VHS Newsletter

November 2021

From the Principal, Dr. Tobon

Viking Families and Friends,

I hope this newsletter finds you well and you are looking forward to spending some quality time with loved ones this upcoming week for the holiday. I often say Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, not because of the food, but because this time of year provides me the intentional opportunity to stop, reflect, and give thanks for those who make VHS a great place.

I am thankful for my Viking family. Our bus drivers and food service workers are working well before the sun comes up to make sure our students get to school and meals are ready for their arrival. Our custodial and office staff, as well as our aides and teachers, have gone more than the extra mile to help keep our kids in school. Everyone plays a role in keeping our students in school, and I am thankful for their dedication to doing so.

I am thankful for student voices. D.R.E.A.M., which stands for Diversity, Respect, Education, Advocacy, and Mission, is a student group I started this year with Mr. Adams, our athletic director. Our goal in creating this group is to provide an opportunity to listen to students. Our purpose is to provide students with the opportunity to share concerns, successes, and ideas to better our school culture. Although this group is still in its infancy, I am thankful for the students in this group, and I look forward to working with them.

I am thankful for the Valpo Schools Foundation. Last month, the Valpo Schools Foundation partnered with Valparaiso High School to recognize over 750 students in the 2021 Academic Letter Ceremony. These students earned and maintained at least a 3.5 GPA for each of the two semesters of the 2020-21 academic year. Furthermore, the Valpo Schools Foundation worked hand in hand with the Valparaiso Community Schools to sell bricks and create The Legacy Walk, which was inaugurated this week. The Valpo Schools Foundation gives back to our students through teacher grants, which are given at both the primary and secondary levels, as well as in the form of student scholarships.

Last, but not least, I am thankful for you. Throughout the last year and a half, many of you have sent words of encouragement, well wishes, and prayers our way. Thank you for taking the time to do so. Your continued support is greatly appreciated. I wish all of you a happy and restful holiday.

What's Happening at VHS!

Nov 19th-21st Ranked, A Musical

Nov 24th-26th Thanksgiving Break

Dec 4th SAT

Dec 5th, 6th, 7th This Is Our Story

Dec 10th-15th Final Exams

Dec 16th 1/2 day for students/End of 2nd Grading Period

Dec 17th No School/Records Day/Weather Makeup Day

Dec 20th-Dec 31st Winter Break

Jan 3rd School Resumes

Jan 17th Martin Luther King Jr Day/No School

Feb 18th Midwinter Break/No School/Weather Makeup Day

Feb 21st No School/President's Day

Please see the VHS Calendar for more events!

1st Semester Final Exams

Please use this link for information on the 1st Semester Final Exam Schedule.

This Is Our Story

This Is Our Story Festival of the Arts is returning this year! There will be 3 musical performances in the VHS Gym and art displays on Monday and Tuesday, including art by students from all VCS schools, grades k-12. A contest each year helps decide which students' artwork will be on the cover of the programs. There is a different program cover for each performance. The 3 winners this year are Bryn Solmos(Grade 9), Quentin Laughery(Grade 12) and Lillian Maldia(Grade 12). Please be sure to put the performance dates on your calendar and come out to celebrate the holidays and the talents of our students!

VHS Matinee Performance on Sunday, December 5th at 3:00 p.m.

TJMS Night plus Elementary Schools on Monday, December 6th at 7:00 p.m.

BFMS Night plus Elementary Schools on Tuesday, December 7th at 7:00 p.m.

Join us at one of the concerts for some holiday cheer!

STEM on the Road Event

On Friday, November 12th, Purdue University Northwest (PNW) was at Valparaiso High School for their STEM on the Road event. The event showcased multiple career and educational paths related to Engineering and Biomed. Students had the opportunity to experience, interact with, and test a variety of activities that included robotics, bioengineering, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, environmental engineering, aerospace engineering and other engineering and biomed related activities.

Club Spotlight: Yearbook

Yearbook is not really a club but is a class that students can take if they are interested in creating the VHS yearbook. Students in the class take photos, write captions and stories, design the look of the book, and more! Anyone interested in being on the yearbook staff should make sure they can fit it in their schedule for a whole year. Students are encouraged to be on staff multiple years if they have room in their schedule! Hard working students who work well in a team will make great yearbook students. Being on the yearbook staff looks great on college applications! Journalism class is a prerequisite for being on yearbook staff, but students can also skip journalism and be on the yearbook staff if they have a recommendation from a teacher.

Staff Spotlight

Aaron Riegle

I started teaching at VHS in 2017, but I have been a music educator and choral director since 2002 at both the high school and middle school levels. I teach the Viking Voices Chorus, Viking Ayres Chorus, Viking Tones Chorus, Concert Choir, and Varsity Singers. I also teach the Piano Keyboarding I and II Courses at VHS. My favorite part about being a teacher at VHS is working with talented, highly motivated students, as well as supportive administration, staff, and families. I feel fortunate to teach in a corporation where the arts are valued, appreciated, and celebrated. An interesting fact about me is that I studied abroad in Kecskemét, Hungary during my senior year of college. I was able to travel all around Europe on the weekends. It was an amazing, unforgettable, and once-in-a-lifetime experience!

VCS Return To Learn Plan

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