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The Vandalia-Butler Foundation, primarily through its VISIONS Endowment Fund, has awarded more than $10,000 in educational grants to support such innovative initiatives as a Muse Machine artist-in-residence at two schools, scientific equipment for Butler High School students and workbooks for academically struggling students at Morton Middle School.

For the first time, the foundation awarded more than $10,000 in grants — thanks largely to the generosity of families and businesses in the district and the creative ideas of teachers who applied for the grants.

Morton 6th Grader Chosen as Art Exhibitor Makenzie Blair

Morton Middle School 6th grader Makenzie Blair took part in the 38th Annual Young People's Art Exhibition sponsored by the Ohio Art Education Association (OAEA).

There were nine regions in Ohio representing the OAEA. The show included 130 student artworks from all over the state.  

Please join us in congratulating Makenzie on this tremendous honor!

Morton Students Enter College Promise Program College Promise

Congratulations to Morton Middle School students Eric Morris and Jack Williams!  Eric and Jack have both been chosen to participate in the College Promise Commitment. With this program, upon their successful completion of high school and the meeting of college entrance requirements, both will be awarded a scholarship! This is a great opportunity for both Eric and Jack!  #AviatorPride



Butler Senior Named Dayton LaSertoma International Youth Service Award Recipient Jenna Albezreh

Butler High School senior Jenna Albezreh was recently named Dayton LaSertoma International Youth Service Award recipient for outstanding volunteer and service activities. Jenna founded TIPS (Teens Inventing Peaceful Solutions) in 2015.  She spoke on behalf of TIPS at the International Network of Museums for Peace in Belfast, Ireland.  Jenna also volunteers as a Youth Coordinator at the Dayton Mercy Society, the Dayton International Peace Museum, and the Islamic Society of North America. She’s also a planning committee member for TEDx Youth Dayton and a tennis trainer for children ages 4-7 at QuickStart Tennis.

Butler High School Students Participate in Youth in Government Day Youth in Government Day

Over 30 Butler High School government students participated in the 2018 Youth in Government Day.  Each student had an opportunity to learn from a local government leader.  Students paired up with leaders from the City of Vandalia, Butler Township, and the Vandalia-Butler Board of Education.  

All participating students now have a better understanding of how local government operates.  This year, nine students learned from leaders from the Board of Education.   

Helke 3rd Grade Ukulele Group Visits BOE Meeting Helke 3rd Ukulele Group

During the Feb. 27, Board of Education Regular Board Meeting, Helke 3rd Grade Ukulele Group performed three songs.  The group is led by music teacher, Pam Horner-Sherman, and consists of 28 students.  

Click "Read More" to view the full videos. 

Board Approves Proclamation of Distinguished Service for Sucher Bruce Sucher

On Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, the Vandalia-Butler Board of Education approved a Proclamation of Distinguished Service for Bruce E. Sucher. 

Sucher was elected to the Vandalia-Butler Board of Education in 2013 and was currently serving as President when he unexpectedly passed away in March of 2017. 

“Bruce E. Sucher distinguished himself as a leader, a role model, and a strong supporter of the students of the Vandalia-Butler City Schools and the Vandalia-Butler Community as a whole,” the proclamation read. 

As part of the proclamation, the Board has declared the week of Feb. 26 as Bruce Sucher Appreciation Week. 

Click here to view the Proclamation 


IMPORTANT MESSAGE - In response to a social media post that has been circulating the internet referencing harming students and staff at Butler High School:

It has been determined the “Butler High School” this post is referring to, is NOT the Butler High School in Vandalia, OH. This post originated from the Louisville, KY area where Butler Traditional High School is located.

Our district takes these matters very seriously and will continue to investigate any and all safety concerns that may arise. The safety of our students and staff is our top priority and because we have a strong relationship with both the Vandalia Police Department and Butler Township Police, we have been fortunate to have a steady presence of law enforcement in our schools. However, in light of the most recent school situations happening nationally and the ongoing social media concerns, an increased presence of law enforcement will be present throughout our district.

VBCSD Hosting Informational Meeting for Parents and Students Vandalia-Butler City Schools

Vandalia-Butler City Schools is hosting a special program tonight, Monday, Feb 12, for all parents and students. Crime Prevention Officer Holly Estepp of the Vandalia Police Department and Community Resource Officer Larry Lane of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office will present a Social Media Parent and Student Awareness Program. The program will be held in the Butler Performing Arts Theatre and will begin at 6:30 p.m.  

Helke Partners with PSA Airlines For Career Connections Program Career Connections

Helke Elementary is working to provide its students with experiences and connections related to college and career awareness and exposure.  Through a Career Connections program, Helke can partner with local companies to provide students with career exploration opportunities. 

PSA Airlines is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines whose headquarters is located at the Dayton International Airport here in Vandalia

Letter From Superintendent O'Leary Superintendent O'Leary

February 2, 2018


Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you have likely seen in the news, our District has recently experienced several issues involving students sending inappropriate photos and messages via social media.  Unfortunately, this behavior is becoming all too commonplace, and it seems to be happening everywhere; it is not just a problem isolated to Vandalia-Butler. 

Butler Football Gets New Head Coach John Puckett

(Vandalia-Butler)  Vandalia-Butler City Schools is pleased to announce that it has offered John Puckett the position of head varsity football coach at Butler High School.  It will be recommended that the Board of Education approve Puckett as the new coach during the Jan. 23, Regular Board Meeting. 

School Board Holds Annual Organizational Meeting Board of Education 2018

The Vandalia-Butler City School Board held its annual organization meeting on Monday, Jan. 8.  During the meeting, Treasurer/CFO Eric Beavers administrated the oath of office to three newly elected Board Members: Holly Herbst, Melissa Pruszynsk, and Kent Zimmerman. 

After the administration of the oath, the Board took nominations for president and vice-president. 

Rodney Washburn has been nominated and voted in as the 2018 Vandalia-Butler Board of Education President, and Herbst was nominated and voted in as the new Board Vice-President. 

The next Regular Board meeting will be Tuesday, Jan 23 at 5:30 p.m.  

Helke Teachers Receive Three MAC Grants Helke MAC Grant

Helke Elementary was awarded three $500 grants through the 2017 MAC Grants program.  This program is sponsored by local McDonald's owner/operators and has a goal to "Make Activities Count" within the classroom.  Teachers Mirinda Roberts, Amber Pelfrey, Amy Heis, and  Emily Boggs spent part of their winter break shopping at Lakeshore in Columbus, where they were able to purchase $1500 on new classroom materials.  "Our students are going to love all of the new science and math materials for hands-on learning," said Heis.  


Helke 2nd Graders Present Melton the Warm-Hearted Snowman

Vandalia-Butler City School District 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll Recipient AP Honor Roll

(Vandalia-Butler)   The Vandalia-Butler City School District is one of 32 Ohio schools to be named to the College Board's 8th Annual Advanced Placement Honor Roll. This is the third consecutive year Vandalia-Butler has received the award.

A total of 447 school districts in the U.S. and Canada have been named honor roll recipients for 2017.  

The College Board based this year's AP District Honor Roll criteria on AP data from 2015-2017.  

Vandalia-Butler City Schools Adopts “Next Generation” Board Management Technology Board Docs

(Vandalia-Butler)  Vandalia-Butler City Schools is leveraging Cloud-based technology to radically improve the governance process while saving staff time and taxpayer dollars. The remarkably easy-to-use service will allow the organization to maximize the effectiveness of their board meetings with increased transparency, providing a basis for better and more open communication with the public, while dramatically improving productivity and saving thousands of dollars annually.

Preschool Students Spread Holiday Cheer Preschool

Wednesday, Dec. 13, the Vandalia Preschool classes visited the Crossroads Rehabilitation & Nursing Home to spread some holiday cheer.  Both sets of classes performed five holiday songs for the residents and passed out handmade gifts and cards.  

Annual MD Thanksgiving Feast Annual Feast

The MD classrooms at Vandalia-Butler put on their Fall Feast every year on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.  The students spent all day Monday and Tuesday morning cooking and preparing to welcome our guests.  We feel this is just a small "Thank you" for everything that our administration and staff at Vandalia-Butler Schools do for us and our students so that we are able to provide them with the best education we can!  We are a big family at Vandalia-Butler, and this is such a great way for us to start our Thanksgiving Break and the season of Thankfulness! 

Check out the full photo album here! 

Preschool Students Celebrate Thanksgiving Preschool Feast

Vandalia Preschool students celebrate a traditional Thanksgiving feast as Pilgrims and Native Americans.  Each child brought their favorite food to share with their friends! 

Check out the full photo gallery here! 

Preschool Receives Five-Star Rating Preschool Staff

The state of Ohio recognizes the Vandalia Preschool as a Quality Learning and Development Program.  With its commitment to quality and an ongoing dedication to the learning and development of children, the preschool has received a Five-Star Step Up To Quality Award.

Step Up To Quality is Ohio’s rating system for learning and development programs.

Join Butler Athletics for a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Weight Room Ribbon Cutting

Join us, Friday, Oct. 13 at 5:30 p.m. for a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the new David and Cheryl Kudla Center for Strength and Fitness Weight Room.  The ceremony will take place at Butler High School in the weight room.  Please enter the building at the north end of the SAC.  


We Are Aviators 

Special Wish Granted By Smith Students Trey McGowan

Smith students have been raising money for over 20 years and for the first time they were present when a child had their wish granted.  Wednesday, Oct. 4, Trey McGowan age four, visited Smith Middle School.  At an assembly for Trey

October School Finance Talks Talk with the Treasurer

Join Treasurer/CFO Eric Beavers every Wednesday in October for "Talk with the Treasurer."  



Helke Read-A-Thon
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Calamity Day Plan Set for 2017-2018 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. 

Here is the Calamity Day plan for this school year.

Smith Talent Show 2017 Smith's Got Talent

Wednesday, May 24, Smith Middle School hosted its annual Talent Show.  Participants for this year's show are as followed:

Check out the full photo gallery here!

Smith Talent Show 2017

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! 


Check out the full photo gallery here! 

Morton Drama Club Presents 'The Trials of Alice in Wonderland' The Trials of Alice in Wonderland

Tuesday, May 9, the Morton Middle School Drama Club performed 'The Trials of Alice in Wonderland.'  The play is based on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.  

The play was directed and produced by Bobby Khan with assistance from Davida McKinney and Aimee Kellar.  

Click here for full photo gallery

Kids Read Now Family Night May 2017 Kids Read Now Kick-Off

Demmitt Elementary students and parents kicked off 2017 Kids Read Now on May 9.  Kids Read Now is a summer reading program for K-3rd graders designed to keep kids reading during the summer vacation. Each student gets to select nine books off a book wish list and on family night, the students receive their first three books.  

Once a student finishes a book, parents should discuss reading comprehension questions with the student. After parents report that their child finished the book, a new book from the child's list will be mailed to their home. If student's read all nine of their books, they will receive a prize and certificate of recognition in the fall.

Kids Read Now Photo Gallery 

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.

Busy Year for all Butler Choir Groups Symphonic Choir

At Butler High School we are fortunate to have multiple choir groups.  We have the Concert Choir, 9th-grade students; the Women’s Choir, 10th-grade girls; the Symphonic Choir, 10th through 12th-grade students; and the Chamber Choir, the after school group.    

All of our choirs have been extremely busy this school year.  In addition to the usual fall, winter, and spring concerts, our Choirs have performed at many other events.  

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.  


Harry Potter Prom 2017 Prom Court 2017

Saturday, April 22, Butler High School hosted Harry Potter Prom.  Students, staff, and volunteers worked extremely hard to turn the Student Activity Center into a magical Harry Potter fantasy land.  

Click here to see the Prom photo gallery! 

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.  


The BPAA Presents Aces for the Arts Aces for the Arts 2017

The Butler Performing Arts Association presented Aces for the Arts on Sat. April 8.  The BPAA hosted Putt-Putt, concessions, a silent auction, and raffles baskets.  All proceeds will benefit the Arts at BHS; Bands, Choirs, Color Guard, and Kickline. 

Special thank you to all of the sponsors for this event.  We are very grateful to have so many supportive businesses in our community! 

Click here to check out the Aces for the Arts photo gallery. 


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.

Business Students Visit NYC Business Students Visit NYC

On Wednesday, March 15, four Butler business students had an opportunity to visit New York City along with the Butler Symphonic Choir. Seniors Tyler Burley, Kylie Koogler, Damon Dues and Bobby Zebney spent several days learning about business and exploring the city.

On Thursday, the students took a tour of Rockefeller Center, visited the Fifth Avenue Shops, Radio City Music Hall, Broadway, and Times Square.  The students then took a train downtown to Chambers Street Station where they walked to Goldman Sachs Investment Bank.  

Final Planetarium Show Planned for Year Eclipse

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