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Butler HS Principal's Weekly E-Newsletter 9/19/21

BUTLER  HIGH  SCHOOL

PRINCIPAL’S  WEEKLY  E-NEWSLETTER 

 

September 19, 2021

 

CURRENT NEWS  

Homecoming Spirit Week 2021

Click here to read all the details and events that are part of Homecoming Spirit Week 2021.

Homecoming Dance Outside Guest Attendance Form

The Homecoming Dance will occur on Saturday, Sept. 25. Click here for the Outside Guest Attendance Form which must be submitted by Wednesday, Sept. 22. Copies are also available in the main office and on the Butler HS website under Docs/Forms

Board of Education Special Meeting

The Vandalia-Butler City Schools Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 21, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Butler High School Performing Arts Theater. The purpose of this listening session is to allow the Board and Superintendent to hear from parents and guardians on the optional mask policy. No action will be taken by the Board of Education at this meeting.

2020-2021 Yearbooks

If you ordered a yearbook last year, please stop by room 105 sometime after school to pick up your book. If you are a family member or friend of a senior who graduated last year, you can make arrangements to pick theirs up as well or have them come to the main office any time during the day. A limited number of extra yearbooks are being sold if you missed out on ordering one last year. Bring a check made out to Butler High School for $70 to room 105 after school as well and you can purchase one. 

2021-2022 Yearbooks

You can now order this year's yearbook for $60, the lowest price it will ever be! Head to www.yearbookforever.com and search for Butler High School. You have until October 15 to order at the $60 rate. After that the price will increase, so DON'T wait! 

2021-2022 Vandalia-Butler Optimist Club Essay Contest

The Vandalia-Butler Optimist Club is excited to once again sponsor its annual essay contest! The contest is open to any students living within the boundaries of the Vandalia-Butler School District, including home-schooled students. Contest information is being distributed to Butler High School, Morton Middle, Smith Middle School, St. Christopher School, and home-school groups. Monetary prizes will be awarded to students submitting the top essays. Essays will be judged based on three age categories: Grades 4/5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12. Winners will be invited to attend the noon Optimist meeting in March 2022 with their families to share their entries and receive their prize. The overall high school winner will also be entered into the District contest. The winner of the District contest will receive a plaque and a $2,500 scholarship. Essay subject: “How Does an Optimist Mindset Change My Tomorrow?” Deadline for entry is Monday, Jan. 24. Submit as a Word document to vboptimistessaycontest@gmail.com. Click here for rules and entry information.

Congratulations to ---

Riley Truesdale who has decided to continue her academic and athletic future at Wilmington College.

MUSE Machine 2021-2022

Muse Machine is once again presenting live, in-school performances for our students. Muse Machine is designed to give students a chance to experience live performances both here at Butler and at professional theater venues. Membership is $25 with additional, and optional, out-of-school performances available at discounted prices. In-school performances are held at Butler during the school day. First in-school performance is October 6, so register now. The out-of-school performances (Nutcracker and Come from Away) are optional and transportation to those events are the student’s responsibility. Register online at www.musemachine.com and click on “STUDENTS,” then “BECOME A MEMBER,” and then look for Butler High School. Credit card payment is required. Membership Levels:

  • Basic: $25 includes the four in-school performances
  • Bronze: $45 includes the Basic membership plus one ticket to Nutcracker
  • Silver: $58 includes the Basic membership plus one ticket to Come from Away
  • Gold: $78 includes the Basic membership plus tickets to Nutcracker and Come from Away 

Butler Boys’ Basketball Golf Outing

Please support our Butler Boys’ Basketball program by participating in their golf outing which has been rescheduled to Friday, Sept. 24. Tee time is 9 a.m., rain or shine. The golf outing will take place at the Cassel Hills Golf Course. Entry fee of $75 per golfer includes light lunch, pizza dinner, drinks, and prizes. Click here for a registration form. All proceeds from the event will benefit our Butler HS Boys’ Basketball Teams.

Butler Softball Golf Outing

The annual Butler Softball Golf Scramble will take place on Sunday, Oct. 17. All proceeds go directly to our Butler Softball program. The golf outing will take place at the Homestead Golf Club in Tipp City. Entry fee is $65 per player which includes green fees, cart, meal, and 2 drink tickets. Register by October 10. Limited to the first 30 paid teams of 4. To register and for more information, email Coach Shepherd at lindsay.shepherd@vbcsd.com.

