Welcome to Vicksburg Middle School
Welcome to Vicksburg Middle School's webpage! We are proud to report that VMS ranked in the TOP 10% of ALL Michigan Schools for 2010 based on the new Race to the Top ratings on our Math and Reading performance over the past two years! Way to go students and staff of VMS!
We are pleased that you have visited our site and would greatly appreciate an opportunity to have you visit our school. When you visit VMS in person you will find a great group of approximately 600 students in grades 6, 7, and 8. We are proud of our students who strive to show Honesty, Caring, Respect, and Responsibility in everything they do at VMS. We have a staff of highly qualified teachers who truly create a fun, interactive, and rich educational experience for every child in our building. Our teachers are always willing to meet with you in regards to any questions you may have about your child's progress. If you have any questions in regards to your child's progress at any time, please take the time to contact their teacher to discuss strategies for success in the classroom.
We at VMS are a CARING community of learners where each individual gives an HONEST effort, RESPECTS all others and takes RESPONSIBILITY for self!
News & UpatesParent Survey
Dear VMS Parents,
In an effort to improve system practices, Vicksburg Middle School is conducting a Parent Survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. In order to complete the survey, please go to:
Link to Parent Survey:Parent Survey
Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is appreciated. The survey will be available from February 17, 2014 through March 2, 2014.
Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.
Laura Kuhlman, VMS Principal
Matt VanDussen, VMS Assistant Principal
Snow Day Make Up
The State of Michigan “forgives” the first six (6) days (or equivalent hours) of scheduled pupil instruction which is not provided because of weather. Lost days beyond the six must be made up. As of this date, March 6, 2014, Vicksburg has cