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District Weekly News January 31

This Week in Valley View

News and Notes from Around the District

January 31, 2019


VVSD Board, Teachers, Approve Three-Year Contract

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The VVSD Board of Education approved a new three-year contract with VVSD teachers at the Jan. 28 Regular Board Meeting.  The agreement was approved by members of the Valley View Council of Local 604, American Federation of Teachers during a vote by membership conducted Jan. 22-23.

The contract goes into effect retroactively to the beginning of the 2018-19 academic year, and runs through the 2020-2021 school year.  The contract can be viewed in the documents posted for the Jan. 28 Board of Education meeting by selecting this link.

Registration for 2019-2020 Community Based Tuition Program Opens February 1


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 2019-20 school year.

The Valley View Early Childhood Center offers a diversity of experiences for students, with a focus on pre-literacy, mathematics, science, social and emotional development, social skills, 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 hours will be 9 a.m.- 3:15 p.m. 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 2 1/12 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 first day of school and no older than five years old on Sept. 2, 2019.  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 beginning Feb. 1.  Online lottery application closes on Thu. Feb. 28.  The lottery drawing will take place on Mon. March 4. Parents will be contacted via email on Fri. Mar. 4 if their child has been selected through the open lottery system.

If you have any questions, please call 815-886-7827.

A Cold Week in VVSD and a Chance for Learning

Goal 1 Ashley Marin Frozen Shirt Kaely Marin Frozen Shirt

During the unscheduled two-day break in classes, Tibbott Elementary students Ashley and Kaelyn Marin got some help from their Mom in learning the effects of -20 degree weather.  The girls soaked their Tibbott No Excuses University t-shirts in water, and then hung them outside on a hanger.  It didn’t take long until the shirts were frozen solid.

Also,how about a thank you to our building operations staff around the District who stayed on duty all throughout the cold to monitor our school buildings to make sure no issues arose due to the cold weather.


A Note on Make-Up of Emergency Days Used During the 2018-19 School Year

Due to this winter’s weather, VVSD has used three emergency days so far during the 2018-19 school year.  Those days will be added into the school calendar for this year.  VVSD Administration is waiting for the peak of winter to pass before announcing the dates that will be added to the calendar. 

Middle School Spelling Bee

The VVSD Middle School Spelling Bee was rescheduled due to the bitter cold weather and cancellation of after school events on  Tue.Jan. 29  The Bee has been rescheduled for 7 pm on  Tue. Feb. 5 at Humphrey Middle School.

Middle School STEMCathlon

The VVSD Middle School STEMCathlon was rescheduled due to the bitter cold weather and cancellation of after schools events on Thu. Jan. 31.  The STEMCathlon has been rescheduled for 5:30 pm on Thu. Mar. 21 at Romeoville HS.


Romeoville HS Percussion Students Sit In with Bulls Stampede

Goal 1 RHS Students at Bulls Drum Line RHS Students Perform with Bulls Drum Line

Six Romeoville HS percussion students took to the floor at the United Center during halftime of the Chicago Bulls Sat. Jan. 19 game against the Miami Heat.  RHS students Darrel Herrera, Gabby King, Kayla King, Ezekiel Martinez, Kyra Savage, and Trevor Underwood were invited to sit-in (actually stand-in!) with the Chicago Bulls Stampede Drumline during a special performance. 


A Look Inside Our Classrooms

Ms. Keri Loftus and Mrs. Nicole Dahl- Bolingbrook HS English

Goal 1 Goal 3 Ms. Keri Loftus Facilities a Student Discussion  on "Lord of the Flies"


Raise your hand if somewhere along the way in school you read Lord of the Flies. As we all remember, it is the story of a group of boys who must create their own society and they quickly learn how human nature can work at odds against the greater good.

Come with us to the Bolingbrook HS English classroom of Mrs. Nicole Dahl and Ms. Keri Loftus as Ms. Loftus leads a discussion about the point in the story when the characters in the book begin to realize they are not going to be rescued from their predicament. Watch the Video!


VVSD Well-Represented by Students, Staff, and Board of Education at IMEC/ILMEA

Mr. Bob Hanerhoff Presents at IMEC

Bolingbrook HS Band Teacher Mr. Bob Hanerhoff Presents to Peers at the Illinois Music Educators Conference in Peoria.

VVSD had quite of contingent of students, staff members, and a member of the VVSD Board of Education at this year’s Illinois Music Education Conference in Peoria.  For students selected as Illinois Music Education Association All-State, the highlight of the event are the performances and additional instruction from top music teachers from around the state.

VVSD had four student representatives: Bolingbrook HS- Spencer Avery-Chorus; Shane Frantz- Chorus; and Tim Worlton- All-State Chorus; Romeoville HS- Ashley Zipperich- Band Euphonium.

Bolingbrook HS music teachers Ms. Aimee Rupsis, Mr. Larry Fisher and Board of Education Member Mrs. Diane Parro presented at a round table session on the topic“Successfully Promoting a BIG Capital Outlay Campaign in a Short Time Frame”.


Black History Month Awareness Celebration Set for Feb. 9

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.


