We’re glad that you have chosen to invest a few minutes to become acquainted with the wonderful activities and events currently impacting the students, parents and staff at Dennis Lab School.  In 2011, Dennis received widespread media coverage related to the incredible 100th year anniversary celebration. We are continuing to evolve as a school emmersed in Project Based Learning practices.  Truly a “unique educational opportunity” is being made available to our young students!

  Mr. Matt Andrews, Principal


  • WSOY Food Drive Kicks Off Today-September 19, 2016

    WSOY Food Drive Kicks Off Today-September 19, 2016

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  • ClassDojo

    Want to stay connected! If you haven't already done so or joined a different Dennis ClassDojo, follow the link below to sign up. We ask that you specifically join the "DENNIS LAB SCHOOL" ClassDojo in order to receive building-wide updates and access to all of our staff. Parents connected to any class at your school will see School Story posts alongside Class Story posts. https://home.classdojo.com/#/signup?_k=498bt8 (cut and paste into browser)

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  • Midterm-Distribution Update-September 23

    Due to the 3 interrupted attendance days, Mid Term will end on Friday, September 16, 2016. Mid Term Distribution will take place on Friday, September 23, 2016. Thanks for your understanding.

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  • Athletic Eligibility

    Teachers at Dennis Lab School submit names of students for review each Wednesday to the Athletic Director. The Athletic Director (AD) will confirm status before eligibility is reported to the Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) each Friday or day before a holiday. CLICK ON LINK FOR DATES.

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  • The Learning Garden

    Follow our progress with The Learning Garden from the beginning to the latest developements - check out The Learning Garden's Map

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  • Pay Tuition and Lunch Online

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District Headlines

  • School Board Candidate Petition & Filing

    Anyone interested in running for Decatur's Board of Education can find out information here.

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  • District Calendar

    Click here to view the 2016-2017 school calendar. If you have any questions regarding the calendar please contact your child's school.

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  • Virtual Backpack

    Find out all that our community has to offer by visiting the DPS Virtual Backpack. In an effort to "go green" and cut down on paper in the Friday Folders, we are providing all of our community resources online. We will update information as our community partners provide it to us.

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  • DPS Hall of Fame

    Visit our Hall of Fame page to nominate a Decatur Public School alumni, faculty, staff, volunteers & community member who has distinguished themselves in athletic endeavors at DPS.

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  • Decatur FACES

    Facility Advisory Committee for Exceptional Schools Meeting Documents and Presentations

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  • Millikin - DPS61 Girls Basketball Camp

    Camp Video

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  • DPS Talks

    Decatur Public Schools is now doing its own version of TED Talks. This is a great opportunity to get an inside look at DPS. The interviews are educational and there is always a fun blooper section at the end!

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  • Substitutes Wanted

    Find out how to become a substitute Teacher, Teaching Assistant, Licensed Practical Nurse or Registered Nurse at Decatur Public Schools. The application process is easy.

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  • Common Core Handbook for K-12

    Take a look at this Common Core handbook for K-12 students.This is a great resource for parents, out-of-school education providers, and volunteers.

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  • Connect with DPS!

    Stay in the loop by connecting with DPS on Facebook and Twitter

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  • Girls' Basketball-9-23-16 @ 6 PM vs. Decatur Christian (@ Tabernacle)

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  • Cross Country (XC) Practices
    Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:55-4 PM for both Elementary Ed. and Middle School students.
    Contact Julie Daly (El. Ed & MS Coach) with questions at jdaly@dps61.org.
    Middle School meets are on Tuesdays and Elementary meets are on Thursdays!
    MS XC Meet 9-27-16 4 PM Fariview
    EL ED XC Meet 9-29-16 4 PM Fairview
    Big 12 XC Meet Congrats to Jonah Tolbert for placing 4th in the open!
    Follow Link for more details:Big 12 Meet
    Race Results:  http://www.raceresultsplus.com
    October 1, 2016
    Visit http://www.tjraiderscc.com/ for more information (Click on Festival)
    1. Middle School Girls START 9:00 am
    2. Middle School Boys START 9:30 am
    3. *** MS AWARD CEREMONY *** 10 am - 10:30 am
    4. 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th Grade Girls START 10:30 am
    5. 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th Grade Boys START 10:45 am
    6. *** ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AWARD CEREMONY *** 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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  • Due to the 3 interrupted attendance days, Mid Term will end on Friday, September 16, 2016. Mid Term Distribution will take place on Friday, September 23, 2016. Thanks for your understanding.

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  • Volleyball Pilot

    4-5-6 Grade Girls

    Sign Up Flyers To Be Sent to Schools in October

    Register Online

    Parent Meeting To BeScheduled

    Practice and Skill Development with a Showcase Saturday 12/3 @ MacArthur HS

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  • Practice Begins October 10

    Weekly Games Begin Tuesday November 15

    Championship Saturday 1/28 @ Eisenhower HS

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  • Wrestling Pilot-October

    Girls & Boys

    4th-8th Grade

    Sign Up Flyers Sent to Schools

    Register Online

    Go To www.dps61.org

    Click for Students

    Click Activities

    Click Athletics

    Click Online Athletics






    Elementary School

    Registration Click Take Survey

    Answer Question & Click Done

    Parent Meeting 9/26, 6-7 PM, Eisenhower Cafeteria

    Practice and Skill Development followed up with a Showcase, Saturday 10/29 @ MacArthur HS

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  • Upcoming Half Days

    Wednesday, September 28, 2016


    Wednesday, November 9, 2016

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