Thursday, April 24, 2014

Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Neuqua Valley High School.

For less than the cost of parking a car in Chicago's Grant Park Garage, families can purchase two tickets to see the

WORLD FAMOUS Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Neuqua Valley High School on Sunday, May 18th. 

Parking is FREE!
CSO Associate Concertmaster Stephanie Jeong is the featured soloist for the dazzling final movement of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major. Special preview materials will be emailed to all ticketholders prior to the concert.

Tickets ($15 and $25) for the 1:30pm Concert are available online

Tickets ($15 and $25) for the 3:15pm Concert are available online

This concert format will completely captivate children ages 6-13, but the music will move ALL AGES!

NVHS Senior Scholarship Submissions

If you have received and accepted a scholarship and you would like to be recognized in the on-line senior awards booklet, be sure to turn in a copy of your scholarship acceptance letter to the senior house by Friday, May 2nd. Please note that monetary amounts will not be listed, just your name and the title of your scholarship. Please include any academic, athletic, talent-based or ROTC scholarships. You can also scan and e-mail your scholarship award letters directly to Susan Janes, NVHS guidance counselor, directly at The deadline is MAY 2nd!

Extended Learning Opportunities

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. More information is available online at Extended Learning Courses Information

Billy Elton Benefit CD's for Sale

After their most recent benefit concert at Neuqua Valley, Billy Elton has been able to raise nearly $14,000 since 2008 to benefit the memorial funds of Tom Schlegel and Dave Scheidecker. It is not too late to help out! If you are still interested, you can buy one of the Billy Elton CDs, a digital download and/or DVD of this year's concert, or even just make a small donation, and all profits from those sales through May 1 will be donated to the memorial funds. Visit their website at to take advantage of this opportunity. Near the top of page, you will also find a place to click if you'd like to hear a free 2+ minute sneak peak sampler of the music from this year's concert.

Freshman Guidance Essentials

The last round of Guidance Essentials for the Freshman class will be held next week! Your student's counselor will be discussing important topics such as transitioning to the Main building next year and introducing the students to their new resources at Main. 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. We look forward to seeing all of them there!
Tuesday, April 29th, Mrs. Fong's students (A-He)
Wednesday, April 30th, Mrs. Stanley's students (Hi-O)
Thursday, May 1st, Mr. Stadt's students (P-Z)

Market Day - May

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 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.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Final Exams Semester 2

2014 Semester 2 Final Exam Bell Schedule and Details

1.    DURING EXAMS:  ALL classes, including Physical Education, will have a Final Exam and meet on the scheduled exam day.  All exam periods are 90 minutes in length and are preceded by a 45 minute class period.  Students are required to be on time for the class period and 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.  Test Makeup Period will be 1:15-2:45 each exam day.
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. Test Make-up Period will be 1:15-2:45 each exam day.
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 Gold. 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.  

Final Exam Schedule

Fine & Applied Arts Career Day

Fine & Applied Arts Career Day field trip for juniors and seniors---- The NVHS Guidance Department is sponsoring a field trip to College of DuPage on Friday, May 2nd to learn more about these careers. Students will attend four breakout sessions. Topics include: Film Editing & Animation, Digital & Darkroom Photography, Studio Art, Digital Broadcasting & TV Productions, Graphic Design & Visual Communications, Fashion, Careers in Music, Careers in Theater and more. Preregistration is required. A lunch and bus transportation are also included in this free field trip. Space is limited to the first 20 students who sign up, so hurry down to the College & Career Center to pick up your field trip packet and return it by April 21st in order to be included in this exciting opportunity!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spring Brook Multicultural Night Needs Student Volunteers

Attention past Spring Brook students and anyone in need of service hours!  Spring Brook Multicultural Night is happening on May 13, 6pm-8pm.  It is a fun night with heritage tables, performances and great food. We need some high school students to help with different tasks!  If you know of any high schooler who would be willing to help, please have them sign up through Volunteer Spot using the link below.  Service hours sheets will be available for anyone who may want one. If you have any questions about volunteering for Spring Brook Multicultural Night, please contact Simone Lee at  We're using VolunteerSpot  to organize our upcoming activity.
Please sign up for V Multicultural Night today! Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
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.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Lab School for Science & Technology High School Summer Courses Registration

LSST High School Summer Courses
Location: Neuqua Valley High School

PHYSICS: Motion and Forces (Freshman/Sophomore) – SESSION A
This is an introductory course in physics for early high school students. This course will cover motion and forces in a way that is accessible to students that have only been introduced to high school mathematics. Students will be engaged through experiments and guided questioning as they learn physics concepts and problem solving.
Prerequisite: Algebra I
June 30 – July 29; 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm; Monday – Thursday

PHYSICS: Motion and Forces (Junior/Senior) – SESSION B
This is an introductory course in physics for later high school students. This course will cover motion and forces with an emphasis on mathematical problem solving. Students will be engaged through experiments and guided questioning as they learn physics concepts and problem solving.
Prerequisite: Algebra I, Geometry
June 30 – July 29; 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm; Monday – Thursday

Biochemical Design through Drug-Delivery Systems (Freshman-Senior)
In this course, students will be introduced to the biological and chemical aspects of various drug delivery systems. Students will research, design and conduct an experiment as it relates to drug delivery in medicine. Biodegradable alginate capsules will be made and used as an analogy to a drug delivery system currently being researched at the nano-scale. The students will experiment with the time-release properties of these capsules and present their findings. Required: laptop computer
July 14 – 24; 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm; Monday – Thursday
July 28 – August 7; 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm; Monday – Thursday

Computer Modeling (Freshman-Senior)
In this course students will learn how to model by building a number of different models in a variety of different fields such as physical, ecological, environmental, financial, engineering, and data analysis applications. They will use the models they have built to gain insight into the application being modeled and to evaluate the accuracy of their models. Students will also build their own simulation game by working with algorithm animation. Required: laptop computer with Excel
July 28 - 31; 8:00 am - 2:00 pm; Monday – Thursday

Esther Wong, LSST Program Director
Mike Kennedy, Physics, Neuqua Valley High School, LSST Director of Curriculum & Instruction

Payment form (pdf file) will be emailed to parents upon submission of the online registration. LSST selected high school physics, chemistry, and math teachers will be teaching the summer courses. Tuition information can be found in the online registration.
Also available: Physics Academic Camp for Middle School Students Registration:
For more information, contact: Esther at 630-544-0680;

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

District 204 Online Learning Program (eLo) Registration is open.

Registration of eLo online learning courses is now open for the 2014-15 school year. You can fill out an application to request an online course here: Online Registration
Counselors will contact students if there is space available and schedule requests needed for next school year.

Additional Resources:
eLO Information
Online Learning Homepage

Power of Choice April Newsletter

The Power of Being a Positive Role Model
Your teen is watching--and learning--from your behavior.  Researchers find that much of the learning that occurs during development is acquired through observation and imitation.  While teens do look to the media for role models, parents are still the most influential figures in their children’s lives.  Each and every day, parents build a legacy for kids to inherit.  Choose to be a parent who models family traits worth believing in and worth building upon. See the April Parents Use Your Power newsletter for Parenting Power Tips of Healthy Role Models.

Orchesis Auditions

Calling all current and future Neuqua Dancers! Orchesis auditions are quickly approaching. Please attend a mandatory meeting on April 15th from 7-9pm in C202 to learn more about the audition process and the team. Auditions will begin May 5th. 
Visit for more information.

Late Registration for Advanced Placement (AP) Exam

Late registration for Advanced Placement (AP) exams ends Friday, April 11th. Registration forms are available in the College and Career Center or by clicking here
All students taking AP exams are expected to attend a PreAdministration session. Sessions will be held at NV MainTuesday, April 15th 1st period (A-L) and 2nd period (M-Z) in the Auditorium. Students at Gold who are taking AP exams will attend their PreAdministration session Wednesday, April 16th 1st period in the Gold Forum Room.
Advanced Placement exams will take place May 5th-9th and May 12th-16th. 

April Testing at Neuqua Valley

Freshman Class of 2017
On Wednesday, April 23rd all freshmen students will be taking a practice PLAN test. The PLAN test is the second test in a sequence of three tests (EXPLORE, PLAN and ACT) that provide students insight into their readiness for post-high school experiences, including college and a career.
On Thursday, April 24th after receiving their practice PLAN score report, sophomores will participate in our College and Career Fair.

Sophomore Class of 2016
On Wednesday, April 23rd all sophomore students will be taking a Practice ACT test. The ACT test is the third test in a sequence of three tests (EXPLORE, PLAN and ACT) that provide students insight into their readiness for post-high school experiences, including college and a career.
On Thursday, April 24th after receiving their Practice ACT score report, sophomores will participate in our College and Career Fair.

Junior Class of 2015
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) requires junior-year students take the
Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE) on April 23rd and 24th, 2014. On April 23rd
all juniors will take the first part of the PSAE, a regular ACT, plus Writing.
On April 24th juniors will take tests developed by the Illinois State Board of Education.