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Spring 2023 Updates from Principal Hanock

VAAS Family Update 1.22.23

Good afternoon, VAAS Families,

This is Principal Kelly Hanock with this week’s updates.

First, we would like to invite everyone to attend our PTSA meeting this week on Tuesday, January 24, at 6:30 p.m. This will be a hybrid meeting where you can either attend in person in the Parent Center or online. The Zoom ID is 854 0431 4323.

We would also like to thank our dedicated PTSA members who supported this weekend’s Robotic competition with their snack sales and positive energy!

We have an ESBM Council Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, January 24, at 4:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend this important meeting.

You are also invited to join our Drop-In with The VAAS Administrators meeting Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. The ZOOM link for this meeting is available on our website.

Next, we would like to remind everyone who uses the Pedestrian Bridge Drop-Off to avoid parking in the marked parking spaces dedicated to the neighboring shopping center. We understand that you are doing your best to avoid causing traffic, but our neighbors have asked that you avoid pulling into their spaces. Thanks.

Student Course Selection for the 2022-23 school will continue this week during Advisory period. We hope all students will think carefully about the courses they wish to take next year as our master schedule is determined by the choices they make.

Congratulations to our Robotics Team that placed third in this week’s competition and to our Dance Team for their outstanding performances over the weekend.

And finally, we would like to wish good luck to our Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer teams and Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball teams as they compete this week. We would also like to congratulate all of our senior athletes who will be participating in their Senior Nights this week as well.

Thank you, Everyone, and have a great week.

VAAS Family Update 1.17.23

This is Principal Kelly Hanock with this week’s important announcements:

First, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day tomorrow, Monday, January 16, schools will be closed. School will resume on Tuesday, January 17, following a B-Day schedule.

Next, for all Seniors: Yearbook will be collecting Senior quotes within your Advisory class on January 20th. Yearbook staffers will visit senior advisories prior to collection on January 18th to share guidelines for Senior Quotes. Please make sure you have an appropriate Senior Quote to successfully participate in Senior Quotes collection on January 20th. 

Yearbook is also running a New Year’s Sale. Use coupon code “CELEBRATION” in all caps for a $5 discount on the yearbook. Yearbooks almost always sell out so be sure to buy yours today at or the student store!

Our annual course selection process for the 2023-24 school year begins this week. As you may remember, we revise our master schedule each year to accommodate student preferences. In order to open an elective class we must have at least 25 students showing an interest in that class, so it is very important that your student chooses next year’s course preferences carefully and takes the process seriously.

On Saturday, January 21, VAAS will be hosting a district-wide Robotics competition. If you or your student is interested in Robotics, feel free to stop by our VAAS gym to watch our incredible Robotics team.

VAAS Tutoring for the Spring Semester resumes on Wednesday, January 18. We will continue to offer both BEFORE and AFTER School tutoring on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Students do not need to re-enroll in the VAAS Tutoring program for the Spring semester. Fall enrollment will carry over. Please just email Ms. Pevar if you would like to change your enrollment dates, stop participating, or are new to the program.

A quick reminder to all parents, if you have not yet enrolled in the LAUSD Parent Portal to gain access to Schoology, you may reach out to our Parent Center Director, Ms. Blanca Enriquez, who can walk you through the process. Schoology access will allow you to view your student’s progress and grades in all classes in real time. Also, remember to check our school calendar on the school website weekly for updates and announcements regarding Parent Center presentations.

And finally, we would like to wish good luck to our Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball teams as well as our Boys’ and Girls’ soccer teams as they compete this week.


VAAS Family Update 1.8.23

Good afternoon and Happy New Year, VAAS Families.

This is Principal Kelly Hanock with this week’s important announcements.

First, all members of the VAAS community must administer a COVID Rapid Antigen Test prior to returning to school tomorrow, Monday, January 9th. Please upload the results of your test in the Daily Pass system by taking a photo of the results along with your name and date the test was administered. Those testing positive should remain home and follow all district guidelines for quarantine as described on the LAUSD website. While masks are not required on campus at this time, they will be available at the school entrance gates and in the main office for those who would like one.

Next, students will receive their Spring Semester schedules during their first period Advisory class tomorrow. We will be following an A-Day schedule tomorrow.

On Monday, January 16, we will be observing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, so next weekend will be a three-day weekend.

And finally, we would like to wish good luck to our Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball teams as well as our Girls’ and Boys’ Soccer teams as they compete this week.

Thank you for your continued support of our school, and Happy New Year once again.