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Helke Elementary is a special place to learn and grow during the important first years of school. Here, teachers and staff work together to build a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning. Throughout the year, we offer meaningful after-school and evening programs that bring the entire Helke community together.

 

 


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SCHOOL NEWS

Preschool Graduation - Class of 2030 Preschool Graduation

Wednesday, May 24, Demmitt Elementary hosted the 2017 Preschool Graduation.  Congratulations to our Aviators, Class of 2030! 

Check out the photo gallery here!

Annual End of the Year Picnic Spring Picnic 2017

Today, students and peer tutors from across Vandalia-Butler School District participated in the annual end of the year picnic.  The picnic was originally scheduled to take place at the Englewood Dam. However, due to the weather, it was moved to the Hangar.  

Special thank you to the First Baptist Church of Vandalia for accommodating the picnic today! 

#WeAreAviators 

Check out the full photo gallery here! 

Vandalia-Butler Board Names New Superintendent Rob O'Leary Named New Superintendent

Members of the Vandalia-Butler City School Board have named Assistant Superintendent Rob O’Leary as the incoming superintendent.  His effective date will be August 1. 

“I am thrilled to be named the next superintendent of Vandalia-Butler City Schools!  I have worked in the district as a teacher, building principal, and central office administrator for 13 of my 18 years in the field and have come to love this community. It is truly a community that takes great pride in its schools and in being a great place to live, work, learn, and play!” O’Leary said.

BHS Drama and Music Perform "The Addams Family - A New Musical Comedy" Gomez and Morticia Addams

Thursday, April 27, the Butler Drama and Music departments kicked off a three-night production of "The Addams Family - A New Musical Comedy." The cast, crew, and orchestra all gave fantastic performances for the opening night.  

There are still two opportunities to catch the show; tonight, April 28 and tomorrow, April 29.  Both shows will be in the Butler Performing Arts Theatre and will begin at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $10.00 at the door. 

Check out the photo gallery from last night's show here. 

Butler Drama and Music Dept. Present "The Addams Family" The Addams Family

Join us this Thursday, Friday, or Saturday in the Performing Arts Theatre at Butler High School for the 2017 Spring play.  

The Butler Drama and Music departments will present The Addams Family, April 27-29.  Tickets are $8 presale or $10 at the door; the show starts at 7:00 pm.  Carnations and refreshments will be available for purchase at the show.  
 

CAST AND CREW

5th Annual Elevate the Arts

Morton Middle School hosted the fifth annual Elevate the Arts event this past Thursday, April 13. This event featured musical performances and artwork from our K-8 grade students.  

It is a time to celebrate the middle school performing arts, in addition to visual art achievements by students at Demmitt, Helke, Smith, and Morton.  We value the importance of the arts in our schools and would like to thank all who volunteered or helped with this event.  

 

Sign Up for Camp Invention

"Imaginations get their rocket fuel at Camp Intervention"

This summer, children become DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Duct Tape dynamos in Duct Tape Billionaire™, as they design products, build their inventories, take risks, and launch start-up businesses that will put their products in high demand! The week of June 19, Smith Middle School will be hosting Camp Invention’s Launch program. Find out additional information and register at www.campinvention.org.

Demmitt Students Visit Butler High School Demmitt Students Visit Butler High School

Thursday, March 9, approximately 285 first, second, and third graders from Demmitt Elementary visited Butler high school for an afternoon of fun.  Students had an opportunity to play basketball, cornhole, tennis, football, soccer, and other fun activities with some of the varsity athletes and other high school students.  

 

Visit the full photo gallery here

VANDALIA-BUTLER CITY SCHOOLS RECEIVE NEARLY $7,000 IN GRANTS TO FUND INNOVATIVE INITIATIVES

The Vandalia-Butler Foundation, primarily through its VISIONS Endowment Fund, has awarded nearly $7,000 in educational grants to support such innovative initiatives as a Muse Machine artist-in-residence at an elementary school and yoga instruction for preschoolers in the Vandalia-Butler City Schools.

Morton Student Honored for Exceptional Volunteer Service Morton 8th-Grader Salma Albezreh

Salma Albezreh, a Morton Middle School eighth grader, is honored for her exemplary volunteer service.  

She received a Certificate of Excellence from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards and a President’s Volunteer Service Award.  

Vandalia Preschool Wins $1,500 Library Grant Patterson Scholastic

The Vandalia Preschool receives the James Patterson School Library Grant worth $1,500.

In partnership with Scholastic Reading Club, the Patterson Pledge program launched in 2015 as a part of an ongoing effort to keep books and reading a priority for children in the United States.  

Chipotle fundraiser for Butler Octagon Club Butler Octagon Club Chipotle

On Thursday, Jan. 12, dine at Chipotle on Miller Lane between 5:00 pm and 9:00 p.m., and the Butler High School Octagon Club will receive 50 percent of the proceeds! You must bring the Chipotle flyer OR show it on your smart phone. Download and print the flyer or pick up a copy at Butler High School.

Superhero Omegaman visits Vandalia-Butler Omegaman

Yesterday, several of our schools received a visit from Omegaman.  Omegaman is a world-class superhero who travels all around the country, encouraging young students to be a Dream Maker and not a Dream Breaker. 

Helke Annual Halloween Parade

Helke staff and students participated in their annual Halloween parade. Check out all the awesome costumes in the "Helke Halloween 2016" photo gallery. 

Vandalia-Butler Board Welcomes New Administrators

Members of the Vandalia-Butler City Schools’ Board of Education are welcoming a new Communications and Public Relations Coordinator and approved three significant changes to assignments to the district’s administrative team at the regular monthly Board of Education meeting Tuesday, October 25.

Calamity Day Plan Set for 2016-2017 School Year Snow Day

 

With school now in full swing it is once again that time to notify you of our district procedures for canceling, delaying, or dismissing school early for emergencies or severe weather. 

Technology in the Classroom: Changing to Fit the Needs of Today's Students

Technology is changing the way educators teach, students learn and how the two group interact with each other.

All this week, we’ll look at some of the ways Vandalia-Butler City Schools teachers are incorporating technology into their classrooms. From math games, to independent learning, computers and other devices are showing students new ways to learn.

Technology in the Classroom: Changing to Fit the Needs of Today's Students

Technology is changing the way educators teach, students learn and how the two group interact with each other.

All this week, we’ll look at some of the ways Vandalia-Butler City Schools teachers are incorporating technology into their classrooms. From math games, to independent learning, computers and other devices are showing students new ways to learn.

Technology in the Classroom: Changing to Fit the Needs of Today's Students

Technology is changing the way educators teach, students learn and how the two group interact with each other.

All this week, we’ll look at some of the ways Vandalia-Butler City Schools teachers are incorporating technology into their classrooms. From math games, to independent learning, computers and other devices are showing students new ways to learn.

Technology in the Classroom: Changing to Fit the Needs of Today's Students

Technology is changing the way educators teach, students learn and how the two group interact with each other.

All this week, we’ll look at some of the ways Vandalia-Butler City Schools teachers are incorporating technology into their classrooms. From math games, to independent learning, computers and other devices are showing students new ways to learn.

Technology in the Classroom: Changing to Fit the Needs of Today's Students

Technology is changing the way educators teach, students learn and how the two group interact with each other.

All this week, we’ll look at some of the ways Vandalia-Butler City Schools teachers are incorporating technology into their classrooms. From math games, to independent learning, computers and other devices are showing students new ways to learn.

1st Graders Learn Fire Safety fire prevention

Helke first graders had some special visitors Tuesday, Oct. 4 as firefighters from the Vandalia Fire Department came to talk about safety and fire prevention.

Marching Aviators Continue Through Successful Competition Season Halftime show

The Marching Aviators return to competition Saturday, Oct. 15 at Piqua High School, performing the group’s competition show, "From Dream to Dream." The band is competing in class AA in the Mid States Band Association circuit for the first time in several year.

Youth Wrestling Club Prepares for Season youth wrestling

There’s still time to join the Butler Wrestling Club, open to students in grades K-6. The final sign up and parents meeting is Sunday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Butler High School Lecture Room.

Final Planetarium Show Planned for Year Eclipse

The final Planetarium show of the year is scheduled for Saturday, May 7 p.m.

Show Your Helke Spirit Helke Elementary School

It's Spirit Week and we want you to be ready!

Homecoming Festivities Scheduled for Week of Oct. 3 Homecoming Court

Homecoming Week begins Oct. 3 and there are great activities for the whole family!

Helke Teacher Named Staff Member of the Month Helke Teacher Named Staff Member of the Month

First grade Helke Elementary Teacher Amy Heis is the October Staff Member of the Month and will be recognized in the Vandalia Drummer.

Students Honored for Contributions to District Calendar Students Honored for Contributions to District Calendar

Some talented artists were recognized at the Vandalia-Butler Board of Education meeting Tuesday, Sept 27 for their contributions to this year's district calendar.

Class of 2016 Grads Receive Scholarships Class of 2016 Grads Receive Scholarships

Two 2016 graduates of Vandalia Butler High School are being recognized for their academic achievement and moving on to Sinclair Community College.  The pair were honored at a Scholarship Reception at the Sinclair Conference Center. 

Thursday Night Lights Game a Success For Vandalia-Butler Community Thursday Night Lights Game a Success For Vandalia-Butler Community

Thank you to students, staff and community members who turned out in full force to show their Aviator Pride at the ABC 22/Fox 45 Thursday Night Lights game!

Thank you to USA Insulation for the contribution of $500 to the school!

Morton, Helke Teams Receive Award for New Program Morton, Helke Teams Receive Award for New Program

Putting a multi-year, district-wide program aimed at improving behaviors and attitudes in place can be a big challenge.  But Morton Middle School staff and administrators are celebrating the successful start of the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support, or PBIS, program, and looking forward to phase two.

The Morton team and the team at Helke Elementary School are receiving Bronze Level Awards from the Midwest PBIS Network, for their achievement bringing PBIS to the students at their schools.  Bronze Awards are given to schools that show a successful implementation of the first phase of the program.

Telling the VBCSD Story: Quality Profile 2015-2016 Telling the VBCSD Story: Quality Profile 2015-2016

The 2015-2016 Quality Profile for the Vandalia-Butler City School District is now available.

First Graders Learn About Their Library Club First Graders Learn About Their Library Club

Mrs. Stringer, the children's librarian at the Vandalia branch of the Dayton Metro library, paid a visit to the Helke 1st graders Tuesday, Sept. 13 to introduce them to a great club.

Butler Fall Blood Drive a Success Butler Fall Blood Drive a Success

Thanks to the hard work of so many Butler students and staff the Fall Blood Drive was a success again!

Deadline Approaches to Complete School Forms Deadline Approaches to Complete School Forms

Remember to complete your child's Emergency Medical Authorization and Consents by Friday, Sept. 2.   This information along with emergency contacts, must be reviewed and approved through your online PowerSchool Parent account. 

Back to School Bash a Big Success Back to School Bash a Big Success

A great time was had by all at the Helke PTA Back to School Bash Friday, Aug. 26.

Aviator Athletic Passes on Sale Now Aviator Athletic Passes on Sale Now

Get in on all the Aviator Athletic action with a sports pass.  We have a variety of options for you and your family.

Helke Spirit Wear on Sale Now Helke Spirit Wear on Sale Now

It's time to show your Helke spirit with our Helke Fall Spirit Wear sale. 

Flexible Seating Adds More Than New Chairs to Classroom Flexible Seating Adds More Than New Chairs to Classroom

When Mirinda Roberts' first graders arrive at Helke Elementary School each morning, they have more than school work on their minds. These students are among many in the district who are now deciding on what kind of seating they will use as teachers are adopting flexible seating choices in their classrooms.

State of the Schools Presented Aug. 23 State of the Schools Presented Aug. 23

Superintendent Brad Neavin and Treasurer/CFO Eric Beavers presented the annual State of the Schools address to Board of Education members and those in attendance at the monthly meeting, held at Butler High School, Tuesday, Aug. 23.

91 Students Graduate Passport to Safety Program 91 Students Graduate Passport to Safety Program

Ninety-one Helke kindergarten students graduated from the Passport to Safety program Tuesday, Aug. 23, after demonstrating what they learned during the four sessions.

Retired Teachers Gather for First Day of School Retired Teachers Gather for First Day of School

Vandalia-Butler teachers have their own way to celebrate the first day of school. These men and women have an annual First Day of School picnic.

Staff Kicks Off New Year by Painting it Purple Staff Kicks Off New Year by Painting it Purple

Paint it Purple!

That was the theme of the Opening Day ceremonies for Vandalia-Butler City Schools staff Monday, Aug. 15.  The group gathered at The Hangar to celebrate the start of another school year.

Understanding the VBCSD Breakfast, Lunch Program Understanding the VBCSD Breakfast, Lunch Program

Have questions about lunch prices or when breakfast is avaiable?  Our fabulous Food Service Department has compiled all the information you need.

 

Bus Information Now Just a Click Away Bus Information Now Just a Click Away
New this year, families have the ability to login online and view their student’s scheduled bus stop location and stop time using our eLink system.
 
Starting Aug. 5, you can view current, up-to-date bus stop information for the 2016-2017 school year.
Volunteering Made Easy Volunteering Made Easy

It just got a little easier to volunteer in the schools! Beginning this school year those interested in volunteering in Vandalia-Butler City Schools will need to make their request by using the link below to complete a background check with BIB. (Background Investigation Bureau).

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UPCOMING EVENTS