Summer Sports Start June 1

Governor Kim Reynolds has given school districts the authority start summer baseball and softball. The Van Meter School Board voted unanimously to approve starting both high school programs. Practices began today, and games will start on Monday, June 15. Guidelines for games and practices have been established by the Iowa Department of Education, IHSAA, IGHSAU under the guidance of the Iowa Department of Public Health. Those guidelines along with the VMCSD guidelines can be found at this link.

A PDF version of our guidelines is attached below. Please be sure to read the guidelines and expectations prior to attending any summer events. It is each spectator's and player's personal responsibility to following all established expectations. Let's all do our part to make this a great experience for our players. GO DAWGS!

Summer Sports Schedules

Schedules can be found here.

Once on the site, you can view the schedules by each sport, each level, weekly, or monthly. Click on the date of the specific event for more details and game information.

The schedules are subject to change, so please be sure to check the site regularly.

Another great site for learning more about Van Meter sports is Varsity Bound. Be sure to check it out for up to date stats for our teams and teams throughout the state.

If you have any questions, contact the coaches or Mr. Roberts at rick.roberts@vmbulldogs.com

Summer Lunch Program Ending on June 12

We will continue to serve grab and go lunches through Friday, June 12. However, we do not plan on continuing the program beyond that date. If you have any questions, email Barb Sandusky at barb.sandusky@vmbulldogs.com

20-21 School Year Registration

We have attached the online registration procedures. If you have not registered your child(ren) for school, we ask that parents complete student registration ASAP. Registrations are very important in helping us prepare for the upcoming school year. Please take the time to complete it. If you have any questions, email Sandy at sandy.coffin@vmbulldogs.com. She will be able to help you out or to get you connected with the appropriate person.

Thanks for getting your children registered for the next school year and have a great summer.

20-21 School Calendar

Also, we wanted to remind you again, that it is very possible that we start the school year prior to Monday, August 24 for students in grades TK-12. Preschool students will not likely start prior to August 24.

If we start early, it would be on Wednesday, August 12 in a hybrid learning model and run through Thursday, August 20. In this model, 1/2 of our students would attend each day in person, and the other 1/2 of our students would attend virtually. They would then switch the next day as shared below:

Aug. 12- Group A in person and Group B virtually

Aug. 13- Group B in person and Group A virtually

Aug. 14- No School/Teacher PD

Aug. 17- Group A in person and Group B virtually

Aug. 18- Group B in person and Group A virtually

Aug. 19- Group A in person and Group B virtually

Aug. 20- Group B in person and Group A virtually

Aug. 21- No School/Teacher PD

Aug. 24 and until further notice- All students attend in person

The first two weeks of school would give us the opportunity to prepare for implementing this type of learning environment on a more consistent basis if it is required later in the school year. No final decision has been made, but strong consideration is being given to using this model prior to having all students attend on Monday, August 24.

It may be close to July before we are able to make a final decision on the start date and any changes that may be occurring to the 20-21 school calendar. Of course, any modifications we make are subject to further changes later in the summer and into the next school year. We realize this isn't convenient for families, but do understand we will do all that we can to notify families as soon as possible.

Thanks for your patience as we work to develop a calendar that most benefits student learning.

Kindergarten Roundup

Kindergarten Roundup is currently scheduled for Monday, July 27, and Tuesday, July 28. Details are still being worked out and more information will come out later this summer. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Tibbetts at cody.tibbetts@vmbulldogs.com

Continuous Learning Reminders

There are summer learning opportunities available to our students. If interested, review the linked websites to learn more.

6-12 Summer Learning and Reading Site

K-8 Summer Learning and Reading Site

Mental Health Support

We know and understand that these are challenging times. Everyone's lives have been altered and it is challenging for all of us. If what is being asked of students is requiring too much time, let us know and we will find ways to provide more support or make adjustments to what we are asking kids to do. We just really want to put them in the best position to be successful academically, but we ultimately want to make sure our students are healthy.

Please reach out if your kids are struggling mentally. We have a great team of counselors and they would be glad to provide support if needed.

Jayci Kuhns- Social Worker, jayci.kuhns@vmbulldogs.com

Sara Cook- Elem. Counselor, sara.cook@vmbulldogs.com

Melanie Hopkins- Sec. Counselor, melanie.hopkins@vmbulldogs.com

Athletic Website and Schedules