Pekin Community High School invites the public to help honor veterans, currently serving men and women and their families. The ceremony will be held in the Pekin High School gym on Monday, November 12 at 9:00 a.m. Additionally, the Pekin Talented and Gifted Program students invite service members and their families to a complimentary breakfast and social hour beginning at 8:00 a.m. in the Pekin High School.
This year’s program will feature; an opportunity to sponsor a wreath from Wreaths Across America, posting of the colors by American Legion Post 504, a performance by the Pekin choir, and special speaker, Jered Brisby.
Jered Brisby served an enlisted Soldier with Iowa National Guard. Jered is a native of Keokuk, Iowa, and the Keokuk Community School District where he graduated in 2001.
Jered began his military career by enlisting into DET 1, Charlie Company, 224th Combat Engineer Battalion in Keokuk Iowa, in 1999 as a Combat Engineer. During his service to our country, he served as a heavy equipment operator, team leader and deployed with Charlie Company 224th Engineer Battalion to Iraq.
Jered served as team leader for 1st Platoon, Charlie Company during the 224th Engineer Battalion’s mobilization and deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Serving a total of 18 months on active service, he was responsible for locating and reducing Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) and reduced a majority of the IEDs by hand placing C4 explosives. He received the Combat Action Badge after being struck by Improvised Explosive Device that exploded under his vehicle. His platoon was responsible for keeping the maneuver and supply routes free of explosives for the 2nd Marine Division stretching from the Jordan/Syrian border to Fallujah, Iraq. His Company reduced over 250 IEDs during their tour in Iraq. Jered’s platoon was also responsible for the reduction of weapons and explosives caches that were hidden in the cities and country. Jered and his platoon were responsible for the reduction of one of the largest caches ever found in Iraq and it was estimated to be over 20,000 tons of explosives and ordnance. Footnote – The Theater Command changed the amount of explosives that could be reduced at one time after that explosion.
During this time, the 224 Engineer Battalion received numerous awards including the Army Meritorious Unit Commendation, the 2005 National Guard Association of the United States Walter T. Kerwin Readiness Award, the Association of the United States Army General Milton A. Record Award, and a 2005 Department of the Army Deployment Excellence Award.
Jered’s awards include the Combat Action Badge, Army Commendation, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service , National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device, Army Overseas Service Ribbon. Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, and the Iraq Campaign Medal
Jered and his wife Kim, reside in rural Wapello County, Iowa, and have two children; Kadence and Reece who attend Pekin Community School District.
The Pekin High School Student Council will be hosting their annual fall blood-drive on November 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Pekin Media Center.
Blood donation is a safe and simple procedure. It only takes about an hour to donate.
Donors need to be at least 16 years old, be in good health, and weigh at least 110 pounds. You must bring a photo I.D.. 16 year olds must present a signed parental consent form until reaching 17 years of age.
Those interested in donating blood should contact Dawn Black at Pekin High School at 319-695-3707 ext. 238 or email: email@example.com
Currently all students in physical education class are learning a new Brainercise for the month of October. Each month there is a new brainercise and the 5th graders are the role models who teach each class in the mornings for about 8 minutes. The 5th graders love being able to lead and involve all grades in movement of their bodies and the waking up of their brains. In our 3-5th grade physical education class students are preparing their bodies for the fitness tests. These happen twice a year in the fall and spring. The test is now called FitnessGram and includes six different tests; the mile, Pacer test, sit-ups, push-ups, pull-ups, and the sit and reach test. The goal is to see the students’ physical fitness prosper throughout the year. Along with fitness testing, we are trying to stay outside as long as we can with a soccer unit coming up and then some fun holiday games. In k-2 the students are focusing on manipulatives. They are using all different kinds of beanbags, balls, and hula-hoops. Along with manipulatives they are also working on following directions, listening and following the rules of a game, and routine with coming and leaving the gymnasium. All part of the process to make physical education more valuable to them as they learn the routine and can get going faster!
Middle & High School Announcements
MIDDLE SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS
HIGH SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. Today is a B Day.
2. All NEW NHS members have a meeting in dens today in Ms. Lane's about the induction ceremony night.
3. Sign up for this year's Basketball cheerleading squad is now in the office. Sign up will end this Friday. Please return your student and parent forms by also.
4. FCCLA will meet during dens .
5. A representative from the Iowa Salvation Army will be here during dens to talk to all students who are interested in finding out about Community Service Opportunities around our area. Working for a nationally recognized organization looks great on applications and resumes. Please join us in the CCR room after checking in to your den.
6. Spanish Club t-shirts are now on sale in the office. See Ms. Coffin for cost. There is a short sleeve or long sleeve option. Sales are open to all students both in club and those who are not. Sales will end morning.
7. Yearbook is in need of summer photos for the yearbook. For example: pictures at work, during baseball or softball, with a group of school friends, summer camps, state fair....Please turn in any summer photos as soon as possible.
8. Red Ribbon Week is next week. The Elementary dress up days are as follows: is Sock it to Drugs: Crazy Sock Day, is Drugs are Wacky: Mismatch Day, is Dreams, not Drugs: Pajama Day and is Wear Red, Head to Toe.
9. The elementary is promoting PBIS with some different t-shirt options. Our webstore is open if you want to purchase some Pekin Pride apparel. There are lots of great options. All orders must be placed online at https://stores.
All orders are due by .
10. FCCLA dues are $15 and due by to the high school office.
11. The annual K-6 Halloween Parade will be held beginning at . Parents and guest are invited to join us in the gym as the children parade in costume around the elementary. Please do not send your child to school in costume. They will dress later in the day. Avoid any hair or face paint as it is a distraction throughout the day. Please also avoid any weapon-like accessories. These are not permitted for this event.
12. Senior Rising Ruritans…if you have Wreath Sponsorships that you have sold, please turn them in ASAP so we can get them sent in. Thank you.
13. Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for , November 6th & Thursday, November 8th from 3-7 PM each night. There is no school . School will be dismissed at on November 6th & November 8th.
14. "Filling Out FAFSA Night" - Seniors sign up for a time between with Mrs. Eakins. It will be in the Media Center.
15. Wreath Sponsorships are now on sale for the Wreaths Across America Program!!! November 15th is the last day to purchase wreaths!
16. MS Wrestling practice starts today.
17. National Honor Society Induction will be held on Tuesday, October 23rd at 7 p.m. in the high school commons.
Menu for Today: Lasagna, Corn, Caesar Salad, Mandarin Oranges, Strawberry Cups, WG Garlic Bread & Milk
Menu for :Egg Patty, Baby Carrots, Tri Tater, Apple Slices, Grapes, WG Cheese Stick & Milk
A Note from Mr. Harper, Superintendent of Pekin CSD
I will be holding Coffee with the Superintendent at different locations in our community. These listening posts are designed to hear feedback from our community about our school district and for me to communicate the great things going on in our district. If you have an organization that would like to hear more about what is going on at our school, please contact me at or 641-224-2524. I would love to come talk to your group about Pekin Schools.
Coffee with Superintendent
October 19, 2018 (Fri)
Packwood Community Building – 7:00 AM
November 17, 2018 (Sat)
Loriann’s in Richland - 7:00 AM
December 14, 2018 (Fri)
Packwood Community Building – 7:00 AM
January 18, 2019 (Fri)
Hedrick Sinclair’s – 7:00 AM
February 16, 2019 (Sat)
Hedrick Sinclair’s – 8:30 AM
March 15, 2019 (Fri)
Loriann’s in Richland - 7:00 AM
April 19, 2019 (Fri)
Packwood Community Building – 7:00 AM
Message from David Harper, Superintendent, Pekin CSD
Pekin Community School District is pleased to announce the hiring of Clint Gingerich as our 7-12 Secondary Principal for the start of the 2018-2019 School Year.
Clint has a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Education from Northwestern College and will be completed with his Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership from University of Northern Iowa. Clint comes to us from Oskaloosa Community School District, where his leadership roles include Instructional Coach at the high school for the last three years and Athletic Director for Middle School.
His former colleague had this is say about him, “Clint is a strong, collaborative instructional leader with a passion for ensuring all students and teachers achieve at high levels.”
Clint brings experience as an instructional leader and has the moral compass we are looking for our staff. He will be a great addition to our district and I see great things from him for years to come.
Clint with his wife Hillary and son Jaysick
PEKIN COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
1062 Birch Ave., Packwood, IA 52580
I would like to welcome you to the Pekin Community School District. Pekin CSD is made up of several communities within our school district boundary. We have students from Rubio, Richland, Ollie, Packwood, Martinsburg, Abington, Highland Center and Hedrick. We are a PK-12 public school district with an enrollment of about 650 students. We are truly the hub for our community and we have tremendous support from our parents, students, staff and community members. Our district is known for its superb ability to perform at a high level in the classroom and on the competition field. Our students continually score in the top of half our AEA for academics and we provide various post-secondary opportunities to our high school students. We feel we prepare our students for the rigors of life and they are ready to take on the challenges that they will face in the future.
We are a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports district and we use the acronym PRIDE to communicate our values.
If you would like to learn more about our district, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 641-224-2524. I would love to talk to you more about the tremendous opportunities we offer our students.
Central Office phone: 319-695-3039 x-205