Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Scholarship Opportunities

Seniors: Be sure to check out scholarship opportunities through Naviance. We encourage you to check Naviance frequently, as this list is updated often as new information is received from local organizations. After logging into Naviance, select the “college” tab, scroll to the bottom of the page, and then click on Scholarship List. The deadlines for many of these are coming up soon, so please don't miss out on these opportunities. Contact your counselor in the Senior House if you have any questions.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Special NVSO Concert

Please join the Neuqua Valley Symphony Orchestra (NVSO) for their Seventh Annual Concerto Showcase on Tuesday, April 5th at 7pm in the NVHS Auditorium. The concert will feature three students soloists performing music of Dvorak, Griffes and Hummel. The concert will also feature the orchestra performing William Tell Overture by Rossini and other wonderful pieces.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Registration for Athletic Summer Camps is Now Open

Wildcat Summer Camps are organized and managed by each team's coaches. These camps are not directly connected to the Neuqua Valley Athletic Department. 

Many of the camps will fill up quickly, so early registration is suggested.

Please click on the links below to learn more about each Camp's registration. 
Links contain registration information, camp dates, and camp locations

Friday, March 18, 2016

Deadline for Seniors to Turn in Scholarship Information

All Class of 2016 Students should turn in any scholarship(s) he/she is accepting to the Senior Class House by Friday, April 22nd!!! This includes ANY accepted scholarships (talent, athletic, academic, college specific, ROTC or any general/local scholarship). Have them bring in a photocopy of the award letter to the Senior Class House.
Please know that only student names and the scholarship title will be in the senior awards booklet, amounts will not be included. 
If your son or daughter is accepting an appointment at one of the Military Academies, please have them let their counselor know as soon as possible.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Integrated Pest Management Notification

Ismael Carrizales, K-12 Grounds Manager
c/o Indian Prairie School District 204
3003 West 103rd Street
Naperville, IL 60564

Dear Parent, Guardian or Staff Member:                                                                       
Public Acts 91-0099 and 91-0525 mandate Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Illinois public schools.  IPM manages pest damage with the least possible hazard to people, property and the environment; including judicious use of pesticides.  In this context, “pesticide” includes insecticide, herbicide, rodenticide, and fungicide.

IPM provides parents/guardians or staff members with prior notice of herbicide application.  Please be aware that on Monday March 28, Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 31, 2016, weather permitting, a weed control application will applied to the mulched areas including the courtyards, fenced areas, fence lines (athletic fields) and bleacher pads at Neuqua Valley High School. This application will be a “Post-Emergent and Spot Treatment”. We match herbicide and application procedures to our school environment.  All are approved for school use, and are an important part of buildings and grounds maintenance. Typically, this application will not present a health concern to students or staff.  However, it is the intent of IPM to allow those with special sensitivity to take appropriate precautions:  in the case of children, as determined by a parent or guardian. 

IPM provides parents/guardians or staff members with prior notice of Fertilizer application.  Please be aware that on Thursday March 31 and Friday April 1, weather permitting a fertilizer application will applied to athletic fields at Neuqua Valley High School. This application will be a fertilizer application. We match application procedures to our school environment.  All are approved for school use, and are an important part of buildings and grounds maintenance. Typically, this application will not present a health concern to students or staff.  However, it is the intent of IPM to allow those with special sensitivity to take appropriate precautions:  in the case of children, as determined by a parent or guardian.  

If you have further questions, please call my office at (630)428-6005.
Andrew Weed
Facility Manager
Indian Prairie School District #204

Senior Spectacular Fundraisers

Senior Spectacular is April 16th - help raise funds while treating your family or yourself.
March 19th
Come shop at It's a Bling Thing, downtown Naperville, next to Einstein's, Saturday March 19th from 7-9 PM! 20% of purchases will be donated to Sr. Spectacular.

April 5th - All Day
Treat the Family to Pizza at the Mod Pizza Fundraiser
20% of the proceeds benefit Senior Spectacular 

Please click here to print the form that you need to bring the day of the fundraiser.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Wildcat Wear is Taking a Vacation After Friday, March 18th

Friday, March 18 will be the last day to get your WCW until Friday, April 8. 

Have a safe and fun Spring Break….

Senior Spectacular Tickets Are On Sale Now

NVHS 2016 Senior Spectacular
Senior Spectacular is a Mardi Gras themed party for seniors which runs from 7 pm to 1 am. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, April 16th, 2016. 

Tickets must be purchased in advance prior to April 15th. No tickets will be sold at the door the night of the party.
Bring your completed registration forms to the table near the rotunda during all lunch periods.
Registration is non-refundable and is all inclusive (t-shirt, food, games, activities, raffle prizes, etc.)
Prices are as follows:

  • $65 (cash or check) if purchased by April 6th in school during all lunch periods
  • $65 (check) if purchased by mail postmarked by April 2nd
  • $75 (CASH ONLY) from in school during all lunch periods from April 7 – 15.

Senior parents are responsible for the entire event. With over 900 students, it takes many volunteers. Volunteer opportunities range from ticket sales to set up for the event to working during the event. To sign up to volunteer, please click here.

Any questions should be directed to:Kim Wightkin (kwightkin@wideopenwest.com)Jackie Kirstein (jackiekirstein@aol.com)Sandy Neely (sandra_neely@att.net)Chris Bickler (bicklemc@wideopenwest.com)

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Need a Job? Get a Job! GET HIRED at the KidsMatter Student Job Fair!

The annual Job Fair is THE one-stop place for young people to find part-time & seasonal jobs. The Fair provides job opportunities as well as mock interviews, resume workshops, and internship opportunities to prepare students for the workforce. Endorsed by the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, this year’s Fair will have 50+ employers offering 2000 jobs!
Don’t miss this free opportunity to connect with a wide variety of employers from area businesses  who hire teens and young adults for part-time employment.
Each student who attends the Fair will receive a free Resource Booklet summarizing the opportunities available at each participating business along with their contact information.  The booklet also includes a section that provides tips and tactics students can refer to in order to increase their odds of securing a job.   It answers questions such as:
  • “How do I prepare for an interview?”
  • “Who should I use as a reference?”
  • “What qualities are employers looking for?”
Special On-Site Opportunities to Prepare Students for the Workforce!

  • Mock Interview Station – Practice interview skills with business professionals!
  • Resume Building & Online Networking
  • Internship Opportunities
This event is FREE for all students and generally targets youth age 15-23 years of age.
KidsMatter wants to prepare you for the Job Fair so you are ready to meet your potential employers. Please keep in mind: you never get a second chance to make a first impression!
Click here to register your business to participate in the Student Job Fair.
The Executive Sponsor of the KidsMatter Student Job Fair is the DuPage Foundation.
For more information about this event, please contact Bridget Hatch, Marketing & Event Director, at Bridget@KidsMatter2us.org or call 630-527-6562.

PTSA Officer Nominations

The Neuqua PTSA nominating committee places into nomination the following names for officer positions for the 2016-17 school year:

  • President: Leah Keane
  • Vice President: Kellie Herzberg
  • Treasurer: Becky Swartz
  • Secretary: Chris Bickler
Elections will take place at our April PTSA meeting. All members are encouraged to attend and participate in the elections and other PTSA business. Nominations from the floor will also be accepted at that time.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Neuqua BPA National Qualifiers

Neuqua Valley recently attended the Business Professionals of America State competition from March 3-5. From the 80 members who attended the state competition, Neuqua qualified a record setting 37 students to Nationals! This included 6 individual first place finishers and 4 team first place finishers. A total of 17 Neuqua BPA members finished first! These students will have the opportunity to compete at Nationals in Boston, MA from May 5-9.

Neuqua Band Concerts

Ready for Spring? Celebrate March with "Music in Our Schools" Month' The NVHS Bands will be performing their "Music in Our Schools" Concerts on Wednesday, March 16th 6:30 pm and 8 pm and Tuesday, March 22nd at 6:30 pm. Join us for fabulous evenings of music! 
For more information visit www.neuquamusic.org 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Billy Elton Returns to Neuqua Valley for Another Benefit Concert

Billy Elton - Celebrating the Music of Billy Joel and Elton John - returns to the stage of the Neuqua Valley Auditorium in another benefit concert on Friday, March 11, to support the memorial funds of Tom Schlegel, Dave Scheidecker, and Leslie Baumann, three fondly remembered Neuqua Valley teachers. Over four previous concerts, the band is proud to have raised over $13,500 to donate to the memorial funds. The band features Neuqua music staff member Reid Spears on piano and vocals and also includes two other Neuqua music faculty. We are also excited to announce that the Neuqua Valley Symphony Orchestra will be appearing with the band for a portion of the concert. Tickets are only $10 each, and all seats are general admission. 
Tickets can be purchased at www.NeuquaMusic.org.

Senior Spectacular Tickets on Sale Now!

Senior Spectacular is April 16 from 7 pm-1 am, it's right around the corner! Tickets for Senior Spectacular are being sold during lunch periods every Wednesday. 
Don't forget to print off the registration form on the Senior Spectacular Website
Your senior won't want to miss this epic evening of fun that kicks off the end of their senior year!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Advanced Placement Exam Registration

Registration for Advanced Placement Testing is now open. AP test registration and payment must be completed online through the Registration Portal. The deadline for AP Test Registration is March 9th, and the cost for each test is $96. Late registration takes places from March 10th through April 6th for an additional fee of $10 per test. 
Please refer to the AP Testing information for details and instructions on the Neuqua Guidance Website

College Panel Night is Monday, March 14th

Our College Admissions Panel Presentation will be on Monday, March 14th, at 7:00 PM in the auditorium of NVHS. Admissions representatives from various types of universities will be here to share valuable information about the college admissions process, scholarships and financial aid at their type of university. Parents and students are both welcome and encouraged to attend. Admissions representatives from the following universities will be at NVHS to share information about their "type of university"; Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, Western Illinois University, Benedictine University, and College of DuPage. Come see which type of college might be a good fit for you!!

Neuqua Valley Class of 2016 US Presidential Scholars Named

Four Neuqua Valley seniors have been named candidates for the 2016 Presidential Scholars Program through the U.S. Department of Education. Students are invited to apply for the honor that recognizes our nation’s most distinguished high school seniors. The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects honored scholars annually based on academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals. To be nominated a Scholar is a great honor. Please join us in congratulating the following students:

  • Anne Botos
  • Natasha Gupta
  • Jennifer Lies
  • Sarvasva Raghuvanshi

Neuqua Valley Class of 2016 National Merit Finalists Recognized

The National Merit Scholarship Program has now determined which of the 16, 000 Semifinalists named in September 2015 have met all the requirements to advance to Finalist standing in the competition. All Finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2016. We are very pleased to announce the following Neuqua Valley students as National Merit Scholar Finalists: 

  • Anne Botos
  • Eva Chen
  • Xingyu Chen
  • Ajay Dugar
  • Tushar Dwivedi
  • Deepankar Gupta 
  • Natasha Gupta
  • Darius Haery
  • Jinhyuk Jang
  •  Apoorva Tummala
  • Joyce Zhao
  • Aditya Kashyap
  • Jacob Miller
  • Evan Novak
  • Ryan Parnell
  • Nikhila Pokala
  • Akash Pulluru
  •  Sarvasva Raghuvanshi
  •  Kevin Sager

The Vulnerable High School Student - Parents Choice Newsletter

The teen brain is blowing up. Hyperconnected neural pathways between the amygdala, responsible for emotions, and the immature frontal lobe, responsible for reasoning, are lighting up as if it’s the 4th of July. The teen brain is, at age 18, physically complete, yet, complex developmental changes continue into the early 20’s, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. The frontal lope responsible for putting the brakes on risk-taking, thrill-seeking impulses, is the last to develop.

Parents may observe their teen’s complex behaviors occurring during problem-solving. Frustrations pile up with dirty laundry, as a teen tries on 10 shirts before school. Teen brains gloss over weighing risks for the rush of immediate rewards, such as video gaming and texting into the wee hours on school nights. The next morning, the overly tired brain fails to remember to place homework in the backpack. In class, the teen realizes the error. Adrenaline explodes. Panic. Desperation. Anger. Sadness. Acceptance. A range of drama—all a day in the life of the average teenager.

Check out this month’s Parents Use Your Power Newsletter to learn more.