VHS Newsletter

April 2022

From the Principal, Dr. Tobon

Viking Families and Friends,

April is here and it has brought sunshine, rain, and some snow. While we wait for Mother Nature to figure things out, here is an update of things happening around the schoolhouse.

We continue to celebrate many great things at VHS, but here are just a few highlights. On March 30th, 111 Vikings were inducted into the Valparaiso High School Chapter of the National Honor Society. Varsity Singers earned a Gold rating at ISSMA Jazz Show Choir Festival at Portage High School. We had a State Championship repeat with our Unified Bowling Team. For the first time ever, 21 VHS students earned semester honors through PNW. Last weekend, some of our Vikings showed off their skills in a two night event of Valpo’s Got Talent. The Honors Art Show started yesterday and can still be appreciated this evening. Valpo’s very own Ramma Khabbaz was named one of four students in the State to be on the Governor’s STEM Team.

Finally, last Friday, our teachers continued their educational journey by participating in professional development sessions created and facilitated by our instructional coaches and Student Services team. One session focused on understanding student success by addressing risk factors. The focus of this session was the impact of risk factors on student success, the supports available to students and families at VHS, and practical tips teachers can use to support their students. The other session, which added an instructional strategy to teachers’ toolboxes, was Low Stakes Writing. This strategy improves student engagement, literacy, and critical thinking skills. Teachers will continue to learn more about Low Stakes Writing during our eLearning day on May 3rd.

Thank you for continuing to support our students, teachers, and staff.

What's Happening at VHS!

April 22nd Mr. VHS 6pm

May 3rd eLearning/Election Day

May 14th Grand March 5:45-7pm

May 14th Prom 8-11pm

May 16th In Person Weather Make up Day

May 26th End of Fourth Grading Period 1/2 day for Students/Staff Development PM

May 27th No School/Records Day/Weather Make up Day

June 1st VHS Commencement Ceremony

June 2nd VHS Commencement Rain Date

Please see the VHS Calendar for more events!

Prom 2022: Night of the Gods

The VHS Prom will take place Saturday, May 14th, 2022 from 8pm to 11pm at the Expo Center. The theme is Night of the Gods. Tickets will be on sale from April 25th-May 6th for $20 per person. No tickets will be sold after May 6th. Guest forms are available in the Asst. Principals office and are due April 22nd by 2:30. A guest is a VHS sophomore or graduate aged 20 or under, or a sophomore, junior or senior, or graduate from another high school aged 20 or under. All guests that have graduated from high school need a completed background check form. No late forms will be accepted. For more info, click here.


Following in the footsteps of Miss America, the VHS Student Council is proud to showcase Mr. VHS! The show will take place on Friday, April 22, at 6:00pm. Tickets will be on sale at the door for $5 for students and staff with valid ID, and $10 for all others. Come watch the live, comedic competition of your favorite senior boys fighting for the crown, and the title of “Mr. VHS 2022”!

Club Spotlight

Student Council

The VHS Student Council is made up of over 70 students, including a Student Executive Board of 12 students, ranging from freshmen to seniors. Student Council is in charge of some of the year's largest school activities, including Homecoming Week celebrations, Teacher Appreciation Week, and the Mr. VHS Comedy Show. The council also regularly participates in other school-wide events, such as spirit days and Hope Club's Trunk or Treat. We believe that every student will find a project they will love, and we would love to see anyone interested in the council this fall! Any questions? See student leaders Leah Green and Lauren Phillips, or sponsors Mrs. Harris, Mrs. Pickett, and Mrs. Seydel.

Staff Spotlight

Rocio Rodea

This is my 3rd year teaching at VHS. The reason I like working at VHS is that I’m a teenager at heart, so I love being around the students. I really love getting to know my students well each year and incorporating their interests into lessons. It’s a fun challenge, and I get to be creative! Also, I’m a VHS grad, so it’s cool to be in a familiar environment that has also continued to grow and improve. I teach ELL English, and I am also the ELL District Coordinator. A fun fact about me is that when I got scuba certified, the water was 40 degrees, visibility was only 3 feet, and there were huge shark-like fish in the water! It was cold and creepy, but well worth it!

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