As I write this welcome to the VCSC website, I am reminded as we go through fall that with this will bring the start of the holidays, that we have so much to be thankful for, in addition to celebrate.
With this stated, the VCSC truly is the best place to be. From our award-winning teachers and administrators to the curriculum which is offered is 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 is unlike no other.
Simply to write about the latter in more detail we offer art, music and PE in our elementary schools. Unfortunately, because money is what it is, many schools have had to make cuts in this realm as related to their elementary curriculum. 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. 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. However, speaking to two of these in more specific terms, our Pride of the Green is one of the premier marching bands. Qualifying twelve times as a state marching band finalist. 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. This year’s performances include: Elf (November 15 – 17), Family Man (December 12-15), Rock of Ages (April 17-19) and Junie B. Jones (June 1- 5)
In moving away from our curricular program featuring the performing arts is our athletic program. With fall, we will transition from the fall sports into the winter sports but not before we wrap up a successful fall sports calendar that has had many successes already and many more yet to come.
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 three of the four completed and the last one under renovation at the present. Riley, Tecumseh-Harrison and Vigo have been completed and all three have been brought up to a premier standard. Franklin is currently undergoing renovation and when this building is finished, we will be done and hopefully back to normal with our schools. 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. I encourage patrons to the VCSC that if they have questions, comments, concerns not to hesitate to contact me.
Go Big Green!
Nothing from July 4, 2020 to September 4, 2020.