A Closer Look

Posting Date: January 13, 2014
Expires 7/30/14

2014-15 Kindergarten Students

Please click on the following link for information on upcoming registration for 2014-15 Kindergarten Students.


2014-15 Kindergarten Students



Posting Date: July 15, 2014
Expires 8/01/14

VHCS Hires Meredith Hanson

Meredith Hanson hired as Vestavia Hills assistant superintendent
July 7, 2014 (VHCS) – In a special meeting this morning, the Vestavia Hills Board of Education approved the hiring of Meredith Hanson as the district’s new assistant superintendent.
Hanson, who is currently Executive Director of Human Resources at Auburn City Schools, previously served from 2006 to 2012 as assistant principal at Vestavia Hills Elementary Central. During that time, she assisted in oversight of the school’s 680 students and the hiring of more than 80 school staff members. She holds an Educational Specialist degree from Samford University.
Hanson will replace Sheila Phillips, who last month was named as the district’s new superintendent. 
“Meredith’s wealth of knowledge gained from her experience here and outside of our district, coupled with her confident personality, made her the ideal candidate for this position,” Phillips said following this morning’s board meeting.
“I’m extremely humbled by this opportunity and very excited about what I know Mrs. Phillips has in mind for Vestavia Hills,” Hanson said by telephone from Auburn earlier today. “I’m looking forward to coming back and working for the kids, because they’re great students.”



Posting Date: May 29, 2014
Expires 8/01/14

Sheila Phillips Named Next Superintendent

The Vestavia Hills Board of Education unanimously approved Sheila Phillips as its next superintendent. Phillips will become the 6th superintendent of Vestavia Hills City Schools following the retirement of Dr. Jamie Blair next year. Phillips has been Vestavia Hills’ assistant superintendent since May 2012. She led a district-wide accreditation process earlier this year that laid the foundation for the system’s future. She will lead the upcoming development of a new strategic plan for school improvement, which will be a collective vision of stakeholders throughout Vestavia Hills. Phillips was assistant principal at Vestavia Hills High School during the 2011-12 academic year. Her résumé includes three years as principal and three years as assistant principal at Cullman High School. She spent more than 15 years of her career working with students in special education programs at Cullman, Homewood and Childersburg schools. “The board is confident that our thorough and fair process has resulted in the best decision for our district,” Vestavia Hills Board of Education president, Kym Prewitt, said earlier this evening. “Mrs. Phillips has already established positive and meaningful relationships with many stakeholders, and she has a deep understanding of our culture and our needs as a system. We welcome her to this new position and look forward to improving our standard of excellence in every area for our students.” 




Posting Date: May 21, 2014
Expires 8/01/14

Summer Reading

A Note from Mrs. Johnson (VHEW Librarian)
Parents and Teachers, 
Here are some of my favorites for summer reading… take a look at some of reading list and summer reading programs that are out there.  There are several freebies and some really good book lists and movie connections.  
Don't let the summer slide (reading regression) happen at your house.  Set a schedule this summer for daily reading and set times to visit the library each week.  I encourage students to read in the mornings before the rush of the day begins, or to read while younger siblings nap.  Make it a habit, reading is something you won't regret
Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge Book Lists- great resource for fresh and some newer titles- http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/collection/keep-kids-reading-all-summer-long 
Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program- read 8 books and take the B&N "Reading Journal" to Barnes & Noble for a free book (see list and print off to participate)- http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/summer-reading/379003570
Bookit by Pizza Hut is another favorite and it has a classic list and a movie list- look under teacher resources for this book list- but the parent resources have some calendars and other items available.   You can also participate in their summer reading challenge or try out some of the books/movie connections.  You  can do that online- http://www.bookitprogram.com/summer/default.asp 
Don't forget about Library in the Forest Summer Reading "Boom, Fizz, Read"!- their program begins June 1st.  Sign up and lets win some free books for our school with having the most participation for the 2nd year in a row!!!  http://www.vestavialibrary.org/kids/summerReading.php



Posting Date: May 01, 2014
Expires 8/06/14

VHEW Registration 2014-15

New Student Enrollment

All NEW incoming 2014-2015 students must enroll prior to completing school registration and enrollment is going on NOW. Please come to the school office Monday through Thursday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to enroll. A list of documents required for enrollment are available at Enrollment Requirements. Please spread the word to friends and family who may have a new student starting VHEW next year.

Existing Student Registration

There are TWO parts to registration for the 2014-2015 school year... online and onsite. Pre-registration is online and will begin July 23. Once you have completed the online portion, you will need to print and sign the completed forms and submit these to VHEW during onsite registration.

VHEW onsite registration for the 2014-2015 school year will be held August 4 and 5 from 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. each day. If you are unable to attend, please send your forms and payments with a family member or friend. Students are not allowed to Meet The Teacher unless registration forms are received on one of these dates.



Posting Date: July 24, 2014
Expires 8/19/14

Help the Hills: Parent Together, Parent Strong

Town Hall Meeting

August 18, 2014

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church

Tyson Hall


 Leadership Vestavia Hills, the Vestavia Hills Board of Education and the City of Vestavia Hills are pleased to invite you to join us at a town hall meeting focused on the growing use of alcohol and drugs in our community.

 This Town Hall Meeting will include a variety of speakers and a panel discussion addressing the increasing use of drugs and alcohol among young people in our community. Key speakers will include Dale Wisely, Ph.D., David Howard, and Rick Norris. Dale Wisely is a popular educator and speaker on parenting and drug and alcohol use in teens. David Howard is Director of Administrative Services at the Vestavia Hills Board of Education. Rick Norris is a Vestavia parent whose son, Tripp, was a Vestavia Hills High School graduate, a senior at Alabama and an aspiring and talented musician. Tripp died in 2011 as a result of a lethal mix of alcohol and street heroin.

 Help the Hills was formed in an effort to foster open dialogue with parents, educators, and community leaders.  This gathering will be videotaped and used as a discussion guide at home meetings planned in the month of September.

 Help the Hills is an extension of a Leadership Vestavia Hills project and is in partnership with the Vestavia Hills Board of Education and the City of Vestavia Hills.


Who should attend:

  • Parents                                                              
  • Educators
  • First Responders                                        
  • Community Leaders & Organizers
  • Faith Based Leaders                                                    
  • Concerned Citizens
  • Health Practitioners & Pharmacists

 This event is open to the public. Seating is limited.

For additional information or to be added to email list, please contact:




Leadership Vestavia Hills Help the Hills Committee Members:

Tracy Davis, Member, Hand Arendall, LLC

Julie Moebes Ellis, Director of Business Development, Bridgeworth, LLC

Lt. Ryan Farrell, Public Information Officer, Vestavia Hills Fire Department
Shera Grant, Deputy Public Defender, Jefferson County Public Defender's Office
David Martin, President, NationView, LLC
Shanta Owens, District Judge, 10th Judicial Circuit of Alabama
Dan Pahos, Owner, Home Instead Senior Care
Jennifer Philpot, Fund Development Specialist
Charlie Shah, General Counsel, Event Operations Group



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 starting at the beginning of the 2014-15 school year. In order to comply with Federal regulations, all student owned devices will be subject to Internet filtering policies. This year at VHEW our plan is for all classes to participate in BYOD.


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: 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