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Dunlap Community Unit School District #323

Dunlap High School Students Attend Caterpillar Career Exploration Experience

Goal 1: To continuously improve student growth and achievement. On Tuesday, March 24, students from Dunlap High School attended the Caterpillar Engineering and Manufacturing Operations Career Exploration Experience. This program was open to freshman and sophomore students interested in engineering who are excelling in math and science. Two male and seven female students were given a full day at Caterpillar’s East Peoria location. Once there, the students were able to meet with individuals currently working for Caterpillar. Employees in fields such as Supply Chain Management, Engineering, Marketing, Safety, and Manufacturing told their stories of what brought them to Caterpillar, and the students had the opportunity to ask questions. Students were able to tour the facilities, getting an up close look at life in the Caterpillar factories. The day was extremely beneficial and equally enjoyable for the students.

Submitted by: Tom Welsh
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Upcoming Road Closures

Dear Dunlap Community,

I received the following email regarding road closures in our school district starting this Monday, April 20. I wanted to share the information below with you, so that there aren’t any surprises on Monday.

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that Allen Road will be closed from Alta Lane to 1st Street in Peoria, starting Monday, April 20th. This closure is expected to continue until September and is necessary for construction of a tunnel for the Rock Island Trail and for construction of new pavement on Allen Road.

Also on April 20, the City of Peoria will be closing the nearby intersection of Allen Road and Alta Road. Detour routes for motorists in this area will be posted and will include Radnor Road, Wilhelm Road, and Knoxville Avenue. Visit for more information on this closure.

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

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For updated traffic information and views from dozens of traffic cameras in Peoria and surrounding areas, visit

Submitted by: Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap School District Hiring Transportation Employees for 2015-16 School Year

Looking for a part time job? Dunlap School District #323 is hiring part-time bus drivers and monitors for the 2015-16 school year. All training is provided, and starting pay is regionally competitive. If you start training now, you will be ready to drive by summer. Please contact Duane Peterson, Director of Transportation, at 243-8323 or for more information.

Submitted by: Duane Peterson
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

District to Hold Kindergarten Registration for 2015-16 School Year

The Dunlap School District will hold Kindergarten Registration for the 2015-16 school year on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Kindergarten registration will take place at the home school in which the student will attend.

Children must be five (5) years old on or before September 1, 2015.

The following information will be needed at registration:

  • Child’s certified birth certificate/passport
  • Proof of residency
    • Documents are available on the district website regarding acceptable forms for proof of residency.
  • Health information
    •  Physical with current immunization record, dental exam, and vision exam (due on or before the first day of school)
      • Illinois dental exam must be dated after 11/15/14
      • Illinois physical (with lead screening) and eye exams must be dated after 8/15/14
      • Immunizations required:
        • 4 DTaP shots (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis)
        • 3 Polio shots
        • 2 MMR shots (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) or proof of immunity
        • 2 Varicella shots (Chicken Pox) or proof of immunity
  • Book rental fee of $90

The potential exists that kindergarten students and students new to the district may need to be moved to another Dunlap school if enrollment figures are high. You will be notified on or before August 10th if your child will not be attending the school where they registered.

Submitted by: Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent


Championship Scholastic Bowl at Dunlap High School

Goal 1: To continuously improve student growth and achievement. The Dunlap High School Scholastic Bowl team finished their 2014-15 season with a trip to the IHSA state finals at the Peoria Civic Center. They were one of eight Class AA teams at the state finals. The team went 75-14 in the season. They won the Mid-Illini conference title, along with the River City, Springfield Invite, Peoria Area League, Masonic Sectional, IHSA Regional and Sectional titles. In Scholastic Bowl, there is a trifecta of state tournaments. Dunlap qualified and played in the trifecta of IHSA state, Masonic State and NAQT. This is the most wins Dunlap has earned in its history.

Our team played as a team. We were led by seniors Paul Lee, Joseph Bernard, Josh Han and Erik Harvey. We also had juniors Dan Whelan, Santosh Sudhaker and Thomas Driscoll. Sophomore Ethan Carpenter played varsity all season. Our freshmen team won the Peoria County tournament, as well as the Peoria Area League title. Paul Lee was honored as an all-sectional winner.

This was a truly special season for our young men and women. They are coached by Aaron Barrington, who has coached the team for the last 21 years. In that time, Dunlap Scholastic Bowl has gone 742-224. They are looking forward to a great season next year!

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Submitted by: Tom Welsh
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

State of Illinois Passes Budget Bill that Cuts 2.25% of District’s Current Year State Funding

Goal 5: To obtain efficient, effective, and equitable use of resources. The General Assembly has passed HB 317 and HB318 to fill the State’s Budget gap. This bill has cut the state budget by 2.25% across the board for Education. This cut will result in a loss of $84,957.72 to our district for the current year. Some loss in state funds was planned when creating the budget for this year, so it is our hope that the state will make all of its other payments for the year, and this 2.5% loss will have a minimal impact on our district. Dunlap School district is fortunate to have fund balances that allow us to continue our daily operations, even with this loss of state funding, while a long-term plan is created to address the loss.

We are still watching pension reform and SB1 (School Funding Formula) very closely and will continue to provide updates as they become available.

Submitted by: Karen Beverlin, Director of Business Services
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap Middle School Panther Pals Serve the Community

Goal 4: To ensure a satisfying and productive partnership with families and the community. During the month of February, the Dunlap Middle School Panther Pals made fleece tie blankets to donate to the Salvation Army homeless shelter. Panther Pals is an organization at Dunlap Middle School that helps promote 1:1 friendships for students with disabilities and their general education peers. The fleece material and fabric scissors were purchased with a PNC grant awarded to Mrs. Windsor and Mrs. Steffen. On January 30, Mrs. Windsor and Mrs. Steffen’s students went to Jo-Ann Fabrics to purchase the fleece. Each student was able to pick their own fabric for the blanket they would make with their peer. For three Fridays during Panther Pride, the Pals made their blankets together. Once the blankets were completed, the Pals delivered the blankets to the Salvation Army on February 25. The Pals then went out to eat with each other at Culver’s. In total, 22 blankets were made and delivered to the homeless shelter.

Submitted by: Shannon Steffen and Amy Windsor
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap Valley Middle School 6th Grade Chess Team Finishes 2nd in IESA State Tournament

Dunlap Valley Middle School would like to recognize the 6th grade chess team on their 2nd place finish at the IESA State Chess Tournament. The team finished in 2nd place during the two-day tournament held at Illinois State University on February 27th and 28th.

The 6th grade team consisted of Grant B., Oliver F., Milind F., Aryan G., Kushal M., and Aayush S., All Dunlap Valley Middle School chess players played extremely well during the tournament with Kushal M., Oliver F., and 8th grader Connor C. receiving 2nd Runner-Up awards for their performances. Congratulations to all 6th and 8th graders that competed, and to the 6th grade team on their great accomplishments at the IESA State Chess Tournament!

For additional information, please visit the following: – IESA Chess Scoreboard Page – State Tournament Team Results – State Tournament Individual Results

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Submitted by: Antonio Johnson
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

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