This week’s staff “spotlight” at Townsend is our 3rd grade teacher, Beth Jones. She has taught at Townsend for 15 years. She is married with 2 kids that are both at college. While she has an adventurous side (she’s been white water rafting and jumped out of an airplane), her true passion is for her students. Her favorite thing is “the students and how we help them grow”. We are blessed to have her on our staff!!
Staff “Spotlight” on Mrs. Johnson! She is one of Townsend’s 2nd grade teacher this year. She has taught at Townsend for 14 years and her favorite thing about working at our school is “working with a phenomenal staff and participate in all of the fun events and activities the school offers our kids and families.” She is married with 3 boys and she’s a huge Wizard if Oz fan! She is one of our talented staff that we would like to spotlight this week!
Vandercook Lake Public School Community: On Wednesday, January 8th, school administrators were informed of a possible threat to the middle/high school. This report came to the administration after school had dismissed for the day. The administration immediately notified the Jackson County Sheriff’s office and started to conduct an investigation into the matter. Through a collaborative investigation, the identity of the student responsible for making the statement has been verified. The district has been notified by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department that the student who made the original statement has been detained as a precautionary measure as the investigation continues. With the student currently under the direct supervision of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, it has been determined that the Vandercook Lake Public Schools will be open tomorrow, Thursday, January 8th, 2020. Parents and students may notice an additional police presence at the start of school. The additional police presence was requested by the school district. I want to assure our community that we take these types of threats seriously and that the safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. Scott Leach Superintendent Vandercook Lake Public Schools
A great story to share. A parent whose child enlisted in the Navy was hoping to have banners hung on McDevitt Ave. to honor her son and five other 2019 graduates that are now in the Navy serving our country. When the utility poles on McDevitt were deemed as not an option she asked the schools if she could hang the banners at our school. The banners were hung yesterday through the generous assistance of Johnson Sign (Mr. Jim Johnson) and Mr. Kevin Hull. We hope this will serve as a reminder of all the Jayhawks who are currently serving our country in the different braches of the military. #JayhawkStrong #BelieveAchieveSOAR
Thursday is holiday sock day at Townsend:)
Wednesday is BLING day at Townsend.
Tuesday is Ugly Sweater Day at Townsend!
Reminder that Monday is holiday headband/hat day at Townsend:)
Here are your announcements for the MS/HS for today: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19nGCqqDUYU5Xby7KPfhwdZef9yzuCEzC3dfUwWPioAQ/edit?usp=sharing
Are you sad you missed out on purchasing one of the Athletic Boosters' DELICIOUS apple pies?! You're in luck, because we have a few left to purchase! Stop into the high school office during the week before 2:30p.m. to purchase one for your holiday dessert. Cost is only $8!
Parents/Families: Please make sure to drive slowly around the school zones during drop off and pick up. There are a lot of children moving around the area and keeping our kids safe is our number one priority.
There is still time to go to tonight's downtown Jackson Christmas parade and see the Vandercook Lake marching band in action. Go Jayhawks
Silver iPhone found. Contact office for details if yours.
There will be an open gym for girls basketball in grades 6,7, and 8 this Sunday from 5pm-6:30pm. This will take place in the HS gym.
Apple pie pick up will be tomorrow November 23rd, in the HS cafeteria from 10am-2pm!
Found silver boys bike. If lost please contact Townsend with a description! Thanks!
Pictures of last night's Regional Finals complements of J-TV. Great season Volleyball Jayhawks! https://jtv.tv/mhsaa-division-3-volleyball-regional-at-leslie-vandercook-lake-vs-hudson-11-14-19-photo-gallery/ #BelieveAchieveSOAR!
Update to bus 27 they are now loading on two busses and will be departing Townsend in a couple minutes. Thank you for your patience!
Bus 27 is running late. It has not yet arrived at Townsend to pick up the elementary students. They are waiting patiently with adult supervision in our gym. We will keep you posted on how long the delay will be. Thank you for your patience!
Urgent Alert: Townsend Elementary students that ride bus #27 (Balcita) will be delayed getting home. Their bus was hit by a car at the end of the MS/HS run. Townsend students riding bus #27 are currently in the Townsend Gym waiting for another bus to pick them up.
VB regional fan bus leaves for Leslie at 5:15pm tonight! Meet at 4:30pm in the cafe to enjoy pizza courtesy of our very own Coach Brokaw! Cost to ride the bus is $7, which includes admission! Cheer on our volleyball team as they battle their way to our first ever regional title!
Jayhawks, Jayhawks don't be shy, stand up now and YELL your cry! VICTORY- Let's bring home the volleyball regional win tomorrow night! We want as many students as we can get to represent our student section tomorrow night at Leslie! Cost is $7; This includes admission to the game.You must pay in the office and sign up. Coach Brokaw will be buying pizza for all who ride the spectator bus!
Attention Jayhawk Family: We would like to inform you of a situation that occurred this afternoon. High school administration investigated rumors of a student that was in possession of a weapon. The student in question was immediately detained as the investigation was carried out. The results of the investigation found an unloaded BB gun in the students backpack. At no time was there a threat to our students and staff.
The bus for MS boys basketball at Hanover will leave at 4:10/15 tonight. The game will have a delayed start around 4:50/55.
Tonight's spectator bus for Varsity Volleyball Regionals will leave for Leslie tonight at 4:10PM. Please meet out front in the circle drive.
Don't forget to sign up in the front office to ride the fan bus to Leslie High School to cheer on our Varsity Volleyball team in regionals tomorrow night! We must have at least 20 people ride the bus in order to have a spectator bus.
JV girls basketball tryouts for this evening have been canceled.
Vandercook Lake Middle High School will be dismissing at 2:10 p.m. today to ensure elementary students will be released at normal time.
Weight lifting for tonight has been canceled.
Reaching Higher has been canceled for this evening.
Middle school boys basketball practice has been canceled for this evening.
Due to inclement weather, Reaching Higher after school program is cancelled for tonight, Nov 11.
Due to inclement weather, the 5th grade Veteran’s Day concert will be rescheduled to November 20 at 6 pm. Thank you for understanding.
Attention girls in grades 9 & 10, tryouts for JV Girls Basketball will begin tonight from 6-7:30 in the HS Gym. You MUST have a physical on file to tryout. Please stop into the front office to sign up.
Thank you to all those that have served in our Armed Forces. We are grateful for your services to our country.
Our apple pie sale ends tonight!! Our athletes will be making phone calls tonight to family and friends to make sure they are ready for their holiday dinner. Pies will be made and available to pick up on November 23rd. If you receive one of these phone calls, it is legitimate.
Night 2 of Volleyball districts begins tonight at 5:30pm, with doors opening at 4:30pm. Just a reminder, admission will be $6.00 and NO passes will be allowed due to this being an MHSAA district event.
School closings will be announced by text, phone, LiveFeed, Twitter and Facebook. We will also call in the school closing on WILX (Channel 10). State Police winter weather guide: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1j0tpRB3Ld6Nj_HiBZpoOLzenHiHpom0R/view?usp=sharing
The unofficial results show that the sinking fund passed. 331 yes votes to 307 no votes. Thank you to everyone that helped get the word out. Thank you Jayhawk Nation! #BelieveAchieveSOAR!
For those of you who are voting today, voting is still open at Jackson Free Methodist Church despite the construction. Voting is located in the back of the building.
Hey Jayhawks, there have been reports of phone calls made to members of our community requesting money for a fundraiser for Vandercook Lake basketball. This is NOT a Vandercook Lake fundraiser.
Volleyball districts kick off tonight at 5:30PM with Napoleon vs Grass Lake here in our high school gym! Doors open at 4:30PM. Tickets will be sold at the door and are $6.00 each. There will be no passes accepted during districts.
A friendly reminder that our Music Booster's Craft Show will be held this Saturday at the high school. Doors open at 9 am and the event goes until 3 pm. Come on out for a fun time and a great cause. Go Jayhawks! #BelieveAchieveSOAR!
Jayhawk Nation, please remember to vote on November 5th. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1jzcS3E1XlQW4qBmgBJS02N393SsKvNFPAx_5LHYtsVI/edit?usp=drivesdk #BelieveAchieveSOAR!
There is still time to purchase an apple pie! https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1VGrAdnlKHxZqgigTfu_L9zzazqRsaaz5GofYmoGkijU/edit?usp=drivesdk #BelieveAchieveSOAR!
Attention middle school boys in grades 7th & 8th! Basketball tryouts are currently going on today in the middle school gym until 4:30pm. There will also be tryouts tomorrow from 3pm-4:30pm. You must have a physical on file to tryout. We can't wait to see you there!
Vandy Nation: Let’s have some seasonal fun! Post your Vandy-inspired pumpkin on Facebook. The 3 most liked pumpkins will be narrowed down and our very talented Kindergarteners will pick a winner on Oct 30! Winner gets a $15 gift certificate to the Spirit Corner!! So get creative, post your pumpkins, and don’t forget to get those likes!!
Just a friendly reminder there is no school on Monday, October 21. We hope you enjoy the long weekend.
Just a reminder that there is NO school on Monday October 21st. Enjoy your three day weekend!
In case you missed the Bart Hawley Show. Great things are happening at Vandercook Lake! https://jtv.tv/vandercook-to-ask-voters-to-approve-sinking-fund-ballot-proposal/ #BelieveAchieveSOAR
A friendly reminder that the November 5th Sinking Fund initiative will be discussed at this Monday's Regular School Board meeting. The meeting starts at 6pm and is held in the high school media center. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1jzcS3E1XlQW4qBmgBJS02N393SsKvNFPAx_5
Practice for MS cross country and MS football has been canceled for today. MS cross country, meet at the park tomorrow at 2pm for your meet.
Attention 5th and 6th grade boys interested in playing youth basketball this year! There will be signups for travel basketball coming soon...
SINKING FUND Q & A - Monday October 14th at 6 pm in the high school cafeteria. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1jzcS3E1XlQW4qBmgBJS02N393SsKvNFPAx_5LHYtsVI/edit?usp=sharing #BelieveAchieveSOAR!
Great pictures from this year's Fall Festival. #BelieveAchieveSOAR! https://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/2019/10/families-enjoy-fall-fun-at-annual-townsend-elementary-festival.html
A reminder that our first Parent Advisory Committee meeting will take place today at 5:45 pm in the MS/HS Media Center. We are planning on the meeting lasting one hour, so individuals can still catch our home Varsity Football game at 7 pm. Go Jayhawks! #BelieveAchieveSOAR!
Jayhawks, Jayhawks don't be shy, stand up now and yell your cry! VICTORY-tonight 7pm, home against Addison!
Parents: please stop by the computer lab at Townsend after your parent/teacher conference to take a brief survey about our school. We value your thoughts and encourage your feedback!!
Just a reminder that tomorrow is Picture Day and Count day at Townsend!
Townsend Parents: this week at conferences, please stop down in the computer lab to take a short survey on the school’s improvement. We value your thoughts and appreciate your support!!
Here is an informational presentation about the upcoming Sinking Fund initiative. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1jzcS3E1XlQW4qBmgBJS02N393SsKvNFPAx_5LHYtsVI/edit?usp=sharing #BelieveAchieveSOAR!
We hope to see you at tonight's Band Invitational. The Invitational starts at 5:30 pm. Come on out and listen to some great music while supporting our Marching Jayhawks. #BelieveAchieveSOAR!
For those of you who will be making the drive to RED EGG FARM for the Corn Maze Fundraiser, please be aware of the detour. You must take King Rd. down to Mathews Rd. in order to turn left onto Spring Arbor Rd. to reach Red Egg Farm. We’re used to the detours! 😉 Go Jayhawks!
Hey Jayhawk Fans!! There will be a spectator bus to Manchester tonight to cheer on our Varsity Football Team! Be at the high school by 5:30PM to ride the bus. Cost is $1 to ride; your $1 will be returned to you upon boarding to come back. You MUST sign up in the front office.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at tonight's Fall Festival. The weather is going to be perfect! A shout out to all of our volunteers that make such a great event possible. It's good to be a Jayhawk! #BelieveAchieveSOAR!
Just a reminder that MS sports pictures will take place tomorrow! Order forms are in the front office. #GOJAYHAWKS
Attention Jayhawks!!! The start time for the Vandercook Lake HOME JV Football game scheduled for Thursday, September 26th will begin at 5:30PM. Bring your school spirit and your bug spray!!
Our first Parent Advisory Committee meeting has been rescheduled to Friday, October 4th. The meeting will start at 5:45 pm and will take place in the high school media center. We are planning for an hour long meeting. Stop by and join the group. #BelieveAchieveSOAR!
We are so excited to announce that on 1/2 days of school, Townsend will be providing all students with a sack lunch to take home! Our first 1/2 day is October 4.
Parents, you are invited to attend our Parent Advisory Committee meeting on Tues. Oct. 15th at 6 pm in the MS/HS Media Center. All are welcome to attend. Find out about School Improvement, PBIS and Security updates. If interested contact email@example.com
Here is a link to the next month's breakfast and lunch menus. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1kChoz7SEgTOa95w8srTLctStJzELzd2T?usp=sharing #BelieveAchieveSOAR!
Townsend Spirit Week Schedule Monday, Sept. 16: PJ Day. Students must wear shoes Tuesday, Sept. 17: Crazy Sock Day Wednesday, Sept. 18: Crazy Hair Day Thursday, Sept. 19: Decades Day. Dress up from your favorite decade. Friday, Sept. 20: Red and White Day.
Our Varsity football team takes on Michigan Center AWAY this Friday! We will be offering a spectator bus for students to ride to the game and back to the school after. The cost is $1 for the bus, and you will receive that $1 back once you get back! Come on out and support your Jayhawks!!
Homecoming is just around the corner! We are looking for a Cadillac convertible to carry our Grand Marshall throughout our parade! If you have one of these awesome vehicles and would like to volunteer to let us use it for the parade, please contact the high school at 782-8167!
Friday night football under the lights! Go Jayhawks!!!
A message from the Superintendent: Vandercook Lake Community, this afternoon 911 officials contacted our district that there was a possible threat in the community and advised our buildings to go into lockdown as a precautionary action. When we received the call from 911, Townsend Elementary had just been dismissed and the busses were headed on their routes Bus drivers were directed to head to the Middle Schoool gymnasium to drop off our elementary students until further notice. Shortly after the final bus was unloaded, the district was notified by 911 officials that the lockdown could be lifted. Details were shared that the initial report turned out to not be true and the students were never in any danger. Students were quickly loaded back onto their busses and delivered home somewhere between 30 and 40 minutes later than their usual time. As the Superintendent, I was proud of how our staff handled the situation. Parapros, secretaries, bus drivers, administration and professional staff all delivered during this situation to ensure that the students in our care were safe and comforted during these tense moments. I am so proud to call myself a Jayhawk and to be a part of such a wonderful group. Great Job Jayhawks!
Hello Jayhawk families. We were notified by the Jackson Police Department after school today of possible suspicious activity in our area. As a precaution, both Townsend Elementary and the middle/high school went into a lockdown. As a precaution, all elementary busses were routed to the middle school gym until the information was received from our police department. After securing the area, the police notified our administration to lift the lockdown due to the fact that it was a FALSE REPORT. All elementary students who ride a bus are currently being safely transported home at this time. Busses will run 30 to 40 minutes behind. As always, our students and staff safety are our number one concern here at Vandercook Lake. Thank you for your patience.
Transportation from all busses may be delayed 10-20 min today. We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you for your cooperation.
Middle school football practice for 7th and 8th graders has been cancelled for today. Enjoy your weekend! We hope to see you all at the HOME football game tonight!!
Don't forget about the Student Section car wash today from 4pm-6pm in the high school parking lot! For a donation of $5, your car can be squeaky clean and ready for the weekend! #jayhawkstudentsection #vandypride
Wishing everyone in the Jayhawk Nation a safe and relaxing Labor Day. #BelieveAchieveSOAR
Just a reminder that we do not have school Friday (Aug. 30) and Monday (Sept. 2). Enjoy your long weekend!! Go Jayhawks!
Vandy Varsity Volleyball getting some well deserved ink on M-Live. Thanks @jenna_kieser for the article. Go Jayhawks! #BelieveAchieveSOAR! https://expo.mlive.com/sports/g66l-2019/08/20a4b92e825832/vandercook-lake-volleyball-sweeps-clinton-and-northwest-at-trimeet.html
Varsity Volleyball defeats the Northwest Mounties two sets to one! Great job Jayhawks! #BelieveAchieveSOAR!
Due to our opponent not having a JV football team this year, we will NOT have a JV football game on Wednesday August 28th.
Links to the four calendars for our district. Some of the old links were working. Copy each url and then paste the url into your calendar. https://docs.google.com/document/d/157-FrQ2BSHOybTO3ITjsskJGzuJ5YePgqBYwfiWv-NY/edit?usp=sharing
Support our community. Free Ice cream social at the Lions Club today from 2-5.
Click on the link below to access the urls for our District, Townsend, MS/HS and Athletic online calendars. They are best viewed on the free Google Calendar App. https://docs.google.com/document/d/157-FrQ2BSHOybTO3ITjsskJGzuJ5YePgqBYwfiWv-NY/edit?usp=sharing
Small School, Big Opportunities! Discover what our community school can provide to your child. Visit VandySchools.org for more information. #BelieveAchieveSOAR! https://youtu.be/DbqWA5LqGhQ
Townsend Elementary First Day of School pictures SOAR on M-Live! #BelieveAchieveSOAR! https://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/2019/08/bells-ring-on-first-day-of-school-across-jackson-county.html
Youth Cheerleading forms in the Townsend office for grades 3,4,5,6 sideline cheer! Registration closes on Tuesday August 27. Forms/full payment can be turned into Townsend office in an envelope marked youth cheer! NOTE- Registration forms are only for grades 3,4,5,6.
We apologize for the delay in the buses today. Construction on the roads is limiting our routes and creating delays. Please take note that delays are expected for the reminder of the week. Thank you for your understanding and patience. Believe. Achieve. Soar!
Open house at Townsend is scheduled from 5:30-6:30 tonight, August 20, and the construction on the roads will be clear in front of the building! We look forward to seeing everyone this evening.
Next week will be full of excitement and fun!! We can’t wait to see you all on Tuesday the 20th for Open House from 5:30-6:30.
What: Vandy's Annual Block Party. Where: Vandy High School. When: tonight at 5 pm. Come on out and celebrate the start to a new school year! #BelieveAchieveSOAR!
Hey Jayhawks, just a friendly reminder that our Annual Block Party is set for tomorrow, Wednesday August 14. The party starts at 5 pm and is being held at the high school. Just a heads up that all the roads around the high school are under construction. #BelieveAchieveSOAR!
14 days! In a fortnight, Fortnite playing lessens! Gearing up for an amazing year! Believe. Achieve. SOAR!