Friday, November 17, 2017

Chicago Wolves Career & Resource Fair--Wed., 12/6

The Chicago Wolves are hosting a Career & Resource Fair on Wednesday, December 6th at Allstate Arena. The event will run from 3-5:30 pm with a game against San Diego at 7 pm. The Fair is a great opportunity for high school Juniors and Seniors to learn what a career in sports & entertainment looks like. Students will meet professionals from over a dozen professional sports franchises and Chicago-area businesses, including the Chicago Wolves, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Fire, and many more. Featured will be a Sports Chalk Talk, where students will learn more about the sports & entertainment industry, hear why sports is such an exciting field to work in, and receive advice from sports professionals related to career preparedness. The event will end with a Q&A session with Mike Gordon, the President of the Chicago Wolves. Tickets are $15 (includes entrance to the Career Fair, parking, and a ticket for the game against San Diego at 7 pm). Registrants can arrive anytime between 3-5:30 to talk to representatives from each of the teams and companies that will be on hand. The Sports Chalk Talk will begin promptly at 5:45. If you have any questions, or are interested in attending the event, contact Michelle Alcazar at They can also visit

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Academic Planning Night is Coming on Monday, December 4th

Wildcat Families,

Families with students in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade mark your calendar for Monday, December 4th for our annual Neuqua Valley Guidance and Academic Planning Night. 

Join us from 6:30 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. at NV Main for opportunities to learn more about the services provided by our Guidance team as well as in-depth information for course selection and planning for all four years of high school. 
The evening will be comprised of an introductory session, a counselor-led session, and sessions led by our Department Chairs sharing course recommendation and course sequence information. Also, we will have an elective fair to provide information on all that Neuqua has to offer. We look forward to seeing you on this important evening.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Study Smarter, Not Harder - Tips to Prepare for Final Exams

Exams will be here faster than you know, so here are a few resources to help you organize, prioritize, and prepare for just about any assessment.

Essential Resources for Studying Smarter, Not Harder

Digital Tools to Support Individual & Collaborative Review
  • Concept and Vocabulary Review - Quizlet
    Start with flashcards, add diagrams, and engage in the learning. You can create your own study sets, or choose from millions of flashcards sets created by others. You can use several study modes including multiple choice tests, flashcards, diagrams Quizlet learn, and more study games. Visit the Quizlet Blog, for more study tips.
  • Collaboration - Google+ Communities and Padlet
    Create online study groups in Google+ Communities or by creating a Padlet.
  • Organization - Google Keep
    Google Keep can be a powerful tool for organization and workflow. Create and share notes. Create checklists and reminders. Organize your study resources and create a path for learning.
  • Video Concepts - Khan Academy and YouTube
    Video lessons to support math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history, and almost any topic you are interested in.

Exam Tips and Tricks - Video Resources

Hacks and Habits to Dominate Your Exams

US Naval Academy Information Day, Sunday 11/19

You are cordially invited to attend an information day for the United States Naval Academy. This event will feature presentations by Admissions Staff, Naval Academy Blue & Gold Officers (BGOs). Also present will be a number of current Midshipmen and Parents of Midshipmen who can answer questions. 
The event is open to all interested High School and Middle School students and their families.
United States Naval Academy Information DaySunday, November 19, 2017 1:00 - 4:00 PMRegistration begins at 12:30pmAmerican Legion Post 804000 Saratoga Avenue, Downers Grove, Illinois 60515
To register for the USNA Information Day please visit Click on the home page link and fill out the registration form. 
Any questions, email us at Please use “Info Day Registration” in the subject line. Hosted by the United States Naval Academy Parents Club of Northern Illinois. Cookies and water will be provided. You can also visit this link for more admissions information

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

IPSD Community Event - National Geographic Explorer

Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous

Meet Spinosaurus, the largest predatory dinosaur yet discovered—larger than T. rex—and hear the incredible story of how this prehistoric giant was almost lost to science, before being brought back to light with the help of a remarkable young paleontologist, Dr. Nizar Ibrahim, a National Geographic Explorer.
With amazing video recreating the lost world of the Cretaceous Era Sahara, Ibrahim will tell the story of Spinosaurus’ discovery, loss, and rediscovery, and explain what makes this ancient monster unique.

November 17, 2017 6:30-7:30pm (doors open at 6:00pm)
Waubonsie Valley High School Auditorium
2590 Ogden Ave, Aurora (Door 35)
FREE Event (suitable for all ages)

Integrated Pest Management Notification

Ismael Carrizales, K-12 Grounds Manager
c/o Indian Prairie School District 204
3003 West 103rd Street
Naperville, IL 60564

Dear Parent, Guardian or Staff Member:                                                                         
Public Acts 91-0099 and 91-0525 mandate Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Illinois public schools.  IPM manages pest damage with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment; including judicious use of pesticides.  In this context, “pesticide” includes insecticide, herbicide, rodenticide, and fungicide.

IPM provides parents/guardians or staff members with prior notice of herbicide application.  Please be aware that on Friday November 10, 2017, weather permitting, a weed control application will be applied to the football stadium and the varsity baseball field at Neuqua Valley High School. The application will be a “Pre-Emergent Weed control”. We match herbicide and application procedures to our school environment.  All are approved for school use and are an important part of buildings and grounds maintenance. Typically, this application will not present a health concern to students or staff.  However, it is the intent of IPM to allow those with special sensitivity to take appropriate precautions:  in the case of children, as determined by a parent or guardian. 

If you have further questions, please call my office at (630)428-6005.                                                                             
Andrew Weed
Facility Manager

Indian Prairie School District #204

AP + PLTW Student Achievement Award Announced

The College Board and Project Lead the Way have collaborated to recognize students for building skills for both college and future careers. The Student Achievement recognition shows colleges and employers that students are prepared for advanced coursework and interested in careers in their particular field of study. This program features pathways in three fields: engineering, biomedical science, and computer science. Each pathway includes AP courses and exams that provide an opportunity for advanced placement and/or college credit, and PLTW courses, and their corresponding End of Course assessments, designed to introduce students to the field, and specialization courses that focus on knowledge and skills needed for rewarding careers. Students must apply for this recognition and meet the following criteria:
  • complete 3 pathway courses—1 AP course, 1 PLTW course, and a third course of either AP or PLTW
  • earn a score of 3 or higher on the AP exams
  • earn a score of Proficient or higher on the PLTW End of Course Assessments
Learn more about this recognition here.
Please join us in congratulating the following student who has earned the recognition of AP + PLTW Achievement in Engineering: Connor Parnell