Project Purple Founder, Chris Herren, Speaks at DHS

On Wednesday, May 11th, former NBA basketball player, Chris Herren, visited Dunlap High School in an all-school assembly to share his story in collaboration with the school’s chapter of Project Purple. Project Purple is an initiative of The Herren Project, a non-profit foundation established by the NBA basketball player that assists individuals and families struggling with addiction. The initiative was launched to break the stigma of addiction, bring awareness to the dangers of substance abuse, and encourage positive decision making to navigate life’s challenges.

The response to the assembly has been overwhelmingly positive.

Dunlap High School would like to thank the sponsors who assisted in bringing Chris Herren to speak to our students:
Commerce Bank
The Dunlap High School Parent’s Club
Mike Miller Hyundai
ESPN Radio 96.5 & The Jim Mattson Show
Heinold & Banwart, Ltd.
Center for Health
The Friends of DHS Project Purple

Project Purple

Submitted by: Tom Welsh
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Timely Meaningful Consultation with Parents and Schools Scheduled

Parents of students attending private school within Dunlap’s boundaries or of home-schooled children are invited to attend a meeting on May 24, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the district office.

Ali Bond, Director of Student Services, will be facilitating the timely meaningful consultation with parents and schools. This meeting occurs annually as required by Illinois State Board of Education.

At this meeting the following topics will be discussed: the proportionate share (dollar amount) allotted to serve students in private settings, Dunlap’s child find activities, a description of evaluation procedures, and a description of services offered.

Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact Ali Bond directly by email or phone 309-691-3955 or attend the meeting.

Submitted by: Ali Bond
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap Gives Back Garage No Sale!

Dunlap Gives Back Garage No-Sale!
Come and pick up items or request items!
What is a Garage No SALE? It is where you come and pick up any items you want, no limit!
There is NO COST, FREE!!!!
Where is it?
DAC (Dunlap Activity Center) – 101 E. Pine, Dunlap, IL 61525
When is it?
May 25th from 10am-2pm
What if I can’t come?
Please email a list of items that you need or want and we can deliver on May 26th from 10am-12pm.
Email: or call 309-243-8655 (Alyssa Hart)
Items you can request:
FOOD, clothing (what sizes/male or female), household items, books (age), toys, and many other items.

Submitted by: Ali Bond
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

FBLA #CONNECTing with Middle Schools!

Throughout the past few weeks, students from Dunlap High School’s FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) chapter presented a workshop on social media safety and professionalism titled “#CONNECT” to eighth grade students at Dunlap Middle School and Dunlap Valley Middle School. The workshop included a presentation, team building activities, information about social media rules at the high school, and most importantly, fun!

Students talked about rules to follow when online, how to protect yourself and others on social media, what is and isn’t ok to post, and made a list of their own five rules to follow when on social media. Overall, eighth graders learned that it is possible to have fun and stay safe on social media at the same time. Eighth grade students also had time to ask questions about high school and FBLA members shared their experiences.

FBLA members that participated were:
Julia Tavares
Hanifah Ali
Zach Stroup
Bruna Tavares
Peter Walker
Imadh Khan
Molly Royce
Sam Royce
Nikith Erukulla

Not only the eighth graders had fun. FBLA members were very grateful for the opportunity and had a great time #CONNECTing with the students!





Submitted by: Tom Welsh
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

School Nurses Day!

The Dunlap School District is celebrating School Nurse Day on May 11, a day to celebrate and thank all school nurses that take care of children when they are at school. The day aims to recognize school nurses and acknowledge their role in the educational setting.

School nurses are one of the first line of medical professionals to ensure the health and mental well-being of school children and young adults. They are also responsible for monitoring that children in schools are achieving their developmental milestones as well as ensuring that their lives outside the school are safe and healthy.

Take a moment today to thank them for all they do for the Dunlap School District.

Submitted by: Ali Bond
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

DMS Student Wins Peoria B&N “My Favorite Teacher” Contest

DMS 7th grade student, Anjali Yedavall, won the Barnes & Noble’s My Favorite Teacher contest with a poem she wrote for her former teacher, Sarah Urbanc.

Click on the link below to watch Anjali and Mrs. Urbanc featured on WMBD’s weekly “Living Well”
with Evelyn Wilkerson.

Submitted by Amy Stefanski
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

DMS Hosts Successful Spring Literacy Showcase

Dunlap Middle School hosted its first Literacy Showcase. This event was created to illustrate ELA standards across all curricula focusing on written or artistic work done by students.

Showcase featured:

– 100+ Author projects created by the 8th grade class.
– 40 + pieces of book art created by the 6th grade art classes
– Storyboards and collages created by selected 7th grade students
– Special performance by the DMS Orchestra
– A self-guided tour of other written work from various classes

We congratulate all the students who put together wonderful work to be displayed for families and community members.




Submitted by Amy Stefanski
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Building Based Technology SIP Afternoon

Last week all district teachers met in their buildings for technology training. Each building learned about our current 1:1 pilot program and were introduced to our new learning management system, Canvas. All sessions were led out by our 1:1 pilot teachers. Teachers then had the opportunity to discuss technology integration in the classroom and try out some of the features of Canvas. There will be more training in the coming months and next year, but it was exciting to see the initial response to how technology can enhance the already strong instruction in our classrooms.

If you would like more information about the 1:1 pilot program, please visit our 1:1 Implementation Planning Website.




Submitted by: Heather Bowman
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap FBLA Heads to Nationals

Future Business Leaders of America members and advisers from Dunlap High School attended the 67th Illinois Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership Conference at the Crowne Plaza, Springfield, Illinois, on Friday and Saturday, April 1-2. Over 1,500 members, advisers, and guests from 73 Illinois FBLA chapters were registered for the conference. The two-day state conference included activities in personal development, business and leadership training, election of 2016-2017 state officers, and competitive events. Sophomore Bruna Tavares won the election and will serve as the State Secretary.

During the awards program at the conference, Dunlap High School FBLA members placed in the top ten of their individual competitive events: Accounting – Himani Suthar (10th place), Accounting II – Dotun Taiwo (9th place), Business Communication – Bruna Tavares (5th place), Computer Applications – Sam Royce (5th place), Cyber Security – Parsa Khorasanizadeh (8th place), Healthcare Administration – Peter Walker (9th place), Insurance & Risk Management – Hanifah Ali (4th place), Introduction to Business Procedures – Aditi Wadhwa (7th place), Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure – Julia Tavares (2nd place), and Personal Finance – Thomas Driscoll (6th place).

Other FBLA members competing were Imadh Khan, Cathryn Palmer, Jennifer Hu, Molly Royce, Zach Stroup, Alyssa MacDonald, Harini Subramanian, Harshini Subramanian, and Alex Hoerr.

Julia Tavares, Peter Walker, and Sam Royce served as voting delegates at the conference in the election of the following 2016-2017 Illinois FBLA State Officers.

Dunlap had two national qualifiers, Hanifah Ali and Julia Tavares, who will be headed to Atlanta, Georgia in June for the National Leadership Conference. Best of luck to both participants! Bruna Tavares will also be representing Dunlap High School at the event.

FBLA-PBL is the largest student business organization in the world with more than a quarter of a million members! FBLA prepares students for “real world” professional experiences. For more information about FBLA-PBL, go to,, and


Submitted by: Angie Stancil
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent