Category Archives: School/Education

Western High School to present “Crumpled Classics” by Craig Sodaro – Nov 6-7 – Barry, IL

Western High School to present “Crumpled Classics” by Craig Sodaro.

A quirky cadre of students take it upon themselves to pull together the school’s annual “Classics on Parade,” acting out famous stories that they studied in their literature class. The students, however, decide to make the stories relevant to today’s audiences, with hilarious results! Romeo and Juliet set in a fast food place! Frankie Stein trying to assemble the perfect prom date! A second rate theatrical agent becoming the Phantom of the Opera so he can force a good deal! A desperate Shirley Holmes and Joni Watson jump-starting a new detective agency! And teenage slacker Artie surprising his unimpressed mother with a sword he pulled from a stone!

The cast includes: Madaline Thompson, Rachel Snyder, Austin Simmerman, Andrew Conley, Paige Snyder, Mariah Goodwin, Ashley Gratton, Kaitlyne Kindle, Shelbie Hubbard, Noah Depke, Jordan Flynn, Marissa Osienger, Easton Carlen, MaKenna Myer, Kenadee Walker, Emma Raftery, and Amber Swartz

Preformances are Friday, November 6th and Saturday, November 7th at 7:00 p.m. at the Western High School Gym. Tickets will be sold at the door – $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students. Concessions and 50/50 raffle will be sold.

PHS Homecoming Parade Marshal Nominations Needed

PHS Student Council decided last year it would be a neat component to the annual Homecoming Parade to include a parade marshal who has the special honor of leading the parade as it travels from the high school to the court house square.

Last year the first ever parade marshal was Carolyn Casteel, and she possessed many qualities we are looking for to be the perfect parade marshal. This year we would like to ask the faculty, students, and the community for their input on who should lead our 2015 Homecoming parade. Individuals nominated should be actively involved in the Pikeland School District supporting extracurricular activities and athletics.

Please email your nomination to: or call 217-285-6888 by September 10.

Back to School Immunizations – Pike County, IL

Pike County Health Department will offer Back to School Immunization clinics in August.

Clinics will be held on the following Mondays:

  • August 3rd: 1:30 – 6 pm
  • August 10th: 1:30 – 4:30 pm
  • August 17th: 1:30 – 6 pm
  • August 24th: 1:30 – 4:30 pm

These are walk-in immunization clinics with no appointment needed.  Clinics will be held at the health department, located at 606 West Adams St. in Pittsfield.  Please bring your child’s Medicaid/KidCare card with you to the clinic.  If you have private health insurance, please contact your insurance company before coming to the clinic to determine insurance coverage for immunizations and to verify that Pike County Health Department is in your insurance network.

There is a new vaccination requirement for the coming school year.  Students entering 6th grade (age 11) must receive a meningitis vaccine.  Students entering 12th grade must show proof of two doses of meningitis vaccine at school entry.  Only 1 dose of meningitis vaccine is required for school entry if the 12th grade student received their first dose of meningitis vaccine at 16 years  of age or older.

Contact Nancy Halpin, RN at Pike County Health Department at 217-285-4407, ext. 124 for more information.


Welding Classes – Starting Aug 18 – Perry, IL

John Wood Community College will offer two evening welding classes at its Agricultural Education Center near Perry starting August 18.  Both 2 credit hour classes will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, August 18 through December 15 from 6 to 7:30 pm.  To inquire about registration, contact the JWCC Agricultural Education Center at 217-641-4558 or 217-236-4711.

Advertise with the Pittsfield High School Athletic Department

Area businesses and individuals interested in placing an advertisement in the Pittsfield High School Athletic Program can contact the PHS Athletic Director, Don Bigley, at 217-285-6888 or by email:

Advertisements will need to be turned in by Tuesday, August 4th.


* Information courtesy Pike Press Newspaper.  Visit their Facebook page by clicking HERE or their website:

Meningitis Vaccination Clinic Schedule – Pittsfield, IL

To help meet the 2015-2016 new school requirements for meningitis vaccination, Pike County Health Department is highlighting meningitis vaccination during summer immunization clinics.

Immunization clinic dates are the following Mondays:  June 15, July 6, July 20, August 3, and August 17.  Additional back-to-school immunization clinics will be scheduled in August.

Beginning school year 2015-2016 all students entering the 6th and 12th grades will be required to show proof of recent meningococcal vaccination.  All 6th graders will be required to show proof of one dose received on or after 11 years of age.  All 12th graders will need to show proof of receiving two doses, unless the first dose was administered after 16 years of age.  In this case, only one dose after 16 years of age is required.  This vaccination will prevent a severe form of bacterial meningitis and could save your child’s life.

State purchased vaccinations are available for children covered by KidCare or Medical Card, children who have no health insurance, and children whose insurance does not include vaccinations as a benefit.

Vaccinations are available for those with private health insurance coverage.  You must call your health insurance company to verify Pike County Health Department is in-network and your insurance covers vaccinations, prior to coming.  Most, but not all, insurance plans are accepted.

Get your child vaccinated now to avoid the back to school rush in August!  For more information, contact Nancy Halpin, RN at Pike County Health Department 217-285-4407, ext 124.

Help Western Drama Club raise funds!

Western Drama Fundraising through Donor’s Choose

The Western Drama Club is utilizing the website Donor’s Choose to raise funds for new wireless microphones. Donor’s Choose is a website that educators use to fund projects for their classrooms and schools. Western Drama Club’s goal is to raise enough money to buy two new wireless headset microphones to be used during their annual play and musical. Currently, the club rents microphones for the different productions. However by investing in this sound equipment, the club will be able to cut cost over time.

If you are interested in donating go to and search for “wireless microphones” or “Klauzer” or click this LINK to go directly to the fundraiser. Thank you for supporting the arts in your community.

Pittsfield/Pleasant Hill Girls Basketball Camp – June 1 to 7 – Pittsfield, IL

Pittsfield/Pleasant Hill Girls Basketball Camp 2015 will be June 1, 2, 3 and 4.  Grades 1-3 will be held from 9 am – 11 am, Grades 4-6 from 9 am – 11 am and Grades 7-8 from 11 am – 1 pm at the Pittsfield Community School (PCS) Gym.  Instruction will be passing, dribbling, shooting and defensive principals. If you have any questions please call Jeff Shireman at 217-248-5297.

42nd Annual Griggsville-Perry Alumni Association Reception – May 24 – Griggsville, IL

The 42nd Annual Griggsville-Perry Alumni Association Reception will be held on Sunday, May 24 at 2 pm in the school cafeteria.  There will be a short program, followed by refreshments and a short meeting.  If you have any questions, please contact Jill Kunzeman at 309-264-3785.

BOGO (Buy One Get One Free) Book Fair – May 13 to 15 – Griggsville, IL

BOGO (Buy One Get One Free) Book Fair will be at Griggsville School Wednesday, May 13 through Friday, May 15.  Wednesday & Friday the book fair will be open from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Thursday the book fair will be open from 1-3 pm and reopen that evening from 5-7 pm.  Family Event will be on Thursday evening from 5-7 pm.