$100 TO THE STUDENT WHO SELLS THE MOST RAFFLE TICKETS: The student who sells the most raffle tickets will earn $100. There are extra tickets available in the Advancement Office. All raffle ticket entries and money are due in the Advancement Office no later than Monday, October 26. Each student is expected to sell 10 tickets. Daily drawings will be held Monday through Friday during the month of November. The cash prizes are $50 Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and $100 on Wednesdays. There will be a bonus drawing onDecember 1for a cash prize of $500. Please help us reach our goal of selling 5,000 raffle tickets. If you should have any questions, please contact Ruby Harris at 216-481-8414 ext. 209 or by email atrharris@vasj.com.

If your student is looking for someone other than family and friends to sell raffle tickets to, please encourage them to approach faculty and staff here at VASJ.From all reports, most teachers and administrative staff in the building have not been approached yet for ticket sales.They can most certainly be included in this opportunity to win, so have your student be the first to ask!

2014-15 VASJ YEARBOOKS: Place your presale order for the 2015-16 yearbooks today. Yearbooks can be ordered online or by check using the form. All information can be found on our website at vasj.com/yearbook.

AFTER SCHOOL PARKING: THE FRONT DRIVE (FACING LAKESHORE) IS NOT TO BE USED FROM 2:30 P.M. ON FOR STUDENT PICK-UP BY PARENTS OR RELATIVES. This area is reserved for the use of VASJ transportation vans so that students can have access so they can get on the road as quickly as possible.

ATHLETIC WEBSITE: Check out the new VASJ Athletic website at http://vasjvikings.com. Also, parents can subscribe to alerts from teams at any school, and will receive alerts from only the teams they subscribe to. All Alerts are one-way. Phone numbers and contact details are kept private. Click here for information. For more information about VNN Sports Mobile App - click here.

BREAKFAST AND LUNCH: Due to early dismissal on Wednesday, October 14, there will be NO breakfast or lunch service available.

CHARLES R. DREW SATURDAY ACADEMY PROGRAM: (CALL FOR APPLICATIONS) - The Cleveland Clinic is pleased to inform you that applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Charles R. Drew Saturday Academy Program. The online application for the 2016 Charles R. Drew Saturday Academy can be accessed by clicking here or visiting https://clevelandclinic.org/diversityprograms. Program Dates: Saturday, January 9, 2016 through Saturday, March 26, 2016 The Charles R. Drew Saturday Academy is a high school pipeline program designed to increase representation of American Indian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander physicians, research scientists, physician investigators, physician leaders, dentists, and dental specialists. Saturday Academy, a collaborative initiative between Cleveland Clinic and Health Legacy of Cleveland, Inc., supports underrepresented minority high school students by providing participants with career information and critical skill sets to support their matriculation through higher education, medical/dental school and beyond. Students engage with health care professionals to learn of the various aspects associated with the fields of medicine, science, and dentistry. Hands-on activities; talks, tours; mentoring sessions with health care professionals; and the implementation of a public health project are all part of this intensive program. Eligibility Criteria for Application to the Charles R. Drew Saturday Academy: A strong interest in science Underrepresented Minority in Medicine (URMM) — American Indian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Must be 15 years of age by January 1, 2016. Must be entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in the fall of the 2015-16 academic year. Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale. Parent must commit to supporting student’s attendance at each session. Using the new online based application, students are able to complete all necessary information including the upload of the official high school transcripts, complete immunization record, and requesting recommendations from a teacher, guidance counselor or principal, and parent/guardian via a system-generated email link. Please refer to the 2016 application instructions attached for more information. Apply Now. Deadline to apply for the 2016 Charles R. Drew Saturday Academy is Friday, October 9, 2015 at 5 p.m.

DRIVERS ED: The November session of Drivers Ed will take place Nov. 23, 24, 30, Dec. 1, 2, 3, 4 (7 classes:  3:15 – 6:55 p.m., room 101). Click here for flyer

GIANT EAGLE: Support our VASJ Students with the Apples for the Students. Click here for flyer!


  • College Visits: Sophomore, junior and senior students are welcome to speak with college representatives provided they have a pass from their teacher to be excused from class. The schedule is currently announced on the Powerschool daily bulletin and announcements. Look for this schedule, scholarships and more to be posted to a Google site coming soon!

  • 10th and 11th graders will be taking the PSAT onWednesday October 14, 2015. Taking the PSAT offers all students the chance to experience taking a college readiness test and to identify students who might benefit from advanced coursework.

    Make sure your child brings sharpened soft lead No. 2 pencils with good erasers and a scientific calculator (TI-89 and TI-92 are prohibited).

    Testing will begin promptly at 8 a.m.and concludes at 12 p.m. Students will then be dismissed from school at 12 p.m.

    For more information, you can contact Chris Petitti, at 216-481-8414, ext. 204 or at cpetitti@vasj.com.

    If you would like additional information about the PSAT, you may sign up for a newsletter at https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/get-started/for-parents or visit the CollegeBoard Website at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10?navid=bf-psat
  • 9th grade students will be taking the ACT Aspire Assessment (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing) on Wednesday October 14, 2015. The ACT Aspire gives us important information that allow us to determine how your child is progressing, as well as along their overall path toward future college and career readiness.

    Make sure your child brings sharpened soft lead No. 2 pencils with good erasers and a scientific calculator (TI-89 and TI-92 are prohibited).

    Testing will begin promptly at 8 a.m.and concludes at 12 p.m. Students will be dismissed from school at 12 p.m.

    For more information, you can contact Chris Petitti, at 216-481-8414, ext. 204 or at cpetitti@vasj.com.

    You can also visit the ACT Aspire Website at http://www.discoveractaspire.org/

HOMECOMING DANCE: Seniors and Juniors, and anyone with the Gatsby Pass, may purchase tickets during lunch this Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for $25 and your dance contract. All student may purchase tickets next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for $25 and a dance contract. Tickets purchased on Thursday and Friday of next week are $35.

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY: National Honor Society is beginning a bottle and can recycling program. Currently we are experimenting with location. Each of these bins is clearly marked for cans and bottles, either with a sign or the fact that there is a circle or square opening on the top. Apparently, some students have put food or wrappers in these bins. Please be responsible and only use these bins for cans or bottles. 'Don't be trashy; recycle.'

OARSMEN CLUB CLAMBAKE: Tickets are being sold for the Oarsmen Club Clambake which will be held on Friday, October 9 at 6:30 p.m. View the flyer with ticket details here: http://www.vasj.com/Websites/vasj/images/News_and_Events/2015_16/Oarsmen_Club_Annual_Clambake_2015_revised.pdf

ALSO: The Tech Building will be open from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, October 9, during the Clambake for people to come see our improvements.

OPEN HOUSE: Due to our Open House for prospective students and families, tutoring for tonight has been cancelled. Students are expected to leave the building at the conclusion of their last class unless they are in the building for a club or to meet with a teacher. While this is not a rapid dismissal, all students are to be out of the building within 10 minutes of dismissal. If a teacher has students with them, those students are asked to go to their lockers immediately after school and get their things so the cleaning staff can work on the building with no interruptions. Students waiting for rides are asked to wait in the main office as always or out by the track, not in the back hallway, or in the gym hallway these areas need to be cleaned. Teachers please help to clear the hallways after school!

SERVICE: October 23 is a free day for students. Plan ahead to use this date to complete service hours particularly if a student plans to volunteer at an elementary school. Please call the school several weeks in advance to schedule. Each school has a limited number of students that they can accept on any particular day. Do not show up without scheduling in advance.

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank has service opportunities. If a student wishes to do their service hours at The Greater Cleveland Food Bank, they must register online at their website. Students must be 16 years old to volunteer without a parent or guardian. The volunteer calendar to schedule dates closes on the Thursday prior to the following week. There are shifts available for "repacking" from 4-6 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays. Click on "repacking " event to sign up for these shifts.

SPIRIT WEEK: Spirit Week is October 12-17. Click here for information.

TEST BAGS: Click here for flyer.

TUTORING: Due to our Open House for prospective students and families, tutoring for tonight has been cancelled. 

WEEKLY MASS: Parishioners from OLL will join VASJ students in celebrating a weekly Mass in our Chapel each Tuesday at 9 a.m.

WINGS OF WOMEN CONFERENCE: There will be a Wings of Wisdom Conference held at The International Women's Air & Space Museum on Saturday, October 10, 2015. Further information can be found at www.iwasm.org. There you will find the application for acceptance.