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Vanguard Information Page

Week of October 24th

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From the Dean

This week Vanguard will join with schools in the district and across the nation celebrating Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign. This photo is of my younger brother. He struggled with drugs and alcohol starting when he was about 14 years old. He was in and out of trouble from that point on. One night, when he was 17, he made a decision to drink and drive and it cost him his life. It impacted my family and me greatly. My mother became a detox counselor after that. I have made decisions for my life based on the outcome of his. Red Ribbon Week is a chance to help our students be reflective and help them realize the importance of making good decisions. There are many choices you can make in life, but no matter what friends or other people are doing, or what is going on around us, drugs and alcohol are not the answer.

All students at Vanguard will be taking PSAT on Tuesday! Even if students do not feel that they will attend a 4-year college, good scores on the PSAT will help them get into trade schools and give them opportunities for their future. PSAT can even take the place of TSI testing. Doing your best on this test will open doors for you! Please make sure you eat a good breakfast Tuesday morning and pack some snacks if you can! Layer your clothes so that you're comfortable and come ready to do your best!

We started our middle school tours this week and we were excited to welcome Wilkinson and Agnew to our campus. Thank you to Mr. Stoker, Coach Hunt, and all of our amazing student leaders who help make these tours go smoothly! Now through Friday, December 16th, 8th-grade students from across the district may express interest in attending Vanguard High School in the 23-24 school year through Skyward. There is more information about how to apply to Vanguard below in this newsletter!

Last, but not least, I wanted to give a huge thank you to everyone who came to our first Fall Festival. I can not thank our student council enough for their work in making this event successful. Our students and teachers from every department participated. We had representatives from all of our CTSOs, clubs, and organizations, and we even had our Senior completers working the trunk or treat! Our PTA sold concessions nonstop that evening thanks to donations from our amazing parents and community members. We felt that Fall Festival needed a VIP of its own, so stay tuned for pictures and more in a special edition VIP coming this week! I am constantly amazed by our students and staff and this event brought out the best in everyone. We are already looking forward to next year's Vanguard Fall Festival!

Thanks for another great week, Vanguards!

PSAT - October 25th!

All Vanguard students will be taking the PSAT test this TUESDAY, October 25th! This is a practice college entrance exam. Students who do well may qualify for college scholarships and recognition.

Testing will begin at 9:30 am on the 25th! Please encourage students to arrive at shuttle locations early and be ready to take the first shuttle bus that arrives from home campuses!

Please check your calendar and arrange doctor appointments and early release around this date! If students have an early release or late arrival on that day it invalidates their test.

Breakfast will run normally that morning and the cafeteria will be providing a sack lunch once testing is finished. Students are encouraged to bring snacks and water bottles to eat during their testing breaks.

Red Ribbon Week -BPA Fundraiser!

Red Ribbon Spirit Week is coming up at the end of October with the theme "Drug Free Looks Like Me." Students will have an opportunity to participate in the dress-up days for the week of October 24th-28th.

Pre-sales for Jeans passes will start Oct. 20th before school and during lunches. Students may pay $2 daily for jeans or $9 for jeans for the whole week.

All proceeds benefit Business Professionals of America.

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Learning Recovery and Attendance Recoup Session this Saturday!

We have an upcoming Learning Recovery & Attendance Recoup session Saturday, October 29th from 9:00 - 12:00. Parents, we highly encourage your child to attend if these opportunities apply to them. If you have questions, contact Mrs. Jackson or Ms. Ordoñez.

Vanguard Yearbooks are on Sale!

Have you ordered your Vanguard yearbook yet? We are currently selling the yearbook online only! Students who are interested in owning the FIRST Vanguard yearbook must pre-purchase online!

The cost of the Vanguard yearbook is $45.00. Prices will increase as the year goes on, so get yours today!

Ordering is easy! Click this link: Make sure you are on the Vanguard High School in Mesquite, Texas page.

Payment plans are available!

We are making memories at Vanguard, make them last a lifetime with your own Vanguard yearbook!

Vanguard Construction Technology Fundraiser

Our Vanguard Construction Technology students are raising funds to attend the district Skills USA Competition. (it takes about $177 per student to participate in this competition)

As of now, they are offering:

*Custom Cornhole Boards (18” x 36” for $100 and 24” x 48” for $125)

*Giant Jenga ($50 w/out box and $75 with a box)

*Giant Connect Four ($150)

*Picnic Tables (Full size starting at $150 and Child Size)

**These items are customizable so you will need to contact the instructor for final design and pricing.**

If you have another project in mind, contact the instructor and you can discuss options.

Instructor Contact Information:

Alan Thomas

Vanguard High School

Construction Technology

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Robotics at Vanguard!

Robotics is rocking and rolling this year! Students are prototyping for FIRST and VEX Robotics Competitions. Our upper-level students are learning how to use collaborative robots for industry. Everyone is learning how to 3D print! We even visited the Ashley Furniture Distribution Center to see robotics and manufacturing in action!

Santa Cop Fundraiser

MISD is again partnering with Mesquite Police Department to help raise money for Santa Cop! With $10 donation students and staff will receive a Santa Cop t-shirt that can be worn with jeans on Wednesdays starting November 30th and all the way until Winter Break! Students and staff are both invited to donate to Santa Cop!

Click here to Order your shirt today!

Cutoff for t-shirt purchase is October 28th!

Santacolor 5K Run & Walk

Get ready for the 2022 Amazing Santacolor 5K Run & Walk, presented by Credit Union of Texas and the Mesquite ISD Education Foundation. November 12 at Town East Mall.

Don't miss out on the official 2022 Amazing Santacolor 5K long-sleeve white t-shirt, commemorative participation medal, Whataburger santa hat and sunglasses, an individual color powder packet and more in this year's race packet.

Register now!

All proceeds benefit Mesquite ISD teachers and students!

Middle School Visits!

This week we welcomed Wilkinson and Agnew 8th graders to our campus!

Students were able to listen to information about our 4 schools of study, Construction, Technology, Health Science, and Engineering, and our 16 different pathways. They were led on a tour of our campus by Vanguard student leaders where they saw our students and teachers in action and visualized themselves as future Vanguards! It was exciting to see all the faces and interest in all of our programs.

If you know of students interested in applying to Vanguard next year, please give them the following information:

Fill out the interest form in Student Skyward to apply to Vanguard! Instructions for how to enroll can be found here.

If you have any questions, please email

Coach Adcock's Powerlifting team is maxing this week and is starting to see some major gains

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JROTC Robotics Competition

Congratulation to the Vanguard JROTC Robotics Team! Cadets participated in a robotics scrimmage on October 15th to participate in series of robotics workshops to enhance skills and robotics knowledge. Following the workshops, cadets participated in a robotics competition against other JRTOC Battalions across MISD resulting in a competition victory!

Pharmacy Tech Students Making Lip Balm!

Mrs. Powell's students are the "balm!" Her Pharm Tech students made a batch of moisturizing lip balm.

Dads and Difference Makers on Duty

Coach Fofang is starting a new initiative at Vanguard High School, Dad & difference makers on duty. We need male leaders willing to give an hour or two a week or bi-weekly to mentor our young men. Fellas fill out the link so we know you're interested!

The interest meeting is Tuesday Nov. 1st at Vanguard 6pm

ConstructionTech II working on the roof of their Shed Project

Unity Day at Vanguard- Students and Staff wore Orange to spread Kindness!

PINK OUT! Students and staff wore pink in support of breast cancer survivors!

Fresh U Mentors and Mentees passing the question starter ball to ignite great conversations!

Eastfield Field Trip!

Our freshmen collegiate students took a field trip to Eastfield today. They had their picture taken for their college ID, were given a tour of the campus, & received information about campus life & resources. Thank you, Mrs. Jensen, for this opportunity!

Infant CPR in Nurse Powell's Clincals

Dean Elsasser stopped by Nurse Powell's Clinical class to learn infant CPR!

