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Principal's Message


The school year is off to a tremendous start and we hope to see the momentum keep going! 

October is a great month as we begin to get excited for our first postseason runs for our fall sports’ teams.  We hope to celebrate both teams and individuals who have great success at the IHSA series.  Also, our fall fine arts are in full swing and begin to hit the stage!  In October, our theater program kicks off with the first production “Clue”, an incredible show based on the popular board game.  Also, our fall choir concert is a must-see event.  The month wraps up with the annual Orchesis dance show - a magnificent display of dance from ballet to modern to tap.  It is a great show and displays an amazing array of talent! 

In October, VJA hosts is third annual PSAT/NMSQT exam for all juniors.  On the 16th, we have all juniors take this exam in order to achieve three main objectives.  First, it provides all juniors a chance to practice taking the SAT, which research says can make a difference on the actual test.  Second, it provides a benchmark score that students, parents, and the school can use to help students prepare for the April SAT exam.  Finally, it provides opportunities for scholarships and recognition for students.  This year, we were honored to have seven students recognized for National Merit Scholar status, qualifying them as the top students nationwide.  Those students are Eric Armendariz, Girvinn Fernandez, Victoria Grove, Jonathan Carl Laxamana, Katelyn Mandru, Eric Schaeflein, and Nicole Wojcik.  Additionally, two of these students were named as Semi-Finalists, which is an honor bestowed on the Top .5% of students nationally.  Congratulations to Victoria Grove and Jonathan Carl Laxamana.  Finally, Eric Armendariz and Jack Ballard received additional recognition as National Hispanic Scholar recipients based on their performance!  The Class of 2019 did a remarkable job this year, and we hope the Class of 2020 can set the bar higher! 

Even though the school year has just begun, we start to look toward the future as we begin to prepare our Class of 2024 to become T-Bolts.  We visit our friends at Grissom, Prairie View, and Central Middle School earlier in the month.  Then, on October 30, we host our annual Open House for all T-Bolt families to come to campus, see all the academic, cocurricular, and support services we offer.  This is an exciting time as we establish the groundwork for our next generation. 

As always, it is an honor and a privilege to serve as your principal.  If you have any suggestions or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at


Robert Nolting