The Frontier

Week of January 8, 2019

Upcoming Events

Mon - No School

Tues - 8th Grade HS 101 @ NVHS (7:00pm)

Wed - WR v Washington

Thurs - 8th Grade HS 101 @ NVHS (7:00pm); WR v Hill


Save the Date

Parent University

February 11 6-8

News and Announcements

Aimsweb Testing Next Week

We will be all school Aimsweb Testing on Tuesday, January 15 (ELA) and Thursday, January 17 (Math). More information about Aimsweb can be found HERE.


The day's schedule will be slightly different. HERE is the schedule for both days

PDAC Meeting Coming Up

District 204’s Parent Diversity Advisory Council presents Parent Engagement: Parenting the Whole Child, from 7 to 9 pm on Tuesday, January 15 at the Crouse Education Center, 780 Shoreline Drive, Aurora. The presentation focuses on how parents and schools can partner to advocate for the social emotional well-being of students and address the challenges of mental health issues. All are welcome.

Power of Choice Parent Nesletter

Parents of Middle School Students: Keep talking and keep them healthy. Students say that parents are their most reliable source when talking about the risks of underage alcohol use. It is important for parents to be informed on these issues in order to help their teens make informed and healthy decisions. Use the winter issue of our latest newsletter, The Parent Post, to help you get the conversation started.


PowerTalk for Families: Healthy adolescents make healthy choices. The first step to a healthy future is having a healthy NOW. Research shows that adolescents that have a healthy lifestyle are less impulsive, less anxious, get better grades, have greater self-control and are more likely to make the healthy choices that will lead to a drug and alcohol-free future. Use this month’s PowerTalk for Families to get you talking about health in general, which in turn will make it easier to also talk about things like not using alcohol.

Yearbooks Ordering

You can still order a Yearbook!


Yearbooks can ONLY be ordered through an online site. You should have received an email directly from Herff Jones with information about ordering your yearbook. Once you purchase the yearbook, a confirmation email will be sent back to you, so please keep the email for your records. Herff Jones, our yearbook printer, will be sending out eBlast reminders throughout the year to all those who have not purchased a book. If you continue to receive these emails directly from Herff Jones, it means that you have NOT yet ordered your yearbook!


The yearbook order center site is: yearbookordercenter.com and our school code is 8986. At any time you may also check to see if you have ordered already by going to the order site and searching for an existing order with your email.


Please contact andrea_arnold@ipsd.org or sue_lichter@ipsd.org with questions.

Spelling Bee

The 2019 Gregory Spelling Bee will take place January 22nd in the LMC! All sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students are invited to participate. Practice sessions will be held on January 11th, 15th, and 17th. Stop in the Main Office or see Ms. Cimms to pick up a permission slip. The Google Classroom code to join the BEE can be found on the TV monitors or on the permission slip. SEE you at the BEE!

Open Gym

Our first Open Gym of the year will be from 6-8 on Friday, January 18th. $2 admission. IDs required.

8th Grade Information

Neuqua Valley's High School 101

NVHS would like to invite 8th Grade parents to our informational evening entitled Neuqua Valley’s High School 101. This presentation will focus on what you need to know about the upcoming transition to high school and course enrollment. Both students and parents are encouraged to attend.


Both sessions are identical; plan to attend one time.

Tuesday, January 8 or Thursday, January 10 NVHS Main Auditorium 7:00pm

Eighth Grade HS Open House

Eighth grade parents and students should also plan to attend the Eighth Grade Open House Program at Neuqua Valley High School. This evening provides opportunities to talk with faculty from each department as you finalize course selections for your student’s freshman year.


Counselors will be available at the Open House to assist with online course selection questions and concerns.


Wednesday, January 16 NV Main Gym 7:00 pm

PSAT 8/9 Score Information

In the fall, all 8th-grade students took the College Board PSAT 8/9 assessment. Scores will be available on the College Board website this week. HERE is a letter describing the assessment results in more detail and below is a link to set up your child's College Board account.


account.collegeboard.org/iamweb/smartRegister

NAEP Testing

Gregory has been chosen to participate in NAEP again this year. NAEP stands for the National Assessment of Educational Progress. It is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the US Department of Education. NAEP is different from our state assessments because it is a common measure of achievement across the country. The results are released as The Nation's Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public.


Our NAEP testing day is February 26th, 2019. This will be administered only to a select number of 8th grade students that have been randomly chosen by NAEP. If your child has been selected, you will be notified individually.

Sport and Club News

Stem Club

STEM CLUB permission slips are available in the Main Office. Slips should be turned in at the Main Office. There are a limited number of spots available, so don’t delay! You must commit to three days back-to-back—First Session will run from January 15-17 and Second Session will run January 29-31.


Any questions, see Mrs. Santoyo! maria_santoyo@ipsd.org

Coding Club

Are you interested in programming and machine learning? Then Coding Club is for you! Join us for Coding Club before school beginning January 14 in Room 101. The club is self-paced and no previous experience is necessary. Pick up a permission form from the main office today. There is still room in the club so return your signed permission forms to the main office. See Mrs. Smith with any questions.

Girls Basketball Tryout Packets Now Available

Girls’ Basketball tryout packets are now available in Health classes as well as the Girls P.E. office. Any questions, see Coach Sheehan or Coach Hopkins for 8th grade and Coach Crowe or Coach Wes for 7th grade. Tryouts are on January 17 and 18 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.