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OCTOBER 2019 | VOL. 2

THE VANGUARD SCHOOL Monthly Newsletter

Note from our Assistant Principal, Mr. Jae Allen: From our entire team at the Vanguard School, we thank you all for attending our Vanguard School’s Family Weekend events. We enjoyed every minute of it! It was amazing to have the Vanguard community and families come together and meeting all our parents, family members, and friends. We are grateful to have been given the opportunity to share with you the classroom and residential life experience that goes on and giving you a glance of what we do everyday. We hope that it was informative, as well as fun for you as all learning should always be! -Jae Allen



Residential Life

Our students had an exciting, fun filled, SPOOKtastic time this month of October. From our Fall Family Weekend to our pre-paid trips, students had plenty of activities to chose from!

OCTOBER TRIPS AND EVENTS As part of pre-paid trips, students took trips to Ziplining, Safari Wilderness in Lakeland and HOWL-OSCREAM at Busch Gardens. The Girls' dorm had a Halloween sleepover where they participated in games, eating delightful snacks and a piñata as a guest appearance! Residential staff also hosted a chili cookoff and a creative costume contest!


Ms. Parham, our APEX teacher, challenged our students this October! Any student who complete two 100% quizzes a class period, while being on time, in dress code, and off the study hall list, for the month will receive some awesome awards during our Fall Fest! Florida graduation requirements include online courses. The students pictured above rose up to the challenge! In Mr. Klepacki's class, our students are having a friendly competition of who can build the better trebuchet to measure angular velocity! Science Rules!


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Seniors Audrey and Nikolas are college bound and have been accepted to two wonderful colleges. We can't wait to see where the rest of our seniors end up!

In other news, we hosted a fundraiser for our renovated student center and it was a great success! We are so excited for the big reveal. The student center will be will be a multi-purpose facility providing both academic and social learning spaces for our students!


Fall Family Weekend & Panther Perkhouse


is all about our families and students coming together at Vanguard and showcasing all they have learned in the past 9 weeks. It is also a great opportunity for parents to meet their child's teacher!

INTRODUCING OUR PANTHER PERKHOUSE! During Family Weekend, Ms. Tysver and her culinary & drama class put together our very first Panther Perkhouse. The Panther Perkhouse was created as a way to showcase our student’s talents and share them with families and the community. Culinary Arts students offered yummy sweet treats, specialty coffees, and hot drinks and drama students provided entertainment. While enjoying their treats guest were invited to view the Student Art Gallery presentation from the visual art students. Due to our Perkhouse succes, we will be having our second event in December! Stay tuned!


Athletics Susan Chen Has been a top contender since the beginning of the season! Last week, Susan attended the District tournament and advanced onto the Regional Tournament where competition was fierce! Although Regionals did not go her way, we are working on getting her more lessons this year and next, to make her stronger! We are so proud of resilience and dedication. Go Susan!

Introducing our New Head Basketball Coach, Adam Dirlbeck! Coach Dirlbeck came to us from Oklahoma Baptist University, where he served on their coaching staff for three years. Coach Dirlbeck was also able to coach long side Coach Sheppard and work in the dorms last year. He is very active in our community and so excited for his first season as the Head Coach! "We have a great group of kids and I'm so excited to see how our season goes!" We are excited too! Go Panthers!



Basketball Soccer Track and Field Archery

During Family Weekend, we ran a "Name our Panther" contest as another way to fund raise for student activities and our students chose Juan. Juan showed bravery, strength, and kindness to others even through his toughest moments. He was a true example of what a Vanguard Panther should represent. (Juan was a previous student who attended Vanguard, but passed away in 2019 due to health issues.) We will miss him dearly.

Community Service

ADOPT-AGRANDPARENT Some of our students participated on the Adopt-aGrandparent Community Trick or Treating at Grace Nursing Home. This time of year is their favorite because they get to dress up, help and spend time with their grandparents!

BAHAMAS HURRICANE RELIEF As you all know, specific islands of the Bahamas were almost completely destroyed as a result of Hurricane Dorian. In an effort to foster our core value of service and try and give back to those in such an unfortunate position, the Vanguard School will be attending a trip to assist those so greatly affected by this storm. We will be volunteering through shelters, Salvation Army, Human Society, orphanage and Centre for the Deaf. Additionally, our uniform store made shirts and proceeds went towards purchasing supplies.


Fall Festival

OUR FALL FESTIVAL Through enthusiasm and self-advocacy, students proposed bringing back our Fall Festival, an event we used to do a couple of years ago. Students experienced face painting, photo booth, pumpkin gore, worm bobbing, tic tac toe, pumpkin toss, make a mummy, DIY candied apples and candy pong. We also had an APEX competition and best costume where students were awarded an awesome prize!

Upcoming Events


PRE-PAID TRIPS Trail Buggy Ride- 11/2/19 This is a guided tour that brings you deep into the wild of Florida from the comfort of our one of a kind Trail Buggy. For the adventurer who prefers knowledge and the excitement that comes with seeing native Florida wildlife in their natural habitat.. then this is up your alley.

AIRBOAT RIDE ALLIGATOR UNLIMITED- 11/16/19 A truly spell-bounding trip up the Kissimmee River, then around the marsh of Lake Hatchineha, gliding through the grasses and wetlands in search of rarely seen wildlife such as: alligators in their natural habitat, endangered species of birds like the Crested Caracaras, Bald Eagles, various hawks, egrets, cranes, and so much more!Â

Students will depart for the trip 11/18/19


ATHLETICS Basketball - Season and Tournament in Key West Club Soccer Track and Field Archery

Our Special guest represent Central Florida District 9 Congressman Darren Soto and his Outreach Representative Darren Vierday were here getting to know our Vanguard family

FORMAL MEAL 11/13/19

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