Thursday, December 19, 2013

Spring 2014 Neuqua Valley Men's Lacrosse Registration

Spring 2014 Neuqua Valley Men's Lacrosse Registration
It's Not Too Late
The Neuqua Valley Men's Lacrosse registration for the 2014 Spring season is open.

Step 1) Complete the following online registration link.

Note that no online payments will be processed, only player and waiver information will be collected.

Step 2)  A Neuqua Valley Men's Lacrosse representative will reach out to finalize your registration and answer any questions.

If you know of someone who is interested playing lacrosse this Spring, please forward this email to them.

Questions can be directed to:

Science Fair Judges Needed

District 204 needs judges for the 2014 District Science Fairs. Judges do not have to work in a scientific field, but it is helpful if judges understand how a Science Fair works. Having a degree in science isn't as necessary as having an understanding of kids.

Judges are needed for the following dates and locations:
Metea Valley High School:
Saturday, January 25, 2014, 8 to 11:30 AM
For MVHS, WVHS, Granger, Hill, Still, and Fischer

Neuqua Valley High School:
Saturday, February 1, 2014, 8 to 11:30 AM
For NVHS, Scullen, Crone, and Gregory

If you are interested in judging, please fill out the form on the district's website at Science Fair Judges.  

MIT STEM Institute for 11th Grade Students

The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) co-sponsor the Research Science Institute (RSI) and are looking for talented 11th Grade STEM Students to do really exciting cutting-edge summer research!
Apply to the (RSI) program to be held on the MIT campus June 22 to August 2, 2014. They will meet some of the world's most talented students and top scientists and have an opportunity to conduct research in amazing labs! The program is free to students except for travel to and from MIT. If you know any current high school juniors, have them take a look at the CEE website or RSI application materials, and more information about the program.

Applications are due into the office (NOT POSTMARKED) on January 20, 2014. There is still time for consideration. On Facebook - look for Center for Excellence in Education!

University of Illinois G.A.M.E.S. Camp

The College of Engineering at the University of Illinois wants to invite girls who have an interest in STEM fields to apply to GAMES Camp next year from July 13-19th, 2014.

Girls’ Adventures in Mathematics, Engineering, and Science is an annual week long camp, designed for academically talented high school girls (rising 9th-12th graders). The camp gives these young ladies an opportunity to explore engineering through demonstrations, classroom presentations, hands-on activities, and contacts with women in engineering. Engineering tracks for camp this year include: aerospace, bioengineering, chemical, materials, electrical, mechanical, environmental, and app development. Admissions are done on a first-completed, first-served basis and then a wait-list will be formed. 

For more information & application details:

2014-15 Course Enrollment

Looking forward, students return from winter break Monday, January 6th, 2014 and will begin planning for the next school year. 
Friday, January 10th is Core Course Recommendation Day. Students begin the day with a special homeroom at Main and Advisory at Gold. Students will receive more information upon their return in January. Best wishes for a wonderful winter vacation!

Information on course enrollment for parents and students is available by clicking here.

Cameron Diaz's visit to Neuqua

Neuqua Valley High School is delighted to welcome award-winning actress and debut author Cameron Diaz on Thursday, January 9th. Ms. Diaz will talk with students about her career and her debut novel The Body Book. 

Students who wish to purchase an autographed copy of her book may do so by returning this form to the LMC along with cash or a check (payable to NVHS).

Click here for more information on the visit and to purchase a copy of the book. 

PARENTS USE YOUR POWER December Newsletter

Tools for Confronting Difficult Situations with Your Child--Confrontations happen in every home. Most people are uncomfortable when it comes to confrontation…especially when it involves our daughters and sons.

A practical tool for having those difficult conversations using the  D-E-S-K strategy at:

Wildcat Wear Last Minute Gifts

Wildcat Wear is closed this week for Final Exams. For those who need last minute gifts from the store, please contact either Stephanie 630-675-7637or Nyurka 939-397-2965 to arrange a time to meet. Thank you and have a safe and happy holiday break!

Senior Spectacular 2014

Parents of the Senior Class of 2014: Volunteers are needed for Senior Spectacular – a lock-in party for the entire senior class. 

The 2014 event will be April 12 from 7 pm – 1 am. Planning meetings are scheduled for 1/ 14 at 7 pm in the LRC/ main campus and 2/10,3/3, 3/24 7 pm in C202 main campus.
Do you love to plan parties, secretly dream of having the top score on a fast pitch machine, love late night computer work, have Vanna White envy, dream of decorating or shopping? I have a job for you? 
Committee chairs are still needed for Spa/Salon, Carnival, Volunteer Coordinator, Game Show, Donations, Chez Emeril Restaurant, Decorations, First Aid (first aid training needed), Raffle Prizes, Webmaster, and Senior Hall Decorating. Every committee has a binder full of committee descriptions, instructions, and contacts. The theme is always “Mardi Gras” so nobody has to create a new product. As every class experiences this event one time- it is always new to them! Additional volunteers will be needed for selling tickets at school, decorating the senior hall one day after school, setting up and taking down for the event, and working the event.
Senior Spectacular is parent organized with support from the school staff. There are so many committees so all jobs are manageable. Past events have been listed as a highlight for the year! Please contact Becky Glimco at to volunteer. Specify a committee position or a general volunteer position. Becky can email committee descriptions if needed. This event cannot happen without your help!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Alliance for the Children Gifts

Tomorrow 12/13, is the last day for Alliance gifts! We want to remind students how incredibly thankful the Alliance is for their participation and generosity!

The Alliance truly appreciates all of our students help in continuing to make this all-school service project the success that it is! We are helping over 400 D204 kids, up from 235 last year!  Next year, the Alliance plans on increasing those numbers even more. 

We were also able to provide toys for several thousand kids in the Appalachian mountains as well as clothing for a portion of those kids. 

For more information on the Alliance for the Children visit their website:

2014 - 2015 School Calendar

Next year's school calendar is now posted on the district's website. The first day of school will be August 26 and classes are tentatively scheduled to end on June 3. Please note there are 5 emergency days at the end of the school year. If any emergency days are used, the last day of school will change.

HomeZone Technology Academy Hour of Code

HoneZone Technology Academy (a not-for-profit organization) invites students ages 8 – 18 to participate in An Hour of Code event. This year, for Computer Science Education Week, a massive campaign called the "Hour of Code" is introducing 10 million students to try one hour of introductory computer science from Dec 9th - Dec 16th 2013. It's a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code" and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, an innovator. This workshop is designed to prepare and promote students to become thinkers and innovators of 21st century.

Click here for registration information and additional details.

PSAT Results are Ready

Attention students who sat for the PSAT in October:

Juniors who took the PSAT may pick up their exam results in the Junior Class House during their option/lunch period beginning Friday, December 13th. Please see Mrs. Inzerra for your results.

Sophomore students who took the PSAT may pick up their exam results in the College and Career Center during their lunch/option period beginning Friday, December 13th. Please see Ms. Carbonara for your results.

Wildcat Wear is Open on Saturday, December 14th.

Wildcat Wear will be opened this Saturday, December 14 from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

A Wildcat Wear Gift Certificate makes a great gift and can be purchased at the Main Building.

The latest baseball cap is now available for $15 at both Main and Gold.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Auditions for Variety Show 2014

Auditions for Variety Show 2014 are the evenings of January 8th and 9th. We are looking for some unique acts as well some of the best dance groups, bands, and vocal performers. If you are in a band, you must tryout with a cover. Other details are listed by the sign up sheets which are in the media department outside the C106 door. You must sign up ahead of time to secure an audition. This year’s shows are February 14th and 15th. All Performers must be current NVHS students. If you have any questions see Mr. Gelsomino or Mr. Schaub in C104.   

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Freshman One Acts - Stocking Stuffers

This year the Freshman One Acts, Stocking Stuffers, dramatize the holiday season, with laughter and fun. The play explores what happens when representatives from the other holidays decide to take out Santa, Donner and Blitzen steal Rudolf's nose, and Barbie decides to school Ken in Santa's Toy shop. The show is appropriate for all ages. 

Performances are at the GOLD Campus in the Forum Room and are at the following dates and times: 

Friday, December 13th - 7pmSaturday, December 14th - 3pm & 7pm
Tickets are $5 and are sold at the door prior to each performance. 
For more information, please contact Director Christina Anker at

CTE Exploration Night is December 12th

CTE Exploration Night
Thursday, December 12th

Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes have come a long way over the last decade! Parents and students from Middle School and High School are welcome to attend our 2nd annual CTE Exploration Night on Thursday, December 12th from 6:30-8pm to learn about classes in the Career & Technical Education Departments: Business Education, Family & Consumer Science, Media Communication, and Technology & Engineering.

Come and discover what CTE classes are available to help build college and career skills, and to explore course options in 21st century skill-based programs. You will have the opportunity to visit classrooms and labs (including the media area) and meet teachers and current students and hear more about the classes offered.

The evening will begin at 6:30pm in the Auditorium. From there, parents and students will be able to explore all four CTE areas. Please feel free to bring other Neuqua Valley community members with you - parents, high school students, or middle school students. Should you have any questions about the evening, please don't hesitate to contact one of the CTE Department Chairs via email: or

Class of 2018 - High School 101

Dear Parents of Eighth Graders (Class of 2018):

As you prepare for your eighth grade student’s transition to high school, we’d like to remind you of an important informational evening entitled Neuqua Valley’s High School 101.  This presentation will focus on what you need to know to choose and enroll in classes, important upcoming dates, and the critical factors that create a successful entrance to freshman year. We offer two dates for your convenience:

    • Wednesday, December 11 - NV Main Auditorium   7:00pm
    • Tuesday, January 7 - NV Main Auditorium   7:00pm

Illinois State Scholar Finalists

Please join us in congratulating the Finalists for the 2014-15 Illinois State Scholar competition. Class of 2014 students who have earned the Illinois State Scholar award for outstanding academic achievement rank in the top ten percent of high school seniors. Selection is based on a formula including SAT, ACT and/or Prairie State Achievement Exam scores and/or GPA at the end of the junior year. 

Neuqua Illinois State Scholars, please pick up your certificates in the senior house. 

You may also view the Illinois State Scholar listing by clicking here. (Neuqua is in Will County)

College and Career Center Scholarship Days

Attention all Neuqua Seniors!

Wondering where to look for scholarships and how to apply for them? Come to the College and Career Center on Wednesday, Dec. 4th or Thursday, Dec. 5th to learn about the scholarship process and get help finding scholarships that meet your needs. Stop in at any time during your lunch period to get your questions answered and gain valuable resources.

Email either Mrs. Engel ( or Ms. Janes ( with any questions. See you there!

Second Semester Schedules in eSchool

Dear Wildcat families:

Second semester begins January 14, 2014. Please take a moment to log into Home Access Center.  

Students, you can view your second semester schedule by clicking on Schedule in the left-hand column. 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. 

Looking ahead to January, there are several activities planned to prepare you for course enrollment for 2014-15. These will include Core Course Recommendation Day and Elective Fairs. Course enrollment information will be posted on our website in the next few weeks. Stay tuned.

SENIORS: Please check your schedule carefully to make sure you are not missing any graduation requirements.

Sandy Schuller
Director - Guidance 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Neuqua Valley's Academic Planning Night

Families of 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students are invited to attend Neuqua Valley’s Academic Planning Night on Monday, December 9th from 6:45 - 9:00PM. We will begin our evening in the auditorium and then move on to three, 30-minute break-out sessions. Session topics will include:
- Course Selection
- Collegiate Athletics
- Highly Selective College Admissions
- Mind the Gap
- Naviance
- Military Options
- Advanced Placement and Dual Credit Courses
- Finding the Right Fit: Factors in Post-Secondary Planning
- Parents! Forget What You Learned About Study Habits…
The Neuqua Valley FACS, TEE, MEDIA, ART and BUSINESS departments will be on hand to answer any questions, as well as representatives from the Technology Center of DuPage, the College of DuPage, and DeVry. We look forward to seeing students and parents on this exciting and educational evening! Stay tuned – on December 5th you will be able to view and print a handout of sessions and session descriptions!

Click here for more information on the sessions being offered. 

Where are District 204 Alumni?

The Indian Prairie Educational Foundation is seeking District 204 alumni to recognize at the Foundation's upcoming 25th Anniversary Celebration at Wentz Hall on Friday, March 21, 2014. The evening will spotlight the best of District 204, including stories of alumni who have excelled after graduation.

Do you know an outstanding District 204 graduate with an inspirational story that should be shared? We are looking for a few stories that showcase where our graduates are today.

Click the link below and tell us before January 10 so we can consider including the graduate in our celebration. 

Where are they now?