Award Year: 2021

Raccoon Consolidated School District 1

3601 State Route 161
Centralia, IL, 62801-9621

(618) 532-7329

Mr. Matt Renaud, Principal at time of Nomination

Mrs Misty Johannes, Current Principal

Title I School

Raccoon Consolidated School District 1

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The mission of Raccoon School, in partnership with our community, is to provide quality education in a safe and professional environment by utilizing all resources available to continually evaluate and improve.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 93%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 1%
Raccoon Grade School staff provides Christmas Extravaganza fun for students!

Raccoon Grade School staff provides Christmas Extravaganza fun for students!

Life inside and outside school has been and continues to be a challenge. Covid has seemed to change so many things that we once took for granted. We at Raccoon Grade School have chosen to persevere. During these times, we have worked hard to keep our families engaged in our community. Raccoon Grade School is the community. We are at least ten miles or more from a town in all directions, and set in the rural fields between Centralia and Salem, Illinois.

Throughout the school year, teachers and staff brainstormed ideas on how to keep our families connected to the school even when we couldn't be together. We boarded buses to deliver food and school supplies. Teachers and staff participated in parades that drove our bus routes. Knowing how important a graduation ceremony was to our parents and students, we had an outdoor drive-up graduation to celebrate our graduates. Not being able to have our traditional winter program, we also held a drive-through in which families could drive past teachers and staff singing Christmas carols and dressed in costumes. We also passed out small treats that families could share once they got home. We treated many families to a monthly box of family fun including ingredients for supper. Teachers spent hours connecting with families through email, phone calls, and letters. Making connections and showing our families that we care about THEM, not just their students' educational performance, is one of the many things we at RGS take pride in.