Although most people are happy to see Friday come along, I am a “Loving Monday” kind of Principal. Monday’s represent the first day of the new week that we can all make a difference in the lives of others. Therefore, February is one of my least favorite months - shorting us 2-3 days that we can continue to make Andrew great for all students!
During February, our Student Council sponsorsJust Dance! This event is an all-school dance that encourages students, freshman through senior, to just dance. No need for dates, no fancy clothes, no limos or nice dinners, just buy a ticket and come out to enjoy a night with your fellow T-Bolts. This year’s theme is Winter Wonderland!
On February 22nd, we honor our Class of 2017 at our annual Senior Academic Recognition Night. This event is our first of several important recognitions for our seniors. At this night, we honor our seniors who have achieved academic excellence in their seven semesters at VJA. We will honor students who academically qualify for the Top 10th percentile, were honored as Illinois State Scholars, achieved impressive stature as National Merit Honorees, and Presidential Award Winners. Additionally, we recognize our Outstanding T-Bolts who have an amazing combination of community service, school involvement, and grade point average. An outstanding event that recognizes incredible students!
For those who plan to be with us in 2017-18, please note some significant changes to the District 230 Calendar. Notably, the fall and spring parent-teacher conferences will be moved to allow our students and staff to recognize Columbus Day and Pulaski Day on their traditional date. Also, we will adjust the day before Thanksgiving to a non-attendance day. The schedule will be posted soon, so please pay particular attention to these changes.
Finally, February is a month for our Class of 2018 to get ready for the SAT! Our juniors will be taking the SAT test at VJA on March 1st. In January, we prepared all of our students through Khan Academy, a free online test preparation. This site embraces an individualized approach to SAT prep and can be accessed anywhere with internet access. Please note that we will be opening labs during T-Bolt time throughout February so that our juniors can access their Khan accounts to help prepare for the SAT. As we’ve communicated to the Class of 2018, we also strongly encourage students to take the ACT on a national test date. Note that VJA is hosting a national ACT exam on April 8th - students should register at ACT.org.
As always, it is an honor to serve as your Principal. At any time, please reach out to offer suggestions about how to make Andrew better at firstname.lastname@example.org.