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Weekly District News November 8

This Week in Valley View

News and Notes from Around the District

November 8, 2018

VVEC Early Childhood Center Gold Circle Designation Extended

Early Childhood Gold Circle Gold Circle Goal 3

Valley View Early Childhood Center Principal Ms. Jacci Brown (back row, second from left) and Asst. Principal Ms. Tionia Williams (back row, middle) celebrated the naming of the VVEC as a Gold Circle of Quality school by ExceleRate Illinois with students and staff.

The Valley View Early Childhood Center is celebrating the extension of their designation as an ExceleRate Illinois Gold Circle of Quality school. This is the second year in a row the VVEC has received this prestigious designation for early learning and development programs.

“Our success starts with the commitment our community has made to the importance of early childhood education,” said Ms. Jacci Brown, Principal of the Valley View Early Childhood Center.  “Our staff is being recognized for their dedication to kids. The commitment of our VVEC families is also critical in our continuing designation as a Gold Circle of Quality school.”

The Gold Circle designation is granted by ExceleRate Illinois, the state’s quality recognition and improvement system for early learning and development programs. ExceleRate unifies all of the state’s early learning programs under a common set of standards across multiple delivery settings and support programs that integrate and sustain best practices, while publicly recognizing achievement through higher quality.


Kudos for Noteworthy Accomplishments

Bolingbrook HS junior Tyler Cushing finished in 10th place in the IHSA Class 3A Boys’ Cross Country Championship on Nov. 3 in Peoria.  Tyler’s time over the 3-mile course was 14:34.82 and he also earned All-State designation.


VVSD Middle and High School Students Gather for Choir Festival

VVSD Choir Festival

The choir students from all Valley View middle and high schools gathered at Romeoville HS for the annual VVSD Choir Festival.  The Festival gives students the opportunity to receive instruction from collegiate choir directors.

This year’s guest director was Dr. Jason Hawkins, Asst. Professor of Choral Music Education at Western Illinois University.  The visit was a bit of a homecoming for Dr. Hawkins, as he inaugurated the choral program at Plainfield North HS before earning his doctorate and joining the faculty at WIU.

Watch the Video! to see and hear the students perform “In This Ancient House” as the finale to the Festival under Dr. Hawkins direction.



“Choose Your Challenges, Instead of Allowing Them to Choose You”

AVM College Connections Cafe Goal 4

The annual College Connections Café at A Vito Martinez Middle School allows students to browse and collect materials from colleges and universities all over the United States.

The event also features a keynote speaker and this year’s guest was Ms. Requel Gibson, an AVM (West View at the time!) alum and a member of the Romeoville HS Class of 1988.  Ms. Gibson went on to Dartmouth College and then to the University of Notre Dame School of Law.  She is currently an attorney working for BMO Harris Bank.

Watch the Video to hear Ms. Gibson’s words of advice to AVM students which are words of wisdom for all students.

STEP Thanks Our Friends from Bolingbrook Public Services & Engineering

Earlier this year, Bolingbrook Public Services & Engineering held their annual golf outing and named the VVSD STEP Program as the beneficiary.  Last week, Public Services representatives visited the STEP Campus to present the staff and students with a big check (literally and figuratively).

Bolingbrook Public Services generously donated $2700 to STEP to help fund additional programs for the students.  We cannot thank them enough for their support of our students, and if you Watch the Video, you will hear STEP Transition Specialist Ms. Melanie Phelan try her best!

Bolingbrook HS Officially Re-Opens Renovated Library

BHS Library Ribbon Cutting Skelly

Bolingbrook HS cut the ribbon on their renovated library.  Library Director Ms. Jennifer Pizzuto did the honors in front of the gathered dignitaries including Board of Education member Mrs. Diane Parro and Dr. Mitchem.

Skelly was there too with an early visitor!

It's Theatre Season in Valley View! Romeoville HS Presents "The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon"

The Romeovillle HS performing arts students present “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” Nov. 16 & 17 at 7 pm and Nov. 18 at 2 pm in the RHS Little Theatre.

Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students and kids under 10 get in for free.

Watch the video,  for a preview of the performance.

Coming to a Theatre Near You!

Humphrey Middle School- Ax of Murder Nov. 15 & 16 6 pm Adults $5, Students $3.

Brooks Middle School- Stocking Stuffers Nov. 15-17 6 pm. All tickets $5

Lukancic Middle School- One Act Plays: Babes in Gangland, or, The Godmother; and All I Really Needed to Know I Learned by Being in a Bad Murder Mystery Nov. 15-17 6:30 pm.  Adults $5, Students $3, Kids under 6 years old no charge.

Martinez Middle School- The Unbreakable Timmy Cratchit  Nov. 30 6:30 pm. Adults $5 students $3.

