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.

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Submitted by: Kris Mason
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

FBLA Members Attend Area Conference

On Saturday, December 3rd, Dunlap High School FBLA members participated in the Illinois FBLA Central Area Conference at Normal Community High School. Area schools in attendance were Champaign Central, Dee-Mack, Dunlap, Henry-Senachwine, Lincoln Community, Mahomet-Seymour, Normal Community, and St. Teresa. All present members took part in two separate business competitive events. A few Dunlap members ran for positions that included area president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. Our members Cameron Billings, Jennifer Hu, Julia Tavares, and Imadh Khan were all able to campaign for these area officer positions. Junior Imadh Khan was inducted to be the 2017-2018 Central Area Treasurer. Congratulations Imadh!

Many new exciting events occurred at this conference. Members also had the great opportunity to listen to guest speakers and participate in a teambuilding exercise known as “Escape the Box” where a group of people gather clues to unlock a box. There was a Battle of the Chapters competition and members Hanifah Ali and Sam Royce placed in the top five and will get to battle it out at the state conference in March 2017! Good luck to you both!

Below are the Dunlap members who placed in the top ten of their events:

Hanifah Ali – Healthcare Administration – 1st place; Economics – 8th place
Cameron Billings – Impromptu Speaking – 7th place; Business Calculations – 9th place
Jack Disharoon – Marketing – 1st place (team event); Insurance & Risk Management – 3rd place
Jay Dong – Spreadsheet Applications – 2nd place; Introduction to Financial Math – 4th place
Nikith Erukulla – Economics – 7th place
Rohith Erukulla – Introduction to Financial Math – 3rd place; Accounting I – 9th place
Alex Hoerr – Sales Presentation – 2nd place; Public Speaking I – 5th place
Jennifer Hu – FBLA Principles & Procedures – 3rd place; Insurance & Risk Management – 5th place
Jake Johnsen – Marketing – 1st place (team event); Introduction to Information Technology – 2nd place
Imadh Khan – Economics – 6th place
Yashodha Narayanan – Business Communication – 2nd place; Business Calculations – 4th place
Nithya Praveen – Introduction to Business Presentation – 3rd place; Introduction to Business Communication – 7th place
Sam Royce – Word Processing – 1st place; Spreadsheet Applications – 4th place
Steven Skeels – Accounting II – 2nd place
Anna Spitzer – Accounting I – 10th place
Himani Suthar – Impromptu Speaking – 4th place; Personal Finance – 8th place
Bruna Tavares – Future Business Leader – 1st place; Impromptu Speaking – 2nd place
Julia Tavares – Business Law – 1st place; Business Ethics – 4th place
Ethan Wolfe – Introduction to Business Procedures – 2nd place; Computer Applications – 3rd place
Henry Yi – Introduction to Financial Math – 6th place

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Submitted by: Sam Royce, DHS FBLA
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap Students Participate in “Hour of Code”

During the week of December 5th, students at Wilder-Waite and Dunlap Grade School participated in the “Hour of Code” program.
This event is sponsored by Code.org and gives students the opportunity to code for an hour during their technology class. Students from Kindergarten-5th grade learned basic coding skills using Star Wars and Disney characters to practice writing code.
Thank you to Mrs. Andrews, our technology teacher, who organized this event and to Tom Olson from DHS who provided high school volunteers to support our activities.

https://hourofcode.com/us

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Submitted by: Stacy Berg
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

DHS Students Assist with Hour of Code

Dunlap High School students, largely represented by the Math Club and Interact Club, along with Jim Zwica from CAT recently took time to visit Dunlap Grade School and Wilder Waite Grade School to assist Mrs. Nina Andrews in teaching kindergarten and first grade students about computer coding.
The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code”, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts.
The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. The 2016 Computer Science Education Week was December 5-11.
Computer Science Education Week is held annually in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. See more stats below.
Special Thanks to Tom Olson and Nina Andrews for organizing this opportunity for our Dunlap students!

Hour of Code https://hourofcode.com/usComputer Science Education Week https://csedweek.org/
Admiral Grace Murray Hopper https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_Hopper
Hour of Code Stats https://hourofcode.com/us/promote/stats

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Submitted by: Heather Bowman
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Wilder-Waite Subdivision Gets a Little Library

Recently staff, students and their families attended the ribbon-cutting for the Little Library that was placed in the Trailview Estates subdivision.
The Wilder-Waite team was excited to receive a grant from Thrivent in order to make this project happen. The goal of the Little Library is to ensure children always have access to reading materials. Students can take a book as they need one and more books will be added.
Special thanks to Sue Kreutz, Sarah Urbanc, and Rodd Bridgman for their leadership role on this project.
You can read more about the idea of a Little Library at https://littlefreelibrary.org/.

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Submitted by: Stacy Berg
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Elementary School Recognition

School Digger ranks schools based upon results of the 2015-16 PARCC tests that were taken by all 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in the state. We are proud to report that all elementary schools within the district ranked in the top 15% of all schools within the State of Illinois. Ridgeview Elementary School ranked in the top 9% with an overall ranking of 194 out of nearly 2,100 schools in the State of Illinois. These rankings are a testament to the hard work and dedication of every member of the school community. It is a privilege to share this recognition with all of our elementary schools within the district. We collaborate frequently with our colleagues from BES, DGS, HGES, and WW and learn and grow from each other as we strive to offer the best education for the students of Dunlap.

Submitted by: Todd Jefferson
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap Grade School Celebrates Our Veterans

Dunlap Grade School celebrated Veteran’s Day on Thursday, November 10th and supported the Peoria Honor Flight through a school-wide fundraiser. The fifth grade Service and Leadership Club initiated the event that raised funds to support veterans on the honor flight. During PE classes, students heard from veterans across multiple branches of our military. Veterans included parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents of our students. As part of the day, the fifth graders established a Veteran’s Lounge filled with snacks, treats and refreshments for the veterans. Students created posters, cards, and letters supporting our Veterans and thanking them for their service. We appreciate all our Veterans!

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Submitted by: Mandy Ellis
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

DGS Royal Playscape and Outdoor Science Learning Lab

After being inspired by the beautiful Outdoor Nature Explore Classroom at Northminster Learning Center, Mrs. Ellis wanted to bring elements of a nature based play area at Dunlap Grade School. We’ve started phase one of our project by adding the Royal River Bed Playscape. This area allows students to jump, crawl, and hop from stump to stump through a stream of wooden stumps. The project started out with a donation of time from our wonderful Village Maintenance staff and included a weekend of work time by Mrs. Ellis and her evening custodian.

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Additions to the playscape include three nature explore tables that will allow students to create, investigate and observe materials in their natural world.

The fifth graders also built and are using a microinverebrate manor to observe the world of insects and plant life around them. They carefully monitor the variables that sustain life and make scientific hypotheses about the impact the environment has on the species in the manor. This is correlated to the Next Generation Science Standards and provides meaningful opportunities for observation, investigation, and writing.

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Our third graders wrote a grant and planted a beautiful native plant butterfly garden. Our 2nd grade classes use it annually to release their butterflies. It is a gorgeous addition to the play scape that continually changes throughout the season.

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Tires were placed around a mature tree in the play scape. Seemingly unimportant at first glance, they serve as “Little World” play areas for our younger students. Our children that prefer quiet or independent play activities can use the materials in the tires to immerse themselves in imaginative play. Each tire is filled with different materials and supplies for children to play with: trucks, dinosaurs, insects, shells, and people.

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Finally, we installed a Free Little Library in the front of the school this summer. We are adding a second library to the rear of the building to provide students the opportunity to read during their independent play time. Benches and seating areas are embedded around the area for students to access.

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These materials do not replace the typical playground equipment that our students also have access to, rather they supplement it and provide students additional outlets for play and exploration.

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Submitted by: Mandy Ellis
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

HGES Participates in the Greater Peoria Honor Flight Fundraiser

On Thursday, November 3rd, HGES students had the opportunity to shoot baskets with some local veterans and current military heroes while participating in the Greater Peoria Honor Flight’s fundraiser, Nets for Vets. The Greater Peoria Honor Flight sends our veterans to Washington, D.C., cost free, for a day of honor. This organization runs solely on fundraisers and donations. It costs roughly $80,000 for one flight. Flights occur in May, June, and September. Last year the Nets for Vets fundraiser had 20 local schools participating and raised $70,000.

The fundraiser has been a huge success and the support by the HGES staff and community has been amazing. Third grade teacher, Sarah Middendorf says, “This is a fundraiser and way to connect with our community in way that most schools don’t—so I LOVE that HGES can stand out and contribute to a worthy cause. The Honor Flight is something that truly touches my heart and I love seeing our kids involved.”
Principal Jeremy Etnyre brought in items and memorabilia of his grandfather’s from WWII. The students were captivated by the pictures, uniform, and items from the 1940s. “It was truly a pleasure to share my grandfather’s World War II items. I was amazed by the interest level of the students. He would have been proud to know he was a part of this special day.”

Being close to Veterans Day, the kids now have a tie to what the day is about and why it is so important to celebrate. This generation of students will be the last to meet and honor our WWII veterans. HGES had 20 current military and veterans attend the event. Students asked questions, scrimmaged, and shot hoops with the heroes. Most importantly they were thankful for their service.
With the help of the HGES community, we will help send our heroes of WWII, Vietnam, and the Korean Conflict to Washington, D.C.

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YouTube video about the Honor Flight:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VoWKh_T6aA

Link to Greater Peoria Honor Flight Website: http://www.greaterpeoriahonorflight.org/Submitted by: Katie Norbutas
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Hickory Grove Elementary School Ranking

We are excited to share the news that HGES was recognized by School Digger as one of the top elementary schools in Illinois. HGES was ranked #111 out of 2,078 schools. This distinction places HGES in the top 5% of all elementary schools in the state. The rankings were based on the recently released 2015-2016 PARCC scores. Congratulations to the students, teachers, and parents on this special recognition!

http://schooldigger.com/go/IL/schoolrank.aspx

Submitted by: Jeremy Etnyre
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent