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Important Message for Morton and Butler Parents


September 26, 2018


Dear Morton and Butler Students and Parents:


In 2014, Governor Kasich signed HB 487 making College Credit Plus the established program for Ohio high school students to earn college and high school graduation credit through the successful completion of college courses. The intent is to promote rigorous academic pursuits and to provide access to enriched educational opportunities to 7-12th-grade students.


College Credit Plus is a student-directed program. Vandalia Butler City Schools will pay for tuition, books, and fees; however, transportation is not provided. Students and their families can explore courses offered at all Ohio public colleges and participating private colleges. Butler High School will be partnering with Sinclair and Wright State, but you are not limited to these institutions. Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) will set their own requirements for admission; including but not limited to college readiness scores in one or more areas.


Butler High School will be hosting their annual College Credit Plus Informational Meeting on Monday, October 1, 2018, at 6:40 in the PAT (during our annual Flight Night). Students interested in the program must notify and meet with their high school counselor (A-G Mark Peck; H-N Kelly Stevens; O-Z Jennifer Donovan) by Thursday, March 29, 2019. Morton students will still be required to meet with a high school counselor but should return the Intent to Participate Form to the Middle School Counselor, Ms. Reinhart. You can find the Intent to Participate form under the Educational Opportunities tab on the Butler webpage. If you have additional questions or would like to set up a meeting, please call the Butler Guidance Office at 937-415-6309 and ask to speak to your child’s counselor.




Jennifer Donovan

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Butler HS Principal's Weekly E-Newsletter 10/14/18




October 14, 2018


CURRENT NEWS                  

Congratulations to

  • Austin Greaser for qualifying for the State Boys’ Golf Championships

Quarter Ends

The last day of the 1st Quarter is Thursday, Oct. 18. Report cards will be available online on October 26. On the same day, a paper copy will be distributed to each student whose parents requested one. Students will be instructed to take it home, so please ask your daughter/son for it.

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.” Students who may be affected by this policy are encouraged to do their best in their coursework during the remaining time of the 1st quarter so they are not required to attend mandatory Study Tables during the 2nd quarter.

No Classes

There will be no classes on Friday, Oct. 19. It is a professional work day for staff.


Students who registered to take the PreACT on Friday, Oct. 19 should report to the central gym by 8 a.m. You will be done around noon. Remember to bring your ID, at least two #2 pre-sharpened pencils, and an approved calculator. Click here to view which calculators are permitted.

Jostens Rep to Visit CTC

A Jostens representative will be visiting Seniors who are taking classes at CTC on October 25 to distribute graduation information.

Call to All Butler Alumni

All Butler Alumni are invited to gather on Monday, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. in our lecture room for a second organizational meeting of our Butler High School Alumni. The goal of this meeting is to gather Butler Alumni together in one place to continue the discussion regarding ways we can build on the idea of an Alumni Association and enhance the communications amongst our District and our Alumni. 

Ohio Mathematics League Contest

It is time for students to sign up to compete in this year’s Ohio Mathematics League Contest. The first contest of the school year will take place during 1st period on Tuesday, Oct. 23. It 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 have a knack for math and want to represent Butler in the Math League, please sign up using the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/WQ9sQtyP1tKc8Cc53. All students are welcome to compete! Please see Mr. Brett Smith or your Math teacher for further information.

College Financial Planning Workshop

Thrivent Financial is hosting a College Financial Planning Workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Community Room at the Vandalia Library. Click here for a flyer with details. The information in this workshop will empower parents and students to learn how academics, admissions and financial strategies can work together to help them save money on college.

From Yearbook: Yearbook Snap

Download the free app called Yearbook Snap and search for Butler High School. Use the code BHS2019 to send pictures of students and school related events to the yearbook. Be sure to add a note to your upload with information about the event. Anyone who sends pictures will be entered in a drawing for a free 2019 yearbook. Start snapping! Follow the yearbook: Facebook – Butler Yearbook 2019; Twitter – butleryearbook; Instagram – butleryearbook2019

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Here is an opportunity for youth volunteers to apply for national recognition, cash rewards, and more through the 2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. The application deadline is November 6, 2018. This program is an excellent opportunity to shine a spotlight on students who have distinguished themselves through community service, and celebrate the spirit of volunteerism at our school. 2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards are open to students in grades 5-12 who have participated in a volunteer activity within the past year. Honors are granted at the local, state and national level. Top honorees from all 50 states and the District of Columbia receive a cash prize and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for four days of special recognition events. To apply, students should do the following by November 6:

  • Find the application at https://spirit.prudential.com
  • Complete the application and the student/parent agreement
  • Go to the "certification" tab on the application, then email instructions to your certifier - Applications can be certified by a middle or high school principal, or the head of a county 4-H organization, Girl Scout council, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or affiliate of Points of Light's HandsOn Network.

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 (jennifer.cornell@vbcsd.com) or Ms. Martha Thomas (martha.thomas@vbcsd.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 no later than Thursday, Oct. 18.



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, Oct. 22: Ohio University, Muskingum University, The Ohio State University, Ball State University, Ashland University.

Guidance Bulletins

Click here to view the following Guidance Bulletins:

  • Loan Information
  • Scams
  • Financial Aid Quick Reference Sheet
  • NCAA
    College Bound Seniors
  • College Comparison Worksheet
  • Glossary of College Terms
  • September 24 Bulletin
  • September 27 Bulletin
  • October 4 Bulletin 


Seniors and parents, as soon as possible, please complete and submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), at fafsa.gov, along with any other financial aid applications your chosen school(s) may require.


  • The next ACT will occur on October 27. Late registration deadline is Sunday, Oct. 14. (The following ACT will occur on December 8 with a registration deadline of November 2.)
  • The next SAT will occur on November 3. Late registration deadlines are Tuesday, Oct. 16 for mailed registration and Wednesday, Oct. 24 for registrations made online or by phone. (The following SAT will occur on December 1 with a registration deadline of November 2.)

Practice Preparing for the ACT and 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. For additional info and dates, visit www.torchprep.com or call 888-382-8174.


Mrs. Julie Pratt, who runs our College and Career Resource Center (CCRC), wants to make students aware of the following:

  • The next ACT will be on Saturday, Oct. 27. Students can get extra practice in the CCRC every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. It is important to prepare for the ACT as much as possible.
  • Any student who is considering attending Sinclair should see Mrs. Pratt in the CCRC for an application. Sinclair Merit Scholarship become available November 1, and the application process needs to be completed before applying for a scholarship.

UD/Sinclair Academy

Learn more about the UD/Sinclair Academy at an information session on Thursday, Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the University of Dayton. Students will hear from admission counselors from both colleges, tour the UD campus, and visit with representatives from their academic area. Parents may also attend the information session. As a participant in the Academy, students will complete their first 2 years at Sinclair, then transfer to UD to complete their bachelor's degree. See Mrs. Pratt in the CCRC to register.

The Connor Group Scholarship

The Kids and Community Partners Department of The Connor Group has launched a scholarship program for high school seniors and current college enrollees. Click here for further information. Deadline to apply is January 1.

UD Open House Event

University of Dayton will be having an Open House event on Sunday, Nov. 11, 12-4 p.m. RSVP at 800-UD PRIDE.



  • Mon, 10/15 – Alumni meeting, 6 p.m., lecture room
  • Tues, 10/16 – 8:45 a.m. Late Start due to Teacher Team Time
  • Tues, 10/16 – Study tables, 3:05-4:00 p.m., media center
  • Thurs, 10/18 – Study tables, 3:05-4:00 p.m., media center
  • Thurs, 10/18 – Last day of 1st Quarter
  • Thurs, 10/18 – NHS Induction, 7 p.m., PAT
  • Fri, 10/19 – No classes
  • Fri, 10/19 – PreACT, 8 a.m. until noon, central gym
  • Sat, 10/20 – Band at Miamisburg Marching Band Contest



Trivia Night

Get a team together for the upcoming “Trivia Night” on Thursday, Oct. 25, sponsored by the Vandalia Optimist Club. The event will occur at Celebrations II, starting at 6:30 p.m. with dinner (heavy hors d’oeuvres) and four rounds of trivia to follow at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale for $20 per person. Space is limited so be sure to buy your tickets today to guarantee a seat for what’s sure to be a fun-filled evening supporting the community youth of Vandalia-Butler! Click here for further information and the registration form. 

Calamity Day Parent Letter

Click here to read Superintendent Robert O’Leary’s Calamity Day Parent Letter for the 2018-2019 calendar year. Please note, if a 2-hour delay occurs on a Tuesday when we have a Butler late-start scheduled due to teacher team time, the team time is cancelled, and classes at Butler begin at 9:45 a.m.

Butler Wresting & Basketball Mattress Sale Fundraiser

The Butler Wrestling and Basketball programs’ 6th Annual Mattress Sale fundraiser will be held on Sunday, Nov. 18. Brand new, name-brand mattress sets (Simmons, Restonic, etc.) will be marked 50% off retail prices. These are top quality mattress sets with full manufacturer warranties. All sizes, price ranges, delivery and free layaway will be available. A complete mattress showroom will be set up in the Butler High School cafeteria from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18. If you, a family member, or anyone you know is in the market for a new mattress…please support this fundraiser! If you need a new mattress before this sale or have any questions, please contact one of the following: Debbie Harbin, Ultimate Fundraising Solutions at dharbin65@yahoo.com, Mark Peck at mark.peck@vbcsd.com or 937-415-6311, or Darren Wyrick at darren.wyrick@vbcsd.com or 937-415-6354.

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.

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. For more information and the application, visit the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing website

Film Competition

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.

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.

Baseball Fundraiser

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.

Warning about a New Drug

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office wishes to provide awareness to parents about a new drug. There is a type of crystal meth going around that looks like strawberry pop rocks (the candy that sizzles and ‘pops’ in your mouth). It is known as strawberry meth or strawberry quick. It smells like strawberry, and it is being handed out to kids. Kids are ingesting it thinking it is candy and are being rushed to the hospital in dire condition. It also comes in chocolate, peanut butter, cola, cherry, grape and orange. Please instruct your children not to accept candy from strangers and not to accept candy that looks like this from friends (who may not be aware of what it is) or someone else they know. If they are ever approached by someone distributing this ‘candy,’ they should tell a responsible adult immediately.

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! Not To Be a Lawnmower Parent,” go to https://preventionactionalliance.org/about/programs/know/.

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.




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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 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, 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.