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Important Message for Morton and Butler Parents

 

September 26, 2018

 

Dear Morton and Butler Students and Parents:

 

In 2014, Governor Kasich signed HB 487 making College Credit Plus the established program for Ohio high school students to earn college and high school graduation credit through the successful completion of college courses. The intent is to promote rigorous academic pursuits and to provide access to enriched educational opportunities to 7-12th-grade students.

         

College Credit Plus is a student-directed program. Vandalia Butler City Schools will pay for tuition, books, and fees; however, transportation is not provided. Students and their families can explore courses offered at all Ohio public colleges and participating private colleges. Butler High School will be partnering with Sinclair and Wright State, but you are not limited to these institutions. Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) will set their own requirements for admission; including but not limited to college readiness scores in one or more areas.

 

Butler High School will be hosting their annual College Credit Plus Informational Meeting on Monday, October 1, 2018, at 6:40 in the PAT (during our annual Flight Night). Students interested in the program must notify and meet with their high school counselor (A-G Mark Peck; H-N Kelly Stevens; O-Z Jennifer Donovan) by Thursday, March 29, 2019. Morton students will still be required to meet with a high school counselor but should return the Intent to Participate Form to the Middle School Counselor, Ms. Reinhart. You can find the Intent to Participate form under the Educational Opportunities tab on the Butler webpage. If you have additional questions or would like to set up a meeting, please call the Butler Guidance Office at 937-415-6309 and ask to speak to your child’s counselor.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jennifer Donovan

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Butler HS Principal's Weekly E-Newsletter 10/7/18

BUTLER  HIGH  SCHOOL

PRINCIPAL’S  WEEKLY  E-NEWSLETTER

 

October 7, 2018                                                                                  

CURRENT NEWS                

Congratulations to:

  • Xia Lin for winning the Girls’ Tennis Sectional Championship and advanced to Districts
  • Ashley Hess and Hannah Scarpelli for winning the Girls’ Tennis Sectional Doubles Championship and advancing to Districts
  • Rachel Burton and Tori Studebaker for also advancing in Girls’ Tennis to the Districts
  • Tyree Fletcher for being named 2018 Homecoming Queen
  • Andy Thomas for being named 2018 Powderpuff King
  • Alyssa Burley for being named Dayton Daily News Athlete of the Week
  • Our Girls’ Golf Team for advancing to Districts
  • Our Boys’ Golf Team for advancing to Districts
  • Austin Greaser for being the Boys’ Golf Sectional co-medalist

Lost and Found

A clear retainer was found in the lunchroom this past week. If it belongs to your daughter/son, please stop by the main office to claim it.

Quarter Ends

The last day of the First Quarter is Thursday, Oct. 18. All students are strongly encouraged to be highly productive during these final 9 school days.

PSAT

Students who registered to take the PSAT on Wednesday, Oct. 10 should remember to bring at least two #2 pre-sharpened pencils and an approved calculator. Click here to view which calculators are permitted.

Fast-Food Lunches

Parents, the main office requests that you do not bring outside fast-food lunches to school for your child. It is very disruptive. Thank you!

Jostens Information

Information was distributed this week to Seniors regarding graduation announcements and other merchandise and to Freshmen regarding class rings. Extra packet of the information is available in the main office. The Jostens representative will be visiting Seniors taking classes at CTC. The Jostens representative will be at Butler on Tuesday, Oct. 9 during lunch to accept graduation orders from Seniors and on Wednesday, Oct. 10 during lunch to accept class ring orders.

Driver’s Education Classes

The Fall AAA Driving School begins Tuesday, Oct. 9 and runs through November 15 on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, 3:15-5:15 p.m., lecture room. The cost of the full program is $399 which includes 24 hours of classroom instruction and 8 hours of on-the-road instruction with a certified instructor. Click here for an application and click here for application requirements and specific dates when the AAA Driving School representative will be at Butler to directly accept applications and payment. (The next AAA Driver’s Education classes will occur during the Winter: Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, January 22 through February 28.)

Call to All Butler Alumni

All Butler Alumni are invited to gather on Monday, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. in our lecture room for a second organizational meeting of our Butler High School Alumni. The goal of this meeting is to gather Butler Alumni together in one place to continue the discussion regarding ways we can build on the idea of an Alumni Association and enhance the communications amongst our District and our Alumni. 

Warning about a New Drug

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office wishes to provide awareness to parents about a new drug. There is a type of crystal meth going around that looks like strawberry pop rocks (the candy that sizzles and ‘pops’ in your mouth). It is known as strawberry meth or strawberry quick. It smells like strawberry, and it is being handed out to kids. Kids are ingesting it thinking it is candy and are being rushed to the hospital in dire condition. It also comes in chocolate, peanut butter, cola, cherry, grape and orange. Please instruct your children not to accept candy from strangers and not to accept candy that looks like this from friends (who may not be aware of what it is) or someone else they know. If they are ever approached by someone distributing this ‘candy,’ they should tell a responsible adult immediately.

Blood Drive Results

Here are the result of the Butler Blood Drive on Friday, Sept. 28: 66 donors registered to donate; 32 were first-time donors. The goal was a collection of 50 units. We collected 51, achieving 102% of the goal. Our school’s effort saved up to 153 lives! Awesome! Thank you to Mrs. Kathy Baker for coordinating our annual Blood Drives. 

Business Community Expo and Dinner Auction

Mark your calendars to attend the Business Community Expo & Dinner Auction, brought to you by the Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce and Butler High School Athletics, on Thursday, Oct. 11, 5:00-7:30 p.m. in our SAC. Over 70 area businesses featured under one roof. Free parking; Free admission to the Expo; Door prizes! Click here to view a flyer about the event.

Dinner Auction

Come out to the SAC and support the Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce and our Vandalia-Butler Athletic Boosters on Thursday, Oct. 11 for the Expo and Dinner Auction. The proceeds from the dinner auction benefit our Athletic Boosters. The silent auction starts at 5:30 p.m., and the live auction begins at 7:00 p.m. Dinner tickets are $10 and are on sale at the Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce Office and our Butler Athletic Office. 

CCRC News

Mrs. Julie Pratt, who runs our College and Career Resource Center (CCRC), wants to make students aware of the following:

  • The next ACT will be on Saturday, Oct. 27. Students can get extra practice in the CCRC every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. It is important to prepare for the ACT as much as possible.
  • Any student who is considering attending Sinclair should see Mrs. Pratt in the CCRC for an application. Sinclair Merit Scholarship become available November 1, and the application process needs to be completed before applying for a scholarship.

Honda-Ohio State STEM Award

Congratulations to Michael Brandt who has been selected to receive the Honda-Ohio State STEM Award (formerly known as the Math Medal). Michael has the opportunity to apply for a $3,000 annual Honda Scholarship, renewable for a total of four years, at Ohio State University, an opportunity that is reserved only for STEM Award recipients.

Seniors: Register to Vote

Students who will be at least 18 years old on or before the day of the next general election, November 6, are encouraged to register to vote. Tuesday, Oct. 9 is the deadline. Click here for more information and to register. 

Muse Machine

Muse Machine is now accepting online registrations for this year. Online registration ends on Tuesday, Oct. 9. The cost is a bit lower this year at $25. This is for the “Basic” membership and includes the four in-school performances during the year at Butler. To register, please visit www.musemachine.com, choose “Students,” then “Become a Member,” then scroll down and click on “Schools A-H,” then scroll down and click on “Butler High School.” Fill out the online form and pay the membership fee right there. You will also be able to choose different levels of membership, which allows you to purchase tickets at a reduced price to a few different shows. Those choices are all yours and are not required, but they are a great chance to see various shows for pretty good prices. If you have any questions, please e-mail our Muse Machine advisor, Mr. Kevin Wilson, at kevin.wilson@vbcsd.com.

2018-2019 Yearbook

The 2018-2019 yearbook will be available for $60 until Friday, Oct. 12. Yearbooks can be ordered at school by seeing Mrs. Martha Thomas or online at www.yearbooksforever.com.

Parent Tips from KNOW!

KNOW! provides parents (and grandparents and other caregivers) with twice monthly, FREE KNOW! Parent Tips by email that contain current facts about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, as well as action steps they can take to help children resist peer pressure to use. To sign up to receive the email tips, e.g., the latest one, “Know! Not To Be a Lawnmower Parent,” go to https://preventionactionalliance.org/about/programs/know/.

 

GUIDANCE NEWS

In-School College Visits

Throughout the Fall, representative of various colleges will be visiting Butler to speak with student who would like to hear more about the opportunities that exist on their campus. Students may sign up (click here) for only 5 sessions and must sign up by the end of the day prior to the session. Be sure to put the date and time on your calendar or phone. Students must be in attendance for the sessions they selected or they will lose privilege to attend future information sessions. Colleges visiting on Monday, Oct. 8: University of Rio Grande - period 1; University of Akron - period 2; and Indiana Wesleyan University - period 3.

Guidance Bulletins

Click here to view the following Guidance Bulletins:

  • Loan Information
  • Scams
  • Financial Aid Quick Reference Sheet
  • NCAA
    College Bound Seniors
  • College Comparison Worksheet
  • Glossary of College Terms
  • September 24 Bulletin
  • September 27 Bulletin
  • October 4 Bulletin 

PSAT/NMSQT Advantages

Did you know that taking the PSAT/NMSQT unlocks over $235 million in scholarships! Click here to read more about this and more advantages from taking the PSAT/NMSQT.

FAFSA

As soon as possible after its October 1 release, complete and submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), at fafsa.gov, along with any other financial aid applications your chosen school(s) may require. You should submit your FAFSA® by the earliest financial aid deadline of the schools to which you are applying, usually by early February. 

FAFSA Completion Night

We are hosting a FAFSA® Completion Night at Butler on Monday, Oct. 8, 6-8 p.m. in room 104. Sinclair College representatives will be present to provide assistance. Click here for information you will need to bring and for common mistakes when completing the FAFSA® form. Please RSVP to Mr. Mark Peck, 937-415-6311 or mark.peck@vbcsd.com.

ACT and SAT

  • The next ACT will occur on October 27. Late registration deadline is October 14.
  • The next SAT will occur on November 3. Late registration deadlines are October 16 for mailed registration and October 24 for registrations made online or by phone.

“Practice, Practice, Practice!” Preparing for the ACT & SAT

  • The following ACT and SAT prep books are available in our media center: Amsco’s Preparing for the ACT Mathematics and Science Reasoning and Preparing for the New SAT Mathematics
  • Click here for a publication from ACT. It contains full-length practice tests, including a writing test; information about the optional writing test; strategies to prepare for the tests; and what to expect on test day.
  • Click here for sample questions from the CollegeBoard to help prepare for the SAT.
  • Kaplan offers various ACT prep online courses through their ACT Kaplan Online Prep Live
  • TorchPrep offers various ACT prep course options. For additional info and dates, visit www.torchprep.com or call 888-382-8174.

The Connor Group Scholarship

The Kids and Community Partners Department of The Connor Group has launched a scholarship program for high school seniors and current college enrollees. Click here for further information. Deadline to apply is January 1.

University of Dayton Leadership in Service Scholarship

At the University of Dayton, they promote that “our spirit ignites a boundless curiosity that drives us to search for truth. It pushes us to go beyond the easy answers and to use our knowledge to create a brighter tomorrow. Here, students are challenged to connect scholarship and learning with leadership and service. It’s part of our Catholic, Marianist educational philosophy. To honor this tradition, we award Leadership in Service scholarships to students who have an innate desire for personal development and are committed to service within their school, church or community. Selected students are also eligible for a University merit scholarship, worth up to $98,000 over four years. In addition to receiving a $10,000 Leadership in Service scholarship ($2,500 per year), recipients complete one leadership opportunity — such as attending a leadership conference, participating in on-campus leadership activities or writing personal reflections — each semester.” For more information, see Mr. Peck in Guidance or contact the UD Office of Admission and Financial Aid, 800-837-7433.

UD Open House Events

University of Dayton will be having Open House events on Sunday, Nov. 11, 12-4 p.m. RSVP at 800-UD PRIDE.

 

IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Mon, 10/8 – Final day AAA Driving School representative in main office to accept applications and payments for the Fall October-November class, 8-9 a.m. and 2-3 p.m.
  • Mon, 10/8 – In-school college visits: University of Rio Grande; University of Akron; Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Mon, 10/8 - FAFSA Completion Night, 6-8 p.m., room 104
  • Tues, 10/9 – 8:45 a.m. Late Start due to Teacher Team Time
  • Tues, 10/9 - Construction Career Expo field trip, leave after announcements, return about 1:30 p.m.
  • Tues, 10/9 - Jostens rep at Butler to accept Senior graduation orders, lunch
  • Tues, 10/9 – Study tables, 3:05-4:00 p.m., media center
  • Tues, 10/9 - Fall AAA Driving School classes begin, 3:15-5:15 p.m.. lecture room
  • Tues, 10/9 - Butler Fall Band Concert, 7 p.m. PAT
  • Wed, 10/10 - PSAT, 7:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m., SAC
  • Wed, 10/10 - Jostens rep at Butler to accept class ring orders, lunch
  • Thurs, 10/11 – Study tables, 3:05-4:00 p.m., media center
  • Thurs, 10/11 - Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce Business EXPO, 5-7:30 p.m., SAC
  • Thurs, 10/11 - Dinner Auction, silent auction at 5:30 p.m., live auction at 7:00 p.m.
  • Fri, 10/12 – Final day to order the 2018-2019 yearbook for the reduced price of $60
  • Fri, 10/12 - MUSE Machine, 8:45-9:45 a.m., PAT
  • Sat, 10/13 - Band at Mason Marching Band Contest

 

REMINDERS OF ACTIVE ITEMS           

Trivia Night

Get a team together for the upcoming “Trivia Night” on Thursday, Oct. 25, sponsored by the Vandalia Optimist Club. The event will occur at Celebrations II, starting at 6:30 p.m. with dinner (heavy hors d’oeuvres) and four rounds of trivia to follow at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale for $20 per person. Space is limited so be sure to buy your tickets today to guarantee a seat for what’s sure to be a fun-filled evening supporting the community youth of Vandalia-Butler! Click here for further information and the registration form.  

Reminder of District Study Table Policy

Students are reminded that according to Board policy, “In order to be eligible for any co-curricular, interscholastic and noninterscholastic extra-curricular activity, a student must have, for the preceding grade period, a 2.0 grade point average, and/or no more than one ‘F.’ Students who do not meet this standard but who wish to continue to participate in co-curricular activities must attend a mandatory ‘Study Table’ until the standard is met.” Students who may be affected by this policy are encouraged to do their best in their coursework during the remaining time of the 1st quarter so they are not required to attend mandatory Study Tables during the 2nd quarter.

Calamity Day Parent Letter

Click here to read Superintendent Robert O’Leary’s Calamity Day Parent Letter for the 2018-2019 calendar year. Please note, if a 2-hour delay occurs on a Tuesday when we have a Butler late-start scheduled due to teacher team time, the team time is cancelled, and classes at Butler begin at 9:45 a.m. 

Butler Wresting & Basketball Mattress Sale Fundraiser

The Butler Wrestling and Basketball programs’ 6th Annual Mattress Sale fundraiser will be held on Sunday, Nov. 18. Brand new, name-brand mattress sets (Simmons, Restonic, etc.) will be marked 50% off retail prices. These are top quality mattress sets with full manufacturer warranties. All sizes, price ranges, delivery and free layaway will be available. A complete mattress showroom will be set up in the Butler High School cafeteria from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18. If you, a family member, or anyone you know is in the market for a new mattress…please support this fundraiser! If you need a new mattress before this sale or have any questions, please contact one of the following: Debbie Harbin, Ultimate Fundraising Solutions at dharbin65@yahoo.com, Mark Peck at mark.peck@vbcsd.com or 937-415-6311, or Darren Wyrick at darren.wyrick@vbcsd.com or 937-415-6354.

Butler Varsity Jackets

Students who are interested in purchasing a Butler Varsity Jacket can try-on a jacket for sizing in the Aviator Shop (room 132) before 1st period, pick up an order form/envelope, and return the order form/envelope with all awards, pins, letters, numerals to the Aviator Shop. 

Aspirations in Computing Award

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) honors young women in grades 9 through 12 who are active and interested in computing and technology, encouraging them to pursue their passions. Award for AiC recipients are chosen for their demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for postsecondary education. To date, more than 12,000 women have been honored with the Award for AiC. The application process is open until November 5. For more information and the application, visit the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing website.  

Film Competition

The 2018 North American Students 3-Minute Film Competition, Awards & Festival seeks to encourage and recognize the creative talents of young people. This is a fabulous opportunity for them to present the fruits of their film-making creativity, even if it is with limited resources such as just a phone and some editing software -- inconceivable only a few years ago! Please note that if your film/video isn't eligible for submission, they also offer other submission opportunities...to special projects, festivals, and international short film library. Regular deadline is October 26. Click here for more information. 

After-School Study Tables

Teachers of English, Math and Technology are available for help after school on Tuesdays, 3:05-4:00 p.m., in the media center. Teachers of English, Math, Science and Technology are available for help after school on Thursdays, 3:05-4:00 p.m., in the media center. 

Baby Pictures of Seniors

Seniors, we need your baby picture (newborn to 2 years) to include in the yearbook as well as the Senior Dinner slideshow. Please email a photo to Mrs. Jennifer Cornell (jennifer.cornell@vbcsd.com) or Ms. Martha Thomas (martha.thomas@vbcsd.com). You may also bring a printed photo to Ms. Thomas in Room 105; it will be scanned and retuned to you. Please send in your picture as soon as possible; no later than October 18.

Baseball Fundraiser

Live Duck Races will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Irish Club.

Butler High Arts & Crafts Show

Mark your calendar! The first annual Butler High Arts and Crafts Show will take place on November 23, 24, and 25. We are looking for vendors and sponsors. You can contact us at VBcraftshow@gmail.com for more information or to register.

Reminder - Graduation for Class of 2019

Graduation for the Class of 2019 will occur on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the SAC. Please mark your calendars.

 

STAY INFORMED

Twitter

@ButlerHSLuebbe, @VBaviatorAD, @Vandaliabutler, and numerous Butler staff and organization Twitters!

Instagram

ButlerHSLuebbe, vandaliabutler

Website

www.vbcsd.com

Facebook

www.facebook.com/vandaliabutlercsd

Guidance Department Text Reminders

All Aviators and parents are encouraged to sign up to receive text messages or emails distributed by our Butler Guidance Department specific to each graduation class. Go to http://www.vbcsd.com/1/Content2/390 and click on the appropriate link for your daughter/son’s graduating class for specific directions. If you have children in different graduating classes at Butler, you will need to sign up separately for each one.  

Weekly E-Newsletter 

Parents, please keep your primary and secondary email contacts always up-to-date in PowerSchool. Thanks!

