Local News Update

October 2016 Parent Newsletter

Principal's Message

Wow! We have almost blown through the first the quarter! I hope your child has had a positive experience and feels as though they are an important part of this school. Socializing is a top priority for many junior high students. It is an important part of growing up. Students who have friends enjoy school more and do better with their studies. Encourage your child to invite friends to family events. Urge them to be a "joiner." They can sign up for after-school clubs or teams. Volunteering to help at a special event will allow him/her to work with students he/she may not see all the time. As always, please let us know how we can help your child have a positive junior high experience.

~Mrs. Thomas


All 8th grade students will be taking a field trip to the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (CTC) this school year. The Miami Valley CTC is an option available to students during their junior and senior year of high school. There are over 40 career fields available for students to choose from in order to get a head start on their career and college. While visiting the Miami Valley CTC, students will spend half the day touring the campus and visiting different career classrooms. The other half of the day will be spent in a computer lab exploring two career areas of interest to them. It is important for students to start thinking about their high school and career goals now. If you would like more information on the Miami Valley CTC, please visit their website at www.mvctc.com.

Yearbook Club Looking for Pictures!


If you have a child involved in ANY school activity, the yearbook staff would love to see the photos you have taken this year. We are always looking for great photos to add the yearbook! If you take photos at events, please check out the Replay It app. Replay It allows parents, coaches, and students to share photos with the yearbook staff. To get started, go to this link: www.replayit.com. There is a register button in the upper right corner. Get yourself registered, then you will be able to download any photos you have taken of school events!

Replay It adds extra value to the yearbook -- because at the end of the year, all of the content is sealed into a digital time capsule that yearbook buyers can access for years to come. The Replay It app is also available for Iphone and Android, making it easy to view and share photos on the go!

If you have any questions, you can contact Stephanie Carmack.

8th Grade Visit to Dayton Art Institute

8th grade students visited the Dayton Art Institute on 9/30 to participate in the Discover Writing program. They viewed and discussed four paintings then participated in writing activities related to the painting. The final piece of writing was a group poem.

Red Ribbon Week

The junior high will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week the week of October 24 - 28. Red Ribbon Week was started in 1985 and is a week dedicated to educating youth about the dangers of drug use. Each day will focus on a different theme Monday's theme will be "Wake Up Drug Free" -- students can wear pj's to school. Tuesday's theme is "Lei Off Drugs" -- dress in Hawaiian clothing. Wednesday is "Put a Cap on Drugs" -- wear a hat to school. Thursday will be "Black Out Drugs" -- wear black! And Friday will be "Band Together Against Drugs" -- wear a bandana to school! On Wednesday we will have a Red Ribbon Week photo booth at lunch. On Friday, we will wrap up the week with speakers during Spartan Time.

Subscribe to Ohio’s new parent texting service

A new texting service from the Ohio Department of Education now gives parents another way to be in the know about education news.

Go to the department’s website at education.ohio.gov and enter the words text alerts in the search box. This will take you to a Web page where you can can sign up to receive periodic texts on topics you choose. They include ideas for families with elementary, middle or high school students; information on school choice scholarships; facts on how your child can earn free college credit in high school; and information on earning a high school diploma after the age of 22. You can limit your choices to only the topics that interest you.

PTO News

VVJH will be collecting Box Tops and Campbell's Labels again this year. If you collect them, please send them in when you can. Our first batch will be sent in the end of October.

The Entertainment Book sale has concluded. If you have not yet done so, please send unsold book or payments in as soon as possible.

Career Day

Career Day is scheduled for Friday, November 18th. We are in need of speakers for Career Day. If you would be willing to come in and talk about your career with our junior high students, please contact Mrs. Carmack by Friday, October 14th.

Young Scholars Program

Young Scholars is a program offered through Sinclair Community College. 8th grade students who are eligible must be first generation college students and have a gpa of 2.5 or higher. Parents and guardians can NOT have received a college degree. Interested and qualified students can apply. If chosen, students must participate in Saturday morning activities at Sinclair throughout 8th grade and high school. Upon graduation from high school, students will receive their education at Sinclair for little or no cost. Applications are currently being accepted. Students may get an application from Mrs. Carmack, or you can download an application on line. Go to: https://www.sinclair.edu/academics/k12/college-prep/young-scholars-program

VVJH Calendar and Daily Announcements

Remember, all events and daily announcements can be found on our jh website. Follow the links in the middle of the page.

School Fees

VVJH school fees are $42.00. Please send this in with your child or mail to our office. Checks can be made out to VVBOE.

Upcoming Events

September 30, October 7, October 21-8th Grade Rotational Field Trips (MVCTC, Sinclair and Dayton Art Institute)

October 10-14-Spirit Week, 14-Pep Assembly

October 14-End of First Quarter

October 22-Fall Dance-6:00-8:00 $5.00 at the door

October 24-28-Red Ribbon Week