BUTLER HIGH SCHOOL
PRINCIPAL’S WEEKLY E-NEWSLETTER
March 17, 2019
STATE TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP CELEBRATION
In tribute to our Boys’ Bowling Team State Championship, the first in the history of our school, we will have a school-wide celebration on Monday, Mar. 18 starting at 2:30 p.m.
Chicago, the Musical
Our Butler Drama Department will present the high school edition of Chicago, the Musical on Thursday-Saturday, Mar. 21-23, at 7 p.m. in our Performing Arts Theatre. Tickets are on sale now: $8 pre-sale/students; $10 general admission. Tickets can be purchased from the front office or by calling 937-415-6306. Flowers will be available for purchase at the show.
Parents of Seniors and Juniors, please click here to read an important letter regarding After Prom. Thank you!
3rd Quarter report cards will be available online on Friday, Mar. 22. On the same day, a paper copy will be distributed to each student whose parents requested one at the start of the school year. Students will be instructed to take it home; so, please ask your daughter/son for it.
Here is the Butler and Morton Cheerleading try-out information for 6th-11th grade students.
- Parent meeting on Tuesday, Mar. 19 in the Morton cafeteria: 6-7 p.m. for Morton try-out info; 7:15-8:15 p.m. for Butler try-out info.
- Morton Clinics: March 25-28; Morton try-outs: March 29
- Butler Clinics: April 1-3; Butler try-outs: April 4
Sign up in the main office by Tuesday, Mar. 19 and pick up the information form.
Congratulations to Dalton Shepler
Congratulations to Dalton Shepler who won the Pole Vault Competition at the Ohio Coaches Association State Meet and then finished 4th in Indoor Pole Vault at Nationals held at the Armory Indoor Track in New York City. Dalton set his personal highest vault at 16’6”! Dalton is both an Athletic All-American and an Academic All-American. Way to go, Dalton! We’re all very proud of you!
- Lily Henning for making her commitment to continue her academic and athletic future at Edison State Community College
Important FINAL Photo Notice for Seniors
There are Seniors who still have not been photographed for the 2019 yearbook and hallway class composite. It is very important that the entire class is represented in both of these historical documents. This is the FINAL opportunity at school: Easterling photographers will be in the central gym at Butler at 7:45 a.m. on Thursday, Mar. 21 and in the cafeteria at MVCTC from 10:20 a.m.-12:45 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 22 to photograph any Senior who missed the previous opportunities. Only one photo will be taken, and you will not be able to choose the pose. The cost is $20 (payable to Easterling Studios) as compared to $43 for an appointment at the studio. The cost includes a print of the composite given to you at graduation. Boys should wear a dress shirt, tie and suit coat. Girls should wear a shirt with a modest neckline and sleeves. Parents, please encourage your son or daughter to participate. We do not want to leave anyone out! If you have any questions, see Ms. Martha Thomas in room 105 or call her at 937-415-6319.
Congratulations to our Performing Arts
Congrats to our Butler Symphonic Choir and Women’s Choir who each earned a Superior Rating at the OMEA District Choir Contest and qualified for State! And, congrats to our Butler Symphonic Band who earned an Excellent Rating at the OMEA District Band Contest! Congratulations to all of our students who are in these groups and to their directors, Mr. Kevin Wilson and Mr. Kurt Westfall!
Support Octagon Fundraiser at Chipotle
Join us to support a fundraiser for Butler High School’s Octagon Club. Please come in to the Chipotle at 6759 Miller Lane on Tuesday, Mar. 26 from 5 to 9 p.m. Bring in this flyer (click here), show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 33% of the proceeds will be donated to our Octagon Club.
Senior Mentor Recognition Night
All members of our Senior Class are invited to recognize an adult who has made a positive difference in their lives. An example may be a teacher, coach, scout leader, member of the clergy, parent, grandparent, aunt/uncle, mentor – just to name some of many possibilities. The Class of 2019 Mentor Recognition Night will occur on April 8, 7 p.m. in the SAC. Click here for the nomination form which needs to be submitted to Guidance by Wednesday, Mar. 20. Seniors taking classes at MVCTC, you can email the form to either Mrs. Cindy Snyder at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mrs. Kim Thaler at email@example.com.
Vote for Drew!
Drew Sacks has been nominated for the MaxPreps Ohio High School Athlete of the Week Award. These weekly awards are decided by fan vote. Voting is live and will conclude at noon on Monday, Mar. 18. You may vote as often as you like. The top 2 vote-getters will earn awards. The winners will be announced on their site on Tuesday. Click here for the voting link.
Ohio Math League Contest
The Final Ohio Math League Contest of the year is upon us. Butler’s Math Department is again looking for good math students to compete in the final Ohio Mathematics League contest of the year. It will take place during 2nd period on Tuesday, Mar. 19. This contest is open to all Butler students. Our top scoring student from the February contest was: Matt Mescher! We are 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/Vz1zugBzndB2C8uw1. All students are welcome to compete! Please see Mr. Brett Smith or your math teacher for further details.
Driver’s Education Classes
AAA Driving School will hold their Spring Driver’s Education classes here at Butler on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, 3-5 p.m., starting April 2 and continuing through May 16. (There will be no classes during Spring Break week.) Students must be 15 years and 5 months old when the class starts. The cost of the full program is $415 which includes 24 hours of classroom instruction and 8 hours of on-the-road instruction with a certified instructor. There are 23 spaces remaining for this class. So, you are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible. Click here for an application and click here for application requirements and specific dates when the AAA Driving School representative will be at Butler to directly accept applications and payment.
Due to the various types of testing (State of Ohio end-of-course AIR tests, AP exams, and final exams), starting on Tuesday, Apr. 2, there will be no further late-start Tuesdays for the remainder of the school year.
Parents of Spring Student-Athletes
All parents of Spring student-athletes are required to complete an online preseason player/parent meeting (click here). The deadline has passed. So, if you still need to do it, please view all 48 slides of the presentation and complete the OHSAA Player/Parent Meeting form to receive credit for the meeting.
Spring Food Drive
Because of the overwhelming need in our community, our National Honor Society has organized a Spring Food Drive for the last couple of years. This year’s drive will start on Wednesday, Mar. 20 and conclude on April 5. Donuts will be awarded to the top 1st period class. This drive is basically the only contribution that the organization receives during spring and summer. Thank you to everyone for participating!
Only a week away! Prom tickets will be offered early this year at a discounted price of $20 if you buy them during the week of March 25-29. Prom tickets will still be sold the week before prom, but they will be $25. Also, President Tuxedo will be at Butler on Thursday, Apr. 11 and Friday, April 12, and for a $20 deposit they will take measurements and reserve your tuxedo. The back of the prom tickets will have an additional coupon to President Tuxedo, so buy early! In addition, students who rent a tuxedo from President Tuxedo will be able to drop their tux off at the high school on the Monday right after prom, so the only time students/parents need to actually go to the store will be to pick up the tuxedo on the Friday before prom. If you have any questions, you can email Mrs. Brooke O’Neal at Brooke.Oneal@vbcsd.com or Mrs. Kaleigh Baker at Kaleigh.Baker@vbcsd.com.
Sister Cities of Vandalia’s Youth Exchange Program
This year, Sister Cities of Vandalia’s Youth Exchange Program (SCVYEP) will take place April 6-27. We have 4 boys traveling from Lichtenfels, Germany to Vandalia. All four boys are fluent in English and excited to visit Vandalia and Butler High School. SCVYEP is currently looking for sophomore, junior, and senior boys and their families to host these students for three weeks. Then this summer, the Butler students will have the opportunity to travel to Lichtenfels for 3 weeks. Sister Cities will provide financial assistance for the airline tickets for the Butler students. If you are interested, please contact Kelly Blakesly, Youth Exchange Coordinator of Sister Cities of Vandalia, at firstname.lastname@example.org
ACT and SAT
- The next ACT will occur on Saturday, Apr. 13. Regular registration deadline has passed. Late registration deadline is Monday, Mar. 25.
- The next SAT will occur Saturday, May 4 with a registration deadline of Friday, Apr. 5.
2019 Spring Job Shadow Day
The Wright Patterson Air Force Base Educational Outreach Office will sponsor a Job Shadow day for high school juniors and seniors on Friday, Mar. 22 from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Pre-Registration is required.
Click here to obtain the WPAFB registration form and see what career fields are available for shadowing. Selected students will begin and end their job shadow experience at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Students must arrive at 8:30 a.m. The museum cannot accommodate early drop-offs so please plan accordingly. The number of participants is limited and slots will fill quickly on a first-come, first-served basis. Students who are interested in participating need to complete a Job Shadow form (available in guidance) plus complete the WPAFB registration form.
Sinclair Scholarship Information
Butler students who are planning to attend Sinclair next fall, please be aware that the deadline to apply for the Taylor Scholarship is Monday, Apr. 1. Students with a GPA of 2.0 or higher are eligible for the Taylor Scholarship, which could be full tuition. If you have not applied yet to Sinclair but plan on attending, please see Mrs. Julie Pratt in the CCRC as soon as possible to get an application and information about the scholarships.
Seniors, right NOW you should be looking for and filling out applications for every scholarship you can find! Even if you already have some scholarships, keep applying for more. If you have questions or need anything, please contact Mrs. Cindy Snyder in Guidance.
Click here to read the most recent Guidance Bulletin posted on March 1. Also, keep checking on the big scholarship search engines for scholarships. You can find the links to the search engines on the Guidance Page of our Butler website.
As you receive your scholarships/grants/honors for college/etc., even if you are not going to that college, please be sure to bring a copy of them to Mrs. Cindy Snyder. All of this information goes into the Commencement Program under your name!
Seniors, if you need a set of your transcripts sent for a scholarship or college application, please let your guidance counselor know at least 2-3 schools days before the deadline. Thank-you!
ADDITIONAL NEWS FOR SENIORS
Seniors: Graduation Caps/Gowns and Announcements
Any Seniors who did not pick up their graduation caps/gowns and announcements from Jostens this week, you can get them from Mrs. Kim Thaler in the main office. You will need to pay any balance due first. Seniors taking classes at MVCTC, Jostens will be at MVCTC on April 3 during lunch to deliver your graduation caps/gowns and announcements. Again, if you have a balance due, make sure it’s paid prior to April 3.
Butler Senior Exit Project (BSEP)
Click on the following links for further information: 2019 BSEP Overview, 2019 BSEP Deadlines, 2019 BSEP Participating Classes.
Senior Exam Exemption
Seniors have the opportunity to earn final exam exemptions if they meet certain criteria listed in our School Handbook. To review the criteria, you may click here.
Parents of Seniors
Space in the 2018-2019 Butler yearbook is going quickly. Purchase your Senior Recognition ad before it runs out. This is a wonderful way to highlight your child’s accomplishments throughout these past four years of high school and to wish them the very best. Recognition ads can be purchased in the following sizes: $55 for ? page (3” wide by 1” high), $95 for ¼ page (4” wide by 5” high), $175 for ½ page (8” wide by 5” high), and $325 for a full page (8” wide by 10” high). The deadline to purchase a senior ad is Sunday, Mar. 31. Please contact Ms. Martha Thomas (email@example.com) for more information.
Reminder, Graduation for the Class of 2019 will be on Tuesday, May 28, 7 p.m. in the SAC.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS
- Mon, 3/18 – AAA Driving School representative in main office to accept applications and payments, 7-8 a.m.
- Mon, 3/18 – School-wide celebration of our Bowling Team’s State Championship, 2:30 p.m., SAC
- Mon, 3/18 – Wrestling Awards
- Tues, 3/19 – 8:45 a.m. Late Start due to Teacher Team Time
- Tues, 3/19 – Ohio Math League Contest, period 2, lecture room
- Tues, 3/19 – Deadline to sign up for cheerleading try-outs and pick up information form, main office
- Tues, 3/19 – Cheerleading parent meeting: 6-7 p.m. for Morton try-out info; 7:15-8:15 p.m. for Butler try-out info, Morton cafeteria
- Wed, 3/20 – Start of Spring Food Drive
- Wed, 3/20 – AAA Driving School representative in main office to accept applications and payments, 7-8 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
- Wed, 3/20 – Deadline for Seniors to submit Senior Mentor Recognition Night forms
- Wed, 3/20 – Mrs. Julie Pratt’s Sinclair College field trip for Seniors who signed up
- Thurs, 3/21 – Final opportunity for Butler Seniors to get picture taken for 2019 yearbook and hallway class composite, 7:45 a.m., central gym
- Thurs, 3/21 – Butler Drama Department presents the high school edition of Chicago, the Musical, 7 p.m., PAT
- Fri, 3/22 – 3rd Quarter Report cards available
- Fri, 3/22 – AAA Driving School representative in main office to accept applications and payments, 7-8 a.m.
- Fri, 3/22 – Final opportunity for Butler Seniors attending classes at MVCTC to get picture taken for 2019 yearbook and hallway class composite, 10:20 a.m.-12:45 p.m., MVCTC cafeteria
- Fri, 3/22 – Butler Drama Department presents the high school edition of Chicago, the Musical, 7 p.m., PAT
- Sat, 3/23 – Butler Drama Department presents the high school edition of Chicago, the Musical, 7 p.m., PAT
ADDITIONAL CONTESTS, PROGRAMS, AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Society of American Military Engineers 2019 Scholarships
The Kittyhawk (Dayton) Post of the Society of American Military Engineers’ (SAME) scholarships program encourages students from the Post’s region (Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky) to pursue careers in fields related to the Society’s mission, including engineering, architecture, construction, facilities management and environmental management/science. The program assists all levels of post-high-school education to include associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degrees. The Post awarded $14,500 in 2018 to deserving students. Their Traditional Student Scholarships are provided for either students enrolled in, or high school seniors intending to pursue, a full-time accredited baccalaureate degree program. Information and applications for the scholarships are now available on their website by clicking here. Applications are due by Wednesday, Apr. 3. For more information, please contact the education committee chair Nadja Turek, firstname.lastname@example.org or 937-531-1287.
Emerson Engineering Seminar
Emerson – Commercial & Residential Solutions in Sidney, Ohio invites high school students to a special seminar on careers in engineering and technology. This seminar will be led by their local Engineering Teams and several volunteers to introduce future college students to the engineering field and what engineers do. Their Engineering Seminar will be Thursday, Apr. 11, 4:15-7:30 p.m. The program is free of charge and will include an informal pizza dinner. Students will participate in a plant and lab tour and will see some demonstrations by engineers in fields such as mechanical, electrical, sound and vibration, materials, and manufacturing. Click here for additional information regarding the event and to register. Deadline to register is Wednesday, Apr. 3. There are two additional waivers which students will need to return prior to the event.
Build It Challenge
Build It Challenge is a free event for students ages 6-18 on Thursday, Apr. 4 at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek. Need to register by March 29. The challenge is to build an original game, gadget, or work of art from everyday materials like cardboard, duct tape, and recyclables. Students can work individually or on teams up to 4 members. Click here for registration form and further info.
Ohio Mathematics Contest
Registration is open for the Ohio Mathematics Contest (OMC) which will occur on Saturday, Apr. 13 in Building 4 at Sinclair Community College, Dayton. Check-in will begin at 12:30 p.m. with tests at 2:00 p.m. There will be an Award Ceremony beginning at 5:00 p.m. Please allow some extra time for parking if you are new to the Sinclair Community College campus. The OMC is open to all students of grades 4 through 11. If you want to register online, please click here, select ‘Dayton-OH’ and then click ‘continue’ at the bottom of the page. If you want to register by USPS mail, click here for a registration form. Please click here for more details, including the fee to participate. Registration must be done by April 6.
Student Art Contest & Exhibit
The Student Art Contest & Exhibit is a free contest sponsored by the Tipp City Area Arts Council and the Randall Residence to encourage creativity, imagination and fun! Artwork should align with this year’s challenge, “Tick-Tock! Anything About Time.” The contest is open to students in Tipp City and surrounding communities. An artist reception and awards presentation, complete with hors d’oeuvres, will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4 at the Randall Residence, 6400 S County Road 25A, Tipp City, Ohio. Artwork will remain on display and open to the public through June 26. Click here for additional information and exhibit entry form.
