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

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Threatening Rumor Concern

Dear Rebel family,

I want to address the growing concern over a rumor that has been spreading involving a threat of violence at Class Day tomorrow.  Our teachers, administrators, and School Resource Officers have thoroughly investigated this situation and find nothing to substantiate the threatening rumor. I want you to know that if there were a situation or actual determined risk involving student safety, we would have communicated that to you. 


Tyler Burgess

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Family news update

Good evening Rebel Family,

This afternoon we had an incident involving three student athletes who were in an electrical accident on the athletic field.

All three are safe and being treated. They will be monitored over night and possibly for a few days.

We enacted our Emergency Action Plan immediately. Our coaches, trainers and SRO need a pat on the back for the incredible job they did in response to the accident. Our students were very helpful and followed instructions to allow for first responders to do their job.

I can not say enough how fortunate we are to have well trained and knowledgable staff and VHPD/VHFD. 

We ask for you to wrap your arms around our school, and these students in particular, for support and comfort during a trying time. 

Thank you for all expressed and indirect support you have shown,



Tyler N. Burgess, EdD
Vestavia Hills High School

Friday, January 29, 2016

Schedule Update and other items

Hello Rebels!

We will be operating with a new schedule next year. We have posted information on our school website under "Announcements" and on our FaceBook page. We help a Parent Awareness meeting at the central office this past Tuesday. We had a great crowd! (I encourage you to look ahead for the next topics to be covered at Parent Awareness. They are held monthly at Noon, here is a link to the schedule: ). We recorded the session and have posted it along with sample documents and a course selection calendar on the website announcements.

Also, our athletics department has been working on a new website for Athletics. We have been testing  it out recently and are adding to it daily. It will become more robust over time, but will be a great place to get up-to-date information on all things sports at VHHS. The link is

Our boys bowling team is competing in the state tournament today! Good luck guys!

Girls and Guys Basketball are hosting Homewood tonight. We will honor our seniors at both games. Come out and support these Rebels.

Best wishes,

Thursday, January 14, 2016

More updates

Good morning!

As mentioned last week, some folks have experienced difficulty with School Cast communications. If you did not receive the School Cast last Friday morning concerning the police matter, and feel there is a problem with your account, please email or call Mr. Charlie Bruce ( and he will help you with your account information. We have been working to use this system for emergencies more that regular announcements so fortunately we have not sent as many out on School Cast, but in the event of a weather or other emergency we want you to receive information from the school or district. 

We will be working with Knight Eady, a local marketing firm, to update our school and district brand, and potentially our mascot. A main goal for the firm is to gain perspective from our students. An additional goal is to provide an educational platform for what marketing and branding is and looks like from a career interest and business standpoint. Throughout the spring semester, Knight Eady will be at our school meeting with various groups and classes to have open discussions with students as well as begin conversation around the school brand. We are trying to reach as many students as possible in this process but also understand that there may be some who do not want to participate. If you or your student does not want to be a part of these informational sessions or discussion, feel free to contact us to opt out. It will be understood that unless your student informs his/her teacher, sponsor, or administrator, they have permission to attend and participate in what we hope is an educational learning experience that will bring many student voices to this endeavor.