Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New Wildcat Wear is Available This Friday

Checkout the new arrivals for Gold Rush, Neuqua Spirit Polo and Pink Out Wildcat Wear 
 for October 10th. 

Under Armour Polo - $40

Limited Edition Gold Rush T - $10
Tattoo - $.50
Pink Bandana - $3.50
New Pink Out T - $10

Team IPEF - Raising Money for Neuqua

Billy Ghighi and Mike Rossi are two of 30 charity partners running in the 2nd Annual Naperville Marathon & Half Marathon on November 9, 2014.  They are running as part of Team IPEF to raise awareness and funds for the Indian Prairie Educational Foundation.  Each team member has pledged to raise a minimum of $250.  Half of the funds raised will go toward district-wide programming supported by IPEF and the other half will go toward a specific District 204 school as designated by the team member.
Mr. Ghighi and Mr. Rossi are both teachers here and have selected to represent Neuqua Valley.  Learn how you can support their efforts by viewing the attached flyes.  You can also visit www.ipef204.org or follow IPEF on twitter @ipef204 to learn more.

A+ Award for Outstanding District 204 Staff

Do you know an outstanding District 204 staff member who is making a difference for our students?

The Indian Prairie Educational Foundation (IPEF) is teaming up with District 204 to introduce the new A+ Award.  This monthly award recognizes District 204 staff members who go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of our students.

Anyone can nominate a District 204 staff member for the A+ Award. Nominations must include an essay (up to 500 words) describing how this staff member has positively impacted students. We strongly encourage student nominations. Parents, alumni, and community members are also encouraged to submit a nomination.  Nominations are due by the 10th of each month.
Visit http://www.ipsd.org/News.aspx?id=64521 to learn more.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

NVHS National Hispanic Recognition Program Award Recipient Announced

The College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) identifies academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students. Each year, the NHRP honors about 5,000 of the highest-scoring students from over 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT. In order to be eligible, students must meet these requirements: take the PSAT/NMSQT in October of their junior year in high school; be of at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino descent; achieve the minimum required PSAT/NMSQT cutoff score (this index score may vary by state, region, and territory each year); and achieve a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher by the end of junior year.
Please join us in congratulating this year’s recipient: Ashley Maras

National Achievement Scholarship Program Semifinalists

Neuqua Valley is proud to announce the following students have been named Semifinalists in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program: Evelyn Darden, Darby Hickson, Geraldine Serwald.

These academically talented seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for National Achievement Scholarships being offered this spring. Congratulations to all of these students!

PTSA Market Day

Our next Market Day pick up will be on Monday, October 6th from 4:00 - 5:00 at the Freshman Campus Commons Area. You still have time to place your order at www.marketday.com by Thursday, October 2, 2014.

  • The special for this month is a FREE Chicken Gems with the purchase of $90! It’s also Bonus Days for cookie dough sales! Purchase any cookie dough product and Neuqua earns extra profits!
  • New Products this month: Orange Chicken, Fire Roasted Vegetables and Greek Yogurt Apple Cakes.
  • Money raised through Market Day helps with activities and programs sponsored by the PTSA.  

Sophomore Guidance Essentials

The first round of Sophomore Guidance Essentials for your class is approaching! The Essentials will be held from 9/30-10/2 during the first twenty minutes of all lunch periods in the large forum room. Students must bring their ID. Attendance is taken and required.

Students should attend on their assigned day. We look forward to seeing everyone there!
Tuesday, September 30th, Mrs. Fong's students (A-He)
Wednesday, October 1st, Mrs. Stanley's students (Hi-O)
Thursday, October 2nd, Mr. Stadt's students (P-Z)

Service Academy Day

Service Academy Day on September 27, 2014
Interested students and parents are invited to attend Service Academy Day at East Aurora High School (in Auditorium--500 Tomcat Lane, Aurora, IL). Meet Representatives from the Service Academies--U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Registration: 9:30 AM, Programs: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, and Open House: 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Congressman Bill Foster. For more information call (815) 280-5876. If planning to attend, register online at http://foster.house.gov/service.

District 204 SB16 Informational Meetings

Last July, the Illinois Senate Education Funding Advisory Committee was tasked with recommending ways to improve public education funding in Illinois. The result of the task force was the creation of Senate Bill 16 (SB16). If enacted into law, SB16 will make sweeping changes in how the state funds education. 
The financial impact on our school district is significant. The district's budget will be reduced by $10.1 million over four years. This is a loss of 41 percent in state revenue. District 204 will have the third largest reduction in state funding among the 862 school districts in Illinois. The district is at the top of the list of DuPage County reductions.
District 204 invites community members to attend one of the following informational meetings to learn more about SB16 and the impact it will have on our district:

  • September 24, 2014, 7 pm Crone Middle School 4020 111th Street, Naperville
  • September 25, 1 pm Crouse Education Center 780 Shoreline Drive, Aurora
  • September 25, 2014, 7 pm Granger Middle School 2721 Stonebridge Blvd, Aurora
  • September 29, 2014, 7 pm Still Middle School 787 Meadowridge Drive, Aurora
  • September 30, 2014, 7 pm Hill Middle School 1836 Brookdale Road, Naperville
  • October 1, 2014, 7 pmS cullen Middle School 2815 Mistflower Lane, Naperville
  • October 2, 2014, 7 pm Gregory Middle School 2621 Springdale Circle, Naperville
  • October 8, 2014, 7 pm Fischer Middle School 1305 Long Grove Drive, Aurora

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Biochemical Design Through Drug-Delivery Systems Course

Biochemical Design Through Drug-Delivery Systems Course to Start Late October
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. (Grades 9-12) Required: laptop computer

Fridays, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (ten weeks)
Online preregistration: http://goo.gl/ptD89v

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Homecoming Game Gear

Get your Homecoming Game Gear at Wildcat Wear this Thursday and Friday during lunch hours at both Main and Gold.
Red, White and Blue T-Shirt - $10
Red, White and Blue Tattoos - $.50 each
Set of 3 Beads - $2

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Youth and Family Volunteer Fair for Students

The 12th annual Youth and Family Volunteer Fair for students in grades 6 through 12 will be held on Wednesday, October 8, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Naperville City Municipal Center, located at 400 South Eagle Street. Local non-profit organizations will be on hand to showcase their volunteer and advocacy opportunities, enabling students to find service venues that match their interests and schedule. This free fair is open to students from all area middle and high schools.

Over 25 organizations who need youth volunteers in order to deliver their services will be participating in this year’s Fair. These are locally-based groups such as Naper Settlement, 360 Youth Services, Will County Forest Preserve, A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter, Loaves and Fishes, the Naperville Park District, the YMCA, The Morton Arboretum,the Naperville Library, and the DuPage Children’s Museum. Each organization will have representatives on-hand to share the exciting opportunities they have for both students and families to positively impact the lives of other people. Please visit www.kidsmatter2us.org for more information.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

PTSA Reflections Program Kicks Off Next Week!

It’s time to start thinking about the PTSA Reflections Program again.

All students are encouraged to create and submit works of art in six different categories: dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts, based on this year’s theme:

The world would be a better place if...

Works will be judged on interpretation of the theme, and artistic, creative, and technical merits.  All students will be recognized for their efforts at the local, regional, state and national levels of the competition.

Complete rules for each category and the official entry form will soon be available on the Neuqua Valley High School/PTSA web site.

If you have any questions about the Reflections Program, please contact Judy Ashe at judyashe@aol.com.

Homecoming Ticket Sales

What: Homecoming Ticket Sales (A Night At The Taj)

When: Monday, September 22 to Friday, September 26 during LUNCH hours only!
Where: Main Bldg.--Athletic Office and Birkett Center--Rotunda
Cost: $20 a ticket--Cash only (No Checks)
Need: Your CURRENT ID to purchase a ticket and to enter the dance
If you are bringing a guest from another school: Must bring the completed and signed guest pass to buy tickets. The guest pass can be found on the NVHS Website, Activities, Dances.
***Tickets can be purchased at the door (NVHS students ONLY) for $25 a ticket (NO guests can purchase a ticket the night of the dance.)

Upcoming Local College Fairs

Waubonsee Community College, Oct. 6th, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for more information: Waubonsee Community College Fair
Performing & Visual Arts College Fair, Sep. 21st, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., DePaul University- Theatre School**
National College Fair, September 27th 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Navy Pier**
**More info on these fairs and others can be found: http://www.nacacnet.org/college-fairs/students-parents/Pages/default.aspx
College of DuPage, Oct. 21st, from 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. for more information: College of DuPage Fair

College Visits Picking Up Steam!

As the college application season picks up steam, so too do the number of colleges visiting Neuqua Valley!

During the week of September 22, seventeen schools will visit NVHS, including U of I, Alabama, Marquette, Illinois Institute of Technology, Vanderbilt, Butler and a variety of others.Check Naviance for the complete list! See your counselor for more info!!
Throughout the fall, we have many college representatives visiting Neuqua Valley to meet with our students. The representatives are an excellent resource as students begin or continue their college search. A number of college visits have already been scheduled and more continue to be added each day. The visits are posted on Naviance. Log in to Naviance for a full schedule of visits. Please note that students’ Naviance log in credentials have changed for the 2014-2015 school year. To log in, students and parents need to use the students’ network ID and network password. The computer network ID and password can be found in Home Access Center by clicking on Home->”School Links” tab->”Add’l Student Information”.

Wildcat Wear at Freshman Curriculum Night with New Hoodies!

Wildcat Wear will be selling at the Freshman Curriculum Night

Wildcat Wear will be opened at both buildings on Thursday, September 25 and Friday, September 26 during lunch hours.

They’re Back!
White Hoodie - $35
Under Armour Hoodie - $55

National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Neuqua Valley is proud to announce that the following students have been named Semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program: Anand Abraham, Armghan Ahmad, Venkat Atluri, Robert Barr, Nicholas Buckley, Kathering Chung, Jessica Ding, Michelle Ding, Tiffany Jeung, Jacqueline Keshner, Shannon Kollasch, Stephen Leung, Cheryl Liu, Rachel McMullan, Henry Michalski, Elizabeth Moye, Yaseen Saleh, Manu Sankar, Sameet Sapra, Avni Singh.

These academically talented seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for National Merit being offered this spring. Congratulations to all of these students!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Power of Choice September Newsletter

Helping Parents and Teens Connect

The Power of Choice provides information and resources to support you as you guide your teen toward a healthy, drug-free future.  Check out the September Parents Use Your Power newsletter for details!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Special Project Volunteers needed at NVHS Main LMC

Volunteers are needed for the 2014-2015 school year to help with Special Projects in the NVHS Main LMC. Anyone interested in volunteering in the LMC, please contact Peggy Ragusa, the Volunteer Coordinator at peggy_ragusa@ipsd.org.

Keeping Kids Safe: DARE2KNOW

Detective Rich Wistocki and Officer Shaun Ferguson, Naperville Police Department, will talk about DARE2KNOW, a cutting edge program that provides parents with the tools to keep their kids safe. Their presentation combines internet safety with the recent drug abuse issues, empowering parents with strategies to monitor their teens' behavior. The first 200 attendees will receive free drug testing kits, cell phone monitoring software and discounted computer monitoring software.

Click here for more information.

Homecoming Chaperones Needed

Neuqua Valley Homecoming 2014—A NIGHT AT THE TAJ

Each year we ask for parent volunteers to help with serving refreshments and door supervision at the Homecoming Dance. This would involve arriving at the dance by 6 p.m. The dance ends at 10 p.m. This year's Homecoming Dance is Saturday, September 27. Dinner and a Homecoming T-shirt are included with this fabulous opportunity.

Please respond before THURSDAY, September 18 if you are interested in helping, please email Karyl Grecu at karyl_grecu@ipsd.org. She will respond back to you with more information through e-mail.

Thank you in advance for your help!!!


Karyl Grecu and Jen Yavorski
Student Council Sponsors

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Neuqua Valley Basketball Player Informational Meeting

Attention all boys interested in trying out for the basketball team this year! There will be a mandatory informational meeting on Tuesday, Sept 16th. Varsity players should meet in D229 at 6:45 am, sophomores in D231 at 6:30 am. Freshmen players should report to the Birkett Center in the large forum (H128) at 6:45 am. 
If you have any questions, please e-mail your coach. 
We hope to see you there!

Fall College Visits Begin

College visit season begins at Neuqua Valley! Each year, nearly 200 colleges and universities come to NVHS to meet with prospective students in the College and Career Center during lunch periods.
During the week of September 8, Loyola University Chicago, Michigan State, Purdue, Eastern Illinois and others will arrive on our campus.
See Naviance for a complete list.
Please contact your student's counselor with questions.

PTSA Market Day for September

Our next Market Day pick up will be on Monday, September 15 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, September 11, 2014.

The special for this month is a FREE Mixing Bowl set with the purchase of $50!
New Products this month: French Toast Sticks and Naked Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Chicken
Money raised through Market Day helps with activities and programs sponsored by the PTSA.  

Wildcat Wear Will be Open for Freshman Curriculum Night

Wildcat wear will be open for upcoming freshman curriculum night

Check out WCW latest arrivals. Each t-shirt is $22

Hours for Wildcat Wear - Every Friday
Main: 9:15 am - 1:30 pm
BFC: 10:00 am - 1:15 pm
This Friday’s the first home game and the theme is GOLD…
Be sure to stop by Wildcat Wear to get your Gold Rush T ($10) or Hoodie ($25).
Try something new and pair it with a tutu ($10)
Wildcat Wear at the Birkett Freshmen Center is in need of a Lead
Hours are 10:00 am - 1:15 pm on the following dates:
Friday, September 5
Friday, September 25
Friday, October 17
Friday, November 14
Please feel free to contact Stephanie Lange at (630) 675-7637, if you have any questions about this position.

Neuqua Valley High School Freshman Named Finalist for the 2014 Google Science Fair

Neuqua Valley High School freshman Trisha Prabhu was named one of 15 global finalists for the 2014 Google Science Fair. She was nominated for her project, “Rethink: An Effective Way to Prevent Cyberbullying.” Her research examines if adolescent students are less likely to post harmful messages on social media sites if they are first presented with an alert to rethink their decision. Trisha is heading to Google Headquarters later this month to present to a panel of judges. The Grand Prize winner will receive a 10-day trip to the Galapagos Islands with National Geographic Expeditions and $50,000 in scholarship funding. The Grand Prize winner’s school will also receive $10,000 toward classroom computing or science lab equipment.
In addition, Google’s Voter’s Choice Award will be decided by public vote. Voting takes place September 1 through Sept. 14 at googlesciencefair.com. The winner will be announced at Google’s awards ceremony on September 22 in Mountain View, California. The Voter’s Choice Award winner will receive a $10,000 project development grant from Google.