Monday, August 7, 2017

Rebel Connection Parent Meeting Notes



Introduce Administration

Rebel Edge:
Basic explanation

How students can get involved: clubs, academic teams (speech and debate, We the People, Math team, science Olympiad, robotics), sports, sports medicine, fine arts (band, choir, dance, art), ambassadors, career tech. and of course their academic classes

NHS Homework Help: M/T/W/Th. At 5:00. NHS students and a certified teacher are available for individual and small group tutoring at school. Must sign-in. This will start the second full week of school, but be looking for announcements.

How parents can get involved: PTO membership, Parent Awareness Lunches, Vestavia Hills Athletic Association, Band Parents Association

Being present and on time is important. We want to teach students good habits for punctuality, but also do not want them to fall behind in their coursework if it can be avoided. High school courses move at a quick pace, and when students are out, that can accumulate missed information into hard-to-manage workloads.

Tardy to school:
Students who are tardy to first period will need to be signed in by a parent or the tardy will be unexcused. We will allow them to go to class, but the period will be unexcused without a parent signing them in.

Pre-excused absences:
Students can obtain a Pre-Ex Absence form in the front office by Mrs. Hicks desk.
This needs to be turned in no later than 3 days prior to the absence. If you have an emergency and need to be out, please contact Mrs. Nelson or Mrs. Anderson to let us know.

Check Out/In items:
·      Identify a reason for checking in/out.
·      Only those on a student’s emergency check out list can check them out.
·      They must be 21 years old and have a photo ID.
·      We do not interrupt classes by calling over the intercom. If you are checking them out in the middle of a period, it helps for the student to have a note to the teacher letting them know they have to check out, otherwise the teacher will not know they need to leave.

Survival Tips
We will send out periodically from Mrs. Nelson and Mrs. Anderson some “Survival Tips” to keep you in the loop and reminded of common school procedures. These will come through email.

Dress Code
Please monitor your students’ attire to school. We will work to enforce our dress code daily. I like to tell students, “If you look in the mirror before you come to school and you have to wonder if you will get in trouble, don’t wear it, try another outfit”.
We will follow a “finger-tip length” rule for shorts, but skirts and dresses must be no more than 4 inches above the knee. For girls wearing tights and leggings, their top or shirt must meet the finger-tip length rule and cover appropriately.

·      We are moving to 1:1 student/device ratio to provide students with the technology they will need for class. There will not be a wifi server this year for BYOD, as we are prepared to provide technology for instructional purposes.
·      Students are allowed to have devices at school. Devices can be used before school, after school and in lunch, but again, they won’t have free wifi for personal use.
·      We will ask that student keep them off and up in the hallways and between classes to encourage social conversation and etiquette.

Carpool Map: posted on our website

Carpool Reminder: For after school activities (band, athletics, etc), please pick up your child in the front of the school to avoid traffic jams and congestion with on-going activities on the stadium side of the school.

·      Daily announcements
·      Twitter @VHHSrebels
·      Blog “Rebel Insider”
·      Ask your student!
·      Open House will be August 21st at 6:00 pm

If your student was not able to get their locker or walk their schedule today, we have another opportunity next Tuesday August 8th from 2:00-4:00. They also will be available on the first day of school.

Thank you for coming! We are going to have a great year,

Go Rebels!

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!