A Message from Vernon Township High School

Back-to-School 2018

“Work hard, be kind and amazing things will happen.”

~Conan O’Brien

We are delighted to welcome our students (back) to Vernon Township High School for the 2018-2019 school year and look forward to working collaboratively with you and your children. This year, a new administrator has joined the high school administrative team. Mrs. Jackie Van Orden will be serving as a new assistant principal.  Please be sure to encourage your children to stop by our offices to say hello to each of us; our doors are always open and we are there to assist our students whenever they need us!


The first day of school for students is rapidly approaching and we are excited to welcome our new ninth graders–the Class of 2022–as well as those who have transferred into the high school. We are also eager to welcome (back) our tenth and eleventh graders–and the Class of 2019!

The Vernon Township School District will open schools for all students on Thursday, September 6, 2018. On both Thursday, September 6th and Friday, September 7th, the district will operate on an Early Dismissal Schedule, allowing time for the faculty, staff and administration to complete the mandatory training required at the start of each new school year.

The Vernon Township High School Back-to-School Night is scheduled for the first day of schoolThursday, September 6th, beginning at 6:30 pm. Please bring a copy of your child’s schedule with you that evening, as you will be asked to follow your child’s schedule from the first day of school. During your child’s scheduled lunch period, please visit the cafeteria for some light refreshments! We hope to see many of you at this important event.

The Genesis Parent Portal is currently open so you can view your child’s schedule. If you are unable to see your child’s schedule, it may be the result of unpaid fines or unmet responsibilities. If your Portal does not open, please call the main office of the high school; one of the secretaries will be happy to assist you.


The Freshman Academy held its Freshman Orientation on Thursday, August 30th and the event was a great success! We feel confident that the Freshman Academy teachers and school counselors will continue to provide a high quality educational experience for the members of the Class of 2022 as they work collaboratively with the high school administrators.

If your child will be new to the Vernon Township High School and you would like to tour the building prior to the first day of school, please call the main office and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

Once again this year, every student in VTHS will receive a Chromebook, which they will use in the majority of their classes. In the high school only, students may bring their Chromebooks home each day, so that their learning opportunities will extend far beyond the walls of the high school! (If a student chooses to leave his/her Chromebook in school overnight, charging carts will be available in the lower library so the device will be ready to  use on the next school day.) This year, Chromebooks will be distributed to all high school students on Tuesday, September 11th during lunch periods; if your child does not have a scheduled lunch period, we will coordinate with the technology department to schedule an alternate time for distribution.


Please be sure to encourage your child to attend school–and to arrive on time–each day. We want every student to experience success while attending VTHS—and success begins with good attendance!


Here are a few reminders of some of the high school arrival procedures:


All students who drive to and/or dropped off at school may enter the school via the main front doors ONLY beginning at 6:45 am. Students must go directly to the cafeteria upon entering the building. There they can purchase breakfast, eat something they have brought from home, complete homework, and/or just gather with friends. When the 7:05 am bell rings, they may go to their lockers and to their first period classes.


As the busses arrive, seniors ONLY will be dismissed (prior to the 7:05 am bell); all other students will be dismissed from the buses at 7:05 am (when the bell rings).


Students may purchase breakfast in the cafeteria or at one of the breakfast kiosks, which will be located throughout the school. Students should then go to their lockers and proceed to homeroom/first period.


Students will proceed to homeroom/first period when the warning bell rings at 7:14 am. Homeroom will begin at 7:17 am and first period will begin at 7:18 am; this allows some time for students to purchase breakfast.


*Please note: Since we are following the Early Dismissal Schedule on the first two days of school, students are required to be in their homeroom/first period classroom no later than 7:10 am on those days. Breakfast kiosks will still be open for students to purchase breakfasts and lunch will also be sold during the scheduled lunch periods.  Students are dismissed at 11:20 am on Early Dismissal days.


After the first period bell rings, breakfasts will not be sold. Students may eat breakfast during period 1–or period 2 if period 1 is a physical education class.


Weather permitting, we will be unlocking the doors to the “courtyards,” which join one wing to another; this will save some steps and provide students with a few minutes of fresh air and sunshine between classes!

Thank you for the privilege of working with your children this year!

Respectfully yours,

Pauline F. Anderson, Ed.D.     Principal      

Eric W. Kosek, Ed.D.          Assistant Principal (grades 11-12)

Jacquelyn M. Van Orden  Assistant Principal (grades 9-10)