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District Weekly News September 16

This Week in Valley View

News and Notes from Around the District 


Superintendent Kinder’s Every Learner Update at September 13 Board Meeting

Every Learner Every Day Update

VVSD Superintendent of Schools Rachel Kinder provided an update to the Board of Education with details on case numbers, updating health and safety, and sharing information on next steps at the Regular Meeting of the Board on Monday, September 13.

Watch the Video.


VVSD Staff Spotlight- Karina Lopez, Assistant Principal, Mitchem Early Childhood Center 

Karina Lopez

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we introduce you to Dr. James Mitchem Early Childhood Center Asst. Principal Karina Lopez.  Karina is in her first year as assistant principal after serving as an early childhood teacher for a decade.

As a first generation American of parents who emigrated from Mexico, Karina has a unique bond with the Hispanic families within the Mitchem Early Childhood school community. In the video, Karina shares with us her family’s story of building a life in the United States and her journey to becoming a teacher, and now, assistant principal.

Watch the Video!


VVSD College Admissions Tailgate, Sat. September 18 Register Now!

College Admissions Tailgate

This is not like your typical college fair - the purpose of this event is for current Bolingbrook HS and Romeoville HS seniors to receive actual, on-the-spot admission to colleges and universities, potentially receive scholarships, and to establish their Federal Student Aid ID (FSAID), that is the first step to prepare to complete the FAFSA for financial aid, starting on October 1. 

This outdoor event with a tailgate atmosphere will be held in the south parking lot at Bolingbrook HS from Noon- 4 pm on Sat. Sept. 18. There will be food, prizes, and, most of all – meeting with the college reps.  There are 13 colleges and universities confirmed who are excited to see our seniors and have them walk away with admission letters, scholarships, and of course – college swag!

Click here to register online for the event.

Tibbott Students Celebrate Mexico Independence Day with Honores a la bandera

Tibbott Celebrates Mexico Independence Day

The 3rd and 4th grade dual language teachers at Tibbott Elementary School and their students replicated “La escolta de bandera” in celebration of Mexico Independence Day.  This is a traditional Independence Day activity in which a group of youth present the Mexican flag while the Mexican national anthem is sung.

The day commemorates when Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo called for Mexico’s independence in 1810  by delivering a passionate speech in the town of Dolores and ringing the town’s church bells. Hidalgo’s speech became known as the "Grito de Dolores” (The Cry of Dolores), and marked the beginning of the eleven-year Mexican War of Independence in which Mexico gained freedom from Spanish colonial rule that had lasted for over three centuries.

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NY Times Best-Selling Author Nic Stone to Visit VVSD Wed. September 22

Nic Stone Author Visit

VVSD in partnership with the Fountaindale and White Oak Libraries is pleased to announce an in-person visit by New York Times Best-Selling young adult novels author Nic Stone to the Romeoville Athletic Center on Wed. Sept. 22 from 7-9 pm.

Nic is the author of a succession of wildly successful novels including Clean Getaway, Odd One Out, and Dear Martin. In her literature, she boldly addresses topics teens face in America. 

Nic Stone’s visit is free of charge and open to all members of the community who wish to attend.  Concessions will be available during the event and there will also be prizes available through a raffle.

Click Here to RSVP for the Nic Stone Author Visit

For more information on Speaker, please visit 


Free Adult English and HSE (GED) Online Classes

Adult English GEDAdult English GED in Spanish


Valley View Public Schools and Joliet Junior College are partnering to offer you Free Adult English and HSE (GED) Online Classes

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Classes begin September 21, 2021

Enroll online and select Valley View School District! To register, visit 


Wilco Area Career Center Open House Thu. September 23

Wilco Open House

Wilco Area Career Center will host an open house for prospective students and their families on Thu. Sept. 23 from 6-8 pm at the Wilco Area Career Center located at 500 Wilco Blvd. in Romeoville.  Wilco staff members will be there to share information about the business, industrial technology, and family and consumer science programs.

More specifically, programs such as autos, business logistics, construction, computer tech, culinary, early childhood education, game design, veterinary assistant, and welding.  The mission of the Wilco Area Career Center is to develop skill sets that provide a pathway to college and career readiness.

Seen Around Valley View This Week (Deluxe Edition)

Romeoville HS Social Studies TeachersRomeoville HS MJROTCHermansen 9/11 Remembrance

Matthew Greene Art ClassroomBrooks Hispanic HeritageTibbott Elementary School


Top Left- On Friday, Sept. 10 the Romeoville HS Social Studies department wore t-shirts in remembrance of the 9/11/01 terrorist attack on the United States.  The purpose was to foster reflection and discussion going among the students in the halls and classrooms.  

Top Center- The Romeoville HS United State Marine Corps JROTC presents the colors prior to the Pledge of Allegiance at the September 13 Board of Education meeting.

Top Right- Hermansen Elementary School students gathered on the west lawn of the school for a remembrance of the 9/11/01 terrorist attack on the United States.  Asst. Principal Tiffany shared a poem about heroes with the students.

Bottom Left- Jane Addams Middle School 8th grade students incorporate basic shapes and perspective into their art in Matthew Greene’s art classroom

Bottom Center- Brooks Middle School is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by featuring Hispanic staff members on a special bulletin board in the school.  Leading off the month are Executive Secretary Patty Arriola and Attendance Secretary Marisela De La Cruz.

Bottom Right- Comfy study spots are easy to find at Tibbott Elementary School.

Quick Notes- The next regular meeting of the Valley View School District Board of Education is on Monday, September 27, at John J. Lukancic Middle School, 725 W. Normantown Rd, Romeoville IL.  The meeting will be called to order at 6:30 pm, at which time the Board will vote to move to Closed Session. The Public Session of the meeting will begin no earlier than 7 pm. In accordance with the Open Meetings Act, the Agenda for the meeting will be posted no later than 48 hours prior to the start of the meeting.  Click here to view the Agenda  The Meeting is available via live stream on the VVSD YouTube Channel, VVSD365U


The Bolingbrook HS Cheer Team will conduct their 2021 Kids Cheer Camp for students in grades Kindergarten-8th on from 6-8 pm on Mon. Sept. 20 and Wed. Sept. 22 at Bolingbrook HS.  Cost of the camp is $40 and includes a t-shirt and the opportunity to perform at halftime of the football game on Fri. Sept. 24.  Click Here to register for the camp. 

Got questions? email Bolingbrook HS Cheer Coach Shannon Price at

Upcoming Important School Calendar Dates

Wed. September 29         Early Release (Elem 2:15, MS 1:20, HS 12:43)

Mon. October 11              Indigenous Peoples Day (No Classes)

Fri. October 15                First Grading Period Ends


Events for the Coming Week

Thu. Sept. 16           Hermansen Elementary Curriculum Night 4:30- 5:30 pm

                               Hermansen Elementary 20th Anniversary Family Picnic 5:30-7:30 pm

                               Mitchem Early Childhood Curriculum Night 6 pm

                               Salk Elementary Curriculum Night 6-7 pm

                               McGee Elementary Curriculum Night 6-8:15 pm

                               Brooks Middle School Curriculum Night 6-7:35 pm

Tue. Sept. 21            Oak View Elementary School Curriculum Night 6-7 pm

Wed. Sept. 22           Author Visit- Nic Stone at Romeoville Athletic Center 7-9 pm

Thu. Sept. 23            Tibbott Elementary School Curriculum Night 6:30-7:30 pm

Fri. Sept. 24              Wood View Elementary Movie on the Green 7 pm

News from Our Community Partners


Village of Romeoville

The Annual Founders’ Day Entertainment Weekend is Sept. 16-19 at Deer Crossing Park. Each day will have a specific theme (Thu. Viva Mexico, Fri. Celebrate Romeoville, Sat. A Day of the Arts, Sun. Be Your Own Superhero) to celebrate Romeoville and will conclude with the Founders’ Day Parade on Sun. Sept. 19.  For more information, visit


Bolingbrook Park District

Bolingbrook Park District residents and Valley View School District students are now able to register for the REACH All-Day Care program.  All of the information and how to register is located at the following:


Fountaindale Public Library

The library has compiled a variety of resources for VVSD students, parents and teachers to use this school year. Whether you're looking for homework help, a new book to read or exciting technology to learn, you can use your Student Success library card to access all that Fountaindale has to offer! Please visit for details.


White Oak Public Library-Romeoville Branch

Every Friday from 9:00 – 9:30 am, the Romeoville Branch Library will have an outdoor program (weather permitting) in the library parking lot. All storytimes during the months of June and July will have a specific color theme and they will remain as virtual events.

West Suburban Community Pantry

West Suburban Community Pantry’s Virtual Food Pantry makes it easy for people facing tough times to order free groceries online so they can make ends meet. You can place your order anytime from a phone or computer with internet access. There are no crowds and no reason to feel rushed. Shop when you want by simply choosing your no-cost groceries and a convenient pickup time and place. Just be sure to place your order a couple of days before you need food. The Virtual Food Pantry is a quick and private way to get a little help with groceries so you can get back on your feet. Start shopping today at 

Romeoville Community Pantry

The Romeoville Community Pantry has updated their procedures and days of operation due to social distancing regulations. Instead of being a “choice pantry,” food is distributed in boxes in a drive-thru style. Clients remain in their cars and check in through the window glass as workers place food into their trunks. The pantry WILL be open the first four Saturdays of the month 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Please check the Romeoville Community Facebook page for any further updates  

Northern Illinois Food Bank

The Northern Illinois Food Bank is conducting mobile food banks and micro pantries in the vicinity in the near future. Please bring bags or boxes. Micro Pantries are designed to allow anonymous food pick-up for those in need and a drop-off point for those who wish to help. Micro pantries are accessible 24 hours a day. To find a Micro Pantry near you visit:  

Will County MAPP Food Micro Pantries

Will County Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships conducts micro and mobile food pantries throughout Will County.  Click here for more details and a map of locations.

That’s All for This Week!