School News

soundwAVES Performs at Dayton Dragons

Member of Morton Middle School's soundwAVES performed the National Anthem at the Dayton Dragons game Thursday, June 23.

B.A.S.E Campers Visit Fifth Third Field

Let's play ball!

B.A.S.E Camp took a trip to Fifth Third Field to go behind the scenes and down on the field at the home of the Dayton Dragons Tuesday, June 14.

Still Time to Register for Butler Football Camp

If you want to learn the fundamentals of football for every position from your Butler Aviators and coaches, register now for the Butler Football Camp and play under the lights, July 11 - July 12 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Memorial Field at Butler High School.

Morton Art on Display at Regional Exhibit

The artwork of eight talented Morton Middle School students is currently on display at the Art Street Gallery in the 300 block of Kiefaber Street on the University of Dayton campus.

The works were chosen to be a part of the Western Regional Art Exhibition sponsored by the Ohio Art Education Association. The gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit will run now through June 30.

NEXT LEVEL Wrestling Camp Begins June 20

There's still time to make plans to attend the Vandalia-Butler NEXT LEVEL Wrestling Camp, Monday, June 20 - Wednesday, June 22 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Alumni Basketball Game Planned for June 25

Take a trip down Aviator Memory Lane as Coach Ray Zawadzki, Raymond Zawadzki, Coach Mike Buchy and Coach Steve Pelfrey along with others return to the court for the Vandalia-Butler Boys' Varsity Basketball Alumni game Saturday, June 25.

Camp Invention Gives Campers Hands on Experiences

Camp Invention 2016 is underway at Smith Middle Schools and participants, and teachers, are loving it.

2016 Graduate Earns $20,000 Anthony Munoz Scholarship

Congratulations to 2016 Butler High School graduate Nancy Large on being one of eight recipients of a $20,000 scholarship from the Anthony Munoz Foundation.

Summer Food Service Program Assists Students on Break

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

More Awards for Vandalia-Butler Art Program

More awards for the Vandalia-Butler arts program.

Morton art teacher Kate Brookshire has been named the Ohio Art Education Association Middle Division Award Winner. Kate will be recognized at the OAEA convention in November.

Area's Top Students Recognized in Dayton Daily News

The top students from around the Miami Valley are being recognized in a special online section of the Dayton Daily News.

Smith Students Honored for 4th Quarter Academic Excellence

Once again, Smith students excelled in the classroom during fourth quarter, with students qualifying for the Principal's List and the Honor Roll.

8th Graders Honored at Annual Farewell Event

Morton 8th graders were honored for a variety of awards at the annual 8th Grade Farewell held Tuesday, May 24.

8th Graders Test Designs With Egg Drop

Eighth grade science students put their projects to the test as they dropped raw eggs from a 21 foot drop, courtesy of a fire truck Tuesday, May 24.

Class of 2029 Graduates from Preschool

The Class of 2029 marked a milestone Tuesday, May 24 as 69 members of the class graduated from the Vandalia-Butler Preschool.

Butler Football Camp Opens Registration to Grades 1-8

Registration is now available for the Butler Football Camp scheduled July 11 - 12 at Memorial Field at Butler High School from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for students in grades 1 - 8.

Annual Spelling Held at Smith

Congratulations to the winner of the Smith Middle School Annual Spelling Bee, Sydney Cooper.

Students Present Animal Projects

As a follow up to Demmitt Goes Wild at the Cincinnati Zoo, the students in Mrs. Pelfrey's and Mrs Muntz's classes invited parents, classmates and their third grade buddies to their animal research presentations.

37th Memorial Program Held at Butler

The 37th Annual Memorial Program was held at Butler High School Friday, May 20.

Students, staff, community leaders and community members were in attendance, paying tribute to 16 members of the Vandalia-Butler community who died serving our country. The event was first held in 1980

Class of 2016 Gains More than $6 Million in Scholarship Money

A great night for the Butler High School Class of 2016 as the graduating seniors received more than $6 million in scholarships at the annual Senior Awards Night.

Board of Education to Honor Retirees

The Vandalia-Butler City Schools Board of Education will honor three district retirees Tuesday, May 24 at the monthly Board of Education meeting held in the Butler High School Lecture Room.  A reception for the retirees will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., with the Board meeting and recognition at 6:00 p.m.

Drama Club Presents Beauty and the Beast

Morton Middle School's Drama Club presented Beauty and the Beast Wednesday, May 18.

You can see pictures of the production at http://www.vbcsd.com/2/Gallery/20530.

Helke Students 'Meet' Their Demmitt Pen Pals
Exposing our students to new forms of technology is fun!
 
On Wednesday, May 18, students in Amy Heis' classroom at Helke FaceTimed their "pen pals" in Amber Pelfrey's classroom at Demmitt!
Demmitt Students Visit City Garage

Demmitt students had the chance to go behind the scenes of the City of Vandalia Public Works garage Wednesday, May 18, getting behind the wheel of some of the big rigs that keep the city running.

Students Celebrate End of Year with Picnic

Staff and students of the MD program in the district celebrated the end of the year and the beautiful spring weather Wednesday, May 18 at the Englewood MetroPark with the annual MD Spring Picnic.

Morton Students Earn Spot in Area Art Exhibit

Congratulations to 8th graders: Sydney Theobald, Haleigh Mitchell and Josie Stiver, 7th graders: Jack McClain, Elaina Burley and Ashton Houghton and 6th graders: Matthew Quick and Madi Schneider for having art selected for the 2016 Ohio Art Education Association’s Western Regional Art Exhibit!

The exhibit will be displayed at the ArtStreet Gallery on Kiefaber Street, near the University of Dayton campus. The show will be available for viewing during regular gallery hours (M-F, 10:00—4:00) from June 14 through June 30.

Class of 2016 Moves Picnic Indoors

The Butler Class of 2016 isn't letting the rain get in the way of their fun.

The Senior Picnic moved inside the SAC, complete with cornhole, ping-pong and lots of pizza.

To see more pictures of the event, go to the Photo Gallery.

Butler Claims GWOC North All Sport Trophy

For the 7th time in 15 years, Butler High School has claimed the GWOC North All Sport Trophy.

Science Students Tackle Tough Troubles with Real Solutions

Finding a solution to a problem is the focus for these 8th grade science students at Morton Middle School during the last month of school.

Students are exploring Science and Technology and Scientific Ways of Knowing Indicators through problem based learning. Students are building a solution to a problem with more than two constraints or limits. Then, the 8th graders evaluate the effectiveness of the design and solution.

Class of 2023 Visits Morton

The Class of 2023 made its first official visit to Morton Middle School Thursday, May 12.

The future sixth graders heard from students, toured the building and were treated to performances from band and choir members.

Welcome to Morton!

Celebrate School Lunch Hero Day

It's School Lunch Hero Day!!

Between preparing healthy food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies and offering service with a smile, Vandalia-Butler nutrition professionals have a lot on their plate.

Register Now to Save Money on Summer Enrichment

Looking for an exciting summer activities for your kids this year? How about a chance to have them brainstorm, explore, discover and grow?

Camp Invention organizers say they’re all about big ideas. This summer, those ideas and much more will be returning to Smith Middle School as the Vandalia-Butler City Schools offer Camp Invention to students in first through sixth grade June 13-17.

If you register now through May 10, you can save $15 off the cost of the week-long camp.

Eighth Graders Visit WSU for Chemistry Demo

College/Career Week continues in the Vandalia-Butler district. Friday, it's College Signing Day at Butler High School with the 266 members of the Class of 2016 announcing their intentions for next year.

Tuesday, it was the Class of 2020 getting a head start as students visited Wright State University and had the chance to take part in a chemical demonstration in the lab.

It's never too early to start looking at your educational future!

First Graders Visit Learning Tree Farm

Helke first graders visit the Learning Tree Farm today. As part of the Spring on the Farm program, students had the chance to interact with some of the farm animal babies, plant a spring flower to take home and watch it grow and hike in the woods.

Award Winning Choirs to Perform Spring Concert

The Butler Spring Choir Concert will be Monday, May 9 at the Butler High School Performing Arts Theater at 7:00 p.m. This concert is free and open to the public.

Butler Teachers Receive Erin Ritchey Memorial Award

It’s not just the students they teach that make Jennifer Jette and Amanda Gallup special.  For all of their work, these Butler High School special education teachers are receiving special recognition from the Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services.

Senior Named Scholarschip Nominee

Congratulations to senior Claire Long for being Butler's nominee for the Franklin B. Walter Scholarship from the Montgomery County Educational Service Center.

Claire was selected based on her citizenship, contribution to Butler High School and the Vandalia-Butler community as well as her outstanding academic achievements.

Demmitt Goes Wild at the Cincinnati Zoo

Demmitt Elementary students and staff had the opportunity to get a little wild Wednesday, April 27 at the Cincinnati Zoo as the group took a school-wide field trip.

The event has been in the planning stages for several months, with help from community groups to cover the $10,820 cost of the trip. Eight charter buses transported 417 students and 41 staff members to the zoo in the morning.

Change in Venue for Two-Day Musical Concert Collaboration with Shawnee High School

The special musical extravaganza featuring the Butler Symphonic Choir and the Shawnee High School Choir and Orchestra planned for Thursday, April 28 now has a new location. The second night of the two-day event, May 2, also has a new venue. Thursday's performance will be at the Butler High School Performing Arts Theater.  Monday will be held at the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Springfield.

More than 140 singers and 18 orchestra members will participate in the event, featuring Butler High School and Shawnee High School students.

School District Recognized for Environmental Efforts

Vandalia-Butler City School officials joined owners and operators from 116 other area for-profit and non-profit businesses that were recognized at Cox Arboretum Monday, April 25 as part of the Dayton Regional Green program.  These area groups were certified green businesses.  In all, 544 businesses have received this certification since the program began.

Helke 3rd Graders Present Muse Machine Production

Helke students were treated to some theater Monday, April 25 as the third grade class presented its Muse Machine production. Students help to create the storyline, the script and the motions all associated with this amazing production.

Three Third Graders Receive ANGEL Award

Congratulations to Grace Weber, Sydney Stevens and Anna Thomas, this year's recipients of the Helke ANGEL Award. The annual award is given to a Helke 3rd grader who is "always willing to help, has a great attitude, is optimistic and very encouraging."

Smith Hosts First Ever Design Fair

Months of hard work paid off for Smith Middle School students at the first Smith Middle School Design Fair Thursday, April 21.

Judges, including three engineers from GE Aviation, evaluated the 13 different exhibits, choosing three winners from 4th grade and three winners from 5th grade.

Smith Students Receive Top Scores on World-wide Math Test

Some Smith students are celebrating impressive scores on the 37th Annual Math Olympiads monthly competitions.

Earth Day Display Comes to Morton

A very industrious Morton 7th grader is helping her peers take a different look at Earth Day this year. Salma Albezreh, with the help of the Dayton International Peace Museum, arranged for this display to be at Morton for Earth Day.

BHS Students to Present Mock Crash

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, according to the Centers for Disease Control.  Teen drivers are three times more likely than older drivers to be involved in a fatal crash.  Members of the Butler High School’s student government will be doing what they can to make sure their fellow students make the right choices and don’t end up as statistics this Prom and graduation season.

Proposals Being Accepted for Roof Replacement, Restoration

Sealed proposals for roof replacement and restoration Helke will be received by the Treasurer of Vandalia City Schools at the Board Office, 306 South Dixie Dr. Vandalia, Ohio 45377, at 1:00 PM, May 19, 2016.

Symphonic Choir Joins Shawnee Students in Two-Day Concert

For just the second time, Butler Symphonic Choir members will be joining their voices in song with other high school singers and musicians from the area to present a special two-day concert.  More than 140 singers and 18 orchestra members will participate in the event, featuring Butler High School and Shawnee High School students.

Science Club Tackles Real World Problems with Real Solutions

For the April meeting of the Morton Science Club, members tackled some very real world issues and talked about solutions that can make a difference.

It's Raining Inside Demmitt!

We are enjoying beautiful weather right now but in Marie Reikowski's classroom it has been raining, quite a bit.

Dayton Dragons Visit Demmitt

Heater and members of the Dayton Dragons visited Demmitt Elementary April 1. 

Chipotle to Host Morton Fundraiser

Chipotle Mexican Grille (6759 Miller Lane in Dayton) is hosting a Morton Middle School PTO Fundraiser Thursday, April 21st from 5 – 9 p.m.  Chipotle will donate 50% of any dine-in or carry-out order to the Morton PTO when a special flyer is presented, or the flyer image is shown on a smartphone or electronic device, or by telling the cashier you’re supporting the fundraiser.

 

Wrestling Camp Scheduled at BHS

The Vandalia-Butler's NEXT LEVEL Wrestling Camp is scheduled for June 20-23 at Butler High School from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each night.

Students Use New Technology at Demmitt

Students in Katie Dwenger's class are partnering with students in Beth Dahlinghaus' class at Demmitt Elementary to learn how to operate the school's new iPads and the Espark program.

Student Council Shows Support of Earth Day at Kroger

Earth Day is April 22 and all that week shoppers at the Vandalia Kroger can use bags decorated in honor of that event thanks to members of the Smith Student Council.

Hoop it Up at Boys' Basketball Camp

It's time to hoop it up at the Butler Boys' Basketball Camp June 13-16 at the Butler High School Student Activity Center.  Camp will run from 9:00 a.m. to noon each day.

Elevate the Arts Showcases Student Talent

The Fourth Annual Elevate the Arts was held Thursday, April 7 from 6:00 - 8:00 at Morton Middle School, showcasing the talents of Vandalia-Butler students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Music Brings Nature Lesson to Life at Helke

Music and puppets were part of a special lesson for Helke students Friday, April 4 when Chris Rowland stopped by the elementary students.

New Flag Presented to Helke

Helke Elementary now has a new flag that has a very special story with it.

The American flag was flown over Afghanistan Sept. 11, 2015 by a MQ-1B Predator as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Lady Aviator Summer BBall Camp Sign Up is Here

The Lady Aviator Summer Basketball Camp sign up has begun.  Camp will be June 6-9 from 9;00 to 11:30 a.m. each day.  Girls from third to eighth grade may attend.

Spring Flower Sale Begins at BHS

The Sixth Annual Butler Track and Field fundraiser is underway and here's your chance to order beautiful flowers and plants and support our athletes.

Morton's Advisory Program Gets State-Wide Attention

Morton Middle School began an advisory program this year and students are reaping the benefits.

Reading how Morton is "Building Community and Changing Culture Through Advisory."

BHS Seniors Participate in Cedar Point Grad Nite

Cedar Point is holding Grad Nite, a seniors-only exclusive event to celebrate the graduating seniors around Ohio, and Butler High School seniors will be participating.

Tickets on Sale for Into the Woods

The actors and actresses of drama club will be returning to the stage to perform the musical, Into the Woods, April 14-16.

Planeteers Visit Smith to Talk Energy

Energy was the topic for Smith fifth graders Thursday, March 31 but their "teachers" were a little different than a normal day at school.

Registration Open for Summer BASE Camp

It's time to register for our summer Aviator BASE camp.  The program runs June 1 through Aug. 12 and is open to children from kindergarten to sixth grade.

 

Fourth Annual Elevate the Arts Set for April 7

In a time when more and more school districts are eliminating the arts, music and art programs are thriving in the Vandalia-Butler City Schools.  The work of talented students in kindergarten through eighth grade will be on exhibit Thursday, April 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Morton Middle School for the fourth annual Elevate the Arts, presented by the Morton Middle School PTO.

When Is the Right Time to Start Kindergarten?

As kindergarten registration is set to begin April 4, people are talking about when is the right time for a child to start school.

Results of a recent Stanford study say children who delayed starting kindergarten by a year had lower levels of inattention and hyperactivity. 

Community Input on Education for Children with Disabilities Sought

Vandalia-Butler City School district officials will be holding a special meeting April 26 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in the conference room at the Board of Education office, 306 S. Dixie Drive, to gain input from community members on educational services for children with disabilities.

Summer Program Returns to Vandalia-Butler

Camp Invention organizers say they’re all about big ideas.  This summer, those ideas and much more will be returning to Smith Middle School as the Vandalia-Butler City Schools offer Camp Invention to students in first through sixth grade June 13-17.

BHS Presents Into the Woods in April

A taste of Broadway comes to Butler High School as a cast of 23 students, including 11 seniors, present Steven Sondheim's "Into the Woods," April 14-16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Butler Performing Arts Theater.

Kindergarten Registration Begins April 4

Kindergarten registration begins April 4. You can call to schedule your appointment at 415-6410.

Dept of Education Looking for Parent Feedback

The Ohio Department of Education is updating the standards that guide your child’s education and is looking for input from parents and community members.

SoundWaves Selected to Sing at Dragons Game

Morton's SoundWaves has been selected to sing the National Anthem at an upcoming Dayton Dragons game.

Morton Hosts 24th 3 on 3 Tournament

For the 24th year, Morton Middle School students will have their own March Madness with a 3 on 3 tournament. This year's event will be Friday, March 18.

Smart Table Offers Enhanced Learning Opportunities

Third graders in Ann-Marie Pindroh's class are watching lessons come to life each day thanks to an interactive high tech table.

District Names Next Athletic Director

After an extensive search and interview process, the Vandalia-Butler City Schools have a new Athletic Director. The Board of Education approved Jordan Shumaker as the district’s new Athletic Director at its work session Monday, March 14.  Shumaker comes to Vandalia-Butler after serving as the AD at Graham Local Schools since August 2014.

Butler Choirs Receive Superior Ratings

Congratulations to the Butler Women's and Symphonic Choirs on their SUPERIOR performances at the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) Large Group Contest Friday, March 4.

Butler Chess Team Wins City Tournament

Congrats to the Butler Chess Team for winning the annual Dayton Chess League High School tournament.

Science Students Make Their Own Toothpaste

Students in Teresa Nichols's science classes investigated the practical uses of minerals by making their own toothpaste.  Up next, the students will perfect their toothpaste formulas! 

Visit Texas Roadhouse, Support Morton PTO

It's another chance to support the Morton Middle School PTO March 7.

Demmitt, Helke Students Participate in Girls on the Run

Third to fifth grade girls from Demmitt and Helke are building new relationships, setting goals and developing self confidence as part of the Girls on the Run program.

Cope Nominated for State Award

Tommy Cope could pick up another title in the upcoming weeks, JJ Huddle/Bucknuts Ohio High School Boys' Swimming Athlete of the Week.

Students Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday at Wright Patt

Demmitt Elementary School 2nd and 3rd graders were celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday by attending the Wright Patterson Air Force Base's Right to Read Week Read-In today.

Sixth Grader to Compete at State Geography Bee

Morton Middle School sixth grader Jacob Gonet is on his way to compete in the state level of the National Geography Bee.

Morton Students Honored at State Level

Morton Middle School students Austin Bundenthal and Lily Susag will have their art work on display at the Youth Art Month Exhibition in Columbus Saturday, March 5.

Demmitt Student Wins MLK Contest

Representatives from Wright Patterson Air Force were on hand at Demmitt Elementary today to present Aamirah Miller with a certificate and a prize for winning this year's Martin Luther King Drawing Contest.

Two BHS Seniors Named National Merit Finalists

Congratulations to Leigh Harden and Clair Long on being named National Merit Scholarship finalists.  These amazing Butler seniors now have the chance to receive up to $2,500 in scholarship money through the National Merit Scholarship program.

Butler Senior Honored for Volunteer Work

Senior Madison Scherer has volunteered her time and effort from Chicago, to Haiti to her fellow students at Butler High School.  Now, Scherer is being recognized for her efforts.

Student Council Collects Items for Animals

Smith Student Council is helping collect items for the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center.

40 Students Participate in Youth in Government Day

Nearly 40 Butler High School students have a little more understanding of how local government operates after participating in this year's Youth in Government day.

Helke Teachers Share Experiences at Conference

Helke teachers Amy Heis and Mirinda Roberts were speakers at the Dublin Literacy Conference presented by Dublin City Schools Feb. 20.

WSU to Host FAFSA Workshops

FAFSA deadlines are fast approaching for the 2016-2017 school year. Wright State is holding five free FAFSA workshops to assist seniors and current college students in filling out their FAFSA.

Immunization Changes to Start Fall 2016

Beginning with the start of the 2016-2017 school year, all students in grades 7-12 will be required to be vaccinated against Meningococcal (Meningitis) disease.  One dose of the vaccine is required prior to starting 7th grade and a second dose is required prior to the student’s senior year.

Eighth Grade Parent Meeting Sheduled
The 8th grade parent meeting for the class of 2020 will be held Thursday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Butler High School Performing Arts Theater.
 
WHIO Reporter/Anchor Talks with 1st Graders

WHIO-TV reporter/anchor John Bedell spent time with Helke first graders Wednesday, Feb. 17 to help them understand what he does and how important reading and writing will be in their future.

Big Cats Visit Helke

The Cincinnati Zoo's Cat Show made a stop at Helke Elementary Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Kid Whisperer Comes to Vandalia-Butler

He's known as the kid whisperer and has received national attention for his work in education.

It is with great sadness we inform you a member of the Butler High School student body and the band has died today.

Morton Students Introduced to Rugby

Instructors from the Dayton Rugby club visited Morton Middle School to introduce students to this exciting sport. These instructors are visiting Dayton area schools through the Rugby Ohio grant.

The students will have another chance to work with these instructors March 4.

 
Morton Students Enter College Promise Program

Two Morton students will be in the Montgomery County College Promise program after being chosen from more than 250 students who applied.  Applying for the program included a long application process and an interview and Elizabeth Huddleson and Megan Bosworth made the cut!

Students Attend Last MUSE Performance of the Year

Morton MUSE members attended their final program at Butler Thursday, Feb. 4

Sixth Graders Recognize Black History Month

Morton Middle School 6th graders were treated to quite a lesson Tuesday, Feb. 2. Retired teacher Tomi Hacker read to them Gary Paulsen's Nighjohn in recognition of Black History Month.

Mock Trial Team Honored

Butler Mock Trial teams participated in the district Mock Trial competition Friday, Jan. 29 at the Montgomery County courthouse.

Butler Government Students Visit Statehouse by Sean Luttrell

Students taking AP Government at Butler High School were in for quite a treat Wednesday, Jan. 27. One hundred eligible students hopped on a bus and made their way to Columbus to visit the Ohio Statehouse.

Students Demonstrate Understanding of the Holocaust

Eighth grade students in Lisa Erdahl's class wrapped up a multi-week project with oral presentations and great visual aids.

