A Closer Look

Posting Date: July 27, 2014
Expires 8/31/14

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Vestavia Hills City Schools is committed to aiding students and staff in creating a 21st century learning environment. We are beginning our second year of implementing “Bring Your Own Device,” or BYOD. For purposes of BYOD, “Devices” are personally owned wireless portable electronic equipment used for instructional purposes. Students in BYOD classrooms may be allowed but not be required to bring and use personal, portable, electronic devices. In order to comply with Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), all student owned devices will be subject to Internet filtering policies. 

Things to Know

BYOD Policy

FAQ for Parents

FAQs for Students



Posting Date: February 28, 2014
Expires 9/01/14

Dr. James Blair Retiring

Dr. James R. Blair, Jr., after faithfully discharging his duties as Superintendent by providing over 13 years of loyal and dedicated service, leadership and expertise to and for the Vestavia Hills Board of Education, faculty, staff, students and community has decided to resign and enjoy retirement.

On February 26, 2014, Dr. Blair submitted his resignation effective October 1, 2015. The Vestavia Hills Board of Education reluctantly accepted his resignation at its reguarly scheduled monthly meeting on February 26, 2014. Therefore, the position of Superintendent is vacant effective October 1, 2015.



Posting Date: August 10, 2014
Expires 9/10/14

New Faculty/Staff at VHEW

New faculty/staff members at VHEW for the 2014-15 school year include:

Megan Johnson, third grade teacher, replacing Libby Simon who moved to Texas.

Abigale Watkins, third grade teacher, was added as a new unit.

Kaitlyn Pierce, second grade teacher, replacing Krista Welford who retired in May.

Krista Bender, Instructional Coach, replaces Lorie Johnson that resigned to return to the classroom.

Ashley Chambliss, kindergarten teacher, replaces Jennifer Ratliff, who is moving to Seattle, Washington.

New Instructional Paras include Maggie Carmichael as kindergarten para, Jessica Dyess and Jennifer Bourland as special ed paras.

Michelle Bostic will be joining our team as part-time additional speech teacher.

We are excited about these new faces at Vestavia Hills Elementary West!



Posting Date: March 04, 2014
Expires 9/24/14

Parents and ADHD

Dr. Dale Wisely, Director of Student Services at Mountain Brook Schools, presented at the Brown Bag Lunch at the Vestavia BOE successful strategies for parents of children with ADD/ADHD. Dr. Wisely is a highly sought-after presenter with a wealth of knowledge and experience.

If you were unable to attend the Brown Bag Lunch please click on the following link to view his presentation.

Parents and ADHD




Posting Date: August 10, 2014
Expires 9/30/14

West Way Week August 25-29

"The West Way" is the way students are expected to behave at school every day and focus on three character traits: courtesy, respect, and responsiblity. Throughtout the week, the children will learn about these traits while doing some fun activiites.

West Way Week will take place from Monday, August 25th to Friday, August 29th.

Monday, August 25th - All students at VHEW will receive a special "West Way" souvenir. Each student will be asked to sign "The West Way" classroom pledge, which will be displayed in their classrooms.

Tuesday, August 26th - The character focus for today is courtesy.

Wednesday, August 27th - The character focus for today is respect.

Thursday, August 28th - The character focus for today is responsibilty.

**Teachers will read books and complete activities each day based on the character trait.**

Friday, August 29th "Team Up at West" All students are encouraged to wear their favorite team T-shirt because WE ARE A TEAM AT WEST!



Posting Date: August 05, 2014
Expires 5/25/15

VHEW and Ronald McDonald House

VHEW will be collecting pop tabs (from cans) all year long to donate to the Ronald McDonald House downtown (Children Hospital). Every classroom will be collecting them. Please save your pop tabs and bring them to VHEW. Tell Your family, friends, and neighbors. This is a great way for VHEW to help others!


Ronald McDonald Houses collect pop tabs instead of entire aluminum cans because it's more hygienic to store tabs than cans, and collection and storage is easier.  The program is an easy way for people of all ages to support RMHC and know they are making a difference for families and children. 


If your local Ronald McDonald House participates in the program, it’s likely cardboard collection containers in the shape of a house have been distributed to schools, community and civic groups and other organizations in your area. Collect pop tabs to drop off at one of these areas, or contact your local House about getting a collection container that you can be responsible for filling through one of your own groups.

How much?

After the tabs are collected, the local RMHC Chapter brings the collection to local recycling centers, where they are weighed to determine their value (values can vary significantly).  The recycling center then sends the local RMHC Chapter a check for the total value.