Order Your Yearbook!
Yearbooks will be available in late May but you can pre-order yours NOW! Please click the link to order online or return your order form to school with $15. We can accept checks or cash with your order form and accept credit cards online. The order deadline is April 26th. http://link.entourageyearbooks.com/view_account.asp?l=96D755A7-C246-47D5-86A6-BE13085E91A4
SBDM Election for 2019-2020 School Year- Parent Candidates
Below you will find the parent candidates for the upcoming SBDM election which will take place on Thursday, April 25th @ 7:15-8:15 am and 4:30-6:30 pm in the front hall of VPE. We will be electing 2 parents to the council and you will need to bring your picture ID to vote on the 25th.
I believe that each student deserves an opportunity to be the best they can be with equitable education. As a mother of 5, two who attends VPE, working in post-secondary education and being a combat veteran having served a tour during Operation Iraqi/Enduring Freedom, I understand how having someone that you can rely on in making critical decisions is necessary for cultivating success. By joining the SBDM council my goal is to ensure that our gap students are provided with the necessary resources and skills to excel in and out of the classroom. Also, that every student at VPE has the opportunity to explore diverse backgrounds through the curriculum and activities reflecting the world around them. With my vested interest in our student and school success, I would greatly appreciate your consideration as an SBDM council member, thank you.
Jeffrey K. Rice
I am a long time resident of Lexington and my children have been enrolled at VPE since kindergarten. My son is in third grade and my daughter is in second grade. Not only do my kids love VPE, but I have enjoyed being involved as well. I help at VPE when possible, volunteering in the car line as part of the Dad’s Club and with COSI, for example.
I am a program manager with Humana Inc. managing a team of project managers responsible for completing various IT related projects. As a certified project manager, I am detail oriented. My career has sharpened my skills to accomplish objectives in collaboration with others. I enjoy having a goal and then working with a team to develop a plan of intermediate steps to reach that goal.
While earning my bachelor’s degree in business from Morehead State University, I worked as a tutor for math and computer courses. I also have a MBA from Xavier University. In addition, I have experience as an adjunct university faculty member.
I have experience with serving and leading various groups. Currently, I serve as the Committee Chairman of Cub Scout Pack 221 which serves Veterans Park Elementary primarily. At church, you may find me leading music for preschoolers, coaching soccer, or serving on various committees.
My wife, LaRaine, supports my nomination and is a former teacher who currently serves as the Lexington area director for Orphan Care Alliance. As a family, we have a heart for supporting foster and adoptive families.
Through my work with Cub Scouts, I have become acquainted with many VPE students and families. I would look forward to meeting many others as part of the School Based Decision Making Council.
Your support and consideration are appreciated. I would love to talk with any parents and teachers who have questions or would like to know more about me.
Darren Sammons, Bio.
Darren is a local attorney who earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky in 2004 and his Bachelor of Science from Eastern Kentucky University in 1994. Before law school, Darren worked as an Investigator with the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and served as a paratrooper and Spanish linguist in 20th Special Forces Group with the Army National Guard where he earned the rank of Sergeant. In 1998, he graduated as class valedictorian from the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California.
Darren's son Nicholas is a third grade student in Ms. Mullannix's class at VPE. Nick is a Cub Scout, takes drum lessons and enjoys science and art. Darren has served on committees at VPE for the last three years, the last two of which were on VPE's SBDM Wellness and PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports) Committee. Darren is also very active in any parent involved classroom activities and in school functions.
My name is Marty Vaughan. My daughter is entering Kindergarten this Fall and we couldn’t be more excited that she (and her little sister Lily) will be VPE Patriots! Our story is not uncommon in that we specifically bought our house in Cumberland Hill to be in VPE’s district. This school is preceded by a reputation of excellence like perhaps no other school in the district. My wife Natasha and I are thrilled to start this new chapter with our girls.
I am an English and Journalism teacher at STEAM Academy here in Lexington. As one of Fayette County’s special programs, we serve a small population of students through a lottery system. Our school is on the cutting edge of STEM and project based learning, focused on success for every student. What makes us unique is our approach to learning, dual credit opportunities through BCTC, and the district’s flagship model for real-world internships.
If there is a need for my time and contribution on the SBDM council, I will volunteer. My perspectives on pedagogy are best reviews on my website at https://www.martinrayvaughan.com/curriculum-vitae/ You’ll probably find a few pics of our sweet little girls here as well.
Whatever the capacity, we are excited to pitch in and continue the legacy of VPE for many years to come!
My wife Natasha is a database analyst for Christian Appalachian Project and a board member of the American Fundraising Professionals. We serve in our faith at Southland Christian Church, where I have been a drummer for the past 25 years. Tasha serves our family through the children’s ministry.
The Joesph-Bet Book Fair is Here!
Veterans Park Elementary
It’s a Dino-mite Book Fair
April 18 – 25, 2019
7:15am – 3:00pm
Celebrate the Arts Night
Thursday, April 25, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Readers are wanted and adventure awaits in books galore at this season’s Book Fair!! The Joseph-Beth Dino-mite Book Fair is coming to VPE! Parents and Grandparents are encouraged to come and shop with their child(ren). Check with your teacher for the schedule or come before or after school or on Celebrate the Arts Night.
Teacher Wish Lists – Let your imagination grow through books! Buy a book for your classroom library!
Please click this link below to view the Honors Chorus performance.
April Spirit Project with On the Move Art Studio
Throughout the month of April, VPE will be partnering with On the Move Art Studio, a nonprofit mobile art room created in a refurbished vintage trailer, that travels to low-income neighborhoods to host free arts classes for kids in Central Kentucky! On the Move Art Studio is in need of the following items: bottles of glue, canvases, plastic table covers, watercolor paint sets, black sharpies, color sharpies, paper towels, baby wipes, model magic, kids paint (washable), erasers, tissue paper. Items can be dropped off in the bin outside Ms. Brehm’s office.
Southern Middle School Open House
We will be having a new 6th Grade Orientation Meeting for parents on April 23rd at 6:00 p.m. It will be a great opportunity for you to come to Southern Middle to meet the administration and 6th grade teachers. During orientation you will learn about Southern Middle School’s policies, procedures, and expectations.
The Kentucky Department of Education has mandated new immunization certificates beginning with the 2018-19 school year for every student in the Commonwealth. New state laws requiring all students to be immunized for Hepatitis A and students 16 years of age and older to receive the Meningococcal ACWY (MCV4) vaccine created the need for new certificates for every student. If you have not had a chance to take care of these new requirements, please find time over the winter break to obtain certificates for your students from your healthcare provider. Students not in compliance may be excluded from attendance, especially in the event of widespread illness. If you are unsure if your student's records are up-to-date, please check with his or her school when we return to school on January 3, 2019.
Extra Extra read all about it...Well now you can on our new Veterans Park APP that is available for download on ITunes or Google Play. The APP is free (search Veterans Park) and to sign up as a parent you will need the passcode 3813161 (our school phone number). The VPE APP will also help in providing calendar information, specials rotation day, PTA updates, classroom/club information as well as much more. Please make sure to click for push notifications when you sign up to help us in providing information to families such as school closing/delays, VPE events and other parent focused information.