Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring Testing and Post-Secondary Planning

Dear Parent/Guardian or District 204 Community member,
All high school students in grades 9-12 will be participating in important events this spring related to testing and post-secondary planning. We want to take this opportunity to highlight some dates for these events.
On April 7th, a letter to parents/guardians from each student’s specific high school will be posted on the school’s website. The letter will detail school specific events for all grade levels on April test days, as well as the days leading up to testing. If you have questions regarding the activities referenced here, please feel free to contact Lance Fuhrer at Neuqua Valley.

Lance Fuhrer
Assistant Principal
Neuqua Valley High School
(630) 428-6000
lance_fuhrer@ipsd.org

The Senior Yard Sign Committee

The Senior Yard Sign Committee is seeking senior parents to help distribute yard signs in their neighborhood. Signs may be picked up on either Wednesday, April 23rd or Thursday April 24th between 5 & 8:00 pm. Signs will need to be placed in senior students yards by no later than Sunday, April 27th. Each volunteer will receive anywhere between 8-10 signs. If you are interested in volunteering for this special senior tradition, please email Jean Donovan, Senior Yard Sign Chair at jm.donovan@comcast.net. More detailed instructions and pick up information will be sent out in a subsequent email to all volunteers. Thanks for keep this time honored tradition a success.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

PTSA Reflections Update

The Neuqua Valley High School PTSA congratulates all the students who shared their insights and talents in the 2013-2014 Reflections competition. This year’s theme was Believe, Dream, Inspire and once again NVHS was represented by an extraordinary group of talented young people. 

The Indian Prairie Parents Council Recognition Ceremony and Exhibition will be held on Tuesday, April 8 from 6:30-8:30 at Granger Middle School in the Stonebridge Subdivision in Aurora. Kudos to the following students: Freshman Anna Li’s visual arts entry titled In Search of Light advanced to the State of Illinois level of the competition.
The following students received Honorable Mention at the State of Illinois level:
  • Junior Zhaoyuan Pan’s visual arts entry titled Believe, Dream, Inspire
  • Sophomore Isabelle Ruiz's photography entry titled Jump for the Stars Freshman Anna Li’s visual arts entry titled In Search of Light advanced to the State of Illinois level of the competition. 
The following students received Honorable Mention at the State of Illinois level:
  • Junior Zhaoyuan Pan’s visual arts entry titled Believe, Dream, Inspire
  • Sophomore Isabelle Ruiz's photography entry titled Jump for the Stars The following students received Honorable Mention at the State of Illinois level:    Junior Zhaoyuan Pan’s visual arts entry titled Believe, Dream, Inspire
  • Sophomore Isabelle Ruiz's photography entry titled Jump for the Stars     Junior Zhaoyuan Pan’s visual arts entry titled Believe, Dream, Inspire
  • Sophomore Isabelle Ruiz's photography entry titled Jump for the Stars
  • Sophomore Tajesvi Bhat’s literature entry titled Imagination's True Power and visual arts entry titled What is Believing?
  • Junior Kai Gaskin’s literature entry titled Raise to Power
The following students were honored during the Illinois PTA DuPage West Region Reflections Ceremony on March 4. Receiving Honorable Mention were:
  • Junior Zhaoyuan Pan's photography entry titled Believe, Dream, Inspire...
  • Sophomore Sophia Urso's visual arts entry titled Inspiration From the Past
  • Sophomore Sophia Urso's visual arts entry titled Any Dream is Possible
It’s a great honor to announce that Sophomore Sarvasva Raghuvanshi’s literature entry titled A Simple Gift remains in the competition, advancing to the National level in Washington D.C. Best of luck to Sarvasva at Nationals!
The NVHS community and the PTSA are extremely proud to be represented by these fine and talented young people. The Reflections committee extends hearty congratulations and thanks to all the students who entered the 2013-2014 Reflections program.
Results will continue to be updated on the NVHS PTSA web site.
Congratulations to all, and good luck at Nationals Sarvasva!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

2014 Graduation DVD Orders

Dear Parents of the Class of 2014 - 

Media Communication students from Neuqua Valley High School will be videotaping this year's graduation ceremony as a fundraiser for NVTV. The DVDs make a great gift for those family members who are unable to attend the ceremonies, or for those who would like to remember the day for years to come. There will be 2 opportunities to purchase a copy of the graduation ceremony. You may pre-order or you may order a copy at the ceremony on May 25th. 

If you wish to avoid long lines at graduation, pre-order your DVD copy today by filling out the form below and mailing it with your check(made payable to NVHS) postmarked no later than Friday, May 16th, to:
Lisa Traut
Media Communication
Neuqua Valley High School
2360 95th Street
Naperville, IL 60564

From May 19th to May 23rd, you may drop off your DVD order at the receptionist’s desk in the rotunda at Neuqua Valley. Please do NOT mail your order after May 16th.
To place your order at the graduation ceremony, please stop by one of the four NVTV tables in the lobby of the NIU Convocation Center beginning one hour prior to graduation or immediately following the ceremony. All orders must be paid for at the time the order is placed. Absolutely NO orders will be accepted after May 25th. This is a firm deadline and no exceptions will be made. While checks are the preferred method of payment, cash will be accepted (exact change only please). Please include phone # and Student ID number on the check.
All DVD orders will be mailed to the address listed on the order form during the week of June 2nd. Should you have any questions, please contact Lisa Traut via email at lisa_traut@ipsd.org or via phone at (630) 428-6660. Thank you for your order!



Thursday, March 20, 2014

NVHS Athletic Booster Scholarships

LAST CALL for Applications for the NVHS Athletic Booster Scholarships! Applications are due Wednesday, March 26th to College & Career Center!      

Neuqua Valley High School Booster Club will be awarding Booster Club scholarships and the Kyle Zuleg scholarship to Neuqua Valley High School students.
Selection criteria used in awarding Booster Club scholarships will be based on a combination of student achievement,student essay, and participation in school/sport/IHSA activities.
Selection criteria used in awarding the Kyle Zuleg scholarship will be based on a combination of student achievement, student statement, participation in school activities, sports/IHSA activities plus the applicant must have taken at least one of the following courses: Media Communication & Production I, Broadcast Journalism & Production II, Broadcast Journalism & Production III, or Newspaper Journalism. Kyle Zuleg was a Neuqua Valley student who passed away unexpectedly during his junior year of high school. Along with his passion for sports and life, Kyle had aspirations to become a sports journalist.

Click here for more information and to download and print an application. 


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Summer School and Online Course Registration Procedure

Summer School and Online Course Registration Procedure
Many students are beginning to plan for summer study options. Some students use summer school to recover credit; other students will use summer to get ahead. The district policy for out-of-district and online course work can be found in the online High School Course Guide (pp. 6-7)
Only courses pre-approved by your counselor will be placed on the transcript. Starting Summer 2014, all summer school and online courses will receive a letter grade. This change in policy will not affect courses taken in previous years. Students may take 2.0 credit of outside or online course work. College of DuPage summer school and District 204 online coursework do not count against the 2.0 credit limit. Also, students may replace a grade ONLY by taking the same course at Neuqua Valley during the school year. Classes that are retaken during the summer or online are not eligible for grade replacement. Finally, online and summer school courses that are labeled honors/AP are not eligible for weighted credit.This summer, District 204 will offer two online courses: Consumer Economics and Introduction to Music Theory. Please check the link for more information: Online Learning Summer 2014You may obtain by following this link: NVHS Outside Course Permission Form or in a Class House. Turn the signed form in to your counselor for approval


Market Day

Our next Market Day pick up will be on Monday, May 5, 2014 at 4:00 - 5:00 at the Gold Campus Commons Area. You still have time to place your order at www.marketday.com by Thursday, May 1, 2014.

The specials for this month are FREE Micro Fiber Drying Mat with a $40 purchase, no code needed and a 4-pack of Cheesecake Pops with a $90 purchase, use promo code: MAYBONUS. Also save on pre-portioned cookie dough: buy 2, save $2.00 or buy 3, save $5.00.

New Products this month: Turkey Burritos and Petite Filet Mignon

Money raised through Market Day helps with activities and programs sponsored by the PTSA.



Extended Learning Opportunities (eLo)


Educators from Naperville District 203, Indian Prairie District 204 and Wheaton Warrenville 200 joined forces to create Extended Learning Opportunities (eLo). This program is designed to engage students and ensure their success by providing meaningful and high-quality online learning opportunities. The three school districts are jointly offering the following online courses for the 2014-15 school year: Government, Consumer Economics, English, Geometry, Health, Chinese, US History, and Web Design. Courses will be taught by current teachers from Districts 200, 203, and 204.


Students who are interested in taking an online course next year should talk with their counselors now.

Click here for more information. 


STEM School Parent Information Nights

The John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School on the Aurora University campus will serve students in third through eighth grades in the East Aurora, Indian Prairie and West Aurora school districts. Parents from each participating district who are interested in enrolling their child in the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School are invited to attend a Parent Information Meeting on any of the three dates listed below.

West Aurora School District 129
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
6:30–7:30 p.m.
West Aurora High School Cafeteria
1201 W. New York Street, Aurora


Indian Prairie School District 204
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
7:00–8:00 p.m.
Crouse Education Center Board Rooms
780 Shoreline Drive, Aurora


East Aurora School District 131
Thursday, April 3, 2014
6:00–7:00 p.m.
East Aurora High School Auditorium
500 Tomcat Lane, Aurora

The presenter will be Allison Sherman, Director of John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School. Before being appointed to lead the STEM Partnership School, Sherman previously served as District 204's Director of Core Curriculum.
Information addressed includes:

  • Concept of the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School
  • Curriculum and courses of study
  • Student application and selection process
A question and answer session will follow the presentation, which will be conducted in English and Spanish.

For more information, visit http://stem.aurora.edu.

Illinois 5Essentials Survey for Parents

Teachers, parents, and middle and high school students across Illinois have the opportunity to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey was designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child's school from the perspective of teachers, parents, and students.
As a parent, your voice is essential to help us understand the conditions at your child's school and guide improvement. The Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by the University of Chicago, on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. The state will provide survey results for individual schools only if a school has at least 30 percent of parents take the survey. If you have children attending more than one school, we ask that you complete the survey for each school. All survey responses will be kept confidential.
To take the parent survey:
1. Visit Parent Survey
2. Type DuPage as "County."
3. Type your school's name into the "School" field and select your school.
The Illinois 5Essentials Survey identifies five indicators that can lead to important student outcomes, including test score gains. Research has shown that schools strong on these indicators are ten times more likely to improve student learning.

The five indicators that effect school success are:
Effective leaders
Collaborative teachers
Involved families
Supportive environments
Ambitious instruction

Illinois 5Essentials Survey FAQ


Thursday, March 13, 2014

2014 Physics Academic Camp for Middle School Students

The Laboratory School for Science & Technology is offering summer Physics Academic Camp. 
A fun and active way of introducing students to high school physics and science
Preparing students for the rigor of high school science classes
Click here for more information. 


KidsMatter Student Job Fair

High School & College Student Job Fair
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
5 PM - 7:30 PM
Residence Hall/Rec Center at North Central College

College of DuPage Presidential Scholars Scholarship

The College of DuPage has extended the application deadline for the Presidential Scholars scholarship. Students with a 3.75 GPA or a 27 ACT Composite score are eligible to apply. The Presidential Scholar award provides two-year full tuition to the winners. 
Please see details at www.cod.edu/scholarships.

Theatre Parents Association Scholarship

The Theatre Parent Association will be offering scholarships for use this summer to enhance students' theatre experience and education. 
Please visit nvhstheatre.com/scholarships.html to download the application. All submissions must be turned in to the TPA mailbox no later than 2:30 PM on Friday, March 28.

The application is also available here


Thursday, March 6, 2014

PTSA Officer Nominations for 2014/15 School Year

The Neuqua PTSA nominating committee is looking for interested people to fill it's officer positions for the 2014/15 school year. Officer positions include President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.
If you are interested in finding more out about any of these positions or know of someone who is energetic and wanting to get more involved in the great work the PTSA does at Neuqua, please contact Jean Donovan, PTSA Nominating Committee Chair at jm.donovan@comcast.net.  



