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New Swing Set - Thank You!

We would like to thank the following people for assisting and installing the new swing set at Dimmick School. This swing set was purchased by the Dimmick PTO.

Thank You to the following: The Dimmick PTO, Ray Seghi, Builders Choice, Rental Pro's, Mertel Gravel, Matt Dennison, Adam King, Chris Kolodziej, Tom Mrowicki, Joel Foster, George Hall, Bill Krolak, Mark Doyle and Andy Lamps.


2018-19 Dimmick School Registration

Registration for students that reside in Dimmick School District #175 will be Monday, July 23 – Thursday, July 26, 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 required to have in 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 27th. Students entering kindergarten, second and sixth grade are required to have a dental examination. Kindergarten students are required to have a vision exam. Physical exams are also required before students can participate in any sports.

The following fees for the 2018-19 school year must be paid at the time of registration:
Registration fees for K-8th is $50.00, Chromebook fee (optional) for 5th-8th is $60.00, P.E. uniforms for students in 4th-8th grade are $20.00, Yearbook fee (optional) is $8.25. Hot lunch will be available at $2.90 per day. Additional milk will be available for .40¢ per carton

The first day of student attendance will be on Monday, August 27th 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

Dimmick Students had a busy last day of school today! 5th & 6th Grades went to Matthieseen State Park to do Community Service and pick up trash. 3rd, 4th and 7th Grade Grades helped work on landscaping around the school yard and K through 4th Grade flew kites they made as a class project with guest Mark Dudek. (One kite flew 1000 feet into the air!) We want to thank all of our students for their hard work both today and throughout the school year. We hope you all had a wonderful school year and have a great summer. See you all next year! 


Kindergarten Graduation

Congratulations to the Kindergarten Graduation Class of 2018!
We wish you many new adventures in 1st Grade and years to come.

Carter Langham, Emma Hensley, Max Garcia, Averie Couch, Teagan Bazydlo,
Evan McLaughlin, Jace Newell, Brookelynn Raef, Kaylee Siebert, Bryson Taylor and Mia Walker.


8th Grade Graduation and Awards Ceremony


8th Grade Graduation Ceremony

The Class of 2018 had their Graduation Ceremony on May 31, 2018 at 7:00PM. Guest Speaker was Dimmick Alumni Mr. Luke Yaklich. Salutatorian was Addison Ernat and Valedictorian was Katelyn Pullam. 2018 Graduates Included: Alexander Doll, Addison Ernat, Giavanna Gayan, Kaden Guynn, Colyn Heller, Rylan Kerper, Aiden McLaughlin, Gage Moncrief, Mia Moncrief, Brady Mudge, Michael Partipilo, Jared Perez, Katelyn Pullam, Wesley Ruppert and Leighanne Turner. 

PTO Scholastic Award:
Katelyn Pullam

Doyle Memorial Scholarship:
Jake Doyle and Zoe Postula

Carly Genslinger-Leopold:
Addison Ernat

John Baker Merit Award:
Mia Moncrief

Kent Pratt Citizenship-Award:
Katelyn Pullam

Eric Dawson Award:
Wes Ruppert

Presidents Education Awards:
Katelyn Pullam, Brady Mudge, Addison Ernat and Kaden Guynn.


Awards Ceremony
On May 31, 2018 at 8:30AM Students were recognized at the Academic and Sports Awards Ceremony. The following events were recognized: Boys Baseball, Band, Scholastic Bowl, History Fair, Student Council, Spelling Bee, School Play, Morning Announcer Award, Girls Softball, Girls Basketball, Volleyball, Cheerleading and Track.

The Boots Temple Award:
Brady Mudge.

8th Grade High Honor Roll for all 3 Trimesters:
Addison Ernat (Salutatorian) and Katelyn Pullam (Valedictorian)

5th-8th Grade - Honor Roll
(5th Grade) John Crane, Abigail Hammerich and Giavanna Kramer. (6th Grade) Macklin Brady, Adam Lane, Will McLaughlin, Ruby Mondragon, Aubrey Siebert, Brooke Spoonmore, Brock Terzick, Ty Terzick, Cecilia Verucchi and Josephina Leone. (7th Grade) Grace Eitutis, Katrina Moats, Easton Moncrief, Isabella Pohar, Laurel Politsch, Connor Sines, Gunnar Skoog and Max Wertz. (8th Grade) Giavanna Gayan, Kaden Guynn, Mia Moncrief, Brady Mudge, Jared Perez, Wesley Ruppert and Leighanne Turner. 

5th-8th Grade - High Honor Roll
(5th Grade) Ellie Brooks, Natalie Eltrevoog, Morgan Hoschied, Callie Mertes, Keya Mertes, Keya Patel, Jackson Sellett. (6th Grade) Isabella Argubright, Ava Mueller and Ella Raef. (7th Grade) John Brady, Ryan Brady, Anna McLaughlin, Emily Robbins and Allie Leone. (8th Grade) Addison Ernat and Katelyn Pullam.


Talent Show

On Wednesday, May 30th Dimmick School hosted a talent show. The following students showcased their talents: Katelyn Pullam (Singing), Anna McLaughlin and Isabella Argubright (Dancing), Grace Eitutis (Trumpet), Milana Gayan (Singing), Katelyn Pullam, Giavanna Gayan, Emily Robins, Mia Moncrief and Cecilia Verucchi (Dancing), Thomas Jarrell (Guitar), and Shanaya Grisham (Singing). This event was set up and directed by Katelyn Pullam (8th Grader). Hosts were: Max Wertz, Ella Raef, Macklin Brady, Will McLaughlin, Ella Mudge. Brady Mudge was in charge of Music.

We appreciated all of your hard work and wonderful talent!


PTO Field Day






It Was A Good Day For A 5K


Students, Staff and Guests enjoyed the beautiful weather today at the 7th Annual Dimmick Dash 5K.
There were a total of 200 participants. The race was completed in 1:09:06 with the first place runner coming in at 21:39. (Click Here For All Results)
A Special Thank You to John Steele, Deb Wackerline and all of our Sponsors for making this event possible!

2017-18 Dimmick Dash Sponsors
Affordable Awards & Apparel, HyVee, Dresbach Distributing, 8th Street Styling Salon, Roz's Snow Removal, John Pohar and Sons, Connecting Point Computer Center, Travel Connections, Punkin Acre Paints, Hometown National Bank, State Bank of Cherry, Hopps Painting, Jamaka Me Tan & Jillian's Boutique, Obee's Sub Shoppe, Starved Rock Coffee Company, JJR Next Level Training & Fitness, Dance Center, Ivan and Jr's Landscaping, Johns Service & Sales, WIPFLI CPA's and Consultants, Dimond Bros Insurance, American Crew, Verucchi's Ristorante', Cherry Booster Club, The Coal Company, IV Construction and LaSalle Speedway.

K-4th Girls and Boys Grade Winners Included:
GIRLS - 3rd Place: Kaylee Siebert, 2nd Place: Emma McCook and 1st Place: Sophia Pyszka
BOYS - 3rd Place: Evan McLaughlin, 2nd Place: Nolan Siebert, and 1st Place: Jaxzeyn Norton

5th-8th Girls and Boys Grade Winners Included:
GIRLS - 3rd Place: Katelyn Pullam, 2nd Place: Elli Sines and 1st Place: Brady Mudge
BOYS - 3rd Place: Easton Moncrief, 2nd Place: John Brady, and 1st Place: Ryan Brady








Pre-Registration Packets Available

The 2018-19 School Year Registration packets are now available on our website! Get an early start to the registration process for the 2018-19 school year by downloading your packet today. As always, we ask that you carefully read through each page and complete all forms that are necessary for your child. When all registration forms are completed, please drop them off or send them by mail to the school office (297 North 33rd Road, LaSalle, Illinois 61301) no later than Thursday, July 26th. If you would prefer to register in person, the official registration dates are listed below. If you have any questions please feel free to call the school office at 815.223.2933.

Official School Registration is Monday, July 23rd-Thursday, July 26th from 9:00AM-1:00PM in the main office at Dimmick School.

Click Here for Registration Packets and Information

Required for all students:

  • Completed registration packets.
  • All families new and returning must provide two proofs of residency.
  • Students entering Kindergarten and 6th Grade (or are new to Illinois), are required to have school physicals. Students entering Kindergarten, 2nd Grade and 6th Grade (or are new to Illinois), are required to have a dental examination. Students entering Kindergarten (or are new to Illinois) are required to have a vision exam. Sport Physicals are required before participating in any school sport. All Immunizations need to be current for their grade level. Exam forms should be provided by your health care provider.
  • Immunizations need to be current for their grade level.



Dimmick Alumni - Scholarship Award

Cassandra Turczyn (Dimmick Class of 2011 Alumni and current DePaul University student) was awarded the Gilman Scholarship. She will study language and culture overseas in Japan.  Congratulations Cassie! ***Please see full article here***


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


2018-19 Room Parent Sign-Up

It’s that time of year again! The PTO is going to be selecting Room Parents for the 2018-19 school year. If you would like to be a room parent please make sure to fill this form out along with the Volunteer Consent Form on the back and return it to the school office by Tuesday, July 31stThere will be 2 room parents selected for each grade level this year. All remaining parents will be put on an alternate list in order they are selected. All names will be entered into the drawing and selected randomly. Names will be selected prior to the first day of school. Once names have been selected the PTO will contact you.

This year we want to stress the importance of the responsibilities of being a room parent. If you are selected to be a room parent you will be responsible for all the duties listed below. If for some reason you will be unavailable to perform any duties it will be YOUR responsibility to find a replacement using the alternate list provided to you.

Duties included with being a room parent:

  • Being able to communicate with your homeroom teacher and PTO officers.
  • Assisting with classroom parties. Including Halloween, Christmas, Valentines Day, Etc. (K-4)
  • Providing treats for classroom parties. Including Halloween, Christmas, Valentines Day, Etc. (5-8)
  • Assisting at ALL PTO Sponsored Events. Including Chicken Dinner, PTO Tasting Event and Spaghetti Dinner
  • Organizing a class raffle basket for PTO Tasting Event.
  • Attending Field trips with the class. Including riding the bus to and from the event/destination.
  • Assisting at PTO Field Day
  • Assisting with refreshments and snacks for 8th grade graduation (7th grade only)
  • Assisting with decorating for 8th grade graduation (8th grade only)


(The 2018-19 Room Parent Sign-Up sheets were handed out today 5/11/18)


8th Grade Important Graduation Information

Dear 8th Grade Parents,

First of all I would like to congratulate each of you on your child's upcoming 8th grade graduation.  Their success is the result of hard work, dedication, commitment, perseverance and a commitment by each of you, the parents, to making a high quality education a priority in your child’s life.  While we are proud of the educational opportunities and programs Dimmick is able to provide your children, it is your support and value of education that ensures their success.

On Thursday, May 31st at 8:30AM we invite you and your family to join us for the academic and extracurricular awards ceremony that will be held in the Dimmick School Gym. Following this ceremony will be the 8th grade graduation practice. We will run through the whole graduation ceremony so students know what is expected that evening. After graduation practice 8th grade students are free to leave for the remainder of the school day to have enough time to prepare for the graduation ceremony that night.

As you prepare for the 8th grade graduation ceremony please be aware of a few expectations in order to avoid any confusion. We ask that all graduates dress appropriately for the occasion.  We want our graduates to look their best as they will be representing both you and our school that night.  No shorts or flip flops.   If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call.

The school will be open by 6:15 PM. There will be no reserved seating prior to that time. We ask that the first 8-10 rows on each side be primarily for the parents, siblings and grandparents of graduates in order to ensure that they have a good view of the ceremony. Students should arrive by 6:30 PM and report to the music room to get ready for the ceremony.

This years guest speaker will be Luke Yaklich (University of Michigan Assistant Coach/Dimmick Alumni). Due to his signed agreement with the University of Michigan his picture may NOT be taken at any time. Please make sure to notify all of your guests and children of this notice.

We also ask that all guests turn off their cell phones during the ceremony. There will be refreshments provided by the 7th grade parents immediately following the ceremony in the cafeteria.

We look forward to seeing you as we recognize the achievements of another Dimmick class and expect they will do their part to continue the tradition of excellence that has come to be expected our graduates.

Congratulations and best wishes! -Mr. Linnig


Scrip Fundraising Program


Through the Scrip program, purchases of gift cards for groceries, gas, restaurants, home improvement, gift giving and more result in revenue for our PTO. The PTO gets a percentage of each gift card sale without adding an extra cost to you!

Remember to stock up for those summer birthdays, graduation gifts, etc.

You may view additional stores on www.glscrip.com. Hyvee gift cards are also available. Please make a note if you are purchasing a Hy-Vee gift card for $25, $50, or $100.

Orders are due on Monday, May 21st.

Parents can send their orders in with their child or drop them off at the school office.

The orders will be in the following week. They will then be sent home in your child's book bag or they can be picked up in the school office, whichever you prefer. Please note on the form whether you will pick them up or if you want them sent home. 

Feel free to contact Ashley Lamps (PTO Secretary) for further information. 815.712.7701 ashley.lamps@gmail.com


We hope you will consider supporting the Dimmick PTO with Scrip fundraiser.

Click Here for Order Form



Superior - State History Fair

Congratulations to Laurel Politsch, a 7th grade student at Dimmick, for earning a "Superior" at the State History Fair for her project on the Alton POW Prison. Great Job Laurel!


Track Qualifiers

 8th Graders Brady Mudge (Mile) and Kaden Guynn (Long Jump) both qualified for state at the sectional meet at Putnam County on Saturday. Good Luck to both of you this weekend!


Food Competition

Our 7th and 8th Grade classes had to take on a new challenge in their physical education class recently. As part of a healthy lifestyle, PE teacher Mr. Foster decided to partner up students and have a cooking unit similar to the TV show “Chopped.” Students were given 5 specific ingredients that they had to use to prepare a dish. They did however have the option to add 10 additional ingredients. Dishes were judged on presentation, taste, creativity and effective use of ingredients.

All of the students did an excellent job and had a lot of fun preparing these meals. Winners from 7th Grade were Katrina Moats, Megan McGuire, Jenny Coss, Grace Eitutis and Allie Leone. (They had prepared parmesan alfredo, potatoes, breaded chicken and a slushy.) 8th Grade winners were Brady Mudge, Kadyn Guynn, Katelyn Pullam and Leighanne Turner. (They had prepared a cream cheese chicken breast with bacon, mashed sweet potatoes and a chocolate covered strawberry.)

Congratulations to all on such a good job! Below are some pictures from the cooking unit food competition.

See Video1: Here

See Video2: Here


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


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