Our superhero successes this year at Dunlap Grade School are immeasurable. We attained our school SMART goals, earned AR Empowered Educator School Status, successfully administered PARCC for the first time, more fully implemented common core learning standards, and grew as lifelong learners, critical thinkers, readers, and mathematicians. Our students and staff followed our Royal Decree: Respect Others, Respect Yourself, and Respect Learning!
What’s more important is that our students grew as empathetic and compassionate individuals. Our Service and Leadership organization raised funds for the school, completed drives for other organizations, and fostered their own leadership skills. Our students engaged in learning opportunities with the Center for the Prevention of Abuse as they learned through the Second Step Program. We partnered with the Dunlap to Peoria St. Jude Run and raised over $15,000 for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Our students truly are ROYALS.
In addition to our accomplishments as whole, Many of our teachers achieved individual recognition:
• First Grade Teacher, Mrs. Donavan, earned the Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Young Educator from the Peoria Jaycees.
• Third Grade Teacher, Miss Mahrt, received a $500.00 grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources that resulted in a new butterfly garden for DGS.
• Fifth Grade Teachers, Mrs. Piper and Mrs. Wooden, led their students through a video competition with Scotties Trees Rock that resulted in a $2,000 award and future outdoor learning area.
• Third Grade Teacher, Mrs. Lanser, and Fifth Grade Teacher, Mrs. Wooden, led the DGS Service and Leadership Club through a project that raised over $700.00 for equipment and supplies for specials classes.
Submitted by: Mandy Ellis
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent