- Valley View CUSD 365U
District Weekly News June 16
This Week in Valley View
News and Notes from Around the District
VVSD Class of ‘22 Spotlight- Maya Ramos, Romeoville HS
Maya Ramos will attend Northwestern University beginning next fall. She will study neuroscience, but she is keeping an open mind as to her plans for the future. The reason Maya is keeping an open mind is because one of the things she learned at Romeoville HS, is that life offers us no perfect answers. We must be flexible for what the future holds.
If there is anything the members of the Class of 2022 learned better than any class before them, it is the future can contain many unanticipated twists and turns
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VVSD Class of ‘22 Spotlight- Lizeth Garcia-Perez, Bolingbrook HS
Lizeth Garcia-Perez will begin classes at Northwestern University next August and will study biology with the intention of becoming a physician’s assistant. Lizeth is interested in becoming a medical professional so that she can work directly to alleviate inequities in health care that she has observed.
The experience of seeing the need for improvements in the American health care system is what prompted her interest in studying biology.
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VVSD Board of Education June 13 Regular Meeting Full Video
Due to a technical issue, the livestream of the Monday, June 13 VVSD Board of Education Regular Meeting was unavailable. Select the headline above to be able to view the complete video of this meeting. We apologize for any inconvenience resulting from this technical difficulty.
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Sonia Ruiz Approved as Principal of Jane Addams Middle School
The Valley View School District 365U Board of Education approved the selection of Sonia Ruiz to the position of Principal of Jane Addams Middle School in Bolingbrook.
Sonia comes to Jane Addams after serving as Principal of Lincoln Middle School in Berwyn North School District 98 for the previous year. Prior to her work at Berwyn North, she served for four years as Associate Principal at Northwood Middle School in North Shore District 112 from 2017-2021.
Sonia began her career in education as a school social worker in 2001 in Cicero District 99. She continued in that role through the end of the 2007-08 school year while also taking on District-level responsibilities as District Drug-Free Liaison, Social Work Field Supervisor, and School Work Facilitator. In August 2008, Sonia became Assistant Principal at Unity West Junior High in Cicero, serving in that role until 2015 when she was elevated to Associate Principal.
Sonia earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1995. She also holds Masters’ Degrees in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and in School Leadership from Concordia University Chicago. Sonia is currently a Doctor of Philosophy candidate in Educational and Administrative Foundations at Illinois State University.
VVSD Free Summer Meals Program for Kids 18 and Under
As part of VVSD’s efforts to serve our community and to ensure kids have access to healthy meals during the summer months, VVSD Nutrition Services is pleased to announce the Summer Meals program. All kids 18 years old and under can receive meals free of charge, no registration needed, at many sites throughout the community.
The summer months are already one of the hungriest times of year for many kids. The need will be even greater this summer as the nation continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Due to changes in the program made at the federal level, we are no longer able to offer Grab n’ Go meals or pickup of meals by parents. We are dedicated to still serving children and the community, and meals are available to all kids 18 years old or younger.
The Summer Meals program is funded by the US Department of Agriculture and conducted by school districts and local organizations at sites throughout the community. Families can text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 304-304 and type in a zip code to find nearby summer meals sites, along with operating days and times. No application, registration or proof of residency or citizenship is required at sites.
VVSD Accepting Applications for Temporary Summer Positions
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 www.vvsd.org/jobs These positions are posted under the “Employment Opportunities” section under “Maintenance.” Please direct any questions to the Facility Operations office at 331-425-8880.
VVSD Transportation Jobs Available- District Offering Driver Signing Bonus up to $5000
Valley View Community Unit School District 365U is now hiring school bus drivers and school bus monitors for the 2022-23 school year. In addition to the regular pay scale starting at $21.26 per hour for bus drivers and $18.19 for bus monitors, VVSD is also offering signing bonuses for school bus drivers of up to $5000.
No experience is necessary to apply as VVSD is offering hourly paid training toward earning an Illinois Class B-CDL driver’s license. In addition to the competitive hourly wages, monthly and annual attendance bonuses, and affordable insurance benefits, those hired to join the VVSD team are also eligible for ten paid holidays, paid sick and personal days, a six-hour driver guarantee. Applicants must be 21 years or age or older, must be the holder of a valid driver’s license for at least three continuous years, and must be able to pass a physical examination, drug test, and background check.
VVSD maintains a modern bus fleet (all buses are under five years old) and presents the option of earning additional wages for field trips and co-curricular activities. We especially encourage our community’s seasoned citizens and veterans who might be looking for a well-paying way to spend a few hours each day while also helping our current learners.
Please visit www.vvsd.org/jobs to view our openings and apply for employment.
Kudos for Noteworthy Achievements
The distinguished cadets and instructors of Air Force Junior ROTC IL-091 at Bolingbrook HS earned an overall unit assessment score of Exceeds Standards during their unit evaluation on Fri. April 22. This rating is the highest rating attainable.
Bolingbrook HS Raider Cadets take great pride in leading and accomplishing their unit goals for their unit which was founded in 1975. The unit’s cadet leaders have raised the standard for the unit, by planning, organizing, and executing eleven co-curricular activities after school.
These activities include: four STEM-based leadership development activities, such as Rocketry and Model Aircraft Clubs, an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Club, and an Academic Bowl team.
Seen Around Valley View This Week
Left- Students in the Oak View STEM summer program in VVSD’s 21st Century Community Learning Center
Center- Students in the Hermansen 21st Century Community Learning Center build straw houses as part of their team building exercises.
Right- Humphrey Middle School has a new mural on the exterior cafeteria wall that faces one of the main hallways. The mural is the artistic vision and painting skills of Humphrey lunchroom aides Karen Millan and Iris Chavez.
Quick Notes- The next regular meeting of the Valley View School District Board of Education is on Monday, July 18, 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
Thu. Aug. 18 First Day of Student Attendance for 2022-23 School Year
Mon. Sept. 5 Labor Day- No Classes
Wed. Sept. 28 Early Release (Elem 2:15, MS 1:20, HS 12:43)
Events for the Coming Week
Wed. June 22 Romeoville HS Summer Enrichment Performance “High School Musical, Jr.” 3 pm
Mon. Aug.1 Martinez Middle School Summer Learning Experience 8:30 am
Tue. Aug.2 Martinez Middle School Summer Learning Experience 8:30 am
Wed. Aug.3 Martinez Middle School Summer Learning Experience 8:30 am
Thu. Aug.4 Martinez Middle School Summer Learning Experience 8:30 am
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: http://www.bolingbrookparks.org/en/programs/reach-extended-school-care/
Fountaindale Public Library
Sign up, earn points and get prizes with Fountaindale Library's Summer Adventure: Oceans of Possibilities, June 1–July 31! You and your family can get in on the fun by exploring the library, community and world at large through reading, creating, playing and more. Fountaindale Library cardholders of all ages can participate. To learn more and sign up, visit fountaindale.org/summer.
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 VirtualFoodPantry.net.
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 http://www.facebook.co/romeovilleconnunitypantry/
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: http://arcg.is/04LijC
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!
Our Next Edition Will be on June 30