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District Weekly News May 12

This Week in Valley View

News and Notes from Around the District 

May 12, 2022


VVSD Teacher Spotlight- Kelly Ogden, 3rd Grade Teacher, Jamie McGee Elementary

Kelly Ogden

Part of the art of teaching, especially when it comes to teaching third graders, is to get them so engaged in a lesson activity, they don’t realize how much learning they are doing.

Come with us on a visit to Kelly Ogden’s Jamie McGee Elementary 3rd Grade classroom where the math lesson is about gathering, analyzing, and presenting data, along with collaborating to perform those tasks in a group setting.  The whole lesson comes wrapped in asking classmates about some of their favorite things: sports, ice cream, and Skittles flavors!

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Supt. Kinder's Update to the Board of Education at the May 9 Regular Meeting

May 9 Every Learner Update to BOE

VVSD Superintendent of Schools Rachel Kinder provided an update to the Board of Education on the first in-person meeting of the VVSD Community Partners since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and an update on the development of the updated VVSD Strategic Plan at the Regular Meeting of the Board on Monday, May 9.

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Two Irene King Elementary Students Ride in Style in a Romeoville Fire Dept. Truck

King Students Ride to School on a Fire Truck

Irene King students Darryl Langston and Robert Lindsay received a unique ride to school on Tue. May 10 when they got a lift from the Romeoville Fire Department.  The fire department donated the ride as an auction item to support the Valley View Educational Enrichment Foundation’s Dinner and Auction.  VVSD Board of Education President Steve Quigley purchased the prize, and passed it along to Irene King Elementary School.

The school gave the ride to Darryl, a third grader who recently began attending King after moving from North Carolina.  Darryl invited Robert, a relative and King fifth grader to share the ride.

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VVSD Student Registration for 2022-23 School Year Now Open

Online Registration Open

Online registration for the 2022-23 school year is now open.  Registration is convenient using your Infinite Campus Parent Portal account.

  1. Log into the Infinite Campus Parent Portal at
    (To activate a new account, select "New User?" and enter your activation key code.  If you have issues activating your account, please contact the school.)
  2. From the Menu bar to the left of your screen, click “More.” 
  3. Select “Online Registration” then click  “Begin Registration.”
  4. Enter your full name to verify, then click “Submit.”
  5. Complete each section listed below.
    (Click “Save” throughout the process to save a draft. Before submitting your application, save a copy by selecting the Application Summary PDF.)
  6. Once all sections are complete, click “Submit.”


Paid Student Transportation for the 2022-23 School Year

The application period for paid student transportation for the 2022-23 school year will open Tue. July 5 and will close Fri. July 29. Seating is limited on a first come, first served basis and paid transportation students may be removed from routes due to changes in capacity limits. Pro-rated Paid Transportation will not be available this year.

Upon notification of acceptance for paid student transportation Visa, MasterCard or Discover card payments for full year or first semester can be accepted over the phone at 815-886-6686 between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm Monday through Friday.

Paid student transportation rates are as follows:
One student- $575 full year ($287.50 per semester - 2nd semester payment due no later than Jan. 6, 2023.  

Two or more students $1150 in full ($575 per semester - 2nd semester payment due no later than Jan. 6, 2023.  

Paid student transportation for the 2022-23 school year will re-open Sept. 6, 2022 pending availability.


VVSD Accepting Applications for Temporary Summer Positions

Facility Operations Summer Hiring

VVSD Facility Operations is currently accepting applications for temporary summer employment.  The open positions include: in-District moving crew, electrical department (non-power tasks), HVAC (coil cleaning and other misc. tasks, grounds maintenance, painting.

Anyone aged 18 years or older and available to work 40-hour weeks during summer break are encouraged to apply at These positions are posted under the “Employment Opportunities” section under “Maintenance.” The start date for positions is June 1, or possibly sooner based on applicant availability.  Please direct any questions to the Facility Operations office at 331-425-8880.

VVEEF Nine and Dine Thu. June 9 at Bolingbrook Golf Club

VVEEF Nine and Dine

The Valley View Educational Enrichment Foundation Nine and Dine Golf Outing is fast approaching, and you are invited to participate for an afternoon of golf for a great cause- supporting additional programs for our VVSD learners.  Past attendees know Nine and Dine is one of the most fun events of the year. You can help us support the staff and students of VVSD on Thu. June 9 at Bolingbrook Golf Club.  The shotgun start for the nine hole scramble is at 2 pm, with dinner and awards to follow.  A DJ, raffles, and on-course games and contests will all be part of the fun.  Spots fill up fast, so register early to secure your spot or your foursome.  There are dinner only and sponsorship opportunities available as well.  Follow the link below for registration and additional details.


Kudos for Noteworthy Achievements

Bolingbrook HS students Thomas Bohnert, Laura Doguim, and Blake Whatcott participated in the VanderCook College of Music Honors Jazz Ensemble on Sat. May 7 in Chicago. They had the opportunity to participate with other students from around the Chicagoland area and work with international performing artist Wycliffe Gordon.

