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The Vestaburg Community School Board of Education recently approved a District Strategic Plan to help guide our decisions as we move forward to provide the best educational opportunities for the community’s children.  This plan identifies our Mission (why we exist), our Core Beliefs (how we serve), and our identity (who we are). As part of this plan, the condition of our facilities was identified as a priority. While there are many items that need to be addressed, the school roof, the indoor bleachers, and our bus fleet have been identified as areas of priority.  Thus, the plan includes the need to again explore a bond or millage proposal.

This past fall the Vestaburg Board of Education put a millage proposal before the community.  The proposal was for a Sinking Fund Millage to help maintain our facilities. The millage was voted down. The Board heard the community and has been evaluating future proposals.  It is with this in mind that, we are seeking input from you, the voters, and ask that you please take a few moments to complete a survey by May 30, 2018.  The intent of the survey is to inform our community regarding the facility needs and to gain feedback from you regarding current facilities, operations, and programming.  Your input is valued and very important to the process. 

Please feel free to contact Central Office at 989-268-5353 at any time with questions.  Thank you in advance for your time and helping to plan for the future of Vestaburg Community School.




Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and Top 10

It is with great pleasure and pride that Vestaburg High School announces its Top Ten for the Graduating Class of 2018. 
 
This year the high school will be honoring Co-Valedictorians, Lauren Dove and Seth Stratton.  Lauren and Seth have both earned perfect 4.0 grade point averages while participating in a demanding college prep curriculum, as well as, several extracurricular activities. Lauren is the daughter of Ryan and Emily Dove.  Seth is is the son of Scott and Jennifer Stratton.
 
This year’s Salutatorian is Kelsey Jourdan.  Kelsey has also participated in a rigorous college prep curriculum while participating in several extracurricular activities earning a 3.75 grade point average. Kelsey is the daughter of  Greg and Janice Jourdan..
 

Co Valedictorians:  Lauren Dove (4.0) and Seth Stratton (4.0)

Lauren Dove and Seth Stratton - Co-Valedictorians

Salutatorian:  Kelsey Jourdan (3.75)
Top Ten:
       1. Lauren Dove; Seth Stratton
       3.    Kelsey Jourdan
       4.    Ezra Johnston
       5.    Sadie Fockler
       6.    Madison Marshall
       7.     Thomas Patton
       8.      Noah Johnston
       9.      Emily Schmieder
      10.     Kelsey Hale


Members of the Richland Township Fire Department toured Vestaburg Community Schools.  Led by fire chief, Cal Callison, the goal of the walk through was to learn more about the recently added safety features, to familiarize the volunteer firemen with the layout of the school, and to make suggestions for improvements to the school.



State Assessments begin on April 9th! Please review the document from
the State Department and attendance is very important on these testing
days.


A Vestaburg Alumnus and family member is in need of help.   Jacob Olson is awaiting a new lease on life. He went in for a routine sports physical when he was 16, and was diagnosed with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). Unfortunately, there is a family history of kidney disease. Over the years, his illness has progressed and he is now on dialysis which impacts his quality of life and leaves him very tired. Doctors say a kidney transplant is necessary, but before he can be placed on the transplant waiting list, he has to raise $3,000.  This is just the start!  If you want to learn more about how you can help, please visit the links provided below.

https://www.bonfire.com/jacobs-journey-shirts-for-life/

http://give.transplants.org/site/TR/NFTPatientsandLivingDonor/General?px=1024781&pg=personal&fr_id=1040



School Security

 Vestaburg Community School continues to upgrade security procedures, as well as, the physical components of school safety.  Over the past two school years, Vestaburg has contracted with a school security expert, Sgt. Gary Valentine, to evaluate the security of the campus and the school’s security procedures.  This is an on-going process that continues to lead to improved procedures and security upgrades.  In the past year alone, Vestaburg has added several security upgrades including, video surveillance, a “Boot” door blockade in every classroom and office, emergency Rapid Response Room Number Placards, and are in the process of installing Ballistic Shields in glassed areas and doorways.  In addition, as part of our program, we will be installing a blue tooth notification system that will cover the entire district and allow for immediate district notification of an employed “Boot” and location of the possible disturbance. As result, Vestaburg Community School will be one of the first three schools in Michigan to install this technology. 

In February of 2017, the school did an adopt a door campaign and the community really stepped up and raised over $20,000 in a month that paid for the installation and purchase of the “boot” product in each classroom. This year the Placards and the Ballistic Shields have been and/or are in the process of being installed.  While, we will always look for ways to continue to improve the safety of our students and staff, we are very proud of the work and advancements that we have made.  Our Board of Education and administrative staff have made a commitment to making our buildings as safe as possible.  While we hope these upgrades are never needed to be used, we want our building and procedures to be ready and in place.  The safety of our school is our number one priority!

Respectfully,

Brandon Hubbard
Superintendent
Vestaburg Community School.

The Boot:

The Boot™ is a rectangular-shaped plate of 1/4 inch thick cold-rolled industrial steel. Each of its two steel pegs offer 8,000 pounds per square inch (psi) of tensile strength - totaling 16,000 psi when both pegs are fully engaged. The Boot™ weighs five pounds, offering tremendous strength to prevent entry from danger on the other side of your door.

Ballistic Shields: 

Our Ballistic Shield is far more than just a sheet of metal. Made from specially designed and tested aluminum, it is nearly impenetrable when installed over key areas on doors and windows. The unique material limits expansion caused by a fired bullet and creates razor sharp edges at the point of penetration. This combination assures that the shooter will sustain major injury while attempting to open the door. With a Ballistic Shield in place, the time a shooter spends using up ammunition attempting entry gives your students and staff time to barricade themselves in rooms secured by The Boot™.

Rapid Response Room Number Placards:

Unlike traditional placards, Rapid Response placards are reflective, 3D and visible regardless of hall length. This assures an immediate response whether advising a parent, student, visitor or tactical team of a room number.

Response time greatly increases if law enforcement must slow down or stop at every door to check the room number. The Rapid Response Room Number Placards make this unnecessary. The highly reflective, large numbers direct officers to the exact location without slowing down, giving them more time to plan, prepare and execute.


Any elementary students interested in attending an after school art class on Thursday nights please sign up in the office. Grades 1-3 will
have class on the first and third Thursday after school in the art room from 3 to 4:30pm.  Grades 4-6 will have class on the second and
fourth Thursday  after school from 3-4:30pm. The teacher will be Mrs. Herman and Mr. Guthrie. The classes will be limited to 20 students
each week. If more than 20 sign up they will be put in the next class. If school is canceled or not in session there will be no classes.
Tentative start time is October 19th and will continue throughout the school year. If you have any questions feel free to call
Mrs. Herman @ 989 268-5582.



School Safety: Vestaburg Community Schools has contracted with a school security and safety expert. As a result, we will continue to update and improve our safety procedures. A big part of this process is holding drills to practice and evaluate our procedures. As we work through the year we will be conducting unannounced drills designed to provide us with real-life like practice opportunities. As parents, it is important that you talk to your children about the importance of following all directions and staying calm. In addition, for younger children it is important to help them process the drills after they occur. We appreciate your support and patience as we continue to work hard to provide a safe environment for all our students.



Vestaburg Community School is looking for Bus Drivers.  Anyone interested please contact Central Office for more details.  Applicants do not need certification to apply.  The school district will work with and help interested parties obtain the necessary training and certifications.


School of Choice: Anyone interested in enrolling their child at Vestaburg Community School or our Virtual School please contact us at 989-268-5353.



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Vestaburg Community School - 7188 Ave B - Vestaburg, MI 48891
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