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District Weekly News March 14

This Week in Valley View

News and Notes from Around the District

March 14, 2019


Early Childhood Student Renesmae Edwards Gets Quite a Surprise

Sgt John Edwards Reunited with daughter Renesmae

U.S. Army Sgt. John Edwards had been away from home, and his daughter Renesmae, for the last year while stationed in Europe serving our country.  Sgt. Edwards and the Valley View Early Childhood Center staff arranged a little surprise for Renesmae upon his return home.

We give our thanks to Sgt. Edwards, Mrs. Krystle Edwards, and of course, Renesmae, for allowing us to share their family reunion. Watch the video!

Romeoville HS Girls’ Soccer Team Makes Surprise Donation to I Grow Chicago


Valeria Valles Goal 1

Thanks to the Romeoville HS Girls’ Soccer Team, the community organization I Grow Chicago in the city’s Englewood neighborhood is closer to their goal of buying a plot of land for an additional education center.

RHS soccer team members Alyssa Lizotte, Jennifer Perez, Yamilet Perez, Kalie Rice, Natalia Valles, and Valeria Valles (to right in photo above, addressing the media) recently presented a surprise check to I Grow Chicago.  The funds will enable the organization to buy a new plot of land to build another education center through the Cook County Land Program and add additional programming.  This was a direct result of the PepsiCo Showdown's Frozen 100, which nearly 100 Chicago and Northern Illinois high schools, including Romeoville HS participated in during February.

Senior Team Captain Kaile Rice said, “The frozen 100 was really fun to plan and be a part of. It shows how when people are able to give as little as one dollar to donate with a big group of people doing this, it can make such a difference to someone’s life, community, etc.”


Dr. Mitchem Visits Generation NEXT at Humphrey Middle School

Dr Mitchem with Generation NEXT

Generation NEXT is an after school gathering of young gentlemen students at Humphrey Middle School organized by Humphrey Counselor Ms. Kisha VanHook.

Each month, Generation NEXT invites an adult role model to visit as a guest speaker. This month's guest was VVSD Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Mitchem, Jr. As you might imagine, the questions covered a wide range of topics from “How do you handle teachers that are no longer passionate about teaching?’ to “Why can’t we use our cell phones in class?’.


Special Games are a Team Student Effort at Bolingbrook HS

Special Games Opening Ceremony Special Games at Lincoln-Way Central Goal 1

Bolingbrook HS was among over a dozen Southwest Suburban Conference schools to send a team to participate in the annual Special Games at Lincoln-Way Central HS.

The Special Games are a series of events for high school aged special needs students, but there’s more to the event than the athletic competitions.  The Special Games are an opportunity for the entire Bolingbrook HS school community, led by the athletes and the members of Best Buddies, to support each other and build camaraderie and school spirit.

Watch the video to learn more about Special Games and the special bonds it solidifies at Bolingbrook HS.




Kindergarten Enrollment Now Open

VVSD will begin to welcome the Class of 2032 when Kindergarten enrollment for the 2019-20 school year opens on March 5.  Students who will be five years old as of Sept. 1, 2019 are eligible to enroll in kindergarten.  Enrollment takes place at the VVSD Administration Center, 801 W. Normantown Rd. in Romeoville 7:30 am- 4 pm.  Click here for complete enrollment information including the documents needed for enrollment.

2018-19 School Calendar Revised, Last Day May 30, 8th Grade Promotion May 29.

As of March 7, VVSD has used three emergency days.  These days will be made up on May 28, May 29, and May 30.  The last day of school is now Thursday, May 30.  Please note this is still subject to change if additional emergency days are used. Click here to view the updated 2018-19 School Year calendar showing the addition of the three days and the tentative final day of the school year as Thu, May 30.  As a result of these additional days, 8th Grade Promotion ceremonies at our five middle schools are now scheduled for Wed, May 29.

