St. Jude Memphis to Peoria Run

Goal #4: To Ensure a Satisfying and Productive Partnership with Families and the Community: This morning some of our current and former Dunlap staff members headed to Memphis, Tennessee for the St. Jude Memphis to Peoria Run.
The Memphis to Peoria Run raised $1 million for the first time last year; St. Jude Runs have contributed over $14.9 million to St. Jude since 1982.
Pictured here are Joe Wenskus, Sara Solorio and Anne Dixon. We wish them the best in the next few days as they travel back safely to Peoria.


Submitted by: Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

WTVP PBS Kids Writers

Goal 1:To Continuously Improve Student Growth and Achievement: Congratulations to Shamit Shabeer from Hickory Grove Elementary School on being selected as one of this year’s winners in the WTVP PBS Kids Writers Contest. His story, The Alien that Stole Everything, received the second place award for 2nd grade. His story can be viewed at Congratulations Shamit!

WTVP Kids Writers Contest

Submitted by: Jeremy Etnyre
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Two Wilder Waite Students Win PBS Kids’ Writing Contest

Goal 1:To Continuously Improve Student Growth and Achievement: Two Wilder Waite students from Mrs. Bergschneider’s 3rd grade class were honored this week by PBS and WTVP for winning the station’s annual writing contest. The contest, based on the Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, had over 60 entries with contestants spread across the entire state of Illinois. For 3rd grade, the station awarded three prizes for the best stories judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling, and integration of text and illustrations. Ellie Willenborg (right) won 2nd place for her short story, “The Haunted House,” and Wren Hellige (left) won 3rd place for her short story, “From the Diary of Faith and Cocoa.” The students, along with their teacher and families, celebrated this week at an award presentation at WTVP for all of the winning authors.


Submitted by: Beth Bergschneider
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap High School Club Lacrosse Team!

Goal 1:To Continuously Improve Student Growth and Achievement: The Dunlap High School Club Lacrosse team wins their 1st Illinois HS Club Lacrosse State Championship.

The Eagles, in just their 4th season, finished with a 22-2 record, an undefeated home record, a Central Illinois Lacrosse (CILAX) Conference Championship, and the Varsity Club Lacrosse State Championship. The Eagles started the season with 11 wins in a row before finally losing to their rivals, the Southwest Jaguars. The Eagles rebounded from this to finish the season with 10 more wins and only one loss, which happened at the Washington Lacrosse Invitational. The Eagles entered the CILAX Conference tournament as the #2 overall seed and had two convincing victories over Belleville Township and the Morton Crusaders.
The Championship game took place on a very cold rainy day and came down to the wire. The Eagles trailed Southwest by 1 goal with under 4 minutes to play. The Eagles swarming defense led to a transition goal for #8 Rowan Hanold to tie the game with a little over 2 minutes left. Off the next face off, #19 Jake Nelson, forced the biggest turnover of the season and the Eagles called a timeout to set up for the last shot. The Eagles worked the ball around and ran the clock all the way down before #12 Tanner Nelson buried a shot from 12 feet with 2 seconds remaining in the game. As time expired, the Eagles faithful rushed the field along with the team and began the celebration. The final score of the game was 8-7, with goals coming from several players including #5 Senior Captain Ben Arends, #24 Nick Trudden, #7 Emmett Hanold, and #4 Martin West.
With the conference tournament win, the Eagles were headed to state and would face the undefeated New Trier CLUB Lacrosse Team. The game started out sluggish, and the 1st quarter ended with the Eagles leading 2-1. After a very strong start in the second quarter, the Eagles began to pull away and led at halftime 9-1. New Trier came out physical in the second half. The Eagles remained strong and played through the choppiness and finished off the game with a 16-4 victory to bring home their 1st Illinois HS Club State Championship title.

Submitted by: Greg Crider
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Tom Welsh Named Principal of the Year

Tom Welsh, principal of Dunlap High School, was recently recognized by the Peoria Park District as their “2015 Principal of the Year”. Mr. Welsh has served as principal at Ridgeview Elementary, Dunlap Middle School, and for the past ten years – as principal of Dunlap High School.

Appreciative of the award, Mr. Welsh cites the fantastic community and staff which motivates him each and everyday. “As Dunlap administrators, we are fortunate to work with outstanding students, families, and staff. As a result, each of us are given the opportunity to excel.”


Submitted by: Amy Smith
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap Grade School Celebrates the End of a Great School Year

Our superhero successes this year at Dunlap Grade School are immeasurable. We attained our school SMART goals, earned AR Empowered Educator School Status, successfully administered PARCC for the first time, more fully implemented common core learning standards, and grew as lifelong learners, critical thinkers, readers, and mathematicians. Our students and staff followed our Royal Decree: Respect Others, Respect Yourself, and Respect Learning!

