Pekin's FFA annual plant sales begin May 3, 2021 during school hours. The greenhouse will also be open on Saturday, May 8.
Black and Red Mulch available - $3.00/bag
Dear Parent, Guardian, or other Legally Responsible Adult:
All Iowa public school districts are required to administer an annual school climate and culture survey to students in grades 3-12 called Conditions for Learning Survey. The Survey is designed to measure their engagement in school, safety and overall learning environment.
In 2021, parents and guardians of students in preschool through grade 12 will have an opportunity to participate in a Parent/Guardian Conditions for Learning Survey as well. This new Parent/Guardian Survey will give parents and guardians added representation in school improvement efforts. The Survey contains similar items to those on the Student Survey, focusing on areas that range from student safety, to positive adult and student relationships, to school rules and how they are enforced.
The Parent/Guardian Survey, which is available in English and Spanish, will be accessible to parents and guardians online. The Survey will ask that all parents or guardians of children in preschool through grade 12 complete the first four questions, which the Department of Education must collect as required to report under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). However, no person is required to complete the survey and participation is voluntary. The remaining Conditions for Learning questions are optional to answer. A copy of the items on the Survey is available by request.
Responses to the online Parent/Guardian Survey are confidential and the results are completely anonymous. No names are recorded, and no identifying information is attached to specific responses. The results of the Survey will be provided back to the school to be used with the Student Survey results for identifying areas of strengths, and areas for improvement.
Thank you for your involvement in Pekin Community School District to improve conditions for learning here and throughout the state.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
David A. Harper, Superintendent
Link to Survey: bit.ly/iowafamily2021
INFORMATION SUMMARY FOR PARENT/GUARDIAN SURVEY
You have been invited to complete the online Parent/Guardian Survey (Survey). Participation in the Survey is confidential and anonymous. Parents and guardians of students in preschool through grade 12 are requested to complete the first four questions, and may optionally complete the Conditions for Learning Survey questions. No person is required to complete the Survey and participation is completely voluntary. The Survey will take about 15 minutes to complete.
Purpose of the Survey
The purpose of completing the Parent/Guardian Survey is to obtain your perceptions of how your child/children experience your school’s climate/culture. You may repeat the Survey for each child that is in preschool through grade 12. The information collected will be used to improve school safety, student engagement and the overall learning environment in the school and statewide. You will be asked to take the Survey online. Let your principal know if you do not have access to a computer/smartphone.
All information collected will be nameless. You will not put your name, birth date, or any other information that would identify you on the Survey and all questionnaires will be private. You will be asked to provide whether your child is receiving special education services, and the age and race or ethnicity of your child for federally required reporting purposes. Information across adults will be added together and reported as a school district group. Results are aggregated and only reported by subgroups (e.g. grade of student, race or ethnicity of student) for which there are at least 10 respondents.
There will be no payment or reward for adults filling out the Survey.
All parents/guardians will be invited to fill out the Parent/Guardian Survey. You have the right to refuse to answer any questions on the Survey. Completion of the Parent/Guardian Survey is considered a consent to participate for the adult.
There is no direct risk involved in filling out the Parent/Guardian Survey. The Survey may ask about topics that are sensitive.
The data collected throughout the state will provide schools and communities with the information they need to provide programs that will assist schools in providing safe and supportive environments that engage all students in learning.
Questions regarding the Parent/Guardian Survey are welcome. Please contact your school principal or the contact below if you have any questions or concerns:
Iowa Department of Education: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pekin Elementary Seeks Kindergarten Students for the 2021-2022 School Year
Any parents with children age five years old by Sept. 15, 2021 and interested in attending Kindergarten at Pekin Elementary for the 2021-2022 school year, may attend Kindergarten Round-up Registration on April 22, 2021 from 2:00-6:00 PM in the elementary cafeteria. Parents will have the opportunity to complete registration materials, required medical forms, and receive information regarding the 2021-2022 school year. Please bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate and any immunization records.
Pekin preschool students will be visiting the kindergarten classrooms on Thursday, May 6th and Friday, May 7, 2021 from 9:45 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. in anticipation of the upcoming school year. If your child is not a student at Pekin preschool, but plans to attend Pekin Elementary in the fall, and would like to attend our classroom visit day, please contact the Pekin Elementary office at 319-695-3707 for more details.
Junior High School Announcements -
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Late bus @5:20.
No E sports today during Dens.
Counting today, we have 11 days of school left. Time is running out for you to get your grades up to pass.
JH baseball will have their first practice on Thursday, May 13th. No practice on Friday the 14th. We will resume practices after school the following week (May 17th).
