From the Principal, Dr. Tobon
Viking Families and Friends,
The start of another school year is in the books. It was great to see staff and students alike sharing in the excitement of another year. Now that summer vacation is officially over, it’s time for all of us to get back to leading, guiding, and supporting our students on their educational journey.
I have said this before, but feel it is worthy of repeating. Having a successful high school experience extends beyond the regular school day. It includes students getting involved in healthy and positive activities outside of school. Student involvement has many benefits, but some of the most noteworthy include the opportunity to learn the values of teamwork, both individual and group responsibility, and diversity, as well as instilling a sense of culture and community.
Valparaiso High School students have access to over 50 active clubs, which does not include co-curricular activities such as Varsity Singers, Viking Press, Speech and Debate, or sports. During all lunches on Wednesday, August 24th and Thursday, August 25th, students will have the opportunity to meet club members and ask questions. Please encourage your student to browse the various tables and, hopefully, get involved.
Lastly, as we know, building relationships, helping students continuously grow, and providing rigorous instruction are key to student success. It is imperative that the school, parents/guardians, and students work together to create the best possible experience for students. These three areas will continue to be our focus this year.
I look forward to working with you this year!
VHS Administration Team
What's Happening at VHS!
August 24th & 25th: Club Rush during lunch hours
August 30th: 9th Grade Picture Day
August 31st: 10th Grade Picture Day
September 1st: 11th Grade Picture Day
September 5th: Labor Day/No School
September 19th: Senior Picture Day
September 20th: Senior Picture Day
September 23rd: Homecoming Varsity Football Game 7pm
September 24th: Homecoming Dance 8-11pm
Please see the VHS Calendar for more events!
Natural Helpers is not a club, but a retreat that is held twice a year to help students learn more about helping others as well as learn about themselves and who is important to them. Retreatants are chosen by their peers. Within the first couple of weeks of school, juniors and seniors are asked to name 3 juniors or seniors to whom they go when they need to talk/get help. These named students are already Natural Helpers by nature and those whose names come up the most frequently are invited to attend the retreat. On retreat, we use small and large group activities, videos, skits, music, journaling, etc. to learn how to use time, communication, trust, limitations and affirmation of others. Those who have attended the retreat may apply to be part of the Rainbow Staff who help to run the next retreat. If you have any questions about Natural Helpers, email Mrs. Morales at email@example.com.
This is my 9th year of teaching at VHS.
I currently teach advanced English 9, freshmen resource, and AP English language & composition. I am the CAS coordinator for the IB diploma, and I direct April Antics through Drama Club!
I grew up in Valpo, graduated from VHS, and substitute taught here before teaching full-time. VHS has always felt like a second home to me! Our teachers are top-notch and fun to work with, and I love seeing all of the positive progress that our students make during their time as high schoolers.
A fun fact about me is that I like to tap dance!
Have questions? Please be sure to check out the Frequently Asked Questions for Parent Info!