Viper Voice Newsletter

November 2021

Message from the desk of Elizabeth Ihle

Dear VCMS Families,

As November comes to a close, there is much to be grateful for at Vickery Creek Middle School. To start, we are seeing fewer and fewer COVID cases which means more and more students and staff are at school learning together. November began with the return of our PTO sponsored Fall Festival, a huge success as it allowed our community to come together and play together. The PTO remained busy launching the Step It Up fundraiser they continued to promote through November 18th.

Veterans Day honored those who dedicate their lives to the service of our country. We had the pleasure to thank them as they drove through our campus. As a service endeavor, Mr. Lewsader himself dressed as a turkey and we collected over $500 and 44 turkeys to donate to The Place of Forsyth. All of these celebrations and traditions remind us how important it is for us to find ways to share moments we honor together. Athletics, clubs, and help sessions are all in full swing.

Book Fair is back! It is a welcome reminder that our Media Center truly represents a vibrant hub of learning and curiosity for all students and staff.

This month our Clubhouse recognized Native American Heritage Month through our morning announcements and is excited about our upcoming Children’s Illness Awareness Festival December 18th at Vickery Village. Students from multiple clubs are partnering with CHOA to raise money and learn more about the illnesses that impact children. The event begins at 2pm. Look for the flyer below for more information. We hope to see you there!

We continue to recognize ways students and teachers are building community through art this year as we post pictures on social media with the #InspireWestForsyth hashtag. Follow along!

Be sure to check our upcoming basketball games for both girls and boys. Games started the week before Thanksgiving break and our schedule is full! Our cheerleaders are working hard to promote spirit for these teams. We would love for you to come and support these student athletes.

I hope you were able to rest and rejuvenate over Thanksgiving Break spending time with those you treasure most. We have three weeks before the holiday break. It is a time to support your children as they prepare to finish quarter two strong academically. Viper Academy is each Thursday after school from 4:30 – 5:30. Students must sign up each week so we have exact numbers. This is one way your child can receive extra help to best prepare for upcoming assessments.

In closing, keep in mind that Mr. Feldkamp is still available to attend Homeowner Association meetings for subdivisions who reside in the Vickery Creek Middle School district. During these visits, he will share information about Vickery Creek Middle School and provide insight to middle school life. If you are an HOA board member (or know one) and would like to have him attend one of your monthly, semi-annual, or annual HOA meetings, please click on the link below.

If there is ever a question, concern, or compliment you would like to ask or share, please feel free to contact Mr. Feldkamp anytime at, or at (770) 667-2580 ext. 230113.

With warm regards,

Elizabeth Ihle

Assistant Principal, VCMS


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Teacher of the Month - October

Congratulations to Derek Piper for being named our VCMS Teacher of the Month for October. This means that Derek will be a candidate for Teacher of the Year for 2022. Congratulations Mr. Piper!
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8th Grade Spanish

Students in Spanish I celebrated Day of the Dead by creating headstones adorned with traditional "ofrenda" decorations of flowers, bread, and "papel picado." They learned about the deep traditions associated with this holiday and learned a great deal!
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Viper Basketball

VCMS Viper Basketball is heating up this Winter! Our 7th and 8th grade boys and girls have had a great month in November with some exciting games coming in December as well! Come out and cheer on our athletes to victory! December Games: 12/7 VCMS vs DeSana MS 12/9 VCMS vs Liberty MS 12/16 VCMS vs Riverwatch MS
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The VCMS basketball season has begun and what a start. The Vipers welcomed South Forsyth into the Viper Pit and the atmosphere was electric. The MVP of the night was the student section. Chants of defense, you can't do that, and a deafening roar every time the Vipers made a big shot could be heard all evening. Following the game, reporters caught up with Coach Cheek and asked about the impact the student section had during the game, "Our student section kept us in the ball game all night. The players feed off of their energy and it can completely change a game. Best student section in all FOCO!" Our Vipers will welcome our opponents to the Pit and look to build more momentum.
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The Clubhouse

Happy Diwali from the Clubhouse!
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Please mark your calendars for December 18th from 2pm - 5pm! VCMS students are partnering with CHOA and Vickery Village to bring you the first annual Children's Illness Awareness Festival.
Please consider sending in gift cards of any amount to give to families impacted by childhood illnesses. VCMS students will be presenting all collected donations to CHOA during our upcoming December 18th festival. You can either donate here:

Or you can send in gift cards with your student to the VCMS counseling office and we will apply it to our website that tracks all donations!

FCA - Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) has been thriving this year at VCMS. One Thursday morning each month, students are invited to a school-wide Huddle in the gym. Students have fun playing dodgeball and there are always plenty of donuts to eat. The last ten minutes of the Huddle we have an inspirational Christian message from a guest speaker. We’ve had a great turn out this year, averaging about 50 plus students each Huddle. Two youth leaders who work with Mrs. Crosby are Rocky Wyatt and Eric Helms. Rocky is a youth minister at Grace Chapel, and he has been working with FCA here at Vickery for at least ten years. New this year to VCMS is Eric Helms, former body builder and founder of Driven to Encourage Ministries. In addition to monthly Huddles, FCA has a bimonthly leadership meetings in Mrs. Crosby’s room for interested students.

Media Center

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A HUGE thank-you to all those who helped make our first book fair in 2 years a great success!

PTO - thank you for helping to organize our fabulous volunteers as well as donating Blow Pops and prizes for our wildly successful Blow Pop board fundraiser.

THANK YOU to my two devoted volunteers Rosie Neyhouse and Dolores Mahn - your help in running our book fair (they were here EVERY DAY, ALL DAY!), as well as their support in running our media center on a weekly basis enable me to do so much for our VCMS students.

Finally, thank you to our VCMS students and their families for supporting our media program through Scholastic book purchases and participating in our Blow Pop Fundraiser.

All proceeds will be used to continually elevate our media center; creating a vibrant, fun, and welcoming space for all of our students. I hope our VCMS community had as much fun as I did during book fair week!


Lauren Tafuto

Here at VCMS, reading is a cornerstone of our world. We believe that reading for pleasure is a clear way to continue learning for both students and adults. Each month, we love to share the books staff members are reading.


VCMS Student Council

Our VCMS Student Council President and Vice President were elected during November. Juliana Cowart is our new student body VP and Cullen Sheffield is our new student body President. Hooray!

Student Council hosted a fundraiser selling Dude Be Nice t-shirts just before Thanksgiving break. The funds raised will be going towards their Dude Be Nice Week budget! This will allow them to shower our community with random acts of kindness during DBN Week occurring 12/13 - 12/17. Students, staff and community leaders will be celebrated during this week of nice-ness. Memories will be made and hearts will be warmed! #DudeBeNice


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We were thrilled so many families were able to attend the 2nd Annual Fall Festival! We are already planning for next year! We loved being able to offer it for free to all students to stay after school and enjoy!

We we able to host our Annual Veteran's Day Celebration with performances by the chorus and band and a Treat Bag to show our appreciation to all of the Veterans that were able to attend.

We treated the staff to a Grateful and Thankful Pie bar this month to brighten their day.

We Kicked Off our Step It Up Fundraiser with a Pep Rally and will wrap it up with a Day of Awesomeness if we hit our Goal! If you have not signed up yet please visit

We have big plans this year and need your support! The cool part of this fundraiser is at the end it wraps up with a day of Awesomeness for the Students to enjoy! All you need to get started is to visit the website!

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Fall Festival

Fall Festival provided a wonderful way for us to reconnect, have fun, and enjoy the beautiful Fall weather together. Thank you to our PTO for planning and organizing such a fantastic event.