Thursday, December 17, 2015

Wildcat Weekly Open One More Day Before the Break

The Main Building WCW store will be opened from 9:15 am - 1:30 pm for all the last minute shoppers this Friday, December 18.  We closed the store at KBC until the next school year already.


2015-16 - Second Semester Schedules


Dear Wildcat families:
ALL STUDENTS: Second semester begins Tuesday, January 12th, 2016. Please take a moment to log into Home Access Center. https://homeaccess.ipsd.org/ Students, you can view your second semester schedule by clicking on the Classes Icon and then the Schedule Tab. We ask that you look the schedule over carefully. If your schedule contains any errors, see your counselor during your option period, before or after school.
We cannot accommodate any requests for changes to full-year courses. Thank you for looking over your schedule carefully.
SENIORS: Please check your schedule to make sure you are not missing any graduation requirements.



Friday, December 11, 2015

Shop and Help Support Neuqua

If you are using Amazon to make any of your holiday purchases you can also help NVHS at the same time!  We have partnered with Fundinco.org to help raise funds for our school.  It is super simple to do.
Just click on this link, then click on the Amazon button and use your own Amazon account as normal.  By using our link, Amazon will donate 1% of your purchases back to NVHS through Fundinco.
Please consider this also when using Amazon throughout the year!  Thank you for your support and Happy Holidays!  


Holiday Shopping and Wildcat Wear New Items

Wildcat Wear will be opened for the sporting events listed below in addition to Friday hours. 
(Great time to get some holiday shopping done) 
  • Boys Basketball vs Waubonsie:  Friday, December 11 (6:30 pm - 9:00 pm)
If you have questions, visit the Neuqua Boosters Website.

New Item of the Week - Neuqua Lanyard!


PTSA Fundraiser - Yogurt Beach Day - December 17th

Mark your calendar for this Thursday! Take a sweet break from finals and enter a chance to win a future vacation for you and a friend--a trip for 2 to Yogurt Beach!" Stop by anytime Thursday the 17th, from Noon till closing and 40% of your sales will support our wildcats. Make sure you stop at the counter and enter the drawing! 
Yogurt beach is located at:
3027 English Rows, Suite 115
Naperville, IL 60564
(just south of 103rd on Rt. 59)

Upcoming PTSA Fundraisers
  • Mark you calendar for our January No Cook day at Sharko's on Monday, January 11th.



Class of 2016 Illinois State Scholars Announced

Neuqua Valley is pleased to announce the Class of 2016 students who have earned the Illinois State Scholar award for outstanding academic achievement. Winners rank in the top ten percent of high school seniors. Selection is based on a formula including SAT/ACT and/or GPA at the end of the junior year.

Names are listed here.




Alliance for the Children

The Holiday spirit is in the air! The Alliance for the Children Wishes to Santa/Giving Tree program has started at Neuqua Valley. Students were given the opportunity to select a tag for a needy child and were asked to bring the UNWRAPPED Gifts to Advisory at BFC and to their 2nd-period class at the Main building. The Alliance for the Children Wishes to Santa/Giving Tree program runs from Dec. 1 to December 15 and will assist children in need both locally as well as in the Appalachian mountain areas of Kentucky and Virginia. 
Help us in our 17th year of "kids helping kids"!!!
Contact paula_mueller@ipsd.org for more information. 


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

After School Science Enrichment Class Starting in January

Biochemical Design through Drug Delivery System (Grades 9-12)
This course is for students who are interested in the scientific disciplines such as Pharmacy, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, Engineering, Bioengineering, Biology, Bioinformatics, etc.
Meeting day: Tuesdays or Thursdays (TBA)
Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: NVHS

For more course information, registration deadline, and tuition click here



Online Learning Courses for High School Students

Students, did you know we offer online learning courses during the academic year and summer? Did you know these courses allow you to learn anytime and anyplace you choose? Our district has partnered with Naperville Community Unit School District 203, and Wheaton Community Unit School District 200 to create the Expanding Learning Opportunities Consortium, eLo. eLo provide students with quality instruction delivered virtually by innovative and passionate teachers from within the consortium. We have had over 1,500 successful course completions since we launched in 2014. 
To learn more about the program, please visit eLo at www.eloconsortium.org.


