School News

Smith Students Collect Change for Special Wish

Penny Wars have come to Smith Middle School again.

For the 25th year, Smith students will be collecting to help coordinate wishes for local children. Last year, the students were able to collect enough money to make the wishes of two ill children come true.

Demmitt Teacher Encourages Students to be Thankful with Feast

For 20 of her 24 years in the Vandalia-Butler City School district, Angela Haer has been organizing a Thanksgiving feast with her class.

Planeteers Visit Morton to Talk Energy, Conservation

Members of the BHS Planeteers group visited 8th graders at Morton Thursday, Nov. 19 to help them work through stations about Energy and Conservation.

BHS Sees Good Attendance at Career/Military Visits

Did you know more than 160 Butler students have signed up to learn more about careers and the military?

A new program at BHS is offering students the option to meet with representatives from various career fields and branches of the military.

Morton Students Honor Veterans in D.C.

Morton 8th graders had the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C. two weeks ago and visited the usual monuments and museums, sharing in our country's rich history.

But as Morton science and social studies teacher Doug Herzog tells us, the students also had an opportunity to honor history.

Band Competes in First Grand Nationals

The Butler Marching Band is back from its first appearance at the Bands of America Grand Nationals in Indianapolis.

Students Honored for Positive Attitudes

Morton Middle School students Bryley Henry and William Yeary and Butler High School students Erica Washburn and Jordan Wright were honored at the Tuesday, Nov. 17 Noon Optimist meeting in recognition of Youth Appreciation.

Kickline Helps Children Overseas

Butler Kickline members are lending their hearts and hands to help others.

Book Fair Comes to Morton

It's Book Fair week at Morton.  Now through Friday, Nov. 20 the Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the Morton Media Center.  The latest in titles for kids as well as books of interest to parents are on sale.

VB Students Join Big Crowd to Welcome Lady Flyers

Vandalia-Butler students joined nearly 9,000 other students to watch the UD Women's basketball team begin the season at School Day 2015.

Join the Yellow Out to Fight Childhood Cancers

Help fight childhood cancers by joining the BHS Student Congress in this fight.  From t-shirts to basketball to fun, there are ways you can join in today!

Oreos, Science Come Together at Smith

How do Oreos and science come together? Just like this in Mr. Murray's fifth grade class at Smith Middle School.

Mattress Sale Comes to BHS

The Butler Wrestling and Basketball Teams will be sponsoring the 4th annual mattress sale Sunday, Nov. 22. Brand new, name-brand mattress sets (Simmons, Restonic, etc.) will be marked 50% off retail prices for this one-day only event. These are top quality mattress sets with full manufacturer warranties.

Hands On Learning Brings Egypt, Canaan to Life

Hands-on learning helps students retain information, sometimes three and a half times as much according to published reports.

Morton Middle School teacher Bobby Khan is taking that hand-on approach one step further, as her sixth grade students actually become the geographical features they are learning about in class.

Marching Band to Compete at Grand Nationals

Butler Marching Band will compete at MSBA Championships this Saturday. The following week, the group will make history, competing in the Bands of America Grand National Championships. Here's a look at this year's show and how members have prepared for this big event.

Harden Honored with Wendy's Heisman Award

She’s received honors for her play on the tennis court, now senior Leigh Harden is being recognized for her work in the classroom and in the community.

Harden is one of two Butler Wendy’s High School Heisman Award winners.  The award highlights exceptional high school seniors and their achievements in the classroom, on the field and in the community.

Critz Honored with Wendy's Heisman Award

Boys’ soccer player and senior Brandon Critz says he was “surprised” to learn he was one of two Butler High School winners of the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award, which honors exceptional high school seniors and their achievements in the classroom, on the field and in the community.

Student Athletes Pitch In Around Community

Hauling cut trees and clearing brush isn’t how most high school students spend their Sunday afternoons but more than 100 Butler High School student athletes did just that Sunday, Oct. 25 at the first Community Work Day.

Organized by BHS Assistant Principal Ryan Rogers, the students worked at the Art Park and at Helke Park.  City of Vandalia Parks and Recreation Director Steven Clark says the students were able to complete more work than he had anticipated at both locations.

Support Butler Boys' Basketball at Chipotle

Show your Aviator spirit Monday, Nov. 2 by eating at Chipotle on Miller Lane between 4:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Fundraisers to Benefit School Groups

If you would like to take a break from cooking, here's your chance to do just that and support groups in our district.

Monday, Oct. 26 there are two opportunities for you to enjoy a nice meal and support students.

BHS Sponsors Career, Military Days

Butler High School Guidance and CRC, sponsored by Sinclair Community College, have created career and military days to give students a look into their futures.

Public Meetings Held to Inform Community

In an effort to educate the Vandalia-Butler community about the Vandalia-Butler City School District, two public meetings, in addition to the monthly Board of Education meetings, have been held since summer.

Band Places 3rd, Percussion 2nd in Competition

All those hours of practice through the summer and early fall is paying off for the Marching Band.

The group competed in the Marion Local competition Saturday, Oct. 17. The percussion came in 2nd place overall and the band came in third at this OMEA marching competition.

Senior Swimmer to be Recognized

Senior Tommy Copy will be recognized at halftime of the Butler football game Friday, Oct. 16 for being named a National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association All-American.

Support Butler Athletic Dept at Bob Evans

Dine for a difference at Bob Evans all this week.

Take the special flyer with you and a portion of your bill will benefit the BHS Athletic Department through Oct. 18.

Clash of the Titans Comes to Planetarium

It's the second show of the season at the Planetarium at Smith. Check it out Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7:00 p.m.

This month's show is "Clash of the Titans: The (Real) Myth of Perseus and the Gang.

Rules Posted for District Golf Tournament

The boys' varsity golf team will be playing in the Southwestern District Golf Tournament Thursday, Oct. 15 at Weatherwax Golf Course.

Vandalia-Butler Joins Instagram

Follow Vandalia Butler on Instagram!

From sports, to Homecoming to the latest from around the district, we'll have all the pictures and information.

We are Aviators!

Superintendent Addresses Safety Concerns

Superintendent Brad Neavin addresses the beginning of the year, area threats and the October 12 Community Meeting.

Art Appreciation Grabs Students' Interest

With cuts in school funding, more and more district officials are finding themselves dropping art classes. But a senior English class is bringing art to students in a different way.

In her Humanities class, Cindy Rinesmith has taken her students to the Dayton Art Institute and introduced them to a number of theories, pieces and periods. 

Board Approves Drone Resolution

The Vandalia-Butler Board of Education approved 5-0 a resolution prohibiting drones at athletic contests on Vandalia-Butler City Schools District property.

The vote came at the regular meeting of the Board of Education Tuesday, Sept. 29.

Student Artists Recognized for Work in Calendar

Some of the featured artists in this year's District Calendar were on hand at the Tuesday, Sept. 29 Board of Education meeting held in Butler High School's Lecture Room.

Demmitt Students Rock Kids Read Now!

It's official, the students of Demmitt Elementary School had the highest participation and completion rates of any school in the Kids Read Now program this summer.

Boosters Need Your Support

The Butler Athletic Boosters invite you and your friends to support our student- athletes, cheerleaders and coaches and test drive a car with a booster member on Oct. 3 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 the Rec. Center. Our goal is to secure 300 drivers which would guarantee a $6,000 contribution from Ford.

Mum Pick Up Scheduled for Sept. 4

The Mums are here! Or at least they will be Friday!

If you ordered mums through the 4th Annual Vandalia Butler Cross Country Mum Sale you should pick up your order at the football stadium (by the tennis courts) between 2:30 and 5:30 Friday, Sept. 4.

School Bus Safety is Key

It's the first day of school and that means more traffic on the roads, including school buses.  So keep our students safe and follow these tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

Cheerleaders Raise Money with Play for a Cure

Aug. 28 the Butler Cheerleaders will once again be sponsoring the Play for a Cure Football Game in honor of Blake LaForce, a former Aviator who lost his battle with Leukemia.

Football Kicks Off with Charity Game

Football kicks off this Friday with the Jamboree against Beavercreek but the big winners will be area charities.

Cross Country Team Sells Mums

The Butler Cross Country Team is selling mums again this year.  Orders will be taken through Aug. 20 with pick up of the flowers at the football stadium Sept. 4.

Still Time to Join Boosters

It’s not too late to join the Boosters for the 2015-2016 school year.  You have until Aug. 11 to join this supportive organization and be recognized in the Fall Sports Program.

Summer Food Service Available

Students are eligible to receive free meals at local particpating locations. Details of the USDA program, location sites, and serving schedules are available at the link provided below:

Summer Food Service Program 2015


Lady Aviator Summer Basketball Camp

Young ladies in grades 3-8...looking to hone your basketball skills? The Butler High School Lady Aviators Coaching Staff and current players are hosting a summer basketball camp, June 1-4 at Butler High School. Four fun-filled days of skill instruction, practice, and games. Register by May 15. See the flyer below for more information or contact Coach Bardonaro at 

Lady Aviator Summer Basketball Camp

Butler Band Fundraiser at Max and Erma's

Please support the Butler Bands this Monday, May 4th at Max & Erma's on Miller Lane.  Simply present the attached flier with your bill and Max & Erma's will generously donate 20% of the cost of your meal to the Butler Bands.  Proceeds will be used to purchase the new drum line equipment necessary to the success of the Bands.  The flier is valid all day for both dine in and take out orders.  Bring your friends and family.  Join us for dinner and beginning at 6:30PM you will be treated to performances by our talented Brass, Wind, and Saxophone Quintets.   They have been working hard to bring these performances to you to show their appreciation for your support.  Thanks!

Band Max and Erma flyer

Request for Proposal for Transportation Services

Vandalia-Butler City Schools has released a Request for Proposal for Transportation Services. The district will be accepting proposals through Noon May 12, 2015 and expect to award the winning proposal by June 1, 2015. The Request for Proposal can be viewed by clicking here.

Community Input Meeting for Children With Disabilities

Community Input on Education for Children with Disabilities Sought

The Vandalia-Butler City School district receives funds through the Ohio Department of Education via the Consolidated Continuous Improvement Plan (CCIP).  Monies received through IDEA-B are used to provide special education services for students with identified disabilities.  Title I funds are used to provide reading and early literacy interventions to qualified students while Title II funds are used for targeted professional development, which must align with goals outlined in the CCIP.

Public input regarding the use of these funds for the upcoming school year is welcome.  Public input can be given at a special meeting on April 28, 2015, from 6 – 7 p.m., in the conference room at the Board of Education office, 306 South Dixie Drive, Vandalia, Ohio, 45377.  Comments can also be sent to Pupil Services, 306 South Dixie Drive, Vandalia, Ohio 45377.  The phone number is 415-6400.

Butler Softball "Strike Out Cancer" Event

The  Butler Softball team would like to invite you to our Strike Out Cancer event on April 17th at Stonequarry Park.  We will have pink wrapped trucks from Barker Heating and Air Conditioning and R. B. Jergens there for the evening along with a photobooth and games for kids to play and prizes to win! A representative from the Pink Ribbon Girls will be throwing out the first pitch during the Northmont vs Butler game starting at 4:30p.m. Attached is a t-shirt order form for this event if anyone would like to order a FABULOUS pink t-shirt to help the softball team's efforts to raise money for the Pink Ribbon Girls.  All proceeds made during the night will go to the Pink Ribbon Girls Tipp City Division.

Game schedule:
Northmont vs. Butler-4:30p.m.
Brookville vs Northmont- 6:30p.m.
Brookville vs. Butler- 8:30p.m.

Please e-mail Cortney Bastion at your order before Friday, April 10th.

Pink T-shirt order form

Thanks for your support!

Butler Band Fundraiser at Chipotle

Support the Butler Bands by dining at Chipotle on Miller Lane! Dine in or take out on Monday, April 13 from 5:00-9:00 PM. For your convenience, order online and go directly to check-out! Mention you’re supporting the Butler Bands and 50% of the cost of your order will be donated to the Butler Bands! No coupon or flyer is necessary. Spread the word! Bring your familt and friends! We thank you for your support!

Chipotle Flyer

Butler Band Raffle for Dayton Dragons Tickets

Please support the Butler Bands by purchasing Dayton Dragons Raffle Tickets from your favorite band member.  You can also mail a check for the amount of the number of tickets you'd like to purchase made payable to the BPAA to PO Box 192 Vandalia 45377 and we'll fill out the ticket for you.  Please be sure to include your phone number.  Tickets are $20 each or 6 for $100 for a chance to win an evening in a VP Suite at the Dragons Game vs the Lansing Lugnuts on May 18th for you and 19 of your friends, family members or co-workers.  You'll also receive 2 VIP parking passes.  All proceeds will go toward the purchase of very much needed new drum line equipment for the Award Winning Butler Bands. The winning ticket will be drawn on May 1st.  Contact Irene Fishbein @ 264-0368 or 902-8893 for information.

BHS Spring Musical Les Miserables

Butler's Spring Musical "Les Miserables - School Edition" will be performed this weekend, March 19, 20 and 21 at 7:00 PM in the Butler Performing Arts Theater. Tickets are on sale now, and may be purchased in the high school front office, or reserved by calling 415-6422. 

School Safety Community meeting

Superintendent Brad Neavin will host a School Safety Community meeting on Tuesday, March 3 at 7:00 PM in Butler High School's Performing Arts Theater. All parents, staff, and community members are invited to attend.

School Evacuation Update

Shortly before dismissal on Tuesday, February 24, a bomb threat was discovered on a bathroom wall at Butler High School. Vandalia-Butler City schools immediately contacted the police and quickly evacuated students as a precautionary measure.

The police department brought in bomb-sniffing dogs from four area law enforcement agencies to sweep the school. No evidence of a bomb was discovered.

“There is no evidence that this was a credible threat, and I am confident that student safety is not at risk,” said Superintendent Brad Neavin. “I’d like to thank our first responders for their immediate and thorough response, and our staff and students for calmly and efficiently following the protocols we have in place for emergency evacuations.”

Butler High School will be open as scheduled on February 25. Neavin noted that school counselors will be on hand if students need assistance.

“Student safety is paramount at our district, and any threat to student safety is addressed immediately,” said Neavin. “Over the next several days, we are going to remind our students about the gravity of making threats and the resources that are available to them should they need assistance, an outlet or just someone to talk to.”

A School Safety Community Meeting has been scheduled for March 3 at 7 p.m. in the Butler High School Performing Arts Theater. District administrators will share more information about steps that are being taken to reinforce student safety.

Internet Safety Presentation

On Thursday, February 26, Morton Middle School will be hosting an Online Safety presentation from Larry Lane, Community Resource Officer with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department.  The event will take place at 6:00 pm in the Morton cafeteria. All interested students and parents are invited to attend. See the attached flyer for more information.

Internet Safety Presentation

Butler Students To Play In Tri-State Honor Band

Four students from the Butler High School Symphonic Band will be performing in the Tri-State Honor Band on Saturday, February 21st at Wright State University. 

Visions Fundraiser At Chipotle Feb. 23

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to
support Visions Endowment Fund. Come into the 6759 Miller
Lane Chipotle on Monday, February 23rd, from 5:00pm to
9:00pm. Bring in the attached flyer, 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 Visions Endowment Fund.

Visions Chipotle fundraiser flyer

Butler Students To Perform in District Honor Band

Ten exceptional musicians from the Butler Symphonic Band will be performing in the OMEA District XII Honor Band Concert.


The Butler High School guidance department will host a FAFSA preparation evening on February 18th with representatives from Sinclair Community College for all interested high school students and parents to help with completion of the application for Federal Student Aid. This FREE session is for ANY student attending a college or university, not just Sinclair College. Come and get help filling out this sometimes confusing application! For more information, contact Mark Peck at (937) 415-6311 or at

FAFSA Night flyer

The Butler Girls Basketball game tonight against Greenville has been cancelled.
Butler High School Guidance Department Rolls Out Text Reminders

The Guidance Department has set up an account that will send out text messages or emails to you specific to your graduating class.  To sign up all you have to do is send a text with a short message.  Click on the appropriate link below for your graduating class for specific directions.  

Class of 2015

Class of 2016

Class of 2017

Class of 2018

Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2015

Kindergarten registration in the Vandalia-Butler City Schools District is underway!  Parents are encouraged to register their kindergartners early in order to avoid the last minute rush in August.

Children must reach 5 years of age on or before August 1, 2015, to be eligible to enroll for kindergarten for the fall of 2015.

Registration packets are available:
•    At Demmitt and Helke elementary schools (office hours:  8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
•    At the Central Enrollment Office at the Board of Education, 306 South Dixie Drive, Door #4      (office hours:  8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
•     Click here for our Kindergarten Enrollment Packet

All completed packets must be returned to the Central Enrollment Office, by appointment only. After you have completed the enrollment packet and have all the required documentation, please call 415-6410 to schedule your appointment.

This year, Passport to Safety will be held at the start of the school year on Thursday, August 20th, Friday, August 21st, and Monday, August 24th during regular school hours.

Butler Students Wow Audience at TEDx

Seniors Holly Simones, Abby Edwards and Sam Penewit joined a talented group of area high school students participating in the inaugural TEDxYouth@Dayton event at Wright State University's Apollo Room Friday, Sept. 25.

Butler Students To Take the Stage at TEDx Event

Butler High School’s Holly Simones and Abby Edwards will be joining students from five other Dayton area high schools this Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the inaugural TEDxYouth event at Wright State University’s Apollo Room.

Register Now for Next Level Wrestling Camp

Vandalia-Butler is hosting the Next Level Wrestling Camp, June 8-11 at Butler High School. Coaches and premier former student atheletes will provide instruction and drills to students of all ages, from kindergarten to seniors. Register today by clicking here for the registration form.

Board Passes Local Control Resolution

At the Vandalia-Butler City Schools Board of Education April 28 meeting, the school Board voted unanimously to pass A Resolution To Take Back Local Control of their school district. The passage of the resolution sends a strong message to Ohio's lawmakers concerning returning control of schools to those who have direct control of them, specifically local school Board members. A copy of the resolution can be found here

Chipotle Fundraiser Benefits Girls' Baskets

Hey Chipotle lovers, here's your chance to support the girls' basketball team next Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 4:30 - 8:30.  

Bring in the special flyer to the Chipotle on 6759 Miller Lane and 50% of the proceeds of your order will support the Butler girls' basketball program.

Go Aviators!

Planetarium Opens for New Season

Be sure to catch a show at the historic Vandalia-Butler Planetarium at Smith Middle School.  In, "The Dome," shows are appropriate for all ages, always free and open to students, parents and community members.  These entertaining shows are guaranteed to make you smarter while putting a smile on your face.   

This year's planetarium schedule will premiere with "Super Blood-Moon Eclipse Apocalypse," Saturday, Sept. 26 at 7:00 p.m.

Comfort Food for a Cause

Morton PTO and Bob Evans on Miller Lane are teaming up for a fundraiser to help support Morton Middle School students and staff.

For the entire weekend of Sept. 25-27, a portion of any meal payment which includes a Community Fundraiser Flyer will benefit the school.  Bob Evans will donate 15% of that check to Morton PTO.

Calamity Day Procedures Announced

It may be too early to think about snow days, but it's not too early to know the procedure for canceling, delaying or dismissing school early for emergencies or severe weather.

Construction Continues on New Library

Crews have done a lot to prepare the site for the new $7.8 million Vandalia Branch Library but it's still early in the construction phase on S. Dixie Drive.

Test Drive Could Earn $6000

Come Drive One 4UR School and help the Boosters earn $6,000.

The event will be held Oct. 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Rec Center. There's no obligation, no pressure, no salesmen!

Support Performing Arts, Bands

Mark your calendars now for Oct. 5 for the chance to enjoy some fine music and fine dining.

The Butler Performing Arts Association will be benefiting from a percentage of food sales at Max and Erma's Monday, Oct. 5 all day. The band will be playing at the restaurant beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Vandalia-Butler Schools Go Tobacco-Free

Vandalia-Butler City Schools is going tobacco-free. 

In April, the Board of Education voted to change district policy to prohibit the use of tobacco products at any time in or on Vandalia-Butler City Schools’ property.

The policy prohibits the use of tobacco products at any time “in any building or vehicle owned, leased, rented or chartered by the district, on school grounds, athletic grounds or parking lots and at any school-sponsored or school-related event, whether such event occurs on-campus or off-campus.”

Students Learn Leadership, Teamwork Through Seminar

Teams of BHS students took part in a Marine Corps sponsored Leadership Seminar today. The purpose of the seminar was to provide students with leadership strategies and techniques to enhance their personal and professional development.

Libraries Receive New Books Thanks to VISIONS

Thanks to a $3,700 grant from VISIONS and donations from PTO groups, the students of Demmitt, Helke and Smith are receiving new library books.

Airlog On Sale at Lowest Price of Year

The 2015-2016 yearbook is on sale for the lowest price of the year.  You can order the book for $55 through October 9.

Updating Forms and Consent Available Online

if you are listed as the Primary Parent or Legal Guardian of a student, you now have the option of updating contact information and submitting consent and authorizations forms online through the PowerSchool Parent portal.  Change requests will ONLY be accepted if they are submitted by the Primary Parent or Legal Guardian.  You must have a Parent Account created and make sure your parent account reflects your first and last name in the account.

District Makes Change to Medication Policy

In an effort to keep our children safe, Vandalia-Butler City School District's Use of Medication policy has been updated, requiring doctor's permission for a student to take any medicine, prescription or over-the-counter, during school hours.  Schools around the area and the country are adopting similar policies.