BUTLER HIGH SCHOOL
PRINCIPAL’S WEEKLY E-NEWSLETTER
January 14, 2018
This week begins the scheduling registration process for 2018-2019 courses. Counselors will visit freshman Physical Science classes on Tuesday, sophomore Biology classes on Wednesday, and junior English classes on Thursday. The 2018-2019 Program of Studies is available by clicking here. (The link is also located under the Department Links on our Guidance webpage.) There is a scheduling meeting for parents of current 8th-grade students on Monday, Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the PAT. Counselors will visit 8th-grade students at Morton and St. Christopher on Tuesday, Jan. 23. The online scheduling window is open from Friday, Jan. 19 through 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26. All completed registration forms of students’ requests and alternates with teacher approval and parent signatures are due to the guidance office by Friday, Jan. 26. Some additional notes for students:
- Carefully read the Program of Studies to be sure you understand the requirements for graduation, course offerings, prerequisites, cost and content of the courses.
- Students, discuss your course selections carefully with your parents and teachers.
- Complete in full, and with your proper name, the personal information at the top of the registration form. It is important that this information is always kept up-to-date.
- You must list some alternates for your elective courses. Alternates are classes you would be willing to take if your first-choice electives are not available or will not fit into your schedule. Some courses will have maximum enrollment limits or priority enrollment, so it is essential for you to list your alternates, or your counselor will select alternates for you.
- Have your registration form signed by your teachers where needed indicating their approval of the classes you have selected.
- Have your registration form signed by your parent/guardian after all courses are selected indicating his/her approval of the classes you have selected for the coming year.
- Students (except incoming freshmen and students who have an Intervention Specialist as a POC): you will enter your course requests into the system, on your own, through the PIV (Parent Internet Viewer) from home, before or after school, or during study hall. NOTE: The Scheduling window opens on January 19 and closes at 3 p.m. on January 26.
- Return your completed registration form with teacher approval signatures and parent signatures to the guidance office by January 26.
- Note to students who have an Intervention Specialist as a POC: Turn in your registration form to your POC with appropriate signatures by January 26. Do not enter your course requests in the online system. Your POC will meet with your counselor to complete the course registration process for you.
- Your counselor will meet with you to verify your course selections for next school year, total credits, and recommendations relevant to placement, future plans, and the development of your program of studies. You may make an appointment to see your counselor or may, in an emergency, contact any counselor at any time during the school day.
- INCOMING FRESHMEN: Return your form to Mrs. Megan Reinhart at Morton Middle School by January 26. The Butler High School counselors will enter your course requests into the system.
Students must consider carefully their interests and college/career plans when selecting course requests. Please take the process seriously. RESEARCH your options, INVESTIGATE thoroughly your selections, and DISCUSS your choices with your parents, teachers and guidance counselor prior to submitting requests. Many school decisions and teacher preparation activities for the upcoming year are based upon class schedules created from course requests submitted by students. Once a student meets with her/his counselor to verify course selections, this process commits the student to her/his choices for the 2018-2019 school year. Changes will NOT be permitted after the schedules are generated in the Spring unless there is a reason initiated by the school.
Quarter 2 report cards were mailed home on Friday. Please contact our guidance office if you do not receive it by Wednesday.
Senior Panoramic Picture
The annual senior panoramic picture has been rescheduled for Friday, Jan 19 in the SAC. Seniors should report to their period 1 class for attendance and then will be called to the SAC. CTC Seniors should report directly to the SAC at 7:45 a.m. The senior bus to CTC will leave following the picture and details concerning the senior trip and senior yearbook quotes (the junior bus to CTC will leave at its normal morning time).
The senior BSEP explanation meeting will occur immediately following the senior panoramic picture on Friday, Jan. 19.
From our School Nurse Jessica Singer BSN, RN, LSN
Flu (Influenza) is upon us, and prevention is the Key!!!! You can prevent the flu by eating well, getting enough rest, keeping your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth (T zone), and most importantly, washing your hands, washing your hands, washing your hands!!!!
People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:
- Fever (>100 degrees) or feeling feverish/chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (very tired)
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
If your student is experiencing signs and symptoms of the flu, it is best to keep her/him home and encourage rest and fluids.
This year’s Turnabout Dance will occur on February 3, 8-10 p.m. The theme for the dance is “New Year's Eve.” Attire: Dress up or dress down, dress however YOU would like to celebrate a new year…..just dress school appropriate! Cost: $10 per person or $20 per couple. Tickets go on sale during lunch, January 29 to February 2. There will be no tickets sold at the door. CTC students can contact Mrs. Pam Drewry (Pamela.Drewry@vbcsd.com) to make arrangements for tickets. Outside dance request forms for the Turnabout Dance are due to Mr. Williamson by January 31. The form is posted under the Docs/Forms tab of our website.
Ohio Mathematics League Contest
The next Ohio Mathematics League Contest will take place during 4th period on Tuesday, Jan. 16. This contest is open to all Butler students. We will be competing against other high schools throughout Ohio and the rest of the country. Aviators, if you know your math and want to represent Butler in the Math League, please sign up using the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/2X6kwwh6suUXzyim2. Mackenzie Britton, Gavin Casella, Alyssa Conley, Tyree Fletcher, Long Lin, Hailee Perry, Trevor Plesk, Niels Princi, Jacob Pruszynski, Nolan Shelton and Therese Stalter were our top scorers for the December contest. All students are welcome to compete! Please see Mr. Brett Smith or your math teacher for further details.
Parents, you can still opt to have your daughter/son participate in the SBIRT Program. SBIRT stands for Screening, Brief Intervention, & Referral to Treatment. It is a program run by Samaritan Behavioral to screen students for possible substance use and mental health disorders and to provide early intervention and treatment services. Additional information about the program and the permission form are available on our Butler HS website homepage. We encourage all parents to grant permission for their daughters and sons to participate by returning the form to our main office. Thanks!
Parent Tips from KNOW!
KNOW! provides parents (or grandparents and other caregivers) with twice monthly, FREE KNOW! Parent Tips by email that contain current facts about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, as well as action steps they can take to help children resist peer pressure to use. To sign up to receive the email tips, e.g., the latest one, “Know! What You Can Do To Improve Your Mental Health,” go to https://preventionactionalliance.org/about/programs/know/
- Mon, 1/15 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day – no classes
- Tues, 1/16 – Last day for Class of 2018 to check the accuracy and spelling of their graduation names, Guidance Office
- Tues, 1/16 – 8:45 a.m. Late Start due to Teacher Team Time
- Tues, 1/16 – Counselors will visit freshman Physical Science classes
- Tues, 1/16 – Ohio Mathematics League Contest, period 4
- Wed, 1/17 – Counselors will visit sophomore Biology classes
- Wed, 1/17 – ASVAB for seniors/juniors pursuing the military
- Thurs, 1/18 – Counselors will visit junior English classes
- Fri, 1/19 – Senior panoramic picture & BSEP meeting, 7:45 a.m., SAC
- Mon, 1/22 – Scheduling mtg for parents of current 8th-grade students, 6:30 p.m., PAT
ACT and SAT
- The next ACT will be on Saturday, Feb. 10. Regular registration deadline has passed. Late registration deadline with a late fee is Friday, Jan. 19.
- The next SAT will be on Saturday, Mar. 10. Registration deadline is Friday, Feb 9.
Class of 2018 – Graduation Names
All seniors intending to graduate as the Class of 2018 need to stop by Guidance by Tuesday, Jan. 16 to check the spelling and accuracy of your name for graduation – diploma, program, etc.
Any senior or junior pursuing the military can take the ASVAB this Wednesday, Jan. 17. See Mr. Kelly Stevens in guidance, if interested.
“Practice, Practice, Practice!” Preparing for the ACT & SAT
- Click here for a publication from ACT. It contains full-length practice tests, including a writing test; information about the optional writing test; strategies to prepare for the tests; and what to expect on test day.
- Click here for sample questions from the CollegeBoard to help prepare for the SAT.
- Kaplan offers various ACT prep online courses through their ACT Kaplan Online Prep Live. They are offering a free sample class on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. ET.
- From TorchPrep: “College is around the corner, and the ACT® test is a critical next step. We are offering our students the opportunity to partner with TorchPrep, an innovative test training program that helps students unlock their highest potential ACT® score. With colleges more selective and expensive than ever, an investment in your student’s ACT® score is an investment in their future. Whether you’re trying to get into the college of your choice or secure scholarship money, TorchPrep will help! Seats are limited, so check out their website and find the right help for you. Why TorchPrep? TorchPrep increases ACT® scores; TorchPrep works around your busy schedule; From academic rigor to test anxiety…TorchPrep takes care of it all; TorchPrep courses are high-energy and engaging. All TorchPrep Courses include: 30 hours of Training, 4 Full-Length Simulated Tests, Customized Study Plan, TorchPrep Training Manual, Testing Watch, Guaranteed Results.” TorchPrep is offering courses at different locations to prepare for March 20th ACT® test (TorchPrep has cancelled the 5-week bootcamp at Butler). For additional info and to register for any of their other course options, visit www.torchprep.com or call 888-382-8174.
SCHOLARSHIP & CONTEST OPPORTUNITIES
Click on the Guidance Scholarship page for information and deadlines concerning various scholarship opportunities. Also, click here to see various scholarships available at Sinclair College. For more information, students are encouraged to discuss with their counselor or see Mrs. Julie Pratt in the CCRC.
2018 Vandalia-Butler Optimist Club Essay Contest
The Vandalia-Butler Optimist Club is excited to once again sponsor its annual essay contest. The contest is open to all students, grades 4-12, living within the boundaries of the Vandalia-Butler City School District. This year’s essay subject is “Can society function without respect?” Deadline for submission of entry is February 2 to Mr. Darrell Wacker, contest chairperson, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Monetary prizes will be awarded to students submitting the top essays. Essays will be judged based on three age categories: Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12. Winners will be invited to attend the noon Optimist meeting in March with their families to share their entries and receive their prize. The overall winner will also be entered into the District contest. The winner of the District contest will receive a plaque and a $2,500 scholarship. Click here for rules and entry information.
Poster and Poetry Contest
The Montgomery County Drug-Free Coalition is sponsoring their annual Poster and Poetry contest. Deadline for submission is February 2. Click here for promotional flyer, contest rules, and entry form.
We the Students – Bill of Rights Institute Essay Contest
The Bill of Rights Institute sponsors an annual We The Students Essay Contest which awards over $20,000 in scholarships and prizes to students. This year’s topic is “To what extent in the U.S. does the government - federal, state, or local - have the duty to monitor Internet content?” Click here for rules and regulations, contest details, and sign-up for the contest. Submissions are due by February 5.
Essay & Video Contests
The Federal Judges Association and the Federal Bar Association are sponsoring an essay contest and a video contest regarding the 14th Amendment, “What Does Equal Protection Mean to Students?” It’s open to all high school students. Students should consider how the Equal Protection Clause applies in high schools, colleges and graduate schools, whether in admissions, classrooms or on athletic fields. Individual students can express their thoughts and ideas in an essay. Individuals and teams of up to three students can produce a 3-5 minute video on the theme. A student may submit both an essay and video. A student may submit only one essay and be involved in the production of only one video. The essay or video should: 1. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical background of the Equal Protection Clause; 2. Explain the constitutional powers and rights relevant to the court cases and laws mentioned above; and 3. Discuss the important role of the Judicial Branch in preserving the rights of Americans to equal education. Entries must be submitted by February 28. Click here for more details.
Ohio News Media Foundation 2018 Minority Journalism Scholarship
The Ohio News Media Foundation is pleased to provide an application and instructions for their Minority Journalism Scholarship for those graduating seniors specifically interested in journalism, advertising, marketing, or communications at an accredited college or university within the United States during the 2018-19 academic year. One $1,500 scholarship will be awarded. Begun in 1990 the Minority Scholarship Program is endorsed by the American Society of News Editors. Students can visit their website at www.ohionews.org/Scholarships for the application and assistance with any questions they might have regarding the application process and eligibility guidelines. There is also a FAQ page on the website. This year’s scholarship winner will be announced on or about May 15. The deadline for applications is March 31.
REMINDERS of ACTIVE ITEMS
Winter Reminders for Butler Transportation to CTC
Normally, whenever CTC has regular classes on a day when Butler does not have classes scheduled, the buses going to CTC will be at Butler around 7:15 a.m. to transport students. However, if Butler (VBCSD) and/or CTC are on a 2-hour delay, then the buses going to CTC will be at Butler at 9:15 a.m. to transport students. Furthermore, if CTC has school (regular or 2-hour delay) on a day when Butler (VBCSD) is closed due to calamity or weather-related reasons, then VBCSD will NOT transport students to or from CTC.
Butler Two-Hour Delays on Tuesdays
A reminder – if a 2-hour delay occurs on a Tuesday morning when an 8:45 a.m. Late Start is scheduled due to Teacher Team Time, then the Teacher Team Time is cancelled and classes at Butler for everyone begin at 9:45 a.m.
Senior pictures for the yearbook must be submitted to Ms. Martha Thomas by January 31. They should be emailed to email@example.com. Schedule your pictures with Easterling Studios ASAP by calling 222-8410 or visiting the website at http://www.easterlingstudios.com for specials.
Parents of Seniors
Now is the time that you may want to explore the idea of purchasing a senior recognition ad for your son/daughter in the 2017-2018 Butler High School Airlog Yearbook. This is a wonderful way to highlight your child’s accomplishments throughout these past four years of high school. Many parents decide that a baby picture along with a current senior portrait is a special way to commemorate the book. Other parents have sent pictures of their child’s first day of kindergarten along with a senior portrait. Other parents have sent only a senior portrait, or simply a message from the family, or an athletic or dance recital picture from your child’s early years. There are countless ways that families may commemorate their senior, choosing from $55 for ? page, $95 for ¼ page, $175 for ½ page, and $325 for a full page. Clubs and organizations may also commemorate their seniors (or all members) with an advertisement (Kickline, football, swimming, track, basketball, wrestling, NHS, Spanish Club, JCOWA, etc.). It’s a great way to recognize a group! Please contact Ms. Martha Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 23 to purchase your ad.
Engineering Innovation Summer Program
The Johns Hopkins Engineering Innovation Summer (EI) Program is looking for motivated high school students interested in learning more about a career in engineering. EI is the summer version of a freshman course offered to undecided engineering majors at JHU. They have condensed the semester-long course into four weeks. During the course, students complete lab activities in computer, chemical, electrical, computer, civil, mechanical engineering, materials science and robotics. They also prepare a presentation in response to a Request for Proposal, learn about engineering economics, write a research paper, build a spaghetti bridge, and have the opportunity to earn college credit. Click here for a short video to hear from past students. This course is rigorous, and students must have As and Bs in their high school math and science classes. They also must have taken the following subjects to be eligible to apply: Algebra II, Lab Science (Physics, Chemistry, or Biology), and Trigonometry (or have learned to use the trig functions up through the application of the laws of sines and cosines to resolve non-right angle triangles in another math course). Most students are rising Juniors and Seniors in high school. The closest site to Butler where the EI Program will occur is Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio for commuter-only students. At Clark State, the program runs June 18 through July 20, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m-3 p.m. Online application is available now. First deadline is February 15, and the financial assistance priority deadline is March 15. More details about the program, tuition, and limited needs-based financial assistance in the form of full or partial scholarships are available at https://ei.jhu.edu/.
Math Lab & Study Tables
Students who need some extra help with their school work are encouraged to seek assistance first from their teachers. Additionally, there are two extra structured ways when help is available: Math Lab every school day during 5th period in room 107 and Study Tables stationed by teachers in our media center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:05 to 4:00 p.m. on days when we have school.
At Butler, we are fortunate to have a school therapist from Samaritan Behavioral visit our school on a part-time basis. School therapists provide support for students who are struggling with stress. Being a teen can be hard, and therapists are there to help. Parents, if your daughter/son is struggling with feeling down, worrying too much, having difficulty in focusing, or struggling with her/his relationships with others, one option you may wish to pursue is to contact Ms. Kim Peters of Samaritan Behavioral Health at 937-367-0067 or Kimberly.Peters@vbcsd.com. Payment for this service is completely the responsibility of parents, students, and/or their insurance providers. Current insurances accepted by Samaritan: Medicaid, CareSource, Amerigroup.
@ButlerHSLuebbe, @VBaviatorAD, @Vandaliabutler, and numerous Butler staff and organizational Twitters!
Guidance Department Text Reminders
All Aviators and parents are encouraged to sign up to receive text messages or emails distributed by our Butler Guidance Department specific to each graduation class. Go to http://www.vbcsd.com/1/Content2/390 and click on the appropriate link for your daughter/son’s graduating class for specific directions. If you have children in different graduating classes at Butler, you will need to sign up separately for each one.
Parents, please keep your primary and secondary email contacts always up-to-date in PowerSchool. Thanks!
School Gmail Account for all Students
All students have School Gmail accounts available so they can receive important information, such as this eNewsletter, directly from Butler High School and Vandalia-Butler City School District. To activate, students need to sign in at www.google.com using their student “ID@vbaviators.com” -- for example, email@example.com is a correct username format. Their initial password is their 8-digit birthdate. For example, April 10, 1990 is 04101990 with leading zeros for single digit months and days. Aviators, in the real world, many adults have separate professional and personal email accounts and use them accordingly. This school Gmail account is to be used only for school usage. It is NOT to be used for personal reasons. Aviators are to check their school Gmail regularly for important messages.