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Principal's Message

The month of May marks the close of the 2017-18 school year.  It has been a great year.  Led by the Class of 2018, we’ve realized significant accomplishments that these seniors have been leaders and models for throughout their four years.  Historic gains in Advanced Placement metrics, a record number of National Merit Scholars, an incredible amount of money raised for local and national organizations, and a string of impressive athletic and fine arts success.  For these seniors, they have all shown that through dedication and teamwork, great things can be accomplished.

Although we embrace every student at VJA, May is focused on our seniors.  The Class of 2018 has brought us the theme “Different or Alike...United We Strike!”....and strike they did.  Starting with Prom in late April, the entire month of May will showcase events that highlight the seniors and allow them to share one final time all together.  Events such as the VJA Art Show (May 2), Relay for Life (May 4), Finale Choir Concert (May 8), Finale Band Concert (May 10), Senior Scholarship Night (May 16), and the countless senior athletic nights throughout the month are outstanding emotional nights that highlight the accomplishments of our seniors.  Not to mention the Class of 2018 Party - for the first time at Great America, which was a goal for our seniors this year.  The month, of course, culminates with Graduation on May 23, 2018. 

Additionally, we must say our goodbyes to a couple of VJA staff members who are ending their careers at VJA.  In a very light retirement year, we say bon voyage to long-time special services aide Pam Krueger.  We also say good luck to PE teacher Audra VanRaden who takes an administrative position in District 218, and Dr. Katie McMillan who moves on to Stagg High School.  Their combined contributions to VJA have been remarkable and appreciated.

As we close another year, please know that the staff and administration basks in the glow of our seniors and staff who are closing their time at VJA.  We celebrate, we recognize, and we honor together as T-Bolts, because we value the individuals who succeed, but we know that it is due to the support they received from our entire community that helped them reach their pinnacle.  However, once the lights go down and the dust settles, we go back to evaluating all that is VJA to establish goals within multiple stakeholders to continue to evolve down the road to excellence (excellence never rests for long)...

As always, if you have thoughts, questions, or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to reach out at

To our Class of 2018 - It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your principal.  I am immensely proud of you and cannot wait to hear about your success!

Robert Nolting






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