REMINDER - LEARNING EXPECTATIONS FOR VIRTUAL INSTRUCTION: Families and students should understand that these virtual instruction days will be more rigorous than what was provided in the spring. Students are expected to continue completing assignments and learning activities and will be assigned grades as determined by the teacher. While we encourage students to complete work during normal school hours we understand this may not be possible due to changes in child care and family schedules. Teachers are providing online work, video recordings, and other assignments that can be completed at the pace that works best for your student and family. However, ALL assignments will be DUE back to your teachers by Wednesday, December 9th. Teachers will be making daily contact with students and families to offer help and support where needed. Teachers and staff will still be on campus between 8:00am-3:00pm during these days if you or your student needs assistance. You may contact Spencer Elementary at (931) 946-2171 or Van Buren County High School at (931) 946-2442. Reminder - Students WILL NOT come back to the building until Monday, December 7th, 2020.
LEARNING EXPECTATIONS FOR VIRTUAL INSTRUCTION DAYS: Families and students should understand that these virtual instruction days will be more rigorous than what was provided in the spring. Students are expected to continue completing assignments and learning activities and will be assigned grades as determined by the teacher. While we encourage students to complete work during normal school hours we understand this may not be possible due to changes in child care and family schedules. Teachers are providing online work, video recordings, and other assignments that can be completed at the pace that works best for your student and family. However, ALL assignments will be DUE back to your teachers by Wednesday, December 9th. Teachers will be making daily contact with students and families to offer help and support where needed. Teachers and staff will still be on campus between 8:00am-3:00pm during these days if you or your student needs assistance. You may contact Spencer Elementary at (931) 946-2171 or Van Buren County High School at (931) 946-2442.
Junior Class pecans and nuts orders will be ready for pick up on Tuesday, November 24th. Pick up will be between the hours of 1 and 4. If you have any questions, please call the high school at 931-946-2442.
CORRECTION TO MEAL SCHEDULE DURING VIRTUAL DAYS: Breakfast and lunch will be delivered to students on Monday, November 23, for Monday-TUESDAY, on Monday, November 30, for Monday-Wednesday, and on Thursday, December 3, for Thursday-Friday. Buses will leave school at 9:00 a.m. for meal delivery, and deliveries will be made along regular bus routes. Meals may also be picked up at the front of VBHS for those students who do not ride a bus.
MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR OF SCHOOLS: Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Van Buren County, the decision has been made to implement our Virtual Learning Plan from November 23-December 4 for ALL PreK-12th grade students. There will be no in-person instruction during this time. Virtual learning days will be November 23-24 and November 30-December 4. We will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday, November 25-27, as scheduled. Breakfast and lunch will be delivered to students on Monday, November 23, for Monday-Wednesday, on Monday, November 30, for Monday-Wednesday, and on Thursday, December 3, for Thursday-Friday. Buses will leave school at 9:00 a.m. for meal delivery, and deliveries will be made along regular bus routes. Meals may also be picked up at the front of VBHS for those students who do not ride a bus. There will be absolutely no sports practices, activities, or games from November 22-December 6. We will return to traditional, in-person learning in our buildings on Monday, December 7. We apologize in advance for any inconveniences that this causes our students and families. This decision has not been made lightly as we understand the serious impact that it has. However, we feel that it is in the best interest of our students, staff, and community at this time. As we take this drastic step in stopping the spread of COVID-19, we ask that our students and families do everything that they can to prevent the spread, also. Thank you, Cheryl Cole, Director of Schools
Tomorrow is Veteran's Day. Unfortunately, we will be unable to host our annual Veteran's Day Breakfast and Program, but we will not forget our Veterans! Students and staff-remember to wear red, white, and blue tomorrow! Check the school website and Facebook tomorrow for special Veteran's Day posts!
Middle School Basketball Schedule Update: There will be no Middle School basketball games, Home or Away, until after Friday, November 13th. We will release an updated schedule as soon as possible.
Today is Red Ribbon Day! We are RED-Y to be DRUG-FREE! Tomorrow is the final day of Red Ribbon Week! Drugs and bullying are SPOOKY! Wear your Halloween costume! Remember! Costumes must follow dress code. No FULL FACE MASKS or FULL FACE MAKEUP which disguise one's appearance allowed. #redribbonweek2020
We are TEAMING UP against Bullying! When parents, educators, and students are informed about bullying and cyberbullying, they can be partners in prevention. Don't stand by and let anyone be mistreated! Stand Up! Stand Strong! Stand Together! We can all be part of the solution to bullying! Tomorrow is DECADE DAY! #redribbonweek2020
We are WACKY about being Drug-Free! Choosing to be drug-free is one of the most important decisions that individuals can make! Be Happy. Be Brave. Be Drug-Free. We can fill our lives with good, positive things instead of drugs. We don't need the physical effects of a drug high or a low to feel good. Remember to wear your FAVORITE TEAM SHIRT TOMORROW! We're teaming up against bullying! #redribbonweek2020
Red Ribbon Week is an annual event to help educate children, families, and communities about drug and alcohol abuse and bullying. Students and staff are encouraged to join us in celebrating this national event by dressing up everyday. You can find the list of dress up day themes below or by clicking on the following link: https://5il.co/mdl3
Students in grades 6-12: Don't forget to order your yearbook before Friday September 18th to get the September Special for $60. There will be a price increase on Monday, Sept. 21st. Nameplates and Icons are available for $5 each. Send the money to school or see Mrs. Farmer during Parent Teacher Conferences to order. Thank you!
LEAPS After-School Applications Due Tomorrow, September 2! Please remember students must be registered to attend because there are a limited number of students who can participate at each grade level!
The LEAPS After-School Guidelines Letter and Application is being sent home with students today! There are new guidelines which have been set forth in order to help us keep students healthy in the after-school program. There are limited spots available, and students MUST have an application on file and be registered for the days which they will attend. Please be sure to read the new guidelines and to return the application by Wednesday, Sept. 2, if you would like for your child(ren) to participate. Applications will be processed on a first come first serve basis, and parents will be notified to let them know if their child has a spot. A waiting list will be created if there are more applications than we have spots available. The LEAPS After-School Program is scheduled to begin Tuesday, September 8, from 3:00-5:00 P.M.
Parents: Please be sure to check on your child's health before school each day. Remember, now more than ever, your child should not attend school, if he or she: has high risk COVID symptoms (new cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, or a fever of 100.4 or higher), is vomiting or has diarrhea Parents should also watch for low risk COVID symptoms (congestion, runny nose, nausea, sore throat, headache, or body aches). If these symptoms are not normal for your child due to allergies or other health conditions, it is recommended that you do not send your child to school until they are symptom free for at least 24 hours.
EARLY BIRD PRESCHOOL HAS OPENINGS! Online registration is still open for Van Buren County Schools - Early Bird Preschool Voluntary Pre-K programs. It is not too late to register your child. Visit our school website at www.vanburenschools.org to register online. Click on the "Menu" tab and click the "Pre-K & Kindergarten Online Registration" links.
In an effort to reduce traffic congestion in front of our schools, we ask all parents that are dropping off their students to enter the schools from Sparta Street by the bus garage. You will be required to exit the schools going south toward the square. If you have elementary, middle, and high school students, please drop off the middle/high school students first. Student drivers need to follow this also. We ask for your patience as we work out our traffic situation. Thank you!!
Information regarding P-EBT Food Assistance can be found by going to the Van Buren County Schools website or by following this link: https://5il.co/jct2 Under the new P-EBT program, families of children who receive free or reduced meals at school or attend a Community Eligibility Provision school may receive financial assistance to replace school meals during the months of March, April, and May due to COVID-19 school closures. The program will provide parents with $5.70 per child for each day that child qualifies for P-EBT. The application period will end on August 14, 2020 at 4:30pm CT. (Parents who already receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits currently, do not need to apply. The funds began arriving on the EBT card they already use beginning June 12.)
Parents as Partners Tip #4 can be found by going to the Van Buren County Schools website or by following this link: https://5il.co/j56n
This a reminder that registration is tomorrow but for NEW students only. Students can pick up their schedule tomorrow at 8 am at the auxiliary gym. Buses will not run tomorrow. Students that plan on riding the bus need to listen closely to this next part. This will take effect Friday, August 7. Before students board the bus, a staff member will step off the bus to check the students’ temperatures. A parent or responsible adult needs to be present at the bus stop until their children have their temperatures checked and cleared to board the bus. If a child has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, then that child is required to stay home. Someone from the school will the child’s family as to when the child can return to school. Siblings will be required to sit together whenever possible. Buses will be disinfected daily. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Please be patient with us as we try to make returning and staying in school possible.
This weekend is a great time to pick up back to school supplies. The Tennessee Sales Tax Holiday begins Friday, July 31 at 12:01 a.m. and ends Sunday, August 2 at 11:59 p.m. Clothing, school supplies, and art supplies with sales price of $200 or less and electronic devices, including but not limited to, computers and TVs, with sales price of $3,000 or less are all sales tax free this weekend!
Parents as Partners Tip #3 can be found by going to the Van Buren County Schools website or by following this link: https://5il.co/inc0
There are a lot of new things to learn for the upcoming school year! Help your child get a head start in understanding our new ways of doing things at school by talking to them about social distancing and how it will affect them at school. Parents as Partners Tip Sheet #2 can be found by going to the Van Buren County School's website or following this link: https://5il.co/igv5
This school year, more than ever, parents and schools will need to partner together to ensure the needs of our students are met. Parents as Partners Tip Sheet #1 can be found by going to the Van Buren County Schools website or following this link: https://5il.co/ierd
VIRTUAL INSTRUCTION PROGRAM (VIP) APPLICATION NOW AVAILABLE: Van Buren County Schools will offer an at-home Virtual Instruction Program option for families that wish to utilize it. This program will be free of charge and will be facilitated by Van Buren County Schools teachers and will allow students to remain enrolled within the school district while distance learning at home. Students enrolled in the virtual learning program option will still be held accountable for coursework completion and online attendance. This will be a very structured and rigorous at-home option for students that are accepted. Parents that are interested in enrolling their students in the Virtual Instruction Program (VIP) will need to fill out an application that has been released today, Friday, July 17th. This will be found on the school website, at this link: https://5il.co/icu0 or can be picked-up at the central office. Central office hours are Monday-Thursday 8:00am-3:00pm and Fridays 8:00am-12:00noon. Applications are due Thursday, July, 23rd by 3:00pm. Application does not guarantee acceptance into the VIP.
ADDITIONAL SCHOOL REOPENING INFORMATION: Transportation: Bus transportation will be provided as normal by the school district. Because we can not guarantee social distancing on buses, all bus riders are encouraged to wear a mask. Now more than ever, students are reminded of their personal responsibility to behave appropriately. Misbehavior on a bus will not be tolerated and may result in a loss of privileges. An additional staff member will be riding the bus to check each students’ temperatures before students board the bus. Students with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit will not be allowed to board the bus or attend school. Parents/guardians retain responsibility of the students until the students have been cleared to board the bus. Morning Student Drop-off: Every student will have their temperature checked by school personnel before they enter the buildings. In all cases, parents are responsible for being sure they are not sending sick students to school. To prevent traffic congestion please do not arrive prior to 7:30am. The doors will not be unlocked at any building until 7:30am to begin student drop-off. Parents/guardians retain responsibility of the students until the students have been cleared to enter the building. Student drivers that provide transportation for younger siblings that are students at SES must drop them off at the front doors of the elementary school building. Health, Safety, and Operations: Van Buren County Schools will apply the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) guidance for Critical Infrastructure Workers to our employees and students when potential exposure to a positive COVID-19 case has been determined. Those with positive cases must be quarantined for 14 days before returning to school. Those who were possibly exposed will be contacted but will continue to come to school and be asked to wear a mask for 14 days as long as they remain symptom-free. Cleaning protocols will be enhanced and other procedures will be altered to mitigate coronavirus concerns. The use of masks will be encouraged especially in hallways and common areas. Those showing signs of illness will be isolated and parents will be called. If any person tests positive for COVID-19, the health department will work with the school to provide the relevant information to those exposed to risk. Updates: There will be more information to come. Regular updates will be released from the school district via phone calls, the district website at www.vanburenschools.org and other media outlets. If yo have immediate questions you may contact your child’s school or the Van Buren County Board of Education. In order to stay informed as information is released it is imperative that parents and guardians notify their child’s school with any updated contact information.
