Alexander Redding just qualified for the FINAL ROUND of Prose reading at the National Speech and Debate Association's National Tournament in Ft. Lauderdale. That places him in the top 6 of the 420 students who competed in this event. The final round will be performed and judged at the Broward County Convention Center tomorrow morning at 10am. It is live-streamed at https://www.speechanddebate.org/live/
PCHS is excited about the upcoming 1:1 initiative coming this fall. One important component of this is keeping our students safe in the digital age. Every student issued Chromebook will be outfitted with a unique program called Go Guardian. Here is information on how Go Guardian will protect your student at school and at home: http://5il.co/3pt2
PCHS Graduation will be held OUTSIDE today. Dont forget that it will also be live streamed on our Facebook page and YouTube channel as well. https://www.youtube.com/user/pekincommunityhs
Congratulations to the inaugural class of student inductees into the PCHS Tri-M music honors society! Students will be inducted at the fall Fine Arts Concert in September! Kyle Brown Page Calvert Morgan von Doehren Austin Downey Abbigail Ferguson Caitlin Fleming Augie Fuelberth Natalie Gibbs Bree Golden Steven Hogue Jakob Jackson Brennan Jacobson Jack Mansfield Drake Mathias Grace Nieukirk Julia Oltman Bailey CJ Owens Avery Pearson Madalyn Prichard Jillian Simonsen Britny Wallace Abby Williamson Breanna Woodruff #dragonpride
Don't forget to vote :-) In Feb. , we shared that Peoriamagazines.com was starting their "Best of Peoria" contest. The exciting news is that we are now a finalist in this contest. http://www.peoriamagazines.com/BOP
Revised summer camp calendar: http://5il.co/3gh6 Fixed a conflict between girls basketball and volleyball;
Mrs Koeppel's Foods 2 students compete in Cake Pop Wars! Vote for your favorite! https://goo.gl/forms/DcUWje4vSGUxoKIu1 #dragonpride
JROTC Cadets Briggs, Vandyke, Creech took 2nd place at the Biathalon this year at Richwoods! Congratulations!
Here is the registration form for, and information about, our 2018 P.C.H.S. Summer Sports Camps. Please feel free to use and share the brochures http://5il.co/3f42
The National Honor Society is hosting their spring blood drive this Saturday at the Moose Lodge from 10AM to 2PM. You may register online at redcross.org or sign up at our booth during the lunch hours. Walk-ins are always welcome! Not only will you be saving up to 3 lives, BUT you also get a pint of ice cream from Culver's for even coming in to try.
PCHS partnered with the American Red Cross to present the Prom Night Crash Reenactment to junior and senior students today. Students witnessed a staged drunk-driving scenario and heard from a local mother that had been impacted regarding the implications of driving impaired. A huge thanks to all of our local agencies for their partnership. #dragonpride
Come check out the zoology station at #dragonpride!
In February, we shared that PeoriaMagazines.com was starting their "Best of Peoria" contest where we were able to nominate PCHS in the "Best School" category. The exciting news is that PCHS is now a finalist in this contest ! Please take a moment to vote with the link below. http://www.peoriamagazines.com/BOP #dragonpride
VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE PCHS ARTIST. Winning entry hangs in Washington DC for a year! https://bustos.house.gov/congressional-art-competition/
Auto I & II Students placed 2nd as a team at Mid Illini Automotive Competition. Finished 2 points behind Metamora. Tyler Doubet 1st place in brakes. Mike Shockley 2nd place in electrical measurement. Skyler Goode 3rd place in brakes. Dylan Bourland 2nd in Component ID. Skyler Goode 3rd place precision measurement. Isaac Barnes and Dylan Bourland(Team) 2nd in engine assembly. #dragonpride
Papa Murphy's Students Of the Month Mrs. Hudson nominated Jade Wage. Jade has worked really hard in research writing and made vast improvements. She is conscientious and hardworking with a kind heart. She's quiet, so she typically might fly under the radar but I adore having her as a student. Mrs. Mccann nominated Derrick Wright. Derrick started in the program as a shy, soft spoken freshman and has grown into a talented, dedicated leader. Derrick is always on time, works hard and is ready for all rehearsals with all materials. Derrick sets the example for his peers by showing positivity and light hearted care for others. He always volunteers to help where needed and offers his time to those that need additional instruction.
