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Dunlap High School FBLA Students Place at State Leadership Conference

Goal 1: To continuously improve student growth and achievementFuture Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members and advisers from Dunlap High School attended the 65th Illinois Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference at the Crowne Plaza, Springfield, Illinois, on Friday and Saturday, March 28-29.  Over 1,450 members, advisers, and guests from 66 Illinois FBLA chapters were registered for the conference.  The two-day state conference included activities in personal development, business and leadership training, election of 2014-2015 state officers, and competitive events.

During the awards program at the conference, Dunlap High School FBLA members won the following individual, team, and chapter competitive events:  Accounting I – Casey Walker (4th place), Banking & Financial Systems – Chris Zhang, Amar Arora, and Nizar Baliss (5th place), Business Calculations – Leon Xue (10th place), Business Math – Gabe Sowards (8th place), Cyber Security – Sam Klister (6th place), Economics – Sanaa Khan (9th place), Introduction to Parliamentary Procedures – Peter Walker (2nd place), Personal Finance – Eddie Sun (3rd place).  Other FBLA members and advisers in attendance were, Sami Ghantous, Joshua Han, Brandon Jones, Jessily Joseph, Kareem Kahil, Christina Lavery, Haris Naseem, Hans Son, Elizabeth Wilson, and Cary Zhu.

Jessily Joseph, Sam Klister and Casey Walker from Dunlap High School served as voting delegates at the conference in the election of the following 2014-2015 Illinois FBLA State Officers:

President:  Parth Patel, Huntley Central Area State Vice President:  Hans Son, Dunlap Central Northern Area Vice President:  Michael Mitchell, Lincoln-Way East Eastern Area Vice President:  Matthew Runyon, West Richland Northern Area Vice President:  Chris Nachman, Wauconda Southern Area Vice President:  Courtney Joyner, Marion Southwestern Area Vice President:   Spencer Hulsey, South Central Western Area Vice President:  Dakota Parks, West Central Secretary:  Daniella Feijoo, Mundelein Treasurer:  John Koenig, Normal Community Reporter:  Abby Frankel, Herrin Parliamentarian:  Sahiti Kolli, Warren Township

These officers will serve on the 2014-2015 Illinois FBLA Executive Council and their advisers will serve on the Board of Directors.

In addition, Eddie Sun will be attending the National FBLA Conference in Tennessee this June.  He will compete in his state competition, Personal Finance.  Good luck to Eddie!

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, Interim Superintendent

DHS Interact Club Chartered by Rotary International

bannerResponsible and culturally aware citizens: Rotary officials from around the state participated in a ceremony in Dunlap High School’s Town Center where the school’s newest club, Interact, received it’s official charter from Rotary International.

Interact is a club for youth ages 12-18 who want to connect with others in their community or school. Interact club members have fun while carrying out service projects and learning about the world. Interact clubs organize at least two service projects a year: one that benefits their community and one that encourages international understanding. While Interact clubs receive guidance from individual Rotary clubs, they govern and support themselves.

Dunlap High School math teacher, Tom Olson, is the club’s facilitator.

Photographed next to the new banner is DHS Interact president, Cameo Hazelwood, vice president, Katie Welsh, secretary, Preeti Subramaniyan and treasurer, Hevin Poon.

Submitted by: Tom Welsh


Dr. Lisa Parker, Interim Superintendent

Experiential Learning & Embracing 21st Century Learning

Goal 5:  To obtain efficient, effective, and equitable use of resources.

Mrs. Ryon’s Interior Design students recently had an opportunity to visit Homeway Homes and see first hand how houses are assembled. From floors, walls, drywall, ceiling, roofing, and decorating, students were able to see everything from start to finish. Students viewed modular homes and learned how they are built from a set of coordinated boxlike sections. They witnessed roof panels and walls being built at the factory, how the foundation is prepared at the building site, and the importance of how the timing of each is properly coordinated. In addition, students were able to better understand how a site influences the dwelling it sits on, and they were able to view and identify the major components of a home’s basic structure.

This trip allowed students to directly relate their curriculum with the interior and exterior construction of a home. Towards the end of the tour, students were educated on the types of careers that go along with home building and design such as: Purchasing, Engineering, Architecture, Interior Designers, Accountants, and many more. It was a great experience for the students because they were able to correlate the curriculum with real-world applications and 21st Century Skills.

Submitted by: Sally Ryon


Dr. Lisa Parker, Interim Superintendent



Life Skills Students Enjoy Learning About Current Events

Recently, Mrs. Steffen and Ms. King’s social group invited the high school life skills classes to the middle school to partake in science experiments to go along with the News-2-You: TED Prize. TED stands for Technology, Education, and Design. During the week-long conference, speakers presented about how they can change the world through making changes in science, education, design, etc.

The students took part in science experiments which included:  looking at the different colors that go into making one jelly-bean; why water and oil do not mix; how a 3/4 full glass of water covered with an index card will hold the water in when turned upside down; and their favorite: making homemade ice-cream in a bag!

Submitted by: Ali Bond


Dr. Lisa Parker, Interim Superintendent

PARCC Field Test Announcement

With the implementation of the new Common Core State Standards, a new testing system is also under adoption. Illinois, along with seventeen other states and the District of Columbia, are participating in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). PARCC is an internationally benchmarked assessment of applied knowledge designed to measure the new Illinois learning standards. PARCC will replace the existing ISAT and PSAE in 2015. As a member state, Illinois educators are helping to develop these computer-based tests in math, reading, and writing. These tests will measure students’ content knowledge and key skills, such as their ability to think critically, solve problems, and use information from their reading material to write well-developed essays. Before the state of Illinois can administer these PARCC-developed tests statewide, approximately 125,000 students in Illinois will participate in field tests, which will be conducted this spring. This is really a “test of the test” to see how well the assessment works and whether Illinois needs to make any adjustments before students take the actual PARCC exams in the 2014-15 school year. This is also a chance to make sure that students can use their schools’ laptops and computers to take the tests and learn of any issues for those taking the paper-and-pencil version of the new tests.

While the school district will not receive individual student scores based on the results, our students will play an important role in the development of Illinois’ future tests. Dunlap School District is pleased to be a part of this field test of PARCC, as it will provide us an opportunity to become more familiar with the new Illinois learning standards and the exams that assess these standards. Field tests in Dunlap are scheduled to take place the weeks of April 7 at Dunlap High School and Dunlap Valley Middle School, and the week of May 12 for the elementary buildings and Dunlap Middle School. The table below provides specific information regarding the PARCC field tests.

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Students and courses tested were selected at random. To gain a true understanding of the rigor in the item questioning, please visit the following PARCC link that provides sample questions: To view a video explaining the new assessment system, click here:

Submitted by: Dr. Lonna Anderson


Dr. Lisa Parker, Interim Superintendent



DHS Art Displayed at Peoria Airport

AirportDunlap High School students Margaret Hintz, Nidhi Suthar, and Bekah Kozinski were recognized at a reception held at the Peoria International Airport.

The girls participated in a painting project sponsored by the Airport. Students were asked to create a 3’x4’ painting based on the theme “aviation.”  The student paintings will be on display throughout the terminals for the next two years.

Congratulations to Margaret, Nidhi, and Bekah!

Submitted by: Thomas Welsh


Dr. Jay Marino, Superintendent

Continuous Improvement through teamwork, collaboration, and shared leadership!

