Thursday, May 23, 2013
Sixty-five students were inducted into the A. Vito Martinez Middle School National Junior Honor Society last week.
Sixty-five students were inducted into the A. Vito Martinez Middle School (Romeoville) National Junior Honor Society last week. They are: Keagan Adams, Avery Alabi, Carmen Awin-Ongya, Matthew Boots, Kaitlyn Borcherding, Marissa Borkowski, Monika Bremer, Dainaly Campuzano, Adriana Castillo, Haley Cerny, Kristal Cortez, Mark Cukier, Danielle Dalton, Cindy De La Cruz, Olivia De La Rosa, Melaine Diep, Ceili Delaney, Walid Elannani, Monika Fudala, Daniela Garduno, Aiman Ghani, Teresa Gomez, Shireen Haiderali, Alan Hernandez, Chloee Holm, Samantha Horstmann, Aabis Imam, Samantha Jackson, Bailey Kavaliunas, Morgan Kincade, Jillian King, Payton Koranda, Xavier Lampkin, Leslie Lopez and Laura Lotzer. Also: Dominique Martinez, Stephanie Martinez, …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Newcomers Deborah Sykora and Daniel Falese were sworn in as Valley View School District 365U school board members Monday night.
Valley View School District 365U swore in its newly elected school board members Monday night, welcoming newcomers Deborah Sykora and Daniel Falese and bidding farewell to Ronnie Bull and Jim Curran. Sign up for our daily, e-newsletter. Like Bolingbrook Patch on Facebook. Curran did not run for re-election. Bull did run for re-election and was a part of the "Friends of Valley View" slate, but was not re-elected. Elizabeth Campbell and Chrystal Hansen were re-elected to the board. Unofficial vote totals following the April 9 election showed that Daniel Falese led fellow newcomer Jaime Olson by only 109 votes. Falese ran on the "Friends of Valley View" slate. Olson did not. With all votes now counted for, Falese received 231 more votes …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Give a shout out to a teacher who has made a difference in your or your child's life.
It's Teacher Appreciation Week in Valley View School District 365U and Plainfield School District 202. There are plenty of ways to go about giving your teacher some appreciation - a card, a potted flower, some fresh baked cookies or an apple (can never go wrong with an apple) - who, after all, is the individual that devotes forty plus hours a week to teaching our kids throughout the year. We want to spread some of that love on Patch. If you've ever had a teacher in the past or present who has inspired you, taught you something invaluable or has just been plain awesome, give them a shout out down below. Thank you teachers for all you do!
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Valley View School District 365U teachers have been working off of an expired contract since August.
Valley View School District 365U teachers have been working off of an expired teachers' contract since August, and officials on either side of the negotiating table are releasing little information as to when a new contract may be approved. Members of the Valley View Council Local 604 of the American Federation of Teachers overwhelmingly voted down a 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. In November, the Bugle reported the union received a counter proposal and the union and the district were continuing negotiations. A teacher aide from Valley View said that as of …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
After classes were canceled last week due to flooding, the last day of school for Valley View schools has been pushed back.
Because of last week’s day off caused by excessive flooding in the Bolingbrook and Romeoville areas, the last day of school will now be June 5, according Valley View School District 365U officials. The last day will be a half-day attendance day. Monday, June 3, and Tuesday, June 4, will be full attendance days for all students. On June 5, both high schools, STEP and Phoenix will begin at 7:30 a.m. and dismiss at 9:10 a.m. All five middle schools will begin at 8:25 a.m. and dismiss at 10:15 a.m. And all 12 elementary schools will begin at 9:05 a.m. and dismiss at 10:45 a.m. Graduation dates for the high school and middle schools will not be changed. Graduation for Romeoville High School and Bolingbrook High School will be on June 2. Middle …
Monday, April 22, 2013
The Valley View school board voted unanimously -- with one abstention -- to dismiss a proposal to create a virtual charter school for Valley View and 17 other school districts.
Last month, the Valley View School District 365U school board sat through a lengthy presentation from K12 Inc. and Virtual Learning Solutions about a proposed virtual online charter school. Sign up for our daily e-newsletter. Like Bolingbrook Patch on Facebook. The school board spent little time on the matter at their meeting Wednesday. With no discussion, the board voted unanimously to dismiss the proposal. Elizabeth Campbell abstained from voting. Virtual Learning Solutions approached 18 school districts in DeKalb, Kane, DuPage, Kendall, McHenry and Will counties with their proposal. K12 officials said they needed all 18 districts to approve the measure for the virtual charter school to open. All 18 districts rejected the proposal…
Thursday, April 18, 2013
A Valley View School District 365U official said the district plans to resume classes on Friday after canceling classes Thursday.
Valley View School District 365U Director of School and Community Relations Larry Randa said the district is planning to resume classes Friday. Valley View canceled classes and after-school activities Thursday due to widespread flooding in the area. Lily Cache Lane was closed for hours Thursday between Orchard Drive and Schmidt Road. The road has since re-opened. Official notification has yet to go out to families or be posted by the district. --- Sign up for our daily e-newsletter. Like Bolingbrook Patch on Facebook.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Deborah Sykora received the most votes of eight candidates running for four Valley View School District 365U school board seats.
Deborah Sykora, the candidate who received the most votes in the Valley View School District 365U school board election this week, said she was humbled to be elected. Sign up for our free, daily e-newsletter. Like Bolingbrook Patch on Facebook. Sykora will be a newcomer to the board. She ran on the "Friends of Valley View" slate, along with Chrystal Hansen, Ronnie Bull and Daniel Falese. Sykora said she ran on the slate after "meeting them and voicing my concerns about current issues in the school system." "They were willing to still have me on their slate and listen to me and work hard for our campaign," she wrote in an e-mail to Patch. Sykora said she was glad to continue to work for the betterment of education for Valley View students…
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Gary Grizaffi, assistant superintendent of administrative services for Valley View School District 365U, was not elected Tuesday to a seat of the Batavia School District 101 school board.
Valley View School District 365U's Gary Grizaffi was not elected to a seat on the Batavia School District 101 school board Tuesday night. Grizaffi currently serves as the assistant superintendent of administrative services for Valley View. He was one of seven candidates who ran for the school board. Four seats were open. Grizaffi received the least number of votes of the seven candidates. He was one of two candidates not present at a candidate forum for Batavia school board candidates held earlier this month. Grizaffi told the Tribune that his 25 years of experience in public education would prepare him "to be an active member of the District 101 board." "Public education is a very complex business that requires someone who understands…
K-12 report: "(Local school boards) would stifle the openness and global reach of digital learning in the name of district empowerment and local monopoly."
When K-12 and Virtual Learning Solutions presented their proposal of an online charter school to the Valley View School District 365U board one week ago, the board expressed their disappointment with the information provided. Board member Leo Venegas said K12 lacked proof of the success it touted. "You want us to go to our community and ask to invest in your company without any evidence of value," Venegas said at the board meeting. "You come to a public hearing and tell us that here’s all this great stuff happening with your organization, a public company, and nothing to back it up and no proof." K-12 has now responded, releasing via email a 1,080-page PDF document stating its case for the charter option. The report is attached here, for …