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Dunlap Community Unit School District #323

DHS Interact Club Chartered by Rotary International

bannerResponsible and culturally aware citizens: Rotary officials from around the state participated in a ceremony in Dunlap High School’s Town Center where the school’s newest club, Interact, received it’s official charter from Rotary International.

Interact is a club for youth ages 12-18 who want to connect with others in their community or school. Interact club members have fun while carrying out service projects and learning about the world. Interact clubs organize at least two service projects a year: one that benefits their community and one that encourages international understanding. While Interact clubs receive guidance from individual Rotary clubs, they govern and support themselves.

Dunlap High School math teacher, Tom Olson, is the club’s facilitator.

Photographed next to the new banner is DHS Interact president, Cameo Hazelwood, vice president, Katie Welsh, secretary, Preeti Subramaniyan and treasurer, Hevin Poon.

Submitted by: Tom Welsh

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Dr. Lisa Parker, Interim Superintendent

Experiential Learning & Embracing 21st Century Learning

Goal 5:  To obtain efficient, effective, and equitable use of resources.

Mrs. Ryon’s Interior Design students recently had an opportunity to visit Homeway Homes and see first hand how houses are assembled. From floors, walls, drywall, ceiling, roofing, and decorating, students were able to see everything from start to finish. Students viewed modular homes and learned how they are built from a set of coordinated boxlike sections. They witnessed roof panels and walls being built at the factory, how the foundation is prepared at the building site, and the importance of how the timing of each is properly coordinated. In addition, students were able to better understand how a site influences the dwelling it sits on, and they were able to view and identify the major components of a home’s basic structure.

This trip allowed students to directly relate their curriculum with the interior and exterior construction of a home. Towards the end of the tour, students were educated on the types of careers that go along with home building and design such as: Purchasing, Engineering, Architecture, Interior Designers, Accountants, and many more. It was a great experience for the students because they were able to correlate the curriculum with real-world applications and 21st Century Skills.

Submitted by: Sally Ryon

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Dr. Lisa Parker, Interim Superintendent

 

 

Life Skills Students Enjoy Learning About Current Events

Recently, Mrs. Steffen and Ms. King’s social group invited the high school life skills classes to the middle school to partake in science experiments to go along with the News-2-You: TED Prize. TED stands for Technology, Education, and Design. During the week-long conference, speakers presented about how they can change the world through making changes in science, education, design, etc.

The students took part in science experiments which included:  looking at the different colors that go into making one jelly-bean; why water and oil do not mix; how a 3/4 full glass of water covered with an index card will hold the water in when turned upside down; and their favorite: making homemade ice-cream in a bag!

Submitted by: Ali Bond

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Dr. Lisa Parker, Interim Superintendent

PARCC Field Test Announcement

With the implementation of the new Common Core State Standards, a new testing system is also under adoption. Illinois, along with seventeen other states and the District of Columbia, are participating in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). PARCC is an internationally benchmarked assessment of applied knowledge designed to measure the new Illinois learning standards. PARCC will replace the existing ISAT and PSAE in 2015. As a member state, Illinois educators are helping to develop these computer-based tests in math, reading, and writing. These tests will measure students’ content knowledge and key skills, such as their ability to think critically, solve problems, and use information from their reading material to write well-developed essays. Before the state of Illinois can administer these PARCC-developed tests statewide, approximately 125,000 students in Illinois will participate in field tests, which will be conducted this spring. This is really a “test of the test” to see how well the assessment works and whether Illinois needs to make any adjustments before students take the actual PARCC exams in the 2014-15 school year. This is also a chance to make sure that students can use their schools’ laptops and computers to take the tests and learn of any issues for those taking the paper-and-pencil version of the new tests.

While the school district will not receive individual student scores based on the results, our students will play an important role in the development of Illinois’ future tests. Dunlap School District is pleased to be a part of this field test of PARCC, as it will provide us an opportunity to become more familiar with the new Illinois learning standards and the exams that assess these standards. Field tests in Dunlap are scheduled to take place the weeks of April 7 at Dunlap High School and Dunlap Valley Middle School, and the week of May 12 for the elementary buildings and Dunlap Middle School. The table below provides specific information regarding the PARCC field tests.

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Students and courses tested were selected at random. To gain a true understanding of the rigor in the item questioning, please visit the following PARCC link that provides sample questions: http://www.parcconline.org/computer-based-samples. To view a video explaining the new assessment system, click here: http://www.isbe.net/asx/2014/PARCC_Imp_Student_Assess_022814.asx

Submitted by: Dr. Lonna Anderson

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Dr. Lisa Parker, Interim Superintendent

 

 

DHS Art Displayed at Peoria Airport

AirportDunlap High School students Margaret Hintz, Nidhi Suthar, and Bekah Kozinski were recognized at a reception held at the Peoria International Airport.

The girls participated in a painting project sponsored by the Airport. Students were asked to create a 3’x4’ painting based on the theme “aviation.”  The student paintings will be on display throughout the terminals for the next two years.

Congratulations to Margaret, Nidhi, and Bekah!

Submitted by: Thomas Welsh

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Dr. Jay Marino, Superintendent

Continuous Improvement through teamwork, collaboration, and shared leadership!

DHS Senior Awarded the Prescott Bloom Service Above Self Award

Responsible and culturally aware citizens:  Peoria-North Rotary Club honored nine area senior high school students with the Prescott Bloom Service Above Self Award, on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at their weekly luncheon. The students have logged hundreds of volunteered hours both within their respected schools as well as in the community over the past four years, providing Service Above Self. Each student received a certificate and scholarship.     Patel - Copy

Representing Dunlap High School this year is Reeti Patel. Reeti accumulated countless hours volunteering at the following organizations:

  • OSF St. Francis Hospital
  • Illinois Cancer Clinic
  • Lakeview Museum
  • Riverfront Museum
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Peoria Public Library
  • Illinois River Clean-Up

Peoria-North Rotary Club is very involved with area students. Each week at their luncheons they recognize area high school honor students for their academic achievement. Members of the club read weekly with Roosevelt Magnet School students and provide school supplies, plus other support to the school. They have also adopted District 150 Alternative High School, and recently provided white boards for the classrooms. In addition, the club sponsors Interact, which is Rotary service clubs for high school students, at Richwoods HS and Dunlap HS. At the college level, they sponsor Rotaract at both Bradley University and Illinois Center.

Reeti is pictured with her father, Asit Patel; counselor, Laura Grygiel; and DHS principal, Tom Welsh.

Submitted by: Thomas Welsh

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Dr. Jay Marino, Superintendent

Continuous Improvement through teamwork, collaboration, and shared leadership!

Life Skills Students Enjoy Learning About Current Events

Responsible and culturally aware citizens: Every week the middle school students in Mrs. Steffen’s Life Skills class learn about a current event going on in the world. This is called News-2-You. This week the students learned about the Rio Carnival. They learned that the Carnival is the world’s biggest celebration; that it is held in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; that there is a big parade with samba music and samba dancers; and that it is similar to Marti Gras, because it celebrates the coming of Lent and Easter.

On Thursday, the students, along with Mrs. George’s high school transition class, and Ms. King, our speech pathologist, celebrated the Rio Carnival. They made Marti Gras masks and made homemade kazoos with a paper towel roll, wax paper, and a rubber band. The students also learned how to Samba. Samba music was played, and the students enjoyed dancing the Samba. Thanks to Mrs. George’s class, they also enjoyed delicious king cake.

Submitted by: Ali Bond

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Dr. Jay Marino

Continuous Improvement through teamwork, collaboration, and shared leadership!

Upcoming Board of Education Meetings

The Board of Education has scheduled the following upcoming meetings:

Monday, March 10, 2014
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Banner Elementary School
Agenda: Special Board Meeting for the board to review budget items for consideration in mitigating the 2014-15 budget deficit. No formal board action will be taken.
 
d323schoolboardWednesday, March 19, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Dunlap Grade School
Agenda: Facilities Committee Meeting to discuss repairs to the roof at the Dunlap Activity Center in addition to roof repairs at the swimming pool facility. No formal board action will be taken.
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Dunlap Grade School
Agenda: Regular Board Meeting for the board to conduct its monthly business.
 
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: TBD (The location will be posted on the district calendar as soon as it has been determined.)
Agenda: Committee meeting for the Board to continue its work in regards to curriculum and student discipline. No formal board action will be taken.
 

The complete agendas will be available at least 48 hours in advance of each meeting via the Dunlap CUSD #323 BoardBook link on the School Board Meeting page of the district website. All meetings are open to the public with the exception of closed session portions of meetings as outlined in the Open Meetings Act.

- Dr. Jay Marino

Continuous improvement through teamwork, collaboration, and shared leadership.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students Volunteer at Midwest Food Bank

Goals must be specific, measurable, attainable, results-oriented, and time-bound.

Midwest Food BankOnce a month, students in Mrs. Seibert’s Life Skills class volunteer at Midwest Food Bank for two hours. The students count and place 50 granola bars into plastic bags that are then double knotted and put into large boxes. These boxes are then sent to distribution centers.

One of the students’ responsibilities at Midwest Food Bank is to put tally marks on the outside of the large box for each bag put into it. This helps to keep track of the total number of bags. The students then add the tally marks and use problem solving skills to figure out how many granola bars we bagged in the two hours they served at the food bank.

The students work hard to try to beat the totals from the previous visits.

Submitted by: Ali Bond

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Dr. Jay Marino

Continuous Improvement through teamwork, collaboration, and shared leadership!

The Facts about Elementary Class Size in Dunlap

CaptureDunlap’s elementary class size has been the topic of much discussion over the last several weeks. The District would like to share the classroom enrollment as outlined in the table to the left.

These numbers indicate the classroom enrollment as of February 20th as taken from PowerSchool, the District’s student management system.

Of the 88 elementary classrooms, four lower elementary classrooms meet the soft cap of 25, and 1 upper elementary classroom meets the soft cap of 30 students.

The District has historically followed the “soft caps” of 25 students in grades kindergarten through 2nd and 30 students in 3rd through 5th grades. This will continue to be the practice during the 2014-15 school year.

Please note that the enrollment numbers listed in the table do not include the special needs students who join the class periodically.

Inclusion could vary from 30 minutes per day to 30 minutes per week depending on the individual needs of the students.

Special education aides accompany the students when they are within the general education classroom.

Submitted by: Dr. Lonna Anderson

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Dr. Jay Marino, Superintendent

Continuous Improvement through teamwork, collaboration, and shared leadership!