What’s more important is that our students grew as empathetic and compassionate individuals. Our Service and Leadership organization raised funds for the school, completed drives for other organizations, and fostered their own leadership skills. Our students engaged in learning opportunities with the Center for the Prevention of Abuse as they learned through the Second Step Program. We partnered with the Dunlap to Peoria St. Jude Run and raised over $15,000 for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Our students truly are ROYALS.

In addition to our accomplishments as whole, Many of our teachers achieved individual recognition:

• First Grade Teacher, Mrs. Donavan, earned the Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Young Educator from the Peoria Jaycees.

• Third Grade Teacher, Miss Mahrt, received a $500.00 grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources that resulted in a new butterfly garden for DGS.

• Fifth Grade Teachers, Mrs. Piper and Mrs. Wooden, led their students through a video competition with Scotties Trees Rock that resulted in a $2,000 award and future outdoor learning area.

• Third Grade Teacher, Mrs. Lanser, and Fifth Grade Teacher, Mrs. Wooden, led the DGS Service and Leadership Club through a project that raised over $700.00 for equipment and supplies for specials classes.

Submitted by: Mandy Ellis
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap School District #323 Launches Facebook Page

Goal #4:  To Ensure a Satisfying and Productive Partnership with Families and the Community. 

Dunlap School District #323 launched a facebook page today in order to enhance better communication with our stakeholders.  The page can be found at .  We hope you will “like” our facebook page and check back often for frequent updates.   There is also a link on our  homepage to the facebook page in order to give all of you quicker access to district information.  Right now most of the information is taken from our district blog, and we will work to add more information about our district as school gets closer to starting in the fall.  We look forward to continuing to find ways to better communicate with all of you.


Submitted by:  Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent



Dunlap Valley Middle School 8th Grader – Track State Champion!

Dunlap Valley Middle School would like to recognize a very special accomplishment. Dunlap Valley Middle School track student-athlete, Kiara Pauli, earned two state championships during the 2015 IESA State Track Meet held on May 22 and 23 at the Eastside Centre in East Peoria, Il.

Going into the weekend, 8th grader Kiara Pauli was the top seeded 8th grader in the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash and discuss throw. Kiara Pauli defended her Class AA100 meter dash title by winning the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.72 seconds. Kiara also won the state championship in the Class AA discuss with a throw of 107-01 feet.
Kiara finishes her middle school career with three track state championships.

The 8th Grade girls track team also finished in 6th place at the state meet!

7th grader, Aidan Schulze, also medaled finishing in 8th place in the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.49 seconds.

Congratulations to Kiara, and to all of the Dunlap Valley Middle School student-athletes that competed during the 2015 IESA State Track Meet.

Submitted by: Antonio Johnson
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap Board of Education Names New Board Member

Dunlap School District #323 is pleased to announce the appointment of Karen Disharoon as a Board of Education member to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Bruce Hay who is relocating out of state.  Mrs. Disharoon will serve for the remainder of the unexpired term, which ends in 2017.

Karen has been very active in the District, serving in various volunteer capacities including as a classroom volunteer, picture person, library helper, science fair judge and as a member of the District Leadership Team.  Additionally she has been active in the parent advocacy group, Parents of Dunlap Students and with other volunteer community roles including Rotary North, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital fundraising and the Peoria Regional Learning Center.

She is a native of central Illinois and received her undergraduate degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, double majoring in Political Science and Public Administration.  She has worked as a legislative analyst for the Illinois legislature, as a lobbyist and is currently a campaign, fundraising and public policy consultant.

The District began the search process in May, and ten candidates expressed interest in the vacancy. Four candidates were interviewed, and Mrs. Disharoon was selected as the new Board member and appointed on June 17, 2015 at a Special Board meeting.

Dawn Bozeman, President of the Board of Education, stated, “We are delighted to have Karen Disharoon as a member of the Board of Education. Karen brings a wealth of experience and will be a great addition to the board.”

University of Illinois Music Visits Dunlap High School

The choirs at Dunlap High School were visited by the U of I cappella men’s group “ILL Harmonic” last week. Our very own Jon Brattin, DHS ’13, is a two year member of the ensemble and contacted Ms. Reece about doing a performance at DHS during their Central Illinois tour. Students, parents, and even a few alumni who ventured back were treated to a half hour concert during homeroom with popular tunes including “Classic”, “This Is How A Heart Breaks” and “My Girl” arranged by another DHS ’13 alum, Andrew Jensen. The group is comprised of mostly underclassmen, sporting a variety of majors and hometowns. They came complete with beat boxers and choreography, and presented a very entertaining show for everyone in attendance.


Submitted by: Jen Reece
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent