Friday, December 19, 2014

Important Information for All Families about ACT Testing and PARCC Testing This Spring

Beginning this Spring, there are significant changes to large-scale testing for students in Illinois and many others across the country.                 

All Juniors in the State of Illinois took the ACT+ (Includes Writing) on March 3, 2015. This is a State ACT test that has previously been given in April under the name of the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE). Seniors had no school and Freshmen and Sophomores were engaged in practice testing.
Freshman and Sophomores received there practice results to bring home on 3/4 and 3/5. 

There is no WorkKeys test this year.

PARCC Testing also begins this Spring. PARCC is a computer-based assessment that evaluates the Common Core State Standards.

There are two phases:

·         PARCC Performance-based Assessment (PBA) on March 16-19, 2015
·         PARCC End-of-Year Assessment (EOY) on April 27-30, 2015

Students in the following courses will be taking PARCC tests:

·         Math: Fr-Sr. students enrolled in Alg2/Trig and Honors Alg2/Trig
·         English: Junior or Senior students enrolled in English III and AP English      III

Important Links
Here is a flow chart of who is taking the PARCC tests:
Here is a General Overview of how testing will proceed at Neuqua Valley:

There will be a meeting on January 7, 2015 at 7pm in the Auditorium for parents of students who will be taking the PARCC tests.

For additional information about the PARCC Test:

If you have additional questions, please contact Assistant Principal Lance Fuhrer at or (630) 428-6014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

WCW News

Wildcat Wear will remain opened at the Main Building 9:15 am - 1:30 pm, this Friday. This will be the last opportunity for those who wish to purchase last minute gifts.

Gold Buildings WCW will be closed and will remain closed for the remainder of the school year.

Thank you to all those who have volunteered and supported Wildcat Wear this year.  

Daddy Daughter Dance Pre-sale Ticket

Grab your date for the Fabulous 50’s Daddy Daughter Dance on February 21, 2015 at the Birkett Freshman Center from 7-10pm. Tickets on sale now. 

Daddy Daughter Pre-Sale Ticket Form
Tickets are $15 per person during pre-sale or $20 at the door.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Graduation 2015

Graduation: Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 10 am

SAVE THE DATE - The countdown to Graduation has begun! The ceremony will begin at 10 am on Sunday, May 24, 2015 at Northern Illinois University.

The Senior Newsletter will be available in January. The newsletter is a great resource and includes valuable information regarding important dates, times, and deadlines for end-of-the-year Senior events in April and May.

Please contact Montrine Johnson, Assistant Principal of Student Services with questions: or 630-428-6000.

Important Information Regarding Wildcat Wear

Friday, December 19 will be the last day that Wildcat Wear will be available at the Birkett Center for the remainder of the school year. 
Wildcat Wear will have the Class of 2019 T-Shirts for sale outside the Auditorium during High School 101 on Thursday, December 11. The t-shirt is $10 and is available while supplies last.
Brand New Item, Just in Time for the Holidays
1/4 zip Hoodie - $35
Sizes Available: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large and 2X-Large

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Save The Date! - Mother Daughter Tea & Fashion Show

The NVHS Mother Daughter Tea & Fashion Show will take place on Sunday, March 15, 2015 from 1pm - 4pm at Bolingbrook Golf Course. Tickets on sale 2/1. Get important updates and reminders via Facebook at or Twitter @NVHSTea

Alliance for the Children

The Alliance for the Children Wishes to Santa/Giving Tree program tag drive will end on Friday December 12. Please bring all UNWRAPPED donations to the Auditorium Concession stand at Main during Take 9 (second period). At the Birkett Center, please bring in your donations during Advisory to the room designated by Mrs. Runge. 
The Alliance is helping hundreds of needy families/children this year in D204 as well as the Appalachian mountain areas of West Virginia, Virginia, and Kentucky. Your donation is also tax deductible. Thank you for participating in our "kids helping kids" all school service project!
For more information contact:
Visit the Alliance for the Children Website to learn more about this incredible organization.

PTSA Market Day

Our next Market Day pick up will be on Monday, January 12, 2015 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Birkett Freshman Center Commons Area ( Please use Door 4 ). You still have time to place your order at by Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 11:00pm. ( Please note that this is ONE day earlier than normal).

The Special for the month is a FREE Salad Cup to Go with a $40.00 purchase. This Salad cup comes with a FREE Recipe Card and $2.00 in coupons.
New Products this month: Roasted Vegetable Manicotti, Matchstick Vegetables with Garlic Sauce, and OREO cookie 100 calorie packs.
Money raised through Market Day helps with activites and programs sponsored by the PTSA.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Getting Ready for Final Exams

Tips to be ready for Final Exams

2014 Final Exam Schedule

1.    DURING EXAMS:  ALL classes, including Physical Education, will have a Final Exam and meet on the scheduled exam day.  All exam periods are 95 minutes in length.  Students are required to be on time for the exam.  If a student arrives late, he or she may be sent to the Class House to study and will have to return at 1:15 p.m. for the Makeup Exam Period with his or her teacher.  Make up Exams will be 1:15-2:45 on Wednesday and Thursday and 10:55-12:30 on Friday.
2.    Students are expected to take ALL exams during their scheduled time.  If a student is ill on the day of the exam, parents should call the appropriate House to report the absence AND make contact with the teacher of the course to schedule a makeup exam.
3.    Students are not required to be in attendance during their Lunch/Option period; however Quiet Study will be accommodated in several locations at Main and Birkett Freshman Center. Also, students will be expected to stay in their exam rooms for the entire exam period, even if they finish early.  Students should bring other material to study to use their time wisely.
4.    TRANSPORTATION: Morning buses will pick up and drop off students at school at the regular time. Buses will leave after the last test period of the day and depart at approximately 12:35pm.
5.   ATTENDANCE: NVHS strongly discourages pre-planned absences during exams. Parents requesting an extended absence which includes final exam week must submit their request IN WRITING to the school Principal.  Students may pick up the Pre-Planned Absence Form in the Class House and attach the letter from the parents before bringing it to the Main Office.  If the requested absence during finals weeks is approved, the student must arrange with each of his/her teachers to make up exams.  

Main Building Birkett Freshman Center
Wednesday, December 17th Wednesday, December 17th
1st Period Exam 7:25- 9:00 1st Period Exam 7:20 - 8:55
2nd Period Exam 9:10 - 10:45 2nd Period Exam 9:05 - 10:40
5th Period Exam 10:55 - 12:30 5th Period Exam 10:50 - 12:25

Thursday, December 18th Thursday, December 18th
8th  Period Exam 7:25- 9:00 8th Period Exam 7:20 - 8:55
7th  Period Exam 9:10 - 10:45 7th Period Exam 9:05 - 10:40
6th Period Exam 10:55 - 12:30 6th Period Exam 10:50 - 12:25

Friday, December 19th Friday, December 19th
3rd  Period Exam 7:25- 9:00 3rd Period Exam 7:20 - 8:55
4th  Period Exam 9:10 - 10:45 4th Period Exam 9:05 - 10:40
Buses Depart 10:55 Buses Depart 10:50
Make Up  Exam   10:55 - 12:30 Make Up Exam 10:50 - 12:25

18th Annual Daddy-Daughter Dance at Neuqua Valley

The Fabulous Fifties
February 21, 2015
7 -10 PM
Birkett Freshman Center

In school ticket sales during lunch periods Feb. 17, 18, 19, and 20. 

Order your Tickets before Regular Ticket sales: Daddy Daughter Pre-Sale Ticket Form

Wildcat Wear Holiday Gifts

Just in Time for the Holidays

WCW just received a new shipment of letterman jackets.
Gift Certificates are available anytime WCW is opened.
Wildcat Wear will be opened extra hours
Friday, December 5 (5:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
Saturday, December 6 (8:30 am - 8:30 pm)

Academic Planning Night--December 8th

Attention 9th, 10th, and 11th grade Neuqua Valley families! Academic Planning Night is here! You are invited on Monday, December 8th from 6:30-9:00 PM. Please enter through Door #7; the evening will begin with an opening message in the auditorium. Three breakout sessions will follow to help you prepare for course selection and future planning.

The District 204 eLo (Expanded Learning Opportunities) Director and the Neuqua Valley Guidance, 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 and the College of DuPage. We look forward to seeing students and parents on this exciting and educational evening!

To personalize your experience, please review and choose your breakout sessions here:

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Young Hearts for Life Needs Parental Volunteers

The Indian Prairie Educational Foundation has partnered again with Indian Prairie School District 204 and the Young Hearts for Life® (YH4L) Cardiac Screening Program in 2015. Young Hearts for Life® is a not for profit organization affiliated with Advocate Charitable Foundation. They offer a voluntary screening program that involves a simple, three-minute electrocardiogram, ECG,  and may include a screening echocardiogram (ECHO), that  are used to identify high school students at risk for sudden cardiac death. The program will be offered at Neuqua Valley High School on January 8, 9 and 23.
The Indian Prairie Educational Foundation is able to offer this program at no cost to students through the generous financial support of Canadian National and Edward Hospital. When asked to provide financial assistance, both companies did not hesitate to step forward to support this potentially lifesaving program as it aligns with their respective missions.
Parents who wish to have their child participate in the free screening program must enroll online by either clicking or by visiting
Participation is voluntary; however, all high school students are strongly encouraged to participate in the free screenings even if they were previously screened. An ECG screening is recommended every two years for students up until the age of 25. The results from the screening will be sent to parents via an email notification 3 to 4 weeks after the screening. All results are confidential and communicated through a secure system.
NVHS is partnering with the Neuqua Valley High School Athletic Booster Club in order to secure volunteers for this event.
It is estimated that over 200 adult volunteers are needed for each high school screening event. To volunteer at Neuqua Valley High School, please register online at  All volunteers are required to attend a volunteer training program. Those dates and times are found in the Google Survey.

To learn more about Young Hearts for Life, please visit or call Johneen Davis, Program Director, at 630-785-4366.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Hour of Code Event - Tuesday, December 9th

The Hour of Code is coming! This event is open to anyone, teachers or students, regardless of experience who are interested in how video games, web sites, and software are developed. Immerse yourself in an hour of code and join millions of students worldwide participating in this event. The Hour of Code will take place on Tuesday December 9th in Lab D208 in the business hallway at the NV main campus from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. To learn more, visit or see Mrs. Knuth in the business department.

Advantages and resources connected to student coding: Coding Resources

Neuqua Valley's 2015-2016 Illinois State Scholars Announced

In November of each year, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission announces the State Scholar Finalists. Students from nearly every high school in Illinois compete in the program. State Scholars can be found on the campuses of nearly 200 public and private institutions of higher education in Illinois. The combination of exemplary college entrance examination scores and record high school achievement indicate an especially high potential for success in college. To be honored as a State Scholar in Illinois is an outstanding accomplishment that will be a highlight of the recipient’s academic record.

Please join us in congratulating the Class of 2015 students recognized as Illinois State Scholars. 

You may view the Neuqua Valley list here: Neuqua Illinois State Scholars or on the ISAC website in early December.Class of 2015 Illinois State Scholars may pick up their certificates in the Senior Class House.

Parents Use Your Power Newsletter - December

Peer pressure can extend beyond friends to include family, school, and neighborhood associations. The influence from each of these social systems seems to have a significant impact on the choices of teens. Have a family plan, and discuss strategies to avoid difficult situations. Check out the December Parents Use Your Power Newsletter to learn more.

The Digital Footprint Video Contest

The Digital Footprint Video Contest
Entries Due: January 23, 2014
In an effort to increase awareness of responsible citizenship, KidsMatter has partnered together with School Districts 203 & 204 to offer students the opportunity to participate in a video project.
Create a 2-3 minute video to help promote cyber-safety and combat electronic bullying.
Who? Students in grades kindergarten – 12th that attend Districts 203 and 204
Prize Incentives: Video Contest Winners
Student winners will receive a trophy, picture with the Mayor and:

  • $200 to 1st Place student producer(s)
  • $125 to 2nd Place student producer(s)
  • $75 to 3rd Place student producer(s)
  • $500 GRAND PRIZE awarded to 1st Place student’s school!

Videos that are selected as prize winners will be:

  1. Showcased during KidsMatter’s Community-wide Internet Safety Event at the City Municipal Center in a Hollywood Premiere Event in March, 2015.
  2. Utilized for curricular purposes in both District 203 and 204.
  3. Recognized by the Mayor & City Council in a public forum.

Where to Submit Your Entry:
Submit your file and information to the following google form: Digital Footprint Submissions

If you have questions, please contact:
District 204— CEC – Stacey Gonzales
District 203— PSAC – John David Son
Check out the Illinois Internet Safety Act for video topic ideas…
Check out last year’s first place winning video: KidsMatter’s Facebook Page

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Neuqua Valley Orchesis Holiday Dance Camp

Join the Neuqua Valley Orchesis Dance Company for this year's Holiday Dance Camp! On Saturday, December 6th the fun will begin at 9 a.m. when students will arrive at the Gold Building to eat breakfast and visit with the Orchesis dancers. The students will then be divided into small groups to learn a holiday-themed dance. During this time, parents are encouraged to run errands or work on holiday shopping. Parents should return at 12 p.m. to watch their dancers perform in the main gym at the Gold Building.

Click here for more information and registration details. 

Wildcat Wear

Wildcat Wear will be opened extra hours:
Friday, December 5 (5:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
Saturday, December 6 (8:30 am - 8:30 pm)
Wildcat Wear is still in need of a few volunteers for Saturday, December 6
1 Volunteer Needed for each of the following time slots:

  • 12:00 - 2:30
  • 2:30 - 4:30
  • 6:30 - 8:30
If you are able to help, please contact Stephanie at
Winter Headband - $10
Texting Mittens - $6
Bling Shirt - $28
Bling Headbands - $10
Polo - $40
Socks - $12
Fitted Baseball Cap - $25

College of DuPage Application Day

A College of DuPage Admissions rep will be at Neuqua during all lunch periods on Wednesday, December 3 to assist NV seniors with completing the application process to attend COD.
If the College of DuPage is a part of your post-secondary planning strategy, students should bring their Social Security number and credit card information to the College and Career Center during their option period on December 3. In less than a class period, you will be able to complete your application to COD as well as learn pertinent information about attending, including scholarship info. The application fee is only $20.

Save The Date - Academic Plan Night 12-08-14

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 8th. The program will begin with a brief overview in the Neuqua Valley Auditorium at 6:30 PM followed by an informative evening of breakout sessions on course selection for 2015-2016, post-secondary planning, and much more. Session highlights will be shared in future e-news updates. The evening will conclude at 9:00 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Save The Date! Guidance 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 8th. The program will begin with a brief overview in the Neuqua Valley Auditorium at 6:30 PM followed by an informative evening of breakout sessions on course selection for 2015-2016, post-secondary planning, and much more. Session highlights will be shared in future e-news updates. The evening will conclude at 9:00 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

Wildcat Wear - Extra Hours for Your Convenience and a Great New Item

Just a friendly reminder
This will be the last Friday that Wildcat Wear will be opened prior to the Thanksgiving Break

Wildcat Wear will open for the Wrestling Meet on Friday, December 5
Hours: 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Girls and Boys Basketball on Saturday, December 6
Hours: TBA - once volunteers are secured

If you would be interested in working on either of those dates,
please contact Stephanie - for further details

Great New T - $15
Sizes Available: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large and 2X-Large

One Book One School!

This year's One Book One School title is The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie. The novel tells the story of the year when high school student, Arnold Spirit Jr. (aka Junior), leaves his reservation school with high hopes only to become a misfit at an upscale high school. Junior is funny and awkward but has big dreams and the courage it takes to achieve them. Winner of the National Book Award, The New York times describes the novel as "a gem of a book."

Pick up a copy at the LMC, read it, and join us for lunch-time discussions in January.

Neuqua Valley Senior Spectacular

Don’t miss the Senior Spectacular Meeting on Monday, December 1st at 7pm in the large forum room.  
This meeting is for you if you have a senior, want to know what Senior Spectacular is or have already volunteered to chair a committee.

For more information about senior spectacular, please visit the Senior Spectacular Page

Senior Spectacular Donation Information

Senior Spectacular Volunteer Information

Neuqua Music Crystal Concert

Join our Grammy Award Winning Music Department at the Crystal Concert Dec 4th and 5th.  This concert is an incredible event featuring select groups of Chorus, Orchestra and Band students.  Due to the popularity of this concert, you must sign up online for free tickets for one of the four shows:  Thursday Dec 4  Doors open at 5:30pm  &  7:45pm OR Friday  Dec 5 Doors open at  5:30 pm & 7:45pm.  On-line ticketing is open from November 24 through December 1st at: 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

IPEF Day at Standard Market Fundraiser

On Saturday, November 15, Standard Market will donate 10 percent of all pre-tax purchases to the Indian Prairie Educational Foundation. You just have to mention the Indian Prairie Educational Foundation at checkout. The donation applies to all purchases at Standard Market and Standard Market Grill, 1508 Aurora Ave., Naperville.

For more information, Standard Market Day.

CTE Exploration Night

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 3rd annual CTE Exploration Night on Thursday, November 20th 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: