The Dunlap Education Foundation is Seeking a Director of Development

The Dunlap Education Foundation is a public, non-tax supported 501c3 deductible charity that exists solely to support Dunlap School District. The Director of Development will work with the Dunlap Education Foundation Board of Directors to plan, design, and implement a comprehensive fundraising plan for the newly formed Dunlap Education Foundation.

If you are interested in a part-time commission-based position with flexible hours please go to for a full job description and application materials.

Submitted by: Karen Beverlin
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

FBLA Celebrates FBLA-PBL Week

During the week of February 5-10, Dunlap High School FBLA members celebrated FBLA-PBL week. FBLA members were encouraged to publicize their activities, boost their membership, and gear up for spring events. To begin FBLA-PBL week, members were given a sheet of paper and wrote down their favorite experience about being in FBLA. They pinned it on the bulletin board in the hallway so other students could see why they enjoy being a part of a great organization. Dunlap FBLA also kicked off the week by selling coffee and other delicious drinks to staff and students in the mornings before school every day.

On Monday, members had the opportunity to watch the National Presidents’ Forum and participate in “Fight to the Finish” where ten states are recognized for their success in the Business Achievement Awards. On Tuesday, members also participated in “Each One, Reach One” Day, where members talk to community members and other students about their experiences with FBLA-PBL. On Wednesday, members dressed up in professional attire in honor of FBLA’s goal to produce outstanding business leaders and also celebrated Adviser Appreciation Day by showing their gratitude to their adviser, Mrs. Stancil. On Thursday, posters were put up around the school for advice on future careers. And lastly on Friday, members wore their chapter t-shirts for FBLA-PBL Spirit Day.

For more information about Dunlap’s FBLA program, please visit their website at

Submitted by: Angie Stancil
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

7th Grade Boys Basketball Spartans Place 3rd in State!

Congratulations to the 7th grade boys’ basketball team on their 3rd place finish in the IESA Class 3-A state tournament series. The boys defeated Peotone 37-23 on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at Fieldcrest Junior High School to secure the 3rd place finish. The boys finished the season with an overall record of 25-3, and their hard work and commitment was evident throughout the course of the season. The 2017 seventh grade boys’ basketball season was a special one!

Congratulations 7th grade boys’ basketball Spartans!

Submitted by: Antonio Johnson
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Future Ready 1:1 Implementation

Last night the Board of Education approved the Future Ready 1:1 Implementation for the 2017-2018 school year. This means that next school year, all students in grades 4-8 will receive touchscreen chromebooks for classroom and home use.

The approved expenses allow the district to not only purchase devices for these students but to provide two instructional technology coaches and two technology support staff members. These instructional technology coaching positions will work with all our teachers to support classroom technology use and help with classroom instruction related to best practice. The technology support members will assist with student devices, and be able to close teacher and student helpdesk tickets and assist with tech needs including but not limited to changing projector bulbs, installing software, fixing devices and more.

We are appreciative of all community and staff members who have spent numerous hours piloting the 1:1 devices, serving on the 1:1 committee, serving on District Leadership Team and participating in technology professional development and then implementing in classrooms. A special thanks to our Board of Education for their support in this process. We look forward to the first year of this 1:1 implementation and continuing to carry out our mission, “Empowering all students to reach their individual potential.” This has been the focus of the 1:1 Future Ready Initiative from the start and we are excited to improve and prepare our students for their future.

Submitted by: Heather Bowman
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration will be held at each of our K-5 buildings on February 28, 2017 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

New this year, all registrations will be done online. You will find the pre-registration link on our webpage at Entering this information ahead of time will allow us to generate a code for you to register with on February 28th. If this is not filled out ahead of time, you will need to provide this information to the building secretary on site that day prior to registering. Computers will be available at each site if you wish to fill out the registration on site.

In order to register your child for kindergarten for the 2017-18 school year, he/she must turn 5 years old on or before September 1st of 2017.

You will need:

1. Original certified copy of your child’s birth certificate (no photocopies will be accepted)
2. Three proofs of residency
3. $90 registration fee and $25 technology fee. Fees can be paid online or by check (payable to Dunlap School District and can be combined)
4. All health records (dental exam, vision exam, and Illinois physical exam with immunizations) Due prior to first day of school.

