The Frontier

December 15, 2017

Upcoming Events

Mon 12/18 - WR @ Hill; Triptych Concerts 6:30 and 8:00

Tues 12/19 - BB(8) v Lincoln

Wed 12/20 - WR @ Crone

Mon 12/25-Fri 1/5 - NO SCHOOL - HOLIDAY BREAK

*All sporting events start at approximately 4:00 depending on team's arrival

Pioneer Pride


Congratulations to the Gregory Mathcounts members that attended the M4TS Neuqua Math competition on Saturday 12/9/17. We had a wonderful showing by all our individuals who participated! Gregory also had the top finishing team, “4-Butter Chicken”. Congratulations team!

General News

Student Council Spirit Week

Student Council wants you to rock the end of the year with a SPIRIT WEEK! Here’s the lineup:

Monday: Dress your best with your fanciest clothes!

Tuesday: Celebrate “Swinter”, wear your summer/tropical clothes in winter! Wednesday: Wacky and Wild Hair!

Thursday: Chicago Sports Day!

Friday: Holiday Attire!

Lost and Found Items

The lost & found is once again exploding with items that have misplaced their owners! Please take time to look over the lost & found table to see if you find anything that’s yours. Remember that any costly items such as glasses and calculators can be found in the main office. All unclaimed items will be donated over Winter break!

Weather-Related School Closing Information

As we head into winter, we want to remind parents of the ways District 204 announces weather-related school closing information. The announcement is made by 6 a.m. through the following:

We will only announce when schools are closed. If schools are not closed, it is ultimately the responsibility of parents to decide if conditions safely allow for their children to attend school. If children are kept home due to weather conditions, parents must call the school to report the excused absence.

District 204 follows a plan whenever there is consideration of a school closing due to weather conditions. You can read more about how the district makes the decision to close school at Winter Weather Guidelines.

5Essentials Survey Now Open for Parents

Teachers, parents, middle and high school students across Illinois have the opportunity to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey was designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child's school. As a parent, your voice is essential to help us understand the conditions at your child's school and guide improvement.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by the University of Chicago, on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. The state will provide survey results for individual schools only if a school has at least 20 percent of parents take the survey. If you have children attending more than one school, we ask that you complete the survey for each school. You may also complete the survey more than once if you have more than one child in the same school. All survey responses will be kept confidential. University of Chicago asks parents for an email address when they begin the survey only for the purpose of sending a confirmation once the survey is completed. University of Chicago will never connect your identity and survey responses to you or your child or share the information with your school, the district or the Illinois State Board of Education.

To take this short survey:

1. Visit
2. Type and then select Dupage as District 204's County location. This is the county associated with the district, not the location of an individual school.
3. Type your school's name into the School field and then select your school.

Power of Choice - December Parent Use Your Power

Developing Emotional Awareness in Adolescents

During adolescence, our children begin to master the emotional skills that allow them to manage stress and become able to effectively relate to others. Development of these skills will allow our children to succeed in both their personal and professional lives now and into adulthood. Some development experts believe that strong emotional awareness is a greater indicator of an individual’s success later in life than IQ. This month’s newsletter will assist you as you guide your child toward mastering their emotional awareness.

Conversations that Count

Emotions are an important part of human nature…emotions give us information about what we’re experiencing and help us know how to react. By learning to recognize, identify and talk about our emotions, we can take control of those emotions and use them to respond appropriately. Strengthen your families’ emotional awareness with this month’s PowerTalk- Emotional Awareness Workout.

Spelling Bee

The GMS Spelling Bee is coming in January. HERE is all the information you need and the permission slip. See the TV monitors for sign up information. You must sign on to the Spelling Bee google classroom to participate. Don’t BEE late!

8th Grade News

8th Grade PSAT Assessment Results

In the fall, all 8th-grade students took the PSAT assessment. Scores have been released and can be found in HAC and your College Board account.

Please know that the PSAT 8/9 assessment results are only one indicator of your

child’s academic performance and should not be interpreted in isolation. The results

of the PSAT 8/9 assessment will be taken into consideration when making high school

course placement determinations but will not be the only factor.

HERE is a letter with further information on the scores and how to establish your College Board Account.

8th Grade Informational Night at NVHS

HERE is important information from Neuqua Valley High School regarding your child's transition to high school. Neuqua will host two major informational evenings in January. Please take a look and mark your calendars for these important dates which you and your child will want to attend!

Free Media Camp for 8th Graders

The Neuqua Valley Media Department is hosting a free media camp for 8th graders and Freshman on Saturday, January 13th. This camp is for students who are interested in making films or in broadcast news. The camp will run from 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. beginning in the Neuqua Valley Large Forum Room (Room C202). Registration is available through Tuesday, January 9th at To ensure a spot please register as soon as possible as we can only accommodate the first 75 students who sign up. The camp is for current Neuqua Valley Freshman and 8th graders at Crone, Gregory, and Scullen. The camp will be led by current Neuqua Valley Media students and instructors. For more information go to

Club and Sports News

Sporting Results

Boys’ Basketball Results vs Madison

8AA lost 43-29

8A won 26-23

7AA won 53-35

7A lost 25-19

Boys’ Basketball Results vs Scullen

8AA lost 42-30

8A lost 41-31

7AA won 44-28

7A won 23-10

Girl's Basketball Tryouts

7th and 8th Girls’ Basketball Tryout Information:

Wednesday, January 24th from 3:00- 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 25th from 3:00- 5:00 p.m.

Tryout forms are available in the P.E. Office or Health Classes

Please turn in all paperwork to grade level coaches. Please do not turn in forms to main office.


7th - Coach Wes or Coach Crowe

8th - Coach Higgins or Coach Sheehan

In order to attend tryouts you MUST:

  1. Turn in a completed Parent Permission Slip;
  2. Have a valid & current physical on file with the nurse;
  3. A signed Concussion Awareness Form;

7th and 8th graders must have all paperwork turned in by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 23 in order to tryout on the 24th.