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Welcome to the Vicksburg Community Schools

We are glad you are taking the time to get to know us, and we look forward to knowing and working with you. Whether you are a student, parent, employer, community member, prospective employee, or an interested citizen, we are eager to share with you our commitment to teaching and learning and our joy in serving children.

A strong tradition of excellence and achievement characterizes Vicksburg's school programs, our staff, and most notably, our students. Vicksburg parents have high aspirations for their children. Together, we work to provide programs and services, which will help each child, reach their potential and enjoy success. Parents, staff, and students alike, have come to think of Vicksburg as a winning team.

As you look through this website, you will get a snapshot of the Vicksburg Community Schools. We invite you, also, to visit our schools in person, talk with us, and become part of the Vicksburg Community Schools Family.

Charles Glaes
Superintendent



The Gilmore 2014 - Performances by Andrew Hsu on April 27th and by Anderson & Roe on April 22nd, both at our Performing Arts Center.
STATE REDUCES NUMBER OF DAYS TO BE MADE UP

Governor Snyder recently signed legislation which reduced the minimum number of days of instruction in Michigan schools this year due to the severe winter weather. For Vicksburg it reduces the number of make-up days by two. Consequently, the school year will be extended by two days, not four, as previously announced.

As of this date, therefore, the calendar will be changed as follows:

Friday, June 6, 2014, will be a full day of school for students and staff.

Monday, June 9, 2014, will also be a full day for students and staff.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014, will be a half day for students and a full day for staff.

Should future school cancellations require additional days of school, we will add days as necessary. Any added days will follow the same format, with the last day of school being a half day for students.

Update on Late Start/Early Release Days

This year we scheduled five Late Start/Early Release Days with secondary students starting later than normal, and elementary dismissing earlier than usual. Due to scheduling difficulties we have experienced this year, we have determined it is in the best interest of students to change the last two Late Start/Early Release Days to Late Start Days for All Students.

What does this mean for your student? Bus pick-up times for both secondary and elementary will be two hours later than their usual time on April 21 and May 12. Start time will be as follows:

High School
Late Start Drop Off – 9:25, Start Time – 9:41

Middle School
Late Start Drop Off – 9:25, Start Time – 9:44

Sunset Lake/Tobey
Late Start Drop Off – 10:45, Start Time – 10:55

Indian Lake
Late Start Drop Off – 10:50, Start Time – 11:00

Dismissal will be at the normal time.

We apologize for any inconvenience this late change may cause your family, however, we are confident that the ultimate result will be enhanced instruction in an improved, better aligned curriculum for all students.

Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival

The 2012 Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival returns to Vicksburg! Recipient of numerous awards and grants, Andrew Hsu, a 2014 Gilmore Young Artist, is a critically acclaimed composer and pianist. Currently residing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Andrew pursues an Artist Diploma in music composition at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, where he holds the Rising Star Annual Fellowship. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Andrew began showing signs of musical talent as early as five years of age, but did not begin to take formal piano lessons until he was seven years old. Composition lessons quickly followed less than two years after, and improvisation a year after that. He continued to excel at school during this time. Today, Andrew is an extremely versatile musician and "new music junkie", and enjoys various musical activities, including chamber music, improvisation, teaching, musical outreach and collaborations with other modern art forms. In addition to his dedication to music, Andrew's interests outside of music are vast, including but not limited to literature, philosophy, history and mathematics. Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 4:00pm

Gilmore Family Concert

With Billboard chart-topping albums, Emmy-nominated music videos, and an extensive international touring schedule, the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo aims to make classical music a relevant and powerful force in society. Anderson & Roe seamlessly blend music from the worlds of pop, rock, cinema, and classical music. The presentation features discussions that will challenge your ideas of genre, personal taste, and musical inspiration. Open new musical doors with this interactive genre-blurring two-piano concert. April 22, 2014, 7:00pm Doors open at 6:30 pm. All ages welcome. Free Admission.

Summer Scholarships

The Vicksburg Education Association will be offering summer scholarships for all students, elementary through high school, in the Vicksburg Community Schools. The scholarships are available for many activities such as sports camps, art classes, swimming lessons, tennis lessons, science class, computer classes, and many more.

Applications will be available in every school office or at the link below.

All applications must be completed and returned to Chris Kosiba at the High School no later than May 2 at 3:30 p.m. Scholarships will be drawn by lottery system and recipients will be notified by June 10.

The VEA also raises funds for the Grace Molineaux Memorial Scholarship for a graduating senior who is pursuing a career in education. Seniors planning on going into the educational field should check with their counselors for more information on this scholarship.

Click here, VEA Summer Scholarship, for a printable application.

Kindergarten Kick-off and Screening

It's the time of year to enroll your student in Kindergarten. The following dates have been scheduled for each elementary building.

Tobey Elementary
Kick-off April 15 - 6:00 pm
Screening April 22, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Indian Lake Elementary
Kick-off April 17 - 6:00 pm
Screening April 24, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sunset Lake Elementary
Kick-off April 22 - 6:00 pm
Screening April 28, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm & April 29, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

For age requirements please read Ready for Kindergarten?

Please call the Elementary buildings for more information.

Keeping Our Children Safe

Are your children safe while online? Michigan families, especially minors, are becoming inundated with advertisements from alcohol, tobacco, pornography and gambling marketers through different internet and cell phone in-boxes. Texting their advertisements is the newest marketing effort that many of these companies are using. Thankfully, the State of Michigan offers a free program to stop adult advertisements from reaching e-mails, mobile phones (text messaging ads) and instant messenger IDs. The Michigan Child Protection Registry, like the federal Do Not Call List, is a free do-not-contact service for Michigan’s families and schools and can be located at ProtectMIChild.com

As a strong supporter of this registry, I would like to encourage you to sign your entire family up for the registry and inform your friends and colleagues about how they can protect children and families from unwanted adult advertising. To sign up only takes seconds. Just go to www.ProtectMIChild.com and keep your family safe.

For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) ProtectMIChild FAQ

Charles Glaes
Superintendent

District Messaging System

This year, Vicksburg Community Schools is changing vendors when contacting you with a general or an emergency district message. In order for us to contact you, we must have your correct phone number, email address, and your contact preference. The District Messaging System works in conjunction with Infinite Campus. If you already have an Infinite Campus account, be sure to update your phone number, email address and contact preference through the parent portal. If you do not have an Infinite Campus account, please contact your school and request an account.

High School (269) 321-1100

Middle School (269) 321-1300

Sunset Lake Elementary (269) 321-1500

Indian Lake Elementary (269) 321-1400

Tobey Elementary (269) 321-1600

See the directions on how to change your contact information click on Change Contact Information Instructions. Please make sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page to save your changes. If you need to create your portal account you can download the form here Parent Portal Account Request Form and send it or bring it into your school.

Vicksburg Named to AP® Honor Roll

Vicksburg Community Schools is one of 539 schools districts across 44 of the 50 states in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 3rd Annual AP® District Honor Roll for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement® course work while increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. Achieving both of these goals is the ideal scenario for a district’s AP program because it indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit most from rigorous AP course work. Since 2010 , Vicksburg Community Schools has increased the number of students participating in AP by 91% (with enrollments jumping from 183 up to 349 this year), while improving the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher from 66% in 2010 to 75% in 2012. More than 90 percent of colleges and universities across the U.S. offer college credit, advanced placement or both for a score of 3 or above on an AP Exam — which can potentially save students and their families thousands of dollars in college tuition.

State Announces New School Ranking System; Vicksburg Schools Remain High Achievers

Annually, public school students in grades 3 through 9 take the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) test, and 11th graders take the Michigan Merit Exam (MME). The State of Michigan uses the scores from these tests to assign school building report card grades and calculate Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), a measure of year-to-year student achievement on the MEAP or the MME.