8th graders interested in running for HS Student Council next year should see Ms. Lane to get a nomination form during Dens or lunch.
Remember to let me know if your laptop needs repairs ASAP so we can get it fixed for you. If you put it off until turn in day, you will go a whole week next year without it. You will also have to have your charger with you on turn in day. If you don’t have it, you will have to pay for a charger.
Remember to bring your Student ID with you to lunch.
Lunch today: Spaghetti, broccoli, Romaine w/Ranch dressing, pineapple, Slush pouch, breadstick.
Lunch tomorrow: Sausage pizza, California blend, peas, mandarin oranges, blueberries, Rice Krispies.
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Today is a B Day.
The Pekin Ministerial Association will be holding a Baccalaureate ceremony on Wednesday, May 12th at 7:30 p.m. They are looking for seniors that would like to talk about how your church, a youth group leader or an event revealed God’s love and forgiveness to you. Forms are available in the high school office if you are interested in speaking. All forms are due back on or before May 9th.
There will be a football meeting on May 18th during dens.
The softball team webstore is now open until May 9th. https://stores.
HS Conference Track at WACO on Thursday starting at 4 p.m.
Ottumwa Bulldogs Conference Shoot at Ottumwa Ike’s on Saturday.
MS Baseball will start practice on Thursday, May 13th after school. There will be no practice on Friday the 14th and then practice will resume every day after school starting on Monday, May 17th.
Laptop turn in this year for grades 7-11 will be May 18th. If you turn your laptop in with damages at turn in, you will not get your laptop back until after the first full week of school next year so get them repaired as soon as possible. If you turn it in to be fixed last minute and no parts are available you will be out of luck because they should be turned in to be fixed as soon as damages are noticed.
Student Council will be holding elections for next school year on Monday and Tuesday next week (May 10 and 11). If you are interested in running, please see Ms. Lane for the paperwork. It is due on MONDAY, MAY 10 at 10 AM to Ms. Lane. Late applications will not be accepted. Contact Ms. Lane if you have any questions.
Volleyball is looking for 2-3 people to sign up to be managers for volleyball next year. If you are interested, let Christy know in the high school office.
We are looking for any 2021-22 high school kids (girls or boys) to be football managers next year. There is an information sheet in the office and hanging around the school. We are looking for 2-4 people for this job. If you are interested, let Christy know in the office ASAP. Mr. Weber would like to meet with those interested on the 18th.
The greenhouse is now open during school hours (8-3)! We will also be open from 8:00-noon on Saturday, May 8th.
Open Gyms will start Wednesday, June 2nd and be every Wednesday and Sunday. Wednesday’s will be from 10:15 am-12:15 pm and Sunday’s will be from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm in the Middle School/Elementary gym.
Yearbooks are still available for sale but must be ordered through this link:
Everyone is still required to wear a mask in the classrooms and the offices. The only exceptions are Lunch & PE.
Please contact the Jefferson County Public Health Department if you are 18 years or older and interested in receiving the Covid-19 vaccination. 641-472-5929
Important Dates for Elementary
May 7th: 4th Grade Field Trip
May 7th: 6th Grade Field Trip
May 13th: 5th Grade Field Trip
May 17th: Elementary Track Meet
May 17th Preschool graduation
Important Dates for Secondary:
May 10th: JH Spring Concert at 7 p.m.
May 11th: Fine Arts Breakfast at 7:15 a.m.
May 12th: Senior Awards at 9 a.m.
Graduation Practice for all seniors walking
Seniors last day
Baccalaureate at 7:30 p.m.
May 16th: Graduation at 2 p.m.
May 20th: Last Day of School 11 a.m. Dismissal
Menu for Today: Spaghetti, Broccoli, Romaine with Ranch, Pineapple, Slush Pouch, Breadsticks & Milk
Menu for Friday: Sausage Pizza, California Blend, Peas, Mandarin Oranges, Blueberries, Rice Krispy Bar & Milk
The USDA has issued nationwide waivers which allow school districts and community organizations to extend the operation of the Summer Food Service Program through the end of the current school year.
Pekin Community School District is participating in the USDA Summer Food Service Program during this time, which will allow for a safe and streamlined service of nutritious meals. Meals will be provided to ALL Enrolled Children without charge. FREE meals will be provided at the sites and times as follows:
Pekin Elementary School
1062 Birch Ave., Packwood, IA 52580
Monday – Friday, Beginning September 14, 2020 to May 20, 2021
Breakfast serve time is 7:45 a.m.– 8:15 a.m.
Lunch serve time is 10:50 a.m. – 1:08 p.m.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the , (AD-3027) found online at:
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Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
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