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Week of September 5th

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From Dean Elsasser

Happy Labor Day Vanguards! I hope you all enjoy a relaxing 3-day weekend with your families. More than that, I hope you celebrate yourself and your family members as a laborer. It is our goal at Vanguard to prepare the next generation of workers for the American workforce!

I wanted to share my own experience and work history with you. Right out of high school I went to work as a plumber, working in a ditch. I worked through college as an apprentice plumber and took any job I could get dry-wall, construction, even Red Lobster. I graduated with an Industrial Technology degree from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln and eventually became a construction manager in DFW building traffic signals, highway lighting and utilities. That road eventually took me to MISD and Vanguard. This photo is of my son on one of my job sites! Starting them young!

Thanks for another great week, Vanguards! We will see our students back at school on Tuesday, September 6th!

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Vanguard Spirit Week!

Vanguard will be celebrating our first Spirit Week from September 19th through the 22nd! It is also career and college week. We will be welcoming colleges, trade schools, industry professionals, businesses, and military recruiters during the week so that our students can start thinking about their future plans after high school. We will also be finishing our CTSO Rush! CTSOs are our Career Technology Student Organizations. We want all students to be involved in a CTSO at Vanguard!

Some other things that will be happening during that week:

  • We will be having special dress days for the week that we will announce next week.
  • Students can purchase jeans passes for $2 a day or $10 for the week beginning September 12th.
  • All funds will benefit advanced academics and go to help pay for AP testing.
  • On Friday, September 22nd students can wear mums and garters. Our student council and advanced academics are sponsoring a mum-making event called mum-age and fun-age!
  • Students can purchase a mum-making ticket for $25, or a week of jeans and a mum-making bundle for $30 If you are interested in making a mum with Student Council and Advanced Academics please fill out the Google Form. Numbers are limited!

Meet the Dean Night

Vanguard invites all of our Vanguard families to a town hall-style meeting to learn about Vanguard's mission and get to know Dean Elsasser. This event will take place Tuesday, September 27th from 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm. Mark your calendars for this special event!
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HOSA -Health Occupation Students of America

Vanguard HOSA, our Health Sciences CTSO, held its first Officer elections yesterday. All of the nominees did an amazing job with their speeches. Congratulations, to the following students on becoming Vanguards FIRST HOSA Officers:

Reporter: Ana Ascenio

Historian: Zayra Estrada

Secretary: Alijah El-Hauaq

Vice President: Giselle Rose Aquino

President: Daniela Aguilar"

Vanguard Fall Family Campout

Vanguard Outdoor Education is excited to announce our first family campout of the year!

When: November 18-20, 2022

Where: Lake Ray Roberts State Park Isla DuBois

Cost: $25 per family (Payments will be made available to awarded student InTouch accounts on October 17th-21st)

Interest form filled out by October 16th at 11:59pm.

Spots will be awarded on October17th. Only 20 family spots are available.

Upcoming Events!

We have a semester full of events that we are looking forward to. As the events approach we will share more information about them.


  • September 15th- October 15th Hispanic Heritage Month - We have many fun things planned to celebrate and learn about Hispanic Heritage!
  • September 16th - Junior class Jostens Ring Presentation
  • September 21st- Jostens on campus for ring orders
  • Week of September 19th - September 22nd - VANGUARD SPIRIT WEEK and COLLEGE AND CAREER WEEK (Details coming soon!)
  • Meet the Dean Night 6:00 pm-7:00 pm at Vanguard High School


  • October 14th- Manufacturing Day
  • Week of October 3rd - First District Checkpoints
  • Fall Festival TBA
  • October 25th - PSAT Day!
  • End of October - Red Ribbon Week!


  • Discovery Night (Details coming soon!)
  • November 18th - 2nd Annual Turkey Tourney Kickball Tournament! (Revitalized- bigger and better than last year!)


  • December 10th - Winter Formal

AP Testing

  • AP Exams are $60 each. $40 each if your child is eligible for free or reduced lunch.

  • Exam fees are due by Nov. 1st. There is no refund for the exam fee.

  • Exams should be paid for by debit/credit card through Total Registration.

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Student Parking Pass

Parking stickers must be on vehicles starting Monday!!!

Every vehicle parked on campus must be registered with the office and have an approved 22-23 parking sticker. VHS student drivers MUST Park in the designated student parking lot located at the back of the building. Parking stickers will cost $20 each.

To get a parking sticker, follow these steps:
Step 1 - Complete and submit this form. You must have a valid driver's license and proof of insurance.

Step 2 - Pay $20 for your parking sticker via cash/check/credit card. Parents can pay with Credit Card through the MISD Online Payment and Registration Portal. Cash and Checks will be accepted by Mrs. Kathman C130.

The Pulse - Vanguard Celebrations

Do you have something positive to share about Vanguard students, faculty, or incoming Vanguards? We would love for you to share celebrations through this Google Form! Your submission may be shared on social media or the VIP!

Student Standardized Dress

Vanguard students are expected to follow MISD standard dress policy.

Dress Policy 2021 (

Student ID Badges

Students are required to have Student ID badges visible at all times, this is for the safety of the students and Vanguard High School Campus.

If students do not have an ID badge they will be charged $5 for a replacement. This includes if a student scratches off picture, puts a sticker over the original pictures or in some way alters the original picture on the ID Badge.

Thank you for helping us keep your student and Vanguard High School safe