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


  • FaceBook Profile Pic Contest

    How would you like to have a picture you take representing Dennis as our FaceBook Page Profile Picture? Get those cameras out, take an original photo (may use editing tools/software) and attach a file (jpg., gif. or png.) and email to Mr. Ranstead at pranstead@dps61.org for consideration. If selected, your photo will serve as our profile picture for a minimum of two weeks. There just might be a small token of appreciation for those selected. Let's see all those creative photos of what it means to be a part of Dennis Lab School. Good luck!!

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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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  • 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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  • 7th Grade Boys Basketball Practice Today (10-20-16) from 5-7 PM; Friday Practice 5-6:30; NO PRACTICE SATURDAY.

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  • Student-Led Conferences October 18 and 25 from 3-6 PM

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  • MS 8th Grade Boys' Basketball
    If you have questions please contact Kevin Hale at krhale@dps61.org.
    10-22  10-11:30
    10-24 5:15-7:15
    10-25 5:15-7:15
    10-26 NO PRACTICE
    10-27 5:15-7:15
    10-28 5:15-7:15
    10-31 5:15-7:15
    11-1 5:15-7:15
    11-2 5:15-7:15
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  • Girls' Basketball-10-20-16 @ 6 PM vs. Hope

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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 October 19 6 PM-6:45 PM @ EHS Cafeteria

    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

    Girls & Boys

    4th-8th Grade


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

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  • Upcoming Half Days


    Wednesday, November 9, 2016

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