Thursday, December 8, 2016

PPHS Illinois State scholars

Congratulations to the following PPHS students for being designated Illinois State Scholars

L to R : Lucy Reynolds, Bev Watson, David Schultz, Julia Ares, Lauryn Leonard, Alex Langley, Jessica Smith, Hailee Young

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Beta Club donates to local VFW

The PPHS Beta Club served donuts, hot chocolate, and ice cream on Veterans Day to raise money for veternas. Attached is news clip featuring two of our students!! We were able to donate just over $800 to the local VFW.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Rick Brandt donates classroom Chromebook set

PPHS would like to thank Rick Brandt for his donation of 30 Chromebooks to our High School Ag. Program. We will be putting these to use very soon!!

Lto R: Superintendent Matt Runge, Ag teacher Melissa Stone, Brandt President and CEO Rick Brandt, and PPHS Principal Luke Brooks

Friday, October 21, 2016

3D Printer Work

Here is some of the Work our Engineering class is doing designing and completing projects on the 3D Printer. It is great to see our students making products.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Spanish Club

The Spanish Club has been very busy lately. On October 5th, they stocked the shelves at the Pleasant Plains Food Pantry. They are having lunch at Xochimilco on October 9th where they will order in Spanish. The Club also donated money to the Danielle Allen 5 k race and obtained a tree for her Memorial from Paul's Tree Farm. The Spanish Club will also be attending the Havana Cuba Dancers Show at UIS Sangamon Auditorium October 29. Congratulations to Sr. Ares and the Spanish Club on all their hard work!

Building Maintenance Students

some students in building maintenance setting floor joists

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Weird Science Dept

Mrs. Peters, Mr Conklin, and Mrs. Chetty participating in "Weird Day" for Homecoming week.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

PPHS Ag Program

Attached is a nice piece on our new Ag Program at PPHS. We hope these courses get students excited about the future of Ag.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Congratulations to the Class of 2016

To the Class of 2016, I want to thank you for your efforts and performance during your high school career.  Through your own resolve, personal growth, and support from family you have persevered to successfully complete this journey. I am sure that at times, the past four years have probably passed by too slowly as you have waited anxiously for graduation.  In reality, they have moved rather quickly. As you go forward I am certain you will put to use the skills you have acquired to take full advantage of the opportunities that arise in both college and career.

It is your time to grow, learn, contribute, serve, and enjoy life. Regardless of your grades, majors, colleges or career paths, don’t forget that attitude and effort will play as big a role as any in your future endeavors.  Thank you for all that you have done for our school, and I wish you the best of luck in the future.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Brown Paper Sack and the Groceries

This is the performance from Mr. Walworth, Mr. Boehme, Mr. Debarr, Alex Irwin, and Vincent Sgro at the variety show.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

odds and ends

It has been a while since my last post and we have had some positive news coming from PPHS I would like to share.

 Congratulations to our boys and girls track teams as they both won the Rochester Invite. The girls also took first place in the Pana Invite the week prior.

 The WYSE team competed at the state competition on April 12 at the U of I.  Michelle Hedlund earned a 4th place medal in biology.  

The Blackburn Science day teams won 1st place in both chemistry and physics, placed 3rd in biology last Friday.  Individually: Jacob Higginson 1st in chemistry, Bev Watson 3rd in chemistry, Alex Saebeler and Chad Kennedy tied for first in physics, and Tyler Johnson got 4th in physics. Ten teams competed at Blackburn (Athens, Rochester, Pawnee, Pleasant Plains, Mt Olive, Carlinville, Auburn, Mascoutah, Gillespie, Breese Central)

Bradley Campbell and his CACC welding team won the Illinois gold medal in the State Skills US Welding Fabrication Competition this past Saturday.  The team of 3 will be Illinois's entry in National competition in Louisville, KY the last of June. In the state competition the teams were give a blueprint of a wood-burning stove and then were given 3.5 hours to build the stove.  

On April 23rd I had the pleasure of attending the Variety show and was very proud to see all of the talented students at both PPMS and PPHS. I hope to post a link soon to one of the acts. 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


Congratulations to the 2016 WYSE team.  The varsity team took first place in the regional competition at LLCC yesterday in the 700 division.  The team will advance to the sectional competition held at Illinois College in Jacksonville on March 8th

Individual medal winners were:

Michelle Hedlund 3rd in biology, Jacob Higginson 3rd in chemistry, Bev Watson 2nd in chemistry, Adam Ely 3rd in computer science, Zach Pappas 2nd in computer science, Adam Ely 3rd in engineering graphics, Brock Brummett 2nd in engineering graphics, Zach Pappas 1st in engineering graphics, Alec Saebeler 3rd in mathematics, Chad Kennedy 3rd in physics, Alec Saebeler 2nd in physics, and Tyler Johnson 1st in physics.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Congratulations to Leah Klepzig

Congratulations to Leah Klepzig for winning a $1,000 scholarship to Lincoln Land Community College.  Leah's papercut illustration will go on to be judged at the National level to participate with high school students all over the United States.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Illinois State Scholars

Congratulations to the 2015-16 PPHS Illinois State Scholars. These students were chosen based upon academic data at the end of their sixth semester. The State Scholar formula calculation uses a combination of the test scores, class rank, and class size. 
L to R: Megan Sporrer, Henry Houser, Michelle Hedlund, Jacob Higginson, Leah Klepzig, Tyler Johnson, Ty Morris, Alec Saebeler, Chad Kennedy,Landon Davis, Jakob Verhulst, Jordan Verhulst, Aubrey Tippin