A Letter from the VCHS Principal – November 2021

First Quarter Wrap Up

It has been an amazing first quarter. In spite of the continued challenges of teaching and learning during a pandemic, our students have embraced a return to full-time, in-person school in and out of the classroom.

Five out of six fall teams had GPAs in the top ten, and our football program had the highest team GPA in 4A football. Outside of the classroom our Valiants won five Cowapa League Championships (a record number for us in one season). Volleyball and both soccer teams, based on their rankings, earned the right to host first round home contests. On Friday the volleyball team will be playing a semi-final match and on Saturday the girls’ soccer team will be playing in the quarter finals and both cross country teams will be running at the State Meet.

The Blue Crew has had a resurgence of spirit and playoff berths have added to their enthusiasm. Their efforts have even been noticed by opposing fans. Here is some paraphrased feedback from a Cottage Grove parent who was at Tuesday’s volleyball match. She said our student fans were the best group of kids she’s seen in a long time! She was so impressed with how polite they were – all wearing their masks, no booing of the other team, really upbeat – and she wanted us to know she appreciated our students.

But even before the playoffs, students were filling the stands. Friday night games, even without our traditional free hot dogs, have been packed and the VCHS pep band has continued to rock the house.

VCHS Drama is back in the swing of things and will open tonight for its first live audience show since March of 2020. This cast is a great mix of experienced performers and those new to theater, and all grades are represented in the production. There are, as has been the case for years, multiple parts double cast as well as a large number of students on tech and crew. “Clue” promises to be a great show. Because of limited seating capacity due to social distancing make sure you reserve your tickets. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by using the following link: https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/57857.  Produced by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing.

There have been and will continue to be challenges, because that’s the nature of spending seven hours a day with nearly 400 teenagers. However, I think the first quarter of the 2021-2022 school year is as good as any I can remember during the last twelve years that I’ve been here. We are spirit-filled and we are blessed.


Doug Ierardi, Principal