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.

ASE SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE: The deadline for the 10th Annual AES Scholarship is October 7, 2015. Visit our website at http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm and please encourage your students to apply.

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.

ATTENTION BOWLERS: Attention Bowlers! If you are interested in joining the VASJ bowling team please see Ms. Nahra this week. Bowling preseason begins this Saturday! If you are attending the practice please sign-up outside of Ms. Nahra’s room.

CROSS COUNTRY: The VASJ McDonough Cross Country Invitational was a great success with over 1200 runners! Our top runners in the event were: freshman, Alonzo Gaffney who finished 88th and senior, Olivia Vidmar who finished 44th. Our boys team finished 15 out of 27 which is up 3 places from last year. The cross country team runner of the week is freshman, Jason Priah, who dropped 1 minute from the previous week. Way to go Vikings!

DISCIPLINE PROCEDURE: Has your grade in discipline slipped to 30 or below? If so, you need to plan on attending the first Saturday School, which will be held on Saturday, October 3. You will be receiving a One Call notification, and a One Call reminder, but you should make sure to call off work - that will NOT be accepted as an excuse for not attending. Saturday School will be from 8 a.m. until noon.

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

FALL RAFFLE: It’s time to sell tickets for the Annual VASJ Fall Raffle. The cost is $5 per ticket and each student is encouraged to sell 10 raffle tickets. Additional tickets are also available to sell. Our goal is to sell 5,000 tickets. The raffle entries and money are to be returned to the Advancement Office no later than Monday, October 26. 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 on December 1 for 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 at rharris@vasj.com.

There will be a GEM meeting for all past members on Wednesday, September 30, after school. This is a planning meeting for ideas for this school year. Please attend on Wednesday so that we can plan out a great year for GEM.

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!
  • On Thursday October 1, Hiram College will visit VASJ at 11 a.m. The college visits will be held in room 108. You must bring a pass from your teacher to excuse you from class. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are welcome to attend.

  • The NASA Glenn Research Center is providing paid summer internship opportunities, 8 weeks in duration, to students interested in careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and professional administration at the NASA Glenn Research Center.

    See the attached flyer for more details or go to https://intern.nasa.gov/.
  • 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 at8 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: Our dance this year will be Saturday, October 17, 2015 in the gymnasium from 7:30 -10:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. and all students must be in the gym by 7:30 p.m.Students will be allowed to leave no earlier than 10 p.m. The price is $25 per student (check made out to VASJ Homecoming). We will have finger foods from Tizzano’s, pastries and refreshments (including slushies). The dress code is coat/sweater and tie/turtle neck for gentleman – no vest only options. The ladies shall wear a dress/skirt, or pants suits. As always, we dress in good taste with Christian modesty. All students may attend and bring one guest from another school, but they will need a VASJ Homecoming Contract signed by their principal or school administrator. All VASJ students and parents must also sign the VASJ Homecoming Contract. The form has been sent to all students in their school email. The contract must be turned in when buying tickets. A professional photographer will provide portrait pictures with more information on pricing to come later. Tickets go on sale October 7–through 9 during lunch periods in the cafeteria to seniors and juniors. From October 12 through 14 tickets are on sale during lunch for all students. After October 15 tickets are $35 and can only be purchased from Mr. Minadeo. Any questions may be directed to Student Council Moderator, Gary Minadeo at gminadeo@vasj.com or (216) 481-8414 ext. 112.

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.

There will be a meeting of the Spiritual Life and Arts & Environment committees of Peer Ministry tomorrow at 7:15 AM

PICTURE RE-TAKE DAY: Did your student miss picture day? Did your pictures not capture your students special essence? Mark your calendar for Picture Re-take Day -Tuesday, October 6 at 8 a.m.

Late payment or reorder: Parents may order or reorder after all packages are delivered via the instructions that will be provided to all students at that time.This option is available once the packages from picture day are delivered and carries a shipping and handling charge of $7.50 per package and will result in delivery 2 - 3 weeks after placing the order. More on this option to come.

SERVICE: 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 is October 12-17. Click here for information.

TEEN VOLUNTEER STAFF: The Euclid Hospital Teen Volunteer Staff is filled to capacity is unable to accept more volunteers at this time. Please do not contact the Euclid Hospital. Students will need to research other opportunities.

TEST BAGS: Click here for flyer.

VENTURES: There will be a Ventures meeting on Tuesday after school. If you are interested in being involved in the creation of the school's literary magazine, please join us. The meeting will be in room 203 on Tuesday, September 29 at 3:15 p.m. We will be discussing ideas for the theme for this year's edition

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