National School Bus Safety Week

This week we celebrate National School Bus Safety Week, and we thank our transportation employees for everything they do. They transport our most precious cargo – our students. Driving a bus is not an easy job but our dedicated staff works hard to ensure that all of our students arrive at home and school safely each and every day. If you see a transportation employee this week, please take a moment to thank them for everything they do!


Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Western Illinois String Faculty Visits Dunlap!

On Thursday, September 22, Dunlap High School and Dunlap Middle School Orchestra students had the opportunity to work with the string faculty from Western Illinois University. The morning began at Dunlap High School, which started with a faculty string quartet performance. Students then had a short time to work with Dr. Julieta Mihai, Associate Professor of Violin; Ramon Soberano, Violin Teaching of Dr. Mihai; Dr. Istvan Szabo, Associate Professor of Viola; and Dr. Moises Molina, Professor of Cello. Then, the morning continued at Dunlap Middle School. The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students also listened to the first movement of the Edvard Grieg String Quartet. The DMS Orchestra students then had about 35 minutes to work with Dr. Mihai, Mr. Soberano, Dr. Szabo, and Dr. Molina on the basics of how to achieve a good tone on their instruments. It was a wonderful morning of making music for the students, and we look forward to future collaborations with the Western Illinois string faculty.





Submitted by Rosemary Ardner
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

HGES Student Earns Outstanding Achievement Award

Hickory Grove Elementary School would like to congratulate Siri Ugru on receiving the Outstanding Achievement Award at Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search. Siri earned the highest level of distinction as a top scorer in competition with 15,000 students in grades 3-9. Congratulations Siri!



Submitted by: Jeremy Etnyre
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap High School Celebrates Teen Read Week™ with the Theme “Read for the Fun of it!”

Dunlap High School will celebrate Teen Read Week (October 9-15, 2016) with programs spotlighting all the great resources and activities available at the library and to encourage teens from around the area to read for their enjoyment. Thousands of libraries, schools and bookstores across the country will hold similar events centered on this year’s theme, “Read for the fun of it!”
This year, Teen Read Week also is a chance for libraries to highlight the services they provide for and with the 22% of the nation’s youth who speak a language other than English.
Teen Read Week is a time to celebrate reading for fun while encouraging teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms —books, magazines, e-books, audiobooks and more! It is also a great opportunity to encourage teens to become regular library users.
In recent years, many families have had to adapt to make do with less as a result of the economy. Teen Read Week is a great opportunity for teens and their families to learn about all the free services and resources the library offers. The library also offers a safe and supervised space for adolescents to engage in creative, educational activities with caring adults and mentors.

Parents of teens are also encouraged to celebrate Teen Read Week at home. Dunlap High School offers these ideas:
– Set aside time each day for the family to read.
– Give books or magazine subscriptions to your teen as a gift or reward.
– Share your favorite book with your teen.
– Go online with your teen to learn about new books or authors by visiting, or use YALSA’s free Teen Book Finder app.
– Host a book discussion group .
– Build an in-home library (thrift stores and yard sales offer an inexpensive way to do that).
– Listen to audiobooks on trips.
– Create a cozy reading corner somewhere in your home.
– Use meal time to talk about books that you’re reading.
– Parents and caregivers can also be role models by making time to read.
– Incorporate reading into teen chores, such as reading a recipe when cooking, reading instructions for how-to projects, reading sales fliers to develop a shopping list, and more.

Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. It is held annually in October, the same week as Columbus Day. For more information, visit

Submitted by: Amy Stefanski
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Banner Opens Charlotte’s Park

September 7 marked a special day in the history of Banner! One family donated all of the materials and labor (estimated 500-600 hours) to building this amazing outdoor classroom, better known as Charlotte’s Park.
Charlotte is the name of the builder’s mother, who passed away in 2012 at the age of 91. She immigrated from Germany at the age of 15 all by herself and came to the United States on a two-week boat journey. She came with nothing and ended up being a college professor on the East Coast. She believed in giving back to her community and making sure all students had equal learning opportunities. She is the true definition of perseverance and hard work to achieve your dreams.
Thank you to the Litt Family for this amazing donation!







Submitted by: Greg Fairchild
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Athletic Leadership Team Update

The Athletic Leadership Team has been busy! The team met on three separate occasions during the month of May. Each session was led by a facilitator, Dr. Eileen Setti. There were 22 people on the Leadership Team consisting of coaches at the high and middle schools, administrators, school board members, community members, and alumni.

Over the three sessions, the team discussed the state of Dunlap Athletics and how to move it forward and improve. The sessions took their lead from the newly developed District Strategic Plan. At the end of the sessions, the team had created the frameworks of a newly developed mission and philosophy. The Leadership Team also wanted a plan on how to guide all of our decision making. The frameworks of guiding principles was also put in place. The team decided at the conclusion of the three days to develop a sub group that would take the finished reports and develop a final product.

The sub group is made up of 11 individuals. These individuals have made a commitment to follow through and stay on the team. Our first task was to complete what the Leadership Team created. We met several times in June to create our departments “Plan on a Page” and our Guiding Principles and Elements. We were successful on both accounts and are extremely proud of the documents that we created.

Several members of the sub committee presented all of our information to the School Board in July. The presentation was informational by nature and a productive dialogue came about. The School Board reviewed all of our documents and they were accepted at the August board meeting. You can see all of these documents at the athletic website – These documents will guide all of our decisions in the department.

The sub group will continue to meet early and often this school year. Topics for the group will include looking at the athletic code, middle school sports, cut vs. no cut, and athletic surveys.

