Curriculum Specialist Welcome

We are pleased to announce the addition of Kathryn Jennings, Curriculum Specialist.
Kathryn is from Abingdon, Illinois, and she just completed her ninth year of teaching. Katie’s husband of nine years is Greg Jennings, a Knox County Sheriff’s Department K9 Deputy, and they have three children: son, Collin (7); son, Connor (5); and daughter, Camdyn (3). They enjoy watching their children play sports, tumble, and chase after their dog, K9 Edo.
Her experience spans preschool through 12th grade. She began teaching in 2008 at ROWVA High School as an English teacher. After three years, she accepted a position at Monmouth-Roseville as a Literacy Coach/ High School Reading Specialist. In 2012, she earned a Master’s of Science in Education with her Reading Specialist certification. After two years at Monmouth-Roseville, she accepted a position in her hometown of Avon, Illinois, teaching K-12 Title and developing the RTI program for Avon Elementary and Abingdon-Avon Middle School. After two years, she was asked to transfer to the high school as an English teacher and taught in that position for two years. While teaching English in the high school, she returned to Western Illinois University to complete her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.
We are excited to have Kathryn join the Dunlap team!

Submitted by: Heather Bowman
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Future Ready 1:1 Preparations

The technology department has been hard at work this summer preparing for our Future Ready 1:1 deployment of Chromebooks for grades 4-8 this fall. All Chromebooks have been delivered and are currently being set up and inventoried for student use.

Teachers have also been preparing for August, attending summer professional learning and preparing student content on Canvas, our learning management system. Parents will receive information on how to access Canvas in the fall at device deployment time.

As a reminder, there will be information meetings in August for all parents of 4-8th grade students. In order for your child to receive their Chromebook at the start of the school year, parents need to attend one of these meetings to sign off the Chromebook handbook. You need not attend a meeting at your child’s home school and if you have more than one child in grades 4-8, you only need to attend one meeting.

If you have further questions, feel free to contact Heather Bowman, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, or your building principal.

Submitted by: Heather Bowman
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

DHS Summer School

Our first session of summer school at Dunlap High School concluded a week ago. This was the first year the District offered summer school courses to allow students the option to complete a course outside of the regular school year. Students who were interested had the choice between software applications and civics. They attended class each morning from eight to noon for a three week period. There is a second session of software applications that started July 10.
We look forward to expanding this program and adding additional courses next summer.

Submitted by: Heather Bowman
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap Educational Foundation Fundraising Opportunity

Want to help Dunlap students and educational programs? New to the District this past year was the creation of an educational foundation for our students. The Dunlap Educational Foundation is a non-taxing 501c3 charitable organization whose sole purpose is to develop resources to enhance the educational programs in our schools. One of the fundraising efforts is through “The Amazon Smile Foundation”. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from any eligible Amazon Smile purchase to our Dunlap Educational Foundation. Tens of millions of products are eligible for donations. You will see products marked “Eligible for Amazon Smile donation” on their product detail pages. Simply click on this link directly or go to and choose “Dunlap Educational Foundation” as your charity of choice. Money raised through the Dunlap Educational Foundation will go directly to support more opportunities for Dunlap students and staff.

Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

District Title I Plan

Compliance with new legislation put forth by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires that each school district which holds a Title I program to create a new Title I Plan following a template provided by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). This plan was created in conjunction with teachers, paraprofessionals, Title I administration, as well as feedback from Title I parent meetings and parent surveys throughout the school year. The plan, posted here, is up for comment/questions until 6/19/17. Any staff or community member wishing to make comment or ask questions is encouraged contact me at or contact me by phone at (309) 691-3955. This plan will go before the Board of Education for consideration on 6/21/2017 after which time it will be sent to ISBE. The submission of this plan then allows our district to complete our annual Title application process. The federal money the district receives from Title I provides the services of paraprofessionals for interventions in our Title I buildings as well as some of our professional development and intervention resources.

Submitted by: Heather Bowman
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap High School Student Recognized by ISBE

DHS Sophomore, Riley Moran, was recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service.
Riley was one of four students recently named as recipients for the 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. Riley spent his time organizing projects and volunteering his time at Neighborhood House.
We are very proud of Riley and his contributions to our community!

Submitted by: Scott Adreon
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

DGS Student Named State Champion in Chess

Congratulations to 3rd Grade DGS Student, Owen! Owen is the new state champion in chess for both major scholastic state wide chess tournaments in Illinois: The State Champion in Upper Primary section of 2017 Illinois K-8 State Chess Championship and 3rd Grade State Champion in Illinois All Grade 2016

The Illinois K-8 State Chess Championship is the major scholastic state wide chess tournament held in Illinois annually. The 2017 Illinois K-8 State Chess Championship was held in Normal, IL, from March 11 to March 12. 567 players from Kindergarten to 8th grade across the state attended this 2-day event. Each player played 7 rounds. Owen played in the Upper Primary section, which is for 2nd and 3rd grade students. Owen is the only player who won all the 7 games in the Upper Primary section, which included 171 players. Owen won the first place trophy and he became the state champion in the Upper Primary section of 2017 Illinois K-8 State Chess Championship .

The Illinois All Grade is another major scholastic state wide chess tournament held during the fall of each year. The 2016 Illinois All Grade was held in Naperville on November 5, 2016. 404 players from kindergarten to high school across the state attended. Each player plays 5 rounds. Owen played in the 3rd Grade section, which includes 53 players. Owen is the only player who won all the 5 games in the 3rd Grade section, and Owen won the first place trophy. Owen became the 3rd Grade state champion!

Congratulations to Owen in this extraordinary accomplishment! Way to be a Royal!

Submitted by: Mandy Ellis
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, 2017 at 10:00 a.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, phone 309-691-3955 or attend the meeting.

Submitted by: Ali Bond
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

WW Wins a “Making Waves” Award

Wilder-Waite Grade School received a “Making Waves” award at the Clean Water Celebration on April 24th.
5th grade teacher Jeremy Conlee took the 5th grade recycling team to the Peoria Civic Center to receive the award. Since 1995, the Clean Water Celebration has presented Making Waves Awards to individuals and organizations who “Make Waves” for water and the environment.
Wilder-Waite was nominated as a 2017 Making Waves Award winner as a model of how students can take leadership roles in recycling at their school.
The 5th grade team visits classrooms and offices daily to collect recyclable materials.
Congratulations to the recycling team and to all wildcats committed to recycling and taking care of our environment!

Submitted by: Stacy Berg
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent