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Dunlap Community Unit School District #323

Dunlap Middle School Holds School Supply Drive

Goal 4: To ensure a satisfying and productive partnership with families and the community. The sixth graders at Dunlap Middle School recently held a school supply drive to collect school supplies for Holy Family Academy, a mission school in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. The sixth graders collected a wide variety of supplies, including everything from pens and pencils to book bags and flash drives.

Holy Family Academy was opened in 2006, and is comprised of grades Pre-K through 11th grade, the last year of high school on the island. Recently, Miss Harris, a Language Arts/Social Studies Teacher at Dunlap Middle School, had the opportunity to go to Turks and Caicos to volunteer at Holy Family Academy and take down some of the school supplies that were collected. Because everything is imported to Turks and Caicos, it is extremely expensive to purchase school supplies on the island. One pack of loose leaf paper costs $11.00! Many of the students (and teachers) lack the basic school supplies that make for a productive and meaningful educational experience.

Thank you to everyone who donated – it’s the little things that make a huge difference! Congratulations to Mrs. Fitch’s Panther Pride for collecting the most school supplies, and also to Miss Harris’s Panther Pride, who came in at a close second place! “For it is in giving that we receive.”

Submitted by: Nichole Harris
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap High School Students Celebrate National Foreign Language Week

Dunlap High School students recently joined schools across the country in celebrating National Foreign Language Week, an event aimed at increasing the awareness and appreciation of world languages in the United States. The students celebrated by creating over 150 artistic and informational posters that hung in the halls all week long. Students also read part of the morning announcements in a different language every day, to bring the multilingual experience to the whole school! French and Spanish students participated in a bilingual, week-long scavenger hunt, solving daily puzzles about famous figures from other countries. Fifteen lucky winners who solved them all received gift card prizes on Friday morning. Foreign language classes also celebrated by holding NFL Week lessons, having cultural food sampling days, reading classic literature, watching films in their languages, and much more!

Submitted by: Lauren Scranton
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Music Teacher Presents at State Music Conference!

On Saturday, January 31, Rosemary Ardner, music and orchestra teacher in the District, presented a session at the State Music Conference entitled, “Stupendous Strings: Building and Maintaining an Orchestra Program.” The session was primarily based off of Mrs. Ardner’s experience with the Dunlap orchestra program. The main points of the presentation included the recruitment of students, communication, collection of enrollment data, budget proposals, curriculum concerns, and the scheduling of performances.

Mrs. Ardner has taught orchestra and music in the Dunlap School District since 2006. She currently teaches 4th and 5th grade general music and 5th grade orchestra at Hickory Grove Elementary School, 4th and 5th grade orchestra at Banner and Wilder-Waite Elementary Schools, 6th through 8th grade orchestra at Dunlap Middle School, and she assists with the Dunlap High School orchestra. She also performs with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra as a violinist and is active with the Central Illinois Youth Symphony.

Submitted by: Rosemary Ardner
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Road Construction Continues on IL 91 in Dunlap

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that work to widen and resurface IL 91 in Dunlap will continue the week of March 30th, weather permitting.

This work will require traffic shifts and lane closures on IL 91. In addition, the portion of Legion Hall Road between IL 91 and Breckenridge Drive will be closed for pavement replacement and the installation of sidewalk, pipe culverts, and storm sewer.

Access to residences and businesses will be maintained during construction. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.

Please slow down and use extreme caution while driving through all work zones.

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Submitted by:  Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent






Peoria SAP Coalition Hosts Annual Awareness Breakfast

The Peoria Substance Abuse Prevention (SAP) Coalition hosted the Annual Awareness Breakfast at Hult Center for Healthy Living on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. Information was provided regarding results of the Peoria County Illinois Youth Survey that was completed by 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students throughout Peoria County. Dunlap Middle School, Dunlap Valley Middle School and Dunlap High School students at these grade levels participated in the Illinois Youth Survey. Attached is an electronic version of the IYS Peoria County aggregate results. There was also a mock teenage bedroom called, “Hidden in Plain Sight” that was highly effective.

Submitted by: Ali Bond
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

District Office Welcomes Mrs. Tavares

The Board of Education recently hired Mrs. Renata Tavares as the Superintendent/Board Secretary effective April 6, 2015. Mrs. Tavares has worked as a secretary at Hickory Grove Elementary School since 2012. She was also a classroom aide and playground supervisor at Dunlap Grade School. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, and resides in Dunlap with her husband Wilson and their two daughters, Bruna and Julia. The District Office welcomes Mrs. Tavares!


Submitted by: Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Upcoming Road Closure Announcement from City of Peoria

Please see the notes below from the City of Peoria regarding upcoming road closures and detours:

Two detours will occur this spring due to City of Peoria road construction. We know these detours will affect the daily lives of our residents, businesses, and schools. We regret the inconvenience as we make roadway and pedestrian improvements in the quickly growing neighborhoods. The City of Peoria requests that all travelers use caution in construction zones. Please call Peoria Public Works at 494-8800 with any questions. Thank you for your patience.

Closure #1:

Orange Prairie Road construction resumes April 1—Route 91 (east leg) closed at the Route 91/Orange Prairie/Grange Hall intersection.

Weather permitting, the City of Peoria’s Orange Prairie road construction project will resume on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. On this date, the east leg of Route 91 (Alta Lane) will be closed between the new intersection of Route 91/Orange Prairie/Grange Hall Rd and the Route 91 ‘jog’ that leads to War Memorial Drive. This road closure is necessary to complete the temporary work accomplished in 2014. The posted detour is Route 91 (the north-south leg going past OSF Center for Health)/War Memorial Drive/new Orange Prairie Road. The work should be completed by the beginning of the Fall, 2015 school year.

Closure #2:

Allen Road and Alta Road intersection will close May 1—Allen Road will be closed down to the “curve” to the south.

Weather permitting, the City of Peoria will close the intersection at Allen Road and Alta Road on May 1, 2015. During the 2015 construction season, the City of Peoria will reconstruct this intersection as a roundabout. At approximately the same date, the ongoing IDOT construction to the south will cause the closure of Allen Road from the ‘curve’ to the Allen/Alta Road intersection to construct the tunnel for the Rock Island Trail and the new intersection to replace the ‘curve’. Posted detours for the area will be Wilhelm/Radnor/Alta Lane/Knoxville. Access to and from Brompton Court will be via First Street. Work will continue on both projects through November, 2015, when the new roads and intersections will be opened up to traffic for the winter. There will be minor work, such as landscaping, to accomplish in Spring, 2016.

Submitted by: Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap Board of Education Appoints New Board Member

Dunlap School District #323 is pleased to announce the appointment of Cheryl Bluth as a Board of Education member to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Jason Hauer. Mrs. Bluth will serve for the remainder of the unexpired term, which ends in 2017.

Mrs. Bluth has been very active in the District, currently serving as the PTO President for Dunlap High School, and she has volunteered for school fundraising teams, regional and state science fair competitions, field trips, sports programs, and Art Awareness programs. She is a Peoria County Court-appointed advocate for children in the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) abuse and neglect system, and has served on the Children’s Home Board since 2010.

Mrs. Bluth received a J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa, double majoring in Business and Public Relations. She has practiced law in both the private and public sector.

The District began the search process in February, and 16 candidates expressed interest in the vacancy. Five candidates were interviewed, and Mrs. Bluth was selected as the new Board member and appointed on March 19, 2015 at a Special Board meeting.

Joe Eberle, President of the Board of Education, stated, “We are very excited to have Cheryl Bluth on our team. It feels great to have a Board member with a law background, and to have a full Board again. I wish the best of luck to Cheryl.”

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

Dunlap High School Students Participate in WYSE Competition

Goal 1: To continuously improve student growth and achievement. Please help me congratulate the following students on their success at the 2015 Regional WYSE (Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering) competition.

Paul Lee – 1st in both Biology and Chemistry
Josh Han – 1st in both Mathematics and English
Daniel Whelan – 1st in Computer Science
Jack Yang – 1st in Physics and third in Chemistry
Mike Yang – 2nd in Physics and third in Chemistry
Phillip Copeland – 3rd in both Mathematics and English
Jarius Lin – 2nd in Computer Science
Shane Ferraro – 3rd in English

Dunlap High School students received six 1st place awards, two 2nd place awards, and five 3rd place awards in the seven different categories. The team cumulative score was 500 out of 500. Outstanding work!

A special congratulations and thanks to David Qi, Logan Pfalgraf, Kate Weyeneth, and Brendan Mitchell for volunteering to go at the last minute and taking these very difficult tests with no preparation.

WYSE Picture

Submitted by: Tom Welsh
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

District Leadership Team Holds Winter Meeting

The District Leadership Team recently met at the District Office to receive information on Dunlap School District updates and to provide input into administration’s ideas on the Strategic Plan update and future financial communication strategies developed by Karen Beverlin, Director of Business Services.

Mrs. Beverlin and Dr. Parker have plans to provide financial updates and information to the Dunlap community on a regular basis next year. More information will be provided soon to the Board of Education and the Dunlap community regarding the upcoming meetings.

The District Leadership Team also discussed the Strategic Plan update, as well as balanced scorecard measures. The team will meet again in April.

Submitted by: Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent