Assistive Technology and the Changing Face of Technology in Dunlap Schools

My name is Denise Jefferson, and I am the vision specialist for Dunlap School District. I took an assistive technology class at ISU this summer, SED 579 Advanced Assistive Technology for Special Education. I have included some information below to make educational materials more accessible. I also have a specific Canvas page with resources that explains how increasing universal design for learning can enhance assistive technology. It includes a very valuable document called the National Ed Tech Plan. Another resource within Canvas is a module which includes some short videos defining UDL and AT. I also plan on updating tutorials throughout the year demonstrating different AT resources that are available in our district. If you are interested in learning more about these resources, please contact me at djefferson@dunlapcusd.net.

Submitted by: Denise Jefferson
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

DHS Co-op Student Achieves Highest Score on the Job

Nash, a senior student in the Cooperative Education program at Dunlap High School, scored a 100% on his work performance at the Peoria Hy-Vee on Sheridan Road. A “secret shop” took place on September 6, 2017 where he was unaware of being evaluated. Working the cash register, Nash initiated a friendly verbal acknowledgment with a smile and asked the customer if they found everything they were looking for. He asked the customer if she had a fuel saver card and let her know the total due. Nash then thanked the customer and gave change back in the proper way. The secret shopper said, “Nash greeted me with a smile and was very friendly. He asked the right questions and gave me my total. He then handed me the receipt and thanked me.” Some of Nash’s duties include working the front end of the store and helping stock shelves.

Nash will receive a gift card from Hy-Vee for his performance. Congratulations Nash!

Submitted by: Angie Stancil
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Chromebook Handbook Sign-Off

Parents of 4th-8th grade students,
Please remember to turn in your signed Chromebook Handbook forms in order for your child to receive their chromebook on their distribution date. There will be forms available at the Back to School Nights next week Monday, August 21 (K-5 buildings) and Tuesday, August 22 (middle schools). You can view the entire Chromebook Handbook by clicking here. Our instructional technology coaches and technology department are hard at work making sure these devices are ready to go for your children next week.

Submitted by: Heather Bowman
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Curriculum Specialist Welcome

We are pleased to announce the addition of Kathryn Jennings, Curriculum Specialist.
Kathryn is from Abingdon, Illinois, and she just completed her ninth year of teaching. Katie’s husband of nine years is Greg Jennings, a Knox County Sheriff’s Department K9 Deputy, and they have three children: son, Collin (7); son, Connor (5); and daughter, Camdyn (3). They enjoy watching their children play sports, tumble, and chase after their dog, K9 Edo.
Her experience spans preschool through 12th grade. She began teaching in 2008 at ROWVA High School as an English teacher. After three years, she accepted a position at Monmouth-Roseville as a Literacy Coach/ High School Reading Specialist. In 2012, she earned a Master’s of Science in Education with her Reading Specialist certification. After two years at Monmouth-Roseville, she accepted a position in her hometown of Avon, Illinois, teaching K-12 Title and developing the RTI program for Avon Elementary and Abingdon-Avon Middle School. After two years, she was asked to transfer to the high school as an English teacher and taught in that position for two years. While teaching English in the high school, she returned to Western Illinois University to complete her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.
We are excited to have Kathryn join the Dunlap team!

Submitted by: Heather Bowman
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Future Ready 1:1 Preparations

The technology department has been hard at work this summer preparing for our Future Ready 1:1 deployment of Chromebooks for grades 4-8 this fall. All Chromebooks have been delivered and are currently being set up and inventoried for student use.

Teachers have also been preparing for August, attending summer professional learning and preparing student content on Canvas, our learning management system. Parents will receive information on how to access Canvas in the fall at device deployment time.

As a reminder, there will be information meetings in August for all parents of 4-8th grade students. In order for your child to receive their Chromebook at the start of the school year, parents need to attend one of these meetings to sign off the Chromebook handbook. You need not attend a meeting at your child’s home school and if you have more than one child in grades 4-8, you only need to attend one meeting.

If you have further questions, feel free to contact Heather Bowman, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, or your building principal.

Submitted by: Heather Bowman
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

DHS Summer School

Our first session of summer school at Dunlap High School concluded a week ago. This was the first year the District offered summer school courses to allow students the option to complete a course outside of the regular school year. Students who were interested had the choice between software applications and civics. They attended class each morning from eight to noon for a three week period. There is a second session of software applications that started July 10.
We look forward to expanding this program and adding additional courses next summer.

Submitted by: Heather Bowman
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap Educational Foundation Fundraising Opportunity

Want to help Dunlap students and educational programs? New to the District this past year was the creation of an educational foundation for our students. The Dunlap Educational Foundation is a non-taxing 501c3 charitable organization whose sole purpose is to develop resources to enhance the educational programs in our schools. One of the fundraising efforts is through “The Amazon Smile Foundation”. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from any eligible Amazon Smile purchase to our Dunlap Educational Foundation. Tens of millions of products are eligible for donations. You will see products marked “Eligible for Amazon Smile donation” on their smile.amazon.com product detail pages. Simply click on this link directly https://smile.amazon.com/ch/81-3049286 or go to smile.amazon.com and choose “Dunlap Educational Foundation” as your charity of choice. Money raised through the Dunlap Educational Foundation will go directly to support more opportunities for Dunlap students and staff.

Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

District Title I Plan

Compliance with new legislation put forth by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires that each school district which holds a Title I program to create a new Title I Plan following a template provided by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). This plan was created in conjunction with teachers, paraprofessionals, Title I administration, as well as feedback from Title I parent meetings and parent surveys throughout the school year. The plan, posted here, is up for comment/questions until 6/19/17. Any staff or community member wishing to make comment or ask questions is encouraged contact me at hbowman@dunlapcusd.net or contact me by phone at (309) 691-3955. This plan will go before the Board of Education for consideration on 6/21/2017 after which time it will be sent to ISBE. The submission of this plan then allows our district to complete our annual Title application process. The federal money the district receives from Title I provides the services of paraprofessionals for interventions in our Title I buildings as well as some of our professional development and intervention resources.

Submitted by: Heather Bowman
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap High School Student Recognized by ISBE

DHS Sophomore, Riley Moran, was recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service.
Riley was one of four students recently named as recipients for the 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. Riley spent his time organizing projects and volunteering his time at Neighborhood House.
We are very proud of Riley and his contributions to our community!

Submitted by: Scott Adreon
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent