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District Weekly News April 11

This Week in Valley View

News and Notes from Around the District

April 11, 2019

Brooks Middle School Math Team Earns Coveted Pythagoras Trophy

Brooks Middle School Math Team Pythagoras Goal 1

The Brooks Middle School Calculatin’ Bulldogs are the 2019 VVSD Middle School Math Contest Champions and will now return the coveted Pythagoras Trophy to their school’s trophy case.  As a team, the Brooks 6th graders won the group competition and the Bulldogs also added to their overall score with team second place finishes in the 7th grade, 8th grade, and Algebra competitions.

In the individual competitions, Brooks ran the table with wins by Tejas Patnaik (6th grade), Aaron Demille (7th grade), Rickard Demille (8th grade), and Jazmyne Germo (Algebra).  The other group competition winners were A.Vito Martinez (7th grade), Lukancic (8th grade), and Jane Addams (Algebra).

Want to see what it’s like while the students are competing? Watch the Video!


Romeoville HS to Offer AP Computer Science Principles with Amazon Future Engineer

Romeoville HS is now part of the Amazon Future Engineer and will receive funding from Amazon to enhance Advanced Placement computer science classes for students this Fall. RHS is now one of more than 1,000 U.S. high schools that is part of Amazon Future Engineer, a national program aimed at making computer science accessible to all students.

With Amazon Future Engineer funding, Romeoville High School will offer an Advanced Placement Computer Science Principle class through curriculum provider, Edhesive. Amazon’s funding provides preparatory lessons, tutorials, and professional development for teachers, fully sequenced and paced digital curriculum for students, and live online support every day of the week for both teachers and students. These full-year courses are designed to inspire, prepare, and propel students in their pursuit of computer science education. All students participating in this program will receive a free membership to AWS Educate which provides them with free access to computing power in the AWS Cloud for their coding projects and content to learn about cloud computing.


Romeoville HS Captures the Coveted Golden Hashtag

Wendy Streit Wins Golden Hashtag Golden Hashtag Winner

Left- Romeoville HS English teacher Mrs. Wendy Streit presents the Golden Hashtag to RHS Principal Mr. Derek Kinder for display. Right- The Tweet that won the Golden Hashtag.

Oscar. Lombardi Trophy. Stanley Cup. Claret Jug. Pythagoras.

Those are the most coveted and prestigious trophies sought after by thousands every year.

Add to that list the VVSD Golden Hashtag which is unique among its prominent brethren as it is given out twice a year.  The Golden Hashtag is awarded by our Instructional Technology Department for innovative social media use in connection with Digital Learning Day.

The winner for Feb. 28 Digital Learning Day is Romeoville HS (Twitter handle @RHSSpartan).  The winning Tweet promoted English teacher Mrs. Wendy Streit who participated in the High School Tech Pilot and also uses PearDeck in her classroom, which is an online tool featuring interactive lessons and assessments to engage students.

The Pillars of Valley View

STEP Campus Multi-Needs Teacher Ms. Jill Kocur

Ms. Jill Kocur Goal 3

Ms. Jill Kocur is in her 9th year as a VVSD teacher where she shows great dedication, passion, and patience in serving her students and addressing their challenges.  Ms. Kocur is successful in her practice because of her heart and passion, and also because of her ability to work collaboratively with her students and her colleagues.

She is full of spirit which spreads to her students and makes learning engaging and fun. She is reflective in her professional practice and is constantly striving to improve.  Ms. Kocur not only looks to improve her professional practice but the program as well. She is currently a member of the STEP Building Impact Team and the Spirit Club.


Kudos for Noteworthy Achievements

Donna Allgood and Katie Paulson Goal 3

Two VVSD staff members were honored by their peers with awards from the Illinois School Counselors Association. A. Vito Martinez Counselor Mrs. Donna Allgood (left in photo) was named School Counselor Internship Supervisor of the Year.  Jane Addams Middle School Counselor Ms. Katie Paulson (right in photo) was named Middle School Counselor of the Year.


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
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.


VVSD Buildings to Receive Pest Control Treatments During Spring Break

A pest control contractor will be applying exterior barrier treatment to the perimeter of our schools and the mulch beds; this will be to control insects such as ants from coming into the buildings. These chemicals are approved by the State of Illinois to be used in a school environment and will be applied starting Mon. April 15- Fri. April 19.  As always, our goal is to provide the highest level of service to our schools with minimal disruption to our staff and students.   We continue to assure you that safety is of the utmost importance.  If you have any questions, please contact Jim Wayne at 815-693-5217.


Seen Around Valley View This Week

ULTA Helps at Romeoville HS Best Buddies IAR Notes of Encouragement Multi Cultural Night at Independence

Left- Thanks to the help of the awesomely friendly people from ULTA Beauty, the Romeoville HS Best Buddies hosted the 14th Annual “Guys and Girls Afternoon Event”. Best Buddies clubs from RHS, Lockport HS, and Waubonsie Valley HS got to receive a wide range of services such as: facials, hair cutting & styling, makeup services and nail services. Students were also able to enjoy the movie station and play video games as well.

Center- Hubert Humphrey Middle School students, staff, and parents, joined together to provide a little inspiration and support to students taking IAR test over the next few days. The HHH supporters posted notes and a treat on the locker of each student.

Right- Kindergarten students perform at Independence Elementary School Multi-Cultural Night.


Quick Notes- The next meeting of the Valley View School District Board of Education is on Monday, April 29, 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


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. 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

                                                VVSD Middle School Choir Festival at Romeoville HS 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

Tue. Apr. 23                              Lukancic Middle School 5th Grade Step-Up Day 9 am

                                                Martinez Middle School 5th Grade Step-Up Day 9:45 am

                                                Martinez Middle School Family Step-Up Night 6 pm

                                                Lukancic Middle School 5th Grade Open House 6:30 pm

Thu. Apr. 25                              Brooks Middle School Career Fair 8 am

                                                High School “Those Who Excel Luncheon” at Bolingbrook GC 11:30 am

                                                Independence Elementary STEM,College,and Book Fair and Family Photo Night 6 pm

                                                Ward Elementary Multi-Cultural Fair 5:30 pm

                                                Oak View Elementary Multi-Cultural Fair 6 pm

                                                Lukancic Spring Band Concert 7 pm

Fri, Apr. 26                                STEP Orientation for Incoming 1st Year Students 7:50 am

                                                Pioneer Elementary Career Day 9 am

                                                Martinez Middle School 8th Grade Step Up Day at Romeoville HS 9 am

                                                Martinez Middle School Spring Student Assembly 1:30 pm

                                                Lukancic Middle School Incoming 6th Grade Dance/Open House 6 pm

                                                Martinez Middle School “A Night of One Act Plays” 7 pm



New This Week in the Community Bulletin Board

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News from Our Community Partners

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, Our Next Edition Is Coming on April 25)