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Butler HS Principal's Weekly E-Newsletter 10/24/21




October 24, 2021



Last Chance: Lost & Found

There are a dozen water bottles, a lunchbox, a class of 2025 drawstring bag, and several articles of clothing on the lost and found table outside the main office. Claim your lost items tomorrow, Monday, or they will be discarded/donated.

Freshman Trip to Washington, D.C.

The 9th-grade Washington, D.C./Gettysburg trip has been rescheduled for Friday, Mar. 4 through Monday, Mar. 7. Click here for the agenda of the four-day trip. If any freshman no longer wishes to participate in the trip, the cancellation fee is $25 until November 1. After that date, the cancellation fee is $75 plus any expenses which Classic Student Tours cannot recover. Parents need to contact Classic Student Tours directly (937-439-0032) to cancel. If any freshman is interested in going on the trip but did not sign up originally, you need to inform Mrs. Jennifer Donovan in Guidance and your parents need to contact Classic Student Tours to pay $450, which is the amount everyone should have paid by this point. The total cost of the trip is $771. If any student is not up to date with payments ($450), their parents are asked to please get current now. For all freshmen going on the trip, any balance remaining ($771 minus the total of payments you have already made) will be due by December 7. Please visit to make an online payment or call their office (937-439-0032) to make a payment by phone. If you wish to pay by check, all checks should be made out to Classic Student Tours with student’s first and last name listed on the check. Checks can be submitted to the main office. Freshmen, please be advised that the room lists that were developed last year will need to be redone. Any questions which parents have about the trip, please contact Mrs. Donovan (937-415-6310 or

AP Registration

Students need to finalize their intent to test or not to test in their AP Portal. Also, students who are testing need to turn in a registration form and payment to Mr. Kelly Stevens in Guidance by November 5.


Please email all absence information to Mrs. Maria Smiley at or call 937-415-6307.

The Butler Post

It has been a long time since Butler High School has produced a student newspaper/newsletter. Click here to read the first edition of The Butler Post.

Congratulations to -

  • Olivia Follick on being selected as the Volleyball MVL Player of the Year!
  • Alex James on his commitment to continue his academic and athletic future at Bluffton University!

AIM HIGH Flight Academy

The U.S. Air Force is offering a free flight opportunity for students, 16-23 years old, to get 15 hours of FREE instruction in an airplane. Student lodging, travel, and food is all 100% paid for by the U.S. Air Force during your summer session. The application window is closing on December 10, so make sure to get those applications submitted at Application instructions and details about the flight academy are posted on the website. If you have any questions about the program, please email your questions to or use the “Contact Us” function on the website. Summer 2022 AIM HIGH Flight Academy dates are May 28 - June 18; June 25 - July 16; July 23 - August 13. Here is a brief intro video about the program:

Innovators Robotics

Innovators Robotics is a local community robotics team for high school students. The team is currently recruiting students for the 2022 competition season. This is an opportunity to get hands-on experience in STEM while designing, building, programming, and competing with robots. Click here to see a team brochure for more details and contact information.

Report Cards

On Friday, Quarter 1 report cards were mailed to parents who asked for a paper copy. If you do not receive it, please contact Mrs. Cindy Snyder at 937-415-6309.

OHSAA Scholarship Eligibility

In addition to Vandalia-Butler eligibility requirements, all high school student-athletes are reminded that the Ohio High School Athletic Association standard for scholarship eligibility returns for the second quarter in 2021-2022, i.e., at the conclusion of the first quarter, a student-athlete needs to have passing grades in a minimum of five one-credit courses or the equivalent. Failure to schedule enough credits or failing a class to fall below that OHSAA standard will make the student-athlete ineligible at the start of the fifth school day of the second grading period. Click here for more information from OHSAA.

Picture Retakes

Picture retake day will be Friday, Oct. 29 for students who did not get their picture taken on the original picture day (click here to see the order form which will be available when pictures are taken) or for students who wish to purchase a retake. MVCTC students can start arriving at 6:30 that morning. Butler students will be called during first period. If you are wishing to purchase a retake of the picture you had taken on the original day, the cost is $5. 

Winter Sports

Reminder to all upcoming winter sports athletes – you need to have a physical on file in the Athletic Office. Call Mrs. Connie Korber at 937-415-6383 with any questions.

Abbey Credit Union Student Accounts

Abbey Credit Union is providing the opportunity for students to establish a student account. Click here for a flyer of information if you are interested.




  • The next opportunity to take the ACT will be December 11 (regular registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 5) Click here to register.
  • The next opportunity to take the SAT will be November 6 (late registration deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 26 for registrations made online or by phone). Click here to register. 

All Seniors and their Parents – Complete the FAFSA

The 2022-2023 Free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is now available. Some state and schools have limited funds, so don’t delay! All seniors and their parents/guardians, it is now time the begin filling out your FAFSA form. Completing the FAFSA form allows you to be considered for federal student aid. In addition, states and colleges use FAFSA information to award their own grants, scholarships, and loans. Click here for the FAFSA website. Also, click here for additional information about financial aid posted on our Butler Guidance website.

FAFSA Completion Help

There will be a FAFSA completion help opportunity using a Zoom format on November 1. Mr. Mark Peck will be communicating details to seniors and their parents.

Visits by College Admissions Representatives to Butler

Representatives from colleges visit Butler to meet with students who are interested in learning more about their schools. Upcoming visits: Monday, Oct. 25 – Ohio State University during period 1; University of Toledo during period 2; Miami University during period 4/5; Xavier University during period 6/7; University of Mount Union during period 9; Cleveland State University during period 10. Monday, Nov. 1 – University of Cincinnati during period 9. Students must sign up through Naviance (click here) to meet with the college admissions representatives who will be visiting Butler.

Guidance Bulletins

Click here to read the first two Guidance Bulletins of this school year.

McDonald’s is Hiring

McDonald's of Vandalia is hiring students. $10/hr. This is a GREAT first job! They offer flexible scheduling, college tuition up to $2500/year, career growth, and a fun work environment. Text OH164 to 38000 to schedule an interview today. 

Wright State Open House

Wright State University is hosting their Raider Open House on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. so you can learn about their academic programs, campus life, and financial aid. Click here for details and to register. RSVP date is October 28.

Sinclair Community College Fall Affair Open House

Sinclair Community College is holding a Fall Affair Open House so prospective students can discover how Sinclair Community College can help them reach or education and career goals. The Fall Affair Open House is Saturday, Oct. 30, 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Dayton Campus. At Fall Affair Open House, you can:

  • Learn more about their 300+ exceptional certificate and degree programs.
  • Discover the steps to becoming a Sinclair student. 
  • Explore campus and their state-of-the-art facilities by taking a campus tour
  • Attend sessions on topics that are important to you, e.g., Financial aid and scholarships; 4-year transfer opportunities; Understanding how College Credit Plus and Tech Prep credit will apply toward a Sinclair degree

Click here to RSVP. For answers to questions, you can email ( or call (937) 512-3675.

Sinclair Transition Advising

Ms. Sarah Humphreys, Sinclair Transition Advisor, will be at Butler on Thursday, Oct. 28. Any student who is interested in talking with Ms. Humphreys for 15-minute meeting should sign up using their Naviance account. Sinclair Transition Advisors can help students align early college credit to all college/career goals and provide services to ensure a clear transition after high school. They can provide information about:

  • Registering for CCP courses
  • Understanding how CCP or Tech Prep credits fulfills the requirements of a college credential
  • Declaring a major and building a My Academic Plan (MAP)
  • Financial Aid & Scholarship questions
  • Transition from high school to college
  • Career Planning
  • Completing Sinclair Degree & Certification Programs
  • Transferring completed credits to a different college
  • Enrolling at Sinclair after high school

One Miami Admission Days

Miami University is hosting a virtual session for students to explore their opportunities for attaining a Miami degree on November 10, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Students will meet with admission representatives from Miami's Oxford, Hamilton, and Middletown campuses and learn more about admission requirements and next steps for applying to each campus. Attendees will also receive an admission application fee waiver. For more information on the event and to register, click here.

Flight Night

Please be advised that Flight Night has being rescheduled and will occur on Thursday, Nov. 4. More details to follow.


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  • Mon, 10/25 – College reps visiting Butler: Ohio State University - period 1; University of Toledo - period 2; Miami University - period 4/5; Xavier University - period 6/7; University of Mount Union - period 9; Cleveland State University - period 10
  • Mon, 10/25 – NHS Induction, 7 p.m., SAC
  • Tues, 10/26 – Late-start Tuesday due to Teacher Team Time, classes begin at 8:45 a.m.
  • Tues, 10/26 – After-school study tables, 3:05-4:00 p.m., media center and room 107
  • Tues, 10/26 – Board of Education regular meeting, 5 p.m., Board Office (click here for agenda)
  • Thurs, 10/28 – Sinclair Transition Advisor at Butler
  • Thurs, 10/28 – After-school study tables, 3:05-4:00 p.m., media center and room 107
  • Thurs, 10/28 – MVCTC Parent-Teacher Conferences and FAFSA Completion Night
  • Fri, 10/29 – Picture Retake Day
  • Sat. 10/30 – Marching Aviators at Centerville Invitational



NEW – Poster and Poetry Contest

The Montgomery County Drug-Free Coalition is calling for submissions for their annual Poster and Poetry Contest. All Montgomery County students, grades 6-12, are invited to participate. Submissions must increase public awareness of the harmful effects substance abuse and importance of mental wellbeing. In addition to posters and poems, the Montgomery County Drug-Free Coalition also has a media category. The coalition will be accepting digital entries from students. Students can upload their video onto YouTube and submit the video link to the coalition through the entry form found on their website. Click here for additional information and registration details. Submissions are due in the coalition’s office by 4 p.m. on January 28.

Ebony Jewels and Gems Cotillion Scholarship and Leadership Program 

The Ebony Jewels and Gems Cotillion, sponsored by Beta Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., is a program that recognizes and celebrates outstanding high school graduates in the Miami Valley and surrounding communities. Over the past forty-one years, Beta Eta Omega Chapter has awarded scholarships totaling over $680,000. In addition to awarding scholarships to eligible applicants, they provide youth experience opportunities for networking, leadership workshops, and cultural enrichment activities. The culmination of the experience will be a formal virtual presentation celebrating their accomplishments. All activities are scheduled to occur virtually. Interested students need to mail or email the completed application to the address provided by Saturday, Oct. 30. An invitation to attend the 2022 Ebony Jewels and Gems Cotillion Informational Meeting will be mailed upon receipt of the application. Click here for the application and further information.

VFW Voices of Democracy Audio Essay Competition 

Click here to view information about the VFW Voices of Democracy Patriotic Audio Essay Competition. The 2021-2022 theme is “America: where do we go from here?” Grand prize is $30,000. See Mrs. Kim Thaler for the Local VFW Post information. Entry deadline is Sunday, Oct. 31.

2021 Congressional App Challenge 

U.S. Congressman Mike Turner is encouraging all students in the 10th congressional district of Ohio to participate in the Congressional App Challenge. Deadline is Monday, Nov. 1. The App Challenge provides a fun and unique opportunity for students to explore a possible future in a STEM career, as well as the opportunity to showcase the tenacity and skill set of the 10th congressional district youth. Click here for more information on Congressman Turner’s website. Click here for a link to the Congressional App Challenge webpage.

W.S. McIntosh Memorial Leadership Award 

Sponsored by the city of Dayton and the University of Dayton, the W.S. McIntosh Memorial Leadership Award is a combination scholarship and internship that provides unique educational, professional, and leadership opportunities. In conjunction with state, federal, and private grants, this award covers the annual costs of tuition, room, and board at the University of Dayton. Graduating African American high school students who live in Montgomery County are eligible to apply. A selection committee composed of staff members from the city of Dayton and the University of Dayton will review applications, interview the finalists, and select one award recipient. Click here for detailed information about this prestigious award, as well as information about how to apply. Deadline to submit a complete application is Monday, Nov. 1.

2021-2022 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 any students living within the boundaries of the Vandalia-Butler School District, including home-schooled students. Contest information is being distributed to Butler High School, Morton Middle, Smith Middle School, St. Christopher School, and home-school groups. 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 2022 with their families to share their entries and receive their prize. The overall high school winner will also be entered into the District contest. The winner of the District contest will receive a plaque and a $2,500 scholarship. Essay subject: “How Does an Optimist Mindset Change My Tomorrow?” Deadline for entry is Monday, Jan. 24. Submit as a Word document to Click here for rules and entry information.

Class of 2022: College Board Opportunity Scholarships Program 

When it comes to college, it is never too early to explore, research, and dream. The College Board Opportunity Scholarships program is open to students in the class of 2022. Students can sign up and learn more details at Complete the 6 college planning steps for 6 separate chances at $500. When finished with all 6, you will be entered into a drawing for a $40,000 scholarship, but you can still earn money even if you do not complete them all. The 6 steps: Build your college list, Practice for the SAT, Explore scholarships, Strengthen your college list, Complete the FAFSA, and Apply to colleges. 

Scholarship Guidance 

Scholarship Guidance website is available to help students find scholarship opportunities for the upcoming school year. Their scholarship database is used by high schools and post-secondary schools across the nation. Click here for access to many scholarship opportunities. Weekly scholarship newsletter is available by clicking here.


Click here for a list of scholarships available from for the class of 2022.

