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Butler HS Principal's Weekly E-Newsletter




July 1, 2018                                                       


CURRENT NEWS              

Happy Fourth of July!

Hope you and your family will enjoy a fabulous Fourth of July holiday on Wednesday!

Freshman Orientation

Orientation for all Freshmen will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 9 a.m. to noon. All Freshmen need to attend.

Parents of Freshmen

The annual meeting for parents only of Freshmen will be held on Monday, Aug. 13, from 6 to 7 p.m. in our Performing Arts Theatre. Our guidance staff and administrative team will cover important items as your daughters and sons begin their high school years. It is also a time for us to answer any questions you may have.

Meet the Teacher – Open House

All parents and students are encouraged to visit Butler during our Meet the Teacher - Open House on Monday, Aug. 20, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Meet our teachers, find classrooms, check lockers, visit guidance and other departments – all valuable things before the first day of classes.

First Day of Classes at Butler

First day of classes at Butler for the 2018-2019 school year will be on Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Class Schedules

Class schedules will be available through PowerSchool on Wednesday, Aug. 1.

Stay Informed with Up-to-the-Moment Info

In addition to the weekly Principal’s e-Newsletters, I encourage you to follow news and important notices about Butler through social media. On Twitter, follow @ButlerHSLuebbe, @VBaviatorAD, @Vandaliabutler, and the numerous Butler staff and organization Twitters. You can also catch items on Instagram at ButlerHSLuebbe and vandaliabutler. Additionally, important notices are posted on our district website, www.vbcsd.com, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vandaliabutlercsd

Late Summer AAA Driver’s Education Classes at Butler

Applications and payment are now being accepted for the next AAA Driving School drivers’ education classes which will be held at Butler on August 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 9:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. each day. The cost of the full program is $399, which includes 24 hours of classroom instruction and 8 hours of on-the-road instruction with a certified instructor. Click here for an application and click here for application requirements and specific dates/times in July and August when AAA Driving School representative will be at Butler in the main office to directly accept applications and payment. Only 35 seats are available for this class.

Summer Office Hours

Now through Friday, Aug. 17, summer office hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, except July 4. On Monday, Aug. 20, offices will be open 1 to 3 p.m. due to staff meetings in the morning. Regular hours (7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) resume on Tuesday, Aug. 21.

Summer E-Newsletters

During the month of July, this e-Newsletter will be distributed bi-weekly. Besides today, please look for it on July 15. Regular weekly distributions will resume on July 29.

Congratulations to:

  • Evan Anderson and Presley Garcia who were presented National Medals of Honor and Citizen Heroism Awards by Vandalia Fire Department Chief Chad Follick for their quick action by helping to evacuate an apartment building during a fire! Their efforts likely prevented injuries and saved lives of residents and firefighters!
  • Kyle Wertz, Adam Gunckel, Long Fa Lin, Gabe Warren, Coach Andy White and Coach Corey Zickefoose who were presented Aviator Achievement Awards by Superintendent Rob O’Leary for competing at the OHSAA Track & Field State Championship

Best in Class

Click here to view the Best in Class commercial on WHIO.com featuring our Class of 2018 Valedictorian Grace Cope and Salutatorian Megan Zins!

Attention Class of 2019 and Parents

Have you scheduled your senior pictures yet? All Seniors must have their yearbook & class wall composite photo taken with Easterling. Easterling Studios is the contracted photographer for our Butler yearbook and only pictures taken by Easterling will be used in the Senior section of the 2019 yearbook and for the class wall composite. Seniors received a brochure which features specials Easterling will be running during the months of July and August. Easterling is much more than just a yearbook studio. They offer casual sessions which highlight each student’s personality, interests & hobbies. Easterling Session Specials are outlined in the brochure. This opportunity will allow you to choose from a variety of photos, and this picture will be used in the yearbook and for the class wall composite. Studio yearbook session advantages: better lighting at studio; more poses; you are able to choose your pose; one extra pose taken with our school’s cap & gown. Please contact Easterling at 937-222-8410 with questions and to schedule an appointment.


Dress recommendations for your yearbook portrait: 

  • Males - a dress shirt, tie and suit coat
  • Females - a shirt with a modest neckline and sleeves


Alternatively, there will be a one-time opportunity to have your yearbook & class wall composite photo taken at Butler on September 5. (ONLY ONE PHOTO will be taken at school, and you will not be able to choose the pose. The cost for this opportunity at school is $20 which covers your senior portrait appearing in the yearbook and on the class wall composite.) If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Martha Thomas at 937-415-6319.

Attention Parents of Class of 2019

All pupils entering 12th grade are required to be vaccinated against meningococcal (serogroups A, C, W, and Y) disease. One (1) dose of meningococcal vaccine is required prior to entry into the 7th grade. A second (2nd) dose of meningococcal vaccine is required prior to entry into the 12th grade. The second (2nd) dose must be administered on or after the 16th birthday with at least eight (8) weeks between the first (1st) and second (2nd) dose. If the first (1st) dose of meningococcal vaccine was administered after the 16th birthday, a second (2nd) dose is not required. If a pupil is 15 years of age or younger, only one (1) dose is required. The Ohio Department of Health requires parents of students entering the 12th grade to have their children vaccinated with the meningococcal vaccine to protect against meningococcal meningitis in which the protective membranes covering their brain and spinal cord, known as the meninges, become infected and swell. The initial symptoms present as fever, malaise, stiff neck, headache, nausea, vomiting, and altered mental status. Meningococcal septicemia is very serious and can be fatal. In fatal cases, deaths can occur in as little as a few hours. In non-fatal cases, permanent disabilities can include amputation of toes, fingers, or limbs or severe scarring as a result of skin grafts. Pupils who have not been immunized by “a method of immunization approved by the Department of Health pursuant to Section 3701.13 of the Revised Code,” are to be excluded from school attendance no later than fifteen (15) days after admission. Exemption: Objections to immunizations due to medical or philosophical reasons requires documentation. A form is available from our school nurse that must be on file in the student’s folder. Please complete and return the form that you should have received by mail by September 4. If you are in need of assistance, please call our school nurse, Jessica Singer, BSN, RN, LSN at 937-415-6308.

Josh Betts Youth Football Camp

Former Super Bowl XLI Champion and stand-out Aviator quarterback Josh Betts will be hosting a Youth Football Camp at Butler on July 16-19, 9 to noon. Camp is open to all boys and girls entering K-8th grade. Cost: $50 per camper. What to bring: cleats, shirt, shorts and water bottle. Register at the Vandalia Recreation Center or online at www.vandaliareccenter.com. Questions? Contact Coach John Puckett at john.puckett@vbcsd.com.

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! To Fuel Their Critical Thinking,” go to https://preventionactionalliance.org/about/programs/know/.

Sports Physicals

Sports physicals for students participating in athletics are good for one calendar year. Call Athletic Secretary Connie Korber if you have questions: 937-415-6384. 

Ohio Summer Food Service Program

The Ohio Summer Food Service Program, sponsored by the Ohio Department of Education, is providing children with free, healthy meals. No sign-up required. All children ages 1 through 18 are eligible to receive free meals during the summer months at participating program sites. Individuals age 19 through 21 who have been identified as having mental or physical disabilities and are following Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) through their current enrollment in educational programs also are eligible for free summer meals. For more information or to find a location near you call 1-866-3-HUNGRY (486479).



  • Tues, 7/9 – Board of Education meeting, 5:30 p.m., Board Office
  • Mon, 8/13 – Butler Freshman Parent Meeting, 6-7 p.m., PAT
  • Tues, 8/14 – Butler Freshman Orientation, 9 a.m.-noon
  • Thurs, 8/16 – First day for Juniors taking classes at MVCTC
  • Fri, 8/17 – First day for Seniors taking classes at MVCTC
  • Mon, 8/20 – Butler Meet the Teacher Night & Open House, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Wed, 8/22 – First day of classes at Butler




  • The final ACT for 2017-2018 will be on Saturday, July 14. Registration deadlines have passed. (The first ACT for 2018-2019 will be on September 8. Registration deadline is August 10.)
  • The first SAT for 2018-2019 will be on August 25. Registration deadline is July 27.

“Practice, Practice, Practice!” Preparing for the ACT & SAT

  • The following ACT and SAT prep books are available in our media center: Amsco’s Preparing for the ACT Mathematics and Science Reasoning and Preparing for the New SAT Mathematics
  • 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.
  • TorchPrep offers various ACT prep course options. To prepare for the July ACT, they have a 4-day intensive class in Mason (July 9-12). To prepare for the September ACT, they have a Weekend Warrior in Mason (Aug 18,19 and Aug 25,26). For additional info and other dates, visit www.torchprep.com or call 888-382-8174.



OSU Balanced Man Scholarship                                                    

The Ohio Gamma Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon is offering Balanced Man Scholarships totaling $5,000 to outstanding freshmen men entering The Ohio State University next fall. They are offering these scholarships to incoming freshmen male students who embody the principles of the Balanced Man. Their aim is to recognize and reward men who strive to achieve balance, all-around excellence, as they believe it to be essential in achieving a satisfying college experience and life. To qualify, recipients must attend the main campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus in the Fall of 2018. The application is available at http://www.ohiostatesigep.com/BMS. Apply as soon as possible for immediate consideration. The deadline is July 15.




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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. 

Weekly E-Newsletter

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, 987654@vbaviators.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.


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Aug 10 – Meet the Aviators Night

Aug 13 – Freshman Parent Meeting, 6 p.m.

Aug 14 – Freshman Orientation, 9 a.m.-noon

Aug 20 – Butler “Meet the Teacher Night” & Open House, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Aug 24 –  Butler Class Pictures

Sep 7 – District Pep Rally, 10:00-10:45 a.m.

Sep 14 – Butler MUSE Machine Performance, 10 a.m.

Sep 20 – Butler Parent-Teacher Conferences, 3:00-6:30 p.m.

Sep 27 – Butler Fall Choir Concert, 7 p.m.

Sep 28 – Butler Fall Blood Drive

Oct 1 – Flight Night

Oct 1-6 – Homecoming Week

Oct 4 – Homecoming Parade, Powderpuff game

Oct 5 – Homecoming Game

Oct 6 – Homecoming Dance

Oct 9 – Butler Fall  Band Concert, 7 p.m.

Oct 10 – PSAT

Oct 12 – Butler MUSE Machine Performance, 9 a.m.

Nov 1, 2, 3 – Fall Play

Nov 6 – Butler Marching Band “One More Time Concert,” 7 p.m.

Nov 10-12 – Butler Senior Class field trip to Chicago

Nov 15 – Butler Parent-Teacher Conferences, 3:00-6:30 p.m.

Nov 18-21 – Butler Business students' field trip to NYC financial district

Dec 2 – Butler Winter Choir Concert, 3 p.m.

Dec 5 – Butler MUSE Machine Performance, 10 a.m.

Dec 9 – Kickline Solo Contest

Dec 12 – Butler Winter Band Concert, 7 p.m.

Dec 19-21 – Butler 1st Semester Exams


Jan 25 – Butler MUSE Machine Performance, 9 a.m.

Feb 2 – Turnabout Dance

Feb 7 – Butler Parent-Teacher Conferences, 3:00-6:30 p.m.

Feb 11-15 – Butler Winter Spirit Week

Mar 9 – Kickline Dayton Regional at Butler

Mar 12 – Butler State of Ohio ACT for all Juniors

Mar 21, 22, 23 – Spring Musical

Mar 27-31 – Butler Symphonic Choir field trip to NYC

Apr 8 – Senior Mentor Recognition Night, 7 p.m.

Apr 11 – Butler Parent-Teacher Conferences, 3:00-6:30 p.m.

Apr 12 – Butler Talent Show

Apr 27 – Prom

Apr 29-May 3 – Butler BSEP Week

May 3 – Butler Spring Blood Drive

TBD – Butler Work Study Dessert Banquet

May 6-10 – Butler AP Exam Week (1 of 2)

May 6 – Butler Spring Band Concert, 7 p.m.

May 13-17 – Butler AP Exam Week (2 of 2)

May 13 – Butler Spring Choir Concert, 7 p.m.

May 14 – Senior Awards Night, 6:30 p.m.

May 20, 21 – Senior 2nd Semester Exams

May 22 – Senior District Tour, Butler Clap Out, Senior Picnic

May 23 – Senior Cedar Point Field Trip

May 24 – Memorial Day Program

May 28, 29, 30 – Butler 2nd Semester Exams

May 28 – Graduation, 7 p.m.