Congratulations to junior Zariah Wherry! She is the winner of the 2018 Pepsi Marigold Medallion Hunt design competition. Her 4" fused glass medallion will be hidden on public property in Pekin and searched for by thousands in preparation for the Marigold Festival in September. Pictured is her winning design, Zariah during the creation process and Zariah with Gary Gillis the master clue writer for the Pepsi Marigold Medallion Hunt.
Wellness day is going to be on Thursday, April 19th this year and will be the largest event yet! This is a day for all students in PE/Health/Dance/Drivers Ed. All the students in their respective class period will come to Hawkins gym that day and walk around to different stations we have in the gym. The stations are various businesses and organizations from the Pekin/Peoria Community that represent the whole spectrum of Health and Wellness. We will have over 40 stations with a variety of topics to address many areas of need for our students. It is a day filled with interaction for our students to remind/educate them of things they have learned in health class but to remind them that there is more to your health than just eating right and exercising.
Mrs Koeppel's Foods 2 students had a Chopped dessert challenge today! Secret ingredient for 3rd hr- Twinkies! #dragonpride #SayYEStoFCS
All baseball games are canceled for today: (Varsity, Soph and Frosh) Girls Soccer games are still on vs. Moline High School - Varsity plays at Coal Miner's at 4:30 p.m.; JV plays afterward. Frosh Softball will be played at Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin at 4:30 p.m.
PCHS has exciting news! We are going 1:1 for the 2018-2019 school year. Find out more information here: http://5il.co/3197
Due to inclement weather, the Noteables Review Show scheduled for tonight (March 24) is CANCELLED and will be rescheduled. Please stay safe!
Congratulations to Ben Murfin, Joe Hoff, Kenzie Cihla, and Andy Murfin for being selected to represent PCHS at the 2018 Bradley Honor Band. These students were chosen from over 200 nominations! These musicians will be performing with students representing 36 schools from around central Illinois at a concert on April 24th. #dragonpride
New link: Wanting to login into Skyward Parent Access and you just can't remember your password? Please go to our web page, www.pekinhigh.net and click on Menu in upper left corner and then Parents and then you will see the "Forgot Your Parent Access Password" link.
Mr. Steger’s student working on their video for Media Tech class using the new Padcaster rig.
Last Saturday the S'Pekin Dragons competed at the Greater Illinois District Tournament to see who would qualify to the National Speech and Debate Association Tournament held this summer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Students had to place either 1st or second in their events, making it very difficult to qualify. However, Pekin had TWO students qualify outright to the tournament! They are: Alexander Redding (senior) in Humorous Interpretation Samantha Probasco (junior) in International Extemporaneous Speaking Also, junior Julia McCammon placed 3rd in Dramatic Interpretation, making her the "next alternate." But, since Julia was on the bubble to outright qualifying, she also became eligible to make the District World Debates team, in which she secured her position yesterday! Therefore, we are taking THREE students to Fort Lauderdale this June! #dragonpride
Papa Murphy's Award Winners for March Taliesin Porter was nominated by Mrs. Smith. His curiosity is contagious as he is excited to learn new things and to try out different ways of doing projects. He always helps other students and has stayed after to present to the faculty on the laser. Olivia Theleritis was nominated by Mrs. Slover. Olivia is a hard worker and always polite. She went above and beyond while helping out in PCHS's Counseling Office as a 1st semester assistant. #dragonpride
On March 14th at 10 AM, PCHS students are invited to step outside their classrooms to stand against school violence and honor those who passed away in the February Florida school shooting. #Westandtogether #PCHSwithDouglas #Dragonpride https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Byw4xXc4yOz_YVltaTE2TlJaa3ZFWmVFLVNpMlNHS1JBN2hB/view?usp=sharing
Student Council members present the Blackout check at the Easter Seals telethon. #dragonpride
Did you miss our "State of the District" event? See what the community said about it here: https://youtu.be/4SdV4_lPAIo #Dragonpride
A follow up from today's assembly: Safer Schools Together has published these wonderful parent guides. Please take a look! https://saferschoolstogether.com/parent-resources/
Thank you Mr. Rick Kestner for you dedication to PCHS for 13 years!
