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District Weekly News January 10

This Week in Valley View

News and Notes from Around the District

January 10, 2019

R.C. Hill Students Take the Wayback Machine to 1963

RC Hill Students Learn about 1963 Goal 1

Students in Mrs. Mary Jane Wolfe’s R.C. Hill 5th Grade class participated in time travel back to the year 1963.  For some of us, 1963 falls within our lifetime, but for 11 year olds, that year qualifies as ancient history and astonishment at the price of gas nearly six decades ago. 

While the students had fun gathering the facts, the lesson is more about finding credible sources and evaluating information taken from those sources. Watch the Video!

Martinez Student a Winner in VFW Essay Competition

Natalie Bell Goal 1 Goal 4

A Vito Martinez Middle School 7th Grader Natalie Bell has a strong sense of American patriotism that comes from her family, which has had several members serve in our armed forces.  Natalie is very good at putting her patriotism into words, and for the second year in a row, she has been selected as a winner in the Bolingbrook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5917 Patriot’s Pen Youth Essay Competition.

In the Video, you’ll hear Natalie read a portion of her essay on the topic of “Why Honor the American Flag?” and she’ll tell about how the example of her family members inspires her patriotism along with her dreams and plans for her future.

Two VVSD Educators Capture the Coveted Golden Hashtag Award

Last weekend in Hollywood, stars of stage and screen gathered for the presentation of the second-most important “Golden” awards to be handed out.  The Golden Globes pale in comparison to the VVSD Golden Hashtag.

This prestigious award is part of Hour of Code Week in early December, which is a global movement introducing students worldwide to computer science, inspiring kids to learn more, breaking stereotypes, and leaving them feeling empowered. VVSD educators were encouraged to participate by introducing a coding activity in schools and classrooms, and sharing their progress using photos or video on Twitter.

The winners are……

Mrs. Dana Bingham, Teaching and Learning Coach at R.C. Hill Elementary School

Golden Hashtag Winner Dana Bingham

Twitter Handle: @EdTechBing (pictured with from left to right, R.C. Hill Asst. Principal Mrs. Jennifer Duffy, Mrs. Dana Bingham, R.C. Hill Principal Ms. Jody Ellis)

Mrs. Bingham has been very active on Twitter this school year, and contributed every day during the VVSD Slow Chat. She continues to expand her online presence by sharing new technology skills and accomplishments in classrooms at R.C. Hill. Recently, she has been sharing exciting updates on using Flipgrid and learning about more advanced coding activities.

Mrs. Katie Thomas, Library Media Center Director at Bernard J. Ward Elementary School

Golden Hashtag Winner Katie Thomas

Twitter Handle: @MrsTLoves2Read (pictured from left to right, B.J. Ward Asst. Principal Mrs. Susan Padilla, Mrs. Katie Thomas, B.J. Ward Principal Mrs. Kathy Nigro)

Mrs. Thomas not only contributed to the VVSD Slow Chat, but also worked with every single classroom at B.J. Ward to participate in Hour of Code activities. In her role as the Library Media Center Director, she has the unique opportunity to introduce tech-based learning and activities to all students who visit the library. Mrs. Thomas shared some amazing photos and video of students mastering many online coding activities - the most popular one by far was the Coding Dance Party, where students picked a popular song and coded their characters to dance!


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 in the coming weeks.  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.


Valley View Early Childhood Lends a Big Hand for the Holidays

VVEEC Giving Tree Collection VVEEC Giving Tree Collection Goal 4

The Valley View Early Education Center families and staff worked extremely hard between Thanksgiving and Christmas to collect items for their annual Giving Tree event. The effort was led by VVEEC Parent and Community Outreach Coordinator Ms. Melissa Chrisos and as a result, 60 families were given a helping hand.  A total of 48 families (with a total of 174 kids) received food, plus, an additional 20 kids received $75 to shop at Meijer through the For Kids Sakes program.  A special thanks to the VVEEC staff who helped organize the event: Ms. Rose Trevino (Parent Liaison), Ms. Rhonda Wallace (para professional), Ms. Nancy DeLeon (Parent Liaison), Ms. Laura Galante (para professional), and Ms. Catherine Moyolt (para professional).


Kudos for Noteworthy Achievements

Valeria Valles Goal 1

Romeoville HS junior Valeria Valles (above) is among the soccer players featured by the PepsiCo Showdown Tournament and the Prep Soccer Report in advance of this year’s PepsiCo Showdown Girls Soccer Tournament.  You can read more about Valeria by visiting the tournament’s Instagram page.


Black History Month Celebration Set for Feb. 9

Black History Month Celebration Events

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.


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

Mrs. Soppet and Andrea Hernandez Art Class Challenge at AVM Guest Teacher Training

Left- R.C. Hill Elementary kindergarten student Andrea Hernandez works with Kindergarten Teacher Ms. Megan Soppet.

Center- Students in Mrs. Kathryn Olson art class at A Vito Martinez Middle School were given uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows and had to build a structure with the goal of placing and supporting a large marshmallow as far above the surface of the table as possible.

Right- Our newest Guest Teachers attended a training session focused on the importance of responsive teacher language and meeting the needs of our students.


Quick Notes- The next meeting of the Valley View School District Board of Education is on Monday, January 14, 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 Romeoville HS Baseball Team is offering a 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

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

                                                Hermansen PTO McTeacher Night 4-7 pm

                                                Romeoville HS Incoming Freshman Night 5:30 pm

                                                Tibbott Elementary Pajamarama Reading Night 6 pm

                                                King Elementary Bingo Night 6-7:30 pm


New This Week in the Community Bulletin Board

White Oak Library Romeoville Branch January-February Programs

Lockport Township Park District Programs


News from Our Community Partners

Romeoville Recreation Department

The Romeoville Recreation Department is offering cooking classes for kids starting on Jan. 24. Visit the Romeoville Recreation website for details.


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)