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Excellence in Education Awards

On May 3, 2018 four of our Dimmick Staff Members were recognized at the 30th Annual Excellence In Education Awards Banquet, hosted by the Regional Office of Education. We would like to congratulate Mrs. Leann Wilcoxen (Retiring Educator Award), Mrs. April Passini (Support Staff Award), Mr. Ray Seghi (Support Staff Award), and Mrs. Jennifer Ring (Educator Award).  Thank you for your hard work and dedication to Dimmick School!


Spring Band Concert


On Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 There was a Spring Band Concert held at Dimmick School. 3rd Grade students played recorders and the Beginning and Advance Band Members performed a combination of 10 pieces. We are very proud of the hard work all of our students and Mr. Dennison put forth to make this such a great event. Great Job and Thank You!

Recorders: Geno Argubright, Gunner Bacidore, Donald Baker, Cesar Figueroa, Chevy Langham, Jaxzeyn Norton, Veronica Schroeder, Addison Sherman, Jeffery Smego, Jakob Terzick, Jaidyn Wallace and Aiden Wheeler.

Beginning Band: Katharine Doll, Milana Gayan, Gianna Kramer, Himani Patel, Ellie Brooks, Chloe Dzierzynski, Meredith Politsch, Savannah Walters, Lyla Brady, Robert Downey, Sharia Grisham, Shanaya Grisham, Thomas Jarrell, McKenzie Krzyaniak, Gracie Politsch, Brianna Ruppert and KJ Mudge.

Advanced Band Students: Grace Eitutis, Josie Leone, Laurel Politsch, Allie Leone and James Hoehn.


Bridge Busting Competition Results

On Friday, April 27th Fifth- Eighth Grade Students from Dimmick, Low Point Washburn, Waltham, Holy Family, LaSalle, Peru and Oglesby attended a Bridge Busting Competition at Dimmick School. All of the students were given balsa wood and wood glue weeks in advance and were instructed to build a bridge (staying within maximum dimension sizes) that would hold as much weight as possible, weigh as little as possible and be constructed with precision using glue as sparingly as possible. On the day of competition there were a total of 50 bridges that were put to the test. Bridges withheld weight ranging from 2-76 pounds. We would like to thank Rick Fast from Fast Pipe Lining, Inc. for funding this event and helping the day of the competition. We greatly appreciate your support in giving students such a wonderful learning experience. Winners include:

Group/Bridges Places:

1st Place                      Dimmick          J. Brady, C.Sines, R. Brady

2nd Place                     Oglesby            T. Martyn, O. Owen, B. Pillion

3rd Place                      Oglesby            F. Arkins, M. Washkowiak, A. Heess

4th Place                      Oglesby            G. Antle, J. Ramirez, Paola, Martinez

5th Place                      Waltham          M. Jered, T. Rolando, R. Funfsinn, B. Cain

6th Grade                     Waltham          J. Wallace, J. Ovanic, B. Cate

School Places:

1st Place Award           Dimmick Grade School

Runner-Up Award         Waltham School





Dimmick Alumni - St. Bede Awards Ceremony

At the St. Bede awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 25th there were three Dimmick alumni who received awards. Congratulations to All!


Jacob Theesfeld received the Otto L. Harth Memorial Award


Kassidy Brady received the Academic Excellence Award for the highest GPA in the sophomore class


Mackenzie Brady received the following awards:

Kevin Gorman Award - 3 sport/4 year athlete

Spanish IV Award

Senior of the Year


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Important Upcoming Events

Important Upcoming Events

May 1                  Disabiltiy Awarness Presentation 1:00PM
May 2 
                 3rd-8th Band Concert 6:00PM
May 25                Dimmick '5K' Dash 9:00AM / Field Day 2:00PM
May 28                MEMORIAL DAY - NO SCHOOL
May 30 
               5th-8th Grade Talent Show 1:30PM
May 31                Awards Ceremony 8:00AM / 8th Grade Graduation 7:00PM 
June 1                  Kindergarten Graduation 10:30AM
June 4                  Last Day of School (Full Day)
July 23-26            2018-19 School Registration


Cherry Booster Donation

Dimmick School would like to thank the Cherry Booster Club for donating $1000.00 towards the schools’ Healthy Eating Program. Their continued support towards our program is greatly appreciated! Pictured is Cherry Booster Club member Mr. Bob McCook presenting the check to Mr. Joel Foster (Physical Education Teacher and Healthy Eating Program Coordinator) and Mr. Ryan Linnig (Dimmick Superintendent).


Dimmick PTO Meeting

Dimmick PTO Meeting

Wednesday, April 25th - 6:30PM

@ Dimmick School

Topics of Discussion:

Teacher Appreciation Week,

Fundraisers Questionnaire Results, Field Day,

Graduation, Elections of new officers and much more...


Dimmick Alumni - LP's Most Inspirational



Congratulations to former Dimmick Alumni Allyson Hollingsworth (Pictured: Second Person in from the right) for being selected as LP's Most Inspirational Students. These students are nominated by their peers because of their positive influence on students, faculty, and staff at LaSalle-Peru Township High School. Congratulations Allyson! 

(Photo: Curtesy of LP High School)


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Blue and Gold Day -Good Luck

Good Luck Coach Yaklich from Dimmick School!



A Little Jazz

A BIG Thank You to Steve Kaiser for coming in and teaching the students about Jazz!


Alumni Student Awarded

Congratulations to Alumni Student Brantley Ernat (Class of 2014) for being inducted into the LaSalle Peru Township High School Honor Society. Congratulations Brantley!

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Egg Drop.. Success!

On Tuesday, March 27th Dimmick Schools 4th and 5th grade students were able to put their science experiments to the ultimate test! Students were assigned to build an egg container to protect a large raw egg from a 40 foot drop from the top of a ladder truck provided by the City of Peru Fire Department. Students were very creative using different materials, like Peeps, a bag of popcorn, shopping bags for parachutes, etc. The was a combined total of 39 projects and only 15 eggs broke. Below are some pictures of the success our students had. We would like to thank the City of Peru Fire Department for taking the time and coming out to support our students on their science experiments.




Blue and Gold Day - Support for Alumni

Blue and Gold Day - To show support to a Dimmick Alumni

As some of you may know, Luke Yaklich is a 1990 graduate of Dimmick School. He is now an Assistant Coach for the University of Michigan Men’s Basketball Team. He also attended LP High School, Illinois Valley Community College and went on to graduate from Illinois State University to become a Social Studies teacher. He has always given back to the youth in our community by coaching various local basketball teams. One of his first teams that he coached was the Dimmick girls’ basketball team during his college years. To show our support to an outstanding Alumni of Dimmick School, we are having a Blue/Gold Day on Thursday, March 29th to wish Coach Yaklich and the University of Michigan Men’s Basketball team good luck on their journey through the NCAA Final Four Tournament. You can show your support by wearing your blue and gold or any basketball shirt/jersey that you might have. If you do not have any blue and gold or a basketball shirt/jersey, feel free to wear our school colors or any Dimmick Spirit Wear.


7th Annual - Dimmick Dash

On Friday, May 25th at 9:00AM we will be having our 7th Annual Dimmick 5K Dash. The purpose of this dash is to raise awareness for the importance of physical activity for students, parents, staff and community members of Dimmick School.  The Dash is a 5 kilometer race which is equal to 3.1 miles. It is a run/walk event so runners and walkers are encouraged to participate. The event will start and end in the southeast parking lot of Dimmick school. The course will be run on East 3rd and North 34th Road and will be a down and back design.

Dimmick students in grades 5th-8th will be required to participate in the Dimmick Dash as a part of the Physical Education curriculum. Students in grades Kindgarten-4th Grade are encouraged to participate, but must have a signed permission slip from their parent or guardian. Members of the community are also welcome to join in on the fun, simply fill out a participation form to ensure your spot in the race. Trophies will be awarded to the following age groups: Top 3 Females & Males in Grades K-4th, Top 3 Females & Males in Grades 5-8th. Participation ribbons will be awarded to ALL finishers.

Click Here for the Dimmick Dash Participation Form!



Job Opportunities 

Posted: March 21, 2018


Dimmick School District is seeking a highly-motivated, student-centered, innovate educator desiring to work in a collaborative education environment with the expectation of excellence.

Position: Full-Time

Application Deadline: April 21, 2018

Interested candidates need to submit the following:
·Personal and Professional References
·Copy of Illinois Teaching Certificate
·Copy of Transcripts
·Completed Application

Candidates may either mail or e-mail required application documents to:

Mr. Ryan Linnig

Dimmick Grade School District #175
297 North 33rd Road
LaSalle, IL 61301


Staff To Be Recognized

Each and every member of the Dimmick Team plays an important role in making our school a leader in education. This year the following members of our team will be recognized at the LaSalle County Excellence banquet which will be held at Celebrations on May 3. Congratulations to: April Passini (Paraprofessional), Ray Seghi (Maintenance/Custodial), Jennifer Ring (1st Grade Teacher), and Leann Wilcoxen (K-8 Spanish). Great job everyone and thank you for all you do to make Dimmick great!


Alumni: Wrestlers Advanced to State


Congratulations to Alumni Students Andy Wertz and Ayden Sines for advancing to State in Wrestling. In addition, Ayden earned a first place finish! Great Job Boys!
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2nd Trimester Artists of the Month


Congratulations to the 2nd Trimester Artists of the Month!

Olivia Hunter, Bentlea Ernat, Himani Patel, Evan McLaughlin, Chevy Langham, Thomas Jarrell, Megan McGuire, Ruby Mondragon and Leighanne Turner.


Alumni: Luke Yaklich

Click Here to read a great article on Dimmick Alumni Student Luke Yaklich.

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The PARCC and Science assessments will be administered beginning Monday, March 19 and continuing through Thursday, March 29. These assessments are used by the Illinois State Board of Education as a measure of accountability for all public schools. All 3rd-8th grade students will take the PARCC test which assesses Reading and Math proficiency and all 5th and 8th grade students will take the Illinois Science Assessment.

This year 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 embedding 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 S.T.E.M.. 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 that 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 5th and 8th 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 administrator throughout the State.

Our goal is to make the most of testing week. We will hold a “Kick off testing week breakfast” on Monday, March 19 from 8:30AM-9:00AM. As an incentive to give their best effort, students that maximize the use the provided testing time will be entered into a drawing for a lunch from Obee’s Sub Shoppe. Last year our Math performance improved by 14.3% and Reading by 32.5%. This year, our goal is to improve our overall performance in Math by 10%, Science 10% and Reading 5%. If we reach our goals, we will celebrate by taking ALL 3rd through 8th grade students who participated in the assessments hiking to Starved Rock. We will also recognize individuals earning “exceeds” with a certificate of achievement.

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!


Mr. Ryan Linnig
Dimmick C.C.S.D. #175