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Online Registration went live on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. A parent needs their Lumen Parent Portal information to complete. If having any troubles, there will be On-site Online Registration for the 2019-2020 school year will be on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. All grades K-12 will register using computer at Pana High School Library, 201 W. Eighth St. All fees are to be paid on this date for students. If the above registration date causes a problem because of vacations, etc. please contact the building administrative assistant ahead of time to set up an alternative registration/fee paying time. Washington 562-7500, Lincoln 562-8500, Jr. High 562-6500, and High School 562-6600.

Freshman Orientation

Freshman orientation for Pana High School will be Thursday, August 8th. This meeting is for all incoming freshman and their parents. The meeting will be held in the Panther's Den of Pana High School. Students will meet from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. and the parent meeting will be from 6:30 to 7 p.m.

Sixth Grade Orientation

Orientation for students entering sixth grade at Pana Junior High School will be Monday, August 12th. This meeting is for all incoming sixth graders and their parents. The meeting will be held in the Auditorium at Pana Junior High School. New Chromebook Orientation from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., then Orientation from 6:30-7:30 p.m. More information will be available at registration.

"Meet the Teacher" night --


The teachers at Washington and Lincoln Elementary schools in Pana would like to invite all of their students and families to a "Meet the Teacher" night and open house on Thursday, August 15th. It will be held from 5:00 to 6 p.m. at Washington School and 5:30 to 6:300 p.m. at Lincoln School.

This will allow students and families to meet their new teachers, tour the classrooms and bring their new school supplies. Teachers hope this will give more families the opportunity to be a part of their child's first day of school and ease those first day jitters. Student's official first day of school is Monday, August 19, 2018.

Athletic Practices

The football and golf teams will have their first practice on Monday, August 12th, 2019. The volleyball, soccer, and cross country teams will have their first practice on Monday, August 12th, 2019.

Open Houses

There will be open houses at the various attendance centers in the Pana School District during August. Following are the dates and times:

* Washington School -- Thursday, August 15, 2019 5:00-6:00 p.m.

* Lincoln School -- Thursday, August 15, 2019 5:30-6:30 p.m.

* Pana Junior and Senior High -- Thursday, August 29, 2019 6:30-8:00 p.m.

First Day of School

The first student attendance day of school for the 2019-2020 school year will be Monday, August 19th. It will be a regular attendance day due to Public Act 101-0012, which reinstates the minimum 5 hours of instruction on regular attendance days of school. Effective June 5, 2019.

School Improvement

Pana Community School District # 8 will hold the following School Improvement days:

* Wednesday, September 11, 2019 -- Half-day School Improvement, dismiss 3 hours early

* Wednesday, November 13, 2019 -- Half-day School Improvement, dismiss 3 hours early

* Wednesday, February 26, 2020 -- Half-day School Improvement, dismiss 3 hours early

* Wednesday, March 25, 2020 -- Half day School Improvement, dismiss 3 hours early

* Wednesday, April 22, 2020 -- Half-day School Improvement, dismiss 3 hours early

* Thursday, May 21, 2020 (date subject to change due to snow days) -- Half-day School

Improvement, dismiss 3 hours early

Pana Schools Early Dismissal before holidays

On the following dates, Pana schools will dismiss 45 minutes early due to holidays:

Friday, August 30 -- before Labor Day

Wednesday, November 27 -- before Thanksgiving

Friday, December 20 -- before Christmas

Wednesday, April 8 -- before Easter

Friday, May 22 -- before Memorial Day (if needed)

No School District employee shall administer to any student, or supervise a student's self- administration of, any prescription or nonprescription medication until a completed and signed "School Medication Authorization Form" is submitted by the student's parent/guardian. No student shall possess or consume any prescription or nonprescription medication on school grounds or at a school-related function other than as provided for in this policy and its implementing procedures.

Tobacco, Alcohol & Illegal


The use or possession of tobacco by any student of Pana High School, Pana Junior High, Lincoln Elementary or Washington Elementary is prohibited in the school buildings, on the school grounds or at any student or school function. The use or possession of alcohol or illegal substances by anyone on school grounds at any time is prohibited. Students who do not observe the above rules will be liable to suspension and possible expulsion and/or legal action. For those who may be having problems with drugs or alcohol, help is available. Talk to Central Illinois Youth Service Bureau 753-8300, Christian County Health Department 824-4113, WIC 287-7512, Christian County Mental Health 824-4905, Pana Community Hospital 562-2131, Memorial Medical Center Adolescent Psychiatric Center 788-4300 or St. Mary's Hospital Treatment Center 464-2963.

Student Handbook

Elementary, Junior High, and High School students are all given a student handbook which contains the guidelines, rules, and regulations of each school.

We ask that parents also read these handbooks and we ask your cooperation in seeing that all students observe these regulations which are made so that schools and students can operate smoothly with the greatest benefit for all students. We ask that particular attention be given to attendance policies of each school. Good attendance is extremely important for a student's education. If it is necessary for a student to be absent because of illness or other good reason, certain procedures must be followed.


No teacher, pupil or other school personnel representing the public schools of this district shall be permitted to solicit paid advertisements from local businesses or professional men and women for any purpose except as follows:

1. The High School Yearbook staff may solicit for advertising in the yearbook.

2. No collection of money from students shall be permitted on behalf of any outside individual or organization either during or after school hours.

3. No announcements or notices and no distribution of literature shall be permitted on behalf of an outside individual or organization except by permission of the Superintendent.

4. Outside organizations may not use the schools to solicit students to secure pledges or otherwise help in money raising campaigns.
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