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District Weekly News September 12

This Week in Valley View

News and Notes from Around the District

September 12, 2019

9/11 Remembered Throughout VVSD

9/11 Pledge of Allegiance at Irene King 9/11 Anthem Performance at Oak View 9/11 Pledge at Wood View 9/11 at Independence Elementary

Left to Right- Romeoville First Responders were honored guests at Irene King Elementary. Members of the Oak View Elementary Student Chorus sing the Star-Spangled Banner during the morning announcements. Wood View Elementary Kindergarten students and staff recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Independence Elementary students greeted and thanked Bolingbrook first responders.

Throughout VVSD on September 11, students and staff gathered to remember the victims of the Terrorist Attack on September 11, 2001, and to honor first responders whose brethren acted so heroically that day.

At Irene King Elementary school, students and staff welcomed representatives of the Romeoville Fire and Police Departments to take part in the Pledge of Allegiance. Watch the video to hear King Principal Mrs. April Vacik share with students the importance of September 11 in our nation’s history.



Romeoville HS Senior Ryan Boots Named National Merit Semifinalist

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Romeoville HS senior Ryan Boots is among an elite group of students nationwide named as a semifinalist in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Competition.  National Merit semifinalists advance to the next stage of the competition in which approximately 7500 students are named as finalists for $31 million in scholarships.

Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

Scholarship winners in the 2020 competition will be announced in April.  National Merit Scholarships award $2500 to each student who is named a national winner.


Meet Our Teachers: Former Salk Student is now Salk Teacher Ms. Yaritza Guzman

Ms. Yaritza Guzman Ms Yaritza Guzman Goal 3

One of the first year teachers at Salk Elementary School did not need a tour of the building on her first day of work.  Bilingual Kindergarten Teacher Ms. Yaritza Guzman knows her way around because she attended Salk as a student.

This year is a homecoming of sorts for Ms. Guzman as she begins her teaching career.  Watch the Video to hear Ms. Guzman talk about coming back to Salk, how her experience as a student made her want to become a teacher, and what it is like to look out on a classroom of students for the first time as a teacher.


Dr. Mitchem Honored by DuPage County ACT-SO

Dr. Mitchem Accepts ACTSO Award

As part of the program at their annual Community Leaders Breakfast, DuPage County ACT-SO recognized the support given to the organization through the years by retiring VVSD Superintendent of Schools Dr. James A. Mitchem, Jr.

ACT-SO is the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics and every year they organize additional academic and cultural enrichment opportunities for students.  Dr. Mitchem was honored for his support of ACT-SO during both his time as Principal at Bolingbrook HS and as VVSD Superintendent of Schools.

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.


VVSD Proud to March in 2019 Bolingbrook Pathways Parade

VVSD Staff at Pathways Parade Goal 4

VVSD staff members showed their pride in our community by participating in the 2019 Bolingbrook Pathways Parade.  Watch as the VVSD contingent passes in front of the reviewing stand.  Also participating in the parade and representing VVSD were the Bolingbrook HS Air Force Jr. ROTC, Independence Elementary School, Pioneer Elementary School, Tibbott Elementary School, and Wood View Elementary Makers Space and Robotics Club. Watch the Video!


Bolingbrook HS JROTC

The members of the Bolingbrook HS Air Force Junior ROTC were walking tall and proud at the 2019 Bolingbrook Pathways Parade on September 8. Watch the video!



Romeoville HS Students Celebrate Da Vinci’s Impact on Western Civilization

Romeoville HS AP European History

Romeoville HS AP European History students gathered after school on a recent Friday to participate in an additional learning activity celebrating the life of Leonardo Da Vinci.

This year is the 500th anniversary of Da Vinci’s death, and AP European History teachers Dr. Mike Moro and Mr. Jeff Winefka showed students a movie examining Da Vinci’s impact on western civilization beyond his famous paintings such as The Mona Lisa, and The Last Supper.

The teachable moment comes when Dr. Moro explains to students that understanding the times in which a person lives provides context clues to their thoughts and activities.  Watch the video!



RHS Jazz Band Performs “That’s It” at Open House

RHS Jazz Band Performs at Open House

Each September, prior to the Romeoville HS Open House, the Spartans recognize the Top 10% Students in each class and Advanced Placement Honor Roll members.  The warm-up act to the entire evening is a performance by the RHS Jazz Band, under the guidance of Mr. Clark Anderson.

Watch and listen as the RHS Jazz Band performs “That’s It”.



Seen Around Valley View This Week

Ginny the Comfort Dog at Lukancic Ward Classroom Library Ribbon Cutting Mrs. Parro Visits Tibbott

Left- Ginny is a trained comfort dog under the care of Lukancic Student Resource Team Leader Mrs. Rachelle Nootens.  Ginny visits Lukancic a couple of times a week and visits students around the school.  In the photo, Ginny is visiting the 8th grade classroom of Mr. Jonathan Vidovic.

Center- Dr. Mitchem and B.J. Ward Elementary School Principal Mrs. Kathy Nigro remove the yellow construction caution tape and officially open the classroom library in Ms. Melissa Kozerski’s 2nd grade classroom.

Right- Board of Education Member Mrs. Diane Parro visited Tibbott Elementary School to help students ring in a new school day.


Quick Notes- The next regular meeting of the Valley View School District Board of Education is on Monday, September 23, 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 Poms and Competitive Dance Team is conducting the Raider Readiness Poms/Dance Clinic Sept. 16-19 at 4:30 pm for students in grades kindergarten- 8th.  The cost of the clinic is $40 and includes a custom shirt, team practices and the chance to perform at the Lincoln-Way East vs. Bolingbrook football game on Fri. Sept. 20.  Click here for more information and to register.


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. 12                             Hermansen Elementary School Curriculum Night 5:30 pm

                                                Ward Elementary Title I Parent Meeting 5:45 pm

                                                Ward Elementary Curriculum Night 6 pm

                                                Salk Elementary School Curriculum Night 6 pm

                                                Lukancic Middle School Curriculum Night 6:30 pm

                                                Brooks Middle School Curriculum Night 6:30 pm

Sun. Sep. 15                              Romeoville Founder's Day Parade 2 pm

Wed. Sep. 18                            Independence Elementary Curriculum Night Grades 3-5 6:15 pm

Thu. Sep. 19                             Independence Elementary Curriculum Night Grades K-2 6:15 pm

Fri. Sep. 20                               McGee Elementary School Back to School BBQ 5:30 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)