DHS Senior Awarded the Prescott Bloom Service Above Self Award

Responsible and culturally aware citizens:  Peoria-North Rotary Club honored nine area senior high school students with the Prescott Bloom Service Above Self Award, on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at their weekly luncheon. The students have logged hundreds of volunteered hours both within their respected schools as well as in the community over the past four years, providing Service Above Self. Each student received a certificate and scholarship.     Patel - Copy

Representing Dunlap High School this year is Reeti Patel. Reeti accumulated countless hours volunteering at the following organizations:

  • OSF St. Francis Hospital
  • Illinois Cancer Clinic
  • Lakeview Museum
  • Riverfront Museum
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Peoria Public Library
  • Illinois River Clean-Up

Peoria-North Rotary Club is very involved with area students. Each week at their luncheons they recognize area high school honor students for their academic achievement. Members of the club read weekly with Roosevelt Magnet School students and provide school supplies, plus other support to the school. They have also adopted District 150 Alternative High School, and recently provided white boards for the classrooms. In addition, the club sponsors Interact, which is Rotary service clubs for high school students, at Richwoods HS and Dunlap HS. At the college level, they sponsor Rotaract at both Bradley University and Illinois Center.

Reeti is pictured with her father, Asit Patel; counselor, Laura Grygiel; and DHS principal, Tom Welsh.

Submitted by: Thomas Welsh


Dr. Jay Marino, Superintendent

Continuous Improvement through teamwork, collaboration, and shared leadership!

Life Skills Students Enjoy Learning About Current Events

Responsible and culturally aware citizens: Every week the middle school students in Mrs. Steffen’s Life Skills class learn about a current event going on in the world. This is called News-2-You. This week the students learned about the Rio Carnival. They learned that the Carnival is the world’s biggest celebration; that it is held in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; that there is a big parade with samba music and samba dancers; and that it is similar to Marti Gras, because it celebrates the coming of Lent and Easter.

On Thursday, the students, along with Mrs. George’s high school transition class, and Ms. King, our speech pathologist, celebrated the Rio Carnival. They made Marti Gras masks and made homemade kazoos with a paper towel roll, wax paper, and a rubber band. The students also learned how to Samba. Samba music was played, and the students enjoyed dancing the Samba. Thanks to Mrs. George’s class, they also enjoyed delicious king cake.

Submitted by: Ali Bond


Dr. Jay Marino

Continuous Improvement through teamwork, collaboration, and shared leadership!

Upcoming Board of Education Meetings

The Board of Education has scheduled the following upcoming meetings:

Monday, March 10, 2014
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Banner Elementary School
Agenda: Special Board Meeting for the board to review budget items for consideration in mitigating the 2014-15 budget deficit. No formal board action will be taken.
d323schoolboardWednesday, March 19, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Dunlap Grade School
Agenda: Facilities Committee Meeting to discuss repairs to the roof at the Dunlap Activity Center in addition to roof repairs at the swimming pool facility. No formal board action will be taken.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Dunlap Grade School
Agenda: Regular Board Meeting for the board to conduct its monthly business.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: TBD (The location will be posted on the district calendar as soon as it has been determined.)
Agenda: Committee meeting for the Board to continue its work in regards to curriculum and student discipline. No formal board action will be taken.

The complete agendas will be available at least 48 hours in advance of each meeting via the Dunlap CUSD #323 BoardBook link on the School Board Meeting page of the district website. All meetings are open to the public with the exception of closed session portions of meetings as outlined in the Open Meetings Act.

- Dr. Jay Marino

Continuous improvement through teamwork, collaboration, and shared leadership.









Students Volunteer at Midwest Food Bank

Goals must be specific, measurable, attainable, results-oriented, and time-bound.

Midwest Food BankOnce a month, students in Mrs. Seibert’s Life Skills class volunteer at Midwest Food Bank for two hours. The students count and place 50 granola bars into plastic bags that are then double knotted and put into large boxes. These boxes are then sent to distribution centers.

One of the students’ responsibilities at Midwest Food Bank is to put tally marks on the outside of the large box for each bag put into it. This helps to keep track of the total number of bags. The students then add the tally marks and use problem solving skills to figure out how many granola bars we bagged in the two hours they served at the food bank.

The students work hard to try to beat the totals from the previous visits.

Submitted by: Ali Bond


Dr. Jay Marino

Continuous Improvement through teamwork, collaboration, and shared leadership!