A Closer Look

 
Posting Date: August 19, 2014
Expires 9/15/14

Online Student Directory

This year, we are using a new online directory system (Circlebox).  With your Summer online school pre-registration, you can sign-up by going to:

http://www.circlebox.com/vhpto 

In addition to being able to enter your student’s contact information as it will appear in the online and printed directories, some Vestavia schools are utilizing this tool  to let you easily volunteer for PTO committees and to provide important school-specific information.

  • There is no charge to use this service.
  • The information is secure & only available to families of students in the Vestavia School System
  • The directory search functionality will be available once school year begins as homeroom classrooms are assigned.

Here’s how it will work:

  1. If you don’t already have a Circlebox account, you will be prompted to create one. (Some households will already have an account as a member of another organization that already uses Circlebox.)  All students in your household should be set up under your one Circlebox account. 
  2. In addition to your student data, you may also list (2) two points of contact (parents/guardians) for each household.  Both contacts (parents/guardians) will be able to access your household account for searches and updates.
  3. In addition to your directory information, please also complete the brief school specific questionnaire and the PTO volunteer form for each student/school where applicable.
  4. Once you enter your student’s information, that record will be “pending” until teacher assignments are entered.  Once the student entry is updated with the homeroom class assignment, (by PTO staff after the 1st day of school) your account will become “active” for Vestavia District-wide search. 

For Questions, Contact:  helpdesk@circlebox.com


Posting Date: August 21, 2014
Expires 10/01/14

Update on VHHS Principal Search

Update on Principal Search Process at Vestavia Hills High School

August 21, 2014 (VHCS) – Mr. Tim Loveless will continue as interim principal of Vestavia Hills High School for the remainder of the 2014-15 academic year, Superintendent Sheila Phillips announced this morning.

In an email to parents of VHHS students, Phillips said that the consensus of the school’s principal search committee was “that we take our time to find the very best fit possible for our students and school.”

“As evidenced by the registration process and the smooth start of the new school year, we can trust that administrators, faculty and staff, as well as the students, know their roles,” Phillips said.

Loveless, who recently retired after serving more than three decades in administration at schools in north Alabama, was named VHHS interim principal in July. 


Posting Date: July 22, 2013
Expires 12/30/14

Facebook and Twitter

Vestavia Hills City School district now has a Facebook page and Twitter account. These social media tools will be used to disseminate school related information to a wider audience. Please "like" us on Facebook at our page Vestavia Hills City Schools and "follow" us on Twitter @vhcschools.


Posting Date: August 20, 2014
Expires 12/31/14

VHCS Students Raise ACT Composite Average

Students in Vestavia Hills City Schools raised the district’s average composite ACT score for the second consecutive year, scoring more than five points higher than the state composite average, ACT reported Wednesday.

433 Vestavia Hills students took the ACT in the 2013-14 academic year. Those students who took the test scored an average composite of 25.8 on a 36-point scale. The average composite for the 37,985 students statewide who took the test was 20.6, according to ACT.

This marks the second year in a row that Vestavia Hills students raised the district’s ACT average. VHCS students scored an average composite of 25.6 in 2013 and 25.3 from 2010 to 2012.

ACT also announced Wednesday that 58 percent of Vestavia Hills test-takers had met or surpassed all four of its “college readiness benchmark scores,” which ACT defines as the scores needed to indicate a 50 percent chance of earning a B or higher in college-level English, algebra, social science, and biology. More than two-thirds of Vestavia Hills students met or surpassed at least one of the college readiness benchmark scores, ACT reported. By comparison, only 21 percent of test-takers statewide met the benchmark in all four areas.

"We are proud of the hard work that has gone into preparing our students for this standard of success and for their postsecondary endeavors," Vestavia Hills Superintendent Sheila Phillips said this morning. "We will continue to focus on providing educational experiences that prepare our students for this level of assessment."