Please note that there is limited space in our elementary buildings due to growth in the district. There is a possibility that your child may be assigned to another elementary building in the district if there is not space at your home school. Final school placement will be available no later than August 9, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact your home school listed below. If you are unsure of your home school you can check My School Locator at

Submitted by: Heather Bowman
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

School Counselors Celebrate During National School Counseling Week, Feb. 6–10, 2017

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from Feb. 6–10, 2017, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

School counselors are actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; for working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today’s world; for focusing on positive ways to enhance students’ social/personal, educational and career development; and working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves. Professional school counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master’s degree in guidance and counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.

Please help me thank the Dunlap school counselors for all they do to assist and support our students and families.

Submitted by: Ali Bond
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

EdCamp Dunlap

We are hosting an Official EdCamp Event on February 11th from 8-11am at DHS for all interested staff, community members, and other educators. It is open to anyone interested in learning more about technology in a participant driven and learner centered format. It is free to attend and will include breakfast, prizes, and great opportunities for collaboration! The link below includes all registration information and details about the event!
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Submitted by: Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap High School Pack the Place

The DHS Parents Club would like to thank everyone for participating in our recent Pack the Place fundraiser. Our event was a great success raising over $9000! All this was possible due to the generous contributions of our sponsors, donations by clubs, teams and individuals, the support of Banner Elementary, Dunlap Grade School, Dunlap High School, Dunlap Middle School, Dunlap Valley Middle School, Hickory Grove Elementary, Ridgeview Elementary, and Wilder Waite Elementary, and lastly the efforts of those organizing and working the event, including parents, staff, and students.
Thank you to the following organizations for their generosity: JB Apparel, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Little Caesars, Unland Insurance & Benefits, Whitney Associates, Crossfit 309, JC Dillon, Inc, Meiss Family Dental, Peoria Area Veterinary Group, Wyman Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc, Buffalo Wild Wings, Nelson Chiropractic, Randy Black, Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies, Gold’s Gym, Great Clips, Miller, Hall, & Triggs, LLC, Valerin Dental Group, Orthodontics Ltd., Buffalo Wild Wings, Avanti’s Ristorante, DHS Varsity boys basketball, DHS Sophomore boys basketball, DHS Freshman boys basketball, DHS Cheer team, DHS Dance team, DHS Speech team, Blue Boutique, and The Clubs at River City.
Thank you also to the numerous parents, teachers, staff, and students including those in National Honor Society, on our Student Council, and those mentioned in groups above for donating gift cards and/or volunteering their time to help this event come together. Special thanks go to Amy Stefanski & the DHS media club for the fantastic posters and tweets and to Cheryl Bluth for her leadership in organizing Pack the Place 2017!

Submitted by: Suzi Finkenbine, DHS Parents Club VP

Dunlap Education Foundation Inaugural Meeting

The Dunlap Education Foundation held its inaugural meeting of the Board of Directors on Tuesday January 31, 2017 at Dunlap High School. The Dunlap Education Foundation is a 501c3 organization created for the sole purpose of securing private dollars and resources to enhance the educational programs of Dunlap CUSD #323, thus supporting the District’s mission of empowering all students to reach their individual potential.
The Board of Directors has eleven members with five seats filled by Dunlap High School students. Including students on the Foundation’s Board of Directors is something the District and the Foundation’s founding members feel is a critical piece of our Dunlap Education Foundation’s leadership structure. Since the Dunlap Education Foundation exists to support our students, who better to tell lead us than our students and what better way to empower our students than to put them in this leadership role.
At its first meeting, the Foundation’s Board of Directors took action to open a bank account for the foundation and to approve the creation of a foundation fundraiser position that will be paid on commission basis.
Look for our information to come out soon about the launching of the Dunlap Education Foundation’s web site and our 1st Annual Fundraising event.

Board of Directors
Hanifah Ali
Tim Beddingfield
Karen Beverlin
Paul DiGiollonardo
Karen Disharoon
Greg Fairchild
Nithya Praveen
Sam Royce
Humani Suthar
Kristine Xie
Bryan Zowin

Submitted by: Karen Beverlin
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

DHS Student Libby Lewis Wins ILMEA National Anthem Contest

Libby Lewis, DHS senior, has won the Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) District 2 National Anthem Contest! She will now compete at All State in January against 17 other singers from across Illinois to perform at the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) 2017 championship games.

Libby is very involved in Fine Arts at DHS – she is a member of the Color Guard, in Master Chorale, Show Choir and Madrigals, and our Musical and in Theatre productions. She is the daughter of Mike and Lisa Lewis.

We wish Libby the best of luck at the upcoming competition.



Submitted by: Kris Mason
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent