1st Grade Field Trip

District Goal #2 is:

To obtain a satisfying and productive classroom and school learning environment

Friday, first graders took a trip to visit Princeville Heritage Museum. Next week, they will begin learning about Schools Long Ago and Today. Students were able to visit a one room school house, where they sat in real desks and practiced writing their numbers on chalk boards. They also experienced many items that have changed, such as the iron, type writer, and calculator.



DGS Receives Recycling Grant

District Strategic Goal #5 is:

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

Dunlap Grade School has been awarded a recycling grant for the 2012-2013 School Year. This grant will aide in DGS becoming better stewards of our environment and its resources. In addition, the grant will educate students on the importance of being involved in recycling efforts. The grant, awarded through Peoria County’s Recycling & Resource Conservation, will supply DGS with environmental education programming in addition to the resources needed to recycle at DGS. We will receive

10:  7 gallon containers

20:  10 gallon containers

3:  35 gallon cart

1:    Can Crusher

 Dry Erase markers

Congratulations DGS and Thank YOU to the Recycling and Resource Conservation Department. The DGS Community looks forward to its partnership with Peoria County’s Recycling and Resource Conservation department and implementing a recycling program at the start of the school year.

Prairie Flowers Bring Joy

District Strategic Goal #5 is:

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

As I opened my email this morning, I was delighted to have a message waiting for me from Ms. Elizabeth Gray. As a photographer, she had been on the Rock Island Trail photographing the wild flowers that the Dunlap Grade Students have planted over the years. As she photographed, a gentleman approached her and told her that the flowers were a result of the students at Dunlap Grade School. The flowers that now bloom along the trail provide beauty to those that use the trail as well as habitat for wildlife that inhabits the region. It is wonderful to know that individuals continue to appreciate the hard work and dedication by the students that planted the flowers. She shared with me some of her images.

Right at School Registration Open

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 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!


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

Volunteer Reception 2012

DGS Volunteers were treated to a breakfast reception this morning. Students and staff prepared and served our volunteers in an effort to thank them for their countless hours of service and dedication to our school.

Thank you to our wonderful volunteers that make teaching and learning at Dunlap Grade School amazing We appreciate all your hard work.

 “If you want to touch the past, touch a rock.  If you want to touch the present, touch a flower.  If you want to touch the future, touch a life.”  ~Author Unknown

Volunteer Reception 2012 Video and Photos

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