As I write this welcome to the VCSC website this holiday season, I am reminded that we have so much to celebrate and be thankful for.
With this stated, the VCSC truly is the best place to be. From our award-winning teachers and administrators to the curriculum offerings which are second to none. Few school corporations can match the award-winning staff that defines the VCSC and the diversity of our programming and course offerings.
Simply to write about the latter in more detail we offer art, music and PE in our elementary schools. While many schools have had to make cuts in this area, the VCSC has managed to find the necessary dollars to continue to offer this type of programming. Not only are we proud of being able to do this, but this also allows for the success of our programs at our middle school and high school levels. All of this enables the well-rounded student.
In terms of the middle school and high school even more emphasis is placed upon the arts. One will find art work throughout much of Vincennes and greater Knox County because of the programming which we have in place at both our middle and high school. It also does not hurt that we have some of the absolute best people teaching art to our students.
Speaking to the performing arts, we have award winning programs at all levels. Our Pride of the Green is one of the premier marching bands in the state. Qualifying twelve times as a state marching band finalist and coming off a recent trip to Lucas Oil Stadium for the state finals where they finished an all-time high of 4th place, they are a clear cut above the mark. Our theatre program is unlike anything that you will likely find in any of our neighboring schools. Award winning musicals and plays are held and presented to the community. Recently, our middle school performed Disney’s “Camp Rock.” And what a job they did in “rocking” this performance!
In moving away from our curricular program featuring the performing arts is our athletic program. We all know that late fall throughout winter brings us to basketball. The Alice’s in both boys and girls from our feeder systems at the elementary level all the way through the varsity programs at the high school produces some of the most competitive and successful programs throughout southwestern Indiana. However, with this said we have so many other sports and teams as well to highlight throughout this period. This ranges from swimming to cheerleading to wrestling and to our award-winning dance team. Again, the theme is that we have so much to offer to our students.
From athletics moves me to JROTC and our nearly 80+ students who are active in this program. Most of the community likely looks at this group and simply thinks of them as presenting the Colors at VCSC events. But so much more is taking place in this program. The curriculum offerings and more so the skills which our cadets are being taught daily from our instructors leading the program is once again like no other. Our cadets are receiving opportunities including scholarships that allow for them to be placed in a category of being elite.
The last program that I will highlight is our partnership with Vincennes University at our high school. Vincennes Lincoln is a site for one of VU’s Early Colleges. Students can and receive college credit while also working to obtain their high school diploma. These run congruent with each other. A student could potentially graduate with their high school diploma from Lincoln High School and receive their Associate Degree from Vincennes University all while being a student at LHS and just as important is staying in our building at LHS. Not only does this benefit our students but it also benefits our parents and others which are paying the tuition or credit hours. This partnership allows for students to earn college credit at a much-reduced rate from having to pay actual onsite tuition costs at the institution.
Lastly and more so moving completely into a different direction and one which pertains to our elementary schools is the remodel/renovation. We have two of the four completed and the third one under renovation at the present with the fourth and final one to come next year or during the 2019-2020 school year. Riley and Tecumseh-Harrison have been completed and both have been brought up to a premier standard. Vigo is currently undergoing renovation and when this building is finished we will move to the final one of Franklin. With this, I am thankful for the community supporting the remodel/renovation, but I am also excited as I know what this has done for our staff and students in our elementary schools as they truly will all have a new elementary school with nearly the same amenities. I yearn for having this project completed but it does bring lots and lots of excitement as we begin to close this project out.
As always, I thank you for reading my welcome to the VCSC’s website. As we prepare to enter into that time of giving thanks and with so much to celebrate that will run us all the way up to Easter, I simply encourage patrons to the VCSC that if they have questions, comments, concerns not to hesitate to contact me.
Go Big Green!
Mr. Greg Parsley