Dunlap Gives Back

Goal #4: To Ensure a Satisfying and Productive Partnership with Families and the Community:
I am thrilled to announce a new program implemented this school year.

in the Fall 2014 staff at Dunlap School District 323 filled out a basic need survey. This survey showed that staff was providing school supplies, food (breakfast items), clothing, hygiene products, and other items throughout the school year. It is our hope that this program will help students in need within our school district.

Dunlap Gives Back is designed to help students, guardians/parents, and teachers reach out for items that Dunlap students may need. The description and forms are accessible on the district website. This form can be found under resources. The direct link for staff and parents:

If you would like to donate the requested items, please check Dunlap’s Facebook page for the list of items. Please email dunlapgivesback@dunlapcusd.net the items you will be donating, so those items can be removed from the general list. Location for drop off is at Dunlap High School’s main office. Please do not drop off any items that are not on the requested list.

Please feel free to email dunlapgivesback@dunlapcusd.net with any questions, comments, or concerns.

Thank you,

Alyssa Hart

Submitted by: Alyssa Hart
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Alternative Energy Kits for STEM from Better Banks

Thank you to Better Banks for a donation to our STEM program allowing us to purchase five Snap Circuits Alternative Energy Kits as well as spare parts for the kits. With these kits our STEM students will have a new, fun, and educational way to explore and learn about many alternative energy technologies. They will have the opportunity to explore windmills, solar panels, and other green energy concepts. This will increase the students ability to learn through a hands-on approach in STEM class. Thanks again Better Banks.

Snap Circuit BB

Submitted by: Vernon Pratt
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap FBLA Attends Summer Leadership Conference

Goal 1:To Continuously Improve Student Growth and Achievement: What does the future hold? Who is going to lead us? Where will they get their training? Student officers from Dunlap High School were among students from all over Illinois who took part in the annual Summer Leadership Workshop for Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda at the Northfield Inn in Springfield, Illinois, July 22-24. FBLA-PBL is dedicated to providing students with the skills necessary to lead them into the future.

Patty Henrickson, Certified Speaking Professional from La Cross, Wisconsin; Louis Sharp, Owner of Sharp Skills in Island Lake, Illinois; and Sandra Bronson, Illinois FBLA State Adviser, 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, self-esteem, competitive events, and much more.

Students and advisers from Dunlap High School who participated in the workshop and planned the chapter’s program of work included Bruna Tavares, Gabe Sowards, Julia Tavares, and Sam 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.flba-pbl.org, www.fbla.gen.il.us, and www.il.fbla-pbl.org.


Submitted by: Angela Stancil
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap Art Teacher Featured in Published Book

Dunlap School District Art Teacher, Steve Wright, is a feature artist in the published book, If Picasso Went to the Zoo by Eric Gibbons. This book was conceived, written and illustrated by 50 art teachers from all over the world who share a passion for art history and teaching. Each teacher featured in the book, including Mr. Wright, has emulated an artist from history and includes an alliterative animal in a way that honors the work of that artist. By combining art, history, science and poetry, this book is a unique resource for inter-curricular teaching. A unique combination of art genres is used from Renaissance era to modern, which may bear little resemblance to zoo animals.
Mr. Wright’s contribution to the book features the Maria Martinez Moth ceramic.
Congratulations to Mr. Wright on this fantastic achievement.



Submitted by: Mandy Ellis
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Virtual Tour of Dunlap Middle School

So often community members, families visiting the area, and our parents want to see the school. This is rather difficult to do during the school day because of the disruption it causes within the classroom. Dunlap Middle School has been able to find a way to communicate the beautiful building and facilities we offer our students here in Dunlap. Please visit the DMS website and take an aerial tour and 3D virtual tour of the campus. www.dunlapcusd.net/dms


Submitted by: Zac Chatterton
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap High School Advanced Placement (AP) Scores Soar

Goal 1:To Continuously Improve Student Growth and Achievement: : Students taking Advanced Placement classes this past school year matched the highest overall scores in the school’s history, according to the College Board.

Students took a total of 417 exams last school year, which represents the highest number ever tested at Dunlap High School. Overall, 87 percent of the students earned a score of 3 or higher, exceeding both the state average of 66 percent and the global average of 66 percent.

AP classes are advanced classes that students attending the high school have the opportunity to take. The classes can be applied as college credits at a two-year or four-year college or university, effectively saving a student many hours of class time and saving the student and their family potentially thousands of dollars in tuition costs.

Beginning with the 2016-17 school year, Illinois colleges and universities must provide course credit to students who score at least a 3 on an AP exam, according to a bill signed into law this week by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Dunlap High School Senior Student Council Members work the St. Jude Telethon

Goal #4: To Ensure a Satisfying and Productive Partnership with Families and the Community: On Saturday August 1st, senior members of Student Council worked the St. Jude Teen Hour of the telethon. In their hour, they helped raise over $75,000 for St. Jude. Students who worked were: Madison Webb, Nick Xie, Mackenzie Passmore, and Mallory Reitz.



Submitted by: Anne Snyder
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap Grade School Supports St. Jude Dunlap to Peoria Run

Goal #4: To Ensure a Satisfying and Productive Partnership with Families and the Community: Dunlap Grade was the starting point for this year’s St. Jude Dunlap to Peoria Run. Over 100 runners raised $180,000 to support the kids of St. Jude. This year’s run included numerous DGS staff members and families. Mrs. Ellis, Mrs. Lanser and Mrs. Zarko were among the runners that ran in honor of two Dunlap Grade School students and all children affected by Childhood Cancer. Mrs. Kamin, Mrs. Donavan, Mrs. Weber and Mrs. Riekena teamed up to shake cans to collect donations on run day. In all, the run and telethon raised over $9,000,000 for St. Jude!






Submitted by: Mandy Ellis
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap School District Would Like to Thank Prospect United Methodist Church!

Prospect United Methodist Church is a great partner with Dunlap Grade School. They provide backpacks filled with school supplies for DGS families that need them. In addition, they are supplying $200 worth of snacks (granola bars, applesauce and cereal bars) that will be offered to students that may require additional nutritional supplements throughout the day.

Submitted by: Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

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