Online Registration Now Open

Dunlap Community Unit School District #323 is excited to announce that all returning and new student registration for the 2017-2018 school year will be taking place online. This process replaces the paper forms previously sent home in the spring. Registration opened on Wednesday, March 29 and is due on or before Wednesday April 12. Follow the information listed below if you have children attending any Dunlap School for the 2017-2018 school year.

Returning Student Registration Information
• Snapcode sent via Infosnap
• Click the Complete Online Registration link below, enter your snapcode and register your child(ren)
www.dunlapcusd.net/registration
• Contact your school office if you need assistance or do not have internet access

New Student and Kindergarten Registration Information
• Call the school office to schedule an appointment to start the registration process
• You will need the following information to register:
o Original certified copy of your child’s birth certificate (no photocopies will be accepted)
o Three Proofs of Residency
o A current Illinois physical and dental and vision exam (by the first day of school)
o Students entering from out of state need a current Illinois physical and dental and vision exam
o Kindergarten student must be born on or before September 1st of 2012 to enroll in Kindergarten.

Submitted by: Heather Bowman
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Three students from HGES Advance to MathCON 2017 Competition Finals in the “Windy City”!

Hannah Rogers, Rohan Patkar, and Siri Ugru from Hickory Grove Elementary have qualified to compete in the National MathCON 2017 Finals. There were approximately 50,000 online round participants from across the country.

MathCON is a prestigious academic competition hosted by Concept Schools every year in Chicago during April.

Students nationwide from all types of schools, including home-schooled children, in the middle and upper grades compete across several mathematical disciplines: algebra, geometry, measurement, data analysis, number systems and pre-calculus. They take an online assessment to qualify and compete in the finals at the University of Illinois at Chicago going head to head—brain to brain.

Among the 576 finalists chosen were HGES students Hannah Rogers, Rohan Patkar, and Siri Ugru. In addition, Albert Han and Sidharth Chunduri are currently on the waitlist to attend the event. All five students from HGES scored in the 99% percentile.

Students from 43 states took the initial exam to qualify for MathCON. The day-long event will bring together both elementary and high school students to compete for various prizes and national prestige through various math questions and activities.

MathCON was created in 2008 by Concept Schools as a Midwest competition with just 125 participants, and has since grown to a national event. MathCON’s goal is to engage students in STEM outside of the classroom, and encourage more students to enter the STEM fields, which are currently some of the fastest-growing industries in the United States.

In addition to the finals testing, students at this year’s competition will enjoy a math comedy show, a pizza party with other participants, while also having the chance to play an array of STEM-related games. For a full agenda, visit mathcon.org.

Submitted by: Cheryl Wooden
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Spring Assessments

Spring is a busy season in education as many of your children will be taking different assessments. Recently, the state shared a letter with all Illinois public schools outlining the different assessments given throughout the state. You can find a copy of that letter attached to this blog. As the letter states, our goal in Dunlap, and throughout the state, is to use the data from these assessments to help us make decisions about our curriculum and instruction in the classroom. Our general district testing windows are also attached. Please contact your child’s school if you have questions about any specific testing dates.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_xdUQd7vKwhV1lWSUpkaWJWVms/view?usp=sharing

Submitted by: Heather Bowman
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

8th Grade Chess Spartans Place 3rd in State!

Dunlap Valley Middle School would like to recognize the 8th grade chess team on their 3rd place finish at the IESA State Chess Tournament. The team finished in 3rd place during the two day tournament held at the Peoria Civic Center on February 24 and 25 and has finished in the top four as a team each of the past three years.

The 8th grade team consisted of Grant B., Milind F., Aryan G., Nikolas G., Kushal M., Aayush S., and Abhinav V. All Dunlap Valley Middle School chess players played extremely well during the tournament racking up a total of 38 wins between the three grade levels and Milind, Aayush, Kushal, and Aryan earned individual bronze medals for their performances. Congratulations to all that competed for Dunlap Valley Middle School and to the 8th grade team on their great accomplishments at the IESA State Chess Tournament!
http://iesa.org/activities/chs/scoreboards/index.asp?Year=2017&Class=Single

Submitted by: Antonio Johnson
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Hickory Grove’s First Issue of Hawkeye Herald Released

Hickory Grove’s newspaper club released their first issue of the Hawkeye Herald on Friday, March 3rd.
The newspaper club consists of two sessions, Winter and Spring, of 4th and 5th grade students. The newspaper will cover events taking place within Hickory Grove Elementary, within the Dunlap School District, as well as national and world news that the students were interested in investigating and writing about. The winter session club gave a short presentation to inform the rest of their peers of the newspaper’s release.

