BUTLER HIGH SCHOOL
PRINCIPAL’S WEEKLY E-NEWSLETTER
August 12, 2018
Parents of Freshmen
The annual meeting for parents only of Freshmen will be held on Monday, Aug. 13, from 6 to 7 p.m. in our Performing Arts Theatre (PAT). Our guidance staff and administrative team will cover important items as your daughters and sons begin their high school years. It is also a time for us to answer any questions you may have.
Freshman Orientation will occur on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 9 a.m. to noon. All Freshmen need to attend and should report to the PAT by 9 a.m.
- Karter Peck on being named the MVP of the baseball Bob Ross Classic
- Khalil Ruiz on receiving his Eagle Scout Award yesterday at his Eagle Scout Court of Honor
Senior Class Chicago Field Trip
The first payment for the Class of 2019 Chicago field trip is due to Classic Student Tours by Tuesday, Aug. 14. Click on the following links for handouts regarding the trip: Informational Letter, Itinerary, Permission Form, and Payment Reminder.
Summer Office Hours
Now through Friday, Aug. 17, summer office hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. On Monday, Aug. 20, offices will be open 12 to 3 p.m. due to staff meetings in the morning. Regular hours (7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) resume on Tuesday, Aug. 21.
Class schedules are available through PowerSchool. Reminder, changes are NOT permitted unless there is a reason initiated by the school. When students view their class schedules, if they notice an error or need a College Credit Plus course adjustment, they should call their counselor directly to set an appointment THIS WEEK to make the correction.
Meet the Teacher & Open House
All parents and students are encouraged to visit Butler during our Meet the Teacher & Open House on Monday, Aug. 20, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Meet our teachers, find classrooms, check lockers, visit guidance and other departments – all valuable things before the first day of classes.
First Day of Classes at Butler
First day of classes at Butler for the 2018-2019 school year will occur on Wednesday, Aug. 22. First day for Juniors taking classes at MVCTC is Thursday, Aug. 16. First day for Seniors taking classes at MVCTC is Friday, Aug. 17. The bus to MVCTC leaves the North parking lot at 7:15 a.m.
The 2018-2019 Student Handbook is online on our website. You can also click here to view it. Students will receive a printed copy on the first day of school.
Consents and Authorizations
Parents are reminded to complete the required Consent and Authorizations section in PowerSchool before the first day of school on Wednesday, Aug. 22.
Parents are encouraged to pay all fees, including academic school fees and pay-to-participate fees, through EZ pay. The rest of the academic school fees have been assessed and loaded into the system. If you opt not to pay through EZ pay, you can come to the high school and pay by check or cash. Please consider taking care of them this week. You can also pay them at the Meet the Teacher & Open House Night on Monday, Aug. 20. Be aware that all academic school fees have highest priority and need to be paid before any payments can be applied to other fees, including pay-to-participate fees. All academic school fees are to be paid by Friday, Aug. 24.
Pay-to-participate forms can be obtained by clicking here or going to our Butler HS website, and then to School Forms. Fall pay-to-participate fees will be due by Monday, Aug. 13. You may pay either the full $125 amount by August 13 or $75 by then and the remaining balance of $50 by September 7.
If you have any questions regarding the payment of fees, please contact Kim Thaler at Kim.Thaler@vbcsd.com or 937-415-6306.
Students parking on campus, including all students taking the bus to MVCTC, need to park in the student North parking lot. Please do not park in the row closest to the building which is reserved for staff parking. All student cars must be registered with the high school before the first day of classes. 2018-2019 parking stickers for $10 and mirror hangers, if needed for an additional $10, are available in the main office. Click here for the form which needs to be completed beforehand and brought to school when purchasing your parking permit.
Butler Cross-Country Fundraiser
It is time for the Butler Cross-Country Boosters Mum Sale fundraiser! We need to get our orders in by Friday, Aug.17 to ensure we can order the large mums! Pick-up will be August 30 at the stadium track. Click here for an order form.
Call for All Students Interested in Bowling
There will be a short meeting, Friday, Aug. 24, right after school, to hand out information on the upcoming Winter Butler Girls and Boys Bowling season starting in November. This would be a good chance for anyone interested, especially our new freshmen, to get some information on what we do! No experience is necessary, just a desire to learn and work at bowling! Also, we'll be talking about league bowling opportunities and instruction available before the start of the season. If you have any questions, please contact Head Coach Steve Sacks at 937-671-5978 (text or call) or via email at SteveS1846@aol.com. You can also check us out on our Facebook page "Butler Aviators Bowling" and on our Twitter at @AviatorsBowling.
41 Hope 5K Blake LaForce Memorial Run/Walk
The 5th annual 41 HOPE 5K is on Saturday, Sept. 1. Click here to view the flyer - kindly share the news with everyone you know. Please visit http://41Hope5k.com for all of the information and the link to online Registration. You can also Register online directly at http://speedy-feet.com/ under the “Races” tab. Volunteers to join TEAM BLAKE are welcome! Pre-Registering gets you this year's 41 HOPE 5K shirt on race day, so please do not wait. Pre-Registration closes at 11:59 on Wednesday, Aug. 29. Race day registration is available for the same price, but without a shirt. This is a BUTLER High School fundraiser for the Blake LaForce #41 Memorial Fund, which provides scholarships and more for BUTLER student-athletes. Sixteen scholarships (8 girls & 8 boys) have been awarded to date. A portion of the proceeds go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to help fight and beat all blood cancers. Sponsorships and donations, of any amount or type, are welcome. Click here for the sponsorship letter if you know of a business that wants to participate for two great causes and be recognized. Please “Like” and Share the 41 Hope 5k Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/41HOPE5k. Thank you for your ongoing support!
Early Release Forms
Seniors and Juniors who happen to have a study hall at the end of the school day may qualify for an early release option. Click here for details and permission form which needs to be turned in to main office by August 31. Students who have questions should contact either Mrs. Shalyn Leighner or Mr. Ryan Williamson.
All students will have their school picture taken by Easterling Studios during school on Friday, Aug. 24. If you want, parents have the option to purchase your daughter/son’s picture. Order forms will be distributed to our students on the first day of school. Please ask your daughter/son for the form.
MVCTC Students – School Pictures
All students taking classes at CTC need to have their school picture taken by Easterling Studios before boarding the buses or driving to CTC on Friday, Aug. 24. Easterling Studios should be available for you any time after 6:30 a.m. in the SAC. If you want, parents have the option to purchase your daughter/son’s picture. Order forms are available either in the main office this week or in the SAC on picture day.
2018 End-of-Course AIR Tests
The results of the End-of-Course AIR testing from the Spring of 2018 were mailed home last week. Please let us know if you did not receive them. We ask you to review them carefully with your daughter/son. Thanks!
Attention Parents of Class of 2019
All pupils entering 12th grade are required to be vaccinated against meningococcal (serogroups A, C, W, and Y) disease. One (1) dose of meningococcal vaccine is required prior to entry into the 7th grade. A second (2nd) dose of meningococcal vaccine is required prior to entry into the 12th grade. The second (2nd) dose must be administered on or after the 16th birthday with at least eight (8) weeks between the first (1st) and second (2nd) dose. If the first (1st) dose of meningococcal vaccine was administered after the 16th birthday, a second (2nd) dose is not required. If a pupil is 15 years of age or younger, only one (1) dose is required. The Ohio Department of Health requires parents of students entering the 12th grade to have their children vaccinated with the meningococcal vaccine to protect against meningococcal meningitis in which the protective membranes covering their brain and spinal cord, known as the meninges, become infected and swell. The initial symptoms present as fever, malaise, stiff neck, headache, nausea, vomiting, and altered mental status. Meningococcal septicemia is very serious and can be fatal. In fatal cases, deaths can occur in as little as a few hours. In non-fatal cases, permanent disabilities can include amputation of toes, fingers, or limbs or severe scarring as a result of skin grafts. Pupils who have not been immunized by “a method of immunization approved by the Department of Health pursuant to Section 3701.13 of the Revised Code,” are to be excluded from school attendance no later than fifteen (15) days after admission. Exemption: Objections to immunizations due to medical or philosophical reasons requires documentation. A form is available from our school nurse that must be on file in the student’s folder. Please complete and return the form that you should have received by mail by September 4. If you are in need of assistance, please call our school nurse, Jessica Singer, BSN, RN, LSN at 937-415-6308.
Butler Boys’ Basketball Golf Outing
Our Butler Boy’s Basketball program will be holding a Golf Outing on Saturday, Aug. 18 at Homestead Golf Course in Tipp City. Tee time is 8 a.m., rain or shine. All proceeds from the event will benefit our Butler Boys’ Basketball Teams. For more information, to register, or to become a hole sponsor, please call Jim Spalding at 937-266-6942.
Free National Aviation Day at National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
All are invited to celebrate National Aviation Day with free educational activities at Family Day from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. What is National Aviation Day? It is a celebration of all things related to aviation and is held on the anniversary of Orville Wright's birthday (147 years ago on Aug. 19 in Dayton, Ohio). During Family Day, museum visitors will learn about achievements in aviation and aerospace from the Wright brothers' first flight to modern Air Force technology. Activities include hands-on demonstrations, a make it-take it workshop and Storytime. The hands-on aviation and space demonstrations are appropriate for all ages and take place throughout the event. A variety of activities showcasing Air Force technology past, present and future will take place in the STEM Learning Node located in the Space and Research & Development Gallery. In addition, visitors will be able to build and fly their own balsa glider to help them learn about controlling an aircraft in flight. This activity will take place in the center of the second building from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (while supplies last). Younger visitors will enjoy a Storytime program at 11:30 a.m. and again at 1:15 p.m. in the STEM Learning Node located in the Presidential Gallery. This activity will feature stories of flight as well as a hands-on craft project. Some materials for the program are being provided through the generosity of the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc. (Federal endorsement is not implied). All activities are free, and no advanced reservations are necessary. Click here for additional information or call the Education Division at (937) 255-4646. The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, is the world’s largest military aviation museum. With free admission and parking, the museum features more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. Each year about one million visitors from around the world come to the museum. For more information, visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS
- Mon, 8/13 – Meeting for Parents of Freshmen, 6-7 p.m., PAT
- Mon, 8/13 – Fall pay-to-participate fees due
- Tues, 8/14 – Freshman Orientation, 9 a.m.-noon
- Tues, 8/14 – Senior Class Chicago field trip 1st payment due
- Thurs, 8/16 – First day for Juniors taking classes at MVCTC
- Fri, 8/17 – First day for Seniors taking classes at MVCTC
- Mon, 8/20 – Butler Meet the Teacher Night & Open House, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
- Wed, 8/22 – First day of classes at Butler
- Wed, 8/22 – Parental Consents and Authorizations need to be completed in PowerSchool
- Wed, 8/22 – Deadline for students to have passes for parking in the student lot
- Fri, 8/24 – Academic school fees due
- Fri, 8/24 – ALL students need to have their school picture taken by Easterling Studios
- Fri, 8/24 – Class meetings
- Fri, 8/24 – Meeting for Aviators interested in our Butler Bowling Team, after school
- Wed, 8/29 – 41 HOPE 5K Blake LaForce Memorial Run/Walk pre-registration deadline
ACT and SAT
- The first ACT for 2018-2019 will be on September 8. Late registration deadline is Sunday, Aug. 26.
- The first SAT for 2018-2019 will be on Saturday, Aug. 25. Regular registration deadline has passed. Late registration deadline is Wednesday, Aug. 15 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. To prepare for the September ACT, they have a Weekend Warrior in Mason (Aug 18,19 and Aug 25,26). For additional info and other dates, visit www.torchprep.com or call 888-382-8174.
Class of 2019 Email Sign-up
Want to keep on top of upcoming scholarship announcements, upcoming college visits, graduation information, and more? Email 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 2019!
REMINDERS OF ACTIVE ITEMS
The opening-of-the-school-year letter was mailed home a week ago. A copy is available by clicking here.
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.
The 2018-2019 yearbook will be available for $60 until October 12. Yearbooks can be ordered at school by seeing Mrs. Martha Thomas or online at www.yearbooksforever.com.
Attention Class of 2019 and Parents
Have you scheduled your senior pictures yet? All Seniors must have their yearbook & class wall composite photo taken with Easterling. Easterling Studios is the contracted photographer for our Butler yearbook and only pictures taken by Easterling will be used in the Senior section of the 2019 yearbook and for the class wall composite. Seniors received a brochure which features specials Easterling will be running during the month of August. Easterling is much more than just a yearbook studio. They offer casual sessions which highlight each student’s personality, interests & hobbies. Easterling Session Specials are outlined in the brochure. This opportunity will allow you to choose from a variety of photos, and this picture will be used in the yearbook and for the class wall composite. Studio yearbook session advantages: better lighting at studio; more poses; you are able to choose your pose; one extra pose taken with our school’s cap & gown. Please contact Easterling at 937-222-8410 with questions and to schedule an appointment.
Dress recommendations for your yearbook portrait:
- Males - a dress shirt, tie and suit coat
- Females - a shirt with a modest neckline and sleeves
Alternatively, there will be a one-time opportunity to have your yearbook & class wall composite photo taken at Butler on September 5. (ONLY ONE PHOTO will be taken at school, and you will not be able to choose the pose. The cost for this opportunity at school is $20 which covers your senior portrait appearing in the yearbook and on the class wall composite.) If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Martha Thomas at 937-415-6319.
Stay Informed with Up-to-the-Moment Info
In addition to the weekly Principal’s e-Newsletters, I encourage you to follow news and important notices about Butler through social media. On Twitter, follow @ButlerHSLuebbe, @VBaviatorAD, @Vandaliabutler, and the numerous Butler staff and organization Twitters. You can also catch items on Instagram at ButlerHSLuebbe and vandaliabutler. Additionally, important notices are posted on our district website, www.vbcsd.com, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vandaliabutlercsd.
Parent Tips from KNOW!
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. To sign up to receive the email tips, e.g., the latest one, “Know! July in National Minority Mental Health Month,” go to https://preventionactionalliance.org/about/programs/know/.
Save These Dates for Butler Baseball Fundraisers
- Brent Collinsworth/Butler Baseball Golf Outing will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 2 p.m.
- 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 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.
Ohio Summer Food Service Program
The Ohio Summer Food Service Program, sponsored again this summer by the Ohio Department of Education, is providing children through age 18 with free, healthy meals when they lack access to school breakfasts and lunches. Children through age 21 who have disabilities and approved individualized education programs can also participate. In 2017, 1,500 program sites served more than 4 million meals to Ohio children. It's easy to participate in the Summer Food Service Program, and families do not need to sign up. Simply call 1-866-3-HUNGRY (348-6479), visit education.ohio.gov/KidsEat, or use the Department’s mobile app for meal times and locations. The Ohio Department of Education Mobile App is available for free in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store (search Ohio Department of Education). The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
@ButlerHSLuebbe, @VBaviatorAD, @Vandaliabutler, and numerous Butler staff and organization 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.