Monday, December 7, 2015

PTSA Fundraiser - Cheryl's Candy 'N Popcorn - December 9th

Cheryl's Candy and Popcorn will be having a Neuqua Day Wednesday, Dec 9th. They are conveniently located at 3027 English Rows Drive, near the corner of 59 and 103rd. Stop by and pick up a sweet treat now or to put away for the holidays while supporting Neuqua.

A little note from the owners of Cheryl's:
"At Cheryl’s Candy 'N Popcorn you can go back in time to your childhood and enjoy memories with all our sweet treats! We offer all the nostalgic candies of old, gummy bears galore, dozens of jelly belly flavors, fruit slices, sours, chocolate covered nuts, raisins, pretzels, and much more. Also, we have hand spun cotton candy, premium chocolates, as well as over 20 flavors of fresh gourmet popcorn made in our kitchen daily!"
"As owners, Cheryl and I always look forward to and enjoy supporting our local schools and giving back because where would we be without our schools? All you need to do the day of the fundraiser is identify your school that you're there for the fundraising event. Looking forward to seeing you!"

Upcoming PTSA Fundraisers

  • Mark your calendar for Neuqua' Yogurt Beach Day on Thursday, December 15th. 
  • Mark you calendar for our January No Cook day at Sharko's on Monday, January 11th.



Girls Gymnastics Team Fundraiser at Yogurt Beach on December 9th

This Wednesday, December 9th, the Girls Gymnastics team is hosting a fundraiser at Yogurt Beach from 12pm-9pm. They are donating 40% of the proceeds back to the team if you mention NV Gymnastics at checkout. Please consider a pre-finals dessert this Wednesday at Yogurt Beach! 


Friday, December 4, 2015

Writer, Cartoonist, NASA Roboticist @ Neuqua

On Wednesday, December 9th at 2:15 pm, the Neuqua LMC and Anderson's will be hosting Randall Munroe in the Neuqua auditorium. All staff and students are encouraged to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Eric Bodwell or Carrie Ory.Munroe is the creator of the popular webcomic XKCD, author of the NY Times bestselling bookWhat If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions and the soon to be released title Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words and a former NASA roboticist. Personalized autographed copies are available for purchase in the LMC, click here for an order form. He is in town as part of this year's Naperville Reads event.


Study Smarter, Not Harder

Tips for Studying Smarter, Not Harder
Digital Tools to Support Individual and Collaborative Studying
  • Concept and Vocabulary Review - Quizlet
    Start with flash cards. Students can make their own, or choose from millions of flashcards sets created by others. Students can use several study modes including multiple choice tests and study games.
  • Collaboration - Google+ Communities Students create online study groups in Google+ Communities. Students can create private communities to share resources and have discussions.
  • Organization - Google Keep Create and share notes. Create checklists and reminders.
  • Video Concepts - Khan Academy and Learning Bird Video lessons to support math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history, and more.

Video Resources





NVHS Hour of Code

The Business Department's 2nd Annual "Hour of Code" Event will take place on Thursday 12/10 after school in Lab D208 (Main Campus) from 2:30 - 3:30pm. All students are invited to attend regardless of experience with computer science. Coding games, programs, and languages will be explored.

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Coding games and tutorials are available in over 40 languages. No experience needed!
More info can be found at code.org or by contacting Mrs. Knuth. beth_knuth@ipsd.org


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Wildcat Wear Holiday Hours and New Class of 2020 T-Shirt

Wildcat Wear will be opened for the sporting events listed below.
(Great time to get some holiday shopping done) 
  • Wrestling vs Metea:  Friday, December 4 (5:15 pm - 9:00 pm)
  • Girls Basketball vs Waubonsie:  Tuesday, December 8 (6:30 pm - 9:00 pm)
  • Boys Basketball vs Waubonsie:  Friday, December 11 (6:30 pm - 9:00 pm)
Early release of the Class of 2020 T-Shirt
$10 each

Monday, November 30, 2015

Power of Choice December 2015 Parent Newsletter

On August 2, 2013, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act and as of January 1, 2014 the Act establishes a four- year pilot program in Illinois that authorizes the cultivation and distribution of medical marijuana for use by registered qualifying patients.

Please read the Power of Choice December Parent Newsletter to learn more.

