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7th Grade Rock Lesson

7th Grade science students are learning about the three types of rocks (sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous). They have to investigate the properties and descriptions of each sample and try to determine the specific rock name and type based on their observations. 


FD Visit / 4th Grade Egg Drop

A big THANK YOU to the Peru Fire Department for coming to teach our students about Fire Safety during Fire Prevention Week! As a reminder please make sure that you test all of your smoke detectors frequently and make sure to have a escape plan set in place with your family. We would also like to thank the department for participating in the 4th grade egg drop. Blake Lock, Jack Bazydlo, Kiera Mertes, Madi Thacker and Vannessa Schroeder were the 5 out of 25 students whose eggs did not break. Congratulations! 


Little Free Library

Mrs. Ring, the third graders, and the Dimmick PTO have partnered to provide a Little Free Library to Dimmick School.  This is a free book-sharing box where everyone can take a book and share a book. It creates a community of readers, inspires a love of reading, and provides access to books for readers of all ages.  All students and community members are asked to donate books to the library and to also enjoy books from the library! Our library is located by the flagpole at the front of the building. Let’s start reading!




Mrs. Petersen Wins Grant for RTI

Superintendent Ryan Linnig, Lisa Petersen, Navana Ahrends, Jackie Sapienza and Linda Fusinetti

Congratulations to Mrs. Petersen and to all the students in the RTI Program!

The Illinois Retired Teachers Association Foundation (IRTAF) awards $36,500 in grant money to several public school educators (Pre-K through 12) statewide.  IRTAF is affiliated with the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, a lobbying group for retired educators, with a current membership of over 38,500.  On October 8, 2019, Lisa Petersen was awarded his/her IRTAF grant check.  Below, you will find more information on the winner, along with his/her school, the amount of the award, IRTA Area, and a summarized paragraph of the project in the winner’s own words.

Lisa Petersen, Dimmick Consolidated School District #175, LaSalle ($402.00) Area 1

The goal of this grant is to provide students in my RTI classroom with interactive hardware for an iPad that is already in my classroom. Osmo is a piece of hardware that turns the iPad into an interactive learning experience. It comes with manipulative that enhance the learning in math through the use of tangrams and in reading with the use of letter tiles.  Please visit 
www.playosmo.com for a video of children using the hardware.



North Central Bank Field Trip

On Thursday October 3rd the 8th grade students from Mrs. Bazydlo’s Social Studies class were able to take a field trip to North Central Bank in Ladd.   During their visit the students learned more about our banking system, the federal reserve and the importance of being financially responsible during their teen years and into their adult life.  Kim McKee and other staff members at the bank were kind enough to provide the students with a tour of their facilities. The students were intrigued to learn how much of our banking is done completely electronically and how changes in technology are making the different services that the bank provides to its’ customers so accessible.  The field trip provided the students with an opportunity to see first hand how some of the topics that they have learned about during their Consumer Ed. Unit are actually put into practice in the “real world.” 


Local Artist Visits

Local Artist Ben Morrow stopped by on September 27th and took a photo next to his painting displayed in the Dimmick Grade School Hallway.


Aden Lamps 5K

On Saturday September 14th, students and teachers from Dimmick School volunteered their time and participated in the 7th Annual Aden Lamps 5K at Hall High School.  The 5K is put on by the Aden Lamps Foundation, which was founded by Ashley and Andy Lamps who currently have two children that attend Dimmick School, Owen (4th) and Camden (K) and Andy is also the Assistant Boys’ Basketball Coach.  

The foundation is devoted to helping build awareness of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and preventing it from happening to another family.  Every year they host an Annual 5k Run/Walk for SUID Awareness to help raise funds for purchasing the items that we donate to local hospitals and organizations for families with a newborn.In keeping Aden’s memory alive, the Lamps family is devoted to helping build awareness and preventing this tragic loss from happening to another family. They strive to provide tools and information to as many parents of newborns as they can on safe sleeping practices and preventing a death due to SUID/SIDS.

Thank You to the Lamps family for allowing us to once again volunteer and participate in the 5K and  to be apart of such a wonderful and meaningful fundraiser.  

For more information on SUID/SIDS or how you can become involved or contribute to the Aden Lamps Foundation, please visit their website at www.adenlampsfoundation.org



Mrs. Bazydlo’s 8th Grade Consumer Education: Economic Systems Building Project

This week the 8th grade students have been learning about the various types of Economic Systems in Mrs. Bazydlo’s class.  They have been comparing the four main types of economic systems and what makes each one unique. On Wednesday they were able to complete a hands on activity where they assembled various items following the guidelines they were given in regards to jobs for each of the group members and how the items were to be assembled.  At the end of the activity, the students compared the profit that they made when they were following the guidelines of the market economy compared to the guidelines that were laid out for the traditional and command economies. The group that earned the most profit when their earnings were added up from all of the three systems were Macklin, Milana, Madison and Adam.  Great job 8th grade, keep up the good work. Stay tuned for pictures from their upcoming field trip to North Central Bank in Ladd where they will see how our banking system works.  



2nd & 3rd Grade Students > Adopt Cows!

Mrs. Savages 2nd Grade class and Mrs. Rings 3rd Grade class have both adopted cows through The St. Louis District Dairy Councils Adopt-A-Cow program. Students received a birth certificate where they named the calves and a poster to track their growth. In addition students will be receiving monthly photos of their cows and educational material (including hands on activities, games, and videos). For more information on the program click here: https://www.stldairycouncil.org/adopt-a-cow

Bailey - 2nd Grade Cow

Crystal - 3rd Grade Cow



Grandparents Day - Wednesday, Sept 25

On Wednesday, September 25th all Grandparents are invited to Dimmick School for cookies, milk and coffee.

Doors will open at 8:00AM. Grandparents may go to the classrooms at 8:20AM to get their grandchildren, then go to the gym for refreshments and check out the PTO Scholastic Book Fair!

In order to get a proper count please sign the slip that was sent out on 9/17 and return to the school office no later than Friday, Sept. 20th.


4th Grade Electricity Unit

Here are some pictures of the 4th Graders working on the Electiricty Unit in Mrs. Gerrard Class:


Student Council Members Announced

The 2019-20 Student Council Members have been announced! Congratulations to all!

President - Macklin Brady

Vice President - Isabella Argubright

Secretary - Jackson Sellett

Treasurer - John Crane


Building the Brain

The 7th and 8th grade students in Mrs. Bazydlo’s Social Studies classes completed a brain building activity using Play Doh.  The purpose of the activity was to teach the students about the parts of the brain, their functions and examples of these functions in their daily lives.  This activity is a part of their unit on developing a Growth Mindset which will be focused on and revisited throughout the school year. The parts of the brain that they constructed and learned about included the cerebrum, cerebellum, prefrontal cortex, hippocampus, amygdala and the brain stem.  The students really enjoyed this hands on activity and they are looking forward to complete next week’s activity where they will be constructing a neuron with twizzlers.



Student Pick Up Reminders

If you plan to pick up your child(ren) at the end of the school day, be sure to notify us in one of the following three ways:


  1. EACH CHILD will need to bring in a note and give it to their homeroom teacher in the morning.
  2. Call the school office at 815.223.2933 BEFORE NOON.
  3. Send an email to the homeroom teacher AND BOTH of our office members cwineinger@dimmick175.com and jkrolak@dimmick175.com BEFORE NOON
    Staff Members e-mail addresses are listed under the ‘About Us’ section on the left hand side of our website www.dimmick175.com.


We need to reduce disruptions to class time and make sure that students know where they are supposed to report at the end of the day to prevent any issues.

If the office and teachers are not notified before noon, they will send your child home on the bus unless a parent/guardian comes into the school to sign them out before school dismisses.

If you plan to pick up your child every day of the school year, please be sure to notify the office and your child will be permanently placed on the car rider list.

For the safety of all of our students, we dismiss bus riders from the building first. Once all students have boarded the buses and the buses pull out of the of the parking lot, we will dismiss car riders. We ask that you please remain parked until all students have gotten into their cars.  Once all students are safety in their cars, then you may pull out of the parking lot. Again, we want to stress the importance of student safety first and foremost.

Thank You for making safety a top priority for all students! –Mr. Ryan Linnig, Superintendent


Back to School Photos

K-8 had a blast taking back to school photos this year! A big THANK YOU to Mrs. Bazydlo for getting and setting up the back to school backdrop.




Junior High Math

The 5th-8th grade students kicked off the 2019-2020 school year by simultaneously practicing their carnival game skills and the process of using stations in the junior high math classroom. The stations included: Trashcan Touchdown, Frisbee Landing Zone, Tennis Ball Treachery, and Chat with the Teacher. The students will use the data they collected during the activities to construct equivalent fractions, equivalent ratios, percentages, percent increases and decreases, measures of center, and probability. Go Braves!


Meet the Teacher Night

Our goal is to provide parents with the opportunity to meet the teachers and discover what to expect for the 2019-20 school year.  Our goal is to have 100% participation so all parents are well informed of important issues such as curriculum, instruction, classroom expectations, RtI/Title I program, band and other various programs.  We also want to provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.  Collaboration between home and school is essential in ensuring the greatest possible success for your child. 

Sign up for Parent-Teacher Conferences, scheduled for November 25th and 26th, will be in the front hall.  In cases of joint custody, we ask that you schedule conferences together to ensure both parents are receiving the same information and working toward the same goals.  This also helps to ensure we have time to meet with all families. 

A staff roster and map of the school are included are on the following page.

KINDERGARTEN -4TH CLASSROOM TEACHERS:  Teachers will be providing an overview of what to expect for the school year in their classrooms.  Mrs. Petersen will join Mrs. Groleau in the Kindergarten classroom to discuss  

RtI/Title I services.  2 sessions are scheduled to allow parents with more than 1 child to meet with each of the teachers.

6:00-6:30   Session 1

6:35-7:05   Session 2

7:05-7:30   Open House

5TH-8TH SCIENCE, MATH, SOCIAL SCIENCE, LANGUAGE ARTS, BAND, PLAY and K-8th ART, MUSIC, SPANISH & P.E.:  Teachers will be in their classrooms and available to visit and answer any questions you may have.  Mrs. Rossman will have information regarding Chromebook expectations for parents who paid to allow their child to take them home.  

6:00-7:30   Open House

5th-8th EXTRACURRICULAR PARENT MEETING:  Mr. Foster will go over the required material in the gym during this time.



We look forward to seeing you at our “Meet the Teacher Night” and to another great school year!


2019-20 Dimmick School Registration

2019-20 Dimmick School Registration

Registration for students that reside in Dimmick School District #175 will be Monday, July 22 – Thursday, July 25, from 9:00AM-1:00PM in the Dimmick School office. Registration packets are available on the district website www.dimmick175.com. All new and returning families are also required to have two proofs of residency (specific examples are indicated on the ‘legal custody and residency requirements’ form in the registration packet).

Students in Kindergarten and sixth grade are required to provide current health examinations before August 21st. Students entering kindergarten, second and sixth grade are required to have a dental examination. Kindergarten students are required to have a vision exam. Sports physicals are also required before students can participate in any sports.

The following fees for the 2019-20 school year must be paid at the time of registration:

Registration/Basic technology fee for K-8th is $50.00, Chromebook  Take Home Fee (Optional) $60.00, Yearbook Fee (Optional) $8.25, Full PE Uniform (Required for students grade 4th-8th) $20.00. Hot lunch will be available at $2.90 per day. Additional milk will be available for .35¢ per carton.

The first day of student attendance will be on Wednesday, August 21st from 8:30AM-3:30PM. Lunches and bus service will also be provided.

For more information, please call the school office at 815.223.2933.


Last Day of School!


PTO Auction Winners Get a Special Ride to School



The above students were the auction winners from the Dimmick PTO Tasting Event. These students won the opportunity to have a quick breakfast with the Peru Police and Fire Department and received a ride to school in the police car and fire truck on the last day of school! -Thank You Dimmick PTO!