Tips from KNOW!

KNOW! provides parents/guardians/grandparents and other caregivers with frequent FREE KNOW! Parent Tips by email regarding a variety of topics faced by today’s youth. Click here to sign up to receive the email tips, including the latest one, “KNOW! To Change the Game on Youth Gambling”

 

GUIDANCE NEWS

ACT and SAT

  • The next opportunity to take the ACT will be October 23 (regular registration deadline has passed. Late registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 1). Click here to register.
  • The next opportunity to take the SAT will be October 2 (regular registration deadline has passed. Late registration deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 21 for registrations made online or by phone). Click here to register. 

PSAT

The PSAT is open to all grades 9-12. All juniors are encouraged to take the PSAT on Wednesday, Oct. 13 because it helps them prepare to take the SAT and the PSAT is also the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sophomores are also encouraged to take the PSAT this year as excellent practice for when you take it next year as part of the National Merit Scholarship Program. Click here for resources that help students prepare for the PSAT. Click here to learn more about the National Merit Scholarship Program. Cost of the PSAT in $18. Click here for the registration form or stop by Guidance to pick up the form. It along must be completed and turned in with the payment to Guidance by Wednesday, Sept. 29. The form also contains additional details about the test. See Mr. Kelly Stevens in Guidance with questions.

Dayton Metro Library to Offer Free College Test Prep Programs

The Dayton Metro Library will be hosting free Future You: ACT/SAT Practice Test programs to aid students in grades 7-12 prepare for their upcoming ACT/SAT college exams. Advance registration is required, and both the ACT and SAT practice tests will be available. Students will be able to receive their test results immediately following the completion of the tests. Remaining locations and dates include:

You can click here to register online or call the Ask Me Line at 937-463-2665.

College Prep Night

Day Air Credit Union will sponsor their annual College Prep Night on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 6-8 p.m., at Day Air Ballpark. Local college-bound students can attend this FREE event and learn everything they need to know about college, get entered to win college-themed raffle prizes, and chat with over 50 colleges/universities from all over the country. It’s a great way for students to gather tons of information – all in one spot! Students must pre-register and attend this event in order to have the chance to win one of the two $1,000 scholarships provided by Day Air Credit Union, although they do not have to be present to win. Students can click here to officially register for this event and to see a list of the colleges/universities who will be present for College Prep Night.  

Visits by College Admissions Representatives to Butler

Representatives from colleges visit Butler to meet with students who are interested in learning more about their schools. Upcoming visits: Monday, Sept 27 – Bellarmine University during period 4/5 and Miami University Middletown during period 9. Students must sign up through Naviance (click here) to meet with the college admissions representatives who will be visiting Butler.

GetHelpNow

GetHelpNow Montgomery Country is a free app to locate addiction, mental health services and more.

 

HEALTH SAFETY MEASURES

Reminder Regarding Illness

  • Please keep your student home from school and school activities and call your doctor if your student gets sick or exhibits any of the symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If you are waiting on COVID test results, do not send your student to school until a negative result is known.
  • If you have any questions and concerns, please contact School Nurse Jessica Singer at (O) 937-415-6308, (C) 937-272-0108, or by email: jessica.singer@vbcsd.com.

District Health Guidelines

Click here to see the District’s 2021-2022 Health Guidelines.

Health Safety Measures

  • All students should maintain at least a 3-foot distance from other students, including at lunch.
  • The wearing of masks is optional. 
  • High-touched surfaces are being consistently and regularly sanitized with approved sanitizers and cleaners.
  • A sanitizing product with a long-lasting surface life will be applied to all high-touch surface areas.
  • Students are encouraged to wash their hands multiple times per day, including prior to lunch.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers are located throughout our building. Students are encouraged to use them. Also, students can bring their own hand sanitizer as long as it’s a fragrance-free product.
  • All drinking fountains have been replaced with water bottle filler stations. Students are encouraged to bring multiple water bottles to school – carry one at a time throughout the day and keep the others in your locker. 

 

IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS 

  • Mon, 9/20 – Spirit week attire theme: Color Block Day (seniors wear black; juniors green; sophomores blue; freshmen red)
  • Mon, 9/20 – Homecoming Dance tickets on sale, before/after school and during lunches, Mon–Fri
  • Tues, 9/21 – Spirit week attire theme: Tropical Day
  • Tues, 9/21 – Late-start Tuesday due to Teacher Team Time, classes begin at 8:45 a.m.
  • Tues, 9/21 – Mock Car Crash, 9:15 a.m., weather permitting
  • Tues, 9/21 – After-school study tables, 3:05-4:00 p.m., media center and room 107
  • Tues, 9/21 – Board of Education special meeting, 5:30 p.m., PAT
  • Wed, 9/22 – Spirit week attire theme: Western Day
  • Wed, 9/22 – Homecoming Dance Outside Guest Attendance Request forms due
  • Thurs, 9/23 – Spirit week attire theme: Celebrity Day (dress as your favorite celebrity)
  • Thurs, 9/23 – After-school study tables, 3:05-4:00 p.m., media center
  • Thurs, 9/23 – Homecoming Parade, starts at 6:30 p.m.
  • Thurs, 9/23 – Meet the Butler Aviators, following parade at 7:30 p.m., Memorial Stadium
  • Thurs, 9/23 – Homecoming Bonfire, 8:30-9:00 p.m., east of old tennis courts
  • Fri, 9/24 – Spirit week attire theme: Purple & Gold Day
  • Fri, 9/24 – Vandalia-Butler Alumni Association Hall of Achievement induction
  • Fri, 9/24 – Homecoming Game
  • Sat, 9/25 – Homecoming Dance

 

SCHOLARSHIPS AND CONTESTS

NEW – Heisman High School Scholarship Program 

The Heisman High School Scholarship program honors hundreds of the nation’s most accomplished, community-minded high school senior athletes each year. This year, the college scholarship amounts have been doubled, increasing support for each student-athlete’s education. The program will recognize a winner from each high school that has student participation. The top male and female applicants from each state will be awarded $1,000. State winners will move on for the chance to become a national finalist and win at least $2,000. Of the national finalists, a male and a female will be selected as the winner of the $10,000 National Heisman High School Scholarship. Click here for further details and to apply. Students must submit their application by October 19 at 6 p.m. ET to be considered.

Class of 2022: College Board Opportunity Scholarships Program 

When it comes to college, it is never too early to explore, research, and dream. The College Board Opportunity Scholarships program is open to students in the class of 2022. Students can sign up and learn more details at CB.org/Opportunity. Complete the 6 college planning steps for 6 separate chances at $500. When finished with all 6, you will be entered into a drawing for a $40,000 scholarship, but you can still earn money even if you do not complete them all. The 6 steps: Build your college list, Practice for the SAT, Explore scholarships, Strengthen your college list, Complete the FAFSA, and Apply to colleges. 

Scholarship Guidance 

Scholarship Guidance website is available to help students find scholarship opportunities for the upcoming school year. Their scholarship database is used by high schools and post-secondary schools across the nation. Click here for access to many scholarship opportunities. Weekly scholarship newsletter is available by clicking here.

Seniors

Click here for a list of scholarships available from bold.org for the class of 2022.

Elevate Women in Technology Scholarship

Each year, Life Reimagined Ventures, a company dedicated to empowering 10 million people to live a more fulfilling life, awards $500 in scholarships to high-achieving, high school women who aspire to use a career in technology to change the world. Click here to learn more about the Elevate Women in Technology Scholarship. Deadline to apply is Friday, Oct. 1.

Ebony Jewels and Gems Cotillion Scholarship and Leadership Program 

The Ebony Jewels and Gems Cotillion, sponsored by Beta Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., is a program that recognizes and celebrates outstanding high school graduates in the Miami Valley and surrounding communities. Over the past forty-one years, Beta Eta Omega Chapter has awarded scholarships totaling over $680,000. In addition to awarding scholarships to eligible applicants, they provide youth experience opportunities for networking, leadership workshops, and cultural enrichment activities. The culmination of the experience will be a formal virtual presentation celebrating their accomplishments. All activities are scheduled to occur virtually. Interested students need to mail or email the completed application to the address provided by October 30. An invitation to attend the 2022 Ebony Jewels and Gems Cotillion Informational Meeting will be mailed upon receipt of the application. Click here for the application and further information.

WiseGeek Scholarships

  • WiseGeek Nursing No-Essay Scholarship: Eligibility: Current graduate or undergraduate student in a nursing program or a high school senior who has plans to study nursing. Must be an U.S. Citizen or permanent legal resident. Amount: $500. Application Deadline: December 1. Click here for more information and to apply.
  • WiseGeek Community Service No-Essay Scholarship: Eligibility: Current graduate, undergraduate, or high school senior who has an outstanding record of community service. Must be an U.S. Citizen or permanent legal resident. Amount: $500. Application Deadline: December 1. Click here for more information and to apply.
  • WiseGeek Cosmetology No-Essay Scholarship: Eligibility: Currently enrolled or planning on enrolling in cosmetology school. Must be an U.S. Citizen or permanent legal resident. Amount: $500. Application Deadline: December 1. Click here for more information and to apply.
  • WiseGeek Law No-Essay Scholarship: Eligibility: Current graduate or undergraduate student in a law program or a high school senior who has plans to study law. Must be an U.S. Citizen or permanent legal resident. Amount: $500. Application Deadline: December 1. Click here for more information and to apply.

$1,000 Scholarship for Those Affected by Auto Accidents

The Dirk Derrick Car & Truck Accident Injury Scholarship is an award for any current or soon-to-be undergraduate student in the United States who has had his or her life altered due to an injury from a car or truck accident, be it their own injury, that of a loved one, or an influential individual. The Dirk Derrick Scholarship has a brief submission process, and applicants will be judged on their ability to convey the lasting effect an auto accident has had on their life as well as their journey to overcome those challenges. Click here for further information and to apply. Deadline to apply is December 15.

 

PREVIOUS NEWS ITEMS OF NOTE

Calamity Day Letter

Click here to read Superintendent Robert O’Leary’s 2021-2022 calamity day letter to parents.

Freshman Trip to Washington, D.C.

The 8th and 9th grade Washington, D.C. trips that were originally planned for the first week of November are being moved to later in the school year. We are currently working with the company to select weeks in the spring that would be the best options, trying to avoid as many conflicts as possible during a busy time of the year due to testing, athletics, etc. If your payments are current, you do not need to do anything right now. We will let you know when the dates are finalized. Please know if you cancel your student's trip, you will not be able to sign up again later if you change your mind. 

Attendance

Please email all absence information to Mrs. Maria Smiley at maria.smiley@vbcsd.com or call 937-415-6307.

After-School Study Tables

Teachers of English, Math, and Technology are available to help students every Tuesday school day, 3:05-4:00 p.m. in the media center (technology in room 107). Teachers of English, Math, and Science are available for help every Thursday school day, 3:05-4:00 p.m. in the media center. 

Math Lab 

Successful learning of math requires students to master the content as they move topic to topic throughout the school year. Many of the topics build sequentially from previous material. Aviators, if you ever need some additional help to comprehend a topic, or do some extra practice to improve your confidence, or get caught up from missing a day, know that the Math Lab is a great resource for you! Math Lab is period 4 in room 234 and periods 5-6 in room 105. 

OHSAA Scholarship Eligibility

In addition to Vandalia-Butler eligibility requirements, all high school student-athletes are reminded that the Ohio High School Athletic Association standard for scholarship eligibility returns for the second quarter in 2021-2022, i.e., at the conclusion of the first quarter, a student-athlete needs to have passing grades in a minimum of five one-credit courses, or the equivalent. Failure to schedule enough credits or failing a class to fall below that OHSAA standard will make the student-athlete ineligible at the start of the fifth school day of the second grading period. Click here for more information from OHSAA.

Butler Wrestling Mattress Sale

Please support our Butler Wrestling program by participating in their 9th annual Mattress Sale fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 21, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Butler. All sizes of Beautyrest available; 25+ styles on display. Brand new with full factory warranties. Delivery available. All forms of payment accepted; financing available. Twin from $199, Full from $279, Queen from $299, King from $549. For more information: email dharbin65@yahoo.com/Butler.

Student Parking 

Students parking on campus, including students taking classes at MVCTC and being transported by bus to/from MVCTC, need to park their vehicles in the student north parking lot. 2021-2022 parking decals for $10 and parking mirror hangers, if needed, for an additional $10, are available in the main office. Students should bring a completed parking permit application form to the main office to obtain their parking decal and hanger. Click here for the parking permit form which is also available under the under the Docs/Forms tab of our Butler High School website.