Wednesday, March 5, 2014

2014 Neuqua Valley Spring Hockey

The Neuqua Valley High School Hockey Club Spring program is a chance for new players to be introduced to the club, and provides a format for both new and returning players that emphasizes skills and game experience. Spring evaluations for team placement will be held March 24th & 26th.

Format
The spring program will feature a minimum of 10 games, combined with some practices to further develop each player’s skills and teamwork. There may be additional scrimmage games as well. We are planning on having two teams and both will play in the Darien Spring High School League.  There is both a Varsity and Junior Varsity division in the spring league.  All teams make the playoffs, which are single elimination.  Players will be assigned to either the Varsity or Junior Varsity team at the conclusion of evaluations.  Players may be double rostered or moved between the two teams depending on total number of players and also player development throughout the spring season.

Players
The NVHC Spring program is open to all current and incoming Neuqua Valley students that are eligible to play high school hockey for the 2014-2015 Fall/Winter season.  There will be an evaluation process in order to determine team placement. Incoming freshmen for 2014-2015 season are strongly encouraged to participate.

Cost
The fees for the NVHC Spring program will be $495 for skaters and $200 for goalies. The registration deadline is March 21st.  The program cost includes a spring jersey, a minimum of 11 practice slots per team and at least 10 games.  A copy of the current 2013-2014 USA Hockey Registration is also required for players who are new to NVHC.

Schedule
The NVHC Spring program will run from April 10th to June 8th. The game and practice schedule will be posted on the NVHC website once finalized in early-March. Spring tryouts will be held on March 24th from 6:20-7:30pm and March 26th from 6:40-7:30pm at Canlan Ice Arena.

Please go to our website: www.neuquahockey.org and complete the on-line registration where you may pay by credit card or you can mail payment to the PO Box listed above.
If you have questions, please contact Chuck Fattore at 630-561-8798 or cfattore@wowway.com.

March Power of Choice Parent Newsletter



Learn the important facts about chemical dependency
Whether or not chemical dependency is an issue in your home, it is important to know the facts about this problem that affects families, friendships and communities as a whole.  Learn the characteristics and effects of chemical dependency so you can continue to do your job of being an informed parent and a community member who cares.



NVHS Students Shine in the PTSA Reflections Competition!

                                                        
 The Neuqua Valley High School PTSA would like to thank all the students who shared their insight and talents in the 2013-2014 Reflections competition.  For almost 50 years, the Reflections Program has encouraged students to explore their artistic talents and creativity, and recognizes students for their artistic endeavors.

This year’s theme was Believe, Dream, Inspire and once again NVHS was represented by an extraordinary group of talented young people. Although the Indian Prairie Parents Council was forced to cancel it's scheduled ceremony and exhibition recognizing all advancing students due to inclement weather, the NVHS PTSA wants to congratulate the following students:

Junior Kai Gaskin’s literature entry titled Raise to Power
Sophomore Tajesvi Bhat’s literature entry titled Imagination's True Power and visual arts entry titled What is Believing?
Sophomore Vandana Raghuvanshi’s literature entry titled A Simple Gift

Several NVHS students were honored during the Illinois PTA DuPage West Region Reflections Ceremony on March 4. Receiving Honorable Mention were:

Junior Zhaoyuan Pan's photography entry titled Believe, Dream, Inspire...
Sophomore Sophia Urso's visual arts entry titled Inspiration From the Past

It’s a great honor to announce that four students remain in the competition, advancing to the State of Illinois level. Good luck to the following students and their entries:

Freshman Anna Li’s visual arts entry titled In Search of Light
Junior Zhaoyuan Pan’s visual arts entry titled Believe, Dream, Inspire
Sophomore Sophia Urso's visual arts entry titled Any Dream is Possible
Sophomore Isabelle Ruiz's photography entry titled Jump for the Stars

The NVHS community and the PTSA are extremely proud to be represented by these fine and talented young people. The Reflections committee extends hearty congratulations and thanks to all the students who entered the 2013-2014 Reflections program.

