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Dunlap Community Unit School District #323

Dunlap High School Musical Begins This Weekend

On January 23-25, Dunlap High School’s “Stage 323” will present the timeless musical classic South Pacific. The musical, under the direction of Robin Hunt and music direction of Jill Potts, features 57 students in the cast, 29 students working on backstage crews, and 19 students playing in the orchestra. Students have been busy rehearsing scenes, learning music and dances, building set pieces, designing costumes, focusing lights, and much more since early November. Many parents and community businesses have donated their time and talents to the production as well.

South Pacific is based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel Tales of the South Pacific by James Michener. Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. This Tony Award winning musical provided an excellent cross-curricular opportunity for Dunlap High School students to study our nation’s history and the culture of our society at that point in time while preparing a musical that set the standards for the future of theatre in America.

South Pacific

Submitted by:  Tom Welsh

Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap Board of Education Appoints New Superintendent

Dunlap School District #323 is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Lisa Parker to Superintendent effective January 15, 2015. Dr. Parker has been in the District for 21 years, previously working as Interim Superintendent since March, 2014. Dr. Parker stated “I am honored to have been selected to lead this District with a known reputation for high educational expectations.”

The District began the search process in July by interviewing superintendent search firms, and approved the selection of School Exec Connect of Highland Park, Illinois in August. School Exec Connect specializes in the recruitment and placement of school superintendents. Surveys were completed and open forums were held, in an effort to obtain input and direction from community and staff members. The Board of Education then interviewed six candidates, which were then narrowed to the three finalists. The three candidates then proceeded to interview with community members, parents, staff, and the Board of Education.

Joe Eberle, Board President, stated “Dr. Parker’s breadth of experience as a teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent is one of the many qualifications that will benefit the Dunlap community. She has performed and held all the critical functional areas in the field of education, which will enable Dr. Parker to be critically successful in this role. We are looking forward to her continued leadership in our District.”

Dr. Parker possesses her doctoral degree in educational administration from Western Illinois University and a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Eastern Illinois University. She resides in Dunlap.

Joe Eberle
President, Board of Education
Dunlap Community Unit School District #323

Ridgeview Elementary School Students Support Gold Star Families

Goal 4: To ensure a satisfying and productive partnership with families and the community. On Saturday, December 6, Dawn Gorsuch, 2nd Grade Teacher at Ridgeview Elementary School, had the privilege of representing Ridgeview students at a luncheon held for Central Illinois Gold Star families. Anyone who has lost a family member while in service with the US military is considered a Gold Star family. Ridgeview students chose this group to support, and did so by bringing in their spare change during the monthly popcorn day (sponsored by the PTO). Ridgeview students collected enough money to give each of the twelve children from the area a holiday present. The student leadership team, comprised of representatives from the 5th grades, shopped for gifts and had them ready and wrapped for Saturday’s event.

Our students and their families should know that the love they shared was evident in the faces of each child as they accepted their gifts from Governor Elect, Bruce Rauner and Dawn Gorsuch. This was such a great example of the compassion displayed by students from Ridgeview!


Submitted by: Dawn Gorsuch

Dr. Lisa Parker, Interim Superintendent

Dunlap Grade School Needs Your Votes To Win $10,000!

5th Grade Students at Dunlap Grade School are Scotties Trees Rock National Video Contest Finalists. Winners will be chosen by voters across America who can watch the top videos and vote for their favorite from January 12 through February 6 on The winners will be announced on February 15, and winner events will be celebrated in the spring.

The school with the most votes will win $10,000! Dunlap Grade School needs your help to win $10,000 to build an outdoor classroom!

Please log on to and vote for Dunlap Grade School daily between now and February 6.

Submitted by: Mandy Ellis
Dr. Lisa Parker, Interim Superintendent

Dunlap School District Participates in Illinois 5Essentials Survey

Beginning January 12, teachers, parents, and students across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the third annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of our school. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about our school.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

• Effective Leaders
• Collaborative Teachers
• Involved Families
• Supportive Environments
• Ambitious Instruction

All teachers and 6th through 12th grade students will be responding to this survey. 5Essentials Reports will be generated for schools if their teachers and/or students meet the response rate threshold of 50 percent. These reports will be sent to schools and districts in May 2015 and will also be included in the State School Report Card.

Additionally, Dunlap School District has chosen to provide the optional 5Essentials parent survey. If at least 20 percent of each school’s parents complete this survey, a parent supplement will also be generated. The parent data will not be reported on the State Report Card if we do not reach the 20 percent participation rate. Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be conducted January 12 through March 13, 2015. To take the survey please visit and select the appropriate survey to begin.

We appreciate your cooperation in participating in the survey and look forward to receiving the results.

Submitted by: Dr. Lisa Parker, Interim Superintendent

Common Core Math: What are Tens Frames?

Goal 1: To continuously improve student growth and achievement.  Kindergarten and first grade students work with tens frames on a daily basis.  Tens frames are a key tool and strategy for developing foundational math skills and number sense to meet the Common Core State Standards.

