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Elementary Math Leadership Cadres

A team of teachers and administrators from across the District’s elementary schools are engaging in a series of mathematical leadership cadres at the Peoria Regional Office of Education’s Professional Development Center (PROE Center). The Leadership Cadre is intended to support conceptual understanding and best practices of the Common Core State Standards for teacher leaders who will serve as resident experts and support personnel within their schools. The first session is devoted to exploring Math Common Core Shift #1: Focus. Information and activities addressed specific content standard focus areas at each grade level for major, supporting, and additional skills. Instructional leaders also explored the Illinois State Board of Education math model curriculum.

Future dates will include work to address the other shifts in math. The three shifts in Common Core Math include Focus, Rigor and Coherence. The team will serve as teacher leaders and lead professional development opportunities in their respective buildings during District Professional Learning Community and School Improvement days.

Information and resources about the PROE center and Common Core Math can be found at http://www.theproecenter.info/math-foundational-services1.html

Submitted by: Mandy Ellis
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Interim Superintendent

2014 Ebola Epidemic Risk Low in Schools

Recently diagnosed Ebola cases in the United States have raised some concerns regarding the transmission of the virus.  Although the Ebola virus is a serious condition, it is only spread by direct contact with blood, secretions or other bodily fluids from an infected person. Therefore, the risk of contracting the virus in a school setting is extremely low. Currently, no Ebola cases have been reported in the State of Illinois.

The Dunlap School District is committed to providing a safe environment for all students, staff and visitors. By following the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, we will continuously  monitor the situation and will pass along any necessary information as it arises.  If you have questions about Ebola, please access the link below which will provide information regarding a 24-hour Ebola hotline and CDC fact sheets related to the virus.

www.ebola.illinois.gov

Submitted by: Amy Cranford and Michelle McDonald
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Interim Superintendent

Banner Elementary School Donates Over 2,300 Boxes of Macaroni to South Side Mission!

Goal 4: To ensure a satisfying and productive partnership with families and the community.   Banner Elementary School students and families donated 2,372 boxes of macaroni and cheese to support the South Side Mission.  The macaroni boxes were displayed in the foyer as a “mountain.”   Mrs. Winkelmann’s class donated the most boxes at 398!  Her class earned the reward of loading the South Side Mission truck.

Submitted by:  Greg Fairchild
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Interim Superintendent

Wilder-Waite Elementary School First Graders Experience One-Room School House

On September 17, first graders at Wilder-Waite Elementary School took a field trip to Princeville Heritage Museum to experience a one-room school house. The students enjoyed writing on chalk boards and observing artifacts from long ago.

Submitted: Angie Holmes
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Interim Superintendent

Ridgeview Elementary School Hosts International Fair

Ridgeview Elementary School recently hosted the annual International Fair, which helps celebrate the rich diversity of the students who attend Ridgeview.  The countries of India, Pakistan, China, Belgium, Italy, Mexico, Tanzania, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Sweden, Norway, United Kingdom, Brazil, Germany, and Haiti were represented at the Fair.  Upon entering the International Fair, students received a passport, and their goal was to visit each country represented to learn more about the cultures and traditions of each country.  Passports were stamped when students visited each country, and there were a wide variety of ethnic food and artifacts available for guests to enjoy.  Many of our students also demonstrated cultural dances that celebrated their country’s heritage.

Submitted by: Todd Jefferson

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Dr. Lisa Parker, Interim Superintendent

District Celebrates National School Bus Safety Week

Ensuring that more than 4,300 students in the Dunlap School District receive safe transportation to and from school every day is no small task. We are fortunate to have very dedicated and committed employees in our transportation department who put student safety first every day.

The Dunlap School District has joined the National Association for Pupil Transportation in calling attention to National School Bus Safety Week, which is October 20 – 24, 2014.

The bus driver plays an integral part in ensuring that the safety of our students comes first. I want to take this opportunity to thank each of our transportation employees for their continued service and dedication to our school district and the safety of our students. If you see a transportation employee this week, please take a moment to thank them for all that they do for our students.

