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Seniors - Herff Jones will be here to take orders for caps and gowns, graduation announcements and senior products including rings
Seniors - Herff Jones will be here to take orders for caps and gowns, graduation announcements and senior products including rings on Tuesday, December 10th and Tuesday, December 17th during lunch periods outside the Cafeteria. Complete information packets are available in the Main Office. For more information visit: www.herffjonesil.com. Or call Herff Jones at 815-756-4743.
7th Annual Doggy Bake Sale
7th Annual Doggy Bake Sale: Don’t forget Man’s and (Woman’s) Best Friend over the holidays!! On Friday, December 6th, during all lunch periods, students will be selling gift bags of homemade and healthy treats for the dog(s) in your life. Each bag is still just $1, so you can’t miss this sale!! Stop by our table in the foyer and meet some of the special dogs of Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) that will be helping with our fundraiser. All proceeds will be donated to CCI, a national nonprofit organization that provides service dogs for people challenged with disabilities other than blindness.
VIP Executive Board Members Attend a Leadership Training
VHHS Seniors Carly Feldman and Brooke Siegel and Junior Brian McDonough attended a Student Leadership Training at the Holocaust Museum on Nov. 7. Students from Districts 127, 211, 214 and more were in attendance as well. Students discussed issues facing teens today and learned some exciting new skills! Tom Farley led breakout sessions teaching improvisational skills focused on interventions and discussed the dangers of drugs; his brother, the late Chris Farley, battled drug and alcohol addiction for most of his life. VHHS Retired SAP Cordinator Margaret Pither was honored at this event for her dedication and hard work in the substance abuse field with students as well as within the community.
Newman Signs with St. Cloud State
VHHS Senior Nick Newman will continue his baseball career at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. While pitching for the Huskies, Nick will be studying pre-law and plans to work in corporate law someday. Nick chose St. Cloud State because he loved the campus and the coaches at St. Cloud. Nick’s parents, Terry and Michelle, were very happy with his choice. The coaches at St. Cloud have been actively recruiting him for over a year and they really like Coach Thompson. When they arrived on campus, both parents started crying as they knew it was the right place for Nick.
CHHS Coach Jason Czarnecki says that Nick is a great kid and a tremendous team player. He is very well-liked by his teammates and will be a leader for our 2014 squad. He has developed into a dominant pitcher on the varsity level. His 3/4 delivery provides movement on the ball which makes it very difficult on opposing hitters. Scouts regularly comment on how they love how well he hides the ball throughout his delivery. His movement and release point make his fastball (clocked in high 80's) seem even more difficult to catch up with. We are all excited for Nick and look forward to his success this spring. We know that he will have a great college career.
Test scores returned to sophomores and juniors
Sophomore PLAN test scores will be returned to your students in their English classes on Wednesday, November 27th, and counselors will explain what those scores and reports mean. Students will receive their original test booklets, score reports and practice ACT account access letters. Any student who is absent from school or misses English class on Wednesday should see their counselor the week after Thanksgiving Break to get their scores. Any student with questions should see his or her counselor.
Junior practice ACT scores will be mailed home on Wednesday this week. Juniors will receive their original test booklets and score reports (multiple choice in four subtest areas and writing). Each student will also receive a letter that explains how to access a practice ACT account to help them prepare to take a real ACT later this year. The PSAE test will be given to all juniors on April 23 & 24, 2014, during the school day, and the first day of this test is a full ACT with writing. Any student with questions should see his or her counselor.
Smith Signs Letter of Intent with University of Vermont
VHHS Senior Syd Smith will continue her basketball career at University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont. While hooping it up for the Catamounts, Syd will study to be a dietician or something in the medical field. She chose Vermont because it is a place where she can get the most out of basketball and education. She felt she belonged there. Burlington is a beautiful town and she loves the East coast. Her dad was very excited for Syd when she chose Vermont. He was happy that all her hard work paid off and it was like a dream come true for her. VHHS Basketball Coach Paul Brettner says that Syd is a self-made player. She spends countless hours in the gym which has made her tough, and tough to beat. She is a great leader and has grown tremendously in her years at Vernon Hills. Congratulations Syd!
Purchase your VHHS Holiday Concert Tickets Online
The Holiday Concert is scheduled for Tuesday, December 17 and is quickly approaching. Tickets for the show this year will be available exclusively online at the following site: http://www.seatyourself.biz/vhhscougars
Show times are 6PM and 8PM. Tickets to both shows are $3 for adults and $2 for students. We are continuing to support the Vernon Township Food Pantry by collecting non-perishable food donations at the concert. Your food donations are welcomed and encouraged. In addition to food, we will make a cash donation to the Food Pantry from the ticket sale proceeds. We look forward sharing our music and holiday spirit with you and your family.
Webb Signs Letter of Intent with Bowling Green State
VHHS Senior Lauren Webb will continue her basketball career at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green Ohio. Lauren is pictured at her signing with her family, coaches and members of the VHHS staff.
While hooping it up for the Falcons, Lauren will study clinical psychology and plans to open her own clinical psychology business working with the clinically insane. Lauren loves the coaching staff and campus at Bowling Green. The school is big enough to have all the things she wants to be a part of, but still has a small school feel. Her mom was very excited with Lauren's decision to attend Bowling Green and thinks it is where Lauren belongs. Lauren feels that the school is a great fit academically and she really likes the coaches.
VHHS Girls Basketball Coach Paul Brettner says the Bowling Green program is fortunate to be getting Lauren. Her talent and versatility, as well as her team-first attitude has made her one of the best players in the state. She has played all five positions for VHHS and we look forward to a great senior campaign. She is also a very good student who will thrive in the classroom next year.
COVE Care Packages
Please support your student during our new all-school service project called COVE Care Packages. Our goal is to pack about 350 shoe boxes with necessities for the students and teachers sponsored by COVE Alliance in Uganda. COVE Alliance stands for Children's Outreach and Vocational Education, and it is a Vernon Hills-based charity that supports more than 300 children and teens in Uganda, Africa. VHHS first partnered with COVE Alliance in 2008, when our school community raised $32,000 to build a primary school in the Ugandan town of Kapeeka. This past summer, Dr. Cwick, 4 teachers and 2 students visited Kapeeka.
For more information visit: https://sites.google.com/a/d128.org/first-class/home/cove-care-packages
Cougar Caller is Now Available
The Cougar Caller is the student directory which includes their address, phone number and parent information. The cost is $7, and can be purchased in the main office. This fits perfectly in your car console for easy access.
Vernon Hills High School Ranked Among Top 100 U.S. High Schools for STEM Education by U.S.News & World Report
U.S.News & World Report has ranked Vernon Hills High School 94th among the top U.S. science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, high schools. VHHS is one of only seven Illinois high schools to make the top 100.
U.S.News evaluated 500 gold medal public schools from its 2013 Best High Schools rankings, using Advanced Placement STEM test data for 2011 graduates as the benchmark. Of those schools, 250 earned a numerical rank for their STEM achievement.
In its 2013 Best High School ranking, U.S.News ranked VHHS 19th in the state and 485th in the country.
“We are extremely proud to receive the STEM recognition from U.S.News & World Report,” said VHHS Principal Dr. Ellen Cwick. “Congratulations and thank you to our students and teachers for their hard work in making this outstanding designation possible for VHHS.”
Community High School District 128 Superintendent Dr. Prentiss Lea noted, "We are very excited that Vernon Hills High School has earned this very selective national academic recognition for its high-level student performance in AP mathematics and science. Sincere congratulations to Dr. Cwick, her leadership team, teachers, support staff. and of course, the amazing VHHS students."
"Check out" Ebooks & Audiobooks in the LMC
Now all District 128 students and staff can download an ebook or audiobook on to your mobile device. Start from the Community High School District 128 Digital Library, or search for a book in the library catalog. Download a free app to bring the ebook or audiobook over to your NOOK, Kindle, smartphone, iPod, MP3 player or tablet. Patrons can check out up to 3 titles each for 3 weeks. The library card number for students is your student ID number; staff use their network username. At the end of the lending period, the books are automatically returned, so you'll never have overdue fines.
We have just added ebook versions of some of the books that are required reading at LHS and VHHS. These unlimited-user ebooks can be downloaded and used by all students, all the time! If you have questions about the Digital Library, please contact the Library Media Center at either high school. We hope you enjoy reading and listening in these new and convenient formats.
LHS and VHHS Named Among Nation's Best High Schools
We have great news to share with you! U.S. News & World Report has just released its 2013 Best High School Rankings, and once again, LHS and VHHS are ranked among the highest performing public high schools in Illinois and the United States. The rankings include all public magnet, charter and traditional high schools. The rankings in alpha order are:
LHS Illinois: 20 out of 672
United States: 503 out of 21,776
VHHS Illinois: 19 out of 672
United States: 485 out of 21,776
LHS and VHHS rank nationally in the Top 2% of all public high schools! VHHS earned a U.S News & World Report Gold Medal and LHS earned a Silver Medal. The cut-score ranking line between Gold and Silver medals was between 19 and 20.
More detailed information regarding the U.S.News & World Report rankings may be found at:
- Regular Board of Education Meeting Vernon Hills H.S. Library
9 December, 2013 - 7:00pm
- Board Meeting
9 December, 2013 - all day
- Cap & Gown Ordering
10 December, 2013 - all day
- Latino College SuccessLMC
11 December, 2013 - 6:00pm
- Late Start/First Class
11 December, 2013 - all day
12 December, 2013 - 7:30pm
- Community Ed Ends
12 December, 2013 - all day
- ACT (away)
14 December, 2013 - all day
- Madrigal Dessert
14 December, 2013 - all day
- Holiday Concert supervise
17 December, 2013 - all day
- Late Start
18 December, 2013 - all day
- Student Council Class Meeting
19 December, 2013 - all day
- Night of Champions
20 December, 2013 - all day
- Winter Break
23 December, 2013 - all day
- Christmas Eve
24 December, 2013 - all day
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