Monday, April 10, 2017

Today's Code Yellow Drill

Hello Rebels!

I want to tell you about our drill today, Monday April 10, 2017. During 2nd period we made an announcement that we were going into a Code Yellow, soft lock-down drill. During a Code Yellow, classes and regular instruction still take place but we ask students to remain in class and in the building and for teachers to make sure their doors are locked. Today was just a drill, but we like to practice these in case they are actually needed as a safety measure.

A Code Yellow, soft lock down would typically be used in the event of a threatening or unsafe situation in the proximity of the high school, for instance if VHPD notified us of a search for a suspect in the area (that did not happen, just an example). This type of lockdown allows us to secure the campus safely while not interfering with the instructional day as the threat is not on campus.

Today, as you may have or have not heard, we also utilized this drill as a time to have Jefferson County Sheriffs and VHPD bring drug dogs on campus to search for suspicious drugs. We do this a few times per year as a precaution and safety measure in identifying possible illegal substances at school.

I thought this would be a good opportunity to explain a procedure and process that we use throughout the year so you have a glimpse into the how and why of things we do at VHHS.

Have a great day,

Dr. B

Wednesday, March 1, 2017



A few reminders about the game Thursday:

You need to be in your first period to begin the day. We will make an announcement when it is ok for students, who have turned in a check-out form, to be dismissed.

The game tips-off at 10:30 a.m. at the BJCC in Birmingham.

Parking and traffic is heavy around the BJCC due to construction. There are several parking lots and decks available for public parking and venue parking around the BJCC. There will be a charge for parking depending on the lot/deck you find. Be prepared to pay for parking. Be safe when traveling to and from the games please!

We expect students attending the game to return to school by 1:40 pm for 7th and 8th periods. Again, be safe in getting back, as we will be understanding with traffic.

Students will need to write their name on their ticket stub and return it to the front office to verify attendance at the game.

Be respectful and represent Vestavia Hills well! Cheering FOR the Rebels is expected and wanted and with good sportsmanship! Sit together as a school. Our student section will be in either section 15/16 or 17/18 depending on the game before us.

Pending a Rebel victory, the finals will be held Saturday at 5:45 pm. We will plan to pre-sell 500 tickets on Friday.

Go Rebels!!!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Regional Final Basketball Game Information

We are excited for our varsity boys basketball team advancing to the AHSAA Regional Final. We will be playing Hoover High School at 10:45 am on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, AL. We are going to allow students interested in attending to be excused from school. They MUST sign in with an administrator to register their attendance at the event. Students who attended the first round game will need to show that ticket at school on Wednesday and have signed in at the game with an administrator. When arriving back to school, you will need to see Mrs. Hicks and/or Mrs. Anderson to verify your absence and ticket. If coming to the game, travel safely, wear white, sit with our school, and show great sportsmanship as we cheer for our Rebels! Go Rebs!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Rumor concern...

Good evening,

Our administration and school resource officers are aware of the rumor circulating concerning a possible student threat. We are taking proactive measures to ensure that it is nothing more than a rumor and there is not actual concern of safety at VHHS. Thank you to those who have been helpful in letting us know of information you hear. We take all information seriously until it has been verified or dispelled. Student safety is always our top priority and will continue to be. 

Thank you for your support,

Tyler Burgess

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Broadmoor HS Relief Support

Good morning all,

We will be sending off school supplies this weekend to Broadmoor High School in Louisiana. Broadmoor students have not been able to begin school yet due to the massive flooding in the area. 70% of the school's families have home damage and we are working with them to hopefully receive some stress of getting back to school by donating school supplies. Today and tomorrow please remember you can donate to your student's English classroom.

Freshman Class: loose-leaf paper, pencils, and pens
Sophomore Class: 1.5 or 2-inch binders and composition notebooks
Junior Class: binder tab dividers and donations for backpack replacements*
Senior Class: index cards, highlighters, and donations for uniform replacements*

*Checks may be made out to Broadmoor High School.

Broadmoor High School was on higher ground where the building itself did not get water damage. But its students lived in the places that were affected drastically. If we can take away the financial burden of school supplies for these families, school can be a place where the kids can go to have a normal day. Things at home might be a mess. Things at the shelter might be crowded and chaotic. But if school can function, school can be a safe place where life feels normal again for a few hours each day. If we can get Broadmoor High School the supplies they need, we are giving these students so much more than the pencils and pens alone. We are giving them an escape. 

There are systems in place for people to get their basic needs met. Red Cross, National Guard, and government shelters are there distributing the bottled water and toiletries and diapers. And yes, donating these items to these services is helpful. But if we can adopt Broadmoor High School and take care of their school supplies so that they can get up and running again, we can fill a need that isn’t being met. 

So please, continue to support Broadmoor High School. Their school is closed until September 6th in order to give the community a chance to rebuild. If we can make sure that Broadmoor has everything it needs to open their doors on September 6th, we will be helping in a very significant way and showing our Rebel pride.

On behalf of their principal, Mr. Boatner and myself, thank you and Go Rebels!

Monday, August 22, 2016


Good afternoon,

I would like to inform you of our PTO Open House schedule for tomorrow night. I have attached the schedule to this email and will post it on our blog, The Rebel Insider, found on our school website. We will have a PTO meeting and welcome at 6:00 pm in the auditorium. We will begin ringing bells at 6:30 pm and run the schedule until 8:30 pm. Your student was provided a copy of their schedule during 2nd period today for you to have tomorrow night, or you may print it directly from the Chalkable Home Portal. 

We look forward to having you on campus for Open House. 

Go Rebels!

Tyler Burgess

AUGUST 23RD, 2016

PTO GENERAL MEETING (Auditorium)    6:00-6:25

EARLY BIRD                        6:30-6:38
1ST PERIOD                         6:44-6:52
2ND PERIOD                         6:58-7:06
3RD PERIOD                         7:12-7:20
4TH PERIOD                         7:26-7:34
5TH PERIOD                         7:40-7:48
6TH PERIOD                         7:54-8:02
7TH PERIOD                         8:08-8:16
8TH PERIOD                         8:22-8:30