VHS Newsletter

June 2022

From the Principal, Dr. Tobon

Viking Families and Friends,

I hope your students have enjoyed the first few days of summer break. Summer School is in full swing, and our custodial staff is already hard at work preparing the building for the upcoming academic year

The end of the 2021-22 academic year was a busy one. Our Vikings took advantage of every opportunity given to them. Here are just a few highlights of how we ended this academic year. VHS placed in the Top 10 Overall School, Senior Division in Academic Super Bowl. VHS advanced to the HOSA International Competition in three events: Health Informatics, Medical Math, and CPR/First Aid. Our music program did an impressive job at ISSMA earning a Gold rating in the following areas:Wind Ensemble & Symphony Orchestra Wind Ensemble / Freshman Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra. Our Wind Symphony and Concert Choir earned a rating of Gold with Distinction. Our music talent does not stop there as our Concert Choir went on to the ISSMA State Finals. Our students in our STEM program also received special recognitions. Students earned the Award of Excellence for the Indiana Chapter of the American Institute of Architects for the High School Architectural Design Competition as well as an Award of Honor.

The school year may be over, but our Vikings are not finished yet. Today, both our girls track and Unified track teams are headed to Bloomington for the State competitions scheduled for tomorrow. On Wednesday, we celebrated a milestone in the lives of over 475 seniors as many of them walked across the stage, turned their tassels, and made the change from students to alumni. On Sunday, we will send off the Class of 2022 with the Graduate Parade, which is scheduled to begin at 11:00. I ask that you please come out and join us in wishing our graduates the very best as they move on to the next phase in their lives.

Finally, as you may recall from my January newsletter, the SAT exam is the new Indiana Statewide Accountability Assessment beginning with the Class of 2023. Our juniors took the exam and our results are in! The average total score for Valparaiso High School was significantly higher than that of the State coming in at 1048 compared to the State’s average of 961. Vikings, give yourselves a pat on the back for a job well done!

Thank you for continuing to support our students, teachers, and staff and have a wonderful, safe, and relaxing summer.

What's Happening at VHS!

June 5th Graduate Parade 11am

June 21st Summer School Session 1 Ends

July 4-9 Moratorium Week

July 11th Summer School Session 2 Begins

July 28th Summer School Session 2 Ends

Please see the VHS Calendar for more events!

National Award Earners!

142 students from Valparaiso High School are being recognized for community service as National Award earners and as inspirations for other students to get involved in their community. The 5th Annual National Community Service Awards connect student service activity to the UN Global Goals. This year we have additional recognition for students working toward a world of Zero Hunger and Zero Waste. Click the link to see the students who were involved!

Club Spotlight

Indian Dance Club

The Indian Dance Club was started at VHS in 2018. Isabelle Uthuppan is one of the founders and is currently the president. Isabelle has taught many students the traditional Indian dance styles mixed with American Hip-Hop dance routines. This year, the Indian Dance Club performed at April Antics, Mr. VHS Comedy Show, half-time at a boy’s varsity basketball game, and Valparaiso’s World Cultural Fest. If you have any questions about the Indian Dance Club, contact Mrs. Vettickal at kvettickal@valpo.k12.in.us.

Staff Spotlight

Susan Hoffman

I have been at VHS for 9 years and I've been teaching for 18 years.

I teach composition, journalism, and yearbook. I sponsor the yearbook and newspaper, and I am a Team LEAD facilitator. I like working at VHS because I feel supported by the administration and have grown in confidence as a teacher during my time here. I love the Valpo community and am happy to raise my 3 daughters here. An interesting fact about me is that I have 6 siblings and 20 nieces and nephews. I recently had my students do research on generations, and I discovered that the 7 of us siblings span 3 generations (since there are 17 years between my oldest sister and me, the youngest). My oldest niece and I are in the same generation (Millennials), and I am closer in age to 3 of my nieces and nephews than I am to 3 of my siblings!

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