WEEK OF APRIL 11, 2016:
VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE
We have been notified by the Cleveland Police Department that patrol cars will be surveying the area on Lakeshore Boulevard in front of the school. Under no circumstances is parking or stopping permitted on the street.
It has been noted that parents and others have engaged in the practice of stopping on the street while they wait for their students at the end of the school day. This creates a highly dangerous situation and it is strictly forbidden.
The police will issue tickets to violators.
You may wait for your student in back of the school or in the turnaround next to the Hospice property, which is just west of the turnaround in front of the school.
David Csank Richard Osborne
2016-17 COURSE SELECTIONS: Please review course selections/placements for the 2016-17 school year NO LATER THAN April 28. You can view these through PowerSchool and under CLASS REGISTRATION. This feature is not available on all mobile platforms, so you may need to access PowerSchool through a computer. A $30 course change fee will be charged for any changes requested after April 28. Please contact your child's Guidance Counselor to discuss course selections for next school year.
DRIVERS EDUCATION: Information for the March and May sessions of drivers education are available in the main office or click here for flyer.
GIANT EAGLE: Support our VASJ Students with the Apples for the Students. Click here for flyer.
GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS: Graduation announcements are on sale in the Business Office for $1.75 per announcement, CASH ONLY, while supplies last. Please call Lori Conley at ext. 240 with questions regarding the purchase of these announcements.
GRADUATION SPEAKER INFORMATION: All seniors are invited to participate in the 2016 graduation speaker competition that will be held on April 26, 2016. To be a speaker at the 2016 Commencement Exercises you need to be chosen by the graduation speaker selection committee, made up of faculty and staff.
What are the criteria? First, you need to prepare a two to four minute speech. This speech should focus on your feelings, your thoughts, your perceptions, as graduation takes place. It is up to you to determine the content. Whether you reflect on the past, examine the present, or anticipate the future, you decide which direction you take. The committee will rate the content, organization, logic, general delivery, over-all effectiveness and impact of your speech.
Second, you need to prepare your delivery of the speech. You need not have your speech memorized for the presentation before the committee. You may use notes, etc. The committee, however, will rate your delivery as well as the content of your speech.
Third, you need to sign up for the speaker try-outs. The sign-up form is in Mr. Raddell’s room. (The order of presentation will then be randomly selected from this list.)
Finally, you will give your speech before the committee on Tuesday, April 26, after school, in room 108. If you participate in a sport that has a scheduled event for that day and you wish to be a graduation speaker see Mrs. Scheider immediately. Also, plan your other personal commitments, including any work schedule, around this date.
We encourage all seniors interested in speaking at graduation to participate in this program. Your past accomplishments or activities at VASJ will not determine your selection. Your enthusiasm and Viking Spirit and Pride are important.
GUIDANCE: College Visits: Please make sure to check the calendar hanging on the wall in the Guidance Department for all of the upcoming college visit talks that are scheduled. Reminder: You must bring a pass from your teacher to excuse you from class. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are welcome to attend.
WELDING EMPLOYER PANEL: at Lakeland Community College on April 21 from 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. in Room T-129. Join us for this open panel discussion with local employers: Alloy Bellows and Babcock & Wilcox.
This event is intended to be an open panel discussion for current and potential students to learn more about what it is really like to be a welder for a local company. We encourage attendees to come ready with any questions for these local employers to learn more about the work environment, skills required, interview processes, benefits, etc. Click here for more information.
EARN COLLEGE CREDIT: Summer opportunity for students to earn college credit. Please click here for more information.
ALPHA OMEGA FOUNDATION: is the philanthropic arm of Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Each year, we recognize 10th grade students who have achieved academic excellence and have demonstrated leadership skills in their local schools at our annual “Salute to Excellence” Program. If you have participated in our recognition program in the past, we thank you for collaborating with us in this endeavor. If you are participating for the first time, we welcome you into this partnership. Forms must returned via email or US mail no later than Thursday, May 6, 2016. Please click here for more information.
THE KENT STATE UNIVERSITY GEAUGA CAMPUS & REGIONAL ACADEMIC CENTER SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION: The Geauga Campus and Regional Academic Center scholarship application can be found online at: https://www.kent.edu/geauga/geauga-scholarships.
It is now an electronic application for any students interested in attending the Burton or Twinsburg locations. Also, a new, full-ride scholarship has been added this year called the Paul Franklin Immigrant Heritage Scholarship.
SAINTS AND SCHOLARS: Greetings from Holy Cross College, part of the Catholic tri-campus at Notre Dame, Indiana. As one of our high school partners, we would like to share with you our Saints & Scholars Summer Theology Institute for High School Students. The heart of our institute is a small seminar experience in which youth choose one of four tracks and explore how theology relates to… public health, human rights, sustainability, or media. Even if students are not headed for a theology major, they will get a taste of college academics and see how their faith relates to contemporary challenges. Thanks to a grant, the total cost is only $225 for the whole week including room and board! We will offer this week-long experience twice – the week of July 17 and the week of July 24 and students have the option of coming a week early to participate in the Notre Dame Vision program. Click here for more information.
2016 WISE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION INFORMATION: The WISE (Women in Sports and Events) Cleveland Scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to women aspiring to have careers in events or sports, who are graduating high school seniors or current college students and residents of Northeast Ohio. For eligibility criteria and more information please visit http://www.wisecleveland.org/scholarship/.
Plant Sale: Spring is just around the corner and so is VASJ's Parent Organization's Annual Plant Sale. We have a wonderful selection of hanging baskets, flower flats and vegetable pots and more! See attached flyer.
Test Bags: It's that time of year again ~ FINALS! Surprise your student with a pre-ordered Test Bag (Treat Bag) for $5. All Test Bags are delivered the morning of the first day of exams in homeroom. This is a wonderful way to send good wishes and encouragement on a semester and year well done! Senior exams will be on May 18, 2016 and underclassmen exams will begin on May 31, 2016 through June 1, 2016. The deadline to order your Test Bag(s) is Monday, May 9, 2016, so don't miss the opportunity to purchase your Test Bag(s) today. Your student and Parent Organization thanks you for your purchase! See attached Test Bag Order Form for more details.
VASJ Parent Organization Needs You: See attached flyer.
SALLY FURLICH SCHOLARSHIP (SPONSORED BY THE VASJ PARENT ORGANIZATION): The Sally Furlich Scholarship is awarded to four students in any grade level. Any current VASJ student in good standing in both academics and discipline may apply. This is a merit-based scholarship awarded to the student(s) that best exemplifies the qualities and philosophy of Sally Furlich. Sally had a very strong sense of community and Viking service. Please see attached application for criteria and deadline information. Good Luck!
SCHOOL CLOSINGS: If the school is closed unexpectedly we will notify the media and you will see the name Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School. You will also receive a call through the One Call Now system to notify you of any school closings.
SENIORS: Seniors should bring a copy of all college acceptances and all scholarship awards to Mrs. Duhigg in the guidance office no later than April 28, 2016 to be included in the graduation program.
Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland - Summer of Service Program: Freshmen and Sophomores: Get your service hours completed this summer before school even begins. The Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland will be continuing on with teen volunteer programs with the Second Annual Summer of Service. Applications are now live on our website at http://www.rmhcleveland.org/summerofservice and are due May 13.
Youth Challenge brings together children with physical disabilities and youth volunteers who enrich each other's lives through one-on-one participation in adapted sports and recreational activities.
Participants: 170+ children, ages 4-18, with physical impairments, such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida and a variety of other disabilities, who reside at home and attend local schools.
Volunteers: 450+ teens, ages 12-18, are trained seasonally by professionals and peers to work with children with physical disabilities.
Programs: Over 300 activities are offered year-round with adaptive sports and recreational equipment and adjustments to suit each child's interests.
Date: Thursday, April 28, 2016
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Shore Cultural Centre Room 106, 291 E. 222nd St., Euclid
Description: Please RSVP to Sarah Perez-Stable at 440-892-1001 prior to the training session. Preregistration is required as training space is limited. For more information about Youth Challenge, go to their website http://www.youthchallengesports.com.
WEEKLY MASS: Parishioners from OLL will join VASJ students in celebrating a weekly Mass in our Chapel each Tuesday at 9 a.m.