BUTLER HIGH SCHOOL
PRINCIPAL’S WEEKLY E-NEWSLETTER
September 16, 2018
Call to All Butler Alumni
All Butler Alumni are invited to join us on Monday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. in our lecture room for an organizational meeting of our Butler High School Alumni. The goal of this meeting is to gather Butler Alumni together in one place to discuss ways we can build on the idea of an Alumni Association or Group and enhance the communications amongst our District and our Alumni.
Congratulations to one of our Butler High School seniors, Will Long, who has been named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist! Over 1.6 million juniors in about 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2017 PSAT/NMSQT. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level in February. About 7,500 of these Finalists will be offered National Merit Scholarships in the Spring and Summer of 2019. Let’s cheer for Will to make it all the way! Juniors, your opportunity to enter the National Merit Scholarship Program will take place when you take the PSAT/NMSQT on October 10.
First-quarter Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on Thursday, Sept. 20, 3:00-6:30 p.m. Please plan to take advantage of this opportunity to speak directly with your daughter/son’s teachers and guidance counselor. Kindly call Mrs. Cindy Snyder 937-415-6309 to sign up for conferences. We encourage you to bring your daughter/son for the conferences.
Anyone can be a victim of Human Trafficking. Reporting Human Trafficking could save a life! We encourage every parent to attend a special Human Trafficking Awareness presentation by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, Sept. 20, 6-8 p.m., in our PAT. Click here for more information. Parents, please take the time to know the facts regarding this organized crime being perpetrated against many juvenile victims. Pass the word and bring your neighbors, too!
On Thursday, Sept. 20 there will be no Study Tables due to parent-teacher conferences.
School Pictures Student IDs, and 2018 Yearbooks
School pictures and ID cards may be picked up outside the cafeteria during 5th period on Monday, Sept. 17 and after school (in Room 105) any day this week. If you ordered a 2018 yearbook, it may be picked up at the same time. Questions? Please see Ms. Martha Thomas.
Morning Drop Off
Parents, if you are next in line to drop off your daughter/son in the morning, please proceed all the way to the sign near the walkway to the PAT entrance. In this way, we can unload about 8 cars at once, helping to improve the traffic flow. Thanks!
Our Senior Class is looking for a large boulder, about 4 feet in diameter, which they can use as a school rock. If you know of someone who may be able to help, please let me know. Thanks!
This year’s Homecoming Dance is hosted by Student Congress. It will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, 8-11 p.m. in our SAC. Click here for Dance Guidelines and click here for the Outside Guest Dance Attendance Form. The Outside Guest Dance Attendance Form should be submitted to Mr. Ryan Williamson or Mrs. Shalyn Leighner by Wednesday, Oct. 3. Through the use of breathalyzers, all students attending the dance will be tested for the consumption of alcohol. All students must arrive to the dance by 9 p.m. Phone call attempts will be made to parents of students who purchased tickets but are not at the dance by 9 p.m.
Fall Blood Drive
On Friday, Sept. 28, our school will be holding our annual Fall Blood Drive. Did you know that every pint of blood that is donated will go to help approximately 3 people? During lunches this week, students will be able to pick up donation forms and register to donate. Please stop by the information table. Donators must be at least 16 years old. All students must have a parent consent form completed before they may register to donate (click here). Additionally, if you are 16 years old, you must have the additional parent consent form from the Community Blood Center completed (click here). The last day to register to donate will be Friday, Sept. 21. This is a tremendous contribution to our community – please make sure that you follow all of the directions so you will be able to donate! Please contact Mrs. Kathy Baker in room 120 or at 937-415-6333 if you have any questions.
Powder Puff T-Shirts
Powder Puff t-shirts for each grade level will be sold at lunch or in Mrs. Cindy Rinesmith’s room (156) each day until Wednesday, Sept. 19. T-shirts are $15 each. All players and coaches are required to wear the current grade’s Powder Puff t-shirt. All students are encouraged to purchase a t-shirt to support their class. Shirts will be delivered to 1st-period teachers during the week of Homecoming.
Seniors: Register to Vote
Students who will be at least 18 years old on or before the day of the next general election, November 6, are encouraged to register to vote. October 9 is the deadline. Click here for more information and to register.
Butler Varsity Jackets
Students who are interested in purchasing a Butler Varsity Jacket can try-on a jacket for sizing in the Aviator Shop (room 132) before 1st period, pick up an order form/envelope, and return the order form/envelope with all awards, pins, letters, numerals to the Aviator Shop.
Driver’s Education Classes
AAA Driving School offers driver’s education classes at Butler for our students. 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. The next session of classes will be on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, 3-5 p.m., October 9 thru November 15. This Fall class is limited to the first 35 students who submit applications. 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, starting Tuesday, Sept. 18.
Ford Drive 4UR School
Please support our Butler Athletic Boosters by driving a Ford vehicle during the Ford Drive 4UR School event on Saturday, Sept. 22, 9 a.m-3 p.m., in our North parking lot near Memorial Stadium. Boosters receive $20 per drive. No obligation – no pressure. You will test drive a Ford vehicle around our North parking lot with a member of the Athletic Boosters for a few minutes. Driver must be 18 years old. One driver per household. Please plan to drive and encourage others as well!
Parent Tips from KNOW!
KNOW! provides parents (and 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! The Risk Factors Associated with Drug Addiction,” go to https://preventionactionalliance.org/about/programs/know/.
Aspirations in Computing Award
The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) honors young women in grades 9 through 12 who are active and interested in computing and technology, encouraging them to pursue their passions. Award for AiC recipients are chosen for their demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post-secondary education. To date, more than 12,000 women have been honored with the Award for AiC. The application process is open until November 5, 2018. For more information and the application, visit the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing website.
The 2018 North American Students 3-Minute Film Competition, Awards & Festival seeks to encourage and recognize the creative talents of young people. This is a fabulous opportunity for them to present the fruits of their film-making creativity, even if it is with limited resources such as just a phone and some editing software -- inconceivable only a few years ago! Please note that if your film/video isn't eligible for submission, they also offer other submission opportunities...to special projects, festivals, and international short film library. Regular deadline is October 26. Click here for more information.
Wrestling Program Fundraiser
College Football Mania starts in four weeks. The deadline to purchase a ticket is Friday, Sept. 21. For just $2 per week ($20 for the 10-week contest), you have a chance to win $25-$400 each week. You get 3 random teams each week for 10 weeks. It doesn’t matter if your teams win, just how many points are scored total between the 3 teams. Most points=$400, 2nd=$200, 3rd=$100, 4th-25th=$25; Least points=$50, 2nd-5th=$25. You can purchase a ticket online at http://www.charitymania.com/give/M801B. Use email@example.com as the seller’s email. New online deal…by 5 get 1 FREE! Print your ticket for your records, if you choose. All funds generated from this fundraiser benefit Vandalia-Butler student athletes! Thanks for your support of the Butler Wrestling program!
IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS
- Mon, 9/17 – In-school college visits: Northern Kentucky University, University of Toledo, and Grove City College
- Mon, 9/17 – Vandalia Police Department Explorer Program info, during lunches
- Mon, 9/17 – Butler Alumni organizational meeting, 6 p.m., lecture room
- Tues, 9/18 – 8:45 a.m. Late Start due to Teacher Team Time
- Tues, 9/18 – AAA Driving School representative in main office to accept applications and payments, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Tues, 9/18 – Study tables, 3:05-4:00 p.m., media center
- Thurs, 9/20 – ASVAB
- Thurs, 9/20 – Parent-Teacher Conferences, 3-6:30 p.m.
- Thurs, 9/20 – Human Trafficking presentation, 6-8 p.m., PAT
- Fri, 9/21 – Final day for students to register for upcoming Fall Blood Drive
- Fri, 9/21 – Deadline to purchase Wrestling Program’s College Football Mania fundraiser
- Sat, 9/22 – Ford Drive 4UR School, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., North parking lot
In-School College Visits
Throughout the Fall, representative of various colleges will be visiting Butler to speak with student who would like to hear more about the opportunities that exist on their campus. Students may sign up (click here) for only 5 sessions and must sign up by the end of the day prior to the session. Be sure to put the date and time on your calendar or phone. Students must be in attendance for the sessions they selected or they will lose privilege to attend future information sessions. Colleges visiting on Monday, Sept. 17: Northern Kentucky University – period 1; University of Toledo – period 6; and Grove City College – period 7. Colleges visiting next week on Monday, Sept. 24: Baldwin Wallace University, University of Cincinnati, University of Dayton, Xavier University and Cleveland State University.
Civil Service Exam (ASVAB)
Sophomores will be administered the Civil Service Exam (ASVAB) during school on Thursday, Sept. 20. This exam is part of the process to help students investigate their interests and strengths for future careers. The ASVAB gives our students access to high quality, career exploration and planning materials at no cost to them or our district. Sophomores will need to bring #2 pencils to the test on Thursday.
We are hosting a FAFSA Completion Night at Butler on Monday, Oct. 8. Sinclair College representatives will be present to provide assistance. Click here for information you will need to bring and for common mistakes when completing the FAFSA form.
West Point Information Event
The United States Military Academy is once again hosting an Informational Meeting, in conjunction with ROTC and the Ohio National Guard, at the National Guard Armory, 10050 Woodlawn Blvd. in Cincinnati on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 6-8 p.m. There will be representatives available for admissions information and to answer any questions that interested students and their parents may have. Click here for more information about the event.
The Fifth Third College Prep Night will occur on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6-8 p.m. at Fifth Third Field. This FREE event is open to the public. Over 50 colleges and universities will be present, and Fifth Third Bank will be hosting informative seminars aimed at helping parents and students prepare for college. Click here for more information and to pre-register. Pre-registration for Fifth Third Bank's College Prep Night closes on September 26 at noon. Your pre-registration will automatically enter you in a contest to win a $1,000 scholarship, courtesy of Fifth Third Bank. Walk-up registration is accepted the day of the event, beginning at 6 p.m. at Fifth Third Field. However, walk-up registrations will NOT be eligible to win the scholarship.
University of Dayton Leadership in Service Scholarship
At the University of Dayton, they promote that “our spirit ignites a boundless curiosity that drives us to search for truth. It pushes us to go beyond the easy answers and to use our knowledge to create a brighter tomorrow. Here, students are challenged to connect scholarship and learning with leadership and service. It’s part of our Catholic, Marianist educational philosophy. To honor this tradition, we award Leadership in Service scholarships to students who have an innate desire for personal development and are committed to service within their school, church or community. Selected students are also eligible for a University merit scholarship, worth up to $98,000 over four years. In addition to receiving a $10,000 Leadership in Service scholarship ($2,500 per year), recipients complete one leadership opportunity — such as attending a leadership conference, participating in on-campus leadership activities or writing personal reflections — each semester.” For more information, see Mr. Peck in Guidance or contact the UD Office of Admission and Financial Aid, 800-837-7433.
Application for the Gates Scholarship (TGS) closes on Tuesday, Sept. 18. TGS is a highly selective, full scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority, high school seniors. Having launched in 2018, the scholarship is being awarded to 300 student leaders each year, over the life of the grant, with the intent of helping outstanding minority students who come from low-income backgrounds realize their maximum potential. Scholars will receive funding for the full cost of attendance that is not already covered by other financial aid and the expected family contribution, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Costs covered include tuition, fees, books, room and board, and may include additional personal costs. TGS also provides Scholars with various online support services designed to help them excel in their degree programs, graduate, and make a successful transition to their chosen careers. These include mentoring, academic support, career and internship guidance, advice, and job opportunities. Gates Scholars will also be connected to a network of accomplished peers they can tap into for support and advice, now and going forward. Click here for further information.
Mark your calendars to attend our annual Flight Night on Monday, Oct. 1. More details to follow.
UD Open House Events
University of Dayton will be having Open House events on Sunday, Sept. 30 or Nov. 11, 12-4 p.m. RSVP at 800-UD PRIDE.
Interested in Law Enforcement or Criminal Justice?
Vandalia Police Department is starting a Police Explorer Program. They will have a table of information in the cafeteria during lunches on Monday, Sept. 17.
ACT and SAT
- The next ACT will occur on October 27 with a registration deadline of Friday, Sept. 28.
- The next SAT will occur on October 6. Late registration deadlines are for mailed registrations and Wednesday, Sept. 26 for registrations made online or by phone.
“Practice, Practice, Practice!” Preparing for the ACT & SAT
- The following ACT and SAT prep books are available in our media center: Amsco’s and
- 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. For additional info and dates, visit www.torchprep.com or call 888-382-8174.
REMINDERS OF ACTIVE ITEMS
Muse Machine is now accepting online registrations for this year. Online registration ends on October 9. The cost is a bit lower this year at $25. This is for the “Basic” membership and includes the four in-school performances during the year at Butler. To register, please visit www.musemachine.com, choose “Students,” then “Become a Member,” then scroll down and click on “Schools A-H,” then scroll down and click on “Butler High School.” Fill out the online form and pay the membership fee right there. You will also be able to choose different levels of membership, which allows you to purchase tickets at a reduced price to a few different shows. Those choices are all yours and are not required, but they are a great chance to see various shows for pretty good prices. If you have any questions, please e-mail our Muse Machine advisor, Mr. Kevin Wilson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dayton Art Institute is gearing up for its Oktoberfest and needs volunteers to assist with a variety of roles throughout the three-day festival on September 21-23. There are many different volunteer opportunities available at Oktoberfest 2018, including assisting with family activities at the ACCO Brands FamilyFest, selling Oktoberfest mugs and t-shirts, selling soft drinks and water, and serving as greeters in the museum. Those interested in volunteering at Oktoberfest must register through The Dayton Art Institute’s website. For more information and to register, click here. If you’re new to volunteering there, you'll need to create a VolunteerHub account or login with your existing account to view available volunteer opportunities. All volunteers must be at least 15 years of age or older. Volunteers under the age of 18 must have parental permission to volunteer at Oktoberfest. Click here to download the 2018 Youth Liability Waiver. This form must be signed by a parent or guardian and presented on or before the volunteer date to qualify for participation. Questions about volunteering at Oktoberfest? Contact Monica Walker at email@example.com.
After-School Study Tables
Teachers of English, Math and Technology are available for help after school on Tuesdays, 3:05-4:00 p.m., in the media center. Teachers of English, Math, Science and Technology are available for help after school on Thursdays, 3:05-4:00 p.m., in the media center.
Chipotle Fundraiser for Octagon Club
Please support our Butler Octagon Club by going to Chipotle, 6759 Miller Lane, on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 5-9 p.m. Click here for the promotional flyer. Bring it in to the restaurant, show it on you smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure 33% of the proceeds will be donated to our Butler Octagon Club. Thanks!
The 2018-2019 yearbook will be available for $60 until October 12. Yearbooks can be ordered at school by seeing Mrs. Martha Thomas or online at www.yearbooksforever.com.
Baby Pictures of Seniors
Seniors, we need your baby picture (newborn to 2 years) to include in the yearbook as well as the Senior Dinner slideshow. Please email a photo to Mrs. Jennifer Cornell (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ms. Martha Thomas (email@example.com). You may also bring a printed photo to Ms. Thomas in Room 105; it will be scanned and retuned to you. Please send in your picture as soon as possible; no later than October 18.
Live Duck Races will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Irish Club.
Butler High Arts & Crafts Show
Mark your calendar! The first annual Butler High Arts and Crafts Show will take place on November 23, 24, and 25. We are looking for vendors and sponsors. You can contact us at VBcraftshow@gmail.com for more information or to register.
Reminder - Graduation for Class of 2019
Graduation for the Class of 2019 will occur on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the SAC. Please mark your calendars.
@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. To activate, students need to sign in at www.google.com using their student “ID@vbaviators.com” -- for example, firstname.lastname@example.org 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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