WiseGeek Scholarships

  • WiseGeek Nursing No-Essay Scholarship: Eligibility: Current graduate or undergraduate student in a nursing program or a high school senior who has plans to study nursing. Must be an U.S. Citizen or permanent legal resident. Amount: $500. Application Deadline: December 1. Click here for more information and to apply.
  • WiseGeek Community Service No-Essay Scholarship: Eligibility: Current graduate, undergraduate, or high school senior who has an outstanding record of community service. Must be an U.S. Citizen or permanent legal resident. Amount: $500. Application Deadline: December 1. Click here for more information and to apply.
  • WiseGeek Cosmetology No-Essay Scholarship: Eligibility: Currently enrolled or planning on enrolling in cosmetology school. Must be an U.S. Citizen or permanent legal resident. Amount: $500. Application Deadline: December 1. Click here for more information and to apply.
  • WiseGeek Law No-Essay Scholarship: Eligibility: Current graduate or undergraduate student in a law program or a high school senior who has plans to study law. Must be an U.S. Citizen or permanent legal resident. Amount: $500. Application Deadline: December 1. Click here for more information and to apply.

$1,000 Scholarship for Those Affected by Auto Accidents

The Dirk Derrick Car & Truck Accident Injury Scholarship is an award for any current or soon-to-be undergraduate student in the United States who has had his or her life altered due to an injury from a car or truck accident, be it their own injury, that of a loved one, or an influential individual. The Dirk Derrick Scholarship has a brief submission process, and applicants will be judged on their ability to convey the lasting effect an auto accident has had on their life as well as their journey to overcome those challenges. Click here for further information and to apply. Deadline to apply is December 15.



Juniors: U.S. Senate Page Program

Senator Rob Portman has been given an opportunity to appoint one student for the 2022 U.S. Senate Spring Page Session. Please check Senator Portman’s website (click here) which has the requirements as well as the application. Deadline is November 22 for high school juniors who want to apply to be part of the page program for the spring 2022 session, which runs from January 31 to June 10, 2022. Click here for more information about the page program. For any questions or for further assistance, please contact Senator Portman’s office at 202-224-3353.

Butler Wrestling Mattress Sale

Please support our Butler Wrestling program by participating in their 9th annual Mattress Sale fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 21, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Butler. All sizes of Beautyrest available; 25+ styles on display. Brand new with full factory warranties. Delivery available. All forms of payment accepted; financing available. Twin from $199, Full from $279, Queen from $299, King from $549. For more information: email

Calamity Day Letter

Click here to read Superintendent Robert O’Leary’s 2021-2022 calamity day letter to parents.

After-School Study Tables

Teachers of English, Math, and Technology are available to help students every Tuesday school day, 3:05-4:00 p.m. in the media center (technology in room 107). Teachers of English, Math, and Science are available for help every Thursday school day, 3:05-4:00 p.m. in the media center. 

Math Lab 

Successful learning of math requires students to master the content as they move topic to topic throughout the school year. Many of the topics build sequentially from previous material. Aviators, if you ever need some additional help to comprehend a topic, or do some extra practice to improve your confidence, or get caught up from missing a day, know that the Math Lab is a great resource for you! Math Lab is period 4 in room 234 and periods 5-6 in room 105. 

Late-Start Tuesdays

On most Tuesdays throughout the school year, Butler starts at 8:45 a.m. instead of 7:45 a.m. to allow for Teacher Team Time, professional time prioritized for teachers to collaborate for instructional advancement, assessment data analysis, professional development, and other growth opportunities – all aimed to improve instruction and student learning/achievement. Doors to the building on Tuesdays open at 8:30 a.m. Students who arrive earlier (cafeteria is open at 7:15 a.m.) will need to wait in the cafeteria until 8:30 a.m. If Butler is on a 2-hour delay schedule due to weather conditions on a Tuesday, then Teacher Team Time is canceled for that day and all students will report to the building for their 1st period class at 9:45 a.m.

Sign Up for Dayton Workforce Partnerships’ Opportunities

Aviators, take advantage of a special opportunity! Butler HS is one of only 9 high schools in the Dayton region who are members of the Dayton Workforce Partnerships (DWP). Every Aviator (9th through 12th grade) is highly encouraged to sign up (click here) and take advantage of the information, connections and opportunities provided by DWP. Registration permits DWP to send information about their college and business partners, as well as make seniors eligible for their scholarships. DWP can make connections for you, open doors, and provide opportunities. DWP sends emails and videos informing students and families about the benefits offered by our partners, and DWP can also arrange visits. There is no cost to you or your family - and you may unsubscribe at any time. Click here to learn more about DWP.

Practice Preparing for the ACT and SAT

  • GP Educational Services is offering ACT PREP workshops in preparations for ACT tests. Click here for registration form and additional information for January 15 and 17 sessions to be held at Troy Miami County YMCA – last day to register is January 7. Click here for registration form and additional information for February 20 and 21 sessions to be held at Fort Loramie High School – last day to register is February 11.
  • Kaplan offers free online SAT and ACT prep events. Click here to access. Kaplan is also offering 1 free month of SAT® Prep On Demand which helps students master the exam in as little as 30 minutes a day. Click here to access it. Furthermore, Kaplan provides access to their YouTube prep video collection (click here) to help students prepare for the ACT, SAT, and AP.
  • Click here for a publication from ACT. It contains full-length practice tests, including a writing test; strategies to prepare for the ACT; and what to expect on test day.
  • ACT Test Prep provides a range of test prep content and delivery options including an online class, self-paced course, tutoring, and prep guides. Click here for details.
  • Click here for sample questions from the CollegeBoard to help prepare for the SAT.
  • OnToCollege offers unlimited, on-demand, online test prep and study skill video courses.
  • Click here for more information about OnToCollege.
  • TorchPrep offers various ACT prep course options. For info and dates, visit
  • 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

Tips from KNOW!

KNOW! provides parents/guardians/grandparents and other caregivers with frequent FREE KNOW! Parent Tips by email regarding a variety of topics faced by today’s youth. Click here to sign up to receive the email tips, including the latest one, “KNOW! To Balance Work and Play”

TEDx Youth Dayton

The TEDx Youth Dayton event will occur on March 10. Any person, ages 14-20, can audition to speak; their talks can be about any topic that fits the TED philosophy of spreading ideas worth sharing. Each speaker is assigned a mentor by TEDx to help them craft their talk. They also have performance coaches who help the speakers prepare to talk. Additionally, TEDx Youth is looking for emcees and performers-musicians, singers, dancers, etc. For auditions, they ask speakers to give them an idea of what they want to speak about and why; they do not need to have a talk written for auditions. The theme of this year’s event is CHANCE. Is chance a risk, an opportunity, fate, luck? Applications are available online now on the TEDx Dayton Youth Facebook and Instagram pages.



District Health Guidelines

Click here to see the District’s 2021-2022 Health Guidelines.

Reminder Regarding Illness

  • Please keep your student home from school and school activities and call your doctor if your student gets sick or exhibits any of the symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If you are waiting on COVID test results, do not send your student to school until a negative result is known.
  • If you have any questions and concerns, please contact School Nurse Jessica Singer at (O) 937-415-6308, (C) 937-272-0108, or by email:

Health Safety Measures

  • All students should maintain at least a 3-foot distance from other students, including at lunch.
  • The wearing of masks is optional. 
  • High-touched surfaces are being consistently and regularly sanitized with approved sanitizers and cleaners.
  • A sanitizing product with a long-lasting surface life will be applied to all high-touch surface areas.
  • Students are encouraged to wash their hands multiple times per day, including prior to lunch.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers are located throughout our building. Students are encouraged to use them. Also, students can bring their own hand sanitizer as long as it’s a fragrance-free product.
  • All drinking fountains have been replaced with water bottle filler stations. Students are encouraged to bring multiple water bottles to school – carry one at a time throughout the day and keep the others in your locker. 

Safe School Helpline

Vandalia-Butler City Schools works with Public School Works to provide two methods for students and parents to report concerns which may affect the peace of mind of students or jeopardize the safety of people or school facilities. Click here for links which can be used to make reports online or by phone. One of the ways is to call the Safe School Helpline. The Stay Safe Speak Up! Hotline is available 24/7 toll-free at 1-866-listen2me: you can leave your report on an answering machine, or you can personally speak to a Hotline attendant who can provide free, confidential, and immediate crisis intervention. The Hotline is provided for students and parents to report issues related to: bullying, harassment, intimidation or threats, alcohol or drug abuse, physical or mental abuse, bomb threats, discrimination, hacking or cyber vandalism, health concerns including self-abuse, HIV and AIDS, suicidal behavior, suspicious behavior, theft, tobacco possession, use or distribution, vandalism, violence or fighting, weapons or other dangerous items, or other issues of concern. After you submit your report, your issue will be investigated by our district if necessary. You can remain anonymous. 




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School Gmail Account for all Students

All students have School Gmail accounts available so they can receive important information, such as this weekly 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. If you do not remember how to access your email, please ask Mrs. Kim Thaler in the main office.


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