Vanguard East News!

January 2020

Happy New Year!

We hope all of you had a restful, rejuvenating Winter Break! We're excited to see what this next semester will bring!

VCS East's Cultural Celebration

Share your heritage at the 2020 Cultural Celebration held on February 20th!

This is a great opportunity to share something about your country of origin, ethnicity, ancestry, roots or regional culture to bring our community together.

Contact Linda Richardson at if you're interested in contributing in any way.

We look forward to celebrating our diverse community!

Spelling Bee

We are very excited that Vanguard will be participating in the National Spelling Bee program for the first time this year! Classroom winners will compete in the school-wide spelling bee which will be held January 24, 2020. The winner of the school wide bee will have the opportunity to participate in the State Bee which is held March 14, 2020. The winner of the State Bee will be able to travel to Washington D.C. where the National Bee is held and compete for some amazing prizes! This year, the 1st place prize was $40,000 in addition to an engraved trophy, reference library and a trip to New York City to appear on several television talk shows. We look forward to watching our students shine with this new opportunity!
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Contact Wendy Holtz at for a tour of our East campus.

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Staff Members of the Month

Mr. Ryan, 3rd Grade EA

Mr. Ryan has been selected as the K-5 Staff Member of the Month for January. He always goes above and beyond the call of duty without blinking an eye. The support he provides his team never goes unnoticed. Additionally, Mr. Ryan gets to know his students, and he incorporates that knowledge when collaborating with his 3rd grade team. We are lucky to have him on our team!

Ms. Herring, Secondary English Teacher

Ms. Herring has been selected as the 6-12 Staff Member of the Month for January. Ms. Herring is a real team player and is always willing to step in and help with any task. She co-coached the middle school cross country team AND is working on her master's degree while teaching full time. Thank you Ms. Herring for all you do!

Order your yearbook now!

Vanguard East's yearbooks will go on sale starting on January 13th. They will sell for $25 for hard cover until 3-31-2020 and soft cover will be sold for $20.00 until 3-31-2020.

Order online at and enter code vanguardyb1920!

Core Virtue of the Month...Courage

  • Courage is finding the strength to venture and persevere.
  • Courage is doing what is right in the face of fear.
  • Courage is moving beyond fear.

K-5 News

3rd Grade Cow Eye Dissection

3rd Grade wrapped up the last semester dissecting cow eyes. This activity enhanced the lessons taught and learned throughout the unit. Students were able to physically see and touch the different components of the eye.

Reading Love

During the week before break, Ms. Van Luit had the opportunity to read picture books to each classroom. It was truly a wonderful experience for her, and she hopes the students felt the same way.

Ms. Henke's 5th Grade Class Performs Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

The 5th Grade students in Ms. Henke's class performed a delightful rendition of Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. Families, admin, and even another grade level class were invited to the show. They did an amazing job and memorized most of their lines! Great work!

6-12 News

Vanguard Gives Day 2020

Our second of three Vanguard Gives Days will be held for all upper school students on Thursday, December 9th. Students and staff will be volunteering their time at The Gabriel Foundation, ARC (8 locations), SAME cafe, Habitat for Humanity, Project Cure, New Dawn Memory Care, The Pet Pantry, and our own school Vanguard East school Campus. These opportunities are a way for our students to make new connections in our community. They are also a way for the students to work on our Core Virtues in action. Be sure to ask your student about their experience.

Juniors may register for SAT plus Writing

Juniors may register for the SAT plus writing for the April school-based testing. They need to log in to their College Board account and complete the form for the testing. Please see Ms Keedy with any questions.

7th graders went to International Towne in December

A one-of-a-kind educational program, this program reaches more than 11,000 6th, 7th and 8th students every year. Teachers use a 20-lesson curriculum to help students learn about international business, trade, currency exchange, diplomacy, and responsible credit card use in a fun, hands-on way. The experience is so different and so engaging, and the way it motivates students to learn is truly incredible. Ms Hull, Ms Herring, and Mr. Bird taught and chaperoned our Vanguard East 7th grade students to their first trip International Towne and they had a great time!

Drugs and Alcohol

Use and abuse of drugs and alcohol by teens is very common and can have serious consequences. In the 15-24 year age range, 50% of deaths (from accidents, homicides, suicides) involve alcohol or drug abuse. Possible stages of a teenagers’ experience with alcohol and drugs include abstinence (non-use), experimentation, regular use (both recreational and compensatory for other problems), abuse, and dependency. Repeated and regular recreational use can lead to other problems like anxiety and depression. Some teenagers regularly use drugs or alcohol to compensate for anxiety, depression, or a lack of positive social skills. Teen use of tobacco and alcohol should not be minimized because they can be "gateway drugs" for other drugs (marijuana, cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants, and heroin). The combination of teenagers' curiosity, risk taking behavior, and social pressure make it very difficult to say no.

A teenager with a family history of alcohol or drug abuse and a lack of pro-social skills can move rapidly from experimentation to patterns of serious abuse or dependency. Some other teenagers with no family history of abuse who experiment may also progress to abuse or dependency. Teenagers with a family history of alcohol or drug abuse are particularly advised to abstain and not experiment. No one can predict for sure who will abuse or become dependent on drugs except to say the non-user never will.

Warning signs of teenage drug or alcohol abuse may include:

-a drop in school performance

-a change in groups of friends

-delinquent behavior

-deterioration in family relationships.

There may also be physical signs such as red eyes, a persistent cough, and change in eating and sleeping habits. Alcohol or drug dependency may include blackouts, withdrawal symptoms, and further problems in functioning at home, school, or work.

For more information regarding drug and alcohol abuse please visit the following links:

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids supports families and engages with teens to reduce substance misuse. Their resources include a parent toolkit to learn the facts about the teen brain and drug use, and tips for engaging in conversations around making healthy choices.

SpeakNow!, a project of the Colorado Department of Human Services’ Office of Behavioral Health, provides evidence-based information and resources to parents and caregivers regarding youth substance misuse prevention in Colorado, supporting adults to have productive conversations about substance use with youth. Resources are also available in Spanish at:

VCS East Events

Vanguard Gives Day (6th-12th Graders)

Thursday, Jan. 9th, 7:30am-3:30pm

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Picture Retake Day

Wednesday, Jan. 15th, 8am

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K-5 Academic Awards Assebmly

Friday, Jan. 17th, 8-9:15am

VCS East Multi-Purpose Room

  • K-2: 8:00-8:30 am
  • 3-5: 8:40-9:15 am

NO SCHOOL -- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, Jan. 20th, 7:30am

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VCS Board Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 23rd, 6:30-8pm

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ACCESS Testing Window

Monday, Jan. 13th, 7:30am to Wednesday, Feb. 12th, 3pm

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