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Dunlap Community Unit School District #323

Superintendent Search – We’d Like Your Input!

Dear District Staff and Community Members:

The Dunlap Community Unit School District No. 323 Board of Education has begun the search process for a new superintendent.  We have selected SCHOOL EXEC CONNECT, an educational search firm, to assist us in this process.

We are interested in receiving your input about the new superintendent.  We would appreciate it if you would take about five minutes to fill out an online survey, which will be available from October 3rd – 17th, 2014; please check the District website on October 3rd for the survey link, which can be accessed by clicking on “Superintendent Search Information” from the home page of the website.

In addition to the survey, if you would like to provide input on the district’s strengths, the district’s challenges, and the characteristics the next superintendent should possess, SCHOOL EXEC CONNECT consultants invite you to attend one of the open forums listed below.

District Staff Members

Wednesday, October 1st from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. in the Dunlap Middle School Commons

Dunlap Community Members

Wednesday, October 1st from 5:00 – 6:15 p.m. in the Dunlap Middle School Commons

Findings from the survey, the open forums, and several focus group conversations will be reported to the Board on October 22nd.

As we move forward, our most important consideration is securing the strongest candidate pool and ultimately the best person to lead our District.  We plan that all those involved in the search will hold candidate names confidential throughout the process.  One or two Staff/Community Committees will be invited to interview the final three candidates and share their feedback to the Board of Education.

The Board of Education looks forward to your support and assistance with this very important undertaking.  Please feel free to contact the consultants assisting us if you have any questions or comments regarding the search:  Dr. Linda Hanson, Dr. Robert Hanson, or Ms. Diane Robertson

We look forward to your input as we search for a new superintendent to lead Dunlap Community Unit School District No. 323.


Ms. Amy Fairfield Doering
President, Board of Education
Dunlap Community Unit School District No. 323



Dunlap High School to Hold Phase II Construction Project Open House

The Board of Education and Dunlap High School Administration and Staff invite you to attend an Open House for the official opening of the Dunlap High School Phase 2 Construction Project.  Dunlap High School will be open on Wednesday, September 17 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  Tours will be given by Student Council members and refreshments served by the Dunlap High School Parents Club.

Submitted by:  Dr. Lisa Parker, Interim Superintendent

Dunlap High School Marching Band Completes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and Raises over $1,000!

In response to a challenge issued by Jeff Neavor and the Morton High School marching band, the Dunlap High School Varsity marching band completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  In turn, the Dunlap High School Varsity marching band challenged Andy Empey and the Limestone High School marching band.

“ALS” stands for “amyotrophic lateral sclerosis”, often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  With student donations and matching donations from the Directors, over $1,000 was raised for ALS research.

To view the challenge, visit the following link:

Submitted by:  Jason Shea


Dr. Lisa Parker, Interim Superintendent

Dunlap High School Booster Club Purchases New Scoreboard

The Dunlap High School Booster Club purchased a new scoreboard for the high school gymnasium. They are excited for the installation to occur in the next couple of weeks, as the new scoreboard will have updated LED digital sides with player numbers, points, and fouls. Stats can also be displayed for volleyball. Other features include real-time streaming, with scores being made accessible by a mobile device. The scoreboard also improves appearance and visibility for spectators, reduces maintenance time and costs, and reduces power consumption.

The scoreboard was purchased from The Nevco Company, at a cost of $56,000. The Booster Club was able to purchase the new scoreboard with several sponsorships, which will be displayed on the scoreboard permanently and through the new digital screen, and with pre-existing funds.

We are excited for our athletes and fans at Dunlap High School!


Submitted by: Greg Crider

Dr. Lisa Parker, Interim Superintendent

English-as-a-Second-Language Summer School 2014 – Another Successful Year

Goal 1:  To continuously improve student growth and achievement.  July 31st was a bittersweet day for 32 elementary English language learners who said “Goodbye” to their English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) teachers:  Stacey Combs, Jessica Nauman, Tetyana Ovsienko, Genia Workheiser, and a new ESL teacher in the District, Katie Pintozzi.  ESL students enjoyed coming to ESL summer school, which was housed at Ridgeview Elementary School, to improve their English language through reading, writing, and vocabulary development activities.

While younger English learners explored topics such as the beach, wild and domestic animals, and back to school, the older participants learned about the United States.  The students even authored a book called Me on the Map, which included their family tree, created with the assistance of their parents.

Students were assessed weekly, and the teachers were very pleased with the growth progress throughout the program.  It was another successful year for ESL summer school!

Submitted by:  Teytana Ovsienko


Dr. Lisa Parker, Interim Superintendent

Alaina Potts Named to USA Swimming Scholastic All American Team

Senior Alaina Potts has been selected to the 2013-2014 USA Swimming Scholastic All American Team. Her selection was based on her grade point average, ACT score, and her qualifying times. Alaina currently holds Dunlap High School swimming records in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 200 medley relay, and 400 free relay. She was a medalist last season at the IHSA state swim meet, placing 9th in the 100 breaststroke. Congratulations, Alaina!


