Banner Families Collect over 2,700 Boxes of Macaroni and Cheese!

Goal #4: To Ensure a Satisfying and Productive Partnership with Families and the Community: Banner students and families created a “Macaroni Mountain” where all classes competed in collecting Macaroni and Cheese to be donated to the South Side Mission. This year, over 2,700 boxes were collected which is about 400 more than last year’s record total. Thank you to our generous families for supporting a wonderful cause!





Submitted by: Greg Fairchild
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap Grade School 3rd Grade Teacher Team Named Distinguished Educators of the Year

Two Dunlap Grade School Teachers were named Distinguished Educators of the Year at the Distinguished Service Awards Banquet hosted by the Peoria Jaycess on November 10th.
Mrs. Lanser and Miss Mahrt were peer nominated by the fourth grade team of Mr. Eckert and Mrs. Jarrick due to their collaborative efforts, leadership, and creativity. The Dunlap Grade School team were in attendance to celebrate their award!
They were selected for being educators that have gone above and beyond their job description, who motivates their students to learn in new and innovative ways, and has a true passion for education.

We’re very proud of these two teachers and their passion and dedication to the students at Dunlap Grade School.



Submitted by: Mandy Ellis
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap High School Court Singers ESCAPE!!!

The DHS Court Singers annually go bowling as a way to get to know each other at the beginning of the “Madrigal Knight” season.
This year with the grand opening of ESCAPE BLOOMINGTON, we decided to change it up and do something new. Ushering in a new era of interactive entertainment, escape-themed games bring a broad range of excitement and emotions as you learn.
With time working against you, your team must work together to use clues, common sense, and problem solving skills to find a path to freedom before the clock runs out! Escape in time and get your group photo on the Escapee wall so all can take note of just how smart you really are.
There are three scenarios, each requiring varying levels of ninja-like brain powers, running all at the same time! Not sure you’re up for the challenge? Try the entry-level room for a balance of good fun and entertaining brain teasers. We had a blast and plan to go back next year!
Get in, be part of the game, and escape!


Submitted by: Jen Reece
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap High School Presents Drug & Alcohol Forum for Parents and Families

On Thursday, October 29th, Deputy Watkins from the Peoria County Sheriff’s Department and Vicki Lewis from Dominion Diagnostics presented to Dunlap parents and students about the trends they are seeing in the area pertaining to illegal drug and alcohol usage among students.
Parents were able to ask questions and express concerns to the experts, and were able to communicate with other families, sharing plans for how to keep their child drug and alcohol free.


Submitted by: Kris Mason
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Diversity Celebrated at Dunlap High School

The Dunlap High School Multi-Cultural Club, sponsored by Steve Herriford, recently created a mural depicting the world and hand prints of Dunlap High School students. Our Multi-Cultural Club celebrates diversity throughout the year.

The handprints around the world represent our diverse student-body and how we come together as one unified school.

Diversity Pic 1

Submitted by: Tom Welsh
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Girls to Engineering Day at Caterpillar

35 middle school girls from both Dunlap Middle School and Dunlap Valley Middle School, interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), participated in a special Girl to Engineering Day at Caterpillar, sponsored by the Caterpillar’s Women’s Initiatives Network employee resource group and the Caterpillar STEM Council.
The girls learned about engineering careers, engineering innovations, problem solving and teamwork/communication. The day included hands on experiments, tours and examination of CAT equipment, and plenty of team activities and discussion.
The following are a few things the girls had to say about what they learned and liked:
“I really liked the team activity where we built a machine.”
“The penny experiment with different substances was fun because we had the chance to hypothesize which substances would work best.”
“Learning about the different types of engineering.”
“Finding out how CAT recycles metal from old machines to make new ones”
“Learning about the use of 3-D printing.”
“Building a bridge out of everyday materials in a team.”
“How crucial communication is in all areas of engineering.”
“Robotics-that was cool.”
“Only 22% of CAT official workers are woman.”

Submitted by: Terri Hadley
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Hickory Grove Elementary School Celebrates the 50th Day!

Hickory Grove Elementary School Kindergarten classes celebrated the 50th day of school with a Sock Hop.
Each class learned about the 50’s, had root beer floats, did the limbo, had pictures taken in a “50’s car”, learned how to blow a bubble with bubblegum, signed a graffiti wall, and had a hula hoop contest.
We ended the day with a Sock Hop in the gym. The Kindergarten teachers and students would like to give a big THANK YOU to all the parents and grandparents who donated their time, money, and talents to make the 50th Day of School Celebration a success!
The volunteers really went above and beyond, and made our 50th day amazing!

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Submitted by: HGES Kindergarten
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap High School Students Take Part in Congressional Simulation

Goal 1:To Continuously Improve Student Growth and Achievement: On Wednesday November 4, six high school students traveled to Bradley University to compete in the Congressional Insight Challenge.
Congressional Insight is a computer simulation of what’s it’s like to become and stay a Member of Congress. It is a fast-paced performance game that immerses students in the real world of a federal legislator. The simulation tests students’ decision making skills, resulting in re-election success of failure.
Julia Baila, Marc Slieman, Thomas Driscoll, Sean Whalen, Meredith Baldwin, and Gabe Sowards all participated. The students enjoyed the competition and discussion of the political during the simulation. Dunlap’s team was successful in getting re-elected.




Submitted by: Anne Snyder
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

School Board Members Day in Illinois

November 15 will mark the seventh official statewide observance of School Board Members Day in Illinois. This is the community’s opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to your local board of education and honor their commitment to providing a local voice for your education decisions.

School Board Members are your neighbors, friends, coworkers, parents and everything in between. They are also the front-line advocates fighting for quality education opportunities for every child.

Everyone understands that school board members attend meetings, but those hours represent just a fraction of the actual time that they devote to being an educational leader for the district. They attend extracurricular events to support schools. They participate in professional development opportunities to learn how to be better board members and gain insight into new ideas and policies. Often they are involved in other community events, representing themselves, their community, and their district. Many of these activities take them away from time that could be spent with their own family. Their sacrifices often times go overlooked, but their work is of utmost importance.

November 15, 2015 has been designated as School Board Members Day in Illinois. Help us join with others from throughout Illinois in saluting our local education heroes.


Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Ridgeview Celebrates “Socktober”!

A few years ago, Kid President started a nationwide sock drive to benefit the homeless community in our country during the month of October. This year, Ridgeview staff, students, and families held a sock drive during the month of October to benefit the homeless in the Peoria area. There is a huge need for socks for the homeless in our area, especially as the weather gets colder. Socks were collected throughout the month and taken to the Peoria Rescue Mission (a branch of Peoria Rescue Ministries). 760 pairs of socks were donated!!
Peoria Rescue Ministries serves about 100 people each night at their various branches, and the Ridgeview community was happy to help! We want to say a huge THANK YOU to the staff, students, and families that donated!

To learn more about Kid President and his vision for “Socktober”:

To learn more about Peoria Rescue Ministries:

Sock Drive

Submitted by: Megan Johnson
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent