Opportunity to Support Promise of Hope

Promise of Hope Collection

The Wilder-Waite staff is seeking gently used prom dresses, shoes, and accessories to donate for the Dream Center’s PROMise of Hope event. This event provides those who would not otherwise be able to afford to attend prom the opportunity to be matched with a personal shopper to help select a dress for them. Girls will also be able to choose accessories such as shoes, purses, jewelry, as well as makeup to accentuate their dress for the big dance. If you would like to make a donation, please drop it off at Wilder-Waite by the end of the day on February 12th.

Please contact Sarah Urbanc at surbanc@dunlapcusd.net if you have any questions.

Submitted by Stacy Berg
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Robotics State Competition

Our community is very fortunate to have a robust robotics program that has experience a great deal of success over the years. This year has been no different. At the FIRST Lego League State championship tournament we had 5 of our 8 Dunlap middle school teams compete. Of the 128 teams throughout the state Dunlap had five teams that won awards. It was an excellent recognition of core values, project research, presentation skills and mission table scores that our teams achieved during the past two weekends.

– Humans In Peaceful Pursuit of Intellectual Engineering Skills (HIPPIES) won 1st Place Champion’s Award.
– ‘Nicely Experienced Robot DesignerS’ (NERDS) won Team Spirit Award at Northern Championship (Elgin, IL)
– RoboThunder won Project – Research Award and Robot Performance Award – Third Place.
– The Future won Team Spirit Award.
– Robust Robots won Project – Research Award.
– Dunlap Decoders were in the top 20 table scoring teams.

The state recognized awards are:
Core Values – Inspiration Award: This award celebrates a team that is empowered by their FLL experience and displays extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit.

Project – Research Award: This award recognizes a team that utilizes diverse resources to formulate an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of the problem they have identified.

Team Spirit Award: This award recognizes the team displaying the greatest spirit and enthusiasm at the event. The Award winning team is selected by all teams attending the state tournament.

Robot Performance Award – Third Place: This award recognizes the teams with the highest table scores of all 4 table runs.

We have 40 middle schools students participating this year. Congratulations to you all and a big thank you to the coaches.

FLL State Chanpionship

Submitted by: Zac Chatterton
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

District-Wide Collaboration Creates Record Fundraising Success at DHS Annual Pack the Place Event

Parents, students, coaches, administrators, and school board members joined “forces” with the DHS Parents Club to support the annual Pack the Place event last Friday during the Dunlap vs. Pekin boys basketball games. Star Wars themed t-shirts, sold at all grade levels, promoted attendance for the game. The boys basketball and cheerleading teams also visited district schools to drum up excitement for the occasion.

Extracurricular teams donated awesome silent auction baskets, generating significant proceeds. The district superintendent, business and curriculum directors, superintendent’s secretary, and school board members also worked at the event. By selling raffle tickets, they raised a new record $1,400 jackpot for the 50/50 bucket!

Dozens of parents donated gift cards for the raffle drawings and worked alongside student volunteers selling t-shirts and food donated from local restaurants. Thank you for all your commitment to our students and school!

Special thanks to the very generous donations from food sponsors: Q’Doba, Little Caesar’s, and Maui Wowi, and business sponsors: Whitney & Associates, Double A’s, J.S. Whitson Dental, Nelson Chiropractic, Buffalo Wild Wings, Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, Great Clips and Better Prep Success. Thank you for your support!!!

Revenues raised provide funds for important academic and school enhancement needs beyond the district budget. The Parent’s Club has donated funds toward software, math and science equipment, iPads, additional trophy display cases, and the annual Junior ACT college admission testing due to the lack of Illinois State funding.

Go Eagles!!

Submitted by: Marli Meiss
DHS Parent’s Club President

Happy School Counseling Week!

National School Counseling Week 2016, “School Counseling: The Recipe for Success,” will be celebrated from Feb. 1-5, 2016, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February.

Today’s school counselors are vital members of the education team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career development, ensuring today’s students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow.

School counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today’s diverse student population. Elementary school counselors don’t work in isolation; rather they are integral to the total educational program. They provide proactive leadership that engages all stakeholders in the delivery of programs and services to help students achieve school success. Professional school counselors align with the school’s mission to support the academic achievement of all students as they prepare for the ever-changing world of the 21st century. This mission is accomplished through the design, development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive, developmental and systematic school counseling program.

Submitted by: Ali Bond
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Poverty Simulation

Staff members participated in a poverty simulation that was facilitated by Illinois Central College. The experience was designed to promote awareness and appreciation for those living in poverty. Staff members also learned more about the impact poverty has on children and what can be done in the classroom to provide support children living in poverty. All staff members began the simulation by being assigned to a family and each family member had a pre-determined role and living circumstances. The simulation was broken into four 15 minute increments that were each designed to simulate a one-week period of time. Family members had to manage a wide variety of life functions throughout the course of each week. These functions included going to school, accessing community agencies, getting groceries, finding public transportation, and much more.

Special thanks goes to our friends from ICC who helped to facilitate this meaningful activity for staff.

