Athletic Leadership Team Update

The Athletic Leadership Team has been busy! The team met on three separate occasions during the month of May. Each session was led by a facilitator, Dr. Eileen Setti. There were 22 people on the Leadership Team consisting of coaches at the high and middle schools, administrators, school board members, community members, and alumni.

Over the three sessions, the team discussed the state of Dunlap Athletics and how to move it forward and improve. The sessions took their lead from the newly developed District Strategic Plan. At the end of the sessions, the team had created the frameworks of a newly developed mission and philosophy. The Leadership Team also wanted a plan on how to guide all of our decision making. The frameworks of guiding principles was also put in place. The team decided at the conclusion of the three days to develop a sub group that would take the finished reports and develop a final product.

The sub group is made up of 11 individuals. These individuals have made a commitment to follow through and stay on the team. Our first task was to complete what the Leadership Team created. We met several times in June to create our departments “Plan on a Page” and our Guiding Principles and Elements. We were successful on both accounts and are extremely proud of the documents that we created.

Several members of the sub committee presented all of our information to the School Board in July. The presentation was informational by nature and a productive dialogue came about. The School Board reviewed all of our documents and they were accepted at the August board meeting. You can see all of these documents at the athletic website – These documents will guide all of our decisions in the department.

The sub group will continue to meet early and often this school year. Topics for the group will include looking at the athletic code, middle school sports, cut vs. no cut, and athletic surveys.

Submitted by: Greg Crider
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap High School ACT Success

Goal One: Promote growth and achievement in the Dunlap School community

Preparing for the ACT can be stressful, but Dunlap students have proven, once again, that they are prepared for the challenge. The class of 2016 had a strong average composite score of 24.5 compared with the state average of 20.8.
We look forward to seeing the great things this class will accomplish in their post-secondary institutions and careers.

Submitted by: Heather Bowman
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap High School Recognized with Top Honors at FBLA National Leadership Conference in Atlanta

Dunlap, Illinois, July 27, 2016—More than 9,380 of America’s high school students traveled to the Peach State to CONNECT with top future business leaders and showcase their talents.

The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference was held June 29–July 2 in Atlanta. Participants from across the United States and abroad attended this exciting conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 65 business and business-related competitive events.

Hanifah Ali from Dunlap High School in Dunlap, Illinois received national recognition at the FBLA Awards of Excellence Program on July 2. Ali competed in Insurance & Risk Management and brought home first place. To excel in the event, Ali displayed knowledge in business management & administration, finance, marketing, sales, & service.

Bruna Tavares and Julia Tavares from Dunlap High School in Dunlap, Illinois received national recognition at the North Central Region Regional Campaign Rally and Recognition Session on June 30. Both students were awarded their Business Achievement Award (BAA) America Level, the highest honor in the Business Achievement Awards. The BAA America level focuses on FBLA leadership at all levels, helps your members hone advanced business skills, and instills a spirit of community involvement in members.

The awards was part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to competitions, students immersed themselves in interactive workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and heard from motivational speakers on a broad range of business topics.

About FBLA-PBL, Inc.
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., the premier student business organization, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. For more information, visit


Submitted by: DHS FBLA
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

2016 Illinois FBLA-PBL Summer Leadership Workshop

What does the future hold? Who is going to lead us? Where will they get their training? Students from Dunlap High School were among students from all over Illinois who took part in the fortieth annual Summer Leadership Workshop for Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda at the Northfield Inn in Springfield, Illinois, July 20-22. FBLA-PBL is dedicated to providing students with the skills necessary to lead them into the future. The theme of the workshop was “A Legacy of Leadership” which is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the FBLA-PBL association: 1942-2017.

Patty Hendrickson, Certified Speaking Professional from La Crosse, Wisconsin, Louie Sharp, Owner of Sharp Skills in Island Lake, Illinois, and Sandra Bronson, Illinois FBLA State Adviser from Decatur, helped students strengthen their leadership skills, practice team building, and develop characteristics valuable in the world of work. Workshops included information on benefits of being an FBLA-PBL member, running for office, time management, competitive events, and much more.

Julia Tavares said, “Having it been my second year at SLW, I couldn’t wait to see it affect other people as much as it had affected me. Last year, my life changed at SLW. I learned so much, grew so much, and found a passion for a wonderful organization. This year, I saw other members grow and come out of their shell. It was the most amazing thing ever.” Hanifah Ali also added her insight on the experience – “SLW connected with me on a personal level. It showed me that I can put myself out there, that I can create change, and most importantly, that I can be a leader for our generation. I learned lifelong skills, made lifelong friends, and I gained lifelong memories. I truly believe that SLW and FBLA have positively impacted me and have pushed me in the right direction.” “At SLW I learned a lot about what FBLA really is. I learned that it is about leadership and being able to communicate with those around you and not having any fear of speaking. I hope to use these skills in not just my own chapter but my own life as well,” said Imadh Khan. Sam Royce said, “SLW is a place where I have learned to be courageous and have more outlandish dreams than I had before. It gave me the chance to have a voice and everyone listened. I learned what leadership is, how to wield it, and where it will take me in life.” Zach Stroup stated that “During SLW, I learned that one person’s actions can furnace others to dream more and do more. I learned that being a leader isn’t always about leading from the front, it’s about being able to lead from behind when that time comes. So this year, my goal is to implement what I learned at SLW to not only grow as a person, but as a chapter as well.” Molly Royce shared how the experience impacted her by saying, “SLW really showed me that if you work together, anything can be accomplished in a short amount of time. It really made me step out of my comfort zone, and because of that, I feel that I have grown as a leader.” Lastly, Himani Suthar stated that “SLW was a great experience, as it not only helped me develop my leadership skills, but also allowed me to meet other FBLA students from Illinois and share new ideas with them. I am very grate to have participated in this interactive workshop.”

Students and advisers from Dunlap High School who participated in the workshop and planned the chapter’s program of work included Angela Stancil, Adviser, Bruna Tavares, Chapter President, Julia Tavares, Chapter Vice President, Hanifah Ali, Chapter Secretary, Imadh Khan, Chapter Treasurer, Samuel Royce, Chapter Reporter, Himani Suthar, Member, Molly Royce, Member, and Zachary Stroup, Member. Aspiring Business Leader Scholarships were won by Julia Tavares, Ali, Khan, and Royce.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) is a nonprofit education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, outside Washington, D.C. For more information about FBLA-PBL visit the following websites: and,.



Submitted by: DHS FBLA
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Congratulations to Kristen Bishop!

Congratulations to Kristen Bishop, who is a paraprofessional at Dunlap Grade School. Kristen will receive the Those Who Excel Education Award sponsored by the Illinois State Board of Education in October. The State Board annually bestows three levels of honor at its awards banquet: The Award of Excellence, the Award of Merit and the Award of Recognition.

Kristen has worked for us for 5 years and we are fortunate to have such a dedicated employee be recognized by the State Board. We are proud of the work she does at Dunlap Grade School and her ability to always put students first in her daily tasks. Congratulations Kristen!


Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap Grade School Establishes Little Free Library

I’ve been heavily influenced by many readers in my life, but none more than Regie Routman and Donalyn Miller. These two women have shaped and modeled my philosophy of reading instruction and I’ve been empowered by their insights and foresight into developing a love of reading in our students. As I participated in some intense professional learning centered on the beliefs of Regie Routman, one question was posed in her text, “Does your learning environment mirror your instructional philosophy and beliefs about literacy instruction?”

You will hear many educators tell you about the importance of reading and literacy, but it is important that the environment and the culture support that. It is the adage, “Put your money where your mouth is.” That being said, I have been intentional about creating an environment that supports literacy. It is not a surprise to see teachers post and update signs by their doors sharing what they’re reading, small little library bins hanging among the hallway walls, bookshelves of books in the cafeteria for students to access after they eat, bookshelves in the foyer for children to access at dismissal time while they wait for their rides, or reading nooks in the hallways at DGS. The focus is to provide students easy access to books with no strings attached.

Lining the building with books in nooks, cracks, and corners specifically communicates that reading IS important and that we VALUE it in all areas of our lives. As a main goal in our strategic plan, we strive to “develop a culture of readers.” Test scores are important and indicative of our successes as educators, but what I strive to see more is a student pick up a book without prompting or light up at the release of a new title or share a book recommendation with a classmate, not because they are required to, but because they are developing a love of reading.

