2016 Illinois FBLA-PBL Summer Leadership Workshop

What does the future hold? Who is going to lead us? Where will they get their training? Students from Dunlap High School were among students from all over Illinois who took part in the fortieth annual Summer Leadership Workshop for Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda at the Northfield Inn in Springfield, Illinois, July 20-22. FBLA-PBL is dedicated to providing students with the skills necessary to lead them into the future. The theme of the workshop was “A Legacy of Leadership” which is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the FBLA-PBL association: 1942-2017.

Patty Hendrickson, Certified Speaking Professional from La Crosse, Wisconsin, Louie Sharp, Owner of Sharp Skills in Island Lake, Illinois, and Sandra Bronson, Illinois FBLA State Adviser from Decatur, helped students strengthen their leadership skills, practice team building, and develop characteristics valuable in the world of work. Workshops included information on benefits of being an FBLA-PBL member, running for office, time management, competitive events, and much more.

Julia Tavares said, “Having it been my second year at SLW, I couldn’t wait to see it affect other people as much as it had affected me. Last year, my life changed at SLW. I learned so much, grew so much, and found a passion for a wonderful organization. This year, I saw other members grow and come out of their shell. It was the most amazing thing ever.” Hanifah Ali also added her insight on the experience – “SLW connected with me on a personal level. It showed me that I can put myself out there, that I can create change, and most importantly, that I can be a leader for our generation. I learned lifelong skills, made lifelong friends, and I gained lifelong memories. I truly believe that SLW and FBLA have positively impacted me and have pushed me in the right direction.” “At SLW I learned a lot about what FBLA really is. I learned that it is about leadership and being able to communicate with those around you and not having any fear of speaking. I hope to use these skills in not just my own chapter but my own life as well,” said Imadh Khan. Sam Royce said, “SLW is a place where I have learned to be courageous and have more outlandish dreams than I had before. It gave me the chance to have a voice and everyone listened. I learned what leadership is, how to wield it, and where it will take me in life.” Zach Stroup stated that “During SLW, I learned that one person’s actions can furnace others to dream more and do more. I learned that being a leader isn’t always about leading from the front, it’s about being able to lead from behind when that time comes. So this year, my goal is to implement what I learned at SLW to not only grow as a person, but as a chapter as well.” Molly Royce shared how the experience impacted her by saying, “SLW really showed me that if you work together, anything can be accomplished in a short amount of time. It really made me step out of my comfort zone, and because of that, I feel that I have grown as a leader.” Lastly, Himani Suthar stated that “SLW was a great experience, as it not only helped me develop my leadership skills, but also allowed me to meet other FBLA students from Illinois and share new ideas with them. I am very grate to have participated in this interactive workshop.”

Students and advisers from Dunlap High School who participated in the workshop and planned the chapter’s program of work included Angela Stancil, Adviser, Bruna Tavares, Chapter President, Julia Tavares, Chapter Vice President, Hanifah Ali, Chapter Secretary, Imadh Khan, Chapter Treasurer, Samuel Royce, Chapter Reporter, Himani Suthar, Member, Molly Royce, Member, and Zachary Stroup, Member. Aspiring Business Leader Scholarships were won by Julia Tavares, Ali, Khan, and Royce.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) is a nonprofit education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, outside Washington, D.C. For more information about FBLA-PBL visit the following websites: www.fbla-pbl.org and www.fbla.gen.il.us,.



Submitted by: DHS FBLA
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Congratulations to Kristen Bishop!

Congratulations to Kristen Bishop, who is a paraprofessional at Dunlap Grade School. Kristen will receive the Those Who Excel Education Award sponsored by the Illinois State Board of Education in October. The State Board annually bestows three levels of honor at its awards banquet: The Award of Excellence, the Award of Merit and the Award of Recognition.

Kristen has worked for us for 5 years and we are fortunate to have such a dedicated employee be recognized by the State Board. We are proud of the work she does at Dunlap Grade School and her ability to always put students first in her daily tasks. Congratulations Kristen!


Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap Grade School Establishes Little Free Library

I’ve been heavily influenced by many readers in my life, but none more than Regie Routman and Donalyn Miller. These two women have shaped and modeled my philosophy of reading instruction and I’ve been empowered by their insights and foresight into developing a love of reading in our students. As I participated in some intense professional learning centered on the beliefs of Regie Routman, one question was posed in her text, “Does your learning environment mirror your instructional philosophy and beliefs about literacy instruction?”

