District News

Valley Debaters Win State Title

Valley brought home the IHSSA State Debate Tournament Championship for the first time since 2008.

For the first time since 2008, the Valley debate team won the IHSSA State Debate Tournament. The tournament featured competition in policy, Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum and Congressional debate. Valley students excelled in all four events and won the overall team sweepstakes by 15 points.

In Lincoln-Douglas debate, senior Lucy Korsakov placed second, senior Nanticha Lutt and junior Jason Smith placed third and fourth, while sophomores Grady Stein and Gina Scorpiniti placed fifth and sixth. In Public Forum debate, the team of junior Carolyn Hoemann and sophomore Lexy Takla were in quarterfinals. In student congress, freshman John Anthony Danos, at his first congressional debate ever, advanced to the consolation round and won Valley’s first Student Congress state medal in five years. Congratulations to all!

New VHS Addition Opens Jan. 3

The classrooms and cafeteria in the new three-story addition at Valley High School will be open tomorrow (Jan. 3, 2013). In addition, Phase III of construction will start and will directly affect parking and student drop-off on the east side of the building. Phase III is the last stage of construction which begins the demolition of the old cafeteria and building of the new auditorium.

Students should head to the new addition for lunch as the new cafeteria will be open. In addition, the student commons has also moved to the new addition.

Students should also go to the new addition for classes in science and family consumer science. Sewing classes have not yet moved and will be held in the same location as last semester.

Parking/Student Drop-Off
Student safety is the primary focus with changes to parking and student drop-off:

  • Due to the nature of the construction, access to the east parking lot and east main entrance will be restricted to student parking ONLY.
  • There will be a construction fence which extends from the main east door entrance to the first row of parking, closing the fire lane/driveway, and will prevent parents from dropping students off at the east door.
  • Along the construction fence will be a temporary walkway to allow students from the SE parking lot (by the baseball and softball fields) to access the main doors.
  • Students will no longer be able to be dropped off at the east doors.

Beginning Thursday, January 3, the two places where students will be dropped off will be:

  • the main north doors (facing Woodland), or
  • the new west doors (facing 39th St.)
  • We are asking that parents use the 39th St. entrance and avoid using the Woodland Ave. entrance; we want to avoid cars driving across the bus lane when students arrive in the morning.

We sincerely apologize for the unavoidable inconvenience this may cause families; we greatly appreciate your cooperation as we continue  to make Valley High School a 21st century school with world class facilities.

Valley Senior Jake Campos to Play in US Army All-American Bowl

Photo via rivals.com

Valley senior offensive lineman Jake Campos has been honored as one of the top high school football players in the nation and will appear in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The game will air live at noon CT January 5 on NBC.

Camps, who will play football at Iowa State next season, will play for the West team. 175 active NFL players have played in the USAAB.

Campos will also play for the 2013 U.S. U-19 National Team in the International Bowl in Austin, Texas, at 8 p.m. CT on February 5.