CELL PHONES: Important message regarding cell phones and testing days: If you are found with your cell phone during finals, there will be NO freebies. You will receive a ZERO on the test AND must pay $25 to the Business Office to retrieve your phone.

GUIDANCE: Hiram College is again this summer, offering academies for high school students, residential camps in science, technology, writing and leadership. For more information see Schoology.

The United States Military, in cooperation with Scouting Explorer Posts, has established a military careers post. Training will consist of drill and ceremony, physical fitness, land navigation, map reading, first aid, and other soldiering tasks and drills. An informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 17, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Greater Cleveland Council Service Center, corner of East 22nd Street and Woodland Avenue, next to Tri-C. There is a one-time registration fee of $20.00. Parents are welcome. Subsequent meetings will be held monthly at the Horizon Science Academy.

Attention, students who love to write. From June 14 to June 21, 2015, Denison University in Granville, Ohio is hosting the Reynolds Young Writers Workshop, a residential program, for current sophomores, juniors and seniors. This is an opportunity for students to work intensively with acclaimed poets and writers on Denison's college campus. The application deadline is March 2, 2015. See Mr. Kasper in guidance or Schoology for more details.

Attention seniors: If you haven't already started the process of finding out about financial aid, scholarships and related concerns, now is certainly the time. In Schoology, under "College Information" and "College Scholarships” a posting has been set up with a number of very helpful and creditable links dealing with financial aid and scholarships. See Schoology for more information.

Attention, seniors: The 2015 Ohio Association of Career Colleges and Schools Legislative Scholarship Program for Ohio graduating seniors are offering over 220 scholarships from $2,000 to $44,000. Deadline for applications is April 10, 2015. See Schoology for more information.

Attention, women 25 years old or older (mothers, older sisters, et al.): College Club West, an organization of women college graduates, offers scholarships to women living in Cuyahoga, Medina, and Lorain Counties and who are working toward an undergraduate degree in any area of study. The scholarships will be awarded to women 25 or older and are based on need, goals, and academic records. For the application process, please see Schoology.

Attention seniors: The Cleveland Cavaliers/First Merit Scholarship Program is now underway. Ten $2,000 scholarships will be awarded. Among the registration criteria required is a 500-word essay. All materials must be received by February 13, 2015. See Mr. Kasper in guidance for registration forms and more details.

Muskingum University (New Concord, Ohio) has a PLUS Program, offering comprehensive academic support for students with Learning Differences, including ADHD. Visit www.muskingum.edu/plus/plus.html. See Mr. Kasper in guidance for more information.

HOLIDAY COLLECTION: The Holiday collection for Migration and Refugee Services is moving rather slowly. Our goal is to collect 500 items: 1 tube of toothpaste, a package of soap or any other personal hygiene or cleaning item will be put to good use. All items can be placed in the crib in the main hallway.

MARCH FOR LIFE: The trip to Washington DC for the annual March for Life is coming up January 21, 22 and 23. VASJ has 25 spaces reserved. So far, 10 students have asked for the information. If you are interested in attending, send Ms. Latkovich a message on Schoology or see her before the end of the day on Friday, December 19.

QUEBEC AND MONTREAL TRIP: There is still time to join the group of travelers to Quebec and Montreal scheduled for the week of June 8-12, 2015. Come extend your classroom learning as we explore the rich history of these cities! View the Canadian countryside as we travel by motor coach. Knowledge of French is not a requirement, and adults are welcome! See Mrs. Duraj in room 104 for more information!

SERVICE: Are you feeling generous? Would you like to help make a stranger's Christmas special? If your answer is YES, then here is an idea for you. This Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the Rosemary Center needs student volunteers to help with their Christmas preparations for the residents and their families. If you would like to help out, go to the ACT Service Group page on Schoology for a complete description of these activities and information on how to register. The Rosemary Center is located on Euclid Avenue near the Euclid Sports Plant. You can earn service hours for this service. If you have questions, see Ms. Latkovich or send her a message on Schoology.

VASJ TRANSPORTATION: All transportation students will be picked up in the circular drive in the front of the school.

VIKING ATHLETICS: Congratulations to the Varsity boy’s basketball team on their outstanding weekend performances and in scoring over 200 points in 2 games! Way to make the Viking Village proud!

Congratulations to the boys JV and freshman basketball teams on their games this weekend! Good job Vikings!

Also, they may have come up short, but we would like to thank our Lady Vikings for their commitment and hard work this weekend as well! And to all our other Viking athletes who competed this weekend...thank you for representing the Viking Village. Keep up the great work!

Congratulations to our Lady Vikings varsity and JV teams on their wins last night over Warren JFK!! Great job ladies!!

Good luck to all our Viking athletes in their sporting events over Christmas break!! Bring home victories to the Viking Village!