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District Weekly News April 4

This Week in Valley View

News and Notes from Around the District

April 4, 2019

Romeoville HS Names Class of 2019 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

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Romeoville HS held their Senior Department Awards Assembly on Thu. Mar.28 and among the announcements were the naming of the Class of 2019 Valedictorian and Salutatorian.  Corinne Doty (pictured above left) is the Valedictorian.  She will be attending Coe College in the fall majoring in Business Administration and Economics while she also competes as a member of the Coe College women’s volleyball team.  Corinne also attended Skoff and R.C. Hill Elementary Schools and John J. Lukancic Middle School prior to becoming a Romeoville HS Spartan.

The Class of 2019 Salutatorian is Katrina Cotten (pictured above right) and she is planning on attending the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign next fall.  She will be majoring in Natural Resources and Environmental Science. Katrina began attending VVSD schools in 8th grade at A. Vito Martinez Middle School.

Learn more about these two outstanding students by watching the videos below.




Bolingbrook HS ACT-SO Students Lead the Way at DuPage County Competition

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Students from Bolingbrook HS dominated the 40th Annual DuPage County Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technical, and Scientific Olympics by claiming seven of the 18 gold medals awarded and earning ten overall medals, the most of any school in the competition.

Bolingbrook’s gold medalists are: Justin Bolden, oratory; Eva Martinez, contemporary vocal music; Erica Neal, drawing; Bryson Rivers, chemistry; Jordan Sharber, dramatics; and Avia Wideman, poetry written, and poetry performance. Those students advance to the national ACT-SO competition to be held in Detroit July 18-21.

Also earning bronze medals were: Alena Morrissette, entrepreneurship; James Morrissette, computer science; and Avia Wideman, dramatics.


VVSD’s Got Talent: Katherine Karafotias, Brooks Middle School

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We’ll skip the big set up for this video and just tell you to do yourself a favor and watch and listen as Brooks Middle School 8th grader Katherine Karafotias performs “This Is Me” from the movie musical “The Greatest Showman”.  Katherine is accompanied by the Brooks Band on 5th Grade Step Up Day.

Watch the video!


Thank You to the Valley View Educational Enrichment Foundation

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Our thanks to the Valley View Educational Enrichment Foundation for everything they do to raise money and fund additional programs throughout VVSD.  On Fri, Mar. 29, the VVEEF hosted one of their two major fundraisers for the year, their annual Dinner and Auction.

Theme of the event was "Derby Days".  Attendees were asked to dress just as those who attend the Kentucky Derby would attire themselves.  Brooks Middle School Library Director Mr. Alan Holtz and his wife Joanne took, shall we say, a little different angle on dressing as those of the equine persuasion who attend the Derby!

Those who attended the event were shown the video below which explains how important the support of the VVEEF is to events such as the annual VVSD Elementary School Battle of the Books.



The Pillars of Valley View

Behavior Analysts Meredith Andreoni, Lisa Cipriano, and Michele Oberlin

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(Pictured in photo from left to right: VVSD Director of Special Education Ms. Heather Hargrave; Mrs. Michelle Oberlin; Ms. Lisa Cipriano; Ms. Meredith Andreoni, VVSD Board of Education Member Ms. Liz Campbell)

VVSD Behavior Analysts support all the schools in the District in the special education program.  Meredith Andreoni supports our students with the highest needs in VVSD’s Multi-needs and Autism programs.  Her expertise lies in her ability to understand specific student needs and build plans that foster academic, social, and emotional growth.

Lisa Cipriano works with the VVSD CARES team across several elementary school buildings.  She plays a key role in fostering communication and helping with data collection and documentation.

Michelle Oberlin supports students in Cross-Categorical programming in early elementary education.  She is described as someone who goes beyond her job description to support all students, not just the ones on her caseload.


Kudos for Noteworthy Achievements


Eighteen Bolingbrook HS freshmen are among only 50 students statewide who have been awarded Give Something Back Scholarships.  These are full scholarships (tuition, room, and board) to either Blackburn College, Illinois State University, Lewis University, or the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.  The following are the BHS students who have received this incredible honor: Ariana Battle, Mia Contreras, Jalaila Fisher, Isabella Gutierrez, Dillon Hinojosa, Ruby Huerta, Selene Lazcano, Kimmeca McGinnis, Kelly McNulty, Hassaan Mian, Dulce Porcayo, Dua Rehman, Victor Segundo, Aiysha Shamsi, Ariadna Ugalde-Rivero, Heidi Velazquez, Macey Walker, and Valeria Zaragoza. The scholarships are funded by the Give Something Back Foundation.


Humphrey Middle School students and staff are displaying an amazing level of support for Dean of Students Mrs. Dana Mandolini, who was recently diagnosed cancer. The Humphrey Middle School family was able to give over $1000 to Mrs. Mandolini that came from the sale of t-shirts.  In addition, the fundraising led to the purchase of tickets for Dana to see “Hamilton”, and for a contribution to the Meal Train program so that meals are sent to her and her family at home.


