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Upcoming Superintendent Meetings

posted Nov 4, 2015, 1:30 PM by Web Master   [ updated Nov 16, 2015, 6:50 AM ]


The next installment of the Superintendents Coffee will be Wednesday, November 11 from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Junior High Conference Room.  Dr. Bender will provide updates on PARCC assessment data, along with discussions about future program offerings and facility improvements.  Please come spend some time with your superintendent!


Do you have any questions for the superintendent? Is there something you always wanted to know but didn’t know who to ask? Do you just want to stop in and say ‘hi’ to Dr. Bender? If you would like answers to these, or any other questions you may have, please feel free to stop by Dr. Bender’s office on Wednesday, November 11, between 4PM and 5:30PM.

Each month throughout the year Dr. Bender will have an ‘Open Door’ for any community member to stop by and say ‘hi’ or ask questions of school district operation. Please enter through the elementary entrance and proceed to the office area.

REMINDER: Facility Review Committee - October 7th

posted Oct 6, 2015, 12:26 PM by Web Master   [ updated Oct 11, 2015, 7:33 PM ]

A new Facility Review Committee is being formed to review the facility needs for Community School District 46, Prairie Grove.  The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 7, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Prairie Grove Junior High School library.  

School Superintendent Dr. Phil Bender, along with Chief School Business Official Kevin Werner, will orient the committee members to the facility and grounds.  All community members of Prairie Grove who have an interest in their school should consider being a part of this forward thinking committee.  "Requirements of committee membership are enthusiasm and the desire to keep our children first and foremost in all decisions relating to the school district," stated Superintendent Phil Bender.

Please consider taking the time to be an integral part of this group.  For more information please call the school superintendent at 815-444-4335 or email

PG Band to perform at Prairie Ridge - Game Time Changed!

posted Sep 18, 2015, 11:47 AM by Web Master   [ updated Sep 21, 2015, 6:32 AM ]

Advanced Band Performs at Prairie Ridge High School Tonight (9/18) with the Prairie Ridge Marching Band!

Game Time has been Changed to 6:00 PM

Performance will begin with Pre-Game Approximately 5:45 PM
and Half-Time Show!

Come out tonight to support your Prairie Grove Panthers and the Prairie Ridge Wolves!

Community Input on School Facilities

posted Sep 14, 2015, 10:33 AM by Web Master   [ updated Sep 24, 2015, 7:52 AM ]

Prairie Grove Superintendent Dr. Phil Bender is announcing the assembly of a school/community committee to study facility issues at Prairie Grove Elementary and Junior High Schools.  Additional deterioration of the elementary side is warranting a closer look to see what improvements need to be made and how to finance such projects.  New Board member Steve Sebastian will be the Board representative along with our Chief School Business Official Kevin Werner.  

Our organizational meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 7th, beginning at 6.p.m. in the Junior High Library.  If you have some time to give, this is a very worthwhile project that will enhance learning for our children for years to come.  Be a part of this wonderful research project!

Prairie Grove Ninth Annual Drama Camp Performs “Big Bad”

posted Jun 30, 2015, 9:58 PM by Web Master   [ updated Aug 21, 2015, 7:51 AM ]

The PG Summer Drama Camp completed its ninth annual week of fun, games, crafts, and drama for students entering grades four through eight.

Boys and girls participated in activities that support first time performers experience in the performing arts, in an environment that builds confidence and camaraderie. The wrap-up to the week long activities included a performance for friends and families, this year the performance was “Big Bad”. This trial of the Big Bad Wolf from fairy tale fame entertained the audience while allowing our camp performers a chance to put their drama skills to use in a live performance.

Mrs Levy, Mrs O’Leary, and Ms Rosner are proud of the participants’ willingness to try new things and involve themselves in the confidence building experience of the performing arts.

Public Sale of Used School Property

posted Jun 15, 2015, 9:45 AM by Web Master   [ updated Jun 19, 2015, 11:56 AM ]

Prairie Grove School District #46 will hold a Public Sale of Used School Property on Thursday, June 18, 2015 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM in Prairie Grove Elementary Gym. 