That being said, our duties as educators aren’t to only educate and promote our love of reading within our school walls, but extend it outside our school walls. Introducing, the DGS Free Little Library! Developing readers at DGS is just part of the mission of public education. We also want to do our part to foster literacy in our neighborhoods and community. As of June 2016, there are nearly 40,000 registered Little Free Libraries in all 50 states and 70 countries. Please see the map for more information! Our Little Free Library is a destination for our students and community members to stop, browse, and borrow a book! It’s a destination that promotes our philosophy of reading instruction and spreads our culture of reading outside our school walls.

If you are a parent or community member, We hope you visit our Little Free Library and choose a book to curl up with our share with a friend or child. If you are an administrator or educator reading this, please consider asking yourself the question, “does your learning environment truly promote your reading philosophy?” When you look around your school building, what artifacts do you see that support your claims or intentions? Are there areas that you can bolster to build stronger readers that not only excel on assessments, but truly love reading? Students and children need to see adults as readers in their lives. So share books. Share your love of reading and spread the love with your studentsPrint!




Submitted by: Mandy Ellis
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Notification of Destruction of Special Education Files

Special education students who graduated from Dunlap with birth dates of August 1992 through July 30, 1993, may obtain their special education file from Dunlap. Please contact Lindsey Wilkerson, Dunlap Student Services Records Department at 309-243-8655 to schedule an appointment to pick up your file.

Special education records must be picked up no later than September 30, 2016. After September 30, 2016, your special education records will be destroyed.

If you have any questions, please contact Lindsey Wilkerson, Dunlap Student Services Secretary.

Submitted by: Ali Bond
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

HOBY Illinois Central South Leadership Seminar

From June 9-June 12, four Dunlap High School sophomores attended HOBY Illinois Central South Leadership Seminar.

HOBY (Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership) is an international organization founded by Hugh O’Brian in 1958. Every year, Dunlap High School selects a few sophomores (to be juniors) to attend the Illinois Central South Leadership Seminar; and every year, those sophomores come back from what is commonly known as a “life-changing experience.”

This summer, sophomores Ayah Aldadah, Huda Aldadah, Bruna Tavares, Julia Tavares, and Franny Verville attended the four day seminar. Throughout the four days, the 160 student ambassadors from all over Illinois learn and grow as leaders. Ambassadors participate in team-building activities, listen to inspiring keynote speakers, create service projects, and make friendships that will last a lifetime.

Whether the students are selling lemonade to help fight childhood cancer or learning with and from each other, they enjoy every moment of it.

Students describe the experience as “truly life-changing” and say that “it’s hard to explain how OUTSTANDING it is.”



Submitted by: Julia Tavares
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Donors Choose Award

Hickory Grove Elementary School would like to recognize Mrs. Workheiser for receiving a Donors Choose Award in the amount of $426.79. The money will be used to purchase sensory items for her 1st grade classroom. You can read more about this special project at Congratulations Mrs. Workheiser! We appreciate your extra effort to seek out additional resources to enhance your classroom.

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Submitted by: Jeremy Etnyre
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Livin’ the Dream T-shirts

The Dunlap Middle School Life Skills and Instructional classes began a new journey this school year with the start up of their new fundraiser, making custom t-shirts. The two classes wanted a way to earn money for their classes to help fund trips in to the community, for Panther Pals activities, for classroom projects, and for their newest endeavor, the Panther Pals garden.
The DMS Life Skills and Instructional classes teach students with moderate to severe disabilities including learning disabilities, Autism, intellectual disabilities, and Other Health Impairments. The process starts with Mrs. Steffen and Mrs. Windsor designing a custom t-shirt design for the activity/club/sports team and then the transfers are sent to the school. The teachers order blank t-shirts, and then the t-shirt making commences. The students are very active in the making of each t-shirt. From the beginning, they sort and count the t-shirts to make sure all are accounted for. Next, the teacher will prep the t-shirt and transfer and then the student will press the transfer onto the t-shirt by using a hot t-shirt press. Another student will peel off the paper and then there is the finished t-shirt. Another student will fold the t-shirt to be put in a box to be ready for delivery.
The students thoroughly enjoy making the t-shirts. So far this school year we have made over 800 t-shirts for 16 different clubs, activities, and sports teams. We have made t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, performance shirts, and sweatshirts.


Submitted by: Shannon Steffen and Amy Windsor
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent