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2019 Dimmick Bridge Building Competition

This year we had 12 schools competing with a total of 96 bridges and 335 students.  The schools include:  Dimmick, Low Point Washburn, Waltham, Holy Family, LaSalle, Peru, Oglesby, Trinity Catholic Academy, Tonica, Peru Catholic, Lostant and Holy Cross.
We also want to thank Rick Fast from Pipe Vision Inc. for sponsoring the event!
Below are the results from today's Bridge Competition held at Dimmick Grade School:

Combined School Score Champions:  Dimmick Grade School
Combined School Score Runner Up:  Lostant Grade School

Top 6 Individual Team Scores:
First Place holding 61.6 kilograms/135.8 pounds Team #1 (Dimmick) 
2nd Place Team #7 (Dimmick)
3rd Place Team #45 (Peru Parkside)
4th Place Team # 83 (Lostant)
5th Place Team #4 (Dimmick)

Congratulations to all teams and all participants!



IAR Testing - Breakfast Kick Off


Dear Parents/Guardians,

The IAR and Science assessments will be administered beginning Monday, April 1 and through Thursday, April 11. These assessments are used by the Illinois State Board of Education as a measure of accountability for all public schools. All students in 3rd -8th grade will take the IAR which assesses Reading and Math proficiency and all 5th and 8th grade students will take the Illinois Science Assessment.

ISBE will be evaluating each school by assigning a “grade” 75% of which will be based on the results of these assessments. The grades will then be published comparing school districts throughout the state. While the State is using these assessments as the primary factor in evaluating and holding public schools accountable, we want to continue to stress that they are only one indicator of a child’s knowledge and performance.

The standards in these assessments are embedded in our curriculum, however; they are by no means all we teach. We remain committed to providing high quality instruction in all areas; reading, math, science, writing, social studies, physical education, fine arts, Spanish and STEM. These opportunities allow our students to learn and excel in a wide range of areas so that they can develop a passion for learning and motivation to achieve.

We do not want our students to feel pressure or anxiety while taking these assessments. We just ask them to do their best since we expect that from our students in everything they do. Tests such as these can help to prepare students to take future assessments such as the Explore or PSAT for entrance into high school or the ACT and SAT for entrance into college.

Our goal is to complete most, if not all of the test sessions the first week to minimize the disruption to instruction. We encourage parents and guardians to make sure your child is in attendance during the first week of testing to prevent the need for make-up tests which consume additional instruction time. We also encourage you to make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a good breakfast.

Students will take three to four tests in Math and in Reading/English Language Arts depending on their grade level. Students in 5 th and 8 th grade will also take an additional test in Science. Depending on the grade level and subject, students will have between 60 and 90 minutes to complete each test. Total testing time this year has been reduced following feedback from parents and administrators throughout the State.

Our goal is to make the most of our testing week by making it as positive of an experience as we can. We will hold a “Kick off testing week breakfast” on Monday, April 1 from 8:30 AM-9:00 AM. As an incentive, students that maximize the time provided will be entered into a drawing to win a lunch from Obee’s Sub Shoppe. This year, our goal is to improve our overall performance in Math, Science and Reading from last year. We will recognize individuals earning “exceeds” with a certificate of achievement.

We are proud of our students, staff and school and will continue to focus on doing what is best to ensure the success of every child. With your support we will continue the tradition of excellence that has made Dimmick a leader in education. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or myself. Thank you for your continued support of our students and school district!

Sincerely, Mr. Linnig Superintendent/Principal 

*****We will be kicking off IAR Testing Week with a special breakfast on Monday morning that will be provided by Dimmick School. It is important that your child(ren) get a good night’s rest and a nutritious breakfast all week so that they are alert and prepared to do their very best.*****



1st Graders Publish Book



Here are some pictures of Mrs. Rings 1st grade class with their books that they wrote, illustrated, and had published.
The books were titled "All About Me," which included students favorite animals, food, books, etc. Great Job 1st Graders!



Dimmick School Academic Fair & Band Concert

Please join us as our students and staff showcase their knowledge and talents in a wide variety of areas. We will kick off the evening with an introductory band concert in the gym starting at 6:00PM followed by a demonstration of our Dragsters STEM Unit by a team of 8th grade students. Check out the following projects located in our cafeteria from 6:30PM-8:00PM: 6th grade Academic Fair Project, 7th Grade History Fair Projects, 8th Grade Science Fair Projects. There will be demonstrations in the STEM Lab (room 155) including Robotics, Pitsco, Learning Modules, 3D Printing and Makey Makey Projects. 6th Grade will show off their electrical and design skills in the Spanish Classroom (Room 140) with the lamps they designed and constructed. Balsa Wood Bridges for the 2nd Annual Regional Bridge Building Competition will be on display in the front hallway. There will be a busting demonstration at 7:00PM. Be sure to try and replicate a DaVinci bridge in the hands on challenge in the gym from 6:30-8:00PM. 5th grade students engage in a great project integrating interactive technology, math and Legos to calculate the volume of the School. Check out "Seeing Dimmick School Lego Style" in Mr. Kings class (Room 124). Be sure to wander the halls to check out the various K-8 Art and Classroom projects on display. We are proud of the accomplishments of our students and thankful for the commitment to excellence from our staff, board and community. We look forward to seeing you at our special event!


Winter - High Honor Roll / Honor Roll

High Honor Roll and Honor Roll has been announced for the winer trimester 2018-19 school year. 

5th Grade - High Honor Roll
Katharine Doll, Landon Gisler, Emma McCook, Gracie Politsch, Meredith Politsch, Sophia Pyszka and Landon Raef.

5th Grade - Honor Roll
Lyla Brady, Chloe Dzierzynski, Molly Mudge, Himani Patel, Bri Ruppert and Emma Whitten.

6th Grade - High Honor Roll
Ellie Brooks, Natalie Eltrevoog, Abigail Hammerich, Morgan Hoschied, Callie Mertes, Keya Patel and Jackson Sellett.

6th Grade - Honor Roll
John Crane, nathan Ernat, Gianna Kramer and Eli Sines.

7th Grade - High Honor Roll
Isabella Argubright and Ella Raef.

7th Grade - Honor Roll
Macklin Brady, Brennan Keutzer, Will McLaughlin, Ruby Moncragon, Aubrey Siebert, Brooke Spoonmore and Brock Terzick.

8th Grade - High Honor Roll
John Brady, Ryan Brady and Max Wertz.

8th Grade - Honor Roll
Grace Eitutis, Allie Leone, Megan McGuire, Anna McLaughlin, Katrina Moats, Jonathan Perez, Isabella Pohar, Emily Robbins and Ben Wallace.


4th Grade Levees

Dimmick 4th Graders have been busy this last month! Students in Mrs. Gerrards class built levees to learn how to prevent errosion. (Top Picture) They also had a special visitor from 'Ag in the classroom' come and talk about water conservation and how to prevent contaimination of our ground water. (Bottom Picture)


2019 Spaghetti Dinner Update

Thank you to everyone for supporting our spaghetti dinner fundraiser! Aspecial thank you to all of our volunteers who helped prepare for the dinnerand volunteered the day of. We could not host our dinner without thesupport and hard work of the volunteers. Thank you to Mrs. Krolak and Mrs. Wineinger for helping to hand out and collect ticket packets. A veryspecial thank you to Mr. Seghi who spends all day Friday, Saturday, andSunday helping us prepare for and put on the dinner.We served 600 people and raised $6729.00.


Raffle Baskets

Canal Boat Tickets -Julie Timm

Starved Rock Coffee - Krista Shea

Cosgrove Basket - Becky Johnson

Cosgrove Basket - Debbie Herz

Cherry Fire Department Basket - Roberta Brown

Ice Hockey Tickets - Nick Wallace

American Crew Basket - Rey Arteaga

Grill - Penny Crane

Dimmick fan gear - Emily Ernat

Pete the Cat - Tasha Bumgarner

Leaf Blower - Andrea Langham

Coal Company Gift Certificate - Josh Sarver

Nintendo Switch - Steve Bumgarner

Nintendo Switch - Dan Schroeder

Hyvee Gift Card - Stacey Ernat

LP Crossfit - Amy Mertes

American Crew Basket - Eve Postal

Starved Rock Brunch - Temple Mrowicki

Rudy’s Basket - Annette Crane

Air Purifier - Tasha Bumgarner

Book Basket - Jamie Walker

Cherry State Bank - Jennifer Ring

Flo’s Prime Rib Dinner - Eugenia Chasteen

Baking Set - Jennifer Ring


Alumni - 1st Semester Honor Roll & High Honor Roll


As always, we like to recognize our Dimmick Alumni for their achievements. Below is a list of students that have made Honor/High Honor Roll in 1st Semester:

LP High School

LP High School - High Scholarship; Courtney Baxter (Senior), Karsyn Brewer (Senior), Karleen Camenisch (Senior), Alexandra Doyle (Senior), Emma Ebener (Senior), Alex Ellerbrock (Senior), Matthew Haas (Senior), Nolan Guthrie (Senior), Ryan Lane (Senior), Ashley Martorano (Senior), Makayla Reese (Senior), Raymond Reed (Senior), Kaitlynn Bauer (Junior), Alyssa Ernat  (Junior), Amethyst Ernat (Junior), Olivia Ernat (Junior), Aryann Izzo (Junior), Victoria Perez (Junior), Matthew Robinson (Junior), Madisyn Rose (Junior)Ashley Rossman (Junior), Ayden Sines (Junior), Hope Skoog (Junior), Andrew Wertz (Junior), Eric Lane (Sophmore), Het Patel (Sophmore), Rebecca Reed (Sophmore), Maxwell Ruppert (Sophmore), Julia VanderMeersch (Sophmore), Addison Ernat (Freshman), Kaden Guynn (Freshman), Aiden McLaughlin (Freshman), Welsey Ruppert (Freshman), Leighanne Turner (Freshman). LP High School - Honor Roll; Jared Perez (Freshman).

St. Bede Academy 

Payton Linnig (Senior), Anna Postula (Senior), Kassidy Brady (Junior), Berklee Linnig (Junior), Matthew Rich (Sophmore), Madalyn Theesfeld (Sophomore), Giavanna Gayan (Freshman), Brady Mudge (Freshman).

Hall High School

High Honor Roll; Hayleigh Brokaw (Junior), Rachael Kobold (Junior), Calvin Brokaw (Sophomores), Katelyn Pullam (Freshman). Honor Roll; Payton Kerpeer (Senior), Samuel Kramer (Senior), Wesley Lusietto (Senior), Nathan Eltrevoog (Sophmore).



Do you have news about an Dimmick Alumni Student? Please share it with us: contact@dimmick175.com


Dr. Suess Week Coming

We are planning a celebration in honor of Dr. Suess birthday. We will be incorporating many Dr. Seuss books into our celebration, along with having Student Council members and teachers reading books to the students. 

Monday 3/4 - The Foot Book - Wear mismatched shoes or socks. To kick off Dr. Seuss week and celebrate his birthday, we will have an all school READATHON in the gym on Monday, March 4. Bring your favorite pillow and/or blanket to school for this event.

Tuesday 3/5 - I Can Read with My Eyes Shut - Wear sunglasses to school.

Wednesday 3/6 - The Lorax - Wear a mustache to school

Thursday 3/7 - The Sleep Book - Wear your pajamas to school.

Friday 3/8 - Oh the Places You'll Go - Dress as your future career or wear a shirt from a vacation/trip you have taken.



Kindergarten Guest Reader


As an early kick off to Dr. Seuss week the Kindergarten class had a special guest reader this afternoon! Superintendent Linnigs mother Cheri Linnig came in and read the class Dr. Seusss 'Put me in the Zoo.' Thank You Mrs. Linnig!


Parents' Day Lunch 

Dimmick School would like to invite all parents and/or special guests to have lunch on Wednesday, March 27th. Lunch will be served at 11:30AM and will be from Hy-Vee. Chicken Strips, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Orange and Wheat Bread. Lunches will be $2.90. At 12:20PM students will be dismissed to go back to their classrooms to get ready to leave for the 12:30PM early dismissal. Parents will be able to visit the classrooms at this time. If parents wish to take their children home after the lunch please make sure to send a note in advance to your child's teacher!

PLEASE RSVP! We encourage everyone to please RSVP by filing out the Parents Lunch Sign up on the bottom right corner of the March Lunch Menu. (Lunch Menus will be passed out to the youngest in the family this month). This will guarantee a lunch. Please sign up no later than Thursday, February 28th.



Volleyball Team Wins Tournament!

Congratulations to the 7th/8th Grade Volleyball Team for winning the 2019 Girls Invitational Volleyball Tournament at Lostant Elementary School. Great Job Girls!


8th Grade Parents Night - Volleyball

Thank You 8th Grade Players/Parents for your dedication to both the Dimmick Volleyball Team!


Volleyball Prairie Conference Brackets

Below are the Volleyball Prairie Conference Brackets for the 'A' and 'B' Teams:

Click Here for 'A' Team Bracket

Click Here for 'B' Team Bracket


Quilt Donated to Kindergarten Class


Last years 8th Grade class (Class of 2018) and this years 8th Graders worked on a STEM lesson where they learned both sewing and embroidery. Part of the project was to sew and embroider quilt squares. Their instructor, Ida L Boyle-Bruch, then took all of these squares, combined them and made a quilt. The quilt was then donated to Mrs. Groleaus Kindergarten Class. This project was funded by the University Cooperative Extension and 4H Volunteer. Thank You to All - Great Job!


LaSalle County Farm Bureau Foundation Placemat Design Contest

The following Dimmick students won the Placemat Design Contest for the LaSalle County Farm Bureau Foundation.  There was a total of 4 schools that participated in the contest this year. The theme for 3rd Grade was "If I could be a Farmer" and Fourth grades theme was “Why agriculture is important to me.” Winning artists were: 1st Place - Julia McLaughlin (Third Grade), 3rd Place – Isabella Pyszka (Third Grade) and 3rd Place – Jaidyn Wallace (Fourth Grade). Congratulations Girls!


Superintendent's Newsletter

Click here to view the Superintendents Newsletter (PDF) which includes the latest district updates for the following subjects:

  • District Finances
  • Tax Increment Financing Districts
  • Energency Efficiency Projects
  • School Board Convention
  • Enrollment
  • Annual Bridge Building Competition
  • Student Recognition
  • Academic Programs
  • PTO Events



2019-2020 Kindergarten Pre-Registration

Children who live in the Dimmick and Cherry school districts and will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2019 are eligible to pre-register for Kindergarten in the fall. To pre-register your child, please complete the Kindergarten Pre-Registration form on our district website www.dimmick175.com. (Left hand side under 2019-2020 Registration) or call Dimmick School District #175 at 815.223.2933 BEFORE March 22, 2019.

Once we have received all of your information an official 2019-2020 Registration packet will be mailed to you in April.

This registration packet will need to be completed and brought back the night of our Kindergarten Round Up on Wednesday, May 8th at 6:00PM. During the Kindergarten round up you and your child will have the opportunity to tour our school, participate in some activities, receive some special gifts, see the classroom and meet their teacher, Mrs. Groleau.


If you have any questions please feel free to call our school office at 815.223.2933.


Dimmick Alumni - Illinois State Scholar Honors

Congratulations to the following Dimmick Alumni from the class of 2015 for earning Illinois State Scholar Honors:
Emma Ebener (L-P High School)
Makayla Reese (L-P High School)
Payton Linnig (St. Bede Academy) 



Wine/Spirits/Beer Event - Event Planning Meeting


Our first Wine/Spirits/Beer tasting event will be on March 30, 2019 at Celebrations 150 in LaSalle. We are currently working on donations and event planning and need your help! Please join us on February 2nd at 9:30 am at The Grove in Troy Grove. This will hopefully be a short meeting to split up volunteering efforts to prepare for an evening of fun!

Also, please mark your calendars! Our event theme is “Five Dollar Formal.” Break out your old prom or bridesmaid dresses and tuxes, or hit up Goodwill for fun attire for the evening! This is of course not required but only adds to the fun! We will have photography available and crown a King & Queen at the end of the evening! Cash bar and light snacks will also be available. During the evening we will have a live and silent auction as well…amazing prizes will be available! Also, please consider making a donation for auction items! Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Start inviting your friends, family, neighbors and friends and plan for a great evening out!

Please join us on February 2nd so that we can make this event AMAZING! We count on volunteers and 100% of the funds raised stay in Dimmick School to support your children and teachers! If you cannot make it to the meeting but are willing to help, please contact Debbie Herz @ 815-343-5448 or Debbie.herz@yahoo.com.