Results will continue to be updated on the NVHS PTSA web site as the competition continues all the way to the National level in Washington D.C.

Congratulations to all, and best of luck to our advancing students!




Graduation Announcements and Senior Products Delivery

Attention Seniors: 
Herff Jones will deliver graduation announcements and senior products on Tuesday, March 11th during lunch periods in the Cafeteria.  Bring your balance due to pick up your order.  Personal checks will not be accepted for final payment. 
You may bring cash on delivery day or pay online at www.herffjonesil.com.  
For more information please call Herff Jones at 815-756-4743. Extra announcements will be available for purchase.


Mother Daughter Tea & Fashion Show Ticket RSVP by 3/7!!

Send in your ticket registration form by March 7th to ensure you get a great seat at the Mother-Daughter Tea and Fashion show on Sunday, March 16th from 1-4pm. Tickets are $25 a person ($28 cash only after 3/7). We will have a fabulous time at our "Breakfast at Tiffany's" afternoon filled with fashion, food and fun! 

Please contact us at nvhsmotherdaughtertea@gmail.com with any questions.  


Click here to access the ticket registration form.  


Parent Workshop - Don't Try Harder, Try Different

Parent workshop for managing anxiety and stress

Thursday March 20, 2014
7:00-9:00pm
Neuqua Valley High School LMC

Dr. Patrick McGrath, PhD is the Director of the Alexian Brothers Center for Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and the Co-Director of the School Anxiety and School Refusal Program at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.


AP Exam Registration Deadline is March 10th

Advanced Placement Exam Registration for the 2014 May Exams for Neuqua Valley Students is due to the College and Career Center by Monday, March 10th, 2014 for Main Campus Students or to Linda Jacobe in the Freshman Class House for students at the Gold Campus. 

Please view the AP Exam Brochure and Registration Form. Specific questions regarding the content of the exams should be directed to your child's AP Teacher. 

Any questioins regarding the exam schedule can be directed to Lorinda Carbonara at (630) 428-6021


Click here to access complete registration information and forms. 




Freshman Guidance Essentials

The third round of Guidance Essentials for Freshman students will be held next week! The Freshman counselors will be discussing important information including career decisions and summer school options. The Essentials will be held next week during the first twenty minutes of the students' lunch period in the Forum Room (H128). Students must bring their ID. Attendance is taken and required.

Students should attend on their assigned day.

  • Tuesday, March 11th, Mrs. Fong's students (A-He)
  • Wednesday, March 12th, Mrs. Stanley's students (Hi-O)
  • Thursday, March 13th, Mr. Stadt's students (P-Z)


Scholarship Opportunities


NVHS is pleased to provide information about scholarship opportunities to our senior students through Naviance. Over 45 scholarships are currently available for NVHS seniors. We encourage seniors and senior parents to check Naviance frequently, as this list is sometimes updated on a daily basis as the information comes into us. After logging into Naviance, select the College tab, scroll to the bottom of the page, and then click on Scholarship List for an up to date list of available scholarships. We would like to draw special attention to the following scholarship opportunities that are specifically for D204 and/or NVHS students:

  • NVHS Booster Club Scholarships
  • NVHS PTA Scholarships
  • Kyle Zuleg Memorial Scholarship
  • NVHS PATHS Scholarship
  • IPEF J. Alan Fry Community Service Scholarships
  • IPEF Sgt. David Caruso Scholarship
  • Indian Prairie Parents' Council (IPPC) Scholarships
  • Grosshuesch Family Education Scholarships
  • Tom Schlegel Memorial Scholarship
  • Thomas Martin Memorial Scholarship
  • Wheatland Athletic Association Scholarships
  • Naperville Rotary Scholarships
  • Naperville Newcomers & Neighbors Scholarship
  • Naperville Garden Club Scholarship
  • Naperville Woman's Club Scholarships
  • Bolingbrook Rotary Scholarships
  • Cress Creek Garden Club Scholarship
Please don't hesitate to contact your counselor if you have any questions!