BULLDOG BRIEF

PERSONALIZED. INNOVATIVE. GLOBAL.

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Legally Blonde

Van Meter High School Performing Arts is proud to present Legally Blonde-The Musical. The show follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Action-packed and exploding with memorable songs and dynamic dances - this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal! Please join us on November 6th at 2:00 & 7:00 and November 7th at 2:00 for a fantastic show! All tickets can be pre-purchased using the school online ticketing link. Tickets are $10. We hope to see you there!

November 5, 2021 Bulldog Brief
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Congratulations to the Girls Cross Country Team!

The girls cross country team finished in 7th place at the 2A State Cross Country Meet on Saturday. This is the 2nd straight 7th place finish for the Bulldogs and the 3rd straight top 10 finish for the girls at state. Clare Kelly and Mary Kelly both had top 15 individual finishes and the team placed higher than the two teams that had beaten them at the state qualifying meet a week earlier. It was a great season for Coach Flaws and the entire Bulldog team. Congratulations!

Football Quarterfinals Tonight

The Van Meter Bulldogs football team secured its 10th win of the season with a 42-0 victory over Woodward Granger on Friday, October 29. The Bulldogs will continue post season play tonight as they host the 9-1 ACGC Chargers with the game starting at 7:00 p.m. The winner of the game will advance to the the Dome. It should be a great game with great weather. We hope to see you there. GO DAWGS!


Because this is an IHSAA event, no activity passes will be accepted. Tickets must be purchased online as there will be no cash gate available. Tickets can be purchased here.

Preschool and Kindergarten/TK Information

If you are planning on sending your child to preschool or TK/Kindergarten next year, please complete the appropriate survey below:


Preschool


TK/Kindergarten


If you have any questions, contact Mr. Tibbetts at cody.tibbetts@vmbulldogs.com

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VM Logo Use

We get requests for using our logos once in a while. We sometimes give one time approval for individuals, but you should not be creating apparel or other material with the district's logos without permission. Typically, we will only approve extended use of our logos for VMEPC, Jr. Class After Prom, Performing Arts Booster, or the Athletic Boosters since all proceeds for those organizations are returned to the district. If anyone else is using our logos, please stop. Permission for one-time usage was not intended to be perpetual. The approved organizations may be looking into selling merchandise that individuals are already selling without district permission. Thanks for your understanding. If you have any questions, let us know.


Logo Usage Info

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COVID Attendance Report

As you may recall, we reported out the total number of positive COVID-19 cases and the total numbers of students/staff gone due to quarantine or isolation every Friday of the 20-21 school year. The IDPH will no longer be contact tracing nor will the Dallas County Health Department be regularly notifying the district of positive cases. Because we have less authority to have students quarantine due to exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, that report doesn't seem to work as well this year.


So, for the 21-22 school year, our plan is to just do a comparison to the known number of students/staff gone due to COVID-19 positive tests, or known quarantines. We will report out the total number of students/staff gone for all non-COVID-19 related illnesses as well. We will also report the known total number of active COVID-19 positives. Students/staff must isolate for 10 days when testing positive for COVID-19. As of Friday, November 5, we have 0 known positive student/staff case of COVID-19. At the end of week seven in 2020-21, we had 2 known COVID-19 cases. Though we have no true authority to require someone to quarantine as that responsibility is with the families, we do feel this will give people some information to make decisions that are best for their families in each of their respective situations.


If you aren't sure when to quarantine or isolate, please review the flowchart below for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.


The data for the first few weeks of school will be skewed a bit because quarantine rules changed to when both individuals were wearing a mask, students did not need to quarantine whereas early in the year if students were exposed, they had to quarantine for 14 days whether they had masks on or not. Though the information is all dependent on what families decide to do in regard to quarantine for this year, it is a true comparison of known absences each day of the year for both the 20-21 school year and the 21-22 school year.


As a reminder, if a student/staff member tests positive for COVID-19, they should remain home for 10 days. If a student/staff member has a known exposure to someone with COVID-19 and they haven't been vaccinated, they should quarantine for 14 days, or a minimum of 10 days with no symptoms unless they have a negative test result and quarantine can be shortened to 7 days. More information on when to quarantine or isolate can be found here. If at any point an individual is sick, please stay home until symptoms have subsided.


Please let us know if the data is helpful or if other information would be more useful. Also, there is a PDF with an FAQ from the IDPH and IDOE below the COVID data and flowchart on when to isolate or quarantine.

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COVID-19 Mitigation

On August 5, the DE and IDPH released this guidance for schools in relation to COVID-19.


In May, the IDPH released this guidance for Iowa schools in regards to COVID-19.


We will continue to use the guidance of the Dallas County Health Department, IDPH, and CDC. Masks should be worn on buses according to federal guidelines, but we are waiting to see what happens in the appeal from the state in regards to requiring masks on buses. With that said, we are not expecting students or staff to wear masks while at school, unless they choose to wear one. However, we do expect students to stay home when sick, if they have tested positive for COVID-19, or if they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.If cases increase dramatically, or if we have over 10% of our students/staff absent for consecutive days, we may require masks for a period of time when social distancing isn't possible.


Please continue to do your part to keep others safe. More information can be found in the attached IDPH document below.

Return to Learn Plan

Linked is our Return to Learn Plan for the 21-22 school year as of Friday, October 22. Of course, things could change, but as of today, these are our plans. If you have any questions contact Mr. Tibbetts, Mr. Lamoureux, or Mr. Durflinger.

cody.tibbetts@vmbulldogs.com

adam.lamoureux@vmbulldogs.com

deron.durflinger@vmbulldogs.com

Get Involved

We have four organizations that do a great job of supporting Van Meter Schools. They are always looking for members. Be sure to reach out to them if you are interested in helping out.


Van Meter Education Foundation- Contact Lawrence Yazzie at law.yaz@icloud.com

Van Meter Elementary Parent Committee Contact Amy Giesking at amy.giesking@gmail.com

Van Meter Performing Arts Boosters Contact Kris Koster at kris.koster@vmbulldogs.com

Van Meter Athletic Boosters Contact Wendy Kelly at vmathleticboosters@gmail.com

Athletic Website and Schedules