Thursday, September 29, 2016

Computer Modeling Simulations for High School Students Enrichment Course

Enrichment after school course: Computer Modeling Simulations for High School Students (grades 9-12). The ten-week course will meet from 4-6pm at Neuqua. Meeting day to be decided. No prerequisites required.

 To sign-up or for more information regarding the course and tuition, email:

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Neuqua - Scholarship Scene

Seniors!!! With the cost of post-secondary education skyrocketing, please be aware of the numerous scholarships that are available! Check out the scholarship listings on Naviance, especially the following that have October deadlines:

  • Wendy's High School Heisman
  • AES Engineering Scholarship
  • Horatio Alger Scholarship
  • Coca-Cola Scholarship
  • CARiD Scholarship
Neuqua Naviance Portal

Children's Play: The Snow Queen

Come see Neuqua Theatre's production of The Snow Queen on October 6th, 7th, and 8th! Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's story (that also inspired Frozen), The Snow Queen is the story of Gerda and Cei, best friends who must overcome obstacles in order to be together. When Cei is bewitched to help the Snow Queen fix her mirror, Gerda must travel through the four seasons to save him and their world from a perpetual winter. The production, inspired by Vivaldi's Four Seasons movement and containing original musical compositions, lyrical dance, spectacular seasonal changes, and snow! is appropriate for all ages.

Visit the Neuqua Theatre Website to Purchase Tickets

Academic Awards Announced

Congratulations to the students who earned an Academic Award for having a GPA of 3.8 or higher for the second semester of the 2015-16 school year. Recipients may pick up their certificate in their Class House. Please click on the links for the lists of students who have earned this award.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

PTSA Fundraiser - Schwan's Online Orders

Please support the Neuqua Valley PTSA by ordering from Schwan's! There are many fine foods to choose from. They deliver right to your door!
Schwan's PTSA Fundraiser Online Orders
Every time you order, a portion of your order will be used to fund many PTSA events. These events include Reflections, Staff Appreciation, Student and Parent Enrichment Speakers, Dances, Senior Yard Signs, Senior Rehearsal Breakfast, and Dances. 
The fundraising campaign runs from September 27, 2016, through February 9, 2017.

PTSA Fundraiser - Sharko's BBQ on October 4th

Sharko's is partnering with our schools PTSA on Tuesday, October 4th. No Cook Nights are a terrific way to enjoy a meal out while putting money back into our school! Pig up and Go or dine in between 11AM and 8:30 PM at Sharko's near the corner of 111th and 59. Let them know at checkout you are supporting Neuqua so your purchase counts towards our total sales. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

NVHS Class of 2017 National Merit Commended Students Announced

Of the more than 1.5 million students who took the 2015 PSAT, some 34,000 qualify for recognition for their outstanding academic promise as National Merit® Commended students based on the National Selection Index score of 209. Commended students placed among the top 5% of the students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

Please join us in congratulating the following students:Vani Addepalli, Akhil Aerra, Antaraa Anandan, Grace Cao, John P. Casey, Alesa Chabbra, Aarya Chandhok, Archit Dhar, Sam R. Ellis, Alex D. Filo, Chailuv Gidwani, Saahithya Gowrishankar, Manasven Grover, Lisa M. Guillet, Zachary D. Hernandez, Zachary D. Honer, Hannah M. Hooven, Siddharth Jaiswal, Jackson G. Jett, Sonia E. John, Lindsay A. Karaba, Sabrina Khuntia, Jonathan Kim, Hailey A. Kingsbury, Vijay Klein, Rachel N. Kraemer, Nila S. Krishnan, Hrishikesh S. Kulkarni, Kristina Lac, Richard Li, Rohan Macherla, Daniel J. Mackey, Nehmat N. Manchanda, Matthew C. Milostan, Javed Mohamed, Joseph Nutt, Thadeus J. Obora, George S. Oliver, Thomas J. Passaro, Vishal H. Patel, Havisha Pedamallu, Amanda J. Poe, Aditya Ray, Kira J. Reed, Erin K. Sahm, Vikram R. Saudagar, Jonathan Schneider, John T. Sexton, Ripal A. Sheth, Rebecca W. Song, Jayishnu Srinivas, Elena G. Stavropoulos, Austin E. Stis, Atsuhiro Suzuki, Benjamin V. Varghese, Abishek S. Venkit, Alexis M. Waldschmidt, Alexander T. Wu, Karen Yang

Financial Aid Night Handout and Survey

Dear Parents,

Thank you to all who attended our Financial Aid Night on Monday. As the college application and financial planning season continues, we wish each and every family a successful journey.
With all of our events, we appreciate receiving parent feedback. If you were in attendance, would you take a moment to complete the survey below. I appreciate your time and suggestions. 

For those who were not able to attend, we hope that the link below will provide you with information to help you with your journey. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your student’s counselor.

In this link, you will find the PowerPoint and handout from Financial Aid Night. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Team Cordes Needs Your Support for a Charity Run

Neuqua Valley Parents and Students,

Our students enjoyed a surprise visit by 2011 Neuqua Valley graduate Kevin Cordes. Kevin was a gold medalist in the 200 Medley relay and finished 4th place in the 100 Breaststroke in Rio! He came back to visit last week when he read announcements and took hundreds of pictures with staff and students. Kevin can now use your support in his 5K Walk/Run event on Saturday, September 24th.  See below on how you can donate or participate. Thank you! 
Team Cordes Donation Page

Monday, September 19, 2016

District Marching Band Showcase - October 1st

Join us for the first annual Indian Prairie School District 204 Marching Band Showcase. The Marching Bands from Neuqua Valley, Waubonsie Valley and Metea Valley High Schools will be performing their Pre-game and Half-time shows in front of friends, family, community and renowned clinicians. This showcase will occur at Metea Valley High School on October 1st from 2-5pm. Don’t miss this first-ever opportunity to see all 3 District 204 High School Marching Bands!”

Friday, September 16, 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, September 19, 2016), weather permitting, a weed control application (Pond Dye Aquashade, Cutrine Plus & Diquat SPC 2L) will be applied to the Lake and Shoreline at Neuqua Valley High School.  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.
If you have further questions, please call my office at (630)428-6580.
Andrew Weed
Facility Manager

Indian Prairie School District #204

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

2017 National Hispanic Program Scholars

The College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) identifies academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students. Each year, the NHRP honors students that scored in the top 2.5% among Hispanic and Latino PSAT/NMSQT test-takers. 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 recipients: Emily Abella, Anna Bradley, Zachary Hernandez, Kevin Rosa

2017 National Merit Scholar Semifinalists

Of the 1.5 million students who took the 2015 PSAT, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores (critical reading + mathematics + writing skills scores) qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program. Of these, about 16,000 students, or approximately one‐third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. They are the highest scoring entrants in each state. In Illinois, students who received a score of 219 or greater qualified. NMSC provides scholarship application materials to Semifinalists through their high schools. To be considered for a National Merit® Scholarship, Semifinalists must advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and all other requirements explained in the materials provided to each Semifinalist.
Please join us in congratulating the following students: Utkarsh Awasthi, Aakash Basu, Vanessa J. Cai, Dustin M. Chen, Jessica J. Chen, Lydia S. Chung, Tejas V. Gajula, Grace L. Hong, Arnold Huang, Thomas Huang, Michael V. Ji, Janani R. Kalyan, Aishwarya L. Katiki, Amber S. Keahey, Anna Li, Avni Limdi, Rishab T. Nagori, Vishal S. Narasimhan, Lokesh Nasaka, Jessica Ni, Lilly Nie, Sejal K. Parmar, Alan M. Poe, Neema Prakash, Suhirtha S. Raj, Kevin Rosa, Alexander J. Shura, Shreya Sridhara, Jonathan Sun, Kruti K. Sutaria, Bernie T. Wang, William J. Wang

College Night for Musicians - September 22nd

Is your child considering continuing their music education in college? Learn about music Majors & Minor in college at College Night for Musicians. This event will provide you with important information for those who’d like to pursue a career in music. 
 It will be held on September 22 at 7pm in the Main Building Band Room (A120). 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Power of Choice Newsletter - September 2016

The September Edition of the Parent Power of Choice Newsletter is available online:
Check out this month’s Parents Use Your Power Newsletter to learn more.
With homecoming and other celebrations coming up, now would be a good time to review local ordinances regarding curfew, party responsibilities, and social hosting.
Teenagers are persistent, curious, risk-takers. So how do these hands-on learners grasp hands-off life lessons?

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Warriors vs Wildcats Valley Strong Tee

True Blue
Beat the Warriors on and off the field.

Let's outraise our rivals and support the Semper Fi Marine Corps Fund by buying a Valley Strong Tee at Wildcat Wear.

Wildcat Wear will be open during Curriculum Night and Friday from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Financial Aid Night- September 19

Financial Aid Night is Monday, September 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium at NVHS. We will have a guest speaker go over the financial aid process, the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the new updates and changes coming in the next year. Starting this year, families with seniors can submit the FAFSA starting on October 1st with their 2015 tax information. Very important information will be shared, so be sure to attend.

Young Hearts for Life Needs Parent 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 2016. Young Hearts for Life® is a not for profit organization. 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 September 15th (Birkett Freshman Center) and September 29 (Main Building).

This program is free and accessible to all high school students, thanks to the generous financial support provided by Edward Hospital and the Indian Prairie Educational Foundation. These two organizations have underwritten the cost of the bi-annual program since the program started in 2009. There have been approximately 22,360 free heart screens administered to students over the years.

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 (September 15th) or (September 29)
All volunteers are required to attend a volunteer training program.

To learn more about Young Hearts for Life, please visit

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Ticket Sales Information Neuqua Valley vs. Waubonsie Valley Football Game 9/9/16

Game Date: Friday, Sept. 9, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM Soph. / 7:30 PM Varsity, gates open at 4:00PM
Location: Waubonsie Valley High School

Ticket Prices: $5.00 Adult / $3.00 Student w/ school ID & Sr. Citizen
  • No refund or exchange of tickets. 
  • IPSD #204 staff with ID may enter with one guest. 
  • Neuqua Valley High School season passes and student activity passes will NOT be accepted. This is an AWAY contest for Neuqua Valley.
Ticket Sales- Sept. 8th & 9th
  • PRE-SALE TICKETS will be available at each high school for each schools fans.
  • NO TICKETS will be sold to Middle School or Elementary age students at the game.
  • Parents MUST purchase tickets and MUST remain at the game to supervise their child.
Ticket Sales
Neuqua Valley HS Athletic Office- Enter Door #53
  • Thursday, Sept. 8th from 9:20AM -1:30 PM
  • Friday, Sept. 9th from 9:20 AM – 1:30 PM

Kathryn J. Birkett Fr. Building- Reception Desk
  • Thursday, Sept. 8th from 10:15 AM -1:30 PM
  • Friday, Sept. 9th from 10:15 AM – 1:30 PM
Reminders to Guests
  • No reserve seating in the stadium is allowed.
  • Once a guest enters the stadium there will be no pass outs or re-entry once the guest has exited.
  • No mechanical noise-makers will be allowed into the stadium. Signs must be of good taste and appropriately sized, not to block the view of any guest.
  • Tailgaters may not occupy additional parking spaces and must dispose of hot coals and trash appropriately.
  • Please respect the cleanliness of WVHS campus.

NVHS Marching Band Showcase is Wednesday, September 14

As part of Homecoming week, the Neuqua Valley Music Program will be presenting a special showcase of the Marching Band on Wednesday, September 14. The Marching Wildcats will be performing in the NVHS Stadium at 7pm for a special showcase of their Big 10 style pregame show and corps style halftime show in front of friends, family, community and renowned clinicians. This year's halftime show presents the Swinging Land of Oz. Don’t miss this great opportunity to see the NVHS Marching Band! 
(Note: In case of rain, the Marching Wildcats will perform in the gym)

Considering the Military after High School? Service Academy Day 9/10/16

For students interested in exploring options after high school, Service Academy Day will take place on September 10th from 9:30PM – 12:00PM at the Joliet Public Library Black Road Branch. Representatives from each respective service academy will be on hand to give informational presentations about what to expect academically from each institution, as well as what service academy life entails. Congressman Bill Foster will also be present in the morning if any students wish to meet him.

Students seeking a nomination to a military academy are encouraged to attend to obtain valuable information straight from the source.