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Jean McNair students enjoy recess on a warm Fall Day Welcome to Winnebago CUSD #323

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Our core beliefs and values The following belief statements describe deeply held beliefs that influence our actions in Winnebago District 323:

  • We believe that children are the hope and future of our world; therefore our primary function is to educate all students for a successful future.
  • We believe that excellence is achieved through a rigorous and engaging curriculum and structured activities beyond the classroom.
  • We believe every child deserves quality teachers.
  • We believe measurement of progress is essential to achieve improvement.
  • We believe that teaching and learning flourish in a safe, clean, disciplined, and nurturing environment.
  • We believe that family, school, and community are vital partners in the learning process.
  • We believe that all individuals deserve respect and are responsible for their own actions.
  • We believe that we are responsible to our community to provide prudent fiscal management.

FEE Grants Awarded to CUD #323

In the 2013-14 school year over $35,000 in FEE grants were awarded to Winnebago Schools.  Through the communities continuous support FEE has been able to provide classrooms with extra materials to enhance learning for our students. Grants are given out two times a year.  Listed below are some items that were purchased this year.

Students Recognized at Jean McNair Elementary School

The following students were recently recognized with Student of the Week honors at Jean McNair Elementary School for the week of April 14.  Congratulations to Dylan T., Joseph S., Ashton H., Bo A., Addison M., Parker K., Parker R., Laci B., Karissa E., Hannah E., Miyah B., Grace K., Campbell S., Ella M., Ella P., Ryley G., Allissa J., Alexis L., Leigha D., Konner S. and Elmer G.

Jean McNair fourth graders spend their day at the YMCA in Freeport

Jean McNair fourth graders at the YMCA of Freeport

Winnebago Middle School's 6th Annual sixth-grade science fair May 15

Winnebago Middle School will host the sixth grade Science Fair in the Winnebago Middle School gym on May 15. The Science Fair will be open for WMS students and staff during the entire school day, and open to the public from 5 - 6 p.m. that night, May 15.

Career Day for eighth grade students at Winnebago Middle School

WMS Career Day
Tuesday, April 15 was Career Day for eighth grade students at Winnebago Middle School. Students were able to choose which sessions they wanted to attend. QPS Employment Coordinator Donna Olson talkes to Joesph S. about a good hand shake. 

Jean McNair Field Days May 23 - Volunteers Needed

Field Day has been scheduled for third and 4 fourth grade students on Friday, May 23 at Jean McNair Elementary School. The students will participate in groups, by grade level, and in a number of events.

Lunch will be provided as usual with some modifications according to scheduling.

Dorothy Simon Field Days May 30 - Volunteers Needed

Field Day has been scheduled for first and second grade students on Friday, May 30 at Dorothy Simon Grade School. The children will participate in groups, by grade levels, and in a number of events.

WHS National Honor Society Induction

WHS NHS Induction

The Winnebago Chapter of the National Honor Society held its annual induction ceremony at WHS on Sunday, April 13th. The National Honor Society is a national organization with local chapters in most high schools and is sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Annual PTO Basket Raffle and Art Show on April 24

The Annual PTO Basket Raffle and Art Show will be held on Thursday, April 24 in the Winnebago High School Gym from 5 - 7:30. 

Jean McNair Elementary Announces Student of the Week

The following students were selected for Student of the Week honors for the week of Apr. 7.  Congratulations to Brennan S., Kailyn G., Jennifer B., Madolyn N., Steven D., Zander N., Jakob D., Jacob B., Sophia B., Cade M., Blaine G., Ella P., Matt G., Alexis L., Madison B., Sam S., Fernando R., Ella P., Isabel R., Owen R., and Jessica T.

Dorothy Simon Awards Day - June 3

Dorothy Simon Elementary will be holding its annual Awards Day on Tuesday, June 3 for kindergarten, first grade and second grade students. Awards assembly for first and second grade will be in the Dorothy Simon cafeteria. Kindergarten will be held in the Dorothy Simon Gym. Awards presentations are approx 45 minutes.

Schedule for awards distribution:

Dorothy Simon Outstanding Milk and Lunch Balances

 It is VERY important to keep your child’s lunch and milk accounts up to date. We will not allow students to charge milk or lunches. If you have questions about your account balance, please call Beth Swigart at Simon 815.335.2318 between 7:15 a.m. –3 p.m.

Also, the last day that Dorothy Simon will serve breakfast and milk at snack break will be Friday, May 30.

407 North Elida Road
Winnebago, IL 61088


Phone: 815.335.2364
Fax: 815.335.1437

Attendance Hours: 7:50 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.
Office Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Principal: Cathy Finley
Asst. Principal: Patrick Brûlé
Activities Director: Will Hartje
Student Advisor: Julie Anderson
Nurse: Mary Kate Skaggs