Duneland School news for parents, students and teachers

Thursday, June 10, 2021 Vol. 55 No. 38

Last issue of the DuneNews for 2020-21

This is the last informational issue of the DuneNews for this school year. The DuneNews will resume with a Back-To-School issue in mid July and regular issues after school begins in August.

Thank you to everyone who submitted information for this school year's publications. Have a great summer break!


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4-yr Perfect Attendance Award

4-yr Perfect Attendance Award: Chesterton High School senior Megan Benzer, center, won a laptop computer from Brainstorm Computers, Inc. of Chesterton as a reward for having perfect attendance for four consecutive years of school in grades 9-12 at CHS. Megan is the last student to receive a computer award from Brainstorm for her achievement. Also pictured is left to right, Shane Nelson, DSC Attendance officer, Mark Swanson, owner of Brainstorm Computers and CHS Principal Brent Martinson (Duneland Schools photo by Bridget Martinson)

CHS Graduation Parade

Chesterton High School Graduating 2021 Seniors enjoyed the support of the community this past Tuesday afternoon while participating in a celebratory parade throughout the community. See photos below compliments of CHS Yearbook advisor Jen Jendrzejczyk and DSC Public Relations and Marketing Director Bridget Martinson

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CHS Seniors line up for the kick off of the Class of 2021 parade on Tuesday afternoon.

(CHS Photo by Jen Jendrzejczyk)

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Senior Annika Pierce proudly displays her successful DSC school career leading the pathway to her future. (CHS Photo by Jen Jendrzejczyk)
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Seniors Hannah and Emily show off congratulatory signs as their escorts drive them in the parade. (DSC Photo by Bridget Martinson)
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Sydney Baranko's family went all out to decorate the truck to help celebrate their 2021 graduate. (CHS Photo by Jen Jendrzejczyk)

CHS Graduation June 9

The Chesterton High School commencement ceremony for the Class of 2021 was hosted on Wednesday, June 9 at 7 p.m. in the CHS Football Stadium.

It was a beautiful evening for students and families to enjoy the 131st Annual Commencement Ceremony. Below is a slideshow of photos from the event.

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Duneland School Student Device Information

The Duneland School Corporation (DSC) has finalized plans for students in grades K-7 regarding new device distribution.

  • Students in grades K-7 will be allowed to keep their current DSC device over the 2021 summer. During the first few weeks of the 2021-22 school year, students in grades K-7 will be required to return their current iPad, keyboard case, power block, and power cord. At that time, students will receive their new iPad, keyboard case, power block, and power cord.
    It is important that students save anything that they would like to preserve from their current iPads. For more information on saving items from the iPad to iCloud please see the following guide: Moving iPad Files to iCloud Drive - https://bit.ly/3v6kXMY

  • Chesterton Middle School 8th graders received their devices at school on 6-3-21.

  • All returning Chesterton High School students will keep their current devices over the 2021 summer

  • Graduating seniors that have been issued a Duneland device will be required to return the device and the associated power block/cable. Failure to return these items will result in the full replacement cost of the equipment charged to your account. Seniors that are ready to return their device can do so in the CHS Media Center.
    Please also take a few moments to preserve any materials saved directly to your student device on a permanent storage mechanism. These storage mechanisms could include a personal Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Removable USB drives, or other cloud storage.
    For assistance working through this process please visit the CHS media center for technical assistance.

Any student that needs technical support over the summer can create an IT support ticket here: https://duneland.freshservice.com/support/tickets/new (Students/parents must use the student “myduneland.org" email address to open an IT Ticket)

Students/parents may also call 219-983-3759 and speak to a technician

DSC COVID-19 Support Center

Looking for COVID-19 Resources?

Duneland families can access our COVID-19 Support Center by visiting our website at www.duneland.k12.in.us and clicking on the COVID-19 INFO link at the top of our website. This link is also available on each of our school's websites in the same location.

Duneland School's Daily COVID-19 Risk Level is located on our COVID-19 INFO Home page along with many other helpful resources.

Long-Term Capital Improvements

The DSC leadership, architects, and constructional management professionals have begun meeting with staff to discuss the next steps of the Long-Term Capital Improvement projects. Staff input sessions will take place prior to summer break and community forums will take place during the summer.

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Community members may review the Long Term Capital Improvements information that will be continuously updated on the DSC website.


Session 1 Summer School Bus Stops

The Duneland School Summer School Session 1 Bus Route Stops are now available for Elementary, CMS and CHS.

Elementary K-4 Summer School Bus Stops
CMS 5-8 Summer School Bus Stops

CHS 9-12 Summer School Bus Stops

Duneland 9-12 Summer School. DEADLINE TO REGISTER: June 4

Classes Offered

Virtually or In-Person

Click here for more information

Duneland K-8 Summer School Information

Duneland K-8 Summer School

In-Person Classes

Click here for more information

DSC 2021-2022 District Calendar

The Duneland School Corporation district calendar has been revised by the Duneland School Board. The January 24, 2022 Teacher Professional Development Day has been moved to Monday, January, 3. Students will not attend school on Jan. 3, 2022

Housing Resources List for Families

United Way of Porter County is responding to family hardships during these unprecedented times with assistance in a number of categories. Help is available in the areas of rent, mortgage and utility bills, eviction, and even homelessness. Please refer to the Housing Resources List from United Way for addresses, phone numbers, and weblinks listed on the First Contact list for further information regarding specific resources.

Summer Grab & Go Meals

Summer Grab & Go Meals will begin on Monday, June 7 for all YOUTH 18 years and younger. Meals must be pre-ordered each Thursday by 9:00 a.m. to be eligible for the Monday meal pick up. Summer Meals Grab & Go Order Form

Meals will be distributed every Monday from 1-2 p.m. from June 7-July 26, 2021. Meals will consist of 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches with heating instructions. Meals are for CHILDREN ONLY.



Summer Sport Camps

Athlete Physical Information

Chesterton Athletics has partnered with FinalForms, an online forms and data management service. FinalForms allows parents to complete and sign all necessary athletic forms for your student athletes. This includes enrollment, informational, medical, athletic, technology and other traditional forms you have filled out by hand in the past. The most exciting news is that FinalForms saves data from season-to-season and year-to-year, meaning that you will never need to enter the same information twice! FinalForms also pre-populates information wherever possible, for each of your students, saving you time.


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2021 Northwest Regional Sheriff's Camp

Indiana Sheriff's are hosting the 7th Annual Northwest Regional Sheriff's Camp on August 3-5 at the Indiana Dunes State Park from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. for ages 9-14. Visit the link below for more information.


CHS Trojan Football Golf Outing -Sign up deadline July 2


START TIME: 1pm-SHOTGUN START (registration begins at 11:30)

COST: $100 per person (includes cart, green fees, range balls, 2 beverage

tickets and All-American grill dinner)

AWARDS: Prizes will be awarded to the winning team. Individual prizes will also be

awarded for the longest drive and closest to the pin. Auctions and raffles

will also take place.

All proceeds will benefit the Chesterton High School Football Program.




  1. Check and registration form sent to:
    CHS Football Boosters
    Attn: Jeff Cunningham
    210 Sandpiper Drive
    Chesterton, IN 46304

  2. Check and registration form dropped off to the CHS Athletic office.
  3. Purchase online with EVENTBRITE (Registration form must also be turned in)
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NorthShore Clinic Summer Hours for ALL DSC Students

Duneland School Corporation has partnered with NorthShore Health Services to establish a school-based health clinic that is now located in Chesterton Middle School.

This partnership will provide access to healthcare for ALL Duneland School students.

Some of the services include:

  • Strep Throat
  • Ear Infections
  • Immunizations
  • Sports Physicals
  • Treatment for pink eye
  • Rashes
  • Behavioral health services and referrals

Duneland parents interested in using the school-based clinic for their child will need to have a signed consent form on file. Consent forms are available from your Duneland school nurse or can be obtained at the NorthShore clinic where the visit is scheduled.

Currently Open:

Summer Hours (beginning June 7): Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8-12

Beginning August 2, Monday-Friday 8-3

Call: 219-983-3776 x7020 to schedule an appointment

No answer at the phone number above? Parents may also schedule an appointment at by calling 219-763-8112 and ask to schedule an appointment at the CMS clinic.

Pictured at right is nurse practitioner and Chesterton resident Shawn Kroft taking a student's blood pressure at the clinic.


Contacting IT Support

The Duneland School Corporation IT department is committed to making hybrid and remote learning models as successful as possible. To get your problems solved as fast as possible:

  1. Open a new Freshservice ticket:
    1. AV number is typically located on a sticker on the back/bottom of the device
      1. Serial number is also acceptable
  2. Open a Freshservice ticket by sending an email to: helpdesk@duneland.k12.in.us
    1. Please be sure to include email address, student or staff name, and a description of the problem
  3. Please use the above best methods to contact the DSC IT Department.

Device Repair

In some cases there will be issues that cannot be resolved remotely. If you have a device that has sustained physical damage (i.e. cracked screen, broken keyboard), please fill out the form below. After submitting the form, a member of the IT department will contact you to schedule your service appointment.

DSC - Device Repair Form

After-Hours Technical Support

Duneland School Corporation now offers after-hours technical support to our Duneland School families. If you have any issues that require technical support you can call 219-983-3759, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until 7 PM.

After-hours IT Support hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - until 7:00 p.m.
Call: 219-983-3759

Anonymous Tip Line

Do you have a safety or security concern at Duneland that you'd like to make us aware of? Please contact us by email or phone (contact information), or Use our Anonymous Tip Line



This calendar of events is subject to change

Thursday, June 10, 2021

TBD CHS Boys V Golf -IHSAA Regionals - TBD

Friday, June 11, 2021

NO SCHOOL - K-12 Summer School

Monday, June 14, 2021

1-2 p.m. Summer Grab and Go Meal pickup-CHS Back Parking lot

Friday, June 18, 2021

NO SCHOOL - K-12 Summer School

Monday, June 21, 2021

1-2 p.m.Summer Grab and Go Meal pickup-CHS Back Parking lot

Friday, June 25, 2021

NO SCHOOL - K-12 Summer School

Monday, June 28, 2021

1-2 p.m. Summer Grab and Go Meal pickup-CHS Back Parking lot

Thursday, July 1, 2021

7:30 a.m. -12:55 p.m. Session 1: CHS Summer School Classes Ends

8-11:50 a.m. Session 1: K-4 Summer School Ends

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

7:30 a.m. -12:55 p.m. Session 2: CHS Summer School Classes Begins

8-11:50 a.m. Session 2: K-4 Summer School Begins

Thursday, July 15, 2021

TBD CHS Boys V Golf-IHSAA State Finals-TBD

Friday, July 16, 2021

TBD CHS Boys V Golf-IHSAA State Finals-TBD

NO SCHOOL - K-12 Summer School

Friday, July 23, 2021

NO SCHOOL - K-12 Summer School

Thursday, July 29, 2021

7:30 a.m. -12:55 p.m. Session 2: CHS Summer School Classes Ends

8-11:50 a.m. Session 2: K-4 Summer School Ends

Duneland Schools Spirit Store

Did you know that Duneland Schools has an online Spirit Wear Store where you can buy your Duneland spirit wear?

Purchase your CMS/CHS student P.E./Strength Training uniforms (shorts and t-shirts) online and arrange to have them delivered to your home or pick up at the store.

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$50 Special Offer Lifetime Alumni Association Membership

Thinking about joining the Chesterton High School Alumni Association, but just haven't gotten around to it? Are you wondering why you should join this newly formed organization?

COVID-19 has limited our fundraising efforts this past year, so the Chesterton High School Alumni Association would like to offer an opportunity to former alumni, present and past faculty and staff members of the Duneland Schools to join the Association for only $50 for a Lifetime charter membership. This limited special membership opportunity will be available from March 1, 2021 through February 28, 2022.

The CHS Alumni Association was formed to help support the enhancement of the Duneland School Corporation’s educational processes and scholarships for graduating seniors at Chesterton High School. Your dues in the organization will help the group to continue to grow and present more and more of our graduates college assistance. We will also enshrine teachers, administration, support staff and graduates (alumni) into their respective ''Halls of Fame”. Just recently the Alumni Association inducted three retirees into the Hall of Fame - Becky Dunbar, support staff member; James Cavallo, teacher; and Garry Nallenweg, administrator. Read more...


If you are on a planning committee for your Chesterton High School reunion, please email us with reunion information so that we can include it on the DSC Website. Please include a daytime telephone number in case we need to contact you by phone.

For additional information on the currently planned reunions visit the website link above.