Submitted by: Lindsay Ehnle
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Summer Camp Fair and Expo at Ridgeview

Looking for fun summer ideas for your kids this summer? Each spring, many parents find themselves looking for daycare options, week long camp options, sport activities, and academic enrichment options for the summer. With that in mind, the Ridgeview PTO is hosting our 1st Annual Summer Camp and Activities Fair. Come walk around and learn about ways to keep you kids busy and happy this summer. The summer will be here before we know it and many of these options are filled up by May!

Date:. Friday, March 10, 2017
Time: 6-8 pm
Location:. Ridgeview Elementary School
3903 W. Ridgeview Drive, Peoria IL
(Located next to the Golf Learning Center.)

Some of the confirmed vendors:

Right at School
Skill Sprout
North/South Foundation
Pearce (Chillicothe)
Running Central
Peoria Fencing
Clubs at River City
UCMAS (IL Math Academy)
Dunlap Swim
Jumpstart
Dunlap Rec Baseball and Softball
Sylvan
Elite Gymnastics
Riverfront
Peoria Family YMCA
Peoria Park District
Camp Good News
Great Oaks Camp
Jump simulation center at OSF(mini med school, STEM)

Please contact Abby Mahoney with any questions at abigailmahoney@gmail.com

Submitted by: Todd Jefferson
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

The Dunlap Education Foundation is Seeking a Director of Development

The Dunlap Education Foundation is a public, non-tax supported 501c3 deductible charity that exists solely to support Dunlap School District. The Director of Development will work with the Dunlap Education Foundation Board of Directors to plan, design, and implement a comprehensive fundraising plan for the newly formed Dunlap Education Foundation.

If you are interested in a part-time commission-based position with flexible hours please go to http://www.dunlapcusd.net/employment/ for a full job description and application materials.

Submitted by: Karen Beverlin
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

FBLA Celebrates FBLA-PBL Week

During the week of February 5-10, Dunlap High School FBLA members celebrated FBLA-PBL week. FBLA members were encouraged to publicize their activities, boost their membership, and gear up for spring events. To begin FBLA-PBL week, members were given a sheet of paper and wrote down their favorite experience about being in FBLA. They pinned it on the bulletin board in the hallway so other students could see why they enjoy being a part of a great organization. Dunlap FBLA also kicked off the week by selling coffee and other delicious drinks to staff and students in the mornings before school every day.

On Monday, members had the opportunity to watch the National Presidents’ Forum and participate in “Fight to the Finish” where ten states are recognized for their success in the Business Achievement Awards. On Tuesday, members also participated in “Each One, Reach One” Day, where members talk to community members and other students about their experiences with FBLA-PBL. On Wednesday, members dressed up in professional attire in honor of FBLA’s goal to produce outstanding business leaders and also celebrated Adviser Appreciation Day by showing their gratitude to their adviser, Mrs. Stancil. On Thursday, posters were put up around the school for advice on future careers. And lastly on Friday, members wore their chapter t-shirts for FBLA-PBL Spirit Day.

For more information about Dunlap’s FBLA program, please visit their website at http://dhsfbla.weebly.com/

Submitted by: Angie Stancil
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

7th Grade Boys Basketball Spartans Place 3rd in State!

Congratulations to the 7th grade boys’ basketball team on their 3rd place finish in the IESA Class 3-A state tournament series. The boys defeated Peotone 37-23 on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at Fieldcrest Junior High School to secure the 3rd place finish. The boys finished the season with an overall record of 25-3, and their hard work and commitment was evident throughout the course of the season. The 2017 seventh grade boys’ basketball season was a special one!

Congratulations 7th grade boys’ basketball Spartans!

Submitted by: Antonio Johnson
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Future Ready 1:1 Implementation

Last night the Board of Education approved the Future Ready 1:1 Implementation for the 2017-2018 school year. This means that next school year, all students in grades 4-8 will receive touchscreen chromebooks for classroom and home use.

The approved expenses allow the district to not only purchase devices for these students but to provide two instructional technology coaches and two technology support staff members. These instructional technology coaching positions will work with all our teachers to support classroom technology use and help with classroom instruction related to best practice. The technology support members will assist with student devices, and be able to close teacher and student helpdesk tickets and assist with tech needs including but not limited to changing projector bulbs, installing software, fixing devices and more.

We are appreciative of all community and staff members who have spent numerous hours piloting the 1:1 devices, serving on the 1:1 committee, serving on District Leadership Team and participating in technology professional development and then implementing in classrooms. A special thanks to our Board of Education for their support in this process. We look forward to the first year of this 1:1 implementation and continuing to carry out our mission, “Empowering all students to reach their individual potential.” This has been the focus of the 1:1 Future Ready Initiative from the start and we are excited to improve and prepare our students for their future.

Submitted by: Heather Bowman
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent