Duneland School news for parents, students and teachers

Thursday, August 19, 2021 Vol. 56 No. 4

CHS Students Learn About Careers in the Medical Field

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Project Lead the Way (PLTW) biomedical science students in Rachael Travis's class investigate a crime scene over the death of Anna Garcia (a fictional character). Students gather evidence leading them to do DNA testing in the lab, form their own experiments to test blood splatter results, and both perform lie detection tests and analyze the graphical results. These students in grades 9-12 are interested in learning about the various careers available in the medical field. They also will learn many clinical skills and lab techniques throughout this school year.



PLTW announces Distinguished Schools

In June, Project Lead the Way (PLTW) recognized the following Duneland elementary schools as being 2020-21 PLTW Launch Distinguished Schools:

Bailly Elementary

Brummitt Elementary

Jackson Elementary

Liberty Elementary

Newton Yost Elementary

PLTW also recognized the following Duneland intermediate and middle schools as being 2020-21 PLTW Gateway Distinguished Schools:

Westchester Intermediate

Liberty Intermediate

Chesterton Middle

This recognition means the school is committed to helping students own their education by increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in the PLTW program. Congratulations to all!


Celebrate Your Favorite Duneland School Teacher(s)

Four Duneland Teachers Selected as Teachers of Excellence

Congratulations to Chesterton Middle School English teacher Tina Clindaniel and Jackson Elementary Kindergarten fourth grade teacher Jason Conway for both being selected as August 2021 Teachers of Excellence; and to Bailly Elementary second grade teacher Elizabeth Kadish and Jackson Elementary second grade teacher Kylee Caudle, for both being selected as June 2021 Teachers of Excellence. Teachers of Excellence is sponsored by Kenneth J. Allen Law Group of Northwest Indiana.

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Help us 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

Relocating: Used Paper Retriever at CHS

Looking for the paper recycling container at Chesterton High School? The Paper Retriever.com (formerly Abitibi) paper recycling will be relocating the CHS retrieval unit presently in the front of the school to the back of the building. The containers are now located in the northeast corner parking lot behind the school between the soccer field and next to the tennis courts.

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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DSC COVID-19 Support Center

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.

DSC Response Plan 2021-2022

The 2021-2022 DSC Response plan was adopted to reflect the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic and will serve as a guiding document for school operations. Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, this document is being revised and updated on a regular basis. The most recent UPDATE was 8/18/21. Please consult the DSC Response Plan for details.

DSC Strategic Plan Timelines

The Duneland School Corporation Strategic Plan provides the focus and alignment for the school district over the next 3-4 year. These timelines were revised as of June 2021 to reflect the necessary adjustments to the plan.

DuneNews Distribution

The DuneNews is the Duneland School district newsletter. This newsletter has important information from the district, including messages from the Superintendent. Please read this publication to stay informed about things happening in the district.

The DuneNews is emailed each Thursday afternoon to all Duneland families through their school related email address. It is also posted on our website at www.duneland.k12.in.us/dune-news along with all archived issues; and on the DSC Facebook and Twitter. If you are not receiving your emailed issue of the DuneNews each week please email Bridget Martinson.

Skyward Family Access Quick Guide

Need some help in navigating your Skyward Parent Portal? Here is a Quick Guide with helpful videos attached to guide parents in familiarizing and utilizing Skyward.

Important Information Parents Need to Know



Due to ongoing effects of the COVID Pandemic, many industries are suffering from labor shortages which is causing disruptions and shortages in the food chain. At present, Duneland School's Child Nutrition Department is experiencing unprecendented food order shortages causing many last minute changes to the breakfast and lunch menus. In an effort to communicate these changes to families in a timely manner, we ask that you please check this website daily for any changes to the menu.

Thank you for your patience as we work through these setbacks!

Visit the DSC Child Nutrition page


Student Fall Pictures for Grades K-8

BA Sept. 17

BR. Sept. 15

JA Sept. 30

LES Sept. 23

YO Sept. 23

LIS Sept. 9

WIS Sept. 9

CMS Sept 3

CHS (See info listed below)

CHS Student Fall Pictures August 26 & 27

School Pictures at CHS for grades 9-12 on August 26 & 27 from 7:30AM - 3:15PM

English classes (or SRT or before/after school if you are absent in your English class)

There are NO separate senior photos.


Chesterton HS, Web Link:


Ready, Set, Kindergarten of Duneland

Parents As Teachers of Porter County is currently enrolling for Ready, Set, Kindergarten!!!

Ready, Set, Kindergarten is a program developed by Parents as Teachers of Porter County to provide school readiness skills to children who have had limited preschool experiences. RSK Duneland is being offered at all elementary schools within DSC.

RSK is a free kindergarten readiness class held once a week inside the elementary schools.

Please email rskclassroom@gmail.com for more information to enroll.

Internet Connectivity

Families without internet due to financial hardship have access to programs from two local providers.

Comcast Internet Essentials:

  • Families that qualify for public assistance programs such as the National School Lunch Program, Housing Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI and other programs may also qualify for the Internet Essentials program from Comcast.

  • This program offers internet for as low as $9.95 per month.

  • Additional options and services are also available

  • More information is available at this Comcast link

Frontier Lifeline Program:

  • Families that qualify for public assistance programs such as the National School Lunch Program, Housing Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI and other programs may also qualify for the Lifeline Program from Frontier.

  • More information is available at this Frontier link

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


Labor Day Holiday: There will be no school for all Duneland School students on Monday, Sept. 6 to observe the holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Next month's regular Duneland School Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 13, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. at the Duneland Administration Center, 601 W Morgan Avenue. Duneland School Board meetings are normally scheduled for the first Monday of the month unless noted differently.


District Events are available on the Duneland School website at www.duneland.k12.in.us. Click on CALENDAR at the top of the page for a month by month calendar. You can even customize the calendar to see events for the schools your students attend.

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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Duneland Boys & Girls Club Volleyball

Cub Scout Pack 929 hosts Big Round Up Bash on Aug. 22

Join in the fun with Cub Scout Pack 929!

Cub Scouts is open to ALL Students in grades K-5. Please join Cub Scout Pack 929 at their Big Round Up Bash on August 22 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Chesterton United Methodist Church!

For more information, contact Kris Ballas at chestertonpack929@gmail.com

Check out our facebook page at www.faceboook.com/pack929

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Duneland YMCA hosts Girls on the Run for Grades 3-5

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