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:
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 
Editor-In-Chief: Kaitlyn Zhou (

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Integrated Pest Management Notification

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.

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 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 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:
  • 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 (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

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.