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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Congratulations April Virtuous Knights!

April 2015 Virtuous Knights
6th Grade:  Zac Adkins, Kaleb Bishop, Steven Franks, Breanna Tabler
7th Grade:  Donald Anderson, Katelyn Chu, Hannah Davis, Catie Vermillion
8th Grade:  Carrie Below, Johann Franks, Connor Ohlrich, Thomas Piccirillo, Quentin Weddell

Qualities of a Virtuous Knight:
Generosity; Respect; Kindness; Pride in School; Responsibility; Enthusiasm; Pride in Self; Hard Working
Thanks to Culver's and the Van Buren Academic Boosters for their support of our students!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Congratulations March Virtuous Knights!

March 2015 Virtuous Knights
Sixth Graders:  Shaina Lako, Kadin Ogg, Adrianne Sortor, Zachary Sparks
Seventh Graders:  Gage Carpenter, Garrett Drake, Amber Pisarsky, Emma Reineke, Abby Thomas
Eighth Graders:  Jaden Butler, Johnathon Farthing, Marissa Gilbert, Andrea Iliff, Jenessa Miller


Qualities of a Virtuous Knight:
Generosity; Respect; Kindness; Pride in School; Responsibility; Enthusiasm; Pride in Self; Hard Working
Thanks to Culver's and the Van Buren Academic Boosters for their support of our students!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Way to go February Virtuous Knights!

February 2015 Virtuous Knights
Sixth Graders:  Kaila Bowen, Max Greenawalt, Justin Ring, Peyton Sendelbach
Seventh Graders:  Nicole Conine, Hannah Missler, Maddie Parker, Riley Simons, Kyle VanHorn
Eighth Graders:  LeeAnn Gallagher-Kauble, Jordan Lonyo, Megan Muzy, Amanda Strapp


Qualities of a Virtuous Knight:
Generosity; Respect; Kindness; Pride in School; Responsibility; Enthusiasm; Pride in Self; Hard Working
Thanks to Culver's and the Van Buren Academic Boosters for their support of our students!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

VBMS Represented at District Honors Festival


Van Buren Middle School OMEA District 3 Honors Festival Participants

The annual OMEA District 3 honors festival was held at Wapakoneta High School with guest conductors Janine Baughman (choir), Matt Frost (band) and Paul Baransy (jazz band). The groups rehearsed Friday evening (following a nutritious stop at Taco Bell) and Saturday morning. The concert was held at 3 p.m. and the groups performed to a full house. The students come from 40 different schools and were nominated by their directors to participate.

Van Buren student participants included:
Band:  Miranda Eaton, Hope Serrano, Jordan Spoon, Olivia Sexton
Jazz Band:  Carrie Below
Choir:  Noah Elliott, Amanda Strapp, Lily Wagner

Thursday, February 26, 2015

8th Grader Advances in Elks Essay Contest


VBMS eighth grader Olivia Sexton was selected the local winner of the ELKS Americanism Essay Contest.  The prompt was "What the Pledge of Allegiance Means to Me" and Olivia's piece will be forwarded to the Northwest district for further consideration.  Congratulations Olivia and best of luck at the next level!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Sixth Graders Advance in Elks Americanism Essay Contest

Elks Americanism Essay Contest Local Winners

Sixth grade students Grace Heitkamp and Breanna Tabler, are local winners of the ELKS Americanism Essay Contest.  The students wrote an essay on “What the Pledge of Allegiance means to Me” in 250 words or less.  The Findlay/Fostoria Elks Lodge #75 sponsored the contest for students in grades 5-8.  Grace and Breanna were two of the top three Division I winners for 5th and 6th grade.  Their entries will be submitted to the Northwest District and potentially be recognized at the State and National level by the Grand Lodge.  Congratulations Grace and Breanna, and good luck at Districts!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Congratulations January Virtuous Knights!

Virtuous Knights - January 2015
Sixth Graders:  Mia George, Blake Jones, Kennedy Rader, Alex Reichenbaugh
Seventh Graders:  Logan Betts-Baldwin, Aaron Clark, Noah Elliott, Maddie Parsell
Eighth Graders:  Brady Harmon, Jacob Sanders, Bryce Smith, Lily Wagner, Natalie Williamson 


Qualities of a Virtuous Knight:
Generosity; Respect; Kindness; Pride in School; Responsibility; Enthusiasm; Pride in Self; Hard Working
Thanks to Culver's and the Van Buren Academic Boosters for their support of our students!

Four VBMS Students Advance in National History Bee

2015 VBMS National History Bee Regional Qualifiers


Van Buren Middle School eighth graders Miranda Eaton and Lily Wagner and seventh graders Amber Pisarsky and Zachary Seitz qualified for the Regional round of the National History Bee to be held April 2, 2015 at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio.

Similar to a Spelling Bee, students must prove their knowledge of World and American History beginning approximately 3000BC to the modern day. 

The Intramural Bee was administered to all students in grades six through eight in early January.  The top four scoring students from a school qualify for the Online Regional Qualifying Exam. This exam consists of fifty questions administered online.  The top scoring students in a given region are invited to participate in the Regional Competition. 

The regional competition is competed similar to a quiz style game show where participants must “buzz in” to answer.  High scorers in the four preliminary rounds then compete in the Regional Final Round. The top finishers in each of the thirty seven regions around the United States are invited to the National History Bee Finals in Atlanta, Georgia this June.