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District Weekly News September 5

This Week in Valley View

News and Notes from Around the District


VVSD School Safety Director Mr. Carter Larry Shares Back to School Safety Message

First, we would like to welcome our Valley View students and families back to school for the 2019-20 academic year.  In order to achieve the level of student learning demanded by our community, we must first provide a safe learning environment for our students and a safe working environment for our staff.

VVSD Board of Education President Mr. Steve Quigley expresses it best when he says, “We take the security and safety of our students and staff as seriously as anything we do in Valley View.”

This year, we are implementing ALICE response training in our schools.  Over the summer, all VVSD staff members were trained in the ALICE response protocols, and now that school is back in session, we are training students in the ALICE program.

ALICE is an acronym which stands for:
A- Alert
L- Lockdown
I- Inform

Allow me tell you what ALICE is.  ALICE is a shift to an options-based approach in response to an active threat.  In the past, best practice was believed to be to lock down buildings and have anyone inside remain in place until law enforcement arrives to respond to a threat.  ALICE teaches that there are options and solutions beyond holding in place to difficult situations, but individuals must train for these situations in order to make informed decisions should the situation arise.

Now, let me tell you what ALICE is not.  ALICE is not fighting off intruders.  While countering a threat is one of the strategies, the idea of countering is based on creating distractions when directly confronted by a threat, as opposed to passively holding in place.

We have created a video that is being shared with our students that provides more details about ALICE which can be viewed at the following link: 2019-20 VVSD School Safety Message



Have a safe and wonderful school year.

Romeoville HS Leadership Council Students Provide Inspirational Messages

Locker Messages

Check out some of the inspirational messages the members of the Romeoville HS Leadership Council wrote and then attached to every locker in the high school!

The classmates of the Council members enjoyed and appreciated the messages. Watch the video to see the messages!




Dr. Mitchem Answers Questions from Bridging the Gap Students

Dr. Mitchem Visits Bridging the Gap Students


What began as an organization for male students at Humphrey Middle School has been expanded this year to include Brooks and Lukancic Middle Schools.  The original group at Humphrey was founded by Student Counselor Ms. Kisha VanHook and was known as “Generation Next”.

The expanded group includes female students and is now known as “Bridging the Gap”.  One thing that hasn’t changed is meetings include a visit from a member of the community who can serve as an inspiration and a mentor for the group members.

Valley View Superintendent of Schools Dr. James A. Mitchem, Jr. was the invited guest to the meeting last week and answered questions from the Bridging the Gap members, including the question, “What’s the most important thing about your job?” Wach the video!



R.C. Hill Students Share Breakfast with their Favorite Dude

RC Hill Donuts with Dudes RC Hill Donuts with Dudes

Students at R.C. Hill Elementary School arrived early on Wed. Sept. 4 and brought special guests with them for the “Donuts with Dudes” breakfast.  The students invited an adult gentleman who makes a difference in their lives.

We visited with Hill 2nd grade student Yitzel Delgado who treated her dad Mr. Osvaldo Delgado to breakfast.  This was a perfect event for Yitzel as she plans on becoming a baker someday! Watch the video!


Owl Pellets Reveal Clues to the Food Chain

Romeoville HS Examining Owl Pellets

A couple of weeks ago, we visited the Romeoville HS Advanced Placement Environmental Science classroom of Mrs. Michele Petkewicz.  The students invited us to return on the day that they would be examining owl pellets.

How could we possibly turn down such an invitation?

The purpose of the activity is to examine the contents of the owl pellets to determine what owls eat.  The examination reveals bones of small rodents and other birds.  Watch the video to see the discoveries made by the students in the class.




Bolingbrook HS Football to Appear on WCIU Game of the Week

Game of the Week

The Bolingbrook HS Football Team will be featured on the WCIU Game of the Week when they host Lincoln-Way East. The game will be played at Bolingbrook HS on Fri. Sept 20 at 7 pm and the game will be preceded by a ceremony to dedicate the new field in the BHS Stadium.  The game will be broadcast on tape delay by WCIU on Sat. Sept. 21 at 1 p.m. on DISH Network 48. Xfinity 230HD/248/ and 360. RCN 35 and WOW 170. Jim Blaney, Jack McInerny and Kenny McReynolds will call the action.

Seen Around Valley View This Week

Romeoville HS Zoology Students Humphrey Middle School Team Building Independence Elementary Student Art

Left- Romeoville HS students in the zoology class of Mrs. Melissa Town visited Brookfield Zoo in order to do a behavior study on an animal of their choice.

Center- Humphrey Middle School students in the 8th grade language arts class of Mrs. Cindy Villalobos participate in team building exercises to strengthen positive relationships.

Right- Independence Elementary students created quite a mural for their school and learns quite a bit about the oceans and its inhabitants.


Quick Notes- The next regular meeting of the Valley View School District Board of Education is on Monday, September 9, at John J. Lukancic Middle School, 725 W. Normantown Rd, Romeoville IL.  The meeting will be called to order at 6:30 p.m. and the Board will vote to go into Executive Session.  The Public Session of the meeting will begin at 7 p.m. 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 Bolingbrook HS Cheer Team will conduct their 2nd Annual Kids Camp Sept. 9 & 11 from 6-8 pm in the Bolingbrook HS Field House for kids in grades kindergarten-8th.  Cost of the camp is $40 and campers will perform at the Stagg vs. Bolingbrook football game on Fri, Sept. 13.  Click here for a registration form.  If you have questions, contact Shannon Price at


Upcoming Important School Calendar Dates

Wed. Sep. 25                            Early Release (BHS 12:43, RHS 12:45, MS 1:20, Elementary 2:15)

Fri. Oct. 11                                First Grading Period Ends

Mon. Oct. 14                             Columbus Day- No Classes



Events for the Coming Week

Thu. Sep. 5                               Romeoville HS Open House 5:30 pm

                                                Oak View Elementary Curriculum Night 6 pm

                                                STEP Campus Curriculum Night 6 pm

Sun. Sep. 8                               Bolingbrook Pathways Parade 2 pm

Mon. Sep. 9                              McGee Elementary Curriculum Night 6:30 pm

Tue. Sep. 10                             Pioneer Elementary Curriculum Night (Grades 3-5) 6 pm

                                                McGee Elementary Curriculum Night 6:30 pm

Wed. Sep. 11                            Hill Elementary School Curriculum Night (Grades K,2,4) 6 pm

                                                Oak View Elementary School Curriculum Night 6 pm

                                                Wood View Elementary School Curriculum Night 6 pm

                                                Hill Elementary School Curriculum Night (Grades 1,3,5) 6:45 pm

Thu. Sep. 12                             Hermansen Elementary School Curriculum Night 5:30 pm

                                                Salk Elementary School Curriculum Night 6 pm

                                                Lukancic Middle School Curriculum Night 6:30 pm

                                                Brooks Middle School Curriculum Night 6:30 pm


New This Week in the Community Bulletin Board

Joliet Junior College Kids College


News from Our Community Partners

Rockin’ the Cause 2019

Rockin’ the Cause is a community charity event that raises money to help kids who can’t afford musical instruments and lessons.  The Rockin’ the Cause Fundraising Event takes place on Sun. Sept. 15 from Noon- 8:30 p.m. at the Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center.  The event features eight live performances and admission is FREE!  Money is raised at the event through raffles and auctions.  To see the complete lineup of performers and for more information, visit


Wilco Area Career Center

The Wilco Area Career Center provides high school students in Northern Will County, including Bolingbrook HS and Romeoville HS, with vocational training in a wide range of professions.  Wilco will conduct their annual Open House on Thu. Sept. 26 from 6-8 pm at the Wilco Campus located at 500 Wilco Blvd. in Romeoville.  Refreshments will be provided by the Wilco Culinary Arts students. High school students and their parents are encouraged to attend to learn more about Wilco and the programs they offer.


Fountaindale Public Library Card Design Contest

2020 marks Fountaindale Public Library's 50th anniversary. To celebrate, they want to showcase your artwork on their limited-edition, anniversary library cards! Submit your artwork by September 30, 2019. More information is available at


Village of Romeoville Holiday Card Contest

The Village of Romeoville is conducting a Holiday Card Design Contest open to Romeoville residents of all ages and artistic abilities.  The design of the winner will be used on the official Village of Romeoville 2019 Holiday Card.  Visit the Village of Romeoville website for complete details.  The deadline for entries is Fri, Oct. 4.


Northern Illinois Food Bank

The Northern Illinois Food Bank is conducting mobile food banks and micro pantries in the vicinity in the near future.

There will be a Mobile Food Bank on Fri, Sept. 6 from 3-5 pm at the First Assembly of God Church located at 1741 Essington Rd. in Joliet. There will also be a Mobile Food Bank at B.J. Ward Elementary School on Thu. Sept. 12 from 4-6 p.m. 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:


West Suburban Community Pantry in association with the Northern IL Food Bank will be hosting a Community Mobile Pantry in Bolingbrook every first Monday of the month. Each Community Mobile Pantry will offer fresh produce, proteins and staple items for those struggling to put food on the table. Different organizations from the community will also be present to connect community members and their families with services that can help put them back on your feet. 


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)