Friday, March 26, 2021

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 Tuesday - Thursday, March 30th – April 1st , 2021, weather permitting, a weed control application will applied to the mulched areas, courtyards, fenced areas, fence lines, athletic fields, cracks and crevices to the 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



Celebrating the Neuqua Valley Class of 2021 - We Love Our Seniors!


Plan for this Spring to be special for our Seniors. Neuqua is looking forward to expressing gratitude for our Seniors and celebrating with Seniors and their parents.

SAVE the DATE!  Senior Events are here...  Learn More

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Neuqua Valley National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, 30 days of celebrating the joy, expressiveness, and pure delight of poetry.
Launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month reminds the public that poets have an integral role to play in our culture and that poetry matters. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K–12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, families, and, of course, poets, marking poetry's important place in our lives. In 2021, the Academy of American Poets looks forward to celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of this annual celebration! (Source)
Neuqua will be celebrating poetry all month, including original works from Neuqua students and staff. Learn more about everything planned for the month of April by visiting the Neuqua Valley National Poetry Month Site

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

BPAC Discussion on Supporting Remote Students

District 204’s Bilingual Parent Advisory Council (BPAC) invites parents to attend three interactive sessions focused on how parents can help students who are struggling with remote learning. The first session is at 7 pm on Wednesday, March 24 and focuses on “Avoiding and Overcoming Common Distance Learning Struggles.” On April 14, “Supporting Children in Online Learning” will be presented, and on May 11 the last presentation will be “The ‘Summer Slide’ and How to Avoid It.” The presentations will take place on zoom. For more information, visit BPAC. 



Operation Snowball: A MILLION DREAMS

April 30th from 7:30pm to 9:00pm, May 1st & 2nd from 2:30pm-4:30pm

Register now for this life-changing event for your teen. Operation Snowball is a fun, engaging and popular leadership development program from 360 Youth Services in partnership with District 204 and District 203. This teen-led and adult-guided program for area high school students will be presented in a virtual format this Spring. Presented in a safe and respectful environment, the program addresses challenges facing teens with the goals of increasing self-awareness, strengthening positive coping skills, enhancing self-confidence, expanding decision-making skills, refining personal values and goals, strengthening communication strategies, and expanding leadership abilities. Presentations, workshops, activities, and small group discussions all combine to empower teens to make healthy decisions and have a positive impact on their peers. 
Information about Operation Snowball’s “A MILLION DREAMS” virtual retreat on April 30th from 7:30pm to 9:00pm, May 1st & 2nd from 2:30pm-4:30pmis available here.



Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Registration for Wee Wildcat Preschool for 2021-2022

The Wee Wildcat Preschool is a lab-class offered to high school juniors and seniors who are exploring teaching as a career. The high school students develop lesson plans that teach curricular subjects using age-appropriate teaching techniques. Lessons are designed using concepts that the high school students learned in Child Development as well as in the Early Childhood Teaching Lab class. During the course of the week, the preschoolers participate in activities that are planned around a weekly theme. They explore different learning centers such as story, art, science, alphabet, math, social studies, sensory table, and circle time. On Thursdays, they participate in Super Thursday! This day is designed to give the Wee Wildcats an opportunity to choose their learning center activities. They move freely from center to center developing independence using their decision-making and cooperative skills.

Sessions Offered:
The preschool meets on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. The preschool follows the high school schedule. Class starts in mid-September and takes a short hiatus in mid-January at the beginning of the second semester. The children are 3 and 4 years of age.
Currently, the preschool hours are 9:45 to 12:00 p.m.

Requirements:
Wee Wildcat Preschool is for children:
Who are 3 years old by September 1st.
Who are toilet trained.
Who are not attending any other preschool program regularly.
Whose family lives within the Neuqua Valley boundaries.
Who fulfill the IL state medical requirements.

Registration Process
Preschool Registration is open for the 2021 - 2022 School Year. Please email Kathy Tichelbaut for application information at- kathy_tichelbaut@ipsd.org



Friday, March 19, 2021

Indian Prairie AP Exam Dates Announced

After careful consideration of factors including the IPSD 204 school calendar, Graduation Ceremonies, the delayed start to our school year, and maximizing instructional time, Indian Prairie high schools have determined that students will take these exams during the time window of June 1 - June 11.

During this exam window some exams will be administered in-person, paper-and pencil and others will be administered at-home, digitally.  The course specific schedule for exams can be found here.  In summary, all exams will be delivered at-home, digitally except World Language and Music Theory exams.  The College Board has established that those exams must be taken in-person. 


In early March there will be additional details about the technical requirements for the digital exams and how needed accommodations will be made.  As soon as those details are available they will be shared with students and families.


Students that are ill or have a testing conflict on these dates will be afforded a make-up administration.  Details about dates and times for these make-up exams should be coming from The College Board soon.


Updates and registration information will be posted the Neuqua Valley Guidance Page as they become available.



Neuqua Valley Cheer Takes 4th Place at State


The Neuqua Varsity Cheer Team continues to impress. The Neuqua Valley Varsity Cheer Team took 4th place at State this past weekend. The wildcats competed in the very competitive large varsity division. Even though state was virtual this year, that didn't stop the cats from finishing at the top! Congratulations Varsity Cheer!


Wednesday, March 17, 2021

NV Ultimate Frisbee Registration Now Open!

NV Ultimate Frisbee is back and registration is now open for spring! Whether you are looking to try something new, build endurance (Ultimate combines the athletic endurance of soccer with the passing skills of football), improve your Ultimate skills or play competitively...we have a team for you! Follow this link for more info or go to nvultimate.com and sign up today. See you on the fields!



Neuqua Valley A-Z and 5X Schedule Updates

Neuqua students will be making a shift to an A-Z 4 day a week schedule followed by a 5 day a week schedule in March and April.  

Learn more about these shifts in student schedules in March and April. 

Friday, March 12, 2021

Neuqua Athletics 2021 Hall of Fame

Congratulations to the Neuqua Athletics Class of 2021 Hall of Fame Inductees. 


Parent University: How to Pay for College

The thought of paying for your child’s college education can be daunting, and navigating the many options for financial aid can be overwhelming. Superintendent Adrian Talley will discuss scholarships, financial aid and some tips to help make the process easier with our high school guidance directors at our next “Parent University: How to Pay for College,” at 7 pm on Wednesday, March 24, streamed live on the district’s YouTube channel. Community members can submit questions to be addressed during the webinar here.

Moderator:
  • Dr. Adrian B. Talley, Superintendent
Panelists:
  • Darcy Hutzler, Director of Guidance, Metea Valley High School
  • Jessica Torres-Proctor, Director of Guidance, Neuqua Valley High School
  • Ryan VanKampen, Director of Guidance, Waubonsie Valley High School

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Lunchtime Community Circles - Exploring Equity in Our Community

Join District 204’s Executive Director of Educational Equity and others for a Lunchtime Community Circle. The goal is to engage in an open and personal dialogue surrounding issues of equity that permeate all aspects of our lives. Space is limited to eight guest each month with the goal of building our understanding and appreciation for each other, even though we may come from very different backgrounds and experiences. The next session will take place via Zoom from Noon to 1 pm on March 12. Deadline to submit a request to participate is March 9. Submit your request here.



Team IPEF 2021 - Join This Great Charity Event

The Indian Prairie Educational Foundation invites you to join Team IPEF 2021 for year eight as a charity partner in the Healthy Driven Naperville Half Marathon or 5K on Sunday, October 17, 2021. Team-up with community members, district parents, staff and students to proudly represent and raise funds for your school. Watch the Team IPEF video to learn more about this unique opportunity to run for a great cause and make a difference for your school. Visit Team IPEF for registration information. 



Virtual Reflections Art Showcase

The artistic achievements of students whose work has advanced to the District Level of the Indian Prairie Parents' Council sponsored annual Reflections Art Showcase will be highlighted in upcoming virtual events. During the events, projects that are advancing to the State Level will be announced. Guests include Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico, Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin and District 204 Superintendent Dr. Adrian Talley. Details for each event are below.

Preschool to Grade 2: Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 6 pm (Duration: 28 minutes)
Grades 3 to 5: Friday, March 5, 2021 at 6 pm (Duration: 43 minutes)
Grades 6 to 8: Monday, March 8, 2021 at 6 pm (Duration: 26 minutes)
Grades 9 to 12: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 6 pm (Duration: 22 minutes)