All sporting events are cancelled today, November 12th. PJHS basketball vs Rochester is cancelled for both home and away games. Stay safe and warm!
Today is a good day to take the 5 Essential Online Survey http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/
Attention Parents and Students: Pana schools will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, November 12th, due to inclement weather.
Reminder for the week: Wednesday, November 13th, is a half-day school improvement day. All schools will dismiss 3 hours early.
Reminder for the week: NO SCHOOL on Monday, November 11th, for Veterans' Day.
PHS students: Reminder that Picture Retake Day will be on Tuesday, November 12th. Retake forms will be in the office if needed.
Our first shirt!! So proud of these girls!!
Substitute Employment Positions are available and posted on our website. Check them out here: https://www.panaschools.com/o/pana-cusd-8/page/employment--309
Ms Hahnenkamp’s class is learning about respect and tattling with Ms Blessman this morning.
Mrs Beyers class packed up goodies and notes of thanks to a young Marine and all of his fellow Marines all the way in California. The kids were excited and happy to help. We even sent a special picture and goody bag to a Dad from our class who is in the Army. Happy Veterans Day.
Calling all parents/guardians of Washington Elementary Students. It is time to fill out the 5 Essential Survey again! Please go the attached link and help us reach our goal of 100% parent participation. https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/
Calling all parents/guardians of Lincoln Elementary Students. It is time to fill out the 5 Essential Survey again. Please go the attached link and help us reach our goal. https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/
Pana Basketball has a Spiritwear store! There are a variety of items for women and men such as shirts, hoodies, polos, sweatpants, shorts, backpacks, & more! The shop closes on November 4th. Get your new Panthers gear today! https://www.bsnteamsports.com/shop/mGuYbMfDnC
Reminder: Daylight Savings Time Ends Sunday, November 3rd. Set those clocks back 1 hour!
PJHS Art Students WON a Pop Up Party today!!! Congrats! #RedRibbonWeek #RRW #BeDrugFree #Bekind
Any senior who wanted to order cap/gown pictures from the proofs given a few weeks ago need to give the forms/money to Mrs. Patton by Monday, November 4th.
After school tutoring is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Pana High School for all students.
Please fill out the survey to help the Lego League team determine if we are in need of a specialized cart in our local stores. bit.ly/2pSF3hi
Just a reminder that the Lincoln School fundraiser pick up time is today 10/24 from 3 to 6. Please enter the building through the back North West door (where the doorbell is).
Just a reminder that the Lincoln School fundraiser pick up time is tomorrow 10/24 from 3 to 6. Please enter the building through the back North/West door (where the doorbell is).
PJHS students viewed the “Be Strong” simulcast at their class meeting today to kick off Red Ribbon Week next week. The theme is #dotherightthing and Mrs. Sowarsh spent time previewing the week’s activities which center on taking care of yourself and others. The guests on the simulcast also spoke about how to address bullying and how to persevere. More to come on RRW soon!
Engaging brains from the moment they walk in. Look at all the brain activities they have faced already on a Monday morning. Students had to figure out if one star on the VAB NASA building is 6 foot wide, then how many feet would 5 stars be? I ❤️ the different ways they used to come up with the answer.
Washington/Lincoln PTO fundraiser delivery is Thursday, October 24 from 3-6 at Lincoln School. We need help starting at 1 to sort the delivery and prepare it for pickup. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help!
Ms Hahnenkamp wants to thank all the parents who attended conferences in her class. 96% of parents attended. That’s amazing! Her students are blessed.
Remember to check out our employment listings as new opportunities are available. https://www.panaschools.com/o/pana-cusd-8/page/employment--309
Friday, October 18th, marks the end of the 1st 9 Weeks. Students of PHS: Don't forget about the FREE tutoring service provided on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Teachers are here to reinforce concepts and answer your questions. We are here to help!
Congratulations to Austin Karbach on shooting an 83 at the El Paso Boys’ Golf Sectional. He fell 1 stroke away from advancing to state. However, this is the best tournament score on record for any boy since 2007! Congrats, Austin & let’s keep shooting low over the next 2 years!
Congrats to Anna Beyers and Madison Clark on their performances at the Jacksonville Routt Girls' Golf Sectional today. Anna shot a 102 and Madison shot a 130. Looking forward to watching these two freshmen improve over the next 3 years. Good job, ladies!
Reminder for the week: NO SCHOOL on Monday, October 14th, for Columbus Day.
Reminder that PJHS Picture Retakes are Tuesday, October 15th. Have an enjoyable long weekend!
Reminder to Parents and Students: There is no school on Thursday, October 10th through Monday, October 14th. Parents: Schools will host Parent/Teacher Conferences tomorrow, October 10th, from 12 - 4 pm and 5 - 8 pm.
Congratulations to Austin Karbach shooting a 92 in the Okaw Valley Golf Regional and advancing to the El Paso Golf Sectional!
Ms Hahnenkamp’s students worked in stations today. Some ran a pizza shop using Pizza Co., some coded using Coding Awbie, and others coded by working in Code.org. It was a busy day of learning.
Parents and seniors of 2020: Herff Jones will be here Tuesday, October 8th, to take orders for graduation announcements, cap and gowns, and senior swag. Please plan to come 3 to 6:30 pm. A deposit of $60 is required at time of order. Mrs Patton will have extra order forms for any seniors who didn’t get an order form.
Check out the information to digitally add money to your child's account through Scholastic for the upcoming PJHS Book Fair: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/assetuploads/eWallet-Commercial_final.mp4
Reminder for the week: There is NO SCHOOL on Friday, October 11th. This is a Teacher Institute Day.
Reminder for the Week: There is NO school on Thursday, October 10th. Instead, Parent Teacher Conferences will take place from 12 - 4 pm and again from 5 - 8 pm.
This week at PJHS four more students signed the Wall of Fame and the following students were selected by their teachers as September Students of the Month: Mason Richards, Amber Litton, Joey Laker, Carter Barber, Simon Rickett, and Katie Christer. They will be treated to a VIP lunch later this semester.
Good morning, Panthers. Sullivan school district suffered a tragedy on Friday. To show our support, please wear blue tomorrow to school (PHS students: As it is Homecoming week, PJs are still okay, too).
Only a few days remaining to order your Panther gear! Here is the link to our online shop that closes on Monday. https://www.bsnteamsports.com/shop/VAYK2PPKDM
Parents and Guardians: Please take a moment to read the attached letter on school safety. https://5il.co/aeqm
PJHS Book Fair will take place October 7th - 10th. Signups to help can be registered here: https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/2963181/false#/invitation
New Employment Opportunities Available: https://www.panaschools.com/o/pana-cusd-8/page/employment--309
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 (email@example.com). 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