This year “raised the bar” by approving new higher cut scores, which are used to separate test takers into various proficiency categories. Despite the resulting drop in student scores across the state, Vicksburg Community Schools' scores remained high in most areas compared with other schools.

Enrollment for Non-resident Students

The Vicksburg Community Schools is accepting applications for enrollment from non-resident students residing in a school district located in any contiguous intermediate district (outside of Kalamazoo County). At this time, enrollment is open for all grades and schools, including the WAY Program, within the Vicksburg Community Schools Program.

Parents or guardians interested in submitting an application for enrollment under the provisions of this program for the 2014-15 school year must submit a completed Vicksburg Community Schools School of Choice application form to the Office of the Superintendent, 301 S. Kalamazoo Avenue, Vicksburg, MI 49097 by September 5, 2014. Please call 321-1003 for information on how to receive and process an application.

Please click here Non-resident Enrollment for the application.

Caring Clubs Help Promote Anti-Bullying

Mrs. Houghton, the counselor at Indian Lake and Tobey Elementary invited 2nd – 5th graders to join something called a Caring Club in both buildings. There were so many students interested in joining the Caring Clubs this year at Indian Lake that they had to form 3 clubs. We formed 2 clubs at Tobey Elementary. This was a new organization that started at both elementary schools to encourage students to get involved in promoting an anti-bullying climate at our schools. These groups met once a month and they came up with their own plans with direction and guidance from Mrs. Houghton.

Click on the MORE to see some of the things that each group accomplished this year.

Recognize Excellence in Special Education

We would like to recognize Special Education excellence in any school employee who does outstanding work with special education students.

Please go to www.kresa.org/pac to nominate!

Updated Information on Vicksburg Student Tickets for Athletics Admittance

Vicksburg Community Schools, along with most school districts in Michigan, made significant cost reductions as a result of a decrease in the per pupil funding from the state of Michigan. Unfortunately, for the 2011-12 school year, we face further reductions in state funding. As a result, we will no longer have the luxury to allow students into athletic events at no charge. Students may purchase tickets at a reduced price of $3.00 for home events in their school’s main office.

*Tickets can be purchased in the high school athletic office for events held prior to the start of school.

**The two Varsity football games, which occur before school starts on August 18 and 25, will have a special Vicksburg student-only entrance where Vicksburg students can purchase tickets for $3.00.

All proceeds from athletic ticket sales are retained in the Athletic Department to help pay for athletic opportunities for Vicksburg students.

Grievance Procedures for Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity/Access

Any person who believes that s/he has been discriminated against or denied equal opportunity or access to programs or services may file a complaint, which shall be referred to as a grievance, with the District’s Civil Rights Coordinator,

Assistant Superintendent
Vicksburg Community Schools
301 S. Kalamazoo Avenue
Vicksburg, MI 49097
Telephone – 269-321-1000

The individual may also, at any time, contact the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, 600 Superior Avenue, Room 750, Cleveland, OH 44114-2611.

Good News from the Lunch Line!

At our new parental website, you can view student activity, make a credit card deposit and check student balances. Please click on the Parent Portal link on the left column to get complete details.

Athletes Don't Pay to Play in Vicksburg!

The Vicksburg Athletic Boosters have stepped up and committed to funding the Athletic Department to avoid student athletes having to “pay to play”. This has become a common cost cutting practice in school districts across the state. Vicksburg is blessed to have supportive and dedicated boosters who want to ensure students have every opportunity to participate in athletics. Club teams, 7th and 8th Grade Football and High School Lacrosse, still have club fees.

Process for Determining the Existence of a Specific Learning Disability

Per the MDE, each local educational agency and public school academy in Michigan is required to publicly post the process used to determine the existence of a Specific Learning Disability (SLD). Please click on the following link to view/download important information.

  • Determining the Existence of a Specific Learning Disability




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