Thursday, December 22, 2016

Mother Daughter Tea - Yogurt Beach Fundraiser

Save the Date!
Yogurt Beach in Naperville will be hosting a Fundraiser for the 2017 Mother Daughter Tea on Wednesday, January 18th (12 PM - Close)
40% of all sales from customers who mention the fundraiser will be donated to the Mother Daughter Tea Event.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Scholarship Search Engines

Hey Seniors…..Did you see that? It came and went like a thief in the night! It was the first half of your senior year!!!
Although finality is sometimes hard to comprehend, a new and exciting chapter in your life is ready for exposure: Post-secondary education!!For those moving on to the various college campuses across the U.S., the opportunity to close the gap on the cost of attendance versus the financial obligation of the family seems to be a major hurdle for many. Fortunately, there are hundreds of opportunities to close that gap, and the only cost would be your time. On Naviance, under the College Tab, check out the Scholarship List link. There are several search engines creating a profile can be the start of scholarship opportunities being delivered to your email address.
The newest addition to the list is the JLV College Counseling link. This site provides families with a plethora of scholarship opportunities that extend beyond just senior students. The creator of the site, Ms. Jessica Velasco, served as an admissions officer and director, so she developed a site to provide resources for families preparing for post-secondary education. Another site,, provides monthly emails announcing scholarship opportunities.Check out the numerous local and national scholarships, as well as the many search engines that could lead to some serious cash! Speak to your counselor if you have questions or concerns. Also, please mark January 19th on your calendar, as there will be a scholarship seminar held in the College and Career Center during each lunch period!!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

2017-18 Course Enrollment for Class of 2021 (current 8th graders)

Dear Future Wildcats (Class of 2021) and Parents: In January, Neuqua Valley begins the process of enrolling students into classes for the 2017-18 school year. In order to help you transition well, we are hosting two important informational evenings for the Class of 2021. Please mark your calendars for the following: High School 101
Tuesday, January 10 OR Thursday, January 12
7 p.m. - NVHS Auditorium
This presentation will focus on what you need to know about the upcoming transition to high school and course enrollment. Eighth Grade Orientation
Wednesday, January 18
6:30 p.m. (Last Names A-L) - NVHS Main Gym 8:00 p.m. (Last Names M-Z) - NVHS Main Gym This evening provides opportunities to talk with faculty from each department as you finalize course selections for your student’s freshman year. Counselors will be available at the Open House to assist with online course selection questions and concerns. We look forward to seeing you there and working together to enroll the Class of 2021.

Freshmen Boys Track and Field Meeting

We will have a meeting for all Freshmen interested in Boy's Track and Field this Friday, December 16th at 7:01 am in the Birkett Freshman Center's Forum Room. Please help to spread the word.

Alliance for the Children

Dear Neuqua Valley Community
It's that time of year again for Giving and 'kids helping kids!"
18TH ANNUAL Alliance for the Children Giving Tree Tag Drive-all school service project starts on November 29 and wraps up on December 21.

Neuqua is assisting the Alliance in providing over 3000 children in the Appalachian mountain areas of Virginia (Buchanan County) and Kentucky as well as almost 300 children in D204 and 6 D204 families with 'special circumstances'. Each of the children we assist will receive brand new coats, boots, outfits, underwear, socks, and 5-7 age appropriate toys.
1. Students watched a kick-off video during Advisory/Take 9 and then teachers distributed 'tags' with a code for needy child (we do not give out info on these children other than maybe a first name or a regional location-the tags are numbered for Alliance office use so we do now which kids are matched with each tag.)
2. This is a voluntarily all school service project so Students are not forced to take a tag but many have and many took additional tags.
3. Students will purchase the gifts on the tag(s) and should bring the NEW UNWRAPPED gifts to school from November 29-December 21. (Students should keep the top page of the tag for tax purposes and put the yellow copy of the tag in with their donation.)
Main-during 2nd period in the Auditorium Lobby Concession standBFC-during Advisory
Some tags have gift cards listed from Old Navy, Target, Walmart, Kohls, and Burlington Coat Factory. The Alliance receives tax exempt status from these stores along with several discounts. Gift cards assist the Alliance in filling voids that may exist, such as a child requested a coat but no one took that particular tag. This is a convenient way to help!
If you have an organization that would be interested in supporting a Tag Drive this Holiday season for the Alliance, please contact Paula Mueller -The Alliance runs 100% on monetary / material donations. For more information on the Alliance you can go to:​Thank you to all for your help and heart in this incredible legacy project!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Semester-2 Schedules: 2016-2017