School Gmail Account for all Students

All students have School Gmail accounts available so they can receive important information, such as this e-Newsletter, directly from Butler High School and Vandalia-Butler City School District. To activate, students need to sign in at www.google.com using their student “ID@vbaviators.com” -- for example, 987654@vbaviators.com is a correct username format. Their initial password is their 8-digit birthdate. For example, April 10, 1990 is 04101990 with leading zeros for single digit months and days. Aviators, in the real world, many adults have separate professional and personal email accounts and use them accordingly. This school Gmail account is to be used only for school usage. It is NOT to be used for personal reasons. Aviators are to check their school Gmail regularly for important messages.

 

We ARE Aviators!

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2018-2019 UPCOMING EVENTS

Aug 10 – Meet the Aviators Night

Aug 13 – Freshman Parent Meeting, 6 p.m.

Aug 14 – Freshman Orientation, 9 a.m.-noon

Aug 20 – Butler “Meet the Teacher Night” & Open House, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Aug 24 –  Butler Class Pictures

Sep 7 – District Pep Rally, 10:00-10:45 a.m.

Sep 14 – Butler MUSE Machine Performance, 10 a.m.

Sep 20 – Butler Parent-Teacher Conferences, 3:00-6:30 p.m.

Sep 27 – Butler Fall Choir Concert, 7 p.m.

Sep 28 – Butler Fall Blood Drive

Oct 1 – Flight Night

Oct 1-6 – Homecoming Week

Oct 4 – Homecoming Parade, Powderpuff game

Oct 5 – Homecoming Game

Oct 6 – Homecoming Dance

Oct 9 – Butler Fall  Band Concert, 7 p.m.

Oct 10 – PSAT

Oct 12 – Butler MUSE Machine Performance, 9 a.m.

Nov 1, 2, 3 – Fall Play

Nov 6 – Butler Marching Band “One More Time Concert,” 7 p.m.

Nov 10-12 – Butler Senior Class field trip to Chicago

Nov 15 – Butler Parent-Teacher Conferences, 3:00-6:30 p.m.

Nov 18-21 – Butler Business students' field trip to NYC financial district

Dec 2 – Butler Winter Choir Concert, 3 p.m.

Dec 5 – Butler MUSE Machine Performance, 10 a.m.

Dec 9 – Kickline Solo Contest

Dec 12 – Butler Winter Band Concert, 7 p.m.

Dec 19-21 – Butler 1st Semester Exams

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Jan 25 – Butler MUSE Machine Performance, 9 a.m.

Feb 2 – Turnabout Dance

Feb 7 – Butler Parent-Teacher Conferences, 3:00-6:30 p.m.

Feb 11-15 – Butler Winter Spirit Week

Mar 9 – Kickline Dayton Regional at Butler

Mar 12 – Butler State of Ohio ACT for all Juniors

Mar 21, 22, 23 – Spring Musical

Mar 27-31 – Butler Symphonic Choir field trip to NYC

Apr 8 – Senior Mentor Recognition Night, 7 p.m.

Apr 11 – Butler Parent-Teacher Conferences, 3:00-6:30 p.m.

Apr 12 – Butler Talent Show

Apr 27 – Prom

Apr 29-May 3 – Butler BSEP Week

May 3 – Butler Spring Blood Drive

TBD – Butler Work Study Dessert Banquet

May 6-10 – Butler AP Exam Week (1 of 2)

May 6 – Butler Spring Band Concert, 7 p.m.

May 13-17 – Butler AP Exam Week (2 of 2)

May 13 – Butler Spring Choir Concert, 7 p.m.

May 14 – Senior Awards Night, 6:30 p.m.

May 20, 21 – Senior 2nd Semester Exams

May 22 – Senior District Tour, Butler Clap Out, Senior Picnic

May 23 – Senior Cedar Point Field Trip

May 24 – Memorial Day Program

May 28, 29, 30 – Butler 2nd Semester Exams

May 28 – Graduation, 7 p.m.

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