Submitted by: Greg Crider
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap High School ACT Success

Goal One: Promote growth and achievement in the Dunlap School community

Preparing for the ACT can be stressful, but Dunlap students have proven, once again, that they are prepared for the challenge. The class of 2016 had a strong average composite score of 24.5 compared with the state average of 20.8.
We look forward to seeing the great things this class will accomplish in their post-secondary institutions and careers.

Submitted by: Heather Bowman
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Dunlap High School Recognized with Top Honors at FBLA National Leadership Conference in Atlanta

Dunlap, Illinois, July 27, 2016—More than 9,380 of America’s high school students traveled to the Peach State to CONNECT with top future business leaders and showcase their talents.

The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference was held June 29–July 2 in Atlanta. Participants from across the United States and abroad attended this exciting conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 65 business and business-related competitive events.

Hanifah Ali from Dunlap High School in Dunlap, Illinois received national recognition at the FBLA Awards of Excellence Program on July 2. Ali competed in Insurance & Risk Management and brought home first place. To excel in the event, Ali displayed knowledge in business management & administration, finance, marketing, sales, & service.

Bruna Tavares and Julia Tavares from Dunlap High School in Dunlap, Illinois received national recognition at the North Central Region Regional Campaign Rally and Recognition Session on June 30. Both students were awarded their Business Achievement Award (BAA) America Level, the highest honor in the Business Achievement Awards. The BAA America level focuses on FBLA leadership at all levels, helps your members hone advanced business skills, and instills a spirit of community involvement in members.

The awards was part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to competitions, students immersed themselves in interactive workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and heard from motivational speakers on a broad range of business topics.

About FBLA-PBL, Inc.
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., the premier student business organization, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. For more information, visit


Submitted by: DHS FBLA
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

2016 Illinois FBLA-PBL Summer Leadership Workshop

What does the future hold? Who is going to lead us? Where will they get their training? Students from Dunlap High School were among students from all over Illinois who took part in the fortieth annual Summer Leadership Workshop for Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda at the Northfield Inn in Springfield, Illinois, July 20-22. FBLA-PBL is dedicated to providing students with the skills necessary to lead them into the future. The theme of the workshop was “A Legacy of Leadership” which is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the FBLA-PBL association: 1942-2017.

Patty Hendrickson, Certified Speaking Professional from La Crosse, Wisconsin, Louie Sharp, Owner of Sharp Skills in Island Lake, Illinois, and Sandra Bronson, Illinois FBLA State Adviser from Decatur, helped students strengthen their leadership skills, practice team building, and develop characteristics valuable in the world of work. Workshops included information on benefits of being an FBLA-PBL member, running for office, time management, competitive events, and much more.

Julia Tavares said, “Having it been my second year at SLW, I couldn’t wait to see it affect other people as much as it had affected me. Last year, my life changed at SLW. I learned so much, grew so much, and found a passion for a wonderful organization. This year, I saw other members grow and come out of their shell. It was the most amazing thing ever.” Hanifah Ali also added her insight on the experience – “SLW connected with me on a personal level. It showed me that I can put myself out there, that I can create change, and most importantly, that I can be a leader for our generation. I learned lifelong skills, made lifelong friends, and I gained lifelong memories. I truly believe that SLW and FBLA have positively impacted me and have pushed me in the right direction.” “At SLW I learned a lot about what FBLA really is. I learned that it is about leadership and being able to communicate with those around you and not having any fear of speaking. I hope to use these skills in not just my own chapter but my own life as well,” said Imadh Khan. Sam Royce said, “SLW is a place where I have learned to be courageous and have more outlandish dreams than I had before. It gave me the chance to have a voice and everyone listened. I learned what leadership is, how to wield it, and where it will take me in life.” Zach Stroup stated that “During SLW, I learned that one person’s actions can furnace others to dream more and do more. I learned that being a leader isn’t always about leading from the front, it’s about being able to lead from behind when that time comes. So this year, my goal is to implement what I learned at SLW to not only grow as a person, but as a chapter as well.” Molly Royce shared how the experience impacted her by saying, “SLW really showed me that if you work together, anything can be accomplished in a short amount of time. It really made me step out of my comfort zone, and because of that, I feel that I have grown as a leader.” Lastly, Himani Suthar stated that “SLW was a great experience, as it not only helped me develop my leadership skills, but also allowed me to meet other FBLA students from Illinois and share new ideas with them. I am very grate to have participated in this interactive workshop.”

Students and advisers from Dunlap High School who participated in the workshop and planned the chapter’s program of work included Angela Stancil, Adviser, Bruna Tavares, Chapter President, Julia Tavares, Chapter Vice President, Hanifah Ali, Chapter Secretary, Imadh Khan, Chapter Treasurer, Samuel Royce, Chapter Reporter, Himani Suthar, Member, Molly Royce, Member, and Zachary Stroup, Member. Aspiring Business Leader Scholarships were won by Julia Tavares, Ali, Khan, and Royce.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) is a nonprofit education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, outside Washington, D.C. For more information about FBLA-PBL visit the following websites: and,.



Submitted by: DHS FBLA
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent

Congratulations to Kristen Bishop!

Congratulations to Kristen Bishop, who is a paraprofessional at Dunlap Grade School. Kristen will receive the Those Who Excel Education Award sponsored by the Illinois State Board of Education in October. The State Board annually bestows three levels of honor at its awards banquet: The Award of Excellence, the Award of Merit and the Award of Recognition.

Kristen has worked for us for 5 years and we are fortunate to have such a dedicated employee be recognized by the State Board. We are proud of the work she does at Dunlap Grade School and her ability to always put students first in her daily tasks. Congratulations Kristen!


Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent