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Dunlap Community Unit School District #323

Dunlap School District Board Member Vacancy

Dunlap School District #323 is accepting applications to fill the Board Member vacancy resulting from the resignation of Mr. Bruce Hay. The individual selected will serve on the School Board from the date of appointment to the end of the unexpired term, which ends in April 2017.

The Dunlap School District’s mission is to empower all students to excel in a global society.

Applicants for the Board vacancy must be: a United States citizen, at least 18 years of age, a resident of Illinois and the District for at least one year immediately preceding the appointment, and a registered voter. Applicants must not be a child sex offender, must not hold another incompatible public office, and must not hold certain types of prohibited State or federal employment.

Applicants should show familiarity with the Board’s policies regarding general duties and responsibilities of a Board and a Board member, including fiduciary responsibilities, conflict of interest, ethics and gift ban. The Board’s policies are available at:

http://www.dunlapcusd.net/District/Pages/SchoolBoardPolicies.aspx.

Please submit letters of interest and resumes to Renata Tavares, Superintendent’s Secretary, by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 5 at 3020 Willow Knolls Rd., Peoria, IL 61614.

Dawn Bozeman
President, Board of Education
Dunlap Community Unit School District #323

Bruce Hay Resigns from the Board of Education

Bruce Hay resigned from the Board of Education Wednesday night after serving fourteen years on the Board. He dedicated countless hours to the school district and devoted his time and energy to serving the Dunlap School Community. His efforts are sincerely appreciated and we wish him and his family the best as they relocate to another area.

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Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Timely Meaningful Consultation with Parents and Schools Scheduled

Goal #4: To Ensure a Satisfying and Productive Partnership with Families and the Community: Parents of students attending private school within Dunlap’s boundaries or of home-schooled children are invited to attend a meeting on May 28, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the district office.

Ali Bond, Director of Student Services, will be facilitating the timely meaningful consultation with parents and schools. This meeting occurs annually as required by Illinois State Board of Education. At this meeting the following topics will be discussed: the proportionate share (dollar amount) allotted to serve students in private settings, Dunlap’s child find activities, a description of evaluation procedures, and a description of services offered.

Submitted by: Ali Bond
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap Middle School Students at Naturalization Ceremony

Goal 4: To ensure a satisfying and productive partnership with families and the community: On April 23, 2015, 12 Dunlap Middle School students were chosen to say the Pledge of Allegiance for Peoria’s largest naturalization ceremony. Nearly 600 people became citizens at this ceremony. The students were able to see the process of becoming a U.S. citizen, which was discussed in class during our Constitution Unit.

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Submitted by: Denise DeDecker
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

IHSA Fishing Sectionals

Goal 1:To Continuously Improve Student Growth and Achievement: On Friday, May 1st, Jacob Sarsfield, participated in the IHSA fishing sectional. He set a new Dunlap High School record for a fish turned in for a tournament with a 6.96 pound largemouth bass. His fish earned him the Big Bass Award for the sectional. Congratulations Jacob!

Jacob Sarsfield Fish

Submitted by: Tom Welsh
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Advanced Medical Transport helps fulfill a very important need.

Dunlap School District would like to thank Advanced Medical Transport for their generous donation of bags and first aid supplies for each of our schools! These materials will allow us to better provide treatment to our students if an injury would occur while at school.

Submitted by: Amy Cranford
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

RES Students Participate in Ponytails for a Purpose

Ridgeview Elementary School partnered with Five Senses Spa and Salon recently to host “Ponytails for a Purpose.” This event provided students with an opportunity to donate at least 8″ of their hair for the purpose of providing hair replacement for children with medically related hair loss. Over 300 children per year benefit from these hair donations. Maya Alger, Rachel Wilson, and Vaishali Padarthy all volunteered to have their hair cut in front of the entire student body during morning announcements. Special guest, Samantha Jones, was also in attendance and spoke to the students about positive impact this program has on children with medically related hair loss. As a child who has experienced medically related hair loss, Samantha’s story was an inspiration for our Ridgeview students. We would like to thank Maya, Rachel, and Vaishali for their giving spirit.

Submitted by: Todd Jefferson
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

School Nutrition Employee Week “Staff Appreciation Day”

Take time this week to thank all our dedicated hardworking Food Service Staff who prepare and serve thousands of healthy nutritious meals to all our students and staff. School nutrition employees must balance several roles and follow the numerous federal, state and local regulations ensuring safe and healthy meals are available. The Food Service Staff is passionate about the children and make the cafeterias a fun and welcoming place to come.

On May 7th We’re having our “Appreciation Day” to recognize and thank all the ladies for their hard work and continued dedication this school year.

They truly are the unsung hero’s and deserve a big “Thank You”!

Submitted by: Lisa Leitner
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap High School Student Wins 34th Annual Congressional Art Show

Goal #1: To Continuously Improve Student Growth and Achievement: Congratulations to Kiran D’Souza, a student at Dunlap High School, for winning the 34th Annual Congressional Art Show! Kiran’s pencil drawing will be on display in the Cannon Tunnel of U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. for the next year. In addition, Kiran received two tickets to Washington D.C. to attend the national awards ceremony. The Congressional Art Show will be on display at the Peoria Public Library through April 24th.

Submitted by: Tom Welsh
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Silver Apple Award

Each year the Illinois Education Association (IEA) honors individuals who exemplify IEA’s goal of, “promoting the welfare of education” with the Silver Apple Award. This year the Dunlap Education Association was proud to honor John Allison and Sarah Lueschow with this award. We congratulate John and Sarah and appreciate their dedication to our school district and are proud of them for this honor.

John was hired at Dunlap Middle School in 2000 to teach 6th grade math. In 2008, Dunlap Valley Middle School opened and John moved there to continue teaching math. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, John has coached high school tennis, baseball, and basketball and middle school baseball and basketball. John has loyally served the DEA in many ways over the years, including serving as a building representative and the DEA secretary. Currently John is serving his second term as co-president of the DEA. John has been married to Laura for 10 years. They have 2 children; Daniel, who is 7 and Charlotte who is 5.

As a veteran teacher with 21 years of service to Dunlap High School, Sarah has taught biology, earth science, and anatomy and physiology. She also teaches a night class at ICC. Over the past 12 years, Sarah has been active in the DEA, serving as a building representative, DEA secretary, and a negotiating team member. Sarah and her husband Kevin will celebrate 25 years together this spring. They have three children: Shilo (22), Jesse (20) and Drew (16). She enjoys working with livestock on her “mini” farm, reading and serving as a 4-H leader. She recently became involved with the local FFA Alumni group.

Congratulations Sarah and John!

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Submitted by: Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent