VVSD News Briefs
Last updated 1/29/2020 at 2:18pm
The Cycle Begins Anew with Romeoville HS Incoming Freshman Night
The Romeoville HS Class of 2024 made their first official visit to their new academic home starting next August. Incoming Freshman Night gives students and their parents a chance to get familiar with the school and learn about everything RHS has to offer to students.
RHS Principal Mr. Derek Kinder welcomed next year’s freshmen and their parents, and gave them some wise advice that will serve well for any current 8th grader. Watch the video on vvsd.org on vvsd.org.
Lukancic Honors Student “Torch of Excellence” Winners
The Lukancic Middle School staff was recently asked to nominate students for the Lukancic “Torch of Excellence Awards”. The criteria for nominations were students who demonstrate academic excellence, academic growth, or outstanding leadership.
The nominees gathered on Wed. Jan. 15 to share breakfast with their families in the gym. Lukancic 7th grader Max Venegas is an outstanding representative of the students given the Torch of Excellence. Outside of class, Max’s interests are baseball and wrestling. Inside the classroom, his favorites are math and science. Watch the video on vvsd.org to learn more about Max.
After 63 Rounds, a Winner (Survivor?) Emerges at Brooks Spelling Bee
It was apparent that neither Brooks Middle School 7th grader Sofia Aragon nor Brooks 8th grader, and defending Spelling Bee Champion, Sumaiya Idrees were interested in going home. The two students went a total of 63 rounds, 47 rounds head-to-head, before a winner finally emerged at the Brooks Middle School Spelling Bee.
In Round 63, the door opened for Sumaiya and she re-claimed her title by correctly spelling the word “reductive”. Watch the video on vvsd.org to see the two contestants go back-and-forth.
Sumaiya advances at the Brooks representative to the Will County Spelling Bee on March 10. Also representing Valley View as school champions are: Miriam Tsegay, 7th grade, Jane Addams Middle School; Brandon Dohmeier, 7th grade, Humphrey Middle School; Lukancic Middle School will determine their champion on January 27.
A Reminder about Winter Weather Cancellation or Delay of School Day
Now that winter is upon us, this is a reminder of how VVSD informs parents and guardians of a weather-related cancellation or delayed start of a school day.
If the school day is going to be cancelled or delayed, parents and guardians will receive a phone call by 6 a.m. In consideration of parent work schedules and the need for childcare arrangements, VVSD will try to make the decision and inform the community earlier whenever possible.
If the decision is made to delay the start of the school day, the school day will start two hours later than scheduled for grades K-12 with regular transportation/car rider/walker routines in place. STEP will begin at 9 a.m. and all Early Childhood classes will be cancelled on a delayed start day. Communication regarding before/after care or other activities will be provided when necessary.
In addition to the phone call, information about school closings or delayed starts will be sent via email, posted on the District website vvsd.org, Facebook and Twitter feeds, and shared with the area newspapers, and television and radio stations. Parents and guardians are encouraged to log into their Infinite Campus parent accounts to be certain their phone contact and email information is up-to-date. Summer is Theatre Season in Valley View
STAGES Beauty and the Beast Jr
For the third summer in a row, VVSD middle school students will have an opportunity to come together and create a District-wide middle school musical through the Valley View STAGES program.
Students will have the opportunity to perform on the stage or backstage in a production of “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” Camp will culminate in up to two performances on Friday, June 12 at the Bolingbrook High School Auditorium.
Performances will take place on the final day of the camp.
Dates for the camp are weekdays June 1-12. Tuition of $250 includes daily breakfast and lunch, camp T-shirt, and theatre instructions. Early Registration (before April 1) is $225. If you are registering an additional child, the tuition for a second participant is $175.
For more information or to register, visit http://www.bhsmusicboosters.org/stages/ Registration is only permitted for Valley View School District students and students who will attend a Valley View High School. Scholarships are available.
VVSD Early Childhood Online Registration for Community Based Tuition Program Opens Feb. 3
Valley View School District’s Early Childhood Program will be offering a limited number of placements for the half and full-day Community Based Tuition pre-school program for the 2020-21 school year.
The Valley View Early Childhood Center offers a diversity of experiences for students, with a focus on pre-academic skills, social and emotional development, and hands-on activities.
Music and movement are also key attributes of the curriculum, which focuses on the development of the whole child and their self-esteem.
Full Day Community Based Tuition Program Pre-School students will attend six hours and 15 minutes per day at a cost of $600 per month, which includes breakfast, lunch, and a snack. Before and after school care is also available through the Romeoville Recreation Department. Community Based Tuition Half Day Pre-School is for two and a half hours per day at a cost of $245 per month.
Valley View’s Early Childhood program offers early childhood education for children three years old by the irst day of school and no older than five years old on Sept. 2, 2020. This program is open to all Valley View 365U residents and outside residents, with families who reside within VVSD boundaries given first priority.
To register online for the lottery for available placements in either the Community Based Tuition Full Day or Half Day programs, visit http://www.vvsd.org/ec beginning Feb. 3.
Online lottery application closes on Fri. Feb. 28. The lottery drawing will take place on Tue. March 3. Parents will be contacted via email on Wed. Mar. 11 if their child has been selected through the open lottery system.
If you have any questions, please call 815-886-7827 ext. 6156.
Illinois 5Essentials Survey Now Open to Valley View Parents
Valley View School District 365U is joining the Illinois State Board of Education in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, the seventh statewide survey of school climate and learning conditions.
The survey provides a unique opportunity for students, teachers and parents to have a voice in improving their schools.
Now through Feb. 14, students, teachers and parents can take a 25-minute research-based survey to help identify strengths and weaknesses in their school’s learning environment.
This survey will serve as an opportunity for schools to reflect on progress since the last statewide implementation. Watch the video on vvsd.org to take the 5Essentials Survey
Black History Month Celebration Set for Feb. 9
The Black History Month Awareness Club & Valley View School District Present the 22nd Annual Community Wide Black History Month Celebration “Soaring to New Heights” on Sat. Feb. 8 from 2-5 p.m. in the Roger and Pat Claar Family Auditorium at Bolingbrook HS. Admission is free.
The VVEEF Brings the Zoo to You at WildFest
The Valley View Educational Enrichment Foundation presents an amazing, fun, and educational opportunity for the whole family when WildFest visits Bolingbrook HS on Sun. Jan. 26.