You will hear many educators tell you about the importance of reading and literacy, but it is important that the environment and the culture support that. It is the adage, “Put your money where your mouth is.” That being said, I have been intentional about creating an environment that supports literacy. It is not a surprise to see teachers post and update signs by their doors sharing what they’re reading, small little library bins hanging among the hallway walls, bookshelves of books in the cafeteria for students to access after they eat, bookshelves in the foyer for children to access at dismissal time while they wait for their rides, or reading nooks in the hallways at DGS. The focus is to provide students easy access to books with no strings attached.

Lining the building with books in nooks, cracks, and corners specifically communicates that reading IS important and that we VALUE it in all areas of our lives. As a main goal in our strategic plan, we strive to “develop a culture of readers.” Test scores are important and indicative of our successes as educators, but what I strive to see more is a student pick up a book without prompting or light up at the release of a new title or share a book recommendation with a classmate, not because they are required to, but because they are developing a love of reading.

That being said, our duties as educators aren’t to only educate and promote our love of reading within our school walls, but extend it outside our school walls. Introducing, the DGS Free Little Library! Developing readers at DGS is just part of the mission of public education. We also want to do our part to foster literacy in our neighborhoods and community. As of June 2016, there are nearly 40,000 registered Little Free Libraries in all 50 states and 70 countries. Please see the map for more information! Our Little Free Library is a destination for our students and community members to stop, browse, and borrow a book! It’s a destination that promotes our philosophy of reading instruction and spreads our culture of reading outside our school walls.

If you are a parent or community member, We hope you visit our Little Free Library and choose a book to curl up with our share with a friend or child. If you are an administrator or educator reading this, please consider asking yourself the question, “does your learning environment truly promote your reading philosophy?” When you look around your school building, what artifacts do you see that support your claims or intentions? Are there areas that you can bolster to build stronger readers that not only excel on assessments, but truly love reading? Students and children need to see adults as readers in their lives. So share books. Share your love of reading and spread the love with your studentsPrint!





Submitted by: Mandy Ellis
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Notification of Destruction of Special Education Files

Special education students who graduated from Dunlap with birth dates of August 1992 through July 30, 1993, may obtain their special education file from Dunlap. Please contact Lindsey Wilkerson, Dunlap Student Services Records Department at 309-243-8655 to schedule an appointment to pick up your file.

Special education records must be picked up no later than September 30, 2016. After September 30, 2016, your special education records will be destroyed.

If you have any questions, please contact Lindsey Wilkerson, Dunlap Student Services Secretary.

Submitted by: Ali Bond
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

HOBY Illinois Central South Leadership Seminar

From June 9-June 12, four Dunlap High School sophomores attended HOBY Illinois Central South Leadership Seminar.

HOBY (Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership) is an international organization founded by Hugh O’Brian in 1958. Every year, Dunlap High School selects a few sophomores (to be juniors) to attend the Illinois Central South Leadership Seminar; and every year, those sophomores come back from what is commonly known as a “life-changing experience.”

This summer, sophomores Ayah Aldadah, Huda Aldadah, Bruna Tavares, Julia Tavares, and Franny Verville attended the four day seminar. Throughout the four days, the 160 student ambassadors from all over Illinois learn and grow as leaders. Ambassadors participate in team-building activities, listen to inspiring keynote speakers, create service projects, and make friendships that will last a lifetime.

Whether the students are selling lemonade to help fight childhood cancer or learning with and from each other, they enjoy every moment of it.

Students describe the experience as “truly life-changing” and say that “it’s hard to explain how OUTSTANDING it is.”



Submitted by: Julia Tavares
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Donors Choose Award

Hickory Grove Elementary School would like to recognize Mrs. Workheiser for receiving a Donors Choose Award in the amount of $426.79. The money will be used to purchase sensory items for her 1st grade classroom. You can read more about this special project at www.donorschoose.org/Mrs.Workheiser. Congratulations Mrs. Workheiser! We appreciate your extra effort to seek out additional resources to enhance your classroom.

