication at Washington School!! Mrs. Morrell shared 16 photos and videos with parents this week, 245 messages sent to families, and 97% of the feedback to parents was positive. Happy Days in Second Grade :0)
Last Friday, students in Ms. Hahnenkamp's class learned about the Water Cycle and the 3 R's from Ms. Ashley from the U of I Extension office. Great activities to engage the students. Students learned so much and had fun doing the activities.
***TAKE THE NIGHT OFF!*** The Pana Education Foundation is once again having an Angelo's spring meal fundraiser on April 17th! Tickets are $10 and will be available until April 10th. Please consider buying a meal (or more) for this fundraiser! All profits from this fundraiser go towards PEF Scholarships for students furthering their education, our Chromebook program and classroom mini-grant program. To purchase tickets you can call or stop by the Unit Office! Thank you for your support!
PHS PE classes played the "Memory" game, but this time with cones and bean bags. https://youtu.be/JmjiB24hN8w
Some of Mrs. Schmitz’s students researched hummingbirds and created watercolor birds to display in our classroom.
Don't forget to join us this Thursday night for a free family-friendly concert! A bubble machine, bucket drums, and a toilet paper blower are some things that Babaloo often brings along! Bring the whole family!
PHS Yearbooks are still for sale- each book is $50. Seniors- make sure Mrs. Smedley has the portrait you want used in the book along with your senior quote!
Freshmen in Mrs. Smedley's English I and English I College Prep classes just started reading their novels To Kill A Mockingbird and Great Expectations!
We'll be decorating t-shirts on Monday! If you have not sent in your T-shirt or if you have extra, please send them in on Monday!
PJHS students are reminded to charge their devices and bring headphones for Monday's IAR (formerly know as PARCC) practice test.
Just a reminder about the Lincoln Elementary bowling trip next week: Some of the students purchased tickets to the 3rd quarter PBIS bowling reward's trip. 4th and 5th grade will go on Monday 3/25 and 3rd grade will go on Wednesday 3/27. Students will need to know their approximate shoe size and if they want a drink, no more than $3.00 will be necessary.
My class participated in a Mystery Number Skype with a 3rd grade class in Rockford, IL.
The April School Board Meeting for Pana CUSD #8 will now be on Monday April 29, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pana High School Library. This is due to the local elections on April 2, 2019 and Reorganization will be needed to seat the new board.
English 3 general and CP have an analysis essay due tonight by 11:59 on Google Classroom. Students can find examples and helpful hints on last week's Classroom posts and handouts. As always, they can stay after school or email Mrs. Stalets during the evening for help.
Update: PHS Boys baseball has changed location. Today's game vs Beecher City will be played at home at 4:15 pm.
Lincoln Elementary students will be creating unique designs and decorating a T-shirt to wear during IAR (parcc) testing. IAR is the formerly known PARCC or ISAT test from the past. It stands for Illinois Assessment of Readiness but we are turning those letters into I AM READY!!! Please provide a T-shirt for your child to bring to school by next week and we will provide the markers. If you can donate an extra shirt for any kiddo who may not have one, it would be greatly appreciated as well.
***Do you or anyone you know need a part time or full time job? Apply today online or in person at the Pana CUSD #8 Unit Office!*** -Bus Driver (Substitute) -Custodian (Substitute) -Cafeteria Cook, Cashier, Dishwasher, Aides (Substitute) -Elementary 3rd Grade Teacher (2019-2020 school year) -Elementary 4th Grade Teacher (2019-2020 school year) -Elementary Guidance Counselor (2019-2020 school year) -Jr High Boys Track Coach -Jr High Science/History Teacher (2019-2020 school year) -High School Dishwasher (Part-Time) - 2 positions available -High School Social Studies Teacher (2019-2020 school year) -High School Physical Education Teacher (2019-2020 school year) -High School Guidance Counselor Online link: http://bit.ly/cusd8employ
Lincoln Elementary will send home 3rd quarter report cards on Friday, March 15th.
Attention Senior Parents: Be on the lookout for a letter being mailed to you this week with information on the yearbooks! We have a due date coming up, so please watch your mailbox!
Wednesday is an early dismissal for PT Conferences from 12:45-3:30
PJHS will distribute 3rd quarter report cards on Friday, March 15th.
Students in the Drama PBL (first time ever at PJHS) have been working very hard on a performance to share with their classmates on Thursday and their families on Saturday. We are nervous, but excited!
Sixth graders are ready to start the 4th quarter off strong! They will be using their reading and writing skills to prepare for the upcoming IAR assessments.
Student Council is selling popcorn to raise funds for 2019 Homecoming activities. Orders and money due 03/15. See a PHS StuCo member to order!
English III is learning about Transcendentalism. We wrote our own poems last week and submitted them to a poetry contest. Good luck to all the students who entered!
Freshmen are finishing reading Romeo and Juliet- projects are coming soon (due Friday, March 15)!
Today's Driver Education classes were amazed to see how complex driving can be in urban settings like the Streets of San Francisco.
In Consumer Education Class we have been working on the student's portfolios by creating Resumes, Letter of Applications and Thank you letters that they will be able to use for future use.
Thank you Dr. Beyers for visiting our Introduction to Business class on Tuesday to discuss a variety of topics related to running a business.
Health JAM 2019 was completed on Wednesday February 27 with a full day of Career Day. All 5th grade students completed the 6 week challenge of "Walking Across Illinois." Students were paired in groups and challenged by wearing fitbits to have enough steps to walk across Illinois.
This week students are giving oral reports on their Famous Black Americans.
Students presented their google slide projects on the Presidents this week.
Excited that several students have met their requirements to "graduate" from math intervention class this week.
Shared my lunch time with four 6th grade boys. We shared good conversation and a few laughs. I love making connections with kids!
Students have been learning about fractions in math now. Simplest form is probably the most challenging, but most students can do it now.
Welcome to Washington School
Our class just finished The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. The students really wanted to continue reading the sequel, so we read the synopsis of her next book. I bought The War I Finally Won over the weekend, so we are now excited to be reading the sequel!
Title Reading has been reviewing for the IAR. We have covered the concepts of summarizing, text structure, main idea, sequencing, and cause and effect.