Student Morning Drop-off and Afternoon Pick-up

  • Morning Drop-off: You are asked to use the south parking lot off Alkaline Springs for dropping off students in the morning. When dropping off your students, if you are next to unload, please pull all the way up to door #2 so multiple cars can unload simultaneously. Thank you for your cooperation and patience!
  • Afternoon Pick-up: Until about 3:10 p.m., the east entrance drive is one-way in only. Please do not attempt to use it as an exit during this time. Instead, all vehicles need to use the regular west exit drive. Thank you for your cooperation!
  • Also, please do not use the student north parking lot or the board office parking lot for student morning drop-offs and afternoon pick-ups. 

Late-Start Tuesdays

On most Tuesdays throughout the school year, Butler starts at 8:45 a.m. instead of 7:45 a.m. to allow for Teacher Team Time, professional time prioritized for teachers to collaborate for instructional advancement, assessment data analysis, professional development, and other growth opportunities – all aimed to improve instruction and student learning/achievement. Doors to the building on Tuesdays open at 8:30 a.m. Students who arrive earlier (cafeteria is open at 7:15 a.m.) will need to wait in the cafeteria until 8:30 a.m. If Butler is on a 2-hour delay schedule due to weather conditions on a Tuesday, then Teacher Team Time is canceled for that day and all students will report to the building for their 1st period class at 9:45 a.m.

Sign Up for Dayton Workforce Partnerships’ Opportunities

Aviators, take advantage of a special opportunity! Butler HS is one of only 9 high schools in the Dayton region who are members of the Dayton Workforce Partnerships (DWP). Every Aviator (9th through 12th grade) is highly encouraged to sign up (click here) and take advantage of the information, connections and opportunities provided by DWP. Registration permits DWP to send information about their college and business partners, as well as make seniors eligible for their scholarships. DWP can make connections for you, open doors, and provide opportunities. DWP sends emails and videos informing students and families about the benefits offered by our partners, and DWP can also arrange visits. There is no cost to you or your family - and you may unsubscribe at any time. Click here to learn more about DWP.

Practice Preparing for the ACT and SAT

  • GP Educational Services is offering ACT PREP workshops in preparations for fall ACT tests. Sessions will be held at the Halls of Hanover in Minster, OH. Click here for registration form and additional information for October sessions – last day to register is October 1.
  • Kaplan offers free online SAT and ACT prep events. Click here to access. Kaplan is also offering 1 free month of SAT® Prep On Demand which helps students master the exam in as little as 30 minutes a day. Click here to access it. Furthermore, Kaplan provides access to their YouTube prep video collection (click here) to help students prepare for the ACT, SAT, and AP.
  • Click here for a publication from ACT. It contains full-length practice tests, including a writing test; strategies to prepare for the ACT; and what to expect on test day.
  • ACT Test Prep provides a range of test prep content and delivery options including an online class, self-paced course, tutoring, and prep guides. Click here for details.
  • Click here for sample questions from the CollegeBoard to help prepare for the SAT.
  • OnToCollege offers unlimited, on-demand, online test prep and study skill video courses.
  • Click here for more information about OnToCollege.
  • TorchPrep offers various ACT prep course options. For info and dates, visit www.torchprep.com.
  • 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

Health and Safety

Vandalia-Butler City Schools works with Public School Works to provide two methods for students and parents to report concerns which may affect the peace of mind of students or jeopardize the safety of people or school facilities. Click here for links which can be used to make reports online or by phone. One of the ways is to call the Safe School Helpline. The Stay Safe Speak Up! Hotline is available 24/7 toll-free at 1-866-listen2me: you can leave your report on an answering machine, or you can personally speak to a Hotline attendant who can provide free, confidential, and immediate crisis intervention. The Hotline is provided for students and parents to report issues related to: bullying, harassment, intimidation or threats, alcohol or drug abuse, physical or mental abuse, bomb threats, discrimination, hacking or cyber vandalism, health concerns including self-abuse, HIV and AIDS, suicidal behavior, suspicious behavior, theft, tobacco possession, use or distribution, vandalism, violence or fighting, weapons or other dangerous items, or other issues of concern. After you submit your report, your issue will be investigated by our district if necessary. You can remain anonymous. 

 

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School Gmail Account for all Students

All students have School Gmail accounts available so they can receive important information, such as this weekly e-Newsletter, directly from Butler High School and Vandalia-Butler City School District. 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. If you do not remember how to access your email, please ask Mrs. Kim Thaler in the main office.

 

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