Submitted by: Dr. Lisa Parker, Interim Superintendent

New and Exciting Changes in Food Service

The food service department would like to welcome back all of our students, parents and staff to some new and exciting changes.

One big change this year is that the high school students will have a brand new beautiful kitchen and cafeteria to explore.  New menu options include homestyle-served food, fast-track grab-and-go food items, a sub station with made-to-order cold sandwiches, a salad bar, a la carte items, and more. The cafeteria is now a one-stop shop for students.

On July 1, 2014, the USDA implemented nutrition standards for all food and beverages sold in schools (Smart Snacks). These new regulations will impact all food and beverages sold to students on the school campus during the school day, limiting junk foods. This will impact everything sold a la carte in the cafeteria, school stores, snack bars, vending machines, and through fundraising. An overview of the new regulations will be posted online under “Lunch Menus”.  Students may not see some of their favorite foods sold a la carte this year, but they will see healthier food options.

Also new and exciting this year are healthy vending machines at our high school and middle schools.  These vending machines will be available during school hours and lunch periods. Everything sold in the machines is a healthier option, replacing a lot of the high-calorie, fat, sugar and sodium foods that are normally in vending machines.

We’re also trying something new on the lunch menu beginning August 25th, offering a meatless garden chef salad that’s available as a complete meal with or without milk at the middle and elementary schools. The chef salad gives students that may have dietary restrictions another option.  Elementary school children who would like a garden chef salad for lunch must inform their teacher during the morning lunch counts. The cafeteria staff will only make the number of garden chef salads that have been pre-ordered.  Elementary schools will have 8-oz bottled waters available for purchase at a price of $.60 each during lunch. The bottled water is considered an a la carte item and cannot be substituted for milk.  Since middle schools don’t take lunch counts, those students will be on a first-come, first-served basis for the garden chef salads.

With all of the changes this year, the cafeteria staff is excited to come back and start a new year of healthy, nutritious and delicious meals for the students!

Submitted by:  Lisa Leitner


Dr. Lisa Parker, Interim Superintendent

Dunlap School District Opens School to 4,301 Students!

The Dunlap School Community will empower all students to excel in a global society. Yesterday marked the first day of student attendance for the 2014-15 school year, and it was a success! We welcomed 4,301 students to Dunlap. The students were excited to be back to see their friends and teachers, and smiled with anticipation about what the new year has in store for them. Students spent time learning how to open lockers, how the cafeteria works, about bus departure and arrival, specific classroom rules, etc. Our teachers have spent numerous hours in preparation for today, and the classrooms looked fantastic. Welcome back to all of our students and staff. We think this will be the best year yet!

Submitted by:  Dr. Lisa Parker, Interim Superintendent

Dunlap Staff Returns for the 2014-2015 School Year

The staff for the Dunlap School District enjoyed a complimentary breakfast from Commerce Bank on Wednesday, August 13, as they returned for the 2014-2015 school year.  This was followed by a welcome and messages from Board President Amy Fairfield Doering and Interim Superintendent, Dr. Lisa Parker.  The K-5 elementary teachers then engaged in professional development that was focused on learning about improving instruction of the common core state standards and continuing development of their understanding of the PARCC assessment. Leading the professional development was Cindy Dollman, Assistant Regional Superintendent of the Peoria Regional Office of Education. Cindy led teachers through various activities to deepen their understanding of the shifts in the common core standards. Teachers worked in grade-level teams to analyze lesson plans and activities using the Equip Rubric to determine quality of the lesson. This professional development afternoon was hosted by Hickory Grove Elementary School.

Other staff were involved in training, such as learning more about the Next Generation Science Standards at the middle school level, participating in department-level meetings, learning information about students with diabetes, and preparing for the possibility of a student having a seizure.

We are looking forward to the students returning on Friday, August 15!

Submitted by:  Dr. Lisa Parker, Interim Superintendent

Dunlap High School Fall Tryouts

Dunlap High School Early Fall Practice Schedules – 2014

All levels begin on Monday, August 11th from 7:30-10:30 and will meet at Dunlap High School stadium.

Cross Country:
Will meet for practice at 3:30 pm on Wednesday, August 13th in front of Dunlap High School stadium.

Girls and Boys Golf:
Will meet on Wednesday, August 13th at 6:00 am and Thursday, August 14th at 7:00 am at Kellogg Golf Course .

Girls Tennis:
Will meet from 4-6 pm on Wednesday, August 13th and Thursday, August 14th at Dunlap High School tennis courts behind Dunlap Middle School.

Girls Swimming:
Will meet on Wednesday, August 13th from 8-10 am and 4-6 pm at Dunlap High School pool.

Boys Soccer:
Will meet on Wednesday, August 13th, Thursday, August 14th, and Friday, August 15th from 4-6 pm at the new soccer complex at Dunlap Valley Middle School.

Will meet on Wednesday, August 13th and Thursday, August 14th from 9 am-12 pm and 5-8 pm in the main gym of Dunlap High School.

Submitted by: Greg Crider

Dr. Lisa Parker, Interim Superintendent