Second semester begins Tuesday, January 10th, 2017, the first day back after Winter Break. Please take a moment to log into Home Access Center. 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 in the next week during your option period, or 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.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

December 2016 High School Parents Use Your Power Newsletter

Positive Ways to Cope

Many teens report feeling overwhelmed. Students stress during the school year has been reported at levels higher than those experienced by adults. Check out this month’s Power of Choice newsletter for tips on how to help your teen cope.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Class of 2017 Illinois State Scholars Announced

Neuqua Valley is pleased to announce the Class of 2017 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. Scholars may pick up their certificate in the Senior Class House.
Neuqua Valley Class of 2017 Illinois State Scholars

You may also view the list on the Illinois Student Assistance Commission website: State Scholars DuPage County

2016 Academic Planning Night Survey

Wildcat Families who attended the December 5th Academic Planning Night:

Thank you for joining the NVHS Guidance Department and special speakers for our annual Academic Planning Night. Can you please take a moment to complete our survey? 

Academic Planning Night Survey
Your feedback helps us improve our offerings and keeps us updated on what is most important to Wildcat families.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

NVHS Guidance Department Sponsors Academic Planning Night Monday 12/5

Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior students and their parents are invited to attend Academic Planning Night on Monday, December 5th. Join us from 6:00-6:30 p.m. for the 2016 Academic Planning Night. At 6:30, Dr. McBride will welcome everyone in the Auditorium and launch the programs for the evening. Sessions include course planning for 2017-18, dual credit, scholarships, post-secondary planning, and many other topics. The evening will conclude before 9:00 p.m.

Click here to see the breakout sessions: 

2016 NVHS Academic Planning Night
Please plan ahead by printing this document and marking the sessions you would like to attend.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Join Neuqua Students for the Hour of Code on Thursday, December 8th

Don't just play on your phone...program it! This event is open to anyone, teachers or students, regardless of experience who are interested in how video games, websites, 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 Thursday, December 8 in Lab D208 in the business hallway at the main campus from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. To learn more, visit or see Mrs. Knuth.
Hour of Code Flyer

Monday, November 21, 2016

Perfect ACT Scores Announced

Very few students get a perfect ACT score, even those who get into the country's top colleges. In fact, anyone scoring a 34, 35 or 36 is among the top 1% of test-takers in the country. We would like to congratulate the following students on achieving a perfect score of 36 on the October 2016 ACT test.

Class of 2017: Archit DharClass of 2018: Connor Parnell, Justin Zhao

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Orchesis Dance Company Holiday Dance Camp

The Orchesis Dance Company will be hosting our annual Holiday Dance Camp for all students ages Pre-K through 8th Grade on Sunday, December 11th from 1:00-4:30pm. This is a great time for parents to run errands or work on holiday shopping! Students will learn holiday-themed choreography from our Orchesis Dance Company dancers and the day will include a break to decorate gingerbread cookies that the dancers can bring home. Parents are invited to watch their dancers perform at the end of the day in a closing showcase.
Neuqua Valley 2016 Orchesis Dance Company Dance Camp Information

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Academic Planning Night - Monday, December 5th

NVHS Guidance Department Sponsors Academic Planning Night Monday 12/5
Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior students and their parents are invited to attend Academic Planning Night on Monday, December 5th. Join us from 6:00-6:30 p.m. for an elective fair. At 6:30, Dr. McBride will welcome everyone in the Auditorium and launch the programs for the evening. Sessions include course planning for 2017-18, dual credit, scholarships, post-secondary planning, and many other topics. The evening will conclude before 9:00 p.m. Look next week for a handout detailing all scheduled breakout sessions. We look forward to seeing you there!

Keeping Kids Healthy – Current Trends in Youth Alcohol and Drug Use

Wednesday, November 16, 7PM – 8:30 PM at Naperville Central High School

Knowledge is Power. Don’t let rumors and stories guide your perceptions about what is happening in our community. Join local experts to get the facts about current trends concerning youth alcohol and other drug use in our community. 

Jamie Horner– Naperville Police Department Social Worker 
Matt Quinn- Rosecrance Community Relations Coordinator 
Dawn Neylon- 360 Youth Services Prevention Specialist 
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 
7:00– 8:30 PM Naperville Central High School– Little Theater 
440 Aurora Avenue 
Naperville, IL 60540

The Partnership for Prevention is a collaboration of social workers and prevention specialists from Districts 200, 203 and 204, Naperville Police Department, Rosecrance and 360 Youth Services committed to equipping parents and students with relevant, useful resources and education related to drug prevention, intervention and recovery. 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Neuqua Men's Lacrosse Kick off Meeting

Let's go Wildcats and get ready to find out information on the 2017 Neuqua Men's Lacrosse spring season. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 7 at the Neuqua Valley Main Campus large Forum room at 7.00pm. We will be reviewing registration, cost, fundraising, coaching staff, and will be answering any questions you may have regarding the 2017 season. This meeting is open to anyone interested in playing Lacrosse. We have multiple teams and are looking for anyone interested in representing Neuqua during the spring. Bring a friend and find out why Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the America.

Choices: the Cop, the Convict, and the Kids

Wednesday, November 9, 7-8:30 p.m.
Naperville Municipal Center, 400 South Eagle Street 

The Choices we make impact our future. Destructive choices that involve bullying, drugs, alcohol, and other negative behaviors lead to negative outcomes. Constructive choices lead to a future filled with possibilities. Join KidsMatter on Wednesday, November 9th to listen to the heart-felt testimonies of 2 young people and a parent who made choices they regret – and become inspired by the smart choices they are now making. Choose to be informed. Choose to know the facts. Choose to make choices that lead to possibilities and a future that is hope-filled and not hopeless. Choose to live. For more information, please visit

Friday, November 4, 2016

Parents Choice November Newsletter - How to Model Coping Strong

One of the best things parents can do to help their teen cope strong is to show them how you recognize and manage life’s demands. This month our newsletter gives you tools for parenting and recovering from real or perceived stressful situations. Your teen learns from watching you.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

College of DuPage Scholars Program

SENIORS!!!! The College of DuPage has announced their scholarship awards/opportunities! The following scholarships are available:

  • Presidential Award - Covers up to 64 credit hours of in-district tuition (fees and books not covered); 3.8 GPA OR ACT composite 29
  • Board of Trustees Award - $2500 (can be applied to tuition only); automatically enrolled in COD Honors Program; renewable up to 4 semesters; 3.6 GPA OR ACT composite 27
  • Deans Scholars Award - $1000 (can be applied to tuition only); automatically enrolled in COD Honors Program; renewable up to 4 semesters; 3.5 GPA OR ACT composite 25

Students must:
  • Complete an application for admission to College of DuPage -
  • Submit official ACT score
  • Submit current HS transcript (including '16-'17 schedule)
  • Complete application for Scholars Award Program -
COD admissions representative Rio Alvarez will be at Neuqua Valley on November 16th in the College and Career Center to work with prospective students....PLEASE DONT MISS OUT!

Sharko's Restaurant Fundraiser Event

Sharko's Restaurant Day, Wednesday, November 16, to support Neuqua's Mother Son Brunch! Enjoy some award winning BBQ and help our Mother Son Brunch at the same time! All day long, just mention Neuqua and a portion of the proceeds will help this special tradition of the Mother Son Brunch!  

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Helen Spielman Presentation on Resilience and Persistence - November 3rd

On November 3rd, the Neuqua Valley Music Department will be hosting a special guest, and the general public is invited to attend her evening session at 7pm in the NVHS Auditorium. Helen Spielman will give a presentation designed to provide students and parents with some ideas on Resilience and Persistence. Although Helen is a musician, her message applies to anyone that has a goal.

Helen Spielman is an acclaimed performance anxiety coach who has an international clientele and presents workshops for a diverse population of stage performers. She is on the faculty of Wildacres Flute Retreat and the University of North Carolina Wellness Center where she teaches musicians, speakers, dancers, actors, business professionals, and athletes to perform with confidence, concentration, and consistency. Ms. Spielman has 30 years of experience in the fields of education, public speaking, and flute teaching, and is a nationally certified grief counselor. In July 2010 she was appointed as a Fulbright Senior Specialist. 

(Visit  for more information.)

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Neuqua Valley's 2016 Advanced Placement Scholars

The College Board has released the names of students awarded Scholar distinction as a result of their success in Advanced Placement testing. Students may use these test scores for college credit at many of our nation's universities. Some post-secondary institutions have also begun using them in their admission criteria. Please join us in congratulating these students for this acknowledgment of their hard work.
We are especially proud to recognize one of 2016 graduates who has been named an Advanced Placement State Scholar. This honor is granted to the one male and one female student in each U.S. state and the District of Columbia with scores of 3 or higher on the greatest number of AP Exams, and then the highest average score (at least 3.5) on all AP Exams taken. Congratulations to Sarvasva Raghuvanshi who took 19 Advanced Placement exams during his high school years and earned a score of 5 (the highest possible score) on each exam.

Top Scholar Lists

Friday, October 21, 2016

Online Registration for the Neuqua Valley Winter Athletic Teams

Online Registration for the Neuqua Valley Winter Athletic Teams will open on Monday, October 24th 2016. Please see the link below to register.
  • Click here to access the Neuqua Online Athletic Registration

New Registration of Health Information for NVHS Athletic Training Department

New Registration of Health Information for NVHS Athletic Training Department
The NVHS Athletic Training Department would like all Neuqua Valley Athletes to register at the link listed below. Athletes will only need to register one time during their high school career. If you are a multiple sport athlete or have new health information to add, please be sure to update your file.
Click on the link below for instructions on how to register/ add health information for NVHS Athletic Training Department.

Click on the link below to register or update your Athlete Information.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Reagan Foundation Scholarship

Honoring the legacy and character of our nation’s 40th President, the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program rewards college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with financial assistance to pursue higher education.

Each year, the Program selects numerous recipients to receive a $10,000 scholarship renewable for up to an additional three years – up to $40,000 total per recipient. Awards are for undergraduate study and may be used for education-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, and board. In addition, Scholars are invited to participate in a special awards program.
Please go to Naviance for more details.

Scholarship News

Here are some scholarship opportunities with upcoming deadlines:

  • SP Scholarship - Deadline 10/31/16 - 10 awards - $10,000 each
  • VIP Scholarship - Deadline 10/31/16 - 1 award - $5000
  • Zumper Apartment Scholarship - Deadline 11/15/16 - 2 awards - $1000
Check out for more chances for scholarship dollars!!
Also, in an effort to support student-athletes who demonstrate excellence in school, athletics, and good citizenship, Penn Station is launching their new Athlete of the Year program. For each sports season – fall, winter, and spring – they will choose two athletes as season qualifiers. These students will receive a gift certificate for a “Party of 10” at any Penn Station restaurant in their market, 100 sub certificates, a t-shirt and a chance to win the $1,000 scholarship awarded at the end of the year.
Visit Penn State Athlete of the Year Program

Anyone can nominate any student-athlete from Neuqua Valley!