Romeoville Black History Celebration Sat. Feb. 16

The Romeoville Black History Celebration will take place at the Romeoville Recreation Center from 10 am- 5pm on  Sat. Feb. 16.  The featured speaker is Lewis University history professor Dr. Mark Schultz. To register,call  the Romeoville Branch of White Oak Library at (815) 552-4230.


Kudos for Noteworthy Achievements

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The Romeoville HS Competitive Cheerleading Team will be travelling to the IHSA Competitive Cheerleading State Finals Feb. 1-2 in Bloomington.  The team finished fifth at their sectional competition at Lemont HS to qualify.

The Bolingbrook HS Competitive Cheerleading Team will be travelling to the IHSA Competitive Cheerleading State Finals Feb. 1-2 in Bloomington.  The team finished fifth at their sectional competition at Mahomet-Seymour HS to qualify.

Six Romeoville HS Art Students will have their work on display at the 2019 Scholastic Art Awards at Downers Grove North HS on Sun. Feb. 3.  Michelle Jacobo, Daniel McRaven, Hannah Ramos, and Jacob Teodoro earned Gold Keys at the regional competition to qualify. Morgan Franzen and Alyssa Justalero advanced by earning Silver Keys

The Romeoville HS Pep Band has been named the #1 high school Pep Band in the State of Illinois through a selection process conducted by the IHSA.  The RHS Pep Band will play at Carver Arena in Peoria during the Class 3A and 4A Boys’ Basketball Semifinals  on Fri. Mar. 15.

The Bolingbrook HS Chess Team is on their way to the IHSA Chess Championships Feb. 8-9 in Peoria after finishing in the top ten at their sectional competition. BHS Freshman Albert Huynh had four perfect rounds at sectionals.


Seen Around Valley View This Week

Bolingbrook HS DECA students Bolingbrook HS Staircase RPD K9 Office Spike

Left- Bolingbrook HS had seven students place in the top ten in their respective events and DECA West Suburban Sectionals: Kat Carranza, Restaurant and Food Service Management; Tess Eken, Restaurant and Food Service Management; Asta Gueye, Quick Serve Restaurant Management; Benz Hoffmeyer, Apparel and Accessories Marketing; Nehal Kaur, Apparel and Accessories Marketing; Pahul Kaur, Retail Merchandising; Daryle Posadas, Human Resources Management

Center- Amazing things with graphics.  That’s a stairway at Bolingbrook HS with the “Honor the Raiders” graphic on the risers.

Right- We borrowed this one from our friends at the Romeoville Police Department.  K9 Officer Spike was fitted for the proper foot gear to battle the cold weather.


Quick Notes- The next meeting of the Valley View School District Board of Education is on Monday, February 11, 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

Registration for the Little Raider Preschool Lab is  now open.  The Little Raider Preschool Lab is part of the Bolingbrook HS Child Development Class, where high school students are learning to teach young children. The Pre-School lab offers a safe, fun and educational environment for kids and instruction which includes activities that encourage intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development. Little Raiders starts Thu. Feb. 28 and sessions are Tuesday and Thursday 11:15 am -1 pm thru May 10.

Registration is required. For more information contact Ms. Debra Taylor at (630) 679-3696 or


Upcoming Important School Calendar Dates

Mon. Feb. 18                            Presidents’ Day- No Classes

Fri. Feb. 22                               Parent-Teacher Conferences, No Classes for students

Wed. Feb. 27                            Early Release (H.S. 12:43, MS 1:20, Elementary 2:15)


Events for the Coming Week

Fri. Feb. 1                                 Pioneer Elementary Father/Daughter Dance 7 pm

Tue. Feb. 5                               Martinez Middle School 6th Grade Student Recognition Breakfast 7:30 am

                                               VVSD Middle School Spelling Bee at Humphrey Middle School 7 pm

Wed. Feb. 6                              Martinez Middle School 7th Grade Student Recognition Breakfast 7:30 am

                                               Hermansen Elementary Global School Day of Play

                                               Bluestem VVSD Elementary Battle of the Books at Lukancic Middle School 6 pm

                                                Bolingbrook HS Freshman Band Concert 6 pm

                                                Bolingbrook HS Concert Bands Concert 7 pm

Thu. Feb. 7                               Martinez Middle School 8th Grade Student Recognition Breakfast 7:30 am

                                                Bolingbrook HS 8th Annual College, Trade & Career Fair 10 am

                                                Pioneer Elementary Young Authors and Literacy Night 6 pm

                                                Hill Elementary Bingo Night 6 pm

                                                Bolingbrook HS Brooks Middle School 8th Grade Bands Concert 7 pm

 Fri. Feb. 8                                 Lukancic Middle School Dance 2:45 pm

                                                Salk Elementary PTA Sweetheart Dance 6 pm

                                                Tibbott Elementary Multicultural Fair 6 pm

                                                McGee Elementary Sweetheart Dance 6:30 pm



New This Week in the Community Bulletin Board

Fitness 4 Change at Skoff Elementary School

Black History Celebration



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.

Heart Haven Outreach

Heart Haven Outreach is hosting their Annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament for middle and high school students at Brooks Middle School on Sun.March 3.  The deadline to sign up is Feb. 5.  For more details, call (630) 226-8403 or download the registration form at

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 available at White Oak Public Library-Romeoville Branch on Mon. Feb. 11 from 4-6 p.m.  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)