Jane Addams Middle School Principal Ms. Teresa Polson and Asst. Principal Ms. Pauline Zdonek have been selected by the Illinois State Board of Education’s IL-EMPOWER initiative to serve as Learning Partners for other schools.  Jane Addams was designated as an Exemplary School by ISBE earlier this year, and through this program, Ms. Polson and Ms. Zdonek will support other schools seeking to build capacity for student learning.


Kindergarten Enrollment Now Open

VVSD is welcoming the Class of 2032 during Kindergarten enrollment for the 2019-20 school year. 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.


Last Day of School is May 30, 8th Grade Promotion May 29.

VVSD has used three emergency days this winter and 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.  8th Grade Promotion ceremonies at our five middle schools are scheduled for Wed, May 29.


It’s Theatre Season In Valley View

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!

Watch the video preview!



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.


Seen Around Valley View This Week

ROTC Food Packing Event Dr. Tim Mertes Tucker the Comfort Dog

Left- The Romeoville HS Marine Corps Junior ROTC participated in a food packing event at Feed My Starving Children in Aurora.  The final output was 163 boxes packed containing 70,146 meals.

Center- Dr. Tim Mertes of New Life Chiropractic & Wellness visited Independence Elementary School teachers on Institute Day to discuss the power of a classroom teacher with a positive attitude and the effect it can have on student learning.

Right- Irene King Elementary welcomed Tucker the Comfort Dog from the Naperville Humane Society.  Tucker visits a couple of times a month to read with students.


Quick Notes- The next meeting of the Valley View School District Board of Education is on Monday, April 8, 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


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.  The St. Jude Leadership Society is also hosting a fundraiser at Top Golf in Naperville on Sun. May 5 from 10 am- 1 pm. Cost is$50 per person and includes three hours of golf and a breakfast buffet. Click on the link to sign up.

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.  Register here and use the code “VVSD” to receive a special early bird discount on registration.


Irene King Elementary School is seeking guest speakers for their Annual Career Day on Fri. May 17.  Speakers will present information about their career to King students.  To volunteer, or for more information, contact Irene King’s Learning and Teaching Coach Mrs. Shannon Hamm at


Upcoming Important School Calendar Dates

April 15-19                                Spring Break

Wed. Apr. 24                             Early Release (H.S. 12:43, MS 1:20, Elementary 2:15)

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


Events for the Coming Week


Thu. Apr. 4                                Lukancic Middle School Beginning Band Registration 4 pm

                                                Middle School Math Contest at Bolingbrook HS 4:30 pm

                                                BJ Ward Elementary Family Bingo Night 5:30 pm

                                                Independence Elementary Multicultural Fair 5:30 pm

Fri. Apr. 5                                 Addams Middle School Spring Play “How to Win Friends the NSA Way” 7 pm

                                                Pioneer Elementary PTO Mother/Son Event 7 pm

Sat. Apr. 6                                Addams Middle School Spring Play “How to Win Friends the NSA Way” 4 pm

Wed. Apr. 10                             Romeoville HS Evening of Jazz 6 pm

Thu. Apr. 11                              Wood View Elementary Parent Cafe- Digital Citizenship 9 am & 2:45 pm

                                                Wood View Elementary STEAM Night 6 pm

                                                 Tibbott Elementary Talent Show 6 pm

                                                Skoff Elementary Multicultural Night 6:30 pm

                                                McGee Elementary Science Fair 6:30 pm           

                                                Martinez Middle School Spring Band Concert 7 pm

                                                Bolingbrook HS Jazz Band Concert at Tailgaters 7 pm

Fri, Apr. 12                                Wood View Elementary Mr. Freeze Cryogenics Demonstration

                                                Pioneer Elementary Brainstormers Assemblies 9:15 am, 10:15 am, 2 pm

                                                Addams Middle School Lemonade Hand Out 2:30 pm



New This Week in the Community Bulletin Board

White Oak Library March/April Events

9th Annual Basket Raffle & Auction for Autism

Joliet Junior College Nursing Exploration Day


News from Our Community Partners

Fountaindale Public Library

To begin National Library Week, Fountaindale Public Library will unveil their micro pantry on Sun. Apr. 7 at Noon.  The micro pantry operates on the motto “Take what you need. Leave what you can”. Everyone in the community is invited to leave or take non-perishable food items, toiletries and diapers. Patrons are also welcome to transform the life of someone in need by donating unexpired, non-perishable food items during Food for Fines, an annual National Library Week tradition. For each item donated, $2 in fines will be removed from the donor’s library account. All items will be donated to the DuPage Township Food Pantry and the Micro Pantry to support local families in need.

Romeoville Recreation Department

The Romeoville Recreation Department is offering a Spring Break Day Camp, April 15-18 from 8am- 6 pm for kids ages 5-12.  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)