Blood Pressure Checks in EMT Class

Students in Mr. Campbell's EMT class have been learning how to take someone's blood pressure. Vanguard employees are taking turns being the patients for students! They're doing a wonderful job!

Fractures and Casting Bones in Medical Terminology Class

Medical Terminology students in Mrs. Davis's class learned about fracture types and casting bones!

Health Science Theory Student Research Projects

Ms. Clay's sophomore Health Science Theory students researched information about the 6 certification areas they can pursue at Vanguard. They identified their future aspirations, as well as gave ideas to our freshman class.

These projects shown below and more are now on display in our Vanguard library! Stop by and see them!

Men and Ladies of Honor Starting in November!

We are excited about starting The Men and Ladies of Honor program at Vanguard.

Men and Ladies of Honor is a faith-based youth program. It has been implemented on many of our MISD campuses. It's based on teaching students the principles of chivalry, honor, moral excellence, and courageous leadership. We will be starting this program at Vanguard beginning in November. In the meantime, if you have questions, reach out to Coach Fofang, Ms. Holland, Mr. Magee, Mr. Alvarez, or Ms. Jackson. In the meantime, please make time to show this video to your students that explains the purpose of the program:

The Men & Ladies of Honor


Early voting begins Monday, October 24th, and runs through Nov. 4th. Election Day is November 8th.

The Mesquite ISD Board of Trustees has called a Voter Approval Tax Rate Election (VATRE) this fall. The district is asking voters to approve a 3-cent increase to the maintenance and operations portion of the school district’s tax rate in order to maximize available state funding. If approved, the increase would result in $16.4 million in additional funds for MISD schools each year, while keeping the overall school tax rate lower than last year’s rate. Watch this video to learn more about the areas of need that would be addressed with the additional funding if the VATRE is approved on November 8th.

Stop by and see Vanguard's Booth at the Read Play Talk Festival this Saturday!

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Thank you to all the parents and community members that donated chips, candy and water bottles to our Fall Festival fundraiser. We appreciate all the donations that helped get our PTA started.

Vanguard PTA meetings will be held on the 2nd Thursday in January, March, and May Our Vanguard PTA Board will meet at 5:30 pm. The general PTA Meeting will begin at 6:45 pm. Thank you to all of our PTA board and members!

The PTA is looking for parents that would like to serve on our board. We have identified 2 areas of need at the moment:

We are looking for at least 1-2 parents from each program to act as a liaison between PTA and the CTE teachers so that we can plan and support events that work within our programs.

The first example of this is we are planning a spring festival cook-off and car show for the spring.

The other area that we are looking for is 1-2 parents to be Class Parents, Class of 24, Class of 25, Class of 26. This person would also act as a liaison and provide PTA/Parent support to the class sponsor for class events.

If you are interested in serving on any of the board positions please email Ms. Lane at

Fuel Up to Play 60 Madden NFL 23 Open Tournament.

This tournament is open to all middle and high school students ages 13-19 in the Dallas Cowboys viewing area, Your school falls within this area!. Full details for the tournament are as follows:

· What: Fuel Up to Play 60 Madden NFL 23 Open Tournament

· When: Qualifiers: October 25th and 26th starting at 4 pm CST both days; Live

broadcasted finals: October 27th starting at 5 pm CST

· Who: All middle and high school students ages 13 – 19 in the Dallas Cowboys viewing area are eligible to participate

· How to Participate: Eligible students need to sign up via this website for either the Xbox or PlayStation Day 1 or 2 qualifier then join the Discord

· Prizing: Two winners (Xbox and PlayStation) will get to Live Like the Dallas Cowboys for a Day as well as receive free Whataburger for a year

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.


  • October 25th - PSAT Day!
  • October 24th - October 28th - Red Ribbon Week!
  • October 29th District Read, Play, Talk Festival


  • November 18th - 2nd Annual Turkey Tourney Kickball Tournament! (Revitalized- bigger and better than last year!)
  • November 18th - 21st Vanguard Fall Family Campout


  • December 6th - 8th Grade Discovery Night at Vanguard
  • December 10th - Winter Formal
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


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