Saturday, February 25, 2017

New Chromebook Essentials Website - Getting to Know Chromebooks

When students and educators explore Chromebooks for the first time, these essential questions can be used to provide a framework for exploration.

To support these essential questions we've organized a new site that is designed to help teachers, parents, & students explore the essential characteristics of Chromebooks and the Chrome OS. The goal of the site is to help Chromebook users explore the essential features of the device. We've divided the site into 4 different pages focussed on the essential skills connected to Chromebooks.

Chromebooks - Learn about the device. This page includes resources connected to the Chrome Desktop, the Keyboard, the Touchpad, Quick Keys, and Chromebook Settings.
Chrome OS - Learn about the Chrome Operating System. This page includes resources connected to the Omnibox, Chrome Tabs, Chrome Bookmarks, Chrome Extensions, and Chrome Apps.
Help - Quick tips and tricks to explore and troubleshoot Chromebooks.
Explore - Learn more about Chromebooks and G Suite for Education Resources.

The next step will be to focus on a mindset that connects the tool to the skills.

How can we use technology to enhance learning and support the development of the essential skills connected to communication, critical thinking, creativity, & collaboration in student-centered classrooms?
Let us know if you have what you think or if you have any additional suggestions in the comments below. 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Jellouli Family Recovery Fund

Please consider donating to support a Neuqua family as they try to recover from a devastating fire.
Jellouli Family Recovery Fund
On Monday, February 20th around 11 am, a fire started at the Jellouli house, forcing them to evacuate immediately. The cause of the fire is currently unknown. Mr. and Mrs. Jellouli and their three children were able to get out of the house unharmed but lost all of their belongings, including all of Jed’s specialized medical equipment that he needs to function. His custom wheelchair, feeding machines, and all related medical supplies were all consumed by the fire. They also lost one of their two vehicles that allowed Mr. Jellouli to get to and from work. All they have is each other and the clothes on their backs. They are currently staying with friends as they process this tragedy and sort through insurance.  Although their insurance will assist in covering their losses, this will take time and we are looking to provide immediate relief so that the Jellouli family can get the necessities for Jed’s medical needs as well as what they need to begin rebuilding their lives. The Jellouli family is the most positive, generous, selfless family and have never asked for anything despite the challenges they face on a daily basis. They deserve all the support we can provide them during this devastating time.

Donations of Amazon, Visa, or Mastercard e-gift cards, any fundraising inquiries, coordinations of physical donations, or other questions can be emailed

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

School Board Candidate Forum February 22

Community members have the opportunity to learn about the candidates running in the April 4, 2017 school board election by attending a forum at 7 pm on February 22 at Metea Valley High School, 1801 N. Eola Rd., Aurora. This event is hosted by the Indian Prairie Education Association and Indian Prairie Classified Association. If you are unable to attend, the forum will be streamed online and available the next day at An additional forum will be held on March 7. Details at Candidate Forums

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Greetings from Scholarship Valley!

Hey Seniors!!! March is the month to seek the money! There will be a number of local scholarships available with deadlines before the break. Here are some of those….check Naviance for a complete list!!
  • 2/23/17 - Fund II Foundation UNCF STEM Scholars
  • 2/25/17 - NVHS – Laura McDonnell Memorial Scholarship
  • 3/3/17 - Indian Prairie Education Association Member’s Child Scholarship
  • 3/13/17 – NVHS Kyle Zuleg Foundation Scholarship
  • 3/15/17 – NVHS Leslie Baumann Memorial Scholarship
  • 3/20/17 - Indian Prairie Parent Council Scullen Scholarship / Indian Prairie Parent Council University Scholarship
  • 3/22/17 – NVHS Parent Teacher Student Association Scholarship

2017 Advanced Placement Exam Registration Now Open

Registration for Advanced Placement Testing is now open. AP Exams will be administered May 1st-May 12th. AP test registration and payment must be completed online through the Registration Portal. The deadline for AP Test Registration is March 7th, and the cost for each test is $97. Late registration takes places from March 8th 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.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Neuqua Valley Class of 2017 National Merit Finalists Announced

The National Merit Scholarship Program has now determined which of the 16,000 Semifinalists named in September 2016 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 2017.

We are very pleased to announce the following Neuqua Valley students as National Merit Scholar Finalists:

Utkarsh Awasthi, Aakash Basu, Vanessa J. Cai, Dustin M. Chen, Jessica J. Chen, Lydia S. Chung, Tejas V. Gajula, Grace L. Hong, Thomas Huang, Michael V. Ji, Janani R. Kalyan,
Aishwarya Katiki, Amber S. Keahey, Anna W. Li, Avni Limdi, Rishab T. Nagori, Vishal S. Narasimhan, Lokesh Nasaka, Lilly Nie, Sejal K. Parmar, Neema Prakash, Suhirtha S. Raj,Kevin M. Rosa, Alexander J. Shura, Shreya Sridhara, Jonathan Sun, Kruti K. Sutaria, and Bernie T. Wang

Parent Teacher Conference Online Registration and Scheduling

Online registration for the Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences is open for parents to plan and schedule conferences with their student's teachers and guidance counselors. All conferences should be scheduled using the online scheduler.
Conferences are 10 minutes in duration with a 5-minute passing period built into the schedule. Parents will schedule in 15-minute blocks to allow for this 5 minute transition time between the 10-minute face to face conferences.

Parent Teacher Conferences - Thursday, March 2nd (1PM to 8 PM)

All parents wishing to schedule conferences can register for conferences using the PT Conference Link on the left navigation menu column of the website or directly at the NVHS PTC Website.
Parents can refer to the PTC Wizard Parent Guide for help setting up conferences.
For additional help please contact your student's guidance class house or Assistant Principal Kerry Cahill

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Operation Snowball Youth Leadership Program

Operation Snowball is a fun, engaging and popular youth leadership development program from 360 Youth Services in partnership with Districts 204 and 203. This weekend retreat is a teen-led and adult supported program for area high school students. Presented in a safe and respectful environment, the program addresses challenges facing teens which help increase self-awareness, strengthen positive coping skills, enhance self-confidence, expand decision-making skills (especially regarding drugs and alcohol), enhance respect for self and others, refine personal goals and values, strengthen communication strategies and expand leadership abilities. Presentations, workshops, activities and small group discussions all combine to empower teens to make healthy life-style decisions and have a positive impact on their peers. Registration packets are now available in high school guidance offices for the spring retreats taking place April 7-9 and April 21-23. Registration is due March 6.

For more information, visit 360 Youth Services.

2017 NVHS Daddy Daughter Dance: A Night in Paris

Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the Birkett Freshman Center 7pm-10pm.
Join us for the 20th Annual Neuqua Valley Daddy Daughter Dance. This year we will dance in style under the stars and the glam of all that is Paris.
Please join us for a memorable evening with the dads of Neuqua and the daughters that will light up the streets of Paris!

20th Annual PTSA Daddy Daughter Dance Information and Tickets

Tickets will be also available at the door for $20 per person.

PTSA Call for Officers

The Neuqua PTSA is currently looking for strong leaders to join the team and serve as officers for the 2017-2018 school year. The officer positions include President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
If you are interested in serving, know of someone who you think would do a great job, or would just like to find out more about one of these positions, please contact a member of the nominating committee by Sunday, February 26th.

Thank you

Neuqua Valley High School Nominating Committee

Julie Pace-Williamson 

Karen Duncan
Becky Swartz 

Senior Spectacular Ticket and Volunteer Information

Senior Spectacular is April 22 from 7pm-midnight! It will be here before you know it! For ONLINE registration and ticket purchase (starting Friday, Feb. 17), go to the Senior Spectacular Eventbrite Page 

Your senior won't want to miss this epic evening of fun that kicks off the end of their senior year AND high school career! We also need parent volunteers to help. Parent Volunteer opportunities found on the Senior Spectacular SignUp Page

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

Greetings from Scholarship Valley!
Upcoming opportunities: February Scholarships and Deadlines

  • Centennial Library Scholarship
  • Illinois PTA Scholarship
  • Leopold Education Project Scholarship
  • Naperville Woman’s Club – Lorado Taft Art Scholarship
  • Naperville Woman’s Club – Performing Arts Scholarship
  • Naperville Woman’s Club – Miller Memorial Scholarship
  • Naperville Woman’s Club – Vocational Scholarship
  • Christian Leadership Award – Purdue University, UIUC, Univ. of Indiana-Bloomington - $1500
  • Fund II Foundation UNCF STEM Scholars

Friday, February 10, 2017

Hoops for Heart

Neuqua Valley’s Physical Education department will be holding our annual Hoops for Heart fundraising event for the American Heart Association (AHA). Starting February 13th, students will be asked to participate in our online fundraising efforts to collect donations for the AHA. Please help by offering a few email addresses of family and friends in order to make this a success (see attachment).  With the amazing help from our students and families, last year we raised over $14,000 for the American Heart Association. On March 24th, we will conclude with a fun Hoops for Heart day in which students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of special activities including 3 on 3 basketball, volleyball, knockout contest, Pickleball, and swimming just to name a few.

All cash or check donations (payable to: American Heart Association) can be given to your student’s PE teacher.  For a $10 or more donation students can receive a “Hoops for Heart” t-shirt. If interested, students should bring their donation to their PE teacher to request a t-shirt.
Many individuals and families have benefited from the efforts of the American Heart Association in their fight again heart-related issues.  We ask that you consider the effects that heart disease has and will continue to have on our lives and do your part in making a difference.  We thank you all in advance for your continued help!

NVHS Physical Education Department

2017 Neuqua Valley HFH Email Request Form

Pie Five VEI Fundraiser

Come and support NVHS VEI at Pie Five's 75th Street on February 21st 5 to 8 pm and 20% of your purchase will go to support NVHS' VEI firms. Virtual Enterprises International is an international organization that allows students to learn how to run a real business through engaging and real-life experiences. VEI also fosters students in their teamwork, communication, responsibility, and leadership abilities. See you there!

Class of 2017 United States Presidential Scholars Program Candidates

The following NVHS Class of 2017 students have been named one of more than 4,000 candidates in the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.5 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the year 2017. Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 53nd year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 by Executive Order of the President to recognize some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors for their accomplishments in many areas: academic success, leadership, and service to school and community. It was expanded in 1979 to recognize students demonstrating exceptional scholarship and talent in the visual, creative, and performing arts. In 2015, the program was expanded once again to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical fields. Annually, up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars are chosen from among that year’s senior class, representing excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America’s youth. A distinguished panel of educators will review these submissions and select 800 semifinalists in early April. The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 eminent citizens appointed by the President, will select the finalists, and the U.S. Department of Education will announce the Scholars in May. Scholars will be invited to Washington, DC, for several days in June to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in events and activities.

Class of 2017 United States Presidential Scholars Program Candidates

Monday, February 6, 2017

February 2017 High School Parents Use Your Power Newsletter

Parents of High School Students:
Adults know changing circumstances are part of life. We recognize a change may not be such a bad thing and realize there can be all kinds of benefits from it. How can parents help teens perceive something intimidating as a challenge worth figuring out? Avoiding missteps isn’t realistic. Being open to change is. February’s Power of Choice newsletter looks at ways adults can model the attitude and behaviors it takes to positively handle change. Parents have the power to make choices too.

The Power of Choice produces podcasts throughout the school year supporting District 203 & 204 parents helping their teens to make healthy choices. To see the Parenting Stress and Mistakes as an Opportunity to Model Essential Skills, click on this link to listen.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Additional Info from Scholarship Valley!

UNCF has partnered with The Fund II Foundation to establish a scholarship program to help African American students seeking careers in STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. For 2017, The Fund II Foundation UNCF STEM Scholars Program will identify 100 African American high school students who are determined to pursue careers in STEM fields. These students will receive scholarships, internships, mentoring and other tools to help them reach their goals. Must plan to major in Engineering, Mathematics, Science, or Technology. Check Naviance for application details!!

Neuqua Scholarship Updates

Greetings from Scholarship Valley! As we move into February, a quick reminder of the numerous approaching deadlines.
February Scholarships and Deadlines
  • 2/6 – NVHS Hearts for Hanah
  • 2/7 – IACAC (Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling)
  • 2/13 – Paramount Tall Club
  • 2/15 – Centennial Library / Illinois PTA / Leopold Education Project / Naperville Woman’s Club (Lorado Taft Art, Performing Arts, Miller Memorial, Vocational)
And if the College of DuPage is your next stop, don’t forget to apply for the Scholars Award Program. Leave no stone unturned!!!

Sign-up to Run for Team IPEF 2017

We invite you to consider representing our school as part of Team IPEF in 2017.  Click the following link to see who's already signed up to run for us!   It's about more than just running.  Team IPEF offers a unique opportunity to run for a cause and make a difference for your school.  Last year 255 runner raised more than $170,000 to help enrich education in all District 204 schools. 

Runners commit to raise a minimum of $204 for 204 as they train and complete the Naperville Half Marathon on Sunday, October 22, 2017.  All charity runners receive a $20 discount off race registration and get to choose a District 204 school they would like to represent.  Visit to learn more or sign-up.  All Team IPEF runner applications must be received by February 18 to participate.

You can see highlights from last year's race in the Team IPEF video at

Neuqua Valley Men's Lacrosse Team Tryouts

The Neuqua Valley Men's Lacrosse team will be holding tryouts on February 27 through March 1 at North Central College Stadium on the turf football field. These will be for all 3 men's teams. The tryouts will run from 6:30-8:30 pm for 3 nights. Please make sure you have registered at the Men's Lacrosse website,  and that you have completed your physical and specific requirements so you can participate in the tryouts. Tryouts are open to everyone, so even if you have never played before come and see why Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the USA. We have a great schedule and the Coaching staff is experienced and has dedicated a lot of time to make this season a success. Go Wildcat's