Andrew Pride

JULY 1, 2021


I hope you and your family are getting much rest and relaxation. The 2020-21 school year provided us with numerous challenges which highlighted our strengths as a community. Our resilient students, staff, and community members overcame unprecedented challenges. I am so proud of all our T-Bolts for all your hard work and well earned successes. I am also excited for what's to come for VJA! Our hope for the 2021-22 school year is the continuation of our legacy of high expectations while taking care of each other. My intent is to do everything I can to ensure that we afford the best opportunities for all our students and staff.

I understand the anxiety that comes with the transition process and will try diligently to make things as smooth as possible for all of you. My goal is to continue the history of open communication provided by Dr. Nolting before me. One example is that we are continually monitoring IDPH and CDC guidelines for the start of the school year and will message out accordingly. Furthermore, we are appreciative of the Andew community members that have assisted in our District’s Strategic Framework planning meetings this summer. We will continue to message about both the guidelines for the start of school as well as the ongoing progress of the development of D230’s Strategic Plan. Please continue to refer to our website, our VJA website and our Andrew High School Twitter page @AndrewHS_d230 for updated information on any and all developments at VJA.

I am so excited and humbled to serve as your Principal. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you again and best wishes for a happy, healthy, and enjoyable summer!


Abir Othman



July 8: Vaccine Clinic

August 13: First day for Freshmen and new Transfer Students

August 16: First Day of School for All Students

September 1: Back to School Night

September 6: No School


We are thrilled to partner with Jewel/Osco to host another Vaccine Clinic. On Thursday, 7/8 and 7/30 from 12pm-6pm, Osco will provide Covid Vaccines to any T-Bolt and their family members (age 12+) and will provide Meningitis Vaccines.

COVID Vaccine: The first dose will be administered on July 8th and 2nd dose will be available at our upcoming clinic on Friday, July 30 from 12pm-6pm.

Meningitis Vaccine: A 2nd dose of the Meningitis Vaccine is required for all incoming 12th graders on or after their 16th birthday. We will also have this vaccine available on July 30th from 12pm – 6pm

Parents are required to complete the paperwork linked below for anyone 18 or under. Paperwork may be completed prior to coming to the clinic or a parent may come with.

Required Document Below (Parent Completes if under 18)

COVID Vaccine Informed Consent

Informed Consent for Inactivated Immunization 2021

Resources: Pfizer Fact Sheet V-Safe Health Checker Information

Please register here for a vaccine no later than Monday, July 5 at 3pm. All patients should bring a driver's license (or school ID if they do not have a driver's license) and their insurance card if they have one.

Thank you and GO T-BOLTS!

If you have any questions, please contact Tim Dalton at




Andrew High School is looking for parents interested in joining in our Principal/Parent School Improvement Plan Committee during the 2021-2022 school year. This Committee will help develop our annual plan and provide feedback throughout the year to help guide action steps to meet the needs of the plan.

There will be 4 meetings during this school year (dates to be determined), and they will meet from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. If you would like to join this Committee, please email: before September 1, 2021.

“At the end of the day, the most

overwhelming key to a child's success

is the positive involvement of parents.”

Jane D. Hull