IMPORTANT DATES FOR SENIORS
- 3/20 – Deadline for Seniors to submit Senior Mentor Recognition Night forms
- 3/20 – Mrs. Julie Pratt’s Sinclair College field trip for Seniors who signed up
- 3/21 – Final opportunity for Butler Seniors to get picture taken for 2019 yearbook and hallway class composite, 7:45 a.m., central gym
- 3/22 – Final opportunity for Butler Seniors attending classes at MVCTC to get picture taken for 2019 yearbook and hallway class composite, 10:20 a.m.-12:45 p.m., MVCTC cafeteria
- 3/21-23 – Drama performances of the high school edition of Chicago, The Musical, 7 p.m., PAT
- 3/27 – BSEP: Submit topic outline with final thesis statement and works cited to advisor
- 3/28-31 – Symphonic Choir Field Trip to NYC
- 4/3 – BSEP: Presentation time sign-up, outside Mrs. Cindy Rinesmith’s room, 156
- 4/8-12 – BSEP: Make an appointment with advisor for your Presentation Content Conference
- 4/8 – Senior Mentor Recognition Night, 7 p.m., SAC
- 4/12 – Talent Show
- 4/23-26 – BSEP: Draft Presentation Conference
- 4/27 – Prom
- 4/29-5/3 – BSEP: Presentations, lecture room
- 5/3 – Spring Blood Drive
- 5/6-17 – AP Exams
- 5/6 – Spring Band Concert, 7 p.m., PAT
- 5/8 – Last day for Seniors on campus at MVCTC
- 5/13 – Spring Choir Concert, 7 p.m., PAT
- 5/14 – Senior Awards, 6:30 p.m., SAC
- 5/15 – Last day for Seniors at MVCTC
- 5/17 – MVCTC Senior Recognition Ceremony
- 5/20-21 – Senior Exams
- 5/22 – All Seniors to attend Senior Clap Out, Senior Appreciation Tour of other schools, Senior Picnic
- 5/23 – Senior Cedar Point Field Trip
- 5/24 – Memorial Program
- 5/28 – Graduation practice, 8 a.m., SAC
- 5/28 – Graduation, 7 p.m., SAC
REMINDERS OF ACTIVE ITEMS
It’s Your Life!
Region 10 State Support Team is hosting “It’s Your Life!” This regional transition and accessibility fair is an excellent source for parents and students with IEPs and 504s to get possible answers to questions, such as: “What’s next after high school?” “Does my IEP go with me to college or work?” “What are accessibility services?” “How can I find employment?” The fair will occur on Tuesday, Mar. 19, 4-7 p.m., at Sinclair Conference Center, 301 W. 4th Street, Dayton. It’s a free event, and you are asked to register in advance online for a chance to win a special door prize: www.sst10.org/content/its-your-life
Vandalia Youth Theatre 2019
Vandalia Youth Theatre’s 2019 Senior High Production will be Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Audition Dates: April 6-7. Open to 9th-12th Grades. Audition Sign-ups: Saturday, Mar. 23 at 10 a.m. Slots are limited. Every child who auditions gets cast in the show. Sign up as soon as possible to secure your audition slot. You'll sign up through their website, www.vandaliayouththeatre.net, or through the link that they will provide on their Facebook page and through emails on March 23rd. You will not be able to sign up until that point. This year, sign-ups will be done entirely online through the site called Theatre Forms. Please allow 72 hours for them to respond to questions you may have. Senior High Production dates: July 19-20, & 26-28, 2019. Mandatory Dates: July 15-18 for Tech Week. For detailed Audition info visit their website at www.vandaliayouththeatre.net.
Reminder of District Study Table Policy
Students are reminded that according to Board policy, “In order to be eligible for any co-curricular, interscholastic and noninterscholastic extra-curricular activity, a student must have, for the preceding grade period, a 2.0 grade point average, and/or no more than one ‘F.’ Students who do not meet this standard but who wish to continue to participate in co-curricular activities must attend a mandatory ‘Study Table’ until the standard is met.”
Math Lab & Study Tables
Students who struggle are encouraged to seek extra academic help first from their teachers. Additionally, there are two extra structured ways of assistance available throughout the week when school is in session: Math Lab during 5th period in room 107 and Study Tables stationed by teachers in our media center from 3:05 to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.
Parent Tips from KNOW!
KNOW! provides parents (grandparents and other caregivers) with twice monthly, FREE KNOW! Parent Tips by email regarding a variety of topics faced by today’s youth. To sign up to receive the email tips, e.g., the latest two, “KNOW! Your Child’s Health Habits Rank” and “KNOW! Sleep is Fuel for Life,” go to https://preventionactionalliance.org/about/programs/know/
@ButlerHSLuebbe, @VBaviatorAD, @Vandaliabutler, and numerous Butler staff and organization 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 e-Newsletter, directly from Butler High School and Vandalia-Butler City School District. 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.
We ARE Aviators!