Submitted by: Dr. Lisa Parker, Interim Superintendent

Wilder-Waite Elementary School Supports ALS Research and the Ice Bucket Challenge

To support the ALS Foundation’s Ice Bucket Challenge, Wilder-Waite students made donations, hoping to meet a school goal of $1000. Teacher Angie Holmes’ father was recently diagnosed with ALS, and Wilder-Waite students and staff came together to support their family and research for a cure. Each grade level that met their class goal saw their grade-level teacher or teachers receive the ice bucket at an all-school assembly. The Wildcats not only met their goal, but raised $2045 for the cause. Since the school-wide goal was exceeded, Mrs. Berg received an ice bucket (actually a large Rubbermaid tote!) as well.

Submitted by: Stacy Berg
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Interim Superintendent

Dunlap High School to Host Parent Forum on Drugs and Alcohol

Dunlap High School will host a Parent Forum on drugs and alcohol on Thursday, October 30 from 7:00 p.m. — 8:30 p.m. The following individuals will provide information and will be available for discussion:

Detective Chris Watkins, Peoria County Sheriff’s Department
Ms. Vicky Lewis of Dominion Diagnostics

Drug Flyer 2014-15

Submitted by: Tom Welsh
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Interim Superintendent

Dunlap School District Partners with GlassLab Games

Critical thinkers:  During the 2014-2015 school year, Dunlap School District has agreed to pilot an educational video game for a non-for profit company, GlassLab.

GlassLab creates and enables commercial-quality, high-impact digital learning games for young people by bringing together leaders in commercial games and experts in learning and assessment.  The organization represents a groundbreaking collaboration between Educational Testing Service, Electronic Arts, the Entertainment Software Association, Institute of Play, Pearson, Zynga.org, and others.  GlassLab is made possible through the generous support of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

All games are aligned with Common Core standards, and incorporate necessary 21st century skills, such as critical thinking and the ability to create a strong argument. The games come complete with online, real-time assessment.  Data collected within the game, played by the students, is relayed back to the teachers via the Playfully.org site. Teachers can use this information to help assess where students are in the learning process.

By utilizing the online assessment tools created by GlassLab, teachers can get a snapshot of which common core objective students have met, how well students are using subject content to solve problems, and what skills need to be worked on. It is an easy and fun way to engage students, either formally or informally.

In the months to come, teachers will have multiple games to choose from across at least five different content areas:  science, math, English language acquisition, social studies, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Last year, Dunlap Middle School students were featured on GlassLab’s launch video for SimCityEDU.  To learn more about GlassLab games, click on the following link:

http://glasslabgames.org/

GlassLab Games

Submitted by: Amy Stefanski

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Dr. Lisa Parker, Interim Superintendent

Dunlap Middle School Hosts Cross Country Invitational

Dunlap Middle School had the pleasure of hosting the annual DMS Cross Country Invitational on Friday, September 26.  There is a great deal of time and effort by many that goes into making this one of the hallmark regular season middle school cross country events of the year.  The city of Peoria generously made the nostalgic Detweiller Park cross country course available for this invite. Detweiller Park is the home of the IHSA state cross country finals.

This year’s invitational included 1900 runners participating from 49 different schools!  The geographic draw for this event reaches from Geneseo, to Edwardsville and Champaign, to the Quincy area.   One of the comments made by a newly participating school was, “The meet provided a wonderful opportunity to showcase the park and its unique place in Illinois cross country.” An event of this magnitude would not be possible without the help of many people.  A special thank you to the following: Dunlap Middle School and Dunlap Valley Middle School cross country coaches, ShaZam Racing, Running Central, IESA cross country officials, Dunlap Middle School Parents Club, Dunlap Middle School cross country parents, Dunlap High School cross country team, Mrs. Carrie Tilly and Mrs. Holly Creel.

2014 DMS Cross Country Invitational

Submitted by:  Zac Chatterton

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Dr. Lisa Parker, Interim Superintendent