Reunion season is coming! Are you a PCHS alum? Please fill out our form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdylWhxyzFnZCbJqBobziA35qWvxdCOsUAlpK7wYSVLNJjccg/viewform
Papa Murphy's Award Winners Gunner Matthews was nominated by Mrs. Ortega. Gunner exhibits a great deal of effort and care in his work, and his grade reflects his attention to detail and commitment to quality. Though soft spoken, Gunner brings a great deal to the table during any class discussion, and always elevates the conversation with his input. Gunner was chosen by his peers to fulfill leadership positions both in our Government Congressional simulation and in our Supreme Court simulation, in which he served as a Supreme Court Justice. Hayley Luster was nominated by Ms. Kahl. As historian for our government simulation, she went above and beyond in creating the presentation. In class as well (psychology), she is just a natural leader and always volunteers to do more. She is the group leader of every project, and works so hard.
PeoriaMagazines.com is starting their "Best of Peoria" contest where we can nominate PCHS in the "Best School" category. http://www.peoriamagazines.com/BOP. You will have to click through the different options as the option for "Best School" is the last one (#30). Please take this opportunity to nominate PCHS! Nominations are being accepted through March 15th so please spread the word
Last Saturday Pekin hosted the IHSA Regional Speech Tournament and the S'Pekin Dragons placed second overall. Out of the 14 events, 12 qualified to the Sectional Tournament! The Sectional Qualifiers include: Dramatic Duet Acting 3rd place - Isaac Langloss and Adia Boe Dramatic Interpretation 2nd place - Julia McCammon Extemporaneous Speaking 2nd place - Samantha Probasco Humorous Duet Acting 3rd place - Madison Rudloff & Nevaeh Mankle Humorous Interpretation 2nd place - Alexander Redding Impromptu Speaking 2nd place - Samantha Probasco Informative Speaking 2nd place - Danielle Watson Oratorical Declamation 4th place - Piper Simpson Original Comedy 2nd place - Alexander Redding Original Oratory 2nd place - Danielle Watson Prose Reading 3rd place - Julia McCammon Special Occasion Speaking 1st place Regional Champion! - Peyton Allen Sophomore Dawson Coon also placed 5th in Radio Speaking (one placement away from qualifying to Sectionals). If you see these students in class, please congratulate them on all their hard work and success! #dragonpride
Congrats to our wrestlers who advanced to sectionals: Brody Haynes, Tyler Siddles, Drake Hawkins, Ryan Haynes, Jared Dowell, & Andrew Krahn. #dragonpride
8th Grade Registration Parent Meeting Reminder WHO: Incoming 8th grade parents and students WHAT: Parent Registration Meetings WHERE: PCHS Theater WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Monday, February 5th- Edison, Georgetowne, Good Shepherd, and Parkview Tuesday, February 6th- Broadmoor, Rankin, St. Joseph, and South Pekin
Zoology studying sharks! Did you know dogfish sharks give birth to live babies called pups?
Manufacturing Tech students learning about welding with Mr. Denham. Big thankyou to CAT for sharing with us their welding simulator!
Daily Announcements - 1/24 https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/125217/24.pdf
Good luck to our All State Music students who will be competing this week. #dragonpride Paige Calvert Joe Hoff Jack Mansfield Andy Murfin Ben Murfin
Don't forget about the ICC Parent Meeting tomorrow night... WHO: Sophomore & Junior Parents WHAT: Early College Course Parent Meeting WHEN: January 18th at 6:00 P.M. WHERE: PCHS Theater
Last night the S'Pekin Dragons hosted and competed at the Mid-Illini Conference Speech Tournament. Overall, the team took second, but we had SIX individual conference champions! Here are the results: Conference Champions!!! Alexander Redding in Humorous Interpretation and Original Comedy Samantha Probasco in Extemporaneous Speaking Julia McCammon in Dramatic Interpretation Alyssa Stuart in Original Oratory Danielle Watson in Informative Speaking Dramatic Duet Acting - 2nd place = Adia Boe and Isaac Langloss - 3rd place - Julia McCammon and Caileigh Alexander Dramatic Interpretation - 3rd place = Michael Bennett Extemporaneous Speaking - 5th place - Ethan Baker Humorous Duet Acting - 3rd place - Adia Boe and Breanna Blanchard - 5th place = Coleton Whitford and Isaac Langloss Impromptu Speaking - 2nd place = Samantha Probasco Informative Speaking - 4th place = Alyssa Stuart Declamation - 4th place = Piper Simpson Original Comedy - 3rd place = Madison Rudloff Original Oratory - 6th place = Danielle Watson Poetry Reading - 6th place = Coleton Whitford Radio Speakin - 4th place Dawson Coon Special Occasion Speaking - 4th place - Peyton Allen 7th place = Morgan Baker
Don't miss the Career Fair tonight - http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/local-news/pchs-career-fair/919281516
Back in the kitchen with Mrs Koeppel's Foods 2 students for Monkey Bread Minis! #dragonpride
NEW ART SHOW at Cj's Cafe on Court Street in downtown Pekin featuring 12 original string art projects by PCHS sculpture class. #dragonpride
The government/civics classes had two special guest speakers to share their experiences of going through the naturalization process.
All pratices and after school activities are cancelled for the evening of Thursday, 1/11.
Pekin Community High School would like to invite you and your student to a Career Fair on Tuesday, January 16th from 6-8 PM in our school cafeteria. Many businesses will have representatives available with information in regard to career options, including some internship opportunities! These representatives will also be available for conversations around education requirements for their perspective fields. Please come out and explore all of the career opportunities we have in our community. The 2018 Career Fair will be held Tuesday, January 16th from 6-8 PM in our school cafeteria. We hope to see you there
Today's assembly on Social Media Awareness has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled. See this guide for continued conversation about social media, http://saferschoolstogether.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Social-Media-check-list-2017-1.pdf
Incoming 9th grade testing will be held tomorrow morning. Please drop your student off at the canopy entrance at 7:30 AM. This includes Edison, Georgetowne, Good Shepherd, and Parkview students.
Class of 2022 Parents 9th Grade Orientation/Parent Meeting materials can be found here : http://www.pekinhigh.net/incoming-freshmen-and-transfer-students
Important Information for Parents/Students Parent/Student Access will not be accessible on Friday, December 15th, 2017 and will be turned back on at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, December 19th, 2017. Parents can log in to check final grades at this time. Parent/Student Access will not be accessible from Friday, December 22, 2017 through Tuesday, January 2, 2018 for routine end-of-semester maintenance. Your second semester schedule will be accessible starting at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. It is important that you print your schedule and bring it to school on Thursday, January 4th, as paper copies will not be distributed. Please note that second semester schedules are final and changes will only take place to meet graduation requirements or to resolve a scheduling conflict.
Landmark Victory for Pekin Swimmers - goo.gl/nd3YfH #dragonpride
Need something to get you into the holiday spirit this weekend? Join our Encore orchestra and all of the PCHS choirs to celebrate the season with song at our Vespers concerts tomorrow night at 6:30, and Sunday afternoon 2:00 PM in the theater! Admission is free, and music will include a variety of holiday classics, festive carols, and featured solos by PCHS students. Come out and support our Orchestra and Choir students in welcoming the season--it's a perfect break from finals prep! :-)
Student Council and the Life Skills classes had a fun Mission to Mars party today! #dragonpride
The S'Pekin Dragons placed 4th last weekend at the Bradley University Speech Tournament. There were 24 schools from eight different states at this competition. Additionally, senior Danielle Watson placed 2nd in the Jay Janssen Oratorical Competition, earning a $13,000 scholarship to attend Bradley and be on their nationally ranked speech team!
Congratulations to the PCHS students that auditioned and were selected to represent PCHS at All-STATE band in January!!!!! These students had to undergo a rigorous audition process starting back in October. Please congratulate these kids, as they were chosen from among tens of thousands of auditioning students from around the state!!!! Paige Calvert - Vocal Joe Hoff - Trumpet Jack Mansfield - Violin Andy Murfin - Bari sax Ben Murfin - Tuba #DRAGONPRIDE
Job Opening - Second Semester Long-Term Substitute High School Social Studies Teacher http://5il.co/2ekw
Job Opening - Second Semester Long-Term Substitute High School Special Education Teacher http://5il.co/2eky
Child Care's Four & Five year old Preschool program starts January 22nd. Runs 8:05 am - 11:15 am and end May 4th. The cost is $75.00. Child Care students will be creating age appropriate lesson plans that will engage the children in language, art, and gross motor activities. For more information please contact Trish Meyer via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or (309) 347-4101 ext 6289
Mrs. Lenne's Parenting class sees simulation of the effect of toxins and alcohol on the unborn fetus.(Cups emptied before coming to school.)
1st hour Investigative Physics Rube Goldberg projects! Ms. Delaere #dragonpride
Congratulations to Austin Downey, Quinten Nance and Colin Beyer for being selected to the Bradley Fresh/Soph Honor band! These students will represent PCHS along with musicians from 37 other schools from around central Illinois. Good luck, and GO DRAGONS!
Glassworks students completed original wire wrapped glass aperture melts today! #dragonpride
Ms. DeLaere’s chemistry students are solving puzzles that deal with electron configurations and the Periodica table! #dragonpride
It has come to our attention via social media and other avenues, there is a rumor of a potential school shooting at PCHS. Please know if there was ever any credible threat to student safety we would make parents and students immediately aware and take appropriate actions. School will be in session as usual tomorrow as there is no credible threat. Rest assured, students will be safe at Pekin High.
Game-lovers: A belated-Halloween #PCHSGameClub meeting is going down TONIGHT after school. #GAMEON from 3-530 in the PCHS cafeteria - join us! 🎃💀 School-appropriate costumes encouraged! #dragonpride
There will be a boys swim meeting this Thursday, Nov. 2nd, after school in room B-220. Those interested in boys swim need to attend.
Joseph Ritter, PCHS class of 2014, is currently complying his senior history thesis while studying in Heidelberg, Germany. Joseph is a senior at Illinois College in Jacksonville. He is majoring in both history and German, and will be graduating this coming Spring. Joseph studied German for 4 years at PCHS. He was a GAPP exchange student during the summer of 2014. Congratulations, Joseph!
Congrats to Austin Downey, Colin Beyer and Quinten Nance for being selected to the Bradley U's Fresh/Soph Honor Band! These students will represent PCHS at BU,Tuesday, Nov. 14th. #Dragonpride
Child Care's 3 year old program starts November 6th and runs through December 14th. Children are here from 8:05-11:15 the cost is $40.00. Please email email@example.com for a spot!
Seven Runners - Seven Personal Times http://www.pjstar.com/news/20171011/seven-runners-seven-personal-record-times
PCHS Science Department! Volley for the cure! #dragonpride
Senior Joshua Utley translated a letter from German to English for a local, elderly lady, suffering from dementia, who can no longer communicate in German with nephew. He lives in Germany and cannot speak English. Josh was able to translate the entire letter in about 40 minutes and have it ready to be read soon. #dragonpride
PCHS Glassworks students lead discussions with peers on Peoria Sculpture Walk field trip today. #dragonpride