VHS Newsletter

August 2022

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

Mr. Daniel Hadary, Assistant Principal; Mrs. Lauren Pickett, Dean of Students; Mrs. Michelle Bush, Assistant Principal; Dr. Veronica Tobon, Principal; Mrs. Ashley Monroe, Associate Principal; Mr. Jacob Plesac, Dean of Students.
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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!

VHS Spotlights

Peer Tutoring

Peer Tutoring is an opportunity to help some very special students during the school day. 10, 11, 12th graders may give up their study hall to student aide in the Life Skills Classroom for a semester (or a year). Peer tutors sit with students who have mental disabilities, physical disabilities, autism, Down Syndrome, etc and help them with their classroom work, redirect their behaviors, help them with jobs around the school, at lunch and in the hallways. The Life Skills students learn at approx a preK-5th grade academic level and the teachers modify their lessons so they can learn the material at a level that makes sense to them. The Life Skills Program also runs the school's Simply Gifted Coffee House and coffee carts. Peer Tutors may also assist with this during their class. Befriending the students and supporting the teaching staff is the main job of a peer tutor. This is a non-credit generating class; it is a volunteer situation, though peer tutors typically find they enjoy their time so much that they do not mind. Positions often fill up quickly at the beginning of the semester.

Natural Helpers

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 tmorales@valpo.k12.in.us.

Staff Spotlight

Molly Oros

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!

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