Education

Sat
19
Aug

Taylor hired as new Van High School band director

Randy Taylor

School band director

Three new employees were hired for the band program in Van ISD by the Van School Board following an executive session July 31 at the newly remodeled Van High School Library.

Among those hired was Randall Taylor, who will serve as the new VHS Band Director. Taylor comes to Van from Fruitvale.

Also hired were assistant band directors Timothy Bagert and Nick Moore. Other new employees hired included Jennifer Renfro, teacher and Jodi Waters, LSSP.

The trustees also accepted the resignations of assistant band director David Carlsen and teacher Mandy Moore.

Fri
18
Aug

Discipline program discussed by Van ISD trustees

Regulations from the Disciplinary Alternative Education Placement (DAEP) were presented to the Van School Board by Van ISD Superintendent Don Dunn July 31 during the board’s regular monthly meeting held at the newly remodeled Van High School Library.

“Their policy states that an elementary school student may not be placed in DAEP with a student that is not in elementary school,” said Dunn. “What they have done is provide us with an option. One option is that we can declare elementary classification as grades kindergarten through fifth grade and secondary education as grades 6-12 or elementary can be classified as kindergarten through sixth grade and secondary education would then be grades 7-12. The second option is the way we have it now.”

Sat
12
Aug

Tips for Back to School Shopping

School bells will be ringing before we know it, and with Tax-Free Weekend right around the corner, many families will be taking advantage of annual back-to-school specials on supplies. Whether you plan to shop at your favorite retail store, a consignment shop, and/or in the drawers and closets of your home, Better Business Bureau serving Central East Texas (BBB) recommends sticking to a budget to avoid the common overspending on school supplies.

Sun
06
Aug

University News

Tyrhenny Stinnett, Social Work, has been named to the President’s List at Stephen F. Austin State University for the spring semester of 2017.

To be eligible for this honor, a student must be enrolled in 12 or more semester hours and maintain a grade-point average of 4.0.

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Mon
10
Jul

University News

Stephen F. Austin

The following students from Van have been named to the Dean’s List at Stephen F. Austin State University for the spring semester; Graysen Gingles, Social Work; Alexandra Kauble, Animal Science; and

Kelley Willis, Communication Disorders To be eligible for this honor, a student must be enrolled in 12 or more semester hours and maintain a grade-point average of 3.5.

Fri
07
Jul

The Value of Parents and Communities in Schools

With the first day of school fast approaching, my mind is swirling with ideas I want to try this school year. Among the many ideas I am tossing around, parent and community engagement are among my top priorities. Research overwhelmingly demonstrates when parents are involved actively in their children’s schooling, their children perform better academically and socially. Research also shows when communities are involved actively in schools, schools improve tremendously, regardless of how high or low schools perform. Parental and community involvement are cost effective, immediately available mechanisms to improve student achievement and school performance.

Thu
22
Jun

University News

Ayers earns Ph.D. in Egyptian Archaeology

Natasha Ayers earned her Ph.D. in Egyptian Archaeology from the University of Chicago with Honors for her dissertation “Cultural Change in Upper Egypt from the late Middle Kingdom through the Second Intermediate Period: A New Analysis of the Ceramic Material.” The doctoral hooding took place on June 9, 2017, at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel in Chicago, and degrees were conferred at the university-wide convocation on June 10, 2017. Ayers teaches at the University of Chicago and excavates at the ancient provincial capital of Tell Edfu in Egypt. She is the daughter of Gerald and Molly Ayers of Grand Saline and a 1999 graduate of Grand Saline High School.

Tue
23
May

Varsity Majorette Line

Van High School recently announced its varsity majorette line for the 2017-18 school year. The line includes Julianne Johnson, captain; Carli Davidson, Brooklynn Devisscher, Emily Fry, Abigale Rumbo, Bethany Tompkins, Michele Campa and Casi Davidson. The instructor is Paige Redmond.

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Thu
27
Apr

VHS Theatre to host summer kids camp

The Van High School Theatre Department is announcing its 10th annual Summer Theatre Kids Camp which will be held May 22-26 at the Van ISD Auditorium.

“The purpose of the kids theatre camp will be to instruct students in the basics of performance with each participant featured in a final production in the auditorium Friday, May 26 at 7 p.m.,” pointed out VHS Theatre instructor Larry Wisdom. “Students will learn basics in characterization, interpretation, voice, movement and play production. Students will also experience theatre activities that foster self-confidence and positive self-image, explore a character in a play and learn the value of ensemble. The final performance will the last day of camp on Friday evening, May 26.”

Mon
10
Apr

Second Vandal Service Day set for May 12, 13

Vandal Service Day is a student volunteer event to express Van ISD’s sincere gratitude in remembrance of all who came to the school district’s aid after the devastating tornado that struck the school district on May 10, 2015.

Through service-oriented projects, Vandal Service Day fosters campus and community unity as students come together to show their selfless spirit and gratitude to the communities of Van ISD.

Conducted near the anniversary of the tornado, the Van Vandals will serve in the spirit of “Looking Back, Moving Forward.”

From raking yards, planting trees, weeding flowerbeds to hauling debris, Vandal Service Day will unite students with community members in need.

Many of the projects will be carried out in the spirit of “Looking Back” in working to repair damage done by the tornado, however, many projects will be done in the spirit of “Moving Forward” with jobs done to help any community members in need.

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