In addition, here are important revised elementary school dates:

Tuesday, March 26            Progress Reports Sent Home with Students

Thursday, May 30              Last Day of School (if no additional emergency days are used)

                                       End of Final Grading Period

                                       End of Year Report Cards Sent Home with Students

Meet Our Staff Members

Mrs. Nicole Tulo-B. J. Ward Elementary School Social Worker

Mrs. Nicole Tulo Goal 3

Last week was National School Social Worker Week, which recognized the vital role school social workers fill in caring for the social and emotional health of students.

We visited with B.J. Ward Elementary School Social Worker Mrs. Nicole Tulo who explained why she chose to pursue school social work as a career. Watch the Video!


VVSD Sets 2019 Summer School Schedule, Session I Begins June 3, Session II Begins July 1

VVSD Summer School will be offered in two sessions during Summer 2019.  Session I school hours are 7:30-11:45 am beginning on Monday, June 3 and ending on Friday, June 21.  Session II school hours are 7:30- 11:45 am beginning on Monday, July 1 and ending on Tuesday, July 23.  Tuition is $175 per course for VVSD students, $205 per course for students who reside outside VVSD boundaries.

Due to construction scheduled at both Bolingbrook and Romeoville High Schools, VVSD Summer School courses will be held at Jane Addams Middle School, 905 Lily Cache Lane in Bolingbrook.  Transportation from home to school will not be provided. However, bus transportation from Romeoville HS and Bolingbrook HS to Jane Addams Middle School will be available.

Incoming freshmen (Class of 2023) are only eligible to enroll in health or physical education courses. Courses that do not have sufficient enrollment are subject to cancellation.  

For more information about all VVSD Summer Programs, visit www.vvsd/summer

It’s Theatre Season In Valley View

Bolingbrook HS Presents Jekyll & Hyde

The Bolingbrook HS Performing Arts Department will present a musical adaptation of a classic novel with “Jekyll and Hyde the Musical”. Performances are March 22-23, 29-30 at 7 pm and March 24 at 3 pm. Tickets are $10 purchased at ,$12 at the door.

The students at Jane Addams Middle School take to the stage to present “How to Win Friends and Influence People: The NSA Way” Fri. Apr. 5 at 7 pm and Sat. Apr. 6 at 4 pm.  Tickets are $5 at the door.  There's no time like the present to embrace the surveillance state...because the surveillance state is already embracing you!

A.Vito Martinez Middle School presents A Night of One Act Plays on Fri. Apr. 26 at 7 pm.  Among the offerings will be “10 Reasons You Should Have Stayed Home Sick Today” and “The Internet is a Distract- OH LOOK A KITTEN!”

The performing arts students at Lukancic Middle School present “The Network” May 2-4 at 6:30 pm in the Lukancic Auditorium.  Tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for children. “The Network” is a look at the changing world and the impact that social networks have on our society. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, often with moments of real human passion and the desire to be heard, “The Network” reminds us that while social networks may be with us for a long while, we must decide how to use them.


Summer is Also Theatre Season in Valley View

James and the Giant Peach Jr

For the second 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 “James and Giant Peach, Jr.”  Camp will culminate in up to two performances on Friday, June 21st at the Romeoville High School Auditorium.  Performances will take place on the final day of the camp.  Dates for the camp are June 10-14 and June 17-21. Tuition of $250 includes daily breakfast and lunch, camp T-Shirt, and an individual vocal coaching.  Early Registration (before April 1st) is $225.  If you are registering an additional child, the tuition for a second participant is $175. For more information or to register, visit Scholarships are available. Have questions? Contact Larry Fisher at or Andrew White at 

Kudos for Noteworthy Achievements

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The following Romeoville HS students earned medals at the 74th Annual DECA Illinois Career Development Conference in Rosemont.  Sharf Abutaleb, Kasandra Alavarez, Kevin Amaya, Damian Contreras, Michael Gabarczyk, Osa Igbinovia, Julienne Nemenzo, Isabella Nkemeh, Derrick Perkins, Tegan Snider, Kevin Swarts, Ryan Syed, and Wiktoria Szczerba. Over 1400 students from around the state participated in the events.  Romeoville HS had its best year ever at the event, claiming 13 Top 10 finishers, including 2nd place by Kevin Swarts, in “Business Growth Plan”.  Kevin’s 2nd place at State qualifies him for the DECA International Career Development Conference, to be held in Orlando FL in April.

