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Week of September 12th

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From Dean Elsasser

Hello, Vanguards! This week has been full of emotional moments. I was proud of our students and staff for wearing maroon and white this week in support of Uvalde students and staff as they started the new school year.

I was grateful for the opportunity to share my story of helping to clean up in New York City after 9-11. Our JROTC did a fantastic job of setting up a memorial for the lives lost in the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Thank you to the parents, community members, Mesquite Police Department, Mesquite Fire Department, and FOX for coming out to participate in our Patriot Day memorial.

We have some exciting things happening at Vanguard in the next few weeks including the kick-off of our Hispanic Heritage celebration and our first-ever Spirit Week.

Thank you for another great week, Vanguards!

Photos from our Patriot Day Memorial at Vanguard

Uvalde Strong

Vanguard Spirit Week!

Vanguard will be celebrating our first Spirit Week, Magical Vanguard, from September 19th through the 23rd! It is also career and college week. We will be welcoming colleges, trade schools, industry professionals, businesses, and military recruiters during the week so that our students can start thinking about their future plans after high school. We will also be finishing our CTSO Rush! CTSOs are our Career Technology Student Organizations. We want all students to be involved in a CTSO at Vanguard!

Some other things that will be happening during that week:

  • We will be having themed dress days for the week! (See below)
  • Students can purchase jeans passes for $2 a day or $10 for the week beginning September 12th.
  • All funds will benefit advanced academics
  • On Friday, September 23rd students can wear mums and garters. Our student council and advanced academics are sponsoring a mum-making event called mum-age and fun-age!
  • Students can purchase a mum-making ticket for $25, or a week of jeans and a mum-making bundle for $30 If you are interested in making a mum with Student Council and Advanced Academics please fill out the Google Form. Numbers are limited!

Meet the Dean Night

Vanguard invites all of our Vanguard families to a town hall-style meeting to learn about Vanguard's mission and get to know Dean Elsasser. This event will take place Tuesday, September 27th from 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm. Mark your calendars for this special event!
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Vanguard Yearbooks are on Sale!

Our first Vanguard yearbook presale is happening now!

Pre-order your 22-23 Vanguard yearbook for $45 by September 30th! We will have several more sales dates, but prices change as the year goes along, so get your early bird special!

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!

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Are you interested in learning how to dance to Hispanic music? Or know how to dance already? Hispanic Heritage Month activities will include a dance showcase performing the major Hispanic dance styles. Talk to Ms. Pita in H109 if you are interested in participating in this exciting activity happening this month.
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Learning from Professionals

One of our instructional technology coaches spent quality time with students in Mr. Magee's Principles of Business, Marketing, and Finance! She shared her amazing journey in the field of IT, and the impressive scope and size of MISD’s Technology and Innovation division.

Announcing our FIRST PTA Board

We would like to announce our PTA board that was elected on August 23rd. Please stay tuned for upcoming events. If you would like to assist in future events, please make sure you have a volunteer form for MISD filled out. You can access the MISD Volunteer form here:

Kayaking in Outdoor Education

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Vanguard Fall Family Campout

Vanguard Outdoor Education is excited to announce our first family campout of the year!

When: November 18-20, 2022

Where: Lake Ray Roberts State Park Isla DuBois

Cost: $25 per family (Payments will be made available to awarded student InTouch accounts on October 17th-21st)

Interest form filled out by October 16th at 11:59pm.

Spots will be awarded on October17th. Only 20 family spots are available.

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.


  • September 15th- October 15th Hispanic Heritage Month - We have many fun things planned to celebrate and learn about Hispanic Heritage!
  • September 16th - Junior class Jostens Ring Presentation
  • September 21st- Jostens on campus for ring orders
  • Week of September 19th - September 23rd - VANGUARD SPIRIT WEEK and COLLEGE AND CAREER WEEK
  • Meet the Dean Night 6:00 pm-7:00 pm at Vanguard High School


  • October 14th- Manufacturing Day
  • Week of October 3rd - First District Checkpoints
  • Fall Festival date TBA
  • October 25th - PSAT Day!
  • End of October - Red Ribbon Week!


  • Discovery Night (Details coming soon!)
  • November 18th - 2nd Annual Turkey Tourney Kickball Tournament! (Revitalized- bigger and better than last year!)


  • December 10th - Winter Formal

Student Parking Pass

Parking stickers must be on vehicles starting Monday!!!

Every vehicle parked on campus must be registered with the office and have an approved 22-23 parking sticker. VHS student drivers MUST Park in the designated student parking lot located at the back of the building. Parking stickers will cost $20 each.

To get a parking sticker, follow these steps:
Step 1 - Complete and submit this form. You must have a valid driver's license and proof of insurance.

Step 2 - Pay $20 for your parking sticker via cash/check/credit card. Parents can pay with Credit Card through the MISD Online Payment and Registration Portal. Cash and Checks will be accepted by Mrs. Kathman C130.

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