The High 5's & School Supplies Donation Drive is being held July 17-August 7 to collect much needed school supplies for our students. Donations may be dropped off at Van Buren Co. School Board. Collected supplies will be given out at school to students in need. Please share the letter regarding the Donation Drive (on the school Facebook page) with your business, church, or organization.
The BAM Back to School Celebration will be a DRIVE THRU EVENT at White Co. High School on Saturday, July 25, at 9:00 a.m. for White and Van Buren Co. K-12 students. Each student will receive a FREE backpack filled with school supplies. Each student receiving items must be present with an adult with a valid drivers license.
Any homeschool child who is planning on playing sports for Van Buren County Middle or High School during the 2020-2021 school year should contact Dustin Sullivan as soon as possible so he can get them eligible with TSSAA. This does not apply to students who choose the virtual learning option through the school system. Coach Sullivan can be reached at email@example.com
2020-2021 SCHOOL REOPENING PLAN: Overall Plan: Van Buren County Schools will open the 2020-21 school year on a traditional schedule with all students attending on a regular schedule Monday - Friday. Social distancing will be practiced when practical, daily temperature checks will be taken for employees and students, and masks will be encouraged to be worn. Virtual Learning Option: Van Buren County Schools will offer an at-home Virtual Instruction Program option for families that wish to utilize it. This program will be free of charge and will be facilitated by Van Buren County Schools teachers and will allow students to remain enrolled within the school district while distance learning at home. Students enrolled in the virtual learning program option will still be held accountable for coursework completion and online attendance. Parents that are interested in enrolling their students in the Virtual Instruction Program (VIP) will need to fill out an application that will be released this Friday, July 17th. This will be found on the school website or can be picked-up at the central office. Applications are due Thursday, July, 23rd by 3:00pm. Application does not guarantee acceptance into the VIP. Registration Day: Registration Day will be Wednesday, August 5th between 8:00am-9:00am. Buses will not run on this day. ONLY new incoming students that were not enrolled in the district last year need to attend with a parent/guardian. Students who were enrolled in the district last year DO NOT need to attend. Pre-K and Kindergarten students that pre-registered by phone or online DO NOT need to attend. Pre-K and Kindergarten students will receive a card in the mail explaining their “phase-in” days around the last week of July. If you are a middle or high school student and would like to pick up your schedule you may come through the schedule pick-up line at the auxiliary gym on Registration Day between 8:00am-9:00am. All families and students are also welcome to check their Skyward accounts on or after that day to view their schedule. We will follow the original approved school calendar for this year. The first full day of school will be as originally scheduled on Friday, August, 7th, 2020. Additional information will be forthcoming.
REMINDER - VAN BUREN COUNTY SCHOOLS - FALL 2020 REOPENING COMMUNITY SURVEY: The survey is still open. Please take the time to voice your opinion on our school system's reopening this fall. This survey is open to all community members, parents/guardians, students, and employees to participate in. We would greatly appreciate your feedback as we try to make preparations for these uncertain times. We hope you are enjoying your summer break and we hope we can all be together again soon! Survey Link: https://forms.gle/hUDCSMWaihNgWNFY6
VAN BUREN COUNTY SCHOOLS - FALL 2020 REOPENING COMMUNITY SURVEY: All Van Buren County Schools stakeholders, Please take the time to complete a brief survey regarding your opinion on our school system's reopening this fall. This survey is open to all community members, parents/guardians, students, and employees to participate in. We would greatly appreciate your feedback as we try to make preparations for these uncertain times. We hope you are enjoying your summer break and we hope we can all be together again soon! Survey Link: https://forms.gle/hUDCSMWaihNgWNFY6
Tennessee families are now eligible to receive financial support for their children’s nutritional needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. This support is provided through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program. Under the new P-EBT program, families of children who receive free or reduced meals at school or attend a Community Eligibility Provision school may receive financial assistance to replace school meals during the months of March, April and May due to COVID-19 school closures. The program will provide parents with $5.70 per child for each day that child qualifies for P-EBT. Parents who already receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits currently, do not need to apply. The funds began arriving on the EBT card they already use beginning June 12. Parents who do not receive SNAP benefits, but whose children do qualify for free or reduced school meals, will need to apply for P-EBT online here beginning June 15. The application period will end June 29, 2020. Both Van Buren County Schools are Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), which means every child that attends Van Buren County Schools is eleigible to recieve these benefits. To apply click on the following link: https://tdhs.service-now.com/relief?id=relief_registration For more information from the state press release follow this link: https://5il.co/hcb6
Van Buren County Schools weekend graduation ceremonies will be aired live on BLTV, and live-streamed on the Ben Lomand Connect and Van Buren County Schools Facebook pages tomorrow. -Van Buren County kindergarten graduation will air LIVE at 3:00 on Saturday, June 6th on BLTV Channel 6/306. -Van Buren County High School graduation will air LIVE at 6:00 pm June 6th on BLTV Channel 6/306.
GRADUATION INFORMATION for JUNE 6, 2020 Attention Juniors, Seniors, and Parents: Senior Graduation is to take place on Saturday, June 6 @ 6:00 P.M. If there is a weather issue, graduation will be rescheduled for Sunday, June 7 @ 5:00 P.M. All juniors must wear dress/church attire. No blue jeans or work boots are allowed. There will not be a rehearsal for students. Guests and parents will enter thru the gate by the preschool. Staff members will be located at designated spots to direct guests and parents where to walk. Juniors and Seniors must arrive by 5:00 pm. All juniors and seniors will park at the auxiliary gym. To help with parking, traffic will enter from the square. Parking in the front of the school will be reserved for handicap parking. Due to limited parking, it is recommended that juniors and seniors should carpool with their guests. Reminder that juniors are allowed 2 guests and seniors are allowed 4 guests. Once juniors and seniors park, they must come to the front entrance of the high school. A staff member will escort them to the designated location where juniors and seniors will line up. Guests will not be allowed to congregate at the front entrance with juniors or seniors. All family members must enter at the same time for their designated spot. Guests must wear masks and temperatures will be checked. Guests please bring your own mask. If you do not have a mask one will be provided. Due to Covid-19 regulations we will allow guests to start entering at 4:30 P.M. NO canopies will be allowed. Guests will be allowed to bring their own chair. Once the graduation ceremony concludes, please exit as quickly and safely as possible. Pictures may be made once you leave. Thank you in advance to all our students, parents, and guests for helping us to make our graduation ceremony of 2020 a safe and successful endeavor.
SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM: The summer feeding program will begin on Monday, June 1st and run through Thursday, June 25th. Pick-up will only be available Mondays-Thursdays between 9:30am-10:30am. Pick-up will not be available on Fridays. This program is open for all children 18 years of age and under. Food pick-up locations are: High School Front Entrance Cedar Grove Fire Dept. Mooneyham Church of God Piney Fire Dept. Billingsley Street Greenbriar
From the Van Buren Co. High School Alumni Association: Each year the Van Buren County High School Alumni Association gives a $1000 scholarship to a high school senior at VBHS. This scholarship fund was started by Mevolyn Delong Haston, Vida Pearl Hillis Parker, Anna Pearl Dodson McNeal, and Ealon Martin. The alumni association traditionally meets the first Saturday in May for a dinner, auction, and the accepting of donations to support the scholarship. Due to the COVID-19 we were unable to meet this year. This lack of annual meeting means a decline in the number of donations that were received. We wish to continue to provide the scholarship and are asking for donations to help support the scholarship fund. If you wish to donate to this scholarship, you may send your donations to VBCHS Alumni Association Fund, ℅ Citizens Tri-County Bank, 489 Spring St., Spencer, TN 38585
To any girl that will be in grades 5-8 for the 2020-2021 school year that is interested in trying out for middle school softball please text coach Leshuana Woolard via text at 931-239-5724. Coach Woolard will contact everyone regarding try out dates and times.
Second Harvest Food Bank has brought a delivery of food that will be available for pick up behind the high school tomorrow, Friday, May 22, from 9-11 am. The food will be available on a first-come first-served basis until it’s all gone.
This is a reminder about tomorrow’s pick-up for student report cards: Report cards can be picked up from each school between 3:00pm-6:00pm tomorrow, May 19th. If you are just picking up your student’s report card then stay in your car and a staff member will assist you. If you have not returned school items (textbooks, uniforms, etc.) you will need to do so tomorrow night. You may also pick-up your student’s belongings if you have not done so. If you need to pay fees you will need to park your vehicle and go to the front door of the school building. Staff will assist you there. AR rewards can be picked up in the building – a separate call will go out for those recipients. Also, the summer feeding program will begin in June for pick-up only locations. More information will be shared at a later date.
SENIOR CELEBRATION PARADE - Good afternoon Van Buren County Families. This message is to let you know about a parade for our senior class. On May 15, 2020 There will be a parade honoring our 2020 Graduates. This parade will take place at 7pm starting on HWY 111 at Spencer Funeral Home and ending at the HWY 30 OVERPASS. Please make a sign and come out and support our class on the original graduation date. Cars will be allowed to park on the sides of HWY 111 during the parade. You may stand outside your car at parade time but please be aware that we will continue to practice social distancing and congregating will not be allowed. Please remain beside YOUR vehicle at all times. Please come out and support and celebrate our graduating seniors.
This is a reminder about tomorrow’s pick-up and drop-off for student belongings and school items: PICK-UP OF STUDENT BELONGINGS & RETURN TEXTBOOKS – Students will pick-up their personal belongings and return any textbooks, library books, uniforms, etc. tomorrow, Tuesday, May 12th from 9:00am-12:00pm. We are still required to practice social distancing. If you are just picking up or dropping off items then stay in your car and a staff member will assist you. Pickup locations will be set up at the front of the preschool, and elementary school. Middle School (6-8) students will go to the front of the high school building and High School (9-12) students will go to the back of the high school. Any owed fees (cafeteria, library, uniforms, damaged textbooks, snacks at Pre-K, etc.) will need to be paid on this date. If you need to pay fees you will need to park your vehicle and go to the front door of the school building. Staff will assist you there. SENIOR GRADUATION CAPS - Senior graduation caps will not be given out tomorrow. They can be picked up on Monday, June 1st between 9:00am-12:00pm. FINAL REPORT CARDS – can be picked up on Tuesday, May 19th between 3:00-6:00pm at the front of each school building. Fees still owed to the school must be paid before report cards can be picked up.
StoneCom Radio wants to do an on air yearbook for the Class of 2020. Record your encouraging message and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. She wants to hear from faculty, staff, coaches, class officers, valedictorians and other students. Tell who you are and where you’re from. Submissions are due no later than Sunday May 10.
SES Yearbook update: Yearbook delivery has been temporarily delayed. As soon as they are ready for pickup, you will be notified. We will ensure you receive your child's yearbook and/or have the opportunity to purchase if you've not already done so. A limited supply will be available for purchase for $30 once the shipment is received.
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! We would like to take a moment to thank our teachers who work so hard each day for our students! During these uncertain times our teachers may not be in their classrooms but they are certainly working hard to ensure their students' needs are met. Our teachers always show a tremendous amount of love and care, but have shown even more in these past few months. Please take the time this week to thank the teachers in your life and in your child's life that have made such a difference!
UPDATED GRADUATION INFORMATION: Governor Lee has issued new guidelines for prohibiting social gatherings of 10 people or more through May 29th. Because of this, the graduation ceremony that was planned for May 15th has been postponed. The Van Buren County Board of Education met for a regular session tonight to discuss Kindergarten and Senior graduation. Here are the following tentative plans: KINDERGARTEN GRADUATION – Kindergarten graduation will now be tentatively held Saturday, June 6th at 3:00pm or in case of rain Sunday, June 7th at 2:00pm. SENIOR GRADUATION – Senior graduation will be tentatively held Saturday, June 6th at 6:00pm or in case of rain Sunday, June 7th at 5:00pm. When other details become available we will communicate those to you. Juniors and Seniors will be contacted by their sponsors with more information.
END OF YEAR INFORMATION (Part #3 of 3): YEARBOOKS – Spencer Elementary yearbooks: At this time, SES yearbook delivery is on schedule. Typically, they are given out the 2nd week of May, but this could change due to so many closures. As soon as they are ready for pickup, you will be notified. We will ensure you receive your child's yearbook and/or have the opportunity to purchase if you've not already done so. A limited supply will be available for purchase for $30 once the shipment is received. VBHS yearbooks will be late. The company that publishes the yearbook has shut down all printing facilities. We will let you know more information about when these will be printed and distributed at a later date. MEAL DELIVERIES – meal deliveries and pick-up locations will continue on the Monday/Thursday schedule until May 18th. May 18th will be the final day for meal deliveries. ATHLETIC BANQUET – Athletic banquets have been cancelled. Players should be on the lookout for information from their individual coaches about possible team activities during the summer if the current situation improves. AWARDS – Remaining PreK-11th Grade awards will be given to students at the beginning of next school year.
PRE-K & KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION – Pre-K & Kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year will be conducted through a Google Forms survey located on the school website at vanburenschools.org. Parents enrolling a student in Pre-K MUST ALSO fill out the “Income Eligibility Form” that is also located on the website. This form must be turned into the central office as soon as possible. If you need a printed copy of the form you can pick one up at the central office. If you need assistance filling out the form you may call Spencer Elementary at (931) 946-2171 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please register by May 18th, 2020.
END OF YEAR INFORMATION (Part #2 of 3) PROM - It is with deep regret that we must announce that this year’s prom has been cancelled. Due to our current national crisis, this decision was made in the best interest of our students’ safety and well-being. Any student who paid a guest fee will be reimbursed the money and can pick it up at the school on Tuesday, May 12th. Junior class fundraising money will be saved and placed toward the Juniors’ upcoming Senior year fund. GRADUATION – Kindergarten Graduation has been cancelled for this year. Senior Graduation will still be held on Friday, May 15th @ 7:00pm. For this to take place, it must be certain that all safety requirements are properly met. The ceremony will be held in the back parking lot of the high school. Seniors will be allowed two guests each and Juniors will be allowed two guests each. Senior and Junior class sponsors will be reaching out to students to find out if you will be participating and the names of your guests you plan to bring. Guests must bring their own chairs and will sit spread out in the parking lot. All cars will park in one of the surrounding lots. The ceremony will be shown live and recorded for later viewing on BLTV. Scholarships and Senior awards will be presented during the ceremony. Saturday, May 16th and Sunday, May 17th will be reserved as alternate dates in case of rain. More details will be released in the coming days. PROJECT GRADUATION – Project Graduation has been cancelled. Students will receive their money the night of graduation.
END OF THE YEAR INFORMATION (Part #1 of 3) PICK-UP OF STUDENT BELONGINGS & RETURN TEXTBOOKS – Students will pick-up their personal belongings and return any textbooks, library books, uniforms, etc. on Tuesday, May 12th from 9:00am-12:00pm. Tables will be set up at the front of the preschool, elementary school, and high school and staff will deliver belongings to vehicles. Senior graduation caps will be given out this day also. Any owed fees (cafeteria, library, uniforms, damaged textbooks, snacks at Pre-K, etc.) will need to be paid on this date. If you cannot come on this date you will have to wait until a later determined time. STUDENT WORK – The last 3 weeks of paper packets will be available for pick-up at your child’s respective school this coming Monday, April 27th between 8:00am-12:00pm. Monday, May 11th will be the final day that teachers will provide work through Google Classroom, packets, or the website. FINAL REPORT CARDS – can be picked up on Tuesday, May 19th between 3:00-6:00pm at the front of each school building. Fees still owed to the school must be paid before report cards can be picked up.
At this time, SES yearbook delivery is on schedule. Typically, they are given out the 2nd week of May, but this could change due to so many closures. As soon as they are ready for pickup, you will be notified. We will ensure you receive your child's yearbook and/or have the opportunity to purchase if you've not already done so. A limited supply will be avaliable for purchase for $30 once the shipment is received.
Van Buren County Schools Families, Upon the recommendation of Governor Lee, Van Buren County Schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. We will continue our online learning plan and our Monday and Thursday meal delivery and pick-up through the end of the school year. We know there are now many questions about how we will proceed to close out the year, return students’ belongings, and celebrate our students’ accomplishments – particularly our seniors. District and school leaders will be meeting in the coming days to put a plan in place to address these concerns. Please be on the lookout in the coming weeks for information detailing our plans. Staff will be in the school buildings and at the central office on Mondays and Thursdays. Please contact your school with any questions you may have. We are so disheartened that we will not formally return to see our students and end the school year as we traditionally do. We do know, however, that we are EAGLE STRONG and we will come through this together!
Families of children Birth-3rd Grade: Free access to ReadyRosie has been provided through the state! This is will provide you short, educational videos that model games to supplement at-home learning. Watch this YouTube video for more information. https://youtu.be/6jq3QOj-Lkg Typically, users need an invitation, but for a limited time, it can be accessed via this Family sign up Link: https://readyrosie.com/tn/ *Click "Register Now" *If your child is enrolled in SES, select "VanBuren County". If not school-age, select "Birth to Five" then continue with registration. *If you have more than one child, you only need to enroll one time and will have access to all content for your children. Questions? Email them to email@example.com
The FFA and the greenhouse class still have plants for sale. Plants available are tomato, peppers, flowers, and hanging baskets. They will be available in the back parking lot of the High School tomorrow, Thursday April 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. We will pursue this as a drive thru as we exercise social distancing. Thank you for your continued support of the FFA.
Update as of 4/8/2020 Van Buren Schools Families, Here are some updates and things to know in the coming weeks: As a reminder, food distribution has been dropped down to two days a week – Mondays and Thursdays. Bus routes and pick-up locations and times will remain the same. Students should be checking their Google Classroom or the school website weekly for resources provided from their teachers. If you have indicated to your child’s teacher that your student has absolutely no internet access or devices and your child will need a paper packet you may pick up your child’s packet at the Board of Education building on Thursdays. Teachers will be calling their 1st block/homeroom students twice a week to check with parents and students to see if they need anything and to help with any questions about the at-home school work. Again, please be patient and kind to our teachers – they miss their students and are working hard to help from a distance. The state has partnered with PBS to offer educational lessons each day on TV beginning at 10:00am. If you have access to PBS this would be a great resource for you to utilize. We will continue to communicate with you as best we can during this time. Have a safe and healthy rest of your day!
Van Buren County Schools Families, This is another friendly reminder that the 2020 U.S. Census is still being conducted. You can fill the census out online by going to www.2020census.gov after you receive your invitation.. You may also respond to the mail-in or phone questionnaire. Census data affects every part of our community including funding for our school system! It is extremely important that you participate and accurately respond. You have the power to help our county receive its fair-share of federal funding and resources!
As you know Spring Break is next week, March 30-April 3. The Van Buren County School System will be set up in the following locations on Monday, March 30 from 9:30 AM–11:00 AM: Cedar Grove FD Fall Creek Falls FD Piney FD #1 Rocky River FD #1 Housing Project Greenbriar Apartments Bone Cave Community Center Fall Creek Falls Community Center Welchland Baptist Church Each school family is allowed 1 bag of food. This is the ONLY day we will be providing food during Spring Break. We will resume bus delivery on April 6, 2020. Hope you and your family have a safe and healthy Spring Break!!!
Van Buren County Schools will be closed after Spring Break through April 24th. The current plan is for students to return on Monday, April 27th. However, this is subject to change. Yesterday afternoon and today, teachers and staff have been and will be contacting you to determine if you have appropriate internet and technology access where your student is staying. If you do not receive a call by 2:00pm this afternoon please call your child’s school. If you do not reach anyone at the school please leave a message and we will work to get back with you as soon as possible after Spring Break. Beginning the week of April 6th work for students will be distributed online through Google Classroom and by other means as directed by the student’s teachers. All students in 2nd grade through 12th grade have a school email address and G-mail login. If you have trouble accessing this please contact your child’s teacher. All teacher emails are listed on the school websites at www.vanburenschools.org. If you need internet access, three free Wifi hot-spot locations will be in Spencer. The Van Buren County Schools Campus, the public library, and the fairgrounds will all be available during this time to park your car and access the internet if needed. Teachers will be primarily working from home and will be regularly checking their school email. Teachers will hold office hours that you may contact them on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00-11:00am unless they are delivering food, in which case they will be available once they return. You may email teachers at any time with questions or concerns and they will check them during their office hours. Please be patient with our teachers and staff. This is a new adventure for all of us, including them. They are working hard behind the scenes to deliver meals, meet needs, and still help provide learning resources for your students. Please know that we miss all of our students! We hope everyone is staying healthy during this time of uncertainty. Things are changing on a daily basis and we will work to communicate with you as quickly as possible regarding school.
We just wanted to say a huge thank you to all of our faculty and staff who worked so hard to send out food on the bus routes and at the pick up locations! Parents and Families, we understand there were a few glitches today. Thank you for being patient as we navigate through this situation. We have worked to hopefully make Friday’s deliveries go even more smoothly. Our priority will always be our students and we want to ensure they are provided for. If you have any questions or would like to receive food and didn’t, please call the Board of Education central office at (931) 946-2242. Students, be on the lookout Friday morning for our staff handing out food. They plan to wear some spirited and silly outfits! Thank you and GO EAGLES!
This is just a reminder that VBC schools will be will be closed starting tomorrow, March 18 – April 5. Starting tomorrow buses will be delivering breakfast and lunch to their afternoon routes. Buses will leave the school at 9 AM. Meals are available for all children in the home that are 18 and under. This includes children that are not enrolled in school. The person receiving the food needs to be visible so that bus drivers will know to stop. If your child does not ride a bus, and you want to pick up food, we have several locations where food will be available. The pickup locations are as follows: Spencer – Back lobby of High School Piney – Fire Station #1 on Old Highway 111 Cedar Grove – Fire Department Fall Creek Falls – Fire Department Rocky River – Fire Station #1 at foot of mountain Old Cummingsville School – Cane Creek Road (*Added location) Food will be available at these sites from 9:30-10:30 AM. Food will be delivered on the following dates: Wednesday – March 18 Friday – March 20 Monday – March 23 Wednesday – March 25 Friday – March 27 Food will NOT be delivered March 30-April 3. Handouts with educational resources will be given out at each site and will also be available on the school website at vanburenschools.org. Thank you, Cheryl Cole
March 16, 2020 Dear Parents/Guardians, Van Buren County Schools will CLOSED Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and will remain CLOSED until Monday, April 6, 2020. Buses will run their regular routes to deliver breakfast and lunch to any children 18 years of age or under in the household. This will begin Wednesday, March 18th and will be delivered each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday through March 27, 2020. Buses will deliver enough food for two days. They will depart from the back of the high school at 9:00 A.M. Parents who want to pick up food for their children may pick this up at the back of the high school or at the following food distribution locations beginning at 9:30 A.M. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.: Food Distribution Locations in the County Spencer- Back lobby of High School Piney- Fire Station 1 on Old 111 Cedar Grove- Fire Department Fall Creek Falls- Fire Department Rocky River- Fire Station 1 Food should be at these locations by 9:30 A.M. each day listed and will be available for pickup until 10:30 A.M. Food will not be distributed during our regular Spring Break which is Monday, March 30th through Friday, April 3rd. Thank you, Cheryl Cole Director of Schools
Juniors: the ACT test will still be given as scheduled tomorrow morning. Junior students should report to the Ag. Building promptly by 8:00am. Be sure to get plenty of rest tonight and eat a good breakfast in the morning. We want you to be ready to do your best!
This is a clarification for school activities for tomorrow, Monday March 16th and Tuesday, March 17th. School activities, athletic events, and after-school care will still continue as scheduled. However, beginning Wednesday, March 18th all athletic events, practices, extra-curricular events, and after-school care will cease until further notice.
Van Buren County Schools Families, No one in our school system has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. As of today, Van Buren County Schools will be open this Monday, March 16th and Tuesday, March 17th. Our schools will then be closed beginning Wednesday, March 18th and will remain closed until Monday, April 6th. During the closure, only employees will be allowed inside the buildings. All extra-curricular activities will cease until further notice. You will be contacted in the coming days to inform you of our future plans for providing services to students and families. You can also check the school websites and Facebook pages for more information.
Van Buren County Schools Families, This is a friendly reminder that the 2020 U.S. Census begins this Thursday, March 12th. You can fill the census out online by going to www.2020census.gov after you receive your invitation between March 12th-20th. You may also respond to the mail-in or phone questionnaire. Census data affects every part of our community including funding for our school system! It is extremely important that you participate and accurately respond. You have the power to help our county receive its fair-share of federal funding and resources.
Clarification on Tornado Disaster Relief Collection Drive: If you choose to donate clothing please make sure it is in good condition and separated and labeled by size. Used socks and underwear cannot be accepted - only new unopened packs. An additional request has been made for donations of universal phone chargers. All items must be turned in to one of the drop-off locations by 10:00am tomorrow morning (3/6). Thank you for your help in meeting this great need.
Good evening Van Buren County Schools Family, Yesterday morning, our Upper Cumberland community woke up to learn of the disaster and tragedy that had struck our neighbors in Putnam County. Many of us have connections with those who were directly affected by the loss of homes, belongings, and family. Those of us who don’t still feel the weight of heartache for those involved. Through times of tragedy and need we are reminded why Tennesseans are known as “volunteers” and are proud to show that the people of Van Buren County live up to that title. In an effort to help our friends in Cookeville, a collection drive has been established to gather needed items for those affected. Items that are most needed include toiletries, clothing, baby items, pet items, supplies, and food. A complete list can be found on the flyer posted on the school website and Facebook page. The collection drive with run from today March 4th through Friday March 6th at 10:00am. Items can be dropped off at the high school and at the elementary school. Cash donations are also being accepted. Students can bring any donations with them to school. Donations will be delivered to Cookeville on Friday. Cookeville Regional Medical Center is also in need of blood. Interested individuals may also donate blood this afternoon from 2:00pm to 7:00pm at the bloodmobile that will be set up at 504 Army Camp Road in Spencer. You can register to donate by going to donor.bloodassurance.org. If you have any questions you may call SES at (931) 946-2171 or VBHS at (931) 946-2442. Thank you and have a great evening.
Van Buren County Schools will be two hours late today, Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 due to the timing of the incoming storm activity.
The girls’ basketball first round region game against Red Boiling Springs will still be held tonight (2/28) at 7:00pm. The boys’ region game will be held tomorrow night (2/29) at 7:00pm against Pickett County. Both games will be hosted at VBHS. Please come out and support our Eagles and Eaglettes!
Van Buren County Schools will be CLOSED today, Friday, February 28th, 2020 due to the winter weather advisory.
Parents and Guardians, This is a reminder that Parent Teacher Conferences will still be held this evening from 3:30pm-7:00pm. There will be no LEAPS after-school care this afternoon.
Van Buren County Schools will be two hours late today, Thursday, February 27th, 2020.
Van Buren County Schools will be CLOSED tomorrow, Friday, February 21st, 2020.
Parent-Teacher Conferences have been CANCELLED for tonight and have been rescheduled for next Thursday, February 27th.
Van Buren County Schools will be CLOSED tomorrow, Thursday, February 20, 2020. Parent Teacher Conferences will still be held as scheduled tomorrow night from 3:30pm-7:00pm.
Van Buren County Schools will be CLOSED today, Thursday, February 13th due to possible flooding.
Van Buren County Schools will be 2 hours late today, Tuesday, February 11th.
Parents and Guardians, The Van Buren County School System is experiencing high absenteeism due to illness. Van Buren County Schools will be closed Thursday, Friday, and Monday, February 6th, 7th, and 10th 2020, so that staff and students can hopefully recover from their illness. School will be back in session Tuesday, February 11th. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Sincerely, Cheryl Cole, Director of Schools
On December 18, 2019 the Van Buren County Board of Education approved school calendars for both the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years. The goal moving forward is to always have two school years ahead planned and approved. It is our hope that this will allow you and our community to better plan around events and plan for your own personal family activities. Both school calendars can be found on the school website (vanburenschools.org) and the "VB Eagles" mobile app.
There will be a blood-drive at: Van Buren Co High School Friday, January 24th 8:30am to 12:30pm The Bloodmobile will be in the back parking lot in front of the gym steps. To schedule an appointment: See Ms. Blankenship in Library for the signup sheet. Please EAT A GOOD MEAL, drink additional water and avoid energy drinks & BRING PHOTO ID! ALL DONORS WILL RECEIVE A BREAKFAST SANDWICH. All donors will be given a special “LOVE TO SAVE LIVES” t-shirt and all donors 18 years and older will be entered to win a: “Date night giveaway."
This is to remind you of the Christmas Break schedule for Van Buren County Schools: This Friday, December 20, 2020 will be an Abbreviated Day from 8:00am – 9:00am. Schools and Offices will be CLOSED from Monday, December 23, 2019 – Friday, January 3, 2020. Students will return to school on Monday, January 6, 2020. As we enter the inclement weather season this is also a reminder to be on the lookout for official notifications about school closings, dismissals, and delays. All official information will be shared through the all-call and text alert system, the website and mobile app, the system Facebook page, and local media outlets. If you have not already done so, please follow the official Van Buren County Schools Facebook page and download the “VB Eagles” mobile app to stay updated. We wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas season and a blessed New Year!
Van Buren County Schools will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, December 11, 2019.
UPDATED SCHOOL STATUS (as of 10:55 am) - Van Buren County Schools will now be dismissing early at 11:30 AM to ensure that students and staff have ample time to return home as the winter weather quickly approaches. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Van Buren County Schools will dismiss today, Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at 12:00 noon due to the impending bad weather.
Join us for Homecoming tonight at VBHS! The Homecoming Court will be presented at 5 p.m. Then, the Eagles and Eaglettes will take on Jackson County!
VBHS Spirit Week continues with Western Wednesday from 6th-12th grade tomorrow!
VBHS Spirit Week begins tomorrow for 6th-12th grade! It’s Twin Day Tuesday! First block classes are competing for the Most Spirited Class all week long! The more you participate-the more points your class earns!
UPDATED SCHOOL STATUS: Van Buren County Schools will be CLOSED today, Monday, December 2, 2019.
Van Buren County Schools will be 2 hours late today, Monday, December 2nd.
Good morning parents and families, This message is to make you aware that Van Buren County High School was placed under a required, routine lockdown this morning. The high school has now resumed its normal schedule. We fully believe that clear communication is important. Please be assured that you would have been notified as soon as possible in the event of an actual emergency. Thank you for the care you show to our students and our schools. Have a great rest of the day!
Reminder!!! The Van Buren County High School Basketball Food Drive is TONIGHT! Bring at least TWO FOOD ITEMS to donate to the Food Drive and get $1.00 off admission!!! The game starts at 6 p.m.
Van Buren County Schools will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, November 13th, 2019.
Van Buren County Schools will be two hours late Tuesday, November 12th.
Reminder!!! The Van Buren County Middle School Basketball Food Drive is TONIGHT! Bring at least TWO FOOD ITEMS to donate to the Food Drive and get $1.00 off admission!!! The game starts at 6 p.m.
Van Buren County Schools will be hosting a Veterans Day program this coming Monday, November 11th. Breakfast will be served free of charge to our local veterans in the Van Buren County High School cafeteria beginning at 8:00am. Guests are also welcome to eat breakfast for a charge of $2.50. At 9:00am there will be a special Veterans Day program in the high school gym presented by staff and students to honor the service of these brave men and women. Parking will be available behind the high school. Please let us know if you and others plan to attend by calling Spencer Elementary at 946-2171 by tomorrow, Friday, November 8th. Thank you and have a great evening!
The Spencer Elementary PTO will be hosting a Fall Festival on Saturday, November 9th beginning at 4:30pm! The schedule of events is: Chili & Soup Supper: 4:30-6:00 Games & Haunted Hallway: 5:00-6:30 Auction & Movie: Begins at 6:30 Come out and enjoy an evening of food and fun for the entire family! For more information contact SES at (931) 946-2171.
Attention parents, this call is to inform you that the Van Buren County Schools campus is currently experiencing a partial power outage. Phone lines at SES are currently down. If you need to relay information regarding your child to SES you may call the central office at (931) 946-2242 or the high school at (931) 946-2442 and your message will be given to them. Thank you for your patience during this time.
Van Buren County Schools will be closed for Fall Break Monday, October 14th – Friday, October 18th. Schools and offices will open and resume on Monday, October 21st. Thank you and have a wonderful and safe Fall Break!
VBHS is hosting the first round of the HS Volleyball Regional Tournament this Monday night, October 14th! Van Buren vs. Copper Basin will be playing at 5:00 P.M. CST followed by Meigs vs. Coalfield at 6:30 P.M. CST. The doors will be open 1 hour prior to first game at 4:00 P.M. CST. No advance tickets will be sold. Admission will be $5.00. Come on out and join us to cheer on the Eaglettes!
This message is to inform you that the Skyward Family Access portal is open and you can now access your student’s grades, attendance, and school information online. You can locate the website address by going to vanburenschools.org and clicking the “Skyward” link at the bottom of the page. You can also download the Skyward mobile app from the Apple and Google Play stores on your mobile device. Parents and students who already have an email address in the system will receive an email with their Login ID and password. If you do not receive an email you will need to call your student’s school to obtain your login information. Thank you for staying involved in your child’s education and helping us to ensure your student is set for success. Have a great evening and a wonderful weekend.
Check out the 2019-2020 Van Buren County Schools calendar on the mobile app or by visiting: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/306817/Option_1_2019-2020....pdf
Van Buren County Schools will dismiss at 12:00 p.m., on Thursday, May 9, 2019 to allow any faculty, staff, and students to attend the funeral services for Mr. Jeff Cole. There will be no afterschool program on Thursday, May 9th.
The Greece/Italy Trip interest meeting at VBHS for tonight at 5:30pm has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date.
Due to a fire alarm malfunction, Van Buren County Schools will be dismissing at 2:00 p.m. today, Monday, April 29th, 2019. Buses will be released first. PARENTS PLEASE DO NOT arrive to pick up your children until after 2:15 p.m. You will pick them up at the Aux Gym at that time.
If you are a parent/guardian of a student in our system that has benefited from the LEAPS After-School Program, please take a few moments to complete a survey by going to http://tiny.utk.edu/PARENT and using code 820 for SES and code 821 for VBHS.
Thursday, May 2—Screen-Free Activity!!! Families bring your students out to Family Reading Night at Spencer Elementary from 5:30-7:30 p.m. As always, there will be lots of reading, fun, and prizes!
Tuesday, April 30-Screen-Free Activities! 1) Families are invited to come out for an evening of Playground Play at SES from 5:30-7:30 p.m. OR 2)VBHS Softball will be playing Monterey at home! It’s Senior Night! Game starts at 5 p.m. Come out and support our Eaglettes!
Monday, April 29-Screen-Free Activities: 1) Families are invited to join Healthier Van Buren at Spencer City Park from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for an evening of fun! OR 2) VBHS Baseball will be playing Red Boiling Springs at home! It’s Senior Night! Game starts at 6 p.m.
Go Screen-Free this week!School-age children are at risk from excessive screen time! Children with 2 or more hours of daily screen time are more likely to have increased psychological difficulties, hyperactivity, emotional and conduct problems, as well as difficulties with peers!
Go Screen-Free this week! April 29-May 5! The more time preschool children and babies spend wit screens, the less time they spend interacting with their parents! Even when parents co-view, they spend less time talking to their children than when engaged in other activities!
Van Buren County Schools will be CLOSED Thursday, February 21, 2019. Parent/Teacher Conferences will still be held as scheduled from 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 21st.