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!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Congratulations October Virtuous Knights!

October Virtuous Knights
6th Graders Lilly Badertscher, Jon Hudok, Ethan Orr, Gage Swaisgood
7th Graders:  Isabella Ayers, Landon Forsyth, Jewelya Hutchison, Camrie Roberts, Brooke Shepherd, Grayson Temple
8th Graders Miranda Eaton, Wade Hiatt, Grace Hoerig, James Koehler 

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

Monday, November 10, 2014

National Junior Honor Society Inducts Eighteen

Eighteen VBMS eighth graders were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society on November 3.  The county-wide induction ceremony brought together over 100 middle school students who exhibit scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. 

Congratulations to the Van Buren inductees for 2014-2015:  Carrie Below, Joshua Bishop, Dawson Carruthers, Miranda Eaton, Brady Harmon, Natalee Harris, Grace Hoerig, Kyle Hoyng, Andrea Iliff, Jordan Lonyo, Jenessa Nique, Connor Ohlrich, Jessica Rinehart, Mackenzie Saltzman, Olivia Sexton, Natasha Simons, Lily Wager, and Quentin Weddell.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

8th Grade Team Embarks on Day of Service

The VBMS Eighth Grade Team spent October 24 learning beyond the classroom walls.  Some spent the morning interviewing senior citizens, the afternoon meant making holiday cards for active duty military personnel, while others were washing fire trucks, raking leaves, and preparing the village's holiday decorations.  The end of the quarter has traditionally meant a trip to The Cube for ice skating or another reward, but this year's eighth grade team decided that each of the quarterly experiences would engage students in learning that is impossible to replicate while on-campus.
Mrs. Brown, eighth grade language arts teacher, coordinated the day.  She spent hours in contact with nearly ten different organizations ensuring that all 80 students had meaningful service to perform that Friday, both in the morning and afternoon.  Only a short lunch break and approximately thirty minutes of reflective time at the end of the day brought the students back to school.  

One student shared that, while visiting with a Birchaven resident, she learned that the resident was married for 60 years and that she once danced with Shirley Temple.  "During Activity Day, I had a lot of fun and I felt really good because I knew that I had done something with my classmates and friends that would impact someone’s life for a long time!"

Friday, October 10, 2014

Congratulations September 2014 Virtuous Knights!

September 2014 Virtuous Knights
6th Graders Kaitlyn Baer, Grace Heitkamp, Alisa Matsuo, Alex Muzy
7th Graders:  Andres Miranda, Kaleb Snodgrass, Hunter Stone, Saige Warren
8th Graders Noah Frederick, Audrey Nessler, Drew Odenweller, Josh Orians, Jason Runion, Mackenzie Saltzman

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

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

VBMS Partners with Family Resource Center

We all know that young adolescents have a variety of social-emotional needs.  Using the research behind Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, those social-emotional needs must be met before we can expect students to be fully engaged in our classrooms.

Van Buren Middle School and Family Resource Center (FRC) have partnered to provide a school-based counselor to our school community.  Megan Hargraves, our FRC counselor, is a licensed social worker and provides a spectrum of services to students, who themselves have a wide spectrum of needs.   From problems with friends, goal-setting and organization, stress caused by family changes, to self-harm, we are obligated to provide sound options to our students and families so that students can realize their true academic achievement.

Megan is originally from Akron and spends much of her time working at both Arcadia and Van Buren in the school-based programs.  Ms. Hargraves graduated from Bluffton University with a bachelor of arts degree and The University of Akron with a masters of social work degree. Megan has been a home-based therapist for about 2 years, lives at home with her cat Arnold and enjoys spending her free time traveling.

As a parent, you may struggle with your young adolescent.  Megan is a resource for us all - students, staff, and families.  She can be reached at or 419-299-3384 ext. 321

Monday, August 4, 2014

Opening Knight 2014-2015 Information

It is time for another school year to begin!  I wish to invite you to our annual Opening Knight orientation and open house set for Thursday, August 14, 2014.  Our first day of classes is Monday, August 18.  

Adolescence is a tumultuous time in a child’s life and when school staff and parents can work together, we can support our young adolescents so that they learn to their fullest potential.  We have changed the structure of Opening Knight to allow for more communication about how teachers’ classrooms will operate this year.

When arriving, please use the auditorium doors.  Each grade level will have an introductory meeting in the auditorium to begin their orientation:
5:30pm – Sixth Grade 6:00pm – Seventh Grade 6:30pm – Eighth Grade 

During Opening Knight, students and their parents will have the opportunity to do the following:
  • Get school pictures taken (please be sure your child is dressed in appropriate school attire – ALL students will have their picture taken for school identification purposes)
  • Pay student fees
  • Receive student schedule and locker assignment
  • Process Medical Authorization & Procedure Card and Technology Form
  • Students are issued their school netbook computers
  • Students “move-in” to their lockers
  • Visit your child’s classrooms and meet our school staff

We decided to save a few trees:  The One-to-One Computing Guidelines and Policies are online at and a printed copy will be in your packet at Opening Knight for both parent and student signatures.  The signed agreement must be turned in so that students can be issued their netbook computers that night.

School fees for the 2014-2015 school year are listed below:  
6th Grade $66.50
7th Grade $63.50
8th Grade $71.50 (regular science); $81.50 (advanced science)

We are excited to start the new school year!  As summer comes to a close, I hope you are able to join us for Opening Knight August 14.  As a parent, you are welcome all year long and we hope you are able to join us at school as a volunteer for Project MORE, at a parent advisory coffee, as a member of a booster organization, or even by “liking” Van Buren Middle School on Facebook!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Trusty Advances in Letters About Literature Competition

Van Buren eighth grader Maria Trusty was notified in April that she was selected as a semi-finalist in the state Letters about Literature competition for her letter to J.K Rowling.
Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to that author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels. Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year. 

Maria has been invited to attend  the Letters About Literature awards ceremony and luncheon to be held on Saturday, May 3rd at the Main Branch of the Cleveland Public Library.   Maria is the daughter of Alvin and Anjie Trusty.