Sunday, May 19, 2013
Students from three of the district's four high school earned top honors at the competition last month at Eastern Illinois University.
Submitted by Plainfield School District 202: Four students from Plainfield East and South high schools and Plainfield High School – Central Campus earned top honors at the 2013 Illinois High School Association’s state journalism competition. The event was held April 26 at Eastern Illinois University. The students were among 10 District 202 students to qualify for the completion. These students also qualified for State but did not place:
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Tim Albores will start his new role next school year.
Submitted by Plainfield School District 202: Plainfield Academy Assistant Principal Tim Albores will take a new position next school year as the Student Services department’s new assistant director. The District 202 Board of Education approved naming Albores to the post at its regular meeting on May 13, 2013. Albores will replace current assistant director Joe Schimmel, who is resigning after a year in the role. “We are very excited to be bringing Tim to the district office,” said Mina Griffith, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services. “He has really proven his leadership abilities in his time at Plainfield Academy and we are confident he is going to do an excellent job serving all 30 of our schools,” she said. Albores has served the…
Friday, May 17, 2013
Members of the Valley View School District 365U teachers union voted to ratify a new contract Thursday, nine months after their contract had expired.
Nine months after their contract expired in August, members of the Valley View School District 365U teachers union voted to approve a new contract Thursday. "I received a call from the teachers union president that the contract has been ratified by the members of the union," Valley View School Board Member Rick Gougis told Patch. Sign up for our daily, e-newsletter. Like Bolingbrook Patch on Facebook. More details will be released next week. The board of education will vote on the contract on Tuesday, May 27, at its next scheduled meeting date. The teachers union voted Thursday to approve the contract 55 percent to 45 percent, according to former Valley View school board member Jim Curran. The vote total was 846-693, according to Gougis…
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Valley View officials sent a letter to parents Tuesday afternoon about the incident, which took place around noon Tuesday.
Two men tried to lure a child at B.J. Ward Elementary School in Bolingbrook into their van Tuesday, according to Valley View officials. B.J. Ward officials sent a letter to parents Tuesday reporting the incident, which took place around 11:50 a.m. Tuesday. Sign up for our daily, e-newsletter. Like Romeoville Patch on Facebook. While the child was on the school playground, two men motioned for the child to come to their van. The child ignored the men and immediately notified the playground aide, according to the letter. Police quickly responded, and all outside activities and recess were suspended for the rest of the day. All Valley View schools and the Annerino Center (because of its proximity to B.J. Ward) were notified.
The Valley View teachers union will vote Wednesday on a second proposed contract after rejecting a first proposal in September.
Valley View School District 365U announced a plan to cut $560,000 in administrative costs Monday night -- just two days before the Valley View teachers union will vote on a second proposed contract. Sign up for our daily, e-newsletter. Like Bolingbrook Patch on Facebook. The union overwhelmingly voted down the first proposed contract in September based on salary, higher insurance premiums and changes to the daily schedule, according to the Bugle. Of the 1,800 certified and classified members, 92 percent rejected the contract. The union and district have since resorted to mediation, according to the Bugle. If the second contract is rejected, the union will meet again to determine next steps, according to the Bugle. "Though no organized…
A’ric Jackson, "The Dream Achiever" spoke to the Romeoville High School Class of 2017 Friday.
He’s known as “The Dream Achiever.” And when A’ric Jackson finished speaking with members of the Romeoville High School Class of 2017 Friday, he left after urging every eighth-grader in the room to “walk out of these doors to be the best person this school, this community, this world has ever seen.” Jackson, an Atlanta-based author and motivational speaker, was part of an all-day “step-up” program for A. Vito Martinez and Lukancic Middle School students that included group discussions with current RHS students, some team-building games and lots of details about what life at RHS will be like for next fall’s freshmen. “It all starts with mindset. You gotta have mindset,” Jackson said. “If you want to get far in life, you gotta start giving …
Monday, May 13, 2013
The plan, which includes cutting or reclassifying administrative positions, will result in "significant savings" over the next three years.
The Valley View School District 365U Board of Education approved a plan Monday night that will trim more than $560,000 in administrative costs over the next three years. Sign up for our daily, e-newsletter. Like Bolingbrook Patch on Facebook. The plan includes a re-organization at the VVSD Administration Center with administrative positions being eliminated or reclassified at a lower rate as of July 1 resulting in significant savings over the next three years. The cost-cutting plan was approved two days before the Valley View teachers union votes on a second proposed contract. That vote will be made on Wednesday. Teachers have been operating off of an expired contract since August. Union members overwhelmingly voted down a first proposal …
John R. Tibbott and Wood View Elementary Schools have both launched a Parent Mentor Program.
By Delorise Ivy John R. Tibbott and Wood View Elementary Schools have launched a Parent Mentor Program in cooperation with the Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project (SSIP). Funded by the Illinois State Board of Education, the SSIP Parent Mentor Program Initiative’s goal is to recruit and train parents to assist teachers in the classroom for two hours a day. Parent mentors are assigned to a classroom (not their own child’s) where work with children one-on-one and in small groups. The eight parent volunteers at each school are led by a coordinator. Julieta Chavez handles the duties at Tibbott and Isabel Diaz serves as parent coordinator at Wood View. Volunteers attend a week of training before they are placed with teachers. They work in the …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
R.C. Hill Elementary School in Romeoville was recently honored by Will County for waste reduction and recycling.
R.C. Hill Elementary School students Hamide Azizi, Jaela Foster-Burns, Makenna Finley, and Max Sajk display the 2012-2013 Earth Award the school received from the Will County Land Use Department Resource Recovery and Energy Division. Hill was recognized for achievement in waste reduction, recycling, and environmental education. Editor's note: This article was submitted by Valley View.
Friday, May 10, 2013
The forums will focus on the district's new strategic plan, as well as new curriculum, a New View update and more.
With the 2012-13 School Year coming to a close, Valley View School District 365U officials will hold two interactive Community Forums later this month to continue conversations about the progress of The New View and to take a look at what’s ahead. Featured at the May 21 Community Forum at Lukancic Middle School in Romeoville and the May 23 Community Forum at Bolingbrook High School will be an overview of VVSD’s new Strategic Plan which was unveiled at Monday night’s School Board meeting. Attendees of the 6:30 p.m. sessions will also receive an easy-to-read summary of the District Strategic Plan. But the Strategic Plan isn’t the only thing on the agenda for the Community Forums. Parents and community members will go home from both sessions…