• Vanden Back to School first day information

    Vanden Back to School first day information 


    Good evening Vanden Families, 

     We are so excited for our first day of school on Thursday, August 11th.  Please take a few minutes to read over the reminders below and important information about attendance and safety during student drop off. School policies, rules and behavioral expectations can be found in Vanden’s Student Handbook. The expectation is that students and families have reviewed the handbook before the start of school. Link to Student Handbook


    10th-12th Grade New Student Orientation  

    Orientation for all new students to Vanden, including 9th graders who missed freshman orientation, is tomorrow, Aug. 10th, from 9-10 am, in the Little Theater (next to the front office). New students will have an opportunity to meet staff, learn about Vanden, ask questions and to tour the campus to find classrooms with student guides. Parents are welcome to join their student for this orientation.  


    Class Schedules

    • Student schedules are now viewable in the Aeries portal under “Classes”. Students should check their schedule before coming to school tomorrow morning in case there are recent changes.  

    • If your student is newly enrolled, they may not have classes scheduled yet and should wait to attend school once they have a complete schedule. Completed schedules will be viewable in the Aeries portal.  

    • If you are not seeing your student’s schedule in the Aeries portal under classes, it may be that you have not submitted all required documents (including transcript/ final grades from previous school, birth certificate, immunizations and proof of residency). Those students with missing documents, will not have a complete schedule.   

    • Schedule change request forms are available under the policy and procedures tab on the Vanden website. Fillable forms are due no later than Monday, August 15th.  Change of Schedule 


    Senior Sunrise

    Thursday morning is the annual Senior Sunrise, which will start at 5:45 am and end at 7:15 am at the football stadium. There will be snacks, refreshments, and Baby O’s Donuts, as well as activities.  More information about Senior activities can be found on the attached Senior Checklist document.  

    Drop off and Pick up

    Traffic entering campus is typically heavy in the morning. The yellow highlighted areas in the map below indicate the two, safe drop off areas for students. If entering from Viking Lane, please use the drop off area behind the library. If entering from De Ronde, please use the drop off area in the staff parking lot. Pull in parallel to the sidewalk when dropping in the staff lot. Do not park in the parking spaces as this causes congestion. The red area in the front of the school is reserved for busses only. Your student’s safety is our primary concern and we have designed our drop off areas so student do not have to cross a street to reach campus. Please keep everyone safe by only using the designated drop off locations and obeying all traffic laws. Do not drop off your student on the opposite side of the street. 




    Student Attendance

    Please review Vanden’s attendance policies on page 11 of Student Handbook before the first day of school. Link to Student Handbook.


    This year, the Rule of 85 and will be used to determine students’ eligibility for extracurricular activities.  The Rule of 85 requires that students be in class and on time 85% of the time, calculated by school periods, in order to participate in many of the extra activities at VHS including athletics, band, drama, cheer, JROTC, dances, field trips etc. Administration will check for eligibility every grading period and prior to extracurricular events (i.e. prom, field trips). Ineligible students will be notified. The Rule of 85 Policy details can be found on Vanden’s website here.


    School PicturesPlease review the school dress code with your student. School pictures for IDs and yearbook, must follow our dress code policy or students will not receive their ID or have their photo in the yearbook. https://www.travisusd.org/Domain/1872 

    Picture Days are as follows:  

    • Thursday, August 11th – 10th grade (and 9th graders who have not yet had their photo taken) 
    • Friday, August 12th - 11th grade  
    • Friday, August 12th - 12th grade (I.D or regular school pictures)   
      • Reminder: To schedule your senior portrait for the yearbook, please call Images by Hughes, our school photographer at 707-426-6917   


    Child Nutrition

    Breakfast and lunch will be available at no charge for all students. Beginning in School Year 2022–23, California will become the first state to implement a statewide Universal Meals Program for school children. 

    Travis Unified School District is pleased to announce our districtwide participation in the California’s Universal Meals Program. Beginning August 11, 2022, all students enrolled at TUSD will receive one breakfast and one lunch free of charge each day they attend school. For more information regarding universal meals please click on the link below.


    When approved by the USDA, Summer 2022 P-EBT will be available to students that were enrolled as of May 2022, and free or reduced-price eligible, directly certified, or attended a Community Eligibility Provision or other Provision school.

    In addition, students not enrolled as of May 2022 (such as new kindergarten students) may be eligible for Summer 2022 P-EBT. Students can be determined eligible through the summer months if they qualify as free or reduced price through meal application, alternate income form, or direct certification. Students newly eligible with a CALPADS eligibility start date on or before August 15, 2022, will receive Summer 2022 P-EBT. Therefore, the CDE encourages program operators to make opportunities for Summer 2022 P-EBT available to students during the summer months. For more information on P-EBT please click on the link below. https://capandemic-ebt.org/

    Reminder to apply for Free or Reduced Meal Application

    We are encouraging all of our families to complete a free and reduced application. Qualifying families may receive additional assistance and services for their family and the District.

    To be considered for the Summer 2022 P-EBT card once it has been approved by the USDA, you must fill out a new Free or Reduced Meal Application every year.

    To apply please follow the link below. https://family.titank12.com/application/new?identifier=SHEL57

    Breakfast will be available beginning at 8:15am until the start of 1st period.

    Other reminders and links

    Our library is looking for parent volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, here is the link to the Volunteer information page on the TUSD website: Volunteers for TUSD  

    Travis Unified offers bus transportation. The estimated pick-up time will be 8:00 a.m. Please be aware, students with a zero-period class will need to provide their own transportation to school, however you may purchase a bus pass one way, to ride the bus home. The link for more information regarding transportation is: https://www.travisusd.org/domain/33 


    Have a great night and we’ll see you on Thursday!  

    Kristin  Shields, Principal