BUTLER HIGH SCHOOL
PRINCIPAL’S WEEKLY E-NEWSLETTER
October 8, 2017
Do NOT Miss this Opportunity to Attend a Free College Planning Seminar
Abbey Credit Union will host a free educational seminar at Butler High School on Monday, Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m. in the lecture room to help local families prepare for college. The seminar, titled “How to Prepare, Plan, and Pay for College,” will be presented by a representative from Credit Union Student Choice, Abbey Credit Union’s partner in providing college financing solutions. Attendees will learn about the following: Cost of Attendance, Scholarships and Grants, Federal and Private Student Loans, Work Study, Budgeting and more. “Our goal at Abbey Credit Union is to do more than just make a loan,” said Blanca Ortiz, VP Abbey Credit Union. “We want our members and potential members to make wise financial decisions throughout their lives. College planning is a stressful topic for many families, and we want to be sure they have accurate information about their choices for paying for college.” The seminar is open to public. To register, visit www.abbeycu.studentchoice.org/seminar. The first 30 attendees will be entered into a $500 scholarship raffle.
“After the Fire” Assemblies
October 8-14, 2017 is Fire Prevention Week with Monday, Oct. 9 being Fire Prevention Day. Sponsored by fire departments in the Dayton Region and funded by the former Miami Valley Firefighters Regional Burn Foundation, our Vandalia Fire Department has coordinated an inspiring experience for our students and staff. On Monday, Oct. 9, we are fortunate to have two individuals who will visit Butler and provide a video and speaking presentation for our Aviators during two assemblies: one for seniors and juniors during periods 1 & 2 and the other for sophomores and freshmen during periods 3 & 4. Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos will share “After the Fire,” the powerful, true story of the fire that raged through their freshman dorm at Seton Hall University on the early morning hours of January 19, 2000, killing 3 students, injuring 58 others, and providing lifelong lessons. Their story is one of survival, perseverance, inspiration, hope, courage and friendship. Their motive is to be advocates for fire safety and prevention so no other students will have to endure the pain they suffered. Parents, if you wish to learn more about the story of these two men, you can visit www.AlvaroandShawn.com. Also, parents, if you do not want your daughter/son to attend these assemblies, please ask your child to go to guidance during the time of the assembly.
End of Quarter 1
The end of the 1st Quarter, October 19, is quickly approaching. All Aviators are encouraged to use the remaining time prudently to finish the quarter strong.
Graduation Order Day
Last Monday, Mr. Ty Carpenter from Jostens distributed graduation announcement and other information to our seniors at Butler. Parents, please ask your daughter/son to share the information with you at home. Jostens will be at Butler again on Tuesday, Oct. 10 during lunch in the cafeteria hallway to take orders. Seniors should turn in all stapled forms. On order day, seniors will receive tassels and key rings. In 2-3 weeks, they will receive all apparel, memory books and senior jewelry. In March, they will receive announcements, paper products, and caps/gowns. Mr. Carpenter will make a visit to our seniors at CTC on October 25 to present the same graduation information.
Aviators who registered for the PSAT will take it during the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 11.
Quarter 2 Early Release
Any senior or junior who has a study hall at the end of the school day and wishes to be approved for early release for Quarter 2 needs to submit the application to Mr. Buck Williamson by October 19. Any applications not turned in by this date will NOT be considered for early release in the 2nd quarter.
Looking for Good Math Students
Butler’s Math Department is looking for good math students to compete in the Ohio Mathematics League. Contests will take place during 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th period on the second Tuesday of each month (October through March). This contest is open to all Butler students. We will be competing against other high schools throughout Ohio and the rest of the country. Aviators, if you know your math and want to represent Butler in the Math League, please sign up using the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/rFL28qcpFLfinwEY2. All students are welcome to compete! Please see Mr. Smith or your math teacher for further details.
Chipotle Fundraiser to help Butler Octagon Club
Butler High School’s Octagon Club requests your help. Come in to the Chipotle at 6759 Miller Lane on Tuesday, Oct. 10 between 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Bring in this flyer (click here), show it on your smartphone, or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Vandalia-Butler Octagon Club.
At Butler, we are fortunate to have a school therapist from Samaritan Behavioral visit our school on a part-time basis. School therapists provide support for students who are struggling with stress. Being a teen can be hard, and therapists are there to help. Parents, if your daughter/son is struggling with feeling down, worrying too much, having difficulty in focusing, or struggling with her/his relationships with others, one option you may wish to pursue is to contact Ms. Kim Peters of Samaritan Behavioral Health at 937-367-0067 or Kimberly.Peters@vbcsd.com. Payment for this service is completely the responsibility of parents, students, and/or their insurance providers. Current insurances accepted by Samaritan: Medicaid, CareSource, Amerigroup.
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is a wonderful way to celebrate students for their community service and to elevate them as models for their peers. All of our Butler student volunteers are encouraged to apply. This year's student application deadline is November 7, 2017. Awards are open to students in grades 5 - 12 who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service in the past year. Middle level and high school volunteers are honored in every state, and top honorees earn cash awards and an all-expenses-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C. Qualifying honorees also receive President's Volunteer Service Awards. For complete details about The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, visit https://spirit.prudential.com. Students should notify Mr. Peck in Guidance when they have finished the application.
Congratulations to ---
· Allison Baker on being chosen as the Girls’ Tennis GWOC North Player of the Year!
· Coach Amanda Paul, Girls’ Tennis GWOC North Coach of the Year!
Kudla Center Ribbon Cutting
All are invited to attend the official ribbon cutting of the Kudla Center for Fitness and Strength on Friday, Oct. 13 at 5:30 p.m.
For our Seniors
From Jon Husted, Ohio Secretary of State: “Election Day is fast approaching and for a number of students this will be the first election in which they are able to cast a ballot! As new participants in our democracy, it is important for them to be well informed about the issues they will be voting on this November 7th.” Ohio voters can go to www.MyOhioVote.com to get registered, learn more about the statewide ballot issues, find their polling location, view their sample ballot and much more. Click here for informative videos outlining the two statewide ballot issues along with links to the ballot language and full text.
ACT Student Champion Award
Applications are open for the ACT Student Champion Award which recognizes one student in each state who is tenacious and persistent, no matter the challenge, and is prepared for life after high school with a goal in mind and plan in place. ACT Student Champions receive a $500 non-renewable scholarship, certificate, plaque, and state-level recognition. Aviators of the graduating class of 2018 who have taken the ACT and who fit the following criteria are encouraged to apply:
· A student who has overcome challenges and can articulate education and career actions
· Students must have a composite ACT score of a 22 on a single test date or a 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale
· Preference will be given to underrepresented and/or first-generation college students.
Applications can be found at www.act.org/readinesschampions. Applications are due December 31, 2017, and champions will be notified on or before April 2, 2018. If applicants are under the age of 18, they must complete this form in addition to the application.
· Mon, 10/9 – “After the Fire” assemblies
· Mon, 10/9 – “How to Prepare, Plan and Pay for College,” free educational seminar sponsored by Abbey Credit Union, 6:30 p.m., lecture room
· Tues, 10/10 – 8:45 a.m. Late Start due to Teacher Team Time
· Tues, 10/10 – Jostens at Butler for graduation orders, during lunch
· Wed, 10/11 – PSAT
· Fri, 10/13 – Ribbon cutting of the Kudla Center for Fitness and Strength, 5:30 p.m.
· Sat, 10/14 – Marching Aviators at MidStates Miamisburg contest
ACT and SAT
· The next ACT will be on Saturday, Oct. 28. Regular and late registration deadlines have passed. The following ACT will be on December 9. Registration deadline for the December 9 ACT is November 3.
· The next SAT will be on Saturday, Nov. 4. Regular registration deadline has passed. Late registration deadlines are October 17 for mailed registrations and October 25 for registrations made online or by phone.
College Visits This Week
Miami University, University of Toledo, Ohio State University and Wright State University is schedule to be at Butler on Friday, Oct. 13. Students interested in visiting with their representative should sign up through Guidance by Thursday. Click here for the link to the college sign-up sheet.
Click here for the October 2 Guidance Bulletin. It contains important information on various scholarships and contests.
UD/Sinclair Academy Open House
The UD/Sinclair Academy will host an Open House on October 26 from 9:00-1:00. Students interested in attending Sinclair for the first 2 years of college then transition to UD should plan to attend to get more information. While at Sinclair, students are able to take advantage of many UD activities including sport events and meeting with a UD advisor each semester. Contact Mrs. Julie Pratt in the CCRC or Miss Christina Cook (Butler's Sinclair academic advisor) for more information and registration.
FAFSA Workshop Dates
We encourage EVERY senior and her/his parents to complete the FAFSA form. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form families fill out as the first step in applying for most federal, state, and college-provided financial aid for students. Although it says “federal,” many states and colleges use your FAFSA data to determine your eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid.
If you plan to complete the FAFSA online, click here for a FAFSA on the Web Worksheet which will provide you a preview of the questions you may be asked while completing the FAFSA online at fafsa.gov.
If you wish assistance in completing the FAFSA form, here are some great opportunities for you:
· Sinclair College is hosting a series of FAFSA Workshops. Click here for dates and further information of what you need to bring to a FAFSA workshop.
· Monday, Oct. 23, 6-8 p.m., Sinclair staff will be at Butler in the College and Career Resource Center (room 104) to assist Butler parents in completing the FAFSA form. Please RSVP to Mr. Mark Peck at 937-415-6311 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
REMINDERS of ACTIVE ITEMS
Math Lab & Study Tables
Students who struggle with their academics are encouraged to seek help first from their teachers. We also have extra help available: Math Lab every school day during 5th period in room 107 and Study Tables stationed by teacher in our media center from 3:05 to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
All Aviators are Called to be Team Butler and Participate in the Vocabulary Bowl
Students at thousands of schools around the United States and Canada are competing in the annual Vocabulary Bowl - a competition to see which schools can master the most words. What makes the Vocabulary Bowl so special is that every student who plays and learns on Vocabulary.com is “on the team” for their school. If they’re enrolled, they’re in. Aviators, you are all called to join the competition and start mastering words today. The Vocabulary Bowl started on October 1, 2017 and runs through April 30, 2018. Go to https://www.vocabulary.com/bowl/ to get involved!
Bluffton University Math Contest
Bluffton University is hosting its free Mathematics Contest on Saturday, Nov. 4. Cash prizes will be award on test day and scholarship offers are possible. To register online and to find previous contests, answers, and solutions, go to http://www.bluffton.edu/mcst/contest/ . Registration is limited to the first 100 students.
Aviators have participated previously in TEDxYouth@Dayton. Current Aviators, here is your opportunity. Organizers of TEDxYouth@Dayton (TXYD) are now accepting applications for the 2018 event, “3D: Dream. Dare. Decode.” The event will take place at Wright State University’s Student Union on March 9, 2018. Speaker and performer applicants, 14-19 years old, will be chosen through an application and audition process. Youth volunteers are also being sought to help with audience engagement, stagecraft and social media. Applications for speakers, performers and volunteers are available at http://www.tedxdayton.com/tedxyouth-dayton/. The deadline for speakers to apply is Thursday, Nov. 1.
Reminder – if your daughter/son is absent, you need to call in the absence before 8 a.m. to 937-415-6307.
Parents of Seniors
Now is the time you may want to begin exploring the idea of purchasing a senior recognition ad for your son/daughter in the 2017-2018 Butler High School Airlog Yearbook. This is a wonderful way to highlight your child’s accomplishments throughout these past four years of high school. Many parents decide that a baby picture along with a current senior portrait is a special way to commemorate the book. Other parents have sent pictures of their child’s first day of kindergarten along with a senior portrait. Other parents have sent only a senior portrait, or simply a message from the family, or an athletic or dance recital picture from your child’s early years. There are countless ways that families may commemorate their senior, choosing from $55 for ? page, $95 for ¼ page, $175 for ½ page, and $325 for a full page. Please contact Ms. Martha Thomas at email@example.com or 937-415-6319.
Class of 2018 - Email Signup
Want to keep on top of upcoming scholarship announcements, approaching college visits, graduation information, and more? Email Guidance Secretary Cindy Snyder at firstname.lastname@example.org with the word “subscribe” in the subject line. You will be signed up for regular email announcements about deadlines and other information of interest to the Class of 2018!
Calamity Day Parent Letter
Click here to read the 2017-2018 Calamity Day Parent Letter from Superintendent Rob O’Leary.
Latest Parent Tip from KNOW!: “The End of Bullying Starts with You”
KNOW! provides parents (or 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. KNOW! aims to increase parental awareness that every child is at-risk for using substances; parental knowledge about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; parental conversations with children about the importance of non-use. Children whose parents talk about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use are up to 50% less likely to use in the first place (The Partnership at Drugfree.org, 2008). "93% of parents say that as a result of receiving KNOW! Parent Tips, they have learned something new about alcohol, tobacco or other drugs" - 2012 KNOW! Parent Survey. To sign up to receive the email tips, go to http://starttalking.ohio.gov/TakeAction/ParentsGrandparentsCaregivers/ParentTipSignUp.aspx
KeyBank Ohio Aspirations in Computing Award
For the fifth year in a row, KeyBank is sponsoring the Ohio Aspirations in Computing Award from the National Center for Women & Information Technology. The award is given to young women attending Ohio high schools who demonstrate outstanding computer and IT aptitude, proven leadership ability, excellent academic performance and plans for post-secondary education. It is one way to showcase and increase women’s meaningful participation in computing and technology. Any Ohio high school woman in grades 9 through 12 is eligible to apply. The application process is open until November 6, 2017. For more information and the application, visit the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing website.
Purdue Women in Engineering Program
The Purdue Women in Engineering Program is hosting a Seniors Exploring Engineering (SEE) event on Monday, Oct. 16. The program is geared towards women in their senior year of high school with an interest in engineering. For more information, see Mrs. Jennifer Donovan.
@ButlerHSLuebbe, @VBaviatorAD, @Vandaliabutler, and numerous Butler staff and organizational Twitters!
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.
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 eNewsletter, 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, email@example.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.