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Education

  • School Menus

    The new USDA meal pattern regulations require schools to serve more vegetables and whole grains.
    The Vandalia School District will be incorporating a variety of different vegetables and whole grain products into its menus to follow those regulations.
    District cafeteria personnel hope the students will try these new vegetables and whole grains, and create healthier eating habits for themselves.
    Thursday, Aug. 16 – No school – teachers’ inservice.
    Friday, Aug. 17 – No breakfast or lunch – early dismissal.
    Breakfast

  • KC Vandalia

    Fall PE classes
    Kaskaskia College and the Fayette County YMCA will be offering a variety of physical education classes for the upcoming fall semester.
    Courses include:
    • Jogging – This course is an individualized program of running activities for self-motivated runners.
    Each student will meet with the instructor. At that time, a schedule of training sessions will be agreed upon for the semester.

  • College News

    Illinois College
    Whitney Hagy graduated from Illinois College in May.

  • VCHS Band Camp

    The Vandalia Community High School band prepared for the upcoming marching season with a camp last week.

    First Kendall Leander. Second: Karlie Brimberry. Third: Eli Bowen. Fourth: Johanna Walton.

  • KC LPN Pinning Ceremony

    A pinning ceremony for new Licensed Practical Nursing graduates was held on July 17 at Kaskaskia College’s Jane Knight Auditorium.

  • School Registration

    Students throughout Fayette County are registering this week for the 2012-13 school year.

    First photo: Eric and Elizabeth Barenfanger receive information from Vandalia Elementary School Principal Stacy South. Second photo: South explains to a student and his mother what they need to do to complete the registration process. The new school year for students in the Vandalia district begins with a half day next Friday.

  • College News

    Mississippi State University
    Bryan J. Culbertson graduated from Mississippi State University in Starkville on May 12 with a doctorate of philosophy in chemistry.

  • College News

    SIUC
    Christopher E. Jorandby received his master’s of fine arts degree in theater from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale on May 12.


    Jorandby is the son of Eugene and Sharon Jorandby of rural Brownstown, and the grandson of the late Kathryn Tedrick Brooks of Vandalia.
    He also holds a bachelor’s degree in theater from SIUC.
    Jorandby is currently a props master for the McLeod Summer Playhouse production season at McLeod Theater on the SIUC campus.

  • School registrations

    Patoka  
    The Patoka School District will hold registration next week.
    The schedule is:
    • Grades K-8 – Monday, from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., and Tuesday, from noon-6 p.m.
    • Grades 9-12 – Wednesday, from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
    The district office will be closed from noon-1 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.
    The book/lab and meal fees are unchanged from the last school year – $40 book and $10 lab fee for grades K-6; $45 book and $15 lab fee for grades 7-12.

  • Substitute teacher training is next week

    Regional Superintendent of Schools, Julie Wollerman recently announced that her office is offering free training for current and prospective substitute teachers from 9 a.m.-noon next Tuesday at the Alternative Education Building, located at 1805 W. Fletcher St. in Vandalia.
    Assistant Regional Superintendent Bill LaDage, will present this training.
    LaDage prepared for substitute teachers when he was a teacher, and he hired subs during his tenure as a principal for the Vandalia Community Unit School District.