VHS Newsletter

August 2021

From the Principal

Viking Families and Friends,


Can you feel it? The excitement of a new school year is in the air, and it’s a great feeling to have. The building came alive last week with new and returning students as well as teachers and staff. Now that summer vacation is officially over, it’s time for all of us to get back to leading, guiding, and supporting our students on their educational journey.


Having a successful high school experience extends beyond the regular school day. It includes students getting involved in healthy and positive activities outside of school. Student involvement has many benefits, but some of the most noteworthy include the opportunity to learn the values of teamwork, both individual and group responsibility, and diversity, as well as instilling a sense of culture and community.


Valparaiso High School students have access to over 50 active clubs, which does not include co-curricular activities, such as Varsity Singers, Viking Press, Speech and Debate, or sports. During all lunches on Wednesday, August 25th and Thursday, August 26th, students will have the opportunity to meet club members and ask questions. Please encourage your student to browse the various tables and, hopefully, get involved.


Lastly, It is no secret that building relationships, helping students continuously grow, and providing rigorous instruction are key to student success. Everyone at VHS, from our administrators, aides, and teachers to our counselors, food service professionals, and nursing staff, is working together to create the best possible experience for students. The “newness” of the academic year will eventually wear off, but please know that we are here to support our students and look forward to working with them and their families throughout the year so feel free to contact us with any concerns or questions.



Welcome to the start of another academic year!

Meet the VHS Admin Team

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Mr. Jacob Plesac, Dean of Students; Mrs. Michelle Bush, Assistant Principal; Mr. Barak Coolman, Dean of Students; Dr. Veronica Tobon, Principal; Mr. Daniel Hadary, Assistant Principal; Mrs. Ashley Monroe, Associate Principal.
VCS Return To Learn Plan

Click here for the VCS Return To Learn Plan!

What's Happening at VHS!

Aug 25,26-Club Rush during lunch hours

Aug 31st-Freshman Picture Day

Sept1st-Sophomore Picture Day

Sept 2nd-Junior Picture Day

Sept 20-23rd-Senior Picture Day

Sept 24th-1/2 Day of School



Please see the VHS Calendar for more events!

Club Spotlight: Future Medical Professionals Club

FMP hosted their second Red Cross Blood drive this year and collected 93 pints! As part of the drive, they earned $10 a pint ($930) which they will be donating to local charities. Members also participated in the Anatomage Anatomy Challenge and took 1st place which included a certificate and IPAD for each participant.

Staff Spotlight

Chantel Melchi

I have been teaching at VHS for 19 years. I teach advanced chemistry and organic/biochemistry honors. I am also the academic teams' coordinator, coach the science academic team, and the spell bowl team. I like being a part of VHS because my coworkers have become my best friends!

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