Students at Tibbott Elementary School raised a total of $2754 for the Kids Heart Challenge. The fundraising effort was led by Tibbott Physical Education Teacher Mrs. Therese Anfield.

Clara Seeman

For the third year in a row, Wood View Elementary 4th grade student Clara Seeman was her school’s top fundraiser for the Kids Heart Challenge (formerly known as Jump Rope for Heart).  This year she raised $755 and since 1st grade she has raised a total of $2,950. She has one year left to reach her goal of $4000.

Seen Around Valley View This Week

McGee Bingo and Books Mr Horn Pie in the Face EC Visits Lukancic Music

Left- McGee Elementary students and their families combined a Family Bingo Night with their annual Book Fair.

Center- Oak View 1st Grader Lillian Karesh collected the most Box Tops for Education. Her prize? A very respectfully delivered pie to the face of Oak View Asst. Principal Mr. Joey Horn.

Right- Valley View Early Childhood students took a field trip to Lukancic Middle School where they were introduced to some band basics by Lukancic band students and their instructor Mr. Brian Fogarty.


Quick Notes- The next meeting of the Valley View School District Board of Education is on Monday, March 25, 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 Valley View Educational Enrichment Foundation is hosting their annual Dinner and Auction on Fri. Mar. 29 at the Bolingbrook Golf Club.  This year’s theme is “Derby Days” and a prize will be awarded for the best Kentucky Derby attire.  The event begins at 6 p.m. and proceeds from the event are used to fund grants for educational programs in VVSD. Click here for more information

Independence Elementary School is hosting a Multicultural Fair on Thu. Apr. 4 from 5:30- 7 pm.  The Fair is open to the community and will feature food, dance performances, artwork and music from around the world along with free raffle prizes.

The Bolingbrook HS St. Jude Leadership Society is hosting a fundraiser on Sat. Apr. 6 from 8:10-10:10 pm at the Bolingbrook Rocket Ice Arena.  The cost for admission and rental is only $6 with all the profits going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

STLR Run/Walk

Team Gabe and the VVSD STLR Program present the 2nd Annual Team Gabe & Friends Family Walk Promoting Autism Awareness on Sat. May 4 from 9 am - 1 pm at Jane Addams Middle School.  Cost is $50 for a family of four and $10 for each additional family member.  Children under 10 with a paying adult can participate for free. Early registration available through March 18. Register here and use the code “VVSD” to receive a special early bird discount on registration.


Upcoming Important School Calendar Dates

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

Mon. Apr. 1                               No School- Non-Attendance Day for Students

Tue. Apr. 2                                No Classes for Students, Teacher Institute Day


Events for the Coming Week

Thu. Mar. 14                              Hill Elementary STEM Night 6 pm

                                                STEP Campus Transition Night 6 pm

                                                Martinez Middle School STEM Night 6 pm

Thu. Mar. 21                              Middle School STEMCathlon at Romeoville HS 5:30 pm

                                                Ward Elementary Family Fitness Night 5:30 pm

                                                Hermansen Elementary PTO Carnival 6 pm

                                                Romeoville HS Spring Choir Concert 7 pm

Sat. Mar. 23                              Brooks Middle School Band Festival 9 am


New This Week in the Community Bulletin Board

Youth Coders Club


News from Our Community Partners


Romeoville Recreation Department

The deadline to register for Spring Baseball is March 17 and practices begin April 1.  Click here for more information.


Bolingbrook Park District

The Bolingbrook Park District offers several Day Off School activities visit for more information.


Northern Illinois Food Bank

The Northern Illinois Food Bank is conducting mobile food banks and micro pantries in the vicinity in the near future.  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)