September 29th kicks off Homecoming weekend and the Van Wert Federation of Teachers will be hosting its annual Scholarship Supper which raises money to provide scholarships for high school seniors. Dinner consists of brats, burgers, and hot dogs along with baked beans, potato salad, applesauce, chips, and desserts. The supper is before the home football game from from 4:30-7:00 on Friday, September 29 in the Goedde Building Gymnasium. Tickets can be purchased from any Van Wert Teacher or at the door. The Cost is $7.00 for Adults; $4.00 for 10 and under.
The Marching Band's fall program celebrates the 90 year history of the band program and is titled "WHAT LIES BETWEEN". "What Lies Between" is "THE DASH" inspired by the Linda Ellis poem "The Dash", which speaks of the dash between birth and death being the most important part of the time span. THE DASH is what gives our lives meaning and for us (the band) THE DASH is what gives the program meaning. The Dash is what defines us. "It matters not how much we own - the cars, the house the cash...what matters is how we live and love, and how we spend our dash". 1928 - 2018 (and beyond).
In celebrating the 90th Anniversary of the VW Bands we hope you will join us on September 1 for the home game against Wapakoneta. Different this year - Alumni will perform at Pregame and/or Halftime. For halftime we have selected two tunes that the Alumni will perform that evening. MACARTHUR PARK (from the Jay Hall years) and SWEET CHILD O' MINE (from the Anthony Alessandrini era) will be featured at halftime (no marching!). Of course we'll also play a Cougar Fight Song!
Stacy Adam, Director of Economic Development for Van Wert County, addressed a group of senior students at VWHS on Thursday. The group of 27 Van Wert High School seniors will be participating in an internship throughout the school year. Students will gain first-hand knowledge, exposure and experience in a variety of career fields and will be reporting to local businesses every day throughout the school year. Such career fields include: Accounting, Nursing, Fire Fighting/EMT, Customer Service, Education, Engineering, Marketing, Real Estate, Human Resources, Psychology, Graphic Design, Physical Therapy, Sports Management and Marketing, and Medicine.
Kerry Koontz, Careers Counselor at Van Wert High School, continues to promote partnerships and career awareness within the business and school communities. This is the second year of the CAREER EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY (CEO) program where Koontz serves as the CEO Internship Coordinator.
This year, Van Wert High School students are partnering with the following 15 businesses...
Bee Gee Realty
Central Mutual Insurance Company
National Door & Trim
Northwest Ohio Screenprinting
Rick Sealscott, CPA
Westwood Behavioral Center
Van Wert County Hospital
Van Wert Elementary School
Van Wert Fire Department
Van Wert Manor
Van Wert City Schools recently announced its visual rebranding, including the launch of the newly rebuilt and reimagined website, vwcs.net. Van Wert City Schools has also adopted several logos, which include the new slogan: “Education — Innovation — Tradition”.
“Education is our first and foremost priority for our students,” explained Bill Clifton, VWCS administrative assistant to the superintendent. “Innovation encompasses our belief that the world is constantly changing and we must adapt our methods to best prepare our students for tomorrow.
“And finally, tradition, because we believe that our past helps shape our future and we cannot move forward without remembering where we came from,” Clifton added.
VWCS has always prided itself on being an innovator within the classroom and wanted a better way of showcasing its students’ experiences with the community.
A district website, as well as four new building websites, went live August 1. VWCS also plans to add a new athletic website in the coming months. The new websites were created with the help of VWCS alumna Taylor Ford (class of 2011) and included several enhancements:
- Simplified platform for organization and ease of viewing.
- Responsive design to optimize user experience across devices.
Easier access for those maintaining the site so information is always up-to-date.
Van Wert City Schools developed their Strategic Plan in 2016 which identified Public Relations as one of the top five goals. VWCS continually tries to stay relevant in today’s world and creating a formal plan was the catalyst for change. “It’s essential to find ways to market ourselves in today’s world,” said Clifton. “Our former superintendent, Ken Amstutz, understood the importance of educating our community on what we do and made the implementation of our district vision a priority.”
District residents should visit each of the websites to gain a better understanding of what VWCS students are learning and achieving every day. They can navigate the various menu options by clicking on the three bars in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. District websites include the following:
Anyone who transports students using school vehicles for the 2017-2018 school year is required to attend the Western Buckeye Bus/Van Driver In-service on August 9th from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Paulding Exempted Village Schools.
The New York Times - Ohio Town's Schools Hope to Be 'More Than a Line Item' in the Federal Budget
The Washington Post - Teachers' Union hosts Devos on Visit to Public Schools in Rural Ohio
Toledo Blade - Devos, Union Chief Amicable on Visit to Northwest Ohio
Journal Gazette - Devos Takes Well-Rounded Visit
Times Bulletin - Van Wert City Schools Spotlighted During Devos Visit