Neuqua No Cook Night - December 1st - Jet's Pizza

This Tuesday, Dec 1st is Jets Pizza Day!!! Order your pizza (or any of their other tasty options)  for pick up or delivery!!! Mention that you are with Neuqua when you order. Jets pizza is located at 3344 S. Route 59. The phone number is 630-904-7777, or go online to order at Jetspizza.com.  Enjoy pizza any time of the day while supporting our PTSA and the many ways it supports our wildcats.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Herff Jones Will be at Neuqua on December 3rd

Herff Jones will deliver class rings on Thursday, December 3rd during lunch periods in the commons. Final payment must be made prior to delivery. Personal checks will not be accepted for final payment. If you still need to order your class ring please see Herff Jones during lunch periods on December 3rd. You can pick up a ring packet in the Sophomore House.


Seniors – This will be your final chance to order your cap and gown and graduation announcements in school.  There are senior information packets in the Senior House.


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hours and New Items at WCW

Wildcat Wear has added three more nights to shop while your out supporting our Athletic Teams prior to the Holiday Season.
  • Friday, December 4 (5:15 pm - 9:00 pm) - Wrestling Meet vs Metea Valley
  • Tuesday, December 8 (6:30 pm - 9:00 pm) - Girls Basketball vs Waubonsie Valley
  • Friday, December 11 (6:30 pm - 9:00 pm) - Boys Basketball vs Waubonsie Valley
New Arrival in at Wildcat WearFitted Navy Under Armour Baseball Caps - $26Sizes Available: S/M or L/XL



Academic Planning Information Night


NVHS Guidance Department Sponsors Academic Planning Information Night: Save the Date!
Freshman, Sophomore and Junior students and their parents are invited to attend Academic Planning Night on Monday, December 7th. The program will begin with a brief keynote speech in the Neuqua Valley Auditorium at 6:30 PM followed by an informative evening of breakout sessions on course selection for 2016-17, post-secondary planning, and much more. Session highlights will be shared in future e-news updates. The evening will conclude before 9:00 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!



Financial Aid Night Recap

Dear Neuqua Valley families:
Thank you to those families who braved the weather last night to attend the Financial Aid evening. We had a great turnout and hope you found the information helpful for college planning with your students.
Marty Reba, Director of Financial Aid at North Central College, shared many tips about completing the FAFSA and other sources of financial aid. 
For those who were unable to attend, you may access information at our NV Guidance website here: http://nvhsguidance.weebly.com/
Please click on the Evening Events tab, and scroll down for the Financial Aid Night links to the Presentation and the Handout.




Saturday, November 14, 2015

NVHS PTSA Gift Card Fundraiser

Order your holiday or winter gift cards today while supporting NVHS. NVHS will be hosting a gift card fundraiser that allows you to purchase a gift card from many local and nationwide retailers. The list of gift cards is endless from Target to Macy's, Subway to Mortons Steakhouse even businesses such as Amazon, Itunes, American Express and AMC! And of course, we can't forget the Starbucks, Panera or Chipotle cards that make perfect gifts! Each gift card you order will be for the exact amount you order. Fill out the attached order for and a check written to Neuqua Valley PTSA. Students can drop off orders at the schools reception desks. All orders must be placed by November 19th.
For a complete list of retailers go to:


Contact Keri Dunn at kerildunn@att.net if you have any questions.


Friday, November 13, 2015

Gift-Checkbooks for Sale - NVHS Music Fundraiser

The Music Department is currently selling Gift-Checkbooks. The checkbooks contain SAME-AS-CASH certificates to 31 local restaurants and businesses worth over $465. To see a complete list of vendors including Fontano's, iFly, Fiamme, DJ's Auto & Truck, Hollywood Palms, Francesca's Passaggio and many others, 
Visit neuquamusic.org and click on the Order Form. 
You can also purchase a check-book from any music student, by emailing  NVHSmusic@gmail.com, or by purchasing online at: www.goboostershot.com/store 
The sale ends Nov 17th, so act fast. These make great holiday gifts!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Save the Date: 12/7 Guidance Academic Planning Night

NVHS Guidance Department Sponsors Academic Planning Information Night:

Freshman, Sophomore and Junior students and their parents are invited to attend Academic Planning Night on Monday, December 7th. The program will begin with a brief keynote speech in the Neuqua Valley Auditorium at 6:30 PM followed by an informative evening of breakout sessions on course selection for 2016-17, post-secondary planning, and much more. Session highlights will be shared in future e-news updates. The evening will conclude before 9:00 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!