Illinois 5Essentials Survey Now Open to Valley View Parents


Valley View School District 365U is joining the Illinois State Board of Education in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, the seventh statewide survey of school climate and learning conditions. The survey provides a unique opportunity for students, teachers and parents to have a voice in improving their schools. Now through Jan. 18, students, teachers and parents can take a 25-minute research-based survey to help identify strengths and weaknesses in their school’s learning environment. This survey will serve as an opportunity for schools to reflect on progress since the last statewide implementation.

Click here to take the 5Essentials Survey


Seen Around Valley View This Week

Resource Event AVM Food Drive BHS Library Cake

Left- VVSD teamed up with United Way of Will County, and the Will County Regional Office of Education for the  Family Support Day, A Housing, Health, and Education Expo on Nov. 3 in the Bolingbrook HS Cafeteria.  Community Service providers assisted families with information on housing, finances, employment along with medical, dental, vision, and mental health services.

Center- Members of the A Vito Martinez Middle School National Junior Honor Society volunteered their time last Saturday helping at a Northern Illinois Food Bank Mobile Pantry in Joliet.  The students helped over 300 families.  The AVM NJHS sponsor is 7th grade teacher Mr. Clark Comstock.

Right- Some would describe the Grand Re-Opening of the Bolingbrook HS Library as delicious!


Quick Notes- The next meeting of the Valley View School District Board of Education is on Tuesday, November 13 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 Oak View Elementary PTO is hosting a Veterans’ Pancake Breakfast on Fri. Nov. 9 at 9:30 am in the Oak View Gymnasium.  All Veterans are invited to attend and dine with Oak View students, families and staff.

The Romeoville HS Baseball Team is offering at 3-Session Winter Baseball Skills Camp for players in grade 5th-8th. The cost of the Camp is $20 per session or $50 for players pre-registered for all three sessions.  Dates are Jan. 13 (fielding; Jan. 27 hitting; and Feb. 3 pitching). For more information, contact Romeoville HS Baseball Coach Mr. Mike Skroch at


Upcoming Important School Calendar Dates

Mon. Nov. 12                            Veterans’ Day- No Classes

Nov. 21-23                                Thanksgiving Break- No Classes

Wed. Nov. 28                            Early Release (H.S. 12:43, MS 1:20, Elementary 2:15)


Events for the Coming Week

Thu. Nov. 8                               Bolingbrook HS Evening of Honor Band Concert 7 pm

Fri. Nov. 9                                 Oak View Elementary PTO Veterans’ Breakfast 9:30 am

                                                Bolingbrook HS VIBE and Music Revolution Concert 7 pm

Wed. Nov. 14                            Bolingbrook HS Jazz Band Concert at Tailgaters 7 pm

Thu. Nov. 15                             Salk Elementary Author Visit Amy Logan & Family Reading Night 6 pm

                                                Pioneer Elementary Space Explorations Night 6 pm

                                                Independence Elementary Family Reading Night 6 pm

                                                Hill Elementary Family Reading Night 6 pm

                                                Skoff Elementary Turkey Bingo 6 pm

                                                Humphrey Middle School Fall Play “Ax of Murder” 6 pm

                                                Bolingbrook HS Freshman Band Concert 6 pm

                                                Lukancic Middle School Fall One Act Plays 6:30 pm

                                                Brooks Middle School Fall Play “Stocking Stuffers” 7 pm

                                                Bolingbrook HS Concert Bands Concert 7:30 pm

Fri. Nov. 16                               Pioneer Elementary Muffins with Mom 8:15 am

                                                Humphrey Middle School Fall Play “Ax of Murder” 6 pm                         

                                                Lukancic Middle School Fall One Act Plays 6:30 pm

                                                Romeoville HS Fall Play “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” 7 pm

                                                Brooks Middle School Fall Play “Stocking Stuffers” 7 pm

Sat. Nov. 17                              Lukancic Middle School Fall One Act Plays 6:30 pm

                                                Romeoville HS Fall Play “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” 7 pm

                                                Brooks Middle School Fall Play “Stocking Stuffers” 7 pm


New This Week in the Community Bulletin Board

White Oak Library November & December Events


News from Our Community Partners

Romeoville Recreation Department

The Romeoville Recreation Department  is offering a Communication and Confidence Workshop for kids age 6-12 on Fri. Nov. 30 from 7-8 pm.  Visit the Romeoville Recreation website for details.

Easter Seals Joliet Region will be hosting Celebrate the Season, a recreation of this historical Walnut Room on November 17 & 18 at the Jacob Henry Mansion Ballroom. To purchase tickets call (815) 730-2052 ext. 2 or visit

Village of Romeoville Operation Christmas

In an effort to assist needy families in our community, the Village of Romeoville is sponsoring an Operation Christmas Program for this holiday season. To register or to Adopt a Family, visit:

(That’s All for This Week)