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District Weekly News February 13

This Week in Valley View

News and Notes from Around the District

February 13, 2020

Romeoville HS Senior Ryan Boots Named National Merit Finalist

Ryan Boots

Romeoville HS senior Ryan Boots is among an elite group of students nationwide named as a Finalist in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Competition.  National Merit Finalists advance to the final stage of the competition that determines the winners of $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 finalists, 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.


Enchanted Backpack Makes a Big Delivery to B.J. Ward Elementary

Enchanted Backpack Delivery at BJ Ward

Enchanted Backpack is a Chicago-based organization that seeks to aid classroom teachers by furnishing school supplies and additional classroom materials beyond the items paid for through school budgets.

Enchanted Backpack made a delivery to B.J. Ward Elementary School and you can watch the video proof of how popular this donation is with the students.  Teachers and staff members unloaded two vans worth of goodies.


A Second Chance Victory at the Lukancic Spelling Bee

Lukancic Spelling Bee

Lukancic students Jack Johnson and Kylee McCauley both had chances to end the Lukancic Spelling Bee with victory, but missed that chance on the championship word.

Kylee got a second chance and made it count by correctly spelling “riddled”, and advanced to the Will County Spelling Bee on March 10.  Jack finished in second place and there was a third place tie between Stacy Gonzalez and Joel Agyemang. Watch the Video!




Oak View Students Learn the Power of Persuasion

Persuasive Writing at Oak View

Students in the Oak View Elementary School 4th grade class of Mrs. Keshelda Miller have been studying persuasive writing and decided to put their skills to the test. The students wrote letters to a local store or restaurant to attempt to persuade them to donate to Oak View's monthly reward celebration.

The students were very persuasive!  Our thanks to Dunkin', Taco Dale, Portillo's, Popeye's, Culver's, Domino's and IHOP for considering the students' requests and donating to Oak View.


Future Chess Masters at Brooks Middle School

Lunchtime Chess at Brooks

The Brooks Middle School Lunchtime Chess Club began with a simple request brought to Brooks Library and Media Center Director Mr. Alan Holtz.  A few students wanted to know if they could bring their lunches to the library and dine while they played chess.

The Chess Club is now in its second year and has expanded to where each grade has its own day to visit the library at lunchtime.  The chess sets provided to the students include a large chess set allowing matches to be played on a chessboard rug.

 The students will compete in a tournament to determine Brooks’ chess master later this spring. Watch the Video!


Spring is Theatre Season in Valley View

Romeoville HS Beauty and the Beast

Romeoville HS Presents “Beauty and the Beast”

The performing arts students at Romeoville HS present the Broadway Musical version of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” March 6-8 at 7 pm and March 8 at 2 pm in the David Carlson Auditorium at RHS. All children under 3 years old admitted for free. Tickets for children over 3 years old and students through college with an ID are $5. Tickets for adults are $10 when purchased online.  Visit to purchase tickets. In addition, the cast is offering an added bonus of Story Time with Belle prior to the matinee show on Sun. March 8.  Story Time begins at 12:30 pm and will run for an hour with an opportunity to take photos with the cast.

Adults and children under 3 years old are admitted for free, while children older than 3 and students through college with a student ID are $5.   Whether you attend the Sunday show or not, you are welcome to be our guest at Story Time with Belle. 

Summer will also be Theatre Season in Valley View

STAGES Beauty and the Beast Jr

For the third summer in a row, VVSD middle school students will have an opportunity to come together and create a District-wide middle school musical through the Valley View STAGES program. Students will have the opportunity to perform on the stage or backstage in a production of “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.”  Camp will culminate in up to two performances on Friday, June 12 at the Bolingbrook High School Auditorium.  Performances will take place on the final day of the camp.  Dates for the camp are weekdays June 1-12. Tuition of $250 includes daily breakfast and lunch, camp T-shirt, and theatre instructions.  Early Registration (before April 1) is $225.  If you are registering an additional child, the tuition for a second participant is $175.

For more information or to register, visit Registration is only permitted for Valley View School District students and students who will attend a Valley View High School. Scholarships are available. Have questions? Contact Larry Fisher at or Andrew White at 


VVSD Early Childhood Online Registration for Community Based Tuition Program Closes Feb. 28

VVVSD Early Childhood

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 2020-21 school year.

The Valley View Early Childhood Center offers a diversity of experiences for students, with a focus on pre-academic skills, social and emotional development, 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 students will attend 6 hours and 15 minutes per day 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, 2020.  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 Online lottery application closes on Fri. Feb. 28.  The lottery drawing will take place on Tue. March 3. Parents will be contacted via email on Wed. Mar. 11 if their child has been selected through the open lottery system.  If you have any questions, please call 815-886-7827


Support the VVEEF Under the Big Top on Fri. March 20

VVEEF Under the Big Top

The Valley View Educational Enrichment Foundation’s Annual Dinner and Auction Gala is coming on Fri. Mar. 20 at 6 pm at Bolingbrook Golf Club.  Join the VVEEF for a fun filled evening Under the Big Top. Grab your seat in the grandstand early, so you can witness The Greatest Show On Earth!  The VVEEF raises money for grants that directly benefit VVSD students and teachers. You can walk the tightrope as you peruse auction items, or you can view and bid online via the []givesmart site directly from your phone or device. And don’t miss the rest of the spectacle of food, entertainment, and raffle prizes.

So jump on the bandwagon early and get your tickets today!  To purchase tickets, visit [] (Use this link for donations AND to register for our online bidding system)

A New Decade is Time for the U.S. Census- Everybody Counts

2020 US Census

The U.S. Constitution requires that each decade there is a count— or a census—of America’s population. The census provides vital information for you and your community.

  • It determines how many representatives each state gets in Congress and is used to redraw congressional district boundaries.
  • Communities rely on census statistics to plan for a variety of resident needs including new roads, schools, and emergency services.
  • Businesses use census data to determine where to open places to shop. Each year, the federal government distributes more than $675 billion to states and communities based on Census Bureau data.

The law requires the Census Bureau to keep your information confidential and use your responses only to produce statistics. The Bureau cannot publicly release your responses in any way that could identify you, nor share your information with immigration enforcement agencies such as ICE, law enforcement agencies such as the FBI or police, or allow it to be used to determine your eligibility for government benefits. To learn more about Census 2020, visit


Kudos for Noteworthy Achievements

Romeoville HS DECA

Romeoville HS is sending 21 students/future business leaders to the Illinois State DECA Conference on Fri. Mar. 13 in Rosemont.  Seven RHS DECA students qualified by winning medals at the West Suburban DECA Sectional: 3rd Place- Tegan Snider, Apparel and Accessories; 4th Place- Amelia Semaan and Wiktoria Szczerba, Buying and Merchandising Team; Top 10 Medal Winners- Dotun Addelabu, Sports Entertainment Marketing; Ryan Syed, Retail Merchandising; Osa Igbinovia and Isabella Nkemeh, Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making

Bolingbrook HS students Nate Worlton and Shane Frantz participated in the Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Choir Jan 27-30 in Peoria.  Nate was selected as a member of the state choir, Shane was selected for the honors choir.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Rock Off

Bolingbrook HS students Matt Eberle and Aval Zaucha along with bandmate Adem Dalipi of Belvidere, IL advanced to the finals of the High School Tri-C Rock Off at the The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.  They will compete against eleven other bands in the final later this month.

Eleven Bolingbrook HS student-athletes will continue their academic and athletic careers after signing National Letters of Intent on Feb. 6. Alesia Boyd (Basketball) will attend Hiram College,  Sonny Ducato (Football) will attend Benedictine University, D’Mauryon Hunter (Football) will attend William Penn University, Antonio King (Football) will attend Missouri Western State University, Robert Mims (Football) will attend Missouri Southern State University, Nick Nasca (Football) will attend Aurora University, Jacob Saldana (Football) will attend the University of St. Francis IN, Ben Sommer (Football) will attend McKendree University, Samantha Steciak (Ice Hockey) will attend Aurora University,  DeAndre Turner (Football) will attend Missouri Southern State University, and D’Marques Tyler (Football) will attend Midwest Prep Academy.


Seen Around Valley View This Week

Lukancic Basketball at Wintrust King Students at FSMC Tibbott Lunch Montior

Left- The Lukancic Middle School 8th Grade Boys Basketball team had the honor of playing one of their games at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, the home of the DePaul Blue Demons.

Center- Members of the Irene King Elementary School Student Council visited Feed My Starving Children to assemble and pack meals for children around the world.

Right- Say hello to Tibbott Elementary School Lunch and Playground Aide Ms. Lynn Dempsey.  We also say “thank you” to the lunch aides all over the District who have to dress like this during the winter months as they ensure the safety of our students.


Quick Notes- The next regular meeting of the Valley View School District Board of Education is on Monday, February 24, 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 Child Development Class Little Raiders Pre-School Lab for kids ages 3-4 begins on Thu. Feb. 27. The pre-school lab offers a safe and educational environment for kids and instruction, which includes activities that encourage intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development.  Sessions are Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:15 a.m.- 1 p.m. through Thu, May 8.  This will be the 10th year the program has provided a positive experience for the preschoolers and the Bolingbrook HS high school student-instructors too. The program supports the District’s Career and Technical Education investigation. For more information contact Ms. Debra Taylor at (630) 679-3696 or”


Upcoming Important School Calendar Dates

Fri. Feb. 14                               High & Middle School Parent Teacher Conferences- No Classes for Students

                                                Elementary School Teacher Work Day-No Classes for Students

Mon. Feb. 17                             Presidents’ Day- No Classes

Wed. Feb. 26                            Early Release (BHS 12:43, RHS 12:45, MS 1:20, Elementary 2:15)



Events for the Coming Week

Thu. Feb. 13                             Independence Elementary Sweetheart Dance 6 pm

Tue. Feb. 18                             Bolingbrook HS A-Wing It Improv Show

                                               Humphrey Middle School Family Game Night 6:30 pm

Wed. Feb. 19                            King Elementary DuPage Children’s Museum Family STEM Night 6 pm

Thu. Feb. 20                             VVSD Middle School STEMCathlon at Romeoville HS 4:15 pm

Fri. Feb. 21                               Brooks Middle School Semi-Formal Sweetheart Dance 6 pm

Sat. Feb. 22                              VVSD Middle School Solo Music Contest at Lukancic 9 am


New This Week in the Community Bulletin Board

White Oak Library District Romeoville Branch February and March Programs


News from Our Community Partners


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:

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)