Aviators Name New Football Coach

A 16-year veteran of Vandalia-Butler City Schools with coaching credentials at Bradford High School, Chaminade Julienne High School, Oakwood High School and Butler High School will take over as Varsity Football Coach for the Aviators.

7th Grader Wins 2016 Morton Spelling Bee

Excursion was the winning word for Morton 7th grader Elizabeth Matheny at the 2016 Morton Spelling Bee.

Morton Celebrates Mentor Month All Year Long

January is National Mentoring Month, an opportunity to celebrate and honor the importance of quality mentoring programs and the role mentors play in the lives of others.  At Morton Middle School, this idea is celebrated all year long.

Support Band, Color Guard at Chick-fil-A

You can support the Butler Band and Color Guard at Chick-fil-A Feb. 8 from 5-10. Use the attached flyer when you order and a percentage of your bill will support the students who make music at Butler High School.


 

Two Board Members Take Oath of Office

At the Monday, Jan. 11 meeting of the Vandalia-Butler City Schools Board of Education meeting, Treasurer/CFO Eric Beavers administered the oath of office to newly elected Board Members Mary Kilsheimer and Rodney Washburn.

Helke Students Celebrate Publication of Nonfiction Books

Welcome to Camp Write A Lot!

Students in Amy Heis and Mirinda Roberts' classes had the chance to share their nonfiction books with their fellow students today in a camp setting, complete with tents, flashlights and s'mores!

New Area Business Offers Reward Program for Schools

Help our schools raise money all year long with Burgers for Better Schools™!

Red Robin is offering a rewards program with it's loyalty program.  It’s free to join and easy to participate.

Helke First Graders to Experience Tower Garden

Helke first graders are going to find out what it’s like to grow their own food as teacher Emily Boggs develops the school’s first Tower Garden.  Set up on the garden began Monday, Jan. 4.

Morton Student to Appear in Muse Machine's 'Mary Poppins'

Muse Machine is presenting “Mary Poppins” the Disney musical on stage at the Victoria Theatre Jan. 14 - 17. Morton student Diane Galbraith is in this spectacular production.

Murlin Heights Items On Sale

From office equipment to school furnishings to a piano, the contents of Murlin Heights Elementary are now being auctioned at govdeals.com.

Football Team, Players Honored for Excellence

The Butler football team is being honored for excellence on and off the field.

The team was named an Academic All Ohio Team for 2015 and four individuals were named to the Academic All Ohio Football Team 2015.

Morton Hosts Fundraiser at Texas Roadhouse

Are you fed up with eating holiday dinner leftovers? Well, the Morton PTO invites you and your family to get out of the house and enjoy the hospitality at Texas Roadhouse in Huber Heights (5611 Merily Way) on Monday, January 11, 2016 from 4 – 10 p.m.

AP Art Students Visit Dayton Art Institute

Students in Butler's Advanced Placement Art History class took time during winter break to visit the Dayton Art Institute, touring the museum and lunching at Leo Bistro.

Drama Club Presents Diverse Holiday Program

Members of the Morton Middle School Drama Club have been working after school one day a week since the beginning of school to prepare a holiday program. Today, the group presented their program to the entire school.

BHS Donate to Alex's Lemonade Stand

Alex's Lemonade Stand for Childhood Cancer is receiving $1127.50 thanks to the efforts of the students of Butler High School.

Preschoolers Take a Trip on Polar Express

It was a day at the drive in movies at the preschool with a special treat.

Students watched the Polar Express in their own train cars, created by their families.

Matching the main character of the movie, the students were their pajamas too!

Helke to Receive $25,000 for New Playground Equipment

Helke Elementary School students will soon have a new piece of playground equipment made of recycled steel, aluminum and plastic thanks to nearly $25,000 from the Buy Recycled grant program at the Montgomery County Solid Waste District.

Students Compare Sugar in Beverages

A Morton Middle School math teacher is using sugar as a way for students to see how math works outside of the classroom.

NHS Donates More than 10,000 Items to Food Pantry

It's been a busy semester for members of the Butler National Honor Society.

At this year’s Powder Puff Game, the students collected 2500 cans and more than $800. This month during the district-wide winter canned food and toy drive, more than 8200 items were collected, for a grand total of 10,700 items this semester.

Morton 6th Graders Learn Mummification Process

Morton sixth graders had a chance to go in-depth with their study of ancient Egypt Wednesday, Dec. 16. From creating collars to wear to taking part in the mummification process, these students had a lesson they won't soon forget.

COSI on Wheels Rolls into Smith

COSI on Wheels rolled into Smith Wednesday, Dec. 16 to bring hands on learning about a variety of science topics to students.

Zupp Recognized for Years of Service

In recognition of his 12 years of service on the Vandalia-Butler Board of Education and his contributions to the community, board members approved an appreciation proclamation Tuesday, Dec. 15 for Raymond "Bud" Zupp.

NHS Food/Toy Drive Collects More than 8000 Items

The numbers are in and it's a great year for the Butler NHS Food/Toy Drive. Thanks to all of the amazing donations, the Vandalia Food Pantry received more than 8,000 items to be shared with community members who need some extra help this year.

Second Graders Talk Goods & Services with Community Members

Teaching children to understand their community and the role they play in it is key to the elementary school social studies curriculum.  Thursday, Dec. 10, Demmitt second graders had a chance to learn more about goods and services with the help of community volunteers.

Sixth Graders Donate to Benefit Area Children

Morton sixth graders sponsored a Stocking Stuffer drive to benefit Montgomery County Children’s Services and FLOC (For the Love of Children).

Donations of small items that would fit into holiday stockings for kids under 12 years old were collected. The students donated items including: Matchbox cars, Play-Doh, Barbie dolls, crayons, coloring books and action figures.

Students, Mentors Enjoy Holiday Luncheon

As part of the PASS Mentor program, a special holiday luncheon was held at Morton Middle School Wednesday, Dec. 9.  Students and their mentors were able to spend time talking and enjoying a tasty Italian lunch.

BASE Students Open Their Stores

BASE Business is open for just that...business. Or at least it was Tuesday, Dec. 8, as students in the after school program created products to "sell" at their own stores.

Musical Groups Have Busy Week

It's been a busy week for Morton's musical groups with holiday concerts and public appearances.

The Morton Bell Choir performed Sunday at the City of Vandalia Christmas Tree Lighting to rave reviews. 

Food Drive Enters Final Week

The second annual District Wide Food/Toy Drive will wrap up Friday, Dec. 11. Butler's National Honor Society members organize this yearly event.

Collection of cans and new toys began Monday, Nov. 30.  You can bring your donations to any district building through Friday.

BHS Students Discuss World Issues at Area Forum

Fifty Butler High School students attended the JCOWA (Junior Council on World Affairs) Youth Forum today at Wright State university.

Today's topics included the Syrian refugee crisis and relations with Cuba.

Aviators Provide Packages for Troops

Tuesday, Dec. 1 is Giving Tuesday this year and Aviators are continuing to help out the community.

Recently, Butler softball players got together to package 25 boxes to send to troops overseas. The boxes are being sent to Major Robert McGowan II's troop stationed in Afghanistan as part of Project Make Their Day. McGowan's wife works at Helke Elementary.

Schools Join Force with City, Township to Take Back Control

In a show of unity, Vandalia-Butler City School District officials, City of Vandalia leaders and Butler Township trustees passed a resolution Monday, Nov. 30 to take back local control.

Visit Texas Roadhouse, Support Morton PTO

Morton PTO invites the community to stop in at Texas Roadhouse in Huber Heights (5611 Merily Way) on Monday, Dec. 7, from 4 – 10 p.m.

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 p.m.at 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.

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.

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.