VHS Newsletter

February 2022

From the Principal, Dr. Tobon

Viking Families and Friends,

Well, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on February 2nd and made his prediction very well known considering we were not in school on February 2nd, 3rd, and 17th. I hope everyone was able to enjoy a good old fashioned snow day and at some point make snow people or help out neighbors in need. As a result of those snow days, today is an eLearning day. Our second day is scheduled to be made up in-person on April 11th and our third day is also scheduled to be made up in-person on May 16th.

Counselors are finishing up individual scheduling meetings with sophomores. They will begin meeting with our freshman beginning February 21st. If you haven’t already done so, please take a few moments to discuss your student’s course selections with them and review their diploma selection (Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors, or Core 40 with Technical Honors). VHS Summer School information will be sent via email to parents/guardians and students and posted to Canvas on February 22nd.

In October, I shared the names of the VHS National Merit Semi-Finalists. I am pleased to announce that Anthony Grisolano, Karli LoDuca, Eric Page, Isaac Utesch, and Carissa Yu are now National Merit Finalists. Congratulations to these students as well as their parents and guardians. I wish them the best of luck as they enter the final phase.

Lastly, Kiwanis International started a campaign called Delivering Hope and Health pledging $1,000,000 to Riley’s Children’s Hospital. The Indiana District Key Club has pledged $30,000 of the $1 million. Last Saturday, the VHS Key Club held Winter Formal in the cafeteria. The proceeds from Winter Formal are traditionally donated to Riley’s Children’s Hospital; however, the VHS Key Club hit a new record for ticket sales and as a result will be donating more than expected. The VHS Key Club will be donating a check for $2,055 to Riley’s Children’s Hospital.

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

What's Happening at VHS!

Feb 21st No School/President's Day

Feb 25th, 26th, 27th Mocha Madness

Mar 2nd SAT Day for all 11th Grade Students

Mar 3rd 8th Grade Parent Night

Mar 11th End of Third Grading Period

Mar 21st-25th Spring Break

Apr 8th 1/2 day for Students/Staff Development PM

Apr 11th In Person Weather Make up Day

May 3rd eLearning/Election Day

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!

Mocha Madness!

Valparaiso High School Drama Club will present the Mocha Madness improv show on February 24-26 at 7pm and February 27 at 2pm in the VHS auditorium. Students will create short scenes on the spot, as they play a variety of "Whose Line Is It Anyway" style games. Each of our 59 student improvisers will perform in two out of the four performances, so a new show is guaranteed every night! Come brighten your February with the best student improvisers in the region. Tickets are $10 and available at the door.

Club Spotlight: HOPE Club(Helping Other People Excel)

Hope Club is designed to help create opportunities for general education students and our VHS Life Skill students to interact together while attending social events and activities after school throughout the year. Some of the activities include: Fall Walk, Trunk or Treat, Friendsgiving, Hope Club Prom and holiday parties. Any questions? See Mrs. Sorrick in BL206 or email her at asorrick@valpo.k12.in.us.

Staff Spotlight

Rob Cespedes

I have taught at VHS for 19 years. I teach Spanish III and Spanish IV AP/IB. I coach Valparaiso High School Girls Soccer. I like many aspects of VHS. I like that there are school activities from early morning to late in the evening almost every day of the week. I like the energy and creativity of the students and talking with and collaborating with the great staff at VHS. An interesting fact about me is that I lived and taught in Perú, South America for 2 and 1/2 years.

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