1W Picture

Submitted by: Jeremy Etnyre
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Livin’ the Dream T-shirts

The Dunlap Middle School Life Skills and Instructional classes began a new journey this school year with the start up of their new fundraiser, making custom t-shirts. The two classes wanted a way to earn money for their classes to help fund trips in to the community, for Panther Pals activities, for classroom projects, and for their newest endeavor, the Panther Pals garden.
The DMS Life Skills and Instructional classes teach students with moderate to severe disabilities including learning disabilities, Autism, intellectual disabilities, and Other Health Impairments. The process starts with Mrs. Steffen and Mrs. Windsor designing a custom t-shirt design for the activity/club/sports team and then the transfers are sent to the school. The teachers order blank t-shirts, and then the t-shirt making commences. The students are very active in the making of each t-shirt. From the beginning, they sort and count the t-shirts to make sure all are accounted for. Next, the teacher will prep the t-shirt and transfer and then the student will press the transfer onto the t-shirt by using a hot t-shirt press. Another student will peel off the paper and then there is the finished t-shirt. Another student will fold the t-shirt to be put in a box to be ready for delivery.
The students thoroughly enjoy making the t-shirts. So far this school year we have made over 800 t-shirts for 16 different clubs, activities, and sports teams. We have made t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, performance shirts, and sweatshirts.


Submitted by: Shannon Steffen and Amy Windsor
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

DMS 6th Grade Culture Fest 2016

On Friday, May 20, Dunlap Middle School 6th Graders celebrated their cultural heritage with Culture Fest 2016. Students identified their closest (most recent) immigrant relative and their country of origin. Although students have unlimited information at their fingertips, we encouraged students to speak to their parents and especially their grandparents. It was no surprise that students found that parents and grandparents are great untapped resources of history!
Culture Fest 2016 kicked off with a presentation by Jimmy LaKota and the Eagle Ridge Singers. The Native American song and dance performance culminated with nearly 50 students joining Jimmy LaKota onstage for a Friendship Dance. A fashion show followed with students showcasing traditional clothing from their culture. Then the real fun began! The Dunlap Middle School Culture Fest Bazaar featured displays from 49 different countries. Nearly 100 artifacts were on exhibit and over 75 different types of food were sampled including gelabi, heidesand, pufuletis, and dulce de leche. DMS 6th grade families speak over 40 different languages and Romanian, Arabic, Hindi, and even Ebo was heard at Culture Fest 2016. What an awesome day for the 6th graders!!!


JL 2016

Submitted by Tim Noonen
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

1:1 Technology

At the may board meeting, the 1:1 Technology Committee presented on information gathered from our spring 2016 pilot and a 1:1 roll out plan for our district starting in in the 2017-2018 school year. If you are interested in this presentation, you can view it in the link below. There is also a 1:1 Implementation website that has a wealth of information on this topic. This link is also listed below. Finally, we have created a video to share with you on some of the perceptions of 1:1 technology at the elementary level. Please take a moment to watch and see what second grade teacher, Stefanie Pitzer, and her students have to say about their experiences. We will have another video to share on secondary perspectives next week.

1:1 Initiative Presentation 5-17-16

1:1 Implementation Website

1:1 Technology Video

Submitted by: Heather Bowman
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Ridgeview Gives Back

The students of the Ridgeview Elementary Student Leadership Team wanted to do something to make a big impact on the community before moving on to Dunlap Valley Middle School. After much discussion and consideration, students decided they could have the largest impact on the Dunlap Community by contributing to the Dunlap Gives Back Program. Dunlap Gives Back is a program to help families in need with school supplies, hygiene products, food, clothing, and more. The program is funded by people within the Dunlap Community.
Our students decided on a goal of collecting 2,000 toiletry items for the Dunlap Gives Back Program. They called their collection Ridgeview Gives Back. Students at Ridgeview Elementary School brought in WELL over 2,000 items! Mrs. Knapp’s 2nd grade class was our winning classroom with the most items donated. These second graders brought in 255 items! To celebrate, they received a pizza party with the principal. We are so proud of our students’ contributions. We are especially thankful to our members of the Student Leadership Team for organizing and planning such a great event. These 5th graders will truly be missed as they move to Dunlap Valley!




Submitted by: Jen Dando
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent