Duneland School news for parents, students and teachers

Thursday, May 27, 2021 Vol. 55 No. 36


CHS and CMS Japanese Students Win Several Events at the Spirit of Japan Festival

Chesterton High School and Middle School Japanese students won multiple events in the Spirit of Japan Festival virtual competition which took the place of this year’s annual Japanese Olympiad of Indiana because of Covid. The competition was hosted by the Association of Indiana Teachers of Japanese.

Taking first in the art category was Jordan Foster, followed by Jesse Bouche in third. In the music video category, Hannah Armstrong of CMS placed first and the combined CHS and CMS Japanese clubs placed third. Three CHS juniors swept the rakugo comedic storytelling division. Aidan Corral placed first, Addison Kellogg placed second and Ethan Adams was third. Samuel Cooke won the haiku competition. In the “how to” video category, Eric Sparks placed first and the team of Hannah Beadle and Lauren Bolla placed second.

Congratulations to all!

CHS Music Department Hosts Annual Student Awards Night

The Chesterton High School Music Department hosted their end of the year Music Awards Program at the school on Monday, May 24. Awards were given to music students during the ceremony by directors Adam Bess, band; Kristin Morris, choral; Laura Gorski, auxiliary; and Brian Grenier, orchestra.

Read all the award winners...

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(Photo above) Scholarship Awards: Receiving scholarship awards at the CHS Music Department Awards night on Monday evening were seniors, left to right, Kayla Szymanski - Hibbets Memorial Scholarship and Hannah Geiser - Castronovo Memorial Scholarship.
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(Photo above) Most Improved: Receiving awards for Most Improved were, front, left to right, Ian Condes, Sofia Cunningham, Zoe Swanson, Edith Estridge, Grace Pace and Marcus Kritlow.

Back row, Nolan Bernth, Samantha Bilyak, Noah Fletcher, Adrian Dooley and Christopher Adent.

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(Photo above) National Award Recipients: Left to right, Andrew Engel - J. P. Sousa Award;

Julia Larson - National School Choral Award; Emerson Stobbe - Louis Armstrong Jazz Award; Anthony Miskus - Gilmore Service Award and Libby Gibson - National School Orchestra Award.

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(Photo above) Outstanding Contribution & Mental Attitude Recipients at Monday evening's Music Department awards were, left to right, Kyle Liss - Mental Attitude, Show Choir; Noah Fletcher - Outstanding Mental Attitude, Band; Brianna Condes - Outstanding Contribution, Camerata; Emerson Stobbe - Outstanding Contribution, Jazz Ensemble; Anastasia Loving - Outstanding Contribution, Wind Ensemble; Kayla Szymanski - Outstanding Contribution, Show Choir ; Katie Radliff - Outstanding Rookie, Winter Guard; and Zoe Swanson, Outstanding Attitude, Orchestra. (not all recipients were available for the photo - link to the full story of award winners)

Duneland Schools to Launch Trojan Virtual Academy this Fall

Duneland School Corporation is excited to announce a new chapter in our history of excellence by expanding our curricular choice offerings to include a virtual K-12 program. Starting in the fall of 2021, we will be launching the Trojan Virtual Academy (TVA).

We recognize that most students find academic and social success best through in-person learning. Our commitment to these practices and programs remains unchanged. However, as we navigated 2020, we became increasingly aware of a growing number of students that thrive through alternative learning environments and specifically through online learning.

The TVA thus serves as a school choice option for families to maintain connection with Duneland Schools while selecting a learning option that they feel works best for their student(s).

For more information, please visit our Trojan Virtual Academy site for more information.

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Trojan Virtual Academy Applications Due June 4

Families interested in enrolling their student in the Trojan Virtual Academy for Fall 2021 should complete an online application found on the Duneland School Corporation website. The application window will be open from May 14-June 4 with families being notified of final decisions by June 10.

As we navigated 2020, we became increasingly aware of a growing number of students that thrive through alternative learning environments and specifically through online learning. The Trojan Virtual Academy is Duneland's school choice option for families to maintain connection with Duneland Schools while selecting a learning option that they feel works best for their student(s).

To learn more about the TVA please visit the Duneland School Corporation website and click the link under "Find it Fast" for Trojan Virtual Academy. On this page, parents can find links to handbooks, presentations, FAQs, and other related documents. The TVA Application is now available on the TVA Website.

We realize that families have many educational options for their children and we are honored that you continue to make Duneland School Corporation your education destination.

Chesterton High School Announces Graduation Parade on June 8

Chesterton High School will celebrate Graduating 2021 Seniors with a celebratory parade throughout the downtown on Tuesday, June 8 beginning at 4 p.m.

The Duneland community is invited to congratulate this year's Chesterton High School 2021 graduates along the parade route. Parade route is as follows: Exit CHS by the Football Stadium, north on 11th Street, east on Porter Avenue, north on 8th Street, east on Broadway, south on Calumet. The parade will end at the corner of Calumet and Porter Ave. where student cars may disperse.

Graduating seniors and their immediate family members only, may participate in this voluntary car parade through town. Students do not need to register to participate. Student/family cars will line up for the parade at 3:00 p.m. in the CHS Parking Lot. Seniors in their family car will enter the CHS campus from the Entrance on 1050 only, to organize into a parade line that will kickoff at 4 p.m.

CHS Outdoor Graduation Set for June 9 (Rain Date: June 10)

Graduation plans for the Class of 2021 are now set! Detailed plans have been approved by the Porter County Health Department regarding the CHS Graduation Ceremony and have been sent home to senior families. This event is not open to the general public. Patrons attending must have a ticket and will use allotted tickets based on the color labeled by the Porter County Health Department at the time of the event.

Date: June 9, 2021 (June 10, 2021, in case of inclement weather)

Time: 7:00 p.m. ceremony

Where: CHS Football Stadium

Duration: 2 hours

DSC Announces New Principal at Bailly Elementary

Duneland School Corporation is excited to announce that Mrs. Carey Storm has been awarded the position of Bailly Elementary School Principal beginning July 1, 2021. Mrs. Storm will be replacing Kevin Zeck as he transitions to his new position as the district’s Director of Alternative and Virtual Education.

“Bailly has a rich history of leadership that has supported and nurtured it to the thriving school community it is today. I am personally eager to see Bailly grow in new and unique ways under her leadership,” said Zeck, in his weekly communication to parents this past Friday. “She continues a legacy for Bailly of having true understanding of what is next for our students and setting them on a path to success for today and beyond. She demonstrates a clear focus on what is best for our students keeping their academic and emotional growth at the core of her work,” he added.

Mrs. Storm is already working on hiring new staff for Bailly and collaborating with the Duneland team to set the stage for a successful start to next school year. She is originally from Northwest Indiana, but has lived in Indianapolis since attending college at Butler University. She has spent the last 13 years in Warren Township, where she taught language arts and served as an instructional coach before becoming a principal five years ago. She will complete this school year as the principal of Creston Intermediate & Middle School. She and her family (photo at right, above) will move to this area, where much of her extended family still lives. She and her husband Dan have two daughters, Emmie (age 5) and Abby (age 3).

She is very grateful for this new opportunity a looking forward to meeting all of Bailly's students, families, and staff members. She and her family are looking forward to new adventures this summer and in the coming years.

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Jackson Elementary Second Graders Release Butterflies

Second graders at Jackson Elementary have been studying the life cycle of a butterfly as part of a science unit. Students released their butterflies last week at the school.
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CMS Students Celebrate Cultural Diversity Day

Mr. Rick Stark (above) spoke to 7th grade World Geography students in Christine Bullock's class in celebration of Cultural Diversity Day. Mr. Stark previously taught in South Korea and shared his knowledge about South Korea and its people with students.

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LES Students Raise Funds for NWI Cancer Kids Foundation

The Liberty Elementary Student Council would like to thank everyone that donated and participated in the N.I.C.K. support days! Students raised $818.04 for Northwest Indiana Cancer Kids Foundation. Each day last week, Liberty students could donate $1 for each spirit day theme will all proceeds going directly to NICK.

Pictured above are fourth grade students from Mrs. Mitchell's class celebrating "Class Color Day."

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.

COVID-19 Dashboard

The DSC administration has established a COVID-19 dashboard that can always be found on our COVID-19 Support Center webpage. The COVID-19 dashboard (below) will now be updated once per day with all active cases reported, and/or will include cases removed from active status (conclusion of the 10-day isolation period). Below is the COVID-19 Dashboard with the latest update available at time of this publication. Please visit the COVID-19 Support Center for the most up-to-date posting.

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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.

Duneland School Summer School Offerings

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

Classes Offered

Virtually or In-Person

Registration closes June 4, 2021

Click here for more information

DSC 2020-2021 Calendar Change


In order to provide additional time for teachers to submit student grades, the eLearning day that was previously scheduled on Wednesday, June 2 was moved to the last day of the school year for students on Friday, June 4.

Click on the Calendar image to download the 2020-2021 Calendar

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.

School Meals TO GO Ends - Summer Grab & Go Begins!

School Meals TO GO for the school year has come to a close. Wednesday, May 26 was the LAST pick up day.

However, the 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.



Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Now Open

  • The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officially opened the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB Program) to qualified applicants. The program offers:
  • Up to $50/month discount on service and associated equipment
  • Up to $75/month discount on for households on Tribal lands
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 on a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer
  • Those eligible for the EBB Program include anyone who experienced a substantial loss of income in 2020, those who qualify for SNAP benefits or the free and reduced school lunch programs, and households with incomes at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines. Internet Service Providers must opt-in to provide the discounts.

  • Those who experienced a substantial loss in income in 2020;
  • Those who already meet the requirements of an internet service provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program;
  • Those who qualify for Lifeline benefits through participation in SNAP and other government assistance programs;
  • Participants of Tribal assistance programs;
  • Those who received a Pell Grant;
  • Those received benefits under free and reduced school lunch program
  • Households with incomes at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines.
  • Examples: household of 1 making $17,338 per year; household of 4 making $35,775 per year


IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a temporary program. It will end when the funds run out or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services ends the COVID-19 health emergency.

Summer Sport Camps

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2021 Duneland Swim Club Final Summer Tryout

2021 Duneland Swim Club Final Summer Tryout

Monday, June 7 from 3:30-4:15 p.m.

at Chesterton Middle School thru entrance #9

The Duneland Swim Club is offering its final Summer season tryouts for swimmers that are new to the program. New swimmers must be entering Kindergarten, be able to put their face in the water, and swim 12 1/2 yards without touching the bottom or side.

For more information visit www.duneswim.com

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.


2021 Northwest Regional Sheriff's Camp

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 for ALL DSC Students located at CMS

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:

Currently M, T, Th, and F from 8-3.

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

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


Registered Nurses in Every School Building

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On May 7, 2019, residents living in the Duneland School Corporation boundaries voted to continue a twenty-two cents ($0.22) tax levy originally approved in 2012, for the purposes of maintaining the current educational and operational programs of the Duneland School Corporation. This general operating referendum will expire in 2026. Each month, the DuneNews will highlight a different initiative or program being funded by referendum dollars. The Duneland School Corporation thanks the community for their support, and in turn, pledges to be innovative and responsible stewards. This month, DSC highlights Registered Nurses in Every School Building.

The Duneland School Corporation is fortunate to have a registered nurse in each of its school buildings. Only about 50 percent of schools nationwide have a full-time registered nurse for at least 30 hours per week and 18 percent do not have a nurse at all.*
A skilled school nurse can be a lifesaver for teachers. School nurses have medical training to deal with the physical and mental illnesses of students as well as the entire school population. School nurses are a vital part of the health of our schools and community.

* Taken from Building Strong Children: Why We Need Nurses in Schools, by Erin D. Maughan (www.aft.org/ae/spring2016/maughan)

For more operating referendum information, visit: https://www.duneland.k12.in.us/domain/367


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


Celebrate Your Favorite Duneland School Teacher(s)

Nominate DSC Teachers of Excellence today!

Kenneth J. Allen Law Group supports Northwest Indiana teachers who go above and beyond for their students and honors them for their outstanding contributions to education. To learn more about the educators who are Teachers of Excellence or if you know of someone who should be recognized as a Teacher of Excellence, please nominate him or her by following this link.

View DSC Teachers of Excellence on our website.


This calendar of events is subject to change

Thursday, May 27, 2021

4:30 p.m. CHS Girls V SB-Sectional Semifinal-Crown Pt.

5 p.m. CHS Boys V Bsb Sectional-Hobart vs. Andrean-H

5 p.m. Boys V TR Regionals-Crown Pt.

7 p.m. CHS Boys V Bsb Sectional-Lowell vs. Crown Pt.-H

Friday, May 28, 2021

5 p.m. CHS Boys V Bsb Sectionals-H

6 p.m. CHS Girls V SB Sectional Championship-Crown Pt.

6 p.m. CHS Boys V Bsb Sectional-H

Saturday, May 29, 2021

TBD CHS Boys V Bsb Sectional Make-up Day-H

TBD CHS Girls V TN-IHSAA Semi-State-TBD (A)

TBD Unified Track & Field Regionals-TBD (A)

Monday, May 31, 2021

NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

11 a.m. CHS Boys V Bsb Sectional Championship-H

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

CHS Final Exams

TBD CHS Girls V SB-IHSAA Regionals (A)

Noon CHS Boys V Golf-DAC Invite@Sand Creek

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

CHS Final Exams

Thursday, June 3, 2021

CHS Final Exams

Friday, June 4, 2021

eLearning Day - Last day of School

End of the 4th Grading Period (49 days)

End of the Second Semester (92 days)

TBD CHS Boys V Golf IHSAA Golf Sectional-Valpo

TBD CHS Boys V TR-IHSAA State Finals (A)

Saturday, June 5, 2021

TBD CHS Boys V Bsb-IHSAA Regionals (A)

TBD CHS Girls V SB Semi-State (A)

TBD CHS Girls V Tennis-State Finals (A)

TBD CHS Girls V TR State Finals (A)

TBD Unified Track & Field State Finals (A)

Monday, June 7, 2021

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

6 p.m. Duneland School Board Mtg.-CMS Aud.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

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

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

3 p.m. 4th Quarter/2nd Semester Grade Reports Available

4 p.m. CHS Class of 2021 Car Parade (Line up begins at 3 p.m. at CHS)

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

7 p.m. Chesterton High School Graduation (CHS Stadium)

Thursday, June 10, 2021

CHS Graduation RAIN DATE

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

Friday, July 16, 2021

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.