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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.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Power of the Pen Teams are "Write On"


8th Grade Team - 2nd place team

7th Grade Team - 4th place team

Lilly Saum - 10th place writer


Isabella Ayers - 11th place writer



Power of the Pen is an interscholastic, creative/impromptu writing competition for public, private, parochial, and special schools open to 7th and 8th graders in the state of Ohio.  On Saturday, January 24th a 7th and 8th grade team traveled to Tiffin Middle School to compete against 14 other schools in the area including Donnell, Glenwood, St. Michael’s, and Maumee Valley Country Day, to name a few.  Students competed as a team and individuals, writing in three separate, 40 minute rounds.

Our 7th grade team consisting of Bella Ayers, Karis Brown, Agnes Durliat, Kendall Kretzinger, Madison Parker, Maddie Trumbull, and Hailey Routzon (Alternate) coached by Mrs. Karen Dishong placed 4th overall in the team competition.  The three prompts given to the 7th grade team were:  Round I – Write about something you are doing for the first time; Round II – The setting for your story is a middle school dance; Round III – The main character in your narrative is the class clown.  Two students were given high honors with Bella placing 11th in the individual competition and Karis walking away with a ‘Best of Round’ piece entitled “My Day”. 
Karis Brown - Best of Round writer

The 8th grade team coached by Mrs. Stephanie Brown included Kira Coe, Johnny Farthing, Emily LeCroy, Allison McComas, Jenessa Miller, and Lilly Saum.  These writers also brought home a trophy by taking 2nd place overall with Lilly earning a 10th place medallion in the individual competition.  The three 8th grade prompts were:  Round I - The Hole, Why are you digging one?; Round II - The setting of your story is the day after…what?; and Round III - Discover that your best friend isn’t one.

Both teams are hoping to advance to the Regional competition held on Wednesday, March 11th at Lourdes University with a chance to qualify for the state competition in May.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Congratulations December Virtuous Knights!

Virtuous Knights - December 2014
Sixth Graders:  Keana Rider, Annika Rinehart, Kearstin Sherrick, Connor Waltmire
Seventh Graders:  Karis Brown, A.J. Overmyer, Alyssa Potteiger, Paige Smith
Eighth Graders:  Ron Koehnke, Mason McMonigal, Mackenzie Phillips, Lilly Saum, Olivia Sexton 

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, December 11, 2014

Congratulations November Virtuous Knights!

Virtuous Knights - November 2014
Sixth Graders:  Mia Leal, Jace McCartney, Megan Sheeks, Brandon Smith
Seventh Graders:  Agnes Durliat, Hunter Evans, DJ Helfer, Spencer Ingwersen, Rachel King, Dalton Swope
Eighth Graders:  Natalee Harris, Kyle Hoyng, Jacob Sanders, Danny Vanatta

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!