The V.I.P

Vanguard Information Page

Week of December 5, 2022

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From Dean Elsasser

We had a lot of fun with the World Cup this week celebrating the USA and Mexico games. We made sure to tune in during lunch and cheer loud enough for the teams to hear us in Qatar!

Thank you to HOSA for their excellent Breakfast with Santa event. I know a lot of preparation by our students and their sponsors went into this event. The proceeds from this event go to help

Good luck to the students re-taking STAAR this week. Thank you to Ms. Thomas for her work in preparing for testing this week. If students are testing this week please make sure they are on time with a charged Chromebook!

We are looking forward to Discovery Night on December 6th from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. We invite all 8th graders across the district and their families to come to tour Vanguard and get an idea of what their 4 years at Vanguard can offer.

We welcomed 8th graders from Terry and McDonald this week. 8th graders have until December 16th to fill out the interest form in Skyward to express interest in coming to Vanguard next year.

We are excited about our 2nd annual Winter Formal happening Saturday, December 10th. The theme this year is Enchanted Winter Wonderland. Student council and the student council sponsors have done an amazing job of preparing for this event. Please make sure you've read the dress code and guidelines for the dance. Tickets will continue to be sold this week. We will not be selling tickets at the door. If a student is bringing a date from another MISD campus, they must have their permission slip from the principal of the MISD school turned in to Mrs. David by Wednesday, December 7th. We are looking forward to this event.

Make sure you read about the field trips we sent students this week. Our NHS students went on a service field trip and helped package meals for those in need. Ms. Reed's students were able to visit the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. At Vanguard it is very important for us to give students opportunities to see what they're learning on campus applied in the real world.

The week of December 12th we are going to celebrate every day with themed dress as we countdown to winter break. There is more information about our plans for that week in this newsletter.

Finals are also happening the week of the 12th. We will be giving information about exemptions from finals next week. Even if students are exempt, they are expected to be in attendance on campus during finals. We do have early release on the 15th and 16th. At Vanguard our early release time is 1:35 pm.

Let's make these next two weeks before break count! Have a great week, Vanguards!

Vanguard Partner Spotlight

Vanguard is proud to partner with Ashley Furniture Industries in Mesquite! See below for current job openings at Ashley Furniture Distribution.
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December STAAR Re-test

STAAR re-tests will take place this week. Students have spent this semester reviewing with their Learning Recovery Teacher to prepare them for the STAAR before the start of STAAR 2.0 in the Spring of 2023. If your student is testing, please ensure that your students arrive at 9:00 AM with their Chromebooks fully charged.

  • December 6th - English 1 STAAR Re-test
  • December 7th- Algebra STAAR Re-test
  • December 8th -English 2 and Biology STAAR Re-test
  • December 9th - All STAAR Re-test Makeup sessions

If you have any questions please feel free to reach Ms. Thomas by email at or phone at 972-882-0026.

Winter Formal

It's almost time for our second annual Winter Formal hosted by our Student Council! This year's theme is Enchanted Winter Wonderland.

Here is the information you need:

Date: Saturday, December 10th

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Tickets: Tickets are $25 for individuals or $40 for couples.

Students can bring a date from another MISD school by having a form signed by the MISD principal of the school their date attends and turn it in to Mrs. David by Thursday, December 8th.

Please read the dance dress code guidelines carefully!

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Elf on the Shelf has arrived in our Fire Bay!

TSA Christmas Ornaments Fundraiser

Our TSA students are here to help with your holiday shopping! Attached is the 2022 TSA Christmas Ornament Catalog and an order form!

They will take orders through Dec. 7th.

If you have any questions email

To view the Christmas Ornament catalog click here.

To print the order form click here.

Vanguard Yearbooks are on Sale!

Have you ordered your Vanguard yearbook yet? We are currently selling the yearbook online only! Students who are interested in owning the FIRST Vanguard yearbook must pre-purchase online!

The cost of the yearbook is $50, and can be made in 3 installments!

Ordering is easy! Click this link: Make sure you are on the Vanguard High School in Mesquite, Texas page.

We are making memories at Vanguard, make them last a lifetime with your own Vanguard yearbook!

Robotics Fundraiser

Check out the new robotics fundraiser! Get customized 3D prints, mugs, keychains, and anime lamps!

To place an order use the following link:

NHS Field Trip to Tarrant Area Food Bank

National Honor Society had the opportunity to serve this week! They visited the Tarrant Area Food Bank where volunteers packaged food boxes containing apple juice, cereal, vegetables, and non-perishable items. Members were able to package 600 boxes of food that will be delivered to families across North Texas.

UT Southwestern Field Trip

Teacher of the Week!

Mrs. Cepak was chosen as teacher of the week because she is a nice and funny teacher. Her students have said that they really enjoy her class because she makes learning geography and history fun. Her students have also said that she is easy to talk to and really shows that she cares about them.

Staff Member of the Week!

Mr. Elsasser was chosen as staff member of the because he does a lot for the school that makes it enjoyable to be here. Such as Mr. Elsasser participating in the dress up days like his Scooby-Doo costume and when he dressed up as a turkey. Ultimately, he is a cool dean.

Vanguard is Now Enrolling Students for the 2023-2024 School Year!

Please remember to fill out the interest form in Student Skyward to express interest in coming to Vanguard! Instructions for how to enroll can be found here.
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Vanguard PTA meetings will be held on the 2nd Thursday in January, March, and May Our Vanguard PTA Board will meet at 5:30 pm. The general PTA Meeting will begin at 6:45 pm. Thank you to all of our PTA board and members!

Upcoming Events!

It has been a wonderful semester at Vanguard so far!


  • December 6th - 8th Grade Discovery Night at Vanguard
  • December 6th - English 1 STAAR Re-test
  • December 7th- Algebra STAAR Re-test
  • December 8th -English 2 and Biology STAAR Re-test
  • December 9th - All STAAR Re-test Makeup sessions
  • December 10th - Winter Formal 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
  • December 15th and 16th - Early Release - End of Semester Exams
  • December 19th- January 2nd - Winter Break
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


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