For more information please contact the Business Office at 815-459-3023

Reminder: Summer Drama Camp Registration

posted Jun 12, 2015, 8:08 AM by Web Master   [ updated Aug 21, 2015, 7:51 AM ]


The Prairie Grove Summer Drama Camp is gearing up for another fun week of activities. Once again the camp will be offered to all current 4th-8th grade students during the week

of June 22-26, 2015 from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m.

An extra special evening performance on Friday, June 26th from 6:00-7:00 p.m. will give our campers an opportunity to try out their newly acquired acting skills on a live audience of family and friends. Students will learn and practice improvisation, dramatic expression, coordination and movement while learning about the stage and discovering the magic of voice as a method to acting. 

Mrs. Levy, Mrs. O’Leary and Mrs. Rosner are looking forward to another fun-filled week of dramatic activities. If your child would like to join us during this drama-filled week, please look for the brochure in the junior high office. You may also click the attachment below for more information and to download the registration form.

Final 2014-2015 PG Parent Update - 6/4/15

posted Jun 4, 2015, 11:25 AM by Web Master   [ updated Aug 21, 2015, 7:52 AM ]

Dear PG Parent,

I will miss Prairie Grove and all of the wonderful people I have met over the years. The "Wight" day was remarkable and I appreciate all the parents and students for making the day special for me. Thank you for working together to make PG a special place to learn. Once a Panther, always a Panther!

We've had a fabulous 2014-2015 school year and have several announcements below!

2015-2016 School Registration Information

Each student should be bringing home an informational document about 2015-16 registration. We have also attached it here for your convenience (Registration Info). Please make sure you review this important document.

Spring Cleaning 2015

Prairie Grove School District #46 will hold a Public Sale of Used School Property on Thursday, June 18, 2015 from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM in the Prairie Grove Elementary Gym.  For more information please contact the Business Office at 815-459-3023

Nurse's Note

  • Please pickup any medications from the school nurse in the elementary by the end of the day Friday and by 1:00 p.m. from the junior high nurse. All medications not picked up will be disposed of the next day.
  • New Vaccination for 6th grade students is required beginning the 2015-2016 school year. Please see the attached letter from the Illinois Department of Health with information. (Vaccination Letter)
  • This is a friendly reminder to parents that by Illinois State Law all kindergarten and sixth grade physicals/immunization records and kindergarten eye exams are due by October 15th. Your child will be excluded from school if the deadline is missed.

Schoolapalooza/Last Day of School

One more day of school left! Please remember that tomorrow is a full day of school. All students will be participating in the PTO sponsored Schoolapalooza, which is a day full of fun outdoor/indoor activities with a culminating year-end, school-wide assembly. Please make sure your children are appropriately dressed for outdoor activities, have sunscreen and bring a water bottle to keep hydrated. Students will be participating in some water related events, as well, just as a heads up. 

Summer Office Hours

Please note that summer office hours are in effect beginning June 8th until August 21st. Monday - Thursday will be open from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Moving out of District?

If you are moving out of district, please contact the appropriate school office.

Have a wonderful summer!


Vic Wight

7th Grade - Rockin Roller Coasters

posted Jun 2, 2015, 9:38 AM by Web Master   [ updated Jun 12, 2015, 8:05 AM ]

Mrs. Piech's Science students have been working on their engineering skills.  The students constructed roller coasters that needed to be safe and fun.  They added their own fun factors and tested the success of their coaster.  See their awesome designs and how hard they worked as engineers in the video below: 

8th Grade Mystery Hangout

posted May 21, 2015, 7:07 AM by Web Master   [ updated Aug 21, 2015, 7:52 AM ]

8th Graders broke down the walls of the classroom and embarked on a global learning journey this month. Each of Mrs. Page’s Social Studies classes connected via Google Hangouts with another classroom from around the country or world to solve a geography mystery. Neither class involved in the Google Hangout knew where the other was located ~ they took turns asking one another yes/no questions to narrow down the location. In the end, students discovered their Mystery friends to be located in: 

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba, Canada 
Spanish Fork, Utah 
Beech Grove, Indiana 
Crown Point, Indiana

Check out a peek at their adventure below. Many of the pictures were taken by the students themselves. Great job, 8th Graders!

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