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  • Spring Break, 2017 begins at noon on Friday, March 24.  This marks the end of the 3rd quarter.  Buildings reopen on Monday April 3 for teacher's in-service, students are not in attendance.  School resumes on Tuesday, April 4.
  • Testing will be held on Wednesday, April 5.  Required testing includes the PSAT 10 for all 10th grade students and the SAT for all 11th grade students.  Make up testing is scheduled for April 25.  For more information, contact Vanguard testing facilitator, Patrick Kain.
  • The date for Vanguard graduation has been set.  The ceremony will be in the Forest View theatre, June 1, 2017, beginning promptly at 7 p.m.  Graduates are expected to arrive at school at 5 p.m. to receive their gown, a short practice, an to be a part of the class of 2017 portrait.  Family and friends are encouraged to attend.  No tickets are required.  A reception in the Forest View cafeteria will follow the ceremony.  Graduates receive a high school District 214 diploma from their home school and have the option to walk in their home school graduation ceremony.     
  • Service is essential at Vanguard.  All students are enrolled in a service learning course.  Service offers students the opportunity to preview a career, learn about social issues and their root causes, to gain valuable work experience, develop and enhance communication, collaboration and leadership skills and more.  Students learn about and sign up for service opportunities in Team. 
  • All students are enrolled in an "Life and Career Planning" elective class.  Students are expected to attend school sponsored college visits, career treks, trade school visits, industry speaker events, job shadowing opportunities, internships and more.  Students learn about and can sign up for these opportunities in team. The personalized learning format makes it possible for students to attend these offerings without falling behind in their coursework.  
  • Lines of privilege and responsibility are determined each week.  All Vanguard students are on a line.  Students earn their line through their achievement/performance in 5 categories:  academic classes, attendance, involvement in groups, service, college and career exposures and clubs; PE and behavior.  
  • All students have a weekly meeting with their team leader.  The purpose is to gauge progress, set goals, discuss issues, have a and get direction.  
  • There's a group for everyone.  Vanguard offers a variety of counseling groups each with unique goals and focus.  Students are encouraged to join a group for personal growth.  Groups are run by student services staff.  Groups meet weekly. 
  • Vanguard is very excited about our SPARK pilot.  All core class curriculum is available to students on this web-based platform.  SPARK has made our transition to personalized learning possible.  Students can access and work on their SPARK courses at any time from any location with an Internet connection.
  • After school activities and clubs are offered most Wednesdays after school.  Late buses are available for students who need transportation.  Activities and clubs include:  art club, music club, homework hangout, fitness center workouts, cooking club, yearbook, gaming club, PE group activities such as soccer or basketball.  Students learn which activities offered on a specific week in team.   To participate, students must sign up for an activity and a late bus by noon on Wednesday. All students are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities.  
  • Attendance is the foundation of success at Vanguard.  Aside from greatly enhancing the likelihood of success, attendance is a criteria for most privileges and honors.
  • Welcome new students!  Vanguard welcomes new students at the start of each academic quarter.  Students are referred by their home school counselor.  One of the Vanguard counselors calls all referred students to arrange for a tour and interview.  Our final intakes of the school year will start on Tuesday April 4.  Intakes for students who will start at Vanguard in August of 2017 will be held until the end of the school year and over the summer.