Vandercook Lake announces remote-only learning days for Jan. 21st and Feb. 11th. https://youtu.be/BSXTkHczlcg
Login information for the upcoming regularly scheduled Monday, January 11th Board of Education meeting:. https://jcisd-org.zoom.us/j/86789573042?pwd=bkl3Tll1dGhuMFVoR2tmWHd3ejJXZz09 . The meeting starts at 6pm.
A friendly reminder that free breakfast/lunch meals are available today only. Pick ups at the high school are from Noon - 1 pm. Neighborhood delivery times may vary slightly. Supplies are limited. First come, first served.
A friendly reminder that free breakfast/lunch meals are available today only. Pick ups at the high school are from Noon - 1 pm. Neighborhood delivery times may vary slightly. Supplies are limited. First come, first served.
Hey Jayhawks! Just a quick reminder that our kitchen staff will be handing out boxes containing a week's worth of food on Monday December 21st and Monday December 28th from 12pm-1pm in our HS circle drive!
Important changes to our free breakfast/lunch program over Winter Break. Who: Any individual 18 years or younger What: A week’s worth of free breakfast/lunch items per person (while supplies last!) Where: Vandercook Lake High School or currently established neighborhood stops When: Monday, December 21st and 28th. Pick up at the high school will be between Noon and 1 pm. Neighborhood bus stop times will vary. Why: Because we care! We revert back to our traditional M/W/F schedule on Monday, January 4th, 2021.
Login information for the upcoming regularly scheduled Monday, December 14th Board of Education meeting: https://jcisd-org.zoom.us/j/84443207368?pwd=VjRrZG01Sy9HSjRGM0JBVFlPK3FhQT09 . The meeting starts at 6 pm.
Instruction for all grades (PreK-12) will be conducted remotely until Monday, January 11, 2021. https://bit.ly/2L0GJj5
JFM backpacks will resume when students return to in person learning. Until that time be sure to pick up meals available at the MS/HS circle drive or one of our bus delivery locations. Stay safe Jayhawks and have a great Thanksgiving!
Congratulations to our own Ms. Stanley for bring featured on MEMSPA Minute Spotlight. Well deserved! #BelieveAchieveSOAR! https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10224233622173454&id=1389594948
Thank you to everyone who helped to make our new remote learning lunch program a success! Just a reminder that next week will be different for pickup/dropoff as it is a holiday week. On Monday November 23, breakfast and lunch will be provided for Monday and Tuesday. On Tuesday November 24, breakfast and lunch will be provided for the 5 following days as we will be on holiday break until the following Monday, November 30. Again, for any questions please feel free to contact your student's school building. Stay safe Jayhawks!
Jayhawk Nation, In accordance with today's MDHHS Emergency Order, Vandercook Lake High School students (9-12) will continue with remote learning until Tuesday, December 8, 2020. All athletic practices and games (6-12) have been suspended during this time frame. Remote learning for Townsend Elementary (PreK-6) and Vandercook Lake Middle School (7-8) students will be extended at least until Monday, November 30, 2020. In the near future, our district will restart offering meals for pick-up. Specific details including dates, times, and locations will be announced in the next couple of days. Stay strong Jayhawks and Mask Up!
Login information for the upcoming regularly scheduled Monday, November 9th Board of Education meeting: https://jcisd-org.zoom.us/j/85193894824?pwd=ZUdBVit2Mk84bkkrRnBWbFNPOUdtQT09
Login informaiton for tonight's regularly scheduled Monday, November 9th Board of Education meeting: https://jcisd-org.zoom.us/j/85193894824?pwd=ZUdBVit2Mk84bkkrRnBWbFNPOUdtQT09
Townsend families: It is time again to be able to adjust your child's learning plan. Please complete by Nov 6 as we will begin on Monday, Nov 9 with our new in-person learners! Click on the link and answer a few short questions! https://forms.gle/drWyP1yjXdHLh1b88
Jayhawk Nation: please remember to vote this Tuesday. Vandercook Lake has a Headlee Override Non-homestead Millage Renewal on the battot. For FAQs visit https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gLtbYWqUWwJt97X82ZvbbHOIM5EJNRMax477x3dU1OQ/edit?usp=sharing . Go Jayhawks!
Please remember to vote on the Non-homestead Millage Renewal proposal that is on this year's ballot. A 'yes' vote will ensure FULL per-pupil funding for the next 5 years. The millage does not increase a homeowner's taxes. Go to www.vandyschools.org for more details.
Please remember to vote on November 3rd. We have a Non-homestead Millage Renewal proposal on the ballot. The proposal ensures that we receive the full per-pupil amount from the State. https://www.vandyschools.org/article/313635?org=vandercook-lake
Due to electrical issues, Vandercook Lake Schools are canceling all in-person instruction for Friday, October sixteenth. Students who are able to participate remotely are expected to do so on Friday. Foodservice for Friday through the weekend will not be available.
A HUGE thank you to Lowes for donating 50 boxes of N95 face masks to our school district! Thank you for keeping our students safe!
A HUGE shoutout to Lowes for donating 50 boxes of M95 masks to our school district! Thank you for helping us keep our students safe!
Voting 'Yes' on the November Non-homestead renewal proposal will ensure that our district receives the full per-pupil amount from the State. This DOES NOT impact taxes on a homeowner's primary residence. https://www.vandyschools.org/article/313635?org=vandercook-lake
Today's Board Meeting at 6 pm can be attended in person. We are also going to live stream the meeting via Zoom. https://jcisd-org.zoom.us/j/86723870575?pwd=a3dLU01nMXNJMmxXUzA5aDZSdlVHUT09
To receive full funding from the State, every school district must periodically ask their voters to restore their Non-homestead millage. This is not a tax increase and is only applied to non-homesteaded properties. https://www.vandyschools.org/article/313635?org=vandercook-lake
Voter information on this November's Headlee Override non-homestead millage renewal. https://www.vandyschools.org/article/313635?org=vandercook-lake #BeleiveAchieveSOAR!
Vandercook Lake's next board meeting will be Monday, October 12th. The meeting will take place in our high school media center and will start at 6 pm. Anyone planning to attend the meeting will be required to wear a face covering. #BelieveAchieveSOAR!
A letter to our community. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ADGA3bim3Qhg_Yyg_dqnMdZigBvGXlELXK2M5hmMFH0/edit?usp=drivesdk
Townsend Families: We would like to remind you that if you take your child out of state and/or around large groups of people that are from other regions, they will be required to quarantine for 14 days per Jackson County Health Department's recommendations. The student will be virtual during the quarantine period and responsible to complete their classroom assignments and attend Google Meets or Zoom per teacher request. If you have any questions please speak with your child's teacher.
Volleyball honors their senior players before taking Grass Lake in 4 sets. https://www.mlive.com/highschoolsports/2020/09/vandercook-lake-volleyball-celebrates-emotional-senior-night-with-win-over-grass-lake.html
Good Evening Townsend families, This is just a reminder that school will dismiss at 1:00 pm tomorrow on Wednesday, September 23. Thank you.
Informational flyer on our non-homestead millage proposal that will be on the November 3rd ballot: https://drive.google.com/file/d/162o5Dvt-GOYW9V838oi6-01K1_ybOug-/view?usp=drivesdk
On November 3rd, VCL will be asking voters to renew a Headlee Override Millage. The millage must be renewed every 5 years and was last renewed in 2015. This is NOT a new millage and will NOT raise your taxes. Click the link for the proposal's FAQs document. https://bit.ly/3mQsYlI
Townsend Families: Please fill out the survey to update your child's learning plan. Please complete by Friday, Sept 25. https://forms.gle/me58fZfPFTQPtbm98
Login information for the upcoming regularly scheduled Monday, September 14th Board of Education meeting: https://jcisd-org.zoom.us/j/86980963211?pwd=WFZNRUpmbjljQmY4Q0VMVE5GR2ZWUT09
Townsend families: if you are dropping kids off at school and coming from Francis Street, go through Polly’s- all McDevitt is torn up due to construction!
Looking forward to our first day of the new school year. Remember that all 'in-person' students and bus rides MUST wear face masks. Please ensure that your student has their mask and a refillable water bottle. Carefully and safely...Let's get this school year started!
Afternoon latchkey has been cancelled for Wednesday (8/26), Thursday (8/27) and Friday (8/28) due to warm weather conditions. We will still have morning latchkey available on those days. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Jayhawk Nation: with warmer temps headed our way, a decision has been made to switch to half-days on Thursday and Friday. Release times for W/Th/F will be 11 am at the MS/HS and 12:05 pm at Townsend. Sack lunches will be provided to all 'in person' students.
Good Evening, Jayhawk families, This is Jamie Stanley with some announcements. First day of school is this Wednesday at 8:30am with dismissal at 12:05pm. Teachers will be contacting all virtual only students this week to give directions on their virtual learning. If your child is a hybrid and coming Tuesdays and Thursdays, then their first day will be on Thursday, Aug 27. Please turn in your free and reduced lunch form with your student to give to the teacher. Parents: your child’s classroom teacher is working very hard to get everything ready, prepared, and safe. However, they also have families of their own they take care of. Please understand that any communication made to the teachers after normal school hours may not be returned until the next school day. Latchkey: If you are signed up for morning latchkey (6:30am-8:30am), please drop your child off at the west exit. The procedure for latchkey will be: Please call 867-6261 and let the latchkey teacher know you are dropping off in the morning or picking up in the afternoon. They will come get your student outside for arrival or bring your student out to you for dismissal. Masks must be worn in latchkey by all students. Arrival: Please stay in your vehicles to drop off your student. Again, parents will not be allowed in the building at this time. Students will be allowed in the building at 8:15am. Dismissal: Please stay in your vehicles for pick up. K-2 students will exit out of the doors by the gym and 3-6 students will exit out of west wing doors if you have children in multiple grades advise them to dismiss out the exit their youngest sibling is assigned. There will be cones up to help the flow of students. Please be patient as the first few days will be hectic. We will be doing a backward dismissal this year starting with 6th grade. Please be on time to pick up your child/ren as we want to make this as quick and smooth as possible. We will also plan to provide breakfasts and lunches to our remote learners on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30-10:15am at the HS. If you are interested and have not already spoken to someone to sign up, please call the office and let the secretaries know. Please remember that all students have to wear masks. We will be providing times for students to be able to take their masks off. We will be handing out masks for every student, a breakaway lanyard for students to hook onto their masks on the first day of school. Finally, we have everything in place to help your child, but we are all learning how to navigate this new way of school. I ask that you please be patient and understanding with our new policies and procedures. We are getting really excited about the new year! As always, thank you for your support. Have a great week! Go Jayhawks!
Attention bus riding families: bus stop times are currently being worked on. Please anticipate a call on Tuesday letting families know the approximate time their student can expect to be picked up in the morning. We appreciate your patience and understanding on the matter.
Townsend: In your welcome back letter, it says that our school starts at 8:00 am. That is INCORRECT. Our school day begins at 8:30am this year. We apologize for the confusion.
INTERESTED IN FREE PRESCHOOL? Contact Mrs. Casto for questions at Danielle.Casto@vandyschools.org or at 517-867-6252! Preschool begins in October!
MS/HS families: Our Return to Learn Plan is available on our website at www.vandyschools.org . Please read and fill out the commitment form that is linked in the document or go to: https://docs.google.com/document/d/17aDvjaNxQf6asWXT3FITe6jcTJcXFkhCGwq78zbtO1U/edit?usp=sharing
Townsend families: The Return to Learn Plan is available on the Vandercook Lake Website. Please read and fill out the commitment form on the link in the letter or go to https://forms.gle/QJuMqCqz2WkhE3fW9 to complete.
Jayhawk Nation. An overview of our Return to Learn plan has been added to our website. Go to www.vandyschools.org to review the plan. Upon adoption, building-specific plans that will address many of your questions will be released. #BelieveAchieveSOAR!
Login information for the upcoming regularly scheduled Monday, August 10th Board of Education meeting: Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/92307325916?pwd=VEcwTk4yYXVSa25UUVRJK1VaRnZ6QT09
Survey with permissions removed. For Townsend Families https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1O9r9ybeRY809RObtz1yPftJWwHZZushcOkxI-MSFGfs/edit
Townsend Families: Here is a link to a survey to assess your needs for the 20/21 school year. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1O9r9ybeRY809RObtz1yPftJWwHZZushcOkxI-MSFGfs/edit
A general overview of how our district anticipates learning will look like depending on our regions MI SAFE START phase we find ourselves in. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FTfWkEHAAAWCW7rmERnfHD-OzrXG6DRv/view?usp=drivesdk
An update on our district's progress as we develop our Return to Learn plan for the 20-21 School Year. Building specific updates can be anticipated in the upcoming days. https://drive.google.com/file/d/15-vLsLCsUEO92-kDNpaGBEsR0ujhlLZR/view?usp=sharing #BelieveAchieveSOAR!
A message from the Superintendents of Jackson County: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MZ2-0LebJaLlCBvmPuC6H_VDDpwXUuHilxTZWK6OxT8/edit?usp=sharing Stay safe Jayhawk Nation. #BelieveAchieveSOAR!
Kindergarten Roundup is July 30 on the front lawn at Townsend Elementary! The informational meeting will begin at 5:30pm. Bring your phone, your mask, and prepare to come meet our amazing Kindergarten teachers!!! Children who have not yet received a readiness packet and Tshirt can get one at this time! Can’t wait to see you there!
WARNING: If you are a parent or grandparent, there is a tissue alert when viewing this video! Here is a link to the Vandercook Lake High School's Class of 2020 Commencement Program. https://drive.google.com/file/d/16KJ4ZNmM9QlMXYUT3w7KGpim2g_q5jAB/view?usp=sharing
Logon information for the upcoming regularly scheduled Monday, July 13th Board of Education meeting: https://zoom.us/j/99142064943?pwd=V2Vjb1F4OVVBMUZCaDQ0UkxLQkNodz09
A friendly reminder that we will be serving lunches (11 am - 1 pm) on Wednesday and Thursday of this week as a result of the 4th of July Holiday. We do not anticipate having produce/cheese/meat boxes on those days. If anything changes, we will post the updated information.
Interested in FREE preschool? We are now accepting interest forms for the 20-21 school year. Apply today! If you have any questions regarding the application process or wonder if you would qualify, please reach out to our Director, Danielle Casto at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Logon info for the upcoming June 22nd Special Board meeting: Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/93286593184?pwd=MGFyRWFxbTdxNkl1QmdoYjhUaVErZz09 Meeting ID: 932 8659 3184 Password: 1S64EQ One tap mobile +19292056099
Logon info for the upcoming Special Board meeting: Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/93286593184?pwd=MGFyRWFxbTdxNkl1QmdoYjhUaVErZz09 Meeting ID: 932 8659 3184 Password: 1S64EQ One tap mobile +19292056099
Jayhawk Nation, please take a couple of minutes and fill out our survey at https://bit.ly/30JS3pN . The information from the survey will allow us to better understand and address the needs of our families for the upcoming school year. #BelieveAchieveSOAR!
Tonight's Board of Education meeting will be livestreamed due to Covid-19 restrictions. The livestream will be availble at https://meet.google.com/vrt-vxzo-kdi or by phone at +1 904-900-0677 PIN: 386 464 349#. The meeting will start at 6 pm.
The entire Jayhawk Nation mourns the loss of one of our great educators. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vUUGQRR0s2jhwy38MN3e3a4nMhjDOwEhaE-jRhBDEr4/edit?usp=sharing
Our June 8th Board of Education meeting will be livestreamed due to Covid-19 restrictions. The livestream will be availble at https://meet.google.com/vrt-vxzo-kdi or by phone at +1 904-900-0677 PIN: 386 464 349#. The meeting will start at 6 pm.
Watch today's Bart Hawley Show where our own Maesyn Hynes will be interviewed as Vandercook Lake's Senior Spotlight representative. Congratuations Maesyn, well deserved.
Jayhawk Class of 2020: Celebrate your graduation with the Nation. #GraduateTogether Saturday, May 16th @ 8 pm on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX visit https://graduatetogether2020.com/ for more details. #BeleiveAchieveSOAR!
It has been reported that our District's families are starting to receive their P-EBT cards as a result of our District's CEP status (free breaksfast/lunch for all students). The State has not provided guidance on how these are being rolled out, so please be patient.
Information to participate in Vandercook Lake's May 11th Virtual Board of Education meeting starting at 6 pm. Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/97066945729?pwd=TFJEUElyaXpROWMreWdDUStDNXZEdz09 Meeting ID: 970 6694 5729 Password: 8E6094
With our Governor's Executive Order 2020-48, which extends the 'Stay home, stay safe' mandate, Vandercook Lake's May 11th Regular Board Meeting will be held virtually. Login details for public participation will be posted in the near future.
Mental Health Tip of the Day: Talk to your child about mental health. Here is a quick read article that outlines talking to your child about mental health from preschool to high school. Check it out. https://tinyurl.com/yao9vecp
Family resources during these trying times. https://tinyurl.com/ybjxyqaq Go Jayhawks! #BelieveAchieveSOAR!
Thank you to our own super AP, Ms. Doreen Warner. Her extraordinary stitching skills are currently on display as she quickly created 5 masks for our transportation crew who are being called on to deliver meals to the community. #BelieveAchieveSOAR!
I am so proud to be a part of such a great group. Hats off to the Vandercook Lake Lions Club. , They do so much for our community. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10159606134934112&id=61534299111. #BelieveAchieve SOAR!
Vandercook Lake Public School's Continuity of Learning and COVID-19 Response Plan https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zCtw0mq-0eoFpvOeJzkfh5tiju9AO1yq37RewIoDkjU/edit?usp=sharing Stay safe Jayhawks! #BelieveAchieveSOAR!
Shared COVID-19 documents from the JC Health Department. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1r_Mk-c3_5vt1orBVsaMrcGTa-cEnIttT?usp=sharing
Vandercook Lake's regularly scheduled April 13th Board of Education meeting has officially been cancelled. Our next Board of Education meeting is currently scheduled for Monday, May 11th at 6 pm. Stay safe Jayhawks!
Attn Parents: Please go to https://forms.gle/y8ikCHWFfKUip5D59 and complete a three question survey that will help our district access the educational resources available to our students while at home.
Congrats to our very own Jake Taylor. Jake is a tremendous asset to our district. #BelieveAchieveSOAR! https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10163235223860716&id=257093090715
A big thanks to the Vandercook Lake Subway. They donated fresh vegetables to be handed out to our free breakfast/lunch program. Thanks Mr. Bob Richardson for your continued support of our schools and the community. Go Jayhawks! #BelieveAchieveSOAR!
Catch Vandy's own Ms. Jamie Stanley on todays Bart Hawley Show. It will air at 5 pm and 8 pm today.
Jayhawk Nation, earlier today Gov. Whitmer extended the closure of schools until Monday, April 13th. At this time, we will continue to provide breakfast/lunches to those in need. Stay strong Jayhawks. Together, we will get through this! #BelieveAchieveSOAR!
A reminder to Townsend backpack families that JFM is willing to deliver the bags weekly to your home. Please call 517-581-4479 to arrange for delivery.
Parents of students in grades 8-10 who are interested in participating in Vandercook Lake's Early College program should email Jean Logan in person with their application material. Jean's email is email@example.com . #BelieveAcheiveSOAR!
If you are practicing social distancing but getting bored over the next couple weeks, this site has some virtual field trips you can go on with your family. Some look pretty incredible! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SvIdgTx9djKO6SjyvPDsoGlkgE3iExmi3qh2KRRku_w/mobilebasic
Vandercook Lake Public Schools are pleased to announce that they will be providing free breakfast and lunches to our students in need. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JDuiNL_IDh1LKKP6jD62VLVMYdQejyFX8ReNoUYQCw0/edit?usp=sharing
Vandy is proud to participate in the Jackson County Whole Child Collaborative, it has provided valuable information for all families regarding the Coronavirus. Please check out this link. https://www.smore.com/h4vep
Please click on the link for an update. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gp1Y97nklDg4GTEUcm4vEVeUeor0LFHoLgG33ci5Lno/edit?usp=sharing
Jayhawk Nation: With the total closure of our school buildings, we are postponing the 3.16.2020 Parent Advisory Committee meeting. A new date will be selected and posted on our social media feeds.
Vandercook Lake Public Schools will have school on Friday, March 13th. This will be the last official day off school until Monday, April 6th. See you in the morning Jayhawks!
A letter to our community in regards to the Coronavirus that has been in the news recently. https://docs.google.com/document/d/11315L0tE92rvBTF1cFx0r0T4rT7qSPAKZo9g9wEelpQ/edit?usp=sharing
Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss! He wrote at least 44 beloved books. His birthday kicks off the best month of the school year: READING MONTH! What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book?
Vandercook Lake Public Schools will be closed Thursday, February 27th due to inclement weather.
Vandercook Lake Public Schools will be closed Wednesday, February 26th due to inclement weather.
This week’s staff “spotlight” is on our wonderful Mrs. Swaenepoel! She currently teaches 5th grade and has taught at Townsend for 8 years. She is married with 5 sons and 1 daughter! She enjoys being around the water in her off times during the school year. Her favorite thing about Townsend is “working with a staff who loves kids and does all they can to make Townsend an amazing place. “ We couldn’t agree more!
Our staff "spotlight" is on our wonderful preschool teacher, Danielle Casto. She has worked at Townsend for 6 years. She is married and no kids yet but "over 190 children I have taught that have my heart." Her favorite thing about Townsend is "the students and the family and building relationships!" We are very lucky to have her in our district!
It’s the time of year that’s almost more exciting than the holidays!! Kindergarten Round Up!! Spread the word that Townsend is the place to bring your child! It’s a place where they will have so much fun, learn amazing things, and be cared for by everyone at school! Please call the front office for more information! Let’s make this the BEST ROUNDUP YET!
This week’s staff “spotlight” is our own Elise Fish. She is one of our 4th grade teachers and has taught at Townsend for 23 years! She is married and has 2 grown kids. She spends her winters as a ski instructor up north. Her favorite thing about Townsend is “the close-knit community that all take care of one another”. We couldn’t agree more!
Townsend’s Valentine’s Dance has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 11 from 6-7:30.
Vandercook Lake Public Schools will be closed today, Thursday, February 6th due to inclement weather.
We are so proud of our 5th graders who participated in our school spelling bee today. They displayed incredible sportsmanship, courage while facing a large crowd and spelling difficult words, and pride in sharing their knowledge of words. Congratulations to each of them!!! Our Champion is Bradley Gorzen and our Runner-Up is Kaitlynn Strawser. Good luck to Bradley at the county spelling bee on March 11th.
Ms. Blair and Curtis take a moment to talk about this Friday's Pink & Purple games. https://jtv.tv/vandercook-pink-purple-event-friday/ #BelieveAchieveSOAR!
This week’s staff “spotlight” is on our own Sarah Heavey! She is one of our fantastic para professionals that work tirelessly for the students. She’s been at Townsend for 2 years now. She is married and has 2 “fabulous” daughters (as well as one dog, one cat, and one ferret). Her favorite thing about Townsend are “the great kids”. We are lucky to have her.
A friendly reminder that our next Parent Advisory Committee meeting will be held tonight in the high school media center. The meeting starts at 5:30 pm and is open to all. Updates from both buildings will be discussed. #BelieveAchieveSOAR!
Tonight's middle school wrestling meet has been cancelled. We will wrestle Grass Lake at HOME on Thursday January 30 @ 4:30pm
This week’s staff “spotlight” is our own Terri Siegrist. She is one of our amazing 4th grade teachers and has taught at Townsend for 21 years. She has 3 sons, 1 daughter and 7 grandchildren. She has an adventurous side and has climbed an active volcano to see the red lava! Her favorite thing about Townsend is “the people I’ve met and got to know; the coworkers, students and families”.
Our next Parent Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 28th in our high school media center and will start at 5:30 pm. We will be discussing updates on activities going on in both buildings and in the district. The meeting is open to all, so please join us.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!