Poverty Simulation 2

Poverty Simulation 3

Poverty Simulation 4

Submitted by: Heather Bowman
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Qualified School Construction Bonds

I want to share with everyone that The Board of Education took action Wednesday night to approve the submission of an application to the State of Illinois for Qualified School Construction Bonds. This application could save our district millions of dollars; if our project is selected and it is completed. The following questions and answers should help explain what Qualified School Construction Bonds what it means to our district.

Question 1: What are Qualified School Construction Bonds?
Answer 1: Qualified School Construction Bonds (QSCB’s) are low to no interest bonds that can be sold and used for school construction projects.

Question 2: What construction project was the application submitted for?
Answer 2: The application was submitted for additions at Dunlap Valley Middle School. This project was chosen because it is the next construction project on our district’s list of needs because our middle schools are the next area where additional classroom space will be needed if our student population continues to grow as projected.

Question 3: Is this application a commitment by the Board of Education to build additions at Dunlap Valley Middle School?
Answer 3: No. Approval to submit the QSCB application was NOT a decision by the Board of Education to do additions at DVMS, but rather simply capturing the opportunity to save the district an estimated $3 million dollars in bond interest IF an addition at DVMS is determined to be needed. If the district is selected as one of the recipients, the Board of Education has 18 months to determine if the DVMS addition is needed and to sell the bonds for the project; once the recipients are notified. If the addition is not determined to be needed at DVMS within that timeframe, we simply do not sell the bonds.

Question 4: Is this application a commitment by the Board of Education to sell Qualified School Construction Bonds?
Answer4: No. Approval to submit the QSCB application was NOT a decision by the Board of Education to sell bonds, but rather simply capturing the opportunity to save the district an estimated $3 million in bond interest IF an addition at DVMS is determined to be needed. If the district is selected as one of the recipients, the Board of Education has 18 months to determine if the DVMS addition is needed and to sell the bonds for the project; once the recipients are notified. If the addition is not determined to be needed at DVMS within that timeframe, we simply do not sell the bonds.

Question 5: Did submitting this application Cost the District any money?
Answer 5: No.

The district’s administration and Board of Education are excited to take this opportunity to possibly save our district millions of dollars if the DVMS construction project is needed.

Submitted by: Karen Beverlin
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Teacher of the Year presents to Banner Elementary School and Dunlap Grade School Teachers

Banner Elementary and Dunlap Grade teachers were given the opportunity to learn from one of the best in the field of education during the January 4, 2016 School Improvement Day. Kim Thomas, Illinois State Board of Education’s Teacher of the Year, presented in an interactive workshop on math strategies and best practices. Mrs. Thomas was recognized for her laser sharp focus on instilling the love of math in her students. She embodies mathematics as her pedicure has math symbols and she drives a car with a math reference as her license plate! Her message focused on engaging students in math in every learning environment and aspect of their learning. She reiterated the importance of building relationships with students and parents alike as we build communities of learners in our schools. Teachers enjoyed participating in a variety of hands on math related activities, including;
• Math HeadBandz
• Banamathana
• Mathoflauge
• Namerea
• Face of Math
All the activities were constructed to engage learners in important math concepts tied to the Common Core and Illinois State Learning Standards with a focus on fun while learning. These activities related to district goals of continuously improving student growth and achievement by providing our teachers tools and methods for creating an environment of numeracy in their classroom and schools.






Submitted by: Mandy Ellis
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Hickory Grove Elementary School Kindergarten Community Project

During the month of December the HGES Kindergarten students learned about the importance of giving.
In class, we discussed how fortunate we are and how others may not be as fortunate. We also discussed how giving to others makes us feel special. We asked the students to complete chores at home.
We donated the money to 3 different charities near and dear to our kindergarten students this year. We donated to St. Jude in honor of a kindergartener fighting Leukemia. We donated to SNAP (Special needs assistance program) in honor of our students with autism, dyspraxia and other learning disabilities. And lastly, we donated to the juvenile diabetes society in honor of a student with type 1 diabetes.
Our goal in this endeavor was to provide our students with an opportunity to experience the reward of making someone else smile. HGES Kindergarten students raised $720 for these three charities.

check presentation

juvenile diabetes


Submitted by: HGES Kindergarten Team
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

8th Grade Lady Spartans Place 4th in State!

The 2015 8th grade girls’ basketball season was a special season! Congratulations to the 8th grade girls’ basketball team on their 4th place finish in the IESA class 3-A state tournament series. The girls defeated Hillsboro 34-27 in the first round to guarantee themselves a top four finish. The state tournament was played at Germantown Hills Middle School. The team finished the season with an overall record of 18-6, and their hard work and commitment was evident throughout the course of the season.
Congratulations 8th grade Lady Spartans and coaches on a great season!


8th Grade Girls Basketball



Submitted by: Antonio Johnson
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap Valley STEM Students Participate in the Hour of Code.

Goal 1:To Continuously Improve Student Growth and Achievement:
Our 7th grade STEM students are joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code.

To date this school year our 7th graders at Dunlap Valley Middle School have written nearly 250,000 thousand lines of Code. That amounts to almost 2000 lines of code per student. Although our students Code weekly, we wanted to celebrate during Computer Science Week and share our love of coding with the rest of the world.

Hour of Code Map

Submitted by: Vernon Pratt
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent