Thursday, December 17, 2020

Submissions for the 2020-2021 Edition Of the Essence Are Now Open

Submissions for the 2020-2021 Edition are now open: bit.ly/nvhslitmag
 
The Essence is a yearly literary publication produced entirely by Neuqua Valley students and supervised by the illustrious Gillian Schneider. Throughout the year the staff rates the submissions and also looks at how they relate to our chosen theme for the year, and select a diverse amount of writing and art to be placed in the magazine. Submissions can come from any age student and provide a freedom for artists in the Neuqua Community.  Our magazine is published and put up for general sale for the Fine Arts Festival in May. 

If you’re interested in being published in our school’s literary magazine submit your art (photographs, paintings, statues, other) or your writing (poetry, short stories, essays, screenplays, other) please visit the submit page for detailed information. 

Our meetings are held every other Tuesday.
Sponsor: Gillian Schneider 
(gillian_schneider@ipsd.org)
Editor-In-Chief: Kaitlyn Zhou (kaitlynzho9932@k12.ipsd.org)


Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Integrated Pest Management Notification

INDIAN PRAIRIE COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #204
Indian Prairie School District 204
1250 Shore Rd
Naperville, IL 60563

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 Friday, December 18th, 2020, weather permitting, a weed control application will applied to the mulched areas, courtyards, fenced areas, fence lines, athletic fields, cracks and crevices 2 Baseball infields and bleacher pads  on the Neuqua Valley High School property. This application will be a “Pre-Emergent”. 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)428-6005.

Sincerely,
Sean Jones
Facility Manager Neuqua Valley High School
Indian Prairie School District #204

Naperville Operation Snowball Virtual Gathering for High School Teens

Naperville Operation Snowball will be hosting an afternoon of virtual fun and games on January 9th, from 3:30PM to 5:30PM. High school teens are invited to this peer led event. Students don’t have to have attended an Operation Snowball Retreat in the past to get in on the fun. This event is free and no registration is required. 

Monday, December 14, 2020

Rugby Meeting for 2021 Season

Neuqua Valley Rugby wants you! Pre-season informational Player & Parent meeting Monday, December 14, 2020 7:00-8:00 pm If interested in playing please email Head Coach John Chevalier at chev345@gmail.com to attend our virtual meeting. Our season is May 1 - June 30 this year due to COVID-19 rescheduling.



2020-2021 Yearbook Photo Submissions

Hey parents of undergrads...have you ever heard your child complain about how they hate their yearbook picture? Well, if they have (or even if they haven't) you and your child now have control over the picture submitted to the 2020-21 book. Visit the secure Neuqua Yearbook Site to enter your student's photo. It's certainly been a unique year, so let the uniqueness continue. 

When taking the photo, we ask you follow these protocols: photos must be taken in front of a neutral background, be a head and shoulder image only, no hats, clothing deemed inappropriate, full body shots, pictures with peers, sunglasses, or any other accessory not typically seen in a yearbook picture. Remember, this is a great chance to make the 2020-21 yearbook even more memorable. You have until January 18, 2021 to submit your photo, so visit Neuqua Yearbook Site today and get that photo uploaded!



Updated 2020-2021 Yearbook Ordering Information

They say hindsight is 2020, and although there may be aspects of 2020 that we can't wait to see in hindsight (Zoom fatigue, anyone?), there are far more elements worth preserving. Help your student hold onto these memories by purchasing a 2020-2021 yearbook. 

We have extended the deadline for purchasing a book. You now have until April 25 to order, but the earlier you purchase a book, the less you pay! Prices go up Feb. 1 so visit www.yearbookforever.com to order the YB today... Because no matter how the rest of the school year plays out, it's undeniably one to remember.



Monday, December 7, 2020

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

 Neuqua Theatre is excited to present: It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

  • Streaming Dates: December 17-19, 2020 via Broadway On-Demand
  • Target Age: All Ages
  • Viewing Platform Website: nvhstheatre.com
  • Approximate Viewing Length: 90 minutes
  • Price: Only Pay the Streaming Fee of $2.95
Description: This beloved holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. 



Wildcat Wear Pop-Up Shop

Looking for some new Wildcat Wear? Come by to pick up last minute gifts or new gear for the New Year! New merchandise just in, get it while it lasts! Our Pop-Up shop will be open on Saturday, December 12th from 12-3PM in the River Run Clubhouse parking lot. 

Come out and support the NVHS Boosters!



Friday, December 4, 2020

Virtual Hour of Code

Girls Who Code club is hosting the annual Hour of Code Event on Tuesday December 8th at 3pm...virtually!
  • What is Hour of Code? Hour of Code encourages everyone, regardless of experience, to try one hour of coding! No experience required.
  • Prizes will be raffled off to participants such as Amazon gift cards - must be present online to win!
  • Join our Google Classroom to learn more and find the Zoom link to attend the event: 37AOGOE
Learn more at hourofcode.com (Hour of Code Flyer)


Wednesday, December 2, 2020

NV LMC Book Curbside Pickups & We Have eBooks!

Is your son or daughter looking for books for a research assignment or an independent reading assignment for their class? Or they just want to read a book for fun? The LMC (aka the school library) has a simple curbside pickup service.
  1. Go to our LMC website
  2. Click on the Catalog link at the top and find the book you want.
  3. On the LMC website front page, click on the curbside form in the bottom left corner and fill out the form for the building the student attends.
  4. We will contact you to arrange a pickup appointment.
We also have a growing collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks that you can download to a Chromebook, mobile phone, or a tablet. Directions are on our Neuqua LMC website. Look for the Download Books graphic on the LMC homepage



Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Neuqua Valley High School Academic Planning Night - December 7th

Neuqua Valley’s School Counseling and Social Work Department invites you to join us on Monday, December 7, 2020, at 7:00 pm for our virtually hosted Annual Academic Planning Night. 

Presentation Topics and Descriptions
(Links will be available presentations will be available at 7pm)
                     
Academics and Beyond: Supporting Your Student       
Focus will be on how to help your child stay connected and be their own advocate. Learn about supports and resources available to students and families at NVHS and in the community. 
----Link will be available here
                      
Course Selection for Senior Year (Class of 2022)
In preparation for the following school year, an overview of the 2021-2022 course options for current Junior year students becoming Seniors.
----Link will be available here
      
Course Selection for Junior Year (Class of 2023)
In preparation for the following school year, an overview of the 2021-2022 course options for current Sophomore year students becoming Juniors.
----Link will be available here

Course Selection for Sophomore Year  (Class of 2024)
In preparation for the following school year, an overview of the 2021-2022 course options for current Freshman year students becoming Sophomores.
----Link will be available here

Schoolinks 
An overview of our college and career readiness platform.  Schoolinks provides students access to a career inventory, college search, scholarships, career search, and more.
----Link will be available here

NCAA and the Student-Athlete
A presentation on what it takes to be eligible academically for collegiate athletics at all division levels. Did you know that NCAA eligibility rules are separate from college admissions?
----Link will be available here

Dual & Advanced Placement Credit for College
Learn about all of our dual and advanced placement courses and how you can earn college credits by taking these courses in high school.
----Link will be available here

Finding the Right Fit
Factors to consider when researching and selecting a post-secondary path that is right for you.
----Link will be available here

Options after High School (other than 4 year college)
   An overview of alternative options available after high school for students other than the 4 year college option.  Information on the following options will be covered; military, certificate and associate degrees from the community college, vocational/technical schools and the trades.
----Link will be available here

Extras that Make All the Difference
Do colleges look at extracurricular activities? Some do, some don’t.  If a college looks beyond the numbers, they are truly seeking to understand who the student is as a person, what makes them passionate, and what they would bring to a campus. Let’s talk about some concrete ways to build a resume that will communicate who you are. This session would be most beneficial for current Freshmen and Sophomores.
----Link will be available here

If you have questions about the evening, please contact your student's Guidance Counselor.



Sunday, November 22, 2020

Integrated Pest Management Notification

INDIAN PRAIRIE COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #204
Indian Prairie School District 204
1250 Shore Rd
Naperville, IL 60563

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 November 23rd, Wednesday December 2nd, and Thursday December 3rd 2020, weather permitting, a weed control application will applied to the mulched areas, courtyards, fenced areas, fence lines, athletic fields, cracks and crevices 2 Baseball infields and bleacher pads at Neuqua Valley High School property. This application will be a “Pre-Emergent”. 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)428-6005.
Sincerely,
Sean Jones
Facility Manager Neuqua Valley High School
Indian Prairie School District #204



Friday, November 20, 2020

The Alliance for the Children Tag Drive/Giving Tree

The Alliance for the Children Tag Drive/Giving Tree is back for its 22nd year at NVHS!
We will be using a secure online store to accept monetary/material donations to assist children in need this Holiday season. Gifts help children in our D204 community, across Illinois, and in the Appalachian Mountain regions of Virginia and Kentucky.

You may purchase gifts in several different ways:
Last day to purchase gifts from the online store: Friday, December 19, 2020

Thank you for providing happy childhood memories for these children in need this Holiday season!

Contact Mrs. Mueller with any questions at paula_mueller@ipsd.org



Thursday, November 19, 2020

Crystal Concert Premiere from December 13th - 19th

The Neuqua Valley Music Department will present it's Crystal Concerts from December 13-19. The concerts will be presented via a Premiere event on YouTube at 7pm each evening and each concert will be a different performance. The videos will showcase over 600 student musicians from our band, choir, and orchestra groups. 

For more information, please visit www.neuquamusic.org/crystal



Monday, November 16, 2020

NVHS Theatre Presents Love Letters

With the weather getting a bit chillier, we hope you join us for a virtual night in at the theatre. Love Letters by A.R. Gurney is set to debut on our nvhstheatre.com website for FREE this Friday, November 20th at 7:15pm. Can't make the Friday virtual premiere? No worries, we plan to leave it up for some time afterwards.

Director Will Schaub has done a wonderful job working with students remotely and when you have a moment, please be sure to congratulate him. Additionally, student editor Gracie Torrez deserves praise for her hard work in making the production possible.

Play Synopsis:
Melissa and Andy's story begins with birthday party invitations and letters from summer camp, and it continues, through many stages, until the very end of their lives. Love can take many forms and isn't always easy to define. Thus, Love Letters is a complicated, realistic story of friendship. It isn't a love story in the traditional sense, but the importance of human connection is revealed through the letters these two shared with each other over the course of their lives. In these times of isolation, it's comforting to see that we can still reach out and support each other.

Due to circumstances concerning the COVID-19 outbreak, Neuqua Valley Theatre welcomes donations to keep the program running efficiently. Donations will directly contribute in continual student opportunities.

Donations can be made out to NVHS Theatre and mailed to the following address:
Neuqua Valley High School
attn: Johnathan Pontarelli
2360 95th Street
Naperville, IL 60564

Friday, November 13, 2020

Boosters "Ring In The New Year Raffle" Tickets Now on Sale

NVHS Boosters "Ring In The New Year Raffle" $10 per ticket. This raffle supports all NVHS athletes and the Boosters Club. 

Ticket purchase gets you a chance to win CASH everyday in December with a $500 drawing on December 31. We need your support: buy a ticket, sell a ticket and help spread the word. Selling 10 tickets gets you a ticket in the Seller's Raffle each weekend in November, there is a line to put in your name when purchasing. The athletic team that sells the most tickets will receive $500, 2nd place team $250 and 3rd place team $100 each team has a chance to win just for spreading the link and people buying a ticket supporting them.

Ring In the New Year Raffle Tickets

December 2020 Calendar and Raffle Details



Thursday, November 12, 2020

Student Council Fundraising for Holiday 204 - IPEF Kid Essentials Fund

Neuqua Valley Student Council presents HOLIDAY 204! Our Human Relations committee is collecting donations for IPEF Kid Essentials Fund and district families in need. This year, we are making it very easy to donate through PushCoin!

To donate: Log into PushCoin and go to the Webstore (under Fund Wallet). Search Holiday to find Neuqua - Student Council Holiday 204 and choose the amount of donation: $5, $10, $15, $20 or $25. Proceed to checkout, PushCoin will guide you to complete the transaction.

Any contribution you can make is greatly appreciated and will go directly to helping district families in need, thank you for your generosity and support!

-NVHS Student Council


Thursday, October 22, 2020

NVHS Children’s Play - Is That Really Scary

Neuqua Valley High School invites the community to view the online original children’s play, "Is That Really Scary?" on October 30 at 7 pm at nvhstheatre.com. Albert, a precocious 9-year-old, sets on a quest to test a theory about our history's terrifying monsters by interviewing witches, zombies, vampires, and ghosts.  As he dives deeper into his findings, Albert realizes the most frightening ideas exist within himself and the unfortunate realities of the world. Will the witches cast a spell on him to change his life forever? Will the zombies convince him that life should be seized before it's too late? Will the vampires teach him about love of all things? And will the ghosts scare the Dickens out of him? Tune in to find out.



Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Power of Choice Fall 2020 Parent Newsletter

Parents of High School Students:

Raising substance-free kids in an era of legalization is one of the biggest challenges of parenting today. Fortunately, parents are the top influencers in their child’s life. Staying plugged-in to the things happening in their lives keeps them talking. Get valuable conversation tips and other insights on preventing teen marijuana use in the Fall 2020 newsletter, The Parent Post, high school edition. The Power of Choice will provide important updates throughout the year on youth substance use prevention.

The Power of Choice is a collaborative project led by 360 Youth Services in District 204 and District 203 middle and high schools growing the number of students making healthy choices regarding substance use.





Tuesday, October 6, 2020

PTA's Reflections Art Program Brings Art to Life Across the Nation

Five decades. Ten million students. And you!

REFLECTIONS: IT’S ALL ABOUT THE ARTS

“I Matter Because…”

That’s the theme for the 2020-21 Reflections Art Program which has been bringing the arts to life for more than 10 million students since 1969. 

Reflections encourages students of all ages to:

• Unleash creative talents and be inspired
• Express themselves imaginatively in their artwork
• Experience the fun and joy of making art
• Tap into critical-thinking skills to create art inspired by the annual theme
• Receive positive recognition for their original works of art.

PARTICIPATION IS ONLINE, EASY, EXCITING AND EMPOWERING

All students attending PTA schools sponsoring the program are invited to participate and submit original artwork in one of six areas:

• Dance Choreography
• Literature
• Photography
• Film Production
• Music Composition
• Visual Arts

Given the impact of COVID-19, student participation in arts programs like Reflections is now more important than ever to help them process their thoughts and feelings. As many students will be learning remotely, we will be running our Reflections programs virtually. This year, you can submit your Reflections submission form and artwork online.

Special Artists division celebrates student artists with special needs.
Last date to submit your artwork: Thursday, October 29th, 2020

Questions? Contact our District 204 Chairperson, Shivam Viswanathan, at shivamv@gmail.com.

Learn more and submit your artwork by visiting the IPSD 204 Reflections Site.


Friday, October 2, 2020

2020 - 2021 Yearbook Orders - A Year to Remember?

2018? It was pretty good. 
2019? Mmm... I guess it was okay.
2020? OMG, where do I even begin? 

A lot of years kind of blend in together. 2020? Not so much. No one alive has been through anything like what this year has thrown at us... 
  • Last year, school was basically cancelled.
  • We learned how to Zoom.
  • Australia, then the West Coast, spontaneously combusted.
  • Then the Supreme Court.
  • The Olympics were cancelled.
  • Most other sports too, for that matter.
  • Black Lives Matter protests swept the globe.
  • The Presidential election is freaking crazy.
  • Oh yeah, and there's this global pandemic thing...
Bottom line: You're going to want some proof that you experienced this year firsthand.

NVHS Yearbook... you want this slice of history and can order it at www.yearbookforever.com today.



Class of 2021 - Friday Night Lights - Friday, October 2, 2020

  

On Friday, October 2, 2020, we invite our Class of 2021 to a Senior Car Parade around campus. We'll have lights, music and a free tee giveaway. We know it's not a substitute for a typical year, but let's come together and "do what we can, with what we have, where we are." Help us celebrate you!

The limit is 2 people per car and everyone must remain in their car for the entire route.

Beginning at 7:30pm, you enter from LaCrosse off Rt. 59, go through the Freshmen Center parking lot and join the cue line (in yellow). Once we begin at 8:00pm (in blue), keep a slow pace and keep a good space between you and the car in front of you.


Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Upcoming College Visits

Virtual College Visits continue through the month of October. U of I, Vassar, DePaul, Pitt, Vanderbilt, Mizzou, Arizona, UCSD, UIC, and NIU are just a sample of the already 60 schools visiting in the next four weeks. 
Check back regularly for additional schools on the NVHS Guidance College Visits Page




Integrated Pest Management Notification - October 9th

INDIAN PRAIRIE COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #204
Sean Jones, Facility Manager
c/o Indian Prairie School District 204
2360 95th Street,
Naperville, IL 60563

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 October 9th, 2020, weather permitting, a fertilization only application will applied to the turf areas at Neuqua Valley and Birkett Freshman Center. 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)428-6005.
Sincerely,
Sean Jones
Facility Manager
Indian Prairie School District #204


Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Welcome To Scholarship Valley!!

Seniors, NOW IS THE TIME!!! There are a number of scholarships on SchooLinks. Check out the FINANCES tab on the left side of the page, then select SCHOLARSHIP MATCHING. Create your personal profile to begin the process, and you’re off and running! See your counselor with questions.

September
  • 29 QuestBridge
  • 30 Golden Door Scholarship - Scholarships for DACA Students
October
  • 15 AES Engineers Scholarship - 2020
    • Rhea of Hope Foundation Scholarships
    • Rhea of Hope Continuing Education
    • Rhea of Hope Enrichment Opportunity Scholarship
    • Rhea of Hope John A. Rhea Male Scholarship
    • 20 Wendy's High School Heisman Scholarship
  • 25 Horatio Alger Career & Technical Scholarship
Search Engines and Scholarship Programs
  • Scholar Snapp - A free, simple to use data standard that allows students to reuse their application information - including contact information, essays, transcripts, etc. - from one scholarship application to another thereby streamlining the college scholarship application process.
  • JLV College Counseling - very comprehensive scholarship search engine with scholarships separated into several categories
  • Scholly – A mobile app that provides students with a fast and simple way to find scholarships for college. (Created by Christopher Gray, a Coca-Cola Scholar!)
  • Peerlift - Proven scholarships, internships, summer programs, and more gathered by fellow students like you. (Founded by a team of 2017 Coca-Cola Scholars!) Learn more about the creation of Peerlift.
  • Fastweb – Create a profile and let fastweb do the research on scholarships, internships colleges and more for you.
  • CashCourse – Information that helps college students stay financially informed.
  • Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation – Educational and scholarship opportunities for students of all levels.
  • Cappex – A free website where you can learn which colleges want you, before you apply and learn about more than $11 billion in merit aid scholarships.
  • Scholarships.com – A free college scholarship search and financial aid information.
  • Scholarship America – Provides information and resources for your scholarship search.
  • KnowHow2GO – Complete information on college prep, whether in middle school or seniors.
  • HS Finder (Hispanic Scholarship Fund) – Scholarship information for Latino students.
  • Thurgood Marshall College Fund – Provides scholarships, programmatic and capacity building support to the 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
  • Gates Millennium Scholars – Provides outstanding low income African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline they choose.
  • Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund – The nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).
  • American Indian College Fund – Provides Native American students with scholarships and financial support for the nation’s 33 accredited tribal colleges and universities.
  • Dell Scholars Program – Recognizes academic potential and determination in students that have a definite need for financial assistance.
  • UNCF – Awards 10,000 students each year through 400 scholarship and internship programs so that students from low- and moderate-income families can afford college tuition, books and room and board.
  • Chegg – A place to connect with scholarships and learn about colleges.
  • Reagan Foundation Scholarships - Scholarship opportunities for outstanding student leaders.
  • Goizueta Legacy Scholarship - Provides scholarships for the children of Coca-Cola employees.
  • American Indian Graduate Center & AIGCS - The largest scholarship providers to Native students in the United States, awarding $15 million in scholarships annually and more than $200 million since inception. For almost 50 years, AIGC has funded students pursing undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in any field of study at any accredited institution of choice, working with over 500 tribes in all 50 states.
  • National Society of High School Scholars - NSHSS and its partners offer more than $2,000,000 in scholarships annually. All students are eligible to apply for high school and college scholarships in the areas of academic excellence, entrepreneurship, leadership, literature, medicine, music, STEM, sustainability, visual arts, and more.