US Naval Academy Admissions Forum

You are cordially invited to attend an informational forum concerning the US Naval Academy on Sunday, November 22nd from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the American Legion Post 80, 400 Saratoga, Downers Grove, IL, 60515.
This event will feature presentations by Admissions Staff, Naval Academy Blue & Gold Officers. Also present will be a number of current Midshipmen and parents of Midshipmen. This event is open to all interested high school and middle school students and their families. 
To register, email the following information by November 16th to usnapcni@gmail.com: Student's full name; current school name and grade level; email address, number of people attending. Please place "info day registration" in the subject line. www.usna.edu/admissions 


Men's Lacrosse Club Registration Meeting

Neuqua Men's Lacrosse Club will be having their registration meeting at 7pm on Thursday, December 10 ,2015 at Neuqua Valley High School. It's in room C 202 of the main building. 
This will be the only meeting for you to register and gather information on this year's season. Please join us as we will be introducing the coaching staff and hear from the board of directors about the exciting changes that will take place this season. This is open to anyone interested in playing lacrosse this spring. If you have never played lacrosse this is a great chance to try out one of America's fastest growing sports. 
We look forward to meeting everyone on December 10th. 


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Power of Choice November Newsletter

Marijuana refers to the dried leaves, flowers, stems and seeds from the hemp plant, cannabis sativa. The plant contains the mind-altering chemical delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and other dangerous chemicals and can be laced with pesticides. Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States. Legalization of marijuana in a growing number of states may affect perception that marijuana use is risky.




Monday, November 9, 2015

Integrated Pest Management Notification - Monday, November 16th

Dear Parent, Guardian or Staff Member: (11/09/2015)

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 Monday, November 16, 2015, weather permitting, a weed control application will be applied to all courtyards and The Varsity Baseball Field, at (Neuqua Valley High School and Kathryn J. Birkett Freshman Center). This application will be a “Pre-Emergent”. 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)428-6580.

Sincerely,
Ismael Carrizales
District Grounds Manager
Indian Prairie School District #204


Caps and Gowns, Graduation Announcements, and Senior Products

Seniors - Herff Jones will be here to take orders for Caps and Gowns, Graduation Announcements and senior products including Class Rings on Thursday, November 12th during Lunch Periods in the Commons.  All seniors need to order a cap and gown at this time. Complete senior packets are available in the Senior House if you did not receive one in Guidance Essentials. 
For more information visit: www.highschool.herffjones.com. Or call Herff Jones at 815-756-4743.


Neuqua No Cook Night on Tuesday, November 10th at MOD Pizza

Tuesday, Nov 10th is our Neuqua No Cook Night! Enjoy a great Lunch or Dinner while supporting our school by stopping by Mod Pizza.  Stop by anytime between 10:30 A.M. and 10:00 P.M and show them the attached flyer. Mod Pizza is located at 2835 Showplace Drive.



Friday, November 6, 2015

Integrated Pest Management Application Notification


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 (Sunday November 08, 2015), weather permitting, a weed control application will be applied to all turf areas including the courtyards and Athletic Fields, at (Neuqua Valley High School and Kathryn J. Birkett Freshman Center). This application will be a “Pre-Emergent”. 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)428-6580.

Sincerely,
Ismael Carrizales
District Grounds Manager
Indian Prairie School District #204


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Concession Volunteers Needed for the Neuqua Playoff Game on November 7th.

Calling all Wildcat fans!  We need your support for this BIG playoff game against Waubonsie Valley!  Please help with our concessions team, and sign up on our VolunteerSpot (the leading online Sign-up and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming Sign-ups.for a spot!  Remember, all proceeds from concessions goes to help ALL our IHSA athletic teams at Neuqua Valley!

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/VhD5cs
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Thank you so much for your support!

Tami Stankoven



Monday, November 2, 2015

2016 Digital Footprint Video Contest

Hollywood Premier Red Carpet Event – Showcasing Student Videos that Promote Cyber-Safety!
Who will be the winners of the 2016 Digital Footprint Video Contest? It could be you! Check out the Video Project below for details! The top three winners will receive cash prizes live on stage at the Hollywood Premier, scheduled for Tuesday, February 23, 7PM at the Naperville Municipal Center. KidsMatter, together with Districts 203 & 204, will roll out the red carpet to celebrate every student who submits a 2-minute video that promotes cyber-safety and combats electronic bullying. 


For more information visit www.kidsmatter2us.org
Please email or share submissions in Google Drive with Allan Davenport (allan_davenport@ipsd.org) by December 5th, 2015.