VVSD Middle School STEMCathlon

The Brooks Middle School Engineerin’ Bulldogs are the 2022 VVSD Middle School STEMCathlon Champions.  The Brooks team defeated their counterparts from the other four VVSD middle schools in the competition held at Romeoville HS on Thu. May 5.  Our middle school future scientists competed in events such as building ski jumps, connecting circuits, designing and flying paper airplanes, and designing packaging to protect a Pringle chip from breaking when dropped from the top of the gym bleachers.

IACTE Conference Logo

Bolingbrook HS junior Evelyn Guerra-Sanchez is the winner of the logo design competition for the 93rd Annual Illinois Association of Career and Technical Education Conference scheduled for next February in Normal. This is the ninth time in the last ten years the winner of this contest is a student of Bolingbrook HS Career & Technical Education Teacher John Sullivan. 

Jerry the AVM Service Dog

Seen Around Valley View This Week

Teacher Appreciation at HumphreyGarden Planting at RC HillLukancic Band at the Field Museum

Left- The administrative leadership team at Humphrey Middle School showed their appreciation during Teacher Appreciation Week by making classroom-to-classroom deliveries of bundt cakes to the Humphrey teaching staff.

Center- R.C. Hill Elementary School 3rd graders show us proof that all those April showers do indeed bring May flowers!

Right- The Lukancic Middle School band played one of the al-time cool venues when they performed in the Stanley Field Grand Hall of Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History. The Lukancic Band members also enjoyed a Chicago River cruise and a stop for deep dish pizza.


Quick Notes- The next regular meeting of the Valley View School District Board of Education is on Monday, May 23, at John J. Lukancic Middle School, 725 W. Normantown Rd, Romeoville IL.  The meeting will be called to order at 6:30 pm, at which time the Board will vote to move to Closed Session. The Public Session of the meeting will begin no earlier than 7 pm. 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 Meeting is available via live stream on the VVSD YouTube Channel, VVSD365U


Upcoming Important School Calendar Dates

Wed. May 18        Early Release (Elem 2:15, MS 1:20, HS 12:43)

Thu. May 19         Romeoville HS Graduation 6:30 pm

Fri. May 20           Bolingbrook HS Graduation 6:30 pm

Fri. May 27           Last Day of School (If no emergency days are used)

Events for the Coming Week

Thu. May 12          Lukancic MS VVSD Elementary School Battle of the Books 6 pm

Fri. May 13            STEP Students vs. Staff Basketball Game 10 am

                              Mitchem Early Childhood Family Concert in the Park 10 am

                              Ward Elementary PTO Family Movie Night 7 pm

Wed. May 18         Oak View Elementary End of Year/50th Anniversary Celebration 5 pm

Thu. May 19          Hermansen Elementary Scholastic Family Book Fair 5 pm

                              Romeoville HS Graduation 6:30 pm

                              Brooks MS National Junior Honor Society Induction 6:30 pm

Fri. May 20            Bolingbrook HS Graduation 6:30 pm

                              Wood View Elementary Movie on the Green 7 pm


News from Our Community Partners


Bolingbrook Park District

Bolingbrook Park District residents and Valley View School District students are now able to register for the REACH All-Day Care program.  All of the information and how to register is located at the following:

Fountaindale Public Library

The library has compiled a variety of resources for VVSD students, parents and teachers to use this school year. Whether you're looking for homework help, a new book to read or exciting technology to learn, you can use your Student Success library card to access all that Fountaindale has to offer! Please visit for details.

Village of Romeoville

Celebrate Public Works Week with the Village of Romeoville and see public works up close on Sat. May 21 from 9 am- Noon at Romeoville Public Works, 615 Anderson Dr. Visitors will be able to get an up close look at a variety of equipment like snow plows, end loaders, and grass mowers. Police, Fire, and REMA will have equipment available to see. Kids activities to be provided by the Recreation Department and visitors will receive an activity book and other giveaways.

West Suburban Community Pantry

West Suburban Community Pantry’s Virtual Food Pantry makes it easy for people facing tough times to order free groceries online so they can make ends meet. You can place your order anytime from a phone or computer with internet access. There are no crowds and no reason to feel rushed. Shop when you want by simply choosing your no-cost groceries and a convenient pickup time and place. Just be sure to place your order a couple of days before you need food. The Virtual Food Pantry is a quick and private way to get a little help with groceries so you can get back on your feet. Start shopping today at 

Romeoville Community Pantry

The Romeoville Community Pantry has updated their procedures and days of operation due to social distancing regulations. Instead of being a “choice pantry,” food is distributed in boxes in a drive-thru style. Clients remain in their cars and check in through the window glass as workers place food into their trunks. The pantry WILL be open the first four Saturdays of the month 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Please check the Romeoville Community Facebook page for any further updates  

Northern Illinois Food Bank

The Northern Illinois Food Bank is conducting mobile food banks and micro pantries in the vicinity in the near future. Please bring bags or boxes. 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:  

Will County MAPP Food Micro Pantries

Will County Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships conducts micro and mobile food pantries throughout Will County.  Click here for more details and a map of locations.

That’s All for This Week!