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.
Vicksburg High School participated in the Bach Festival of Kalamazoo, which brings master conductors like Sigrid Johnson (pictured), a professor of choral music at St. Olaf college, to work with high school choirs at their festival. Our Chamber Singers sang two songs and then received some compliments and pointers on how to improve their performance. (Photo by Zolton Cohen)
MLive has a couple of great articles on our Bulldog Beginnings Preschool program. Below is an exerpt.
Getting children ready to learn for kindergarten is the goal in Great Start Readiness Program classrooms across the state. An influx of $130 million for the state-funded preschool program for low- and moderate-income families has allowed the program to expand across the state.
Here in Vicksburg Community Schools, where one-in-three students is eligible for a free or reduced-priced lunch, it’s easy to see the difference expansion has made. Two years ago, there was one GSRP classroom in one of the school district’s three elementary schools. That classroom hosted preschoolers for a half-day program in the morning and another set of four-year-olds in the afternoon.
Vicksburg went from 32 children in half-day programs four days a week, to 48 children in full-day programs five days a week.
For the full article, please go to www.MLive.com
LATE START DAYS FOR ALL STUDENTS
For the remainder of the 2014-15 school year all Vicksburg schools will have 3 late start days. Students will begin their school day 2 hours later than usual on these days.
Mark your calendars for the following dates:
> February 9th
> April 20th
> May 11th
Parents: Learn the Facts about Enterovirus D68
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed information and resources for parents about Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68).
Please read the article Learn the Facts for more information.
Thank You to a Great Community!
It was another great night to be a Bulldog! The community came out and celebrated at the 6th Annual Tailgate and then stayed to cheer the Varsity team on to a victory.
Thank you to the tailgate sponsors:
Vicksburg Community Schools Foundation
Bronson Vicksburg Outpatient Center
Vicksburg Family Dentistry
Chapman Memorial Church
BUBS 73 Foundation
Vicksburg Lions Club
We could not have done it with out your generous support!
THANK YOU VICKSBURG VOTERS
Your support of our schools, staff, and students is greatly appreciated!
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
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
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!
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,
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.