Learn more about tens frames by watching these short videos:

Understanding that numbers are composed of tens and ones is an important foundational concept, setting the stage for work with larger numbers.  A strong sense of “ten” is a prerequisite for place value understanding and mental calculations.  Using a ten frame, students can easily see that 6 is 1 more than 5 and 4 less than 10, or that 8 can be seen as “5 and 3 more” and as “2 away from 10.”  Once students are able to visualize the numbers 1through 10, they begin to develop mental strategies for manipulating  those numbers, all within the context of the numbers’ relationship to ten.

Ten frames and dot cards can be used to develop students’ subitizing skills, the ability to “instantly see how many”.  Two types of subitizing exist.  Perceptual subitizing is closest to the original definition of subitizing: recognizing a number without using other mathematical processes.  For example, a child as young as two might “see 3” without using any learned mathematical knowledge.  Conceptual subitizing is being used when a person sees an 8-dot domino and “just knows” the total number. The number pattern is recognized as a composite of parts and as a whole.  The domino is seen as being composed of 2 groups of 4 and as “one 8”.

You can read an introduction to tens frames at

Some resources to practice tens frames at home are:

Submitted by:  Mandy Ellis

Dr. Lisa Parker, Interim Superintendent

5th Grade Banner Elementary School Kid Knits Program

Goal 4: To ensure a satisfying and productive partnership with families and the community.

Banner Elementary School 5th grade students had a wonderful opportunity with the Kid Knits program. Kid Knits is a program started by a young lady in our community. Yarn is purchased primarily from Rwanda and Chile from single mothers, and our students make hats out of the yarn. The money purchased for the yarn goes directly to these women from Rwanda and Chile. Our students also learn about philanthropy and Third World countries. One of the 5th grade classes voted to donate their hats to the military. The other class is still determining where theirs will be donated. What a great culminating activity for our students. Thanks to the Banner PTO, who funded this program!

Submitted by: Greg Fairchild

Dr. Lisa Parker, Interim Superintendent

Board of Education to Approve Superintendent Contract

The Dunlap School District Board of Education will hold a Special Board Meeting on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at Ridgeview Elementary School at 7:00 pm to approve a Superintendent contract and announce the new Superintendent. A reception in honor of the new Superintendent will be held after the meeting, and the public is invited to attend the meeting and reception.

The Board of Education has worked with School Exec Connect for the past several months to conduct a Superintendent search. Thank you for your feedback and your assistance with this very important undertaking. We feel confident that we have selected the best person to lead the Dunlap School District.


Joe Eberle
President, Board of Education
Dunlap Community Unit School District #323

Banner Elementary School PTO Blood Drive

Goal 4: To ensure a satisfying and productive partnership with families and the community. Banner Elementary School’s PTO organized a Blood Drive on Tuesday, December 9, where over 40 people donated blood.  The Red Cross informed our students about the importance of giving blood and how many people are in such need.  Thank you to our donors!


Submitted by: Greg Fairchild

Dr. Lisa Parker, Interim Superintendent

Dunlap High School FBLA Members Place at Area Conference

Goal 1: To continuously improve student growth and achievement. On Saturday, December 6, the Dunlap High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) hosted the Illinois Central Area Conference. Area schools in attendance were Champaign-Centennial, Dee-Mack, Lincoln Community, Normal Community and Mahomet-Seymour. All present members took part in two separate business competitive events. A few Dunlap members ran for area president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. Freshman Bruna Tavares won the secretary position.

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

Amar Arora: Global Business – 2nd
Joel Brown: Economics – 1st, Public Speaking II – 2nd
Thomas Driscoll: Computer Problem Solving – 4th, Insurance and Risk Management – 2nd
Brandon Jones: Marketing – 4th
Jessily Joseph: Cyber Security – 2nd, Help Desk – 4th
Kareem Kahil: Cyber Security – 4th
Imadh Khan: Business Math – 4th, Introduction to Business – 5th
Sanaa Khan: Business Procedures – 1st, Economics – 4th
Andrew Lee: Business Law – 4th
Yashodha Narayanan: Business Math – 1st, Intro to Information Technology – 3rd
Cathryn Palmer: Accounting I – 2nd, Business Law – 1st
Sam Royce: Computer Applications – 2nd, Intro to Information Technology – 2nd
Hans Son: Business Calculations – 4th, Marketing – 1st
Himani Suthar: Business Math – 3rd
Bruna Tavares: Introduction to Business – 4th, Intro to Business Communications – 1st
Anna Vilatte: Business Law – 5th
Peter Walker: FBLA Principles and Procedures – 1st
Elizabeth Wilson: Help Desk – 3rd
Chris Zhang: Banking and Financial Systems – 1st, Economics – 2nd

Submitted by: Angie Stancil

Dr. Lisa Parker, Interim Superintendent