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Goal 4- Partnership With Families and Community; “Right at School” Enrichment Program to be Implemented This School Year!

Goal 4 of the District Strategic Plan reads “To Ensure a Satisfying and Productive Partnership with Families and the Community.”

The Dunlap School District recently surveyed elementary parents to determine if there would be interest in bringing Right At School, an after school enrichment provider, to our schools this Fall. The response was overwhelming and we are pleased to announce that Right At School will be offering enrichment classes and extended day opportunities right in our school every day that school is in session until 6:00 PM.

Registration is now open at RIGHT AT SCHOOL’s Website.

New Hires Approved

Dunlap Grade School is excited to welcome three new classroom teachers to our team. Each new teacher has a passion for teaching and children. With individual strengths, each new teacher will make an excellent addition to our team.
In addition, Mr. Horrie was hired as our full-time custodian. Mr. Horrie joins us at Dunlap Grade from Banner Elementary School where he has served as the night time custodian for the past 6 years. Mr. Horrie has also served as a manager at a local grocery store for many years.
Welcome to the team, Mrs. Erikson, Miss Mahrt, Mr. Eckert, and Mr. Horrie!
Read on to learn more about our new teachers!

1st Grade Teacher: Mrs. Erikson
(Formerly Miss McKay)

1st Grade Teacher: Mrs. Erikson

Mrs. Erikson is excited to be joining the great families and staff at DGS as a first grade teacher! She earned an undergraduate degree in communications at Marquette University. She found her true passion lied in teaching. Mrs. Erikson received a Master’s in Teaching at the University of Southern California and completed her student teaching at Charter Oak Primary School and Harrison Learning Community Center in Peoria. This past year, she worked as a special education aide at DGS and learned and lived the values of the Dunlap community. Mrs. Erikson feels it is her job to facilitate learning for each student by personalizing the instruction, so every child can reach their potential at
their pace, while setting high expectations in the classroom. Mrs. Erikson states, “I look forward to all the wonderful experiences and memories that will be made at DGS and the relationships that will be built!”

3rd Grade Teacher: Miss Mahrt

3rd Grade Teacher: Miss Mahrt

Miss Samantha Mahrt is from Groveland, Illinois. She graduated from Morton High School in May of 2006, received an Associate’s Degree from Illinois Central College in May of 2008, and received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Illinois State University in May of 2010. During her time at Illinois State University, Miss Mahrt had the opportunity to take part in a year-long student teaching internship in Normal, Illinois. Her experiences prepared Miss Mahrt to differentiate and support the needs of all students. For the past two years, Miss Mahrt has been teaching third grade at New Holland-Middletown School in Middletown, Illinois. Miss Mahrt states, “It is my goal to challenge my students while making learning fun and exciting for them. Given the opportunity and support, I believe all students are capable of success. I am looking forward to continuing my teaching career as the new third grade teacher at Dunlap Grade School! I have heard so many great things about Dunlap Grade School, and I am honored to be a part of it.”

4th Grade Teacher: Mr. Eckert

4th Grade Teacher: Mr. Eckert

Dan Eckert is not a stranger to the Dunlap community.  A 2010 graduate from Bradley University, Dan holds a degree in Elementary and Middle School Education.  Having student taught in fourth grade at Wilder-Waite, Dan is thrilled to be returning to the district.  Originally from Cary, Illinois, Dan just finished the school year working as a fifth grade classroom assistant at Fox River Grove Middle School in Fox River Grove, Illinois.  Along with his previous experiences, Dan could not be more excited to start his teaching career at DGS.  Dan is a firm believer in authentic and meaningful lessons that students can incorporate within their own lives.  With that said, he cannot wait to establish a love of lifelong learning within his students.

New Website Launched

District Strategic Goal #5 is:

To Ensure a Satisfying and Productive Partnership with Families and the Community.

To maintain an effective means of communication and provide information to our families and community, we have recently launched our new website. The website will provide families links to important websites, the ability to download necessary documents for registration, fundraisers, supplies, and much more, and provide up to date events and information.

The website will continue to receive updates throughout the summer. One major update will occur when staff are confirmed and teacher webpages, biographies, and pictures are uploaded to the teacher page. Additionally, albums of pictures from Dunlap Grade School events will be uploaded on an ongoing basis through the school year.

We are excited for this launch and invite you to visit the new page at:

 Dunlap Grade School’s New Website 


Easter Seals FUNdraiser

District Strategic Goal #5 is:

To Ensure a Satisfying and Productive Partnership with Families and the Community.

I was able to see this partnership being celebrated this week. As the new DGS principal, I have walked into DGS twice in the past week to see Mr. Etnyre on the roof of the building. The first time I saw him on the roof was for the first grade egg drop. Yesterday when I arrived, water balloons were being launched, super soakers were being sprayed, and kids were screaming with delight. Wondering if this was something in store for me in the future, I decided to investigate. As I investigated the cause of their elation, I learned that it was in celebration of the fundraising the students completed for Easter Seals. The students at DGS raised $1,257.82 for the children at Easter Seals. See the story here at CINEWS and the Peoria Journal Star


Way to Go DGS!

Jr. Olympics

District Strategic Goal #2 is:

To Obtain a Satisfying and Productive Classroom and School Learning Environment

In an effort to fulfill that goal, all students at Dunlap Grade participated in Jr. Olympics. A day of activity and enjoyment led to learning opportunities in the areas of sportsmanship, perseverance, and kindness as students participated in many different activities. Grades 3-5 participated in early May and our K-2 students had their day last week.

Congratulations to all participating students. Thank you to Mr. Combs, the classroom teaching staff, and families that made the day possible!



The Parent’s Club graciously purchased DGS a new podium to use for assemblies and special events. It arrived a few weeks ago and was shared at this week’s Parent’s Club Meeting. The podium features a lighted display, storage, and ability to connect to technology. Thanks to the Parent’s Club for their generosity and providing this podium to the students and staff at DGS!


Teacher Appreciation Week

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”

-Henry Adams

It is Teacher Appreciation Week at Dunlap Grade School and across that nation. It is a time for us to thank the staff that puts in countless hours to ensure the growth and development of our students. As an elementary school, Dunlap Grade is home to students in grades K-5, but the influence of our teachers transcends much further. Thank you for all you do!

“One hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove. But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.” 

Forest Witcraft

Explore More Day

Staff and students at Dunlap Grade School participated in the biennial “Explore More Day” on Friday. Explore More day exemplified three of the District’s Strategic Goals:

  • Goal 2:   To obtain a satisfying and productive classroom and school learning environment
  • Goal 3:   To achieve a satisfying and productive classroom and school teaching environment
  • Goal 4:   To ensure a satisfying and productive partnership with families and the community

Click on the Picture to See More Pictures from EXPLORE MORE DAY 2012

Staff, families and community members provided students opportunities to learn skills and concepts that are not typically taught in the general education curriculum. Students selected and then cycled through six different sessions that ranged from scuba diving, archery, and horseback riding, to tumbling, geo-caching, and jewelry or bow making. They were provided opportunities to simulate fire fighter training, dance with an Irish Dancer, choreograph a Hip Hop Dance routine, and decorate cupcakes. Students learned interesting facts about Korean Culture, honed their magic skills, tumbled, played tetherball, learned how to be a cartoon artist, interacted with pets, learned about science, fulfilled their need for speed, wrote in braille, created prints on cards, and generated plaster relief castings. There were smiles and laughter throughout the day of exploration.

First Grade Teacher, Genia Workheiser, was awarded a grant that allowed Children’s Author, Jim Aylesworth, to kickoff the day and speak to groups of students about the power of writing.

Thank you to all the teachers, staff, families, and community members that made this event possible. Look forward to Explore More Day in the 2013-2014 school year!


Administrative Assistant’s Day

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said. People will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

-Dr. Seuss

As we celebrate Administrative Professional’s Day, it is important to celebrate the contributions that Mrs. Kamin and Mrs. Koehler make to our school. As the face of our school, they are the smiles that greet our students, families and visitors, The voices that answer our phone calls, the tender touches that place  band-aids on  ‘boo-boos,’ and more. They have the innate ability to multi-task and impact students and teachers on a daily basis. We are so fortunate to have Mrs. Kamin and Mrs. Koehler on the DGS team!


Thank you for being YOU!
Mrs. Kamin & Mrs. Koehler!

Book Fair 2012

Thank you to the Dunlap Grade Parent’s Club for hosting another fantastic Book Fair. The fun luau themed week and evening was a success.

As Dr. Seuss said, ” The more that you read, the more things that you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Reading is an integral part of student success and achievement. The book fair not only gives families the opportunities to expand their home libraries, but give back and increase teacher classroom libraries. Thank you to the families that visited or contributed to the book fair, and thus increasing the opportunities for our children to develop as readers. Furthermore, Thank you to the Parent’s Club for hosting the event. Their hard work and dedication to making sure things ran smoothly is appreciated.

Click on the Photo to view more pictures

Now that you have more books at home, you may wonder, What part of reading development can you help with most at home? Scholastic.Com reports that a 1998 study published by the American Psychological Association links reading volume directly with both advancing a student’s reading skills and with that child’s future academic success.

The key to increasing your child’s reading volume is motivation. Choose books that match your child’s interest. Or, explore reading with other media your child loves. Is she a fan of princesses? There is a world of online fairy tales for her to explore. Kids who love superheroes can enjoy easy-reader comic books. Don’t be too picky about what your child reads at this age. Captain Underpants may be more meaningful than Little House on the Prairie — and that’s fine!

Finally, celebrate the fact that you still have a great deal of influence over what your child reads. In a survey commissioned by Scholastic, 81% of kids ages 5-8 say that their mom is a source of information for good books.

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