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District Weekly News January 17

This Week in Valley View

News and Notes from Around the District

January 17, 2019

R.C. Hill Students Learn How Energy Transforms

Learning Energy Transformation at Hill Goal 1

As you read this story, you’re probably not thinking about the coal, sunlight, or nuclear power that transformed into the electricity that now powers the device you are using.

Students in the R.C. Hill 4th grade classroom of Mrs. Cynthia Abel have been studying energy, and more specifically, how energy transforms.  For example, in the video you’ll see how light powers a radiometer and how light raises air temperature.

As you watch the video, don’t be alarmed by the noises in the background.  One of the stations in the classroom had students trying to move objects with the vibration of their voices.  Being the intuitive learners that they are, they figured out pretty quickly the louder the voice, the more vibration! Watch the Video!


Keep Calm and Knit On! AVM’s Knitting and Crochet Club

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Everyday after school throughout VVSD, teachers and staff members facilitate and nurture the interests of students through extra-curricular activities.  Many of the activities are well-known such as athletics and the performing arts.

But there’s also a myriad of other clubs formed by teachers and students to meet the specific, and sometimes esoteric interests of our students.  Come with us to visit the A. Vito Martinez Middle School Knitting and Crochet Club, advised by 7th Grade Language Arts Teacher Mrs. Vicki Witt.  For one student, his participation fits like a glove! Watch the Video!

One Final Story from the Holidays Courtesy of B.J. Ward Elementary

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B.J. Ward 1st grader Manuel Nunez’s dream is to become a Navy SEAL.  If he follows through on that dream, he will be the second soldier in his family.

You see, Manuel’s mom, Jacquelyne Rock is a member of the United State Army.  Pvt. Rock was deployed right after Manuel’s birthday in October and had not seen Manuel since, so when she had a window of time to come home for the Holidays, she surprised Manuel by showing up unannounced to greet Manuel at B.J. Ward on the final day of school before Christmas.


A Look Inside Our Classrooms: Mrs. Margot McNulty and Mr. Michael Data, Humphrey Middle School, 7th Grade Math

Humphrey Math Class Goal 1 Goal 3

Division with negative numbers has caused angst among students since the dawn of mankind.  Multiplication with negatives is a concept that is reasonably learned, but, division, OMG!

Watch the video and take a visit to the Humphrey Middle School 7th grade math classroom of Mrs. Margot McNulty and Mr. Michael Data.  The students have just solved multiplication statements with one unknown.  Now, the task is to rewrite those statements as division equations.

The purpose of the lesson is to demonstrate the rules for determining if a quotient is negative or positive, are the same as for determining if a product is negative or positive. (Please note this video was captured during 1st period on a Monday morning!) Watch the Video!

VVSD’s Top Five Most Viewed Videos of 2018

We compiled a list of the most watched VVSD videos of 2018 and counted them down on the VVSD Facebook page during Holiday Break.  Here’s a recap of the Top Five.

#5 VVSD Announces Increase in Guest Teacher Compensation


#4 Rules of the Road Regarding School Buses- Courtesy of the Village of Romeoville Police Department.

#3 Bolingbrook HS Expands Music Horizons with the Addition of Steel Drums


#2 Pioneer Elementary Principal Ms. Carmen Killingsworth’s Words to Her Students on September 11

#1 Bolingbrook HS Students Greeted with a Flurry of Encouraging Post-It Notes from Parents and Community

Bolingbrook HS Boys’ Basketball Team to Appear in Televised Games

The Bolingbrook HS Boys’ Basketball team has been a regular member of the Chicago Sun-Times Top 25 this season and will be making two TV appearances this weekend.  On Fri. Jan. 18 Bolingbrook HS will visit Homewood-Flossmoor HS at 7 p.m., and on Mon. Jan. 21 Bolingbrook HS will face Morgan Park HS at 2 p.m. in the City-Suburban Shootout at Fenwick HS. Both games will be broadcast live on WCIU’s UToo Channel 26.2.  The UToo can also be found on Xfinity 230 & 360, RCN Cable 35, WOW Cable 170, DISH Network 48, and U-Verse 24.

Kudos for Noteworthy Achievements

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Three VVSD middle school cheer teams competed at the IESA State Cheerleading Championships on  Sat. Jan. 12 at the Peoria Civic Center.  Brooks Middle School placed 7th in Small Team Cheer.  Jane Addams Middle School placed 7th in Medium Team Cheer.  A. Vito Martinez Middle School placed 9th in Large Team Routine.

Brooks Middle School 7th grader Sumaiya Idress was the last speller standing and champion of the Brooks Spelling Bee. Finishing second was 7th grader Baraka Mujitaba, and third was 8th grader Aaliyah GloverSofia Aragon was the winner of the 6th grade title.

The 2019 Spelling Bee Champion at Jane Addams Middle School is 6th grader Ishika Rana.  Her winning word was “exordium”. Finishing in 2nd place was 7th grader Yulian Lezama and 3rd place was claimed by 8th grader Nathan Dowuonah.

At Lukancic Middle School, the Spelling Bee came down to two 7th graders with Noah Pulins emerging as champion in the 20th round.  Noah claimed first place by correctly spelling “astonishment”.  7th grader Heavenly Carlos finished second.  The 8th grade champion is Collin Johnson and the 6th grade winner is Taejon White.

Black History Month Celebration Set for Feb. 9

Black History Month Awareness Club Celebration

The Black History Month Awareness Club & Valley View School District Present the 21st Annual Community Wide Black History Month Celebration “Soaring to New Heights” on Sat. Feb. 9 from 2-5 p.m. in the Roger and Pat Claar Family Auditorium at Bolingbrook HS.  Admission is free.

Seen Around Valley View This Week

Wood View Walking School Bus Tibbott Book Character Day Wood View Robotics Club

Left- Wood View Elementary has set their daily attendance goal at 100%.  In order to reach that goal, Community Schools Coordinator Mrs. Leanne Lyons and Security Office Mr. Steve Potete have begun at "Walking School Bus" program which will visit homes of students to reinforce the importance of being in school every day. 

Center- The office staff at Tibbott Elementary School dressed to bring to life some of the titles from the "If You Give a......." series of children's books.  From left to right: "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie", "If You Give a Pig a Party", "If You Give a Dog a Donut", If You Give a Moose a Muffin", "If You Give a Cat a Cupcake".

Right- The Wood View Robotics Club is preparing for the 4H Robotics Competition.  The students were visited by Ms. Megan Walsh from the University of Illinois and 4H.  She discussed some of the possible challenges of the contest and gave students a few tips.


Quick Notes- The next meeting of the Valley View School District Board of Education is on Monday, January 28, 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 Speech Team is hosting the 11th Annual Tournament of Dreams on Sat. Jan. 19.  The tournament honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and all 14 IHSA Speech Individual Events will be contested among 26 participating schools.  The Tournament is open to the public and there is not charge to attend.  Competition begins at 8 am and continues throughout the day.  Enter through Door 17.  The awards ceremony at 4:30 will be preceded by a rock show by the BHS Music Revolution Club and a special performance by the BHS Speech Team dedicated to Dr. King’s Dream.

The Romeoville HS Spartan Dugout Club is hosting their annual fundraiser on Sat. Jan. 19 at 8 p.m. at Strike N Spare in Lockport.  Tickets are $50 per couple or, $30 for an individual, and include three games of bowling, shoes, and a buffet.  You must be 21 years old or older to attend.  For more information visit the Romeoville HS Spartan Dugout Club Facebook page.


Upcoming Important School Calendar Dates

Mon. Jan. 21                             Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday- No Classes

Wed. Jan. 30                             Early Release (H.S. 12:43, MS 1:20, Elementary 2:15)

Mon. Feb. 18                            Presidents’ Day- No Classes


Events for the Coming Week

Thu. Jan. 17                             Lukancic Middle School Carrying the Torch of Excellence Breakfast 7:45 am

                                               Humphrey Middle School Spelling Be 8:25 am                                       

                                               Hermansen PTO McTeacher Night 4-7 pm

                                               Romeoville HS Incoming Freshman Night 5:30 pm

                                               Bolingbrook HS Incoming Freshman Night 5:30 pm

                                               Tibbott Elementary Pajamarama Reading Night 6 pm

                                               King Elementary Bingo Night 6-7:30 pm

Tue. Jan. 22                              Ward Elementary Battle of the Books 2 pm

Fri. Jan. 25                                Independence Author Visit Ms. Amy Logan 1:30 pm

                                                Martinez Middle School Spelling Bee 2:45 pm


New This Week in the Community Bulletin Board

Bolingbrook Tee-Ball Association Registration

Good News Club at Independence Elementary School


News from Our Community Partners

Romeoville Recreation Department

Winter/Spring Registration is now open.  Join the Fun at the Rec Center! Stop in or go online to register for your favorite classes.  See the Program Guide

Bolingbrook Park District

The Bolingbrook Park District Winterfest “Flurries and Fun” is coming up on Sat. Feb. 9 from 10 am - 2 pm at the Annerino Community Center. There is no charge to attend the event. For more information about Winterfest and all Bolingbrook Park District programs, visit the Bolingbrook Park District web site.

Northern Illinois Food Bank

The Northern Illinois Food Bank is conducting mobile food banks and micro pantries in the vicinity in the near future.  A mobile food bank will be available at the White Oak Library Romeoville Branch on Mon, Jan. 14 from 4-6 pm.  There will also be a mobile food bank available at B.J. Ward Elementary School on Thu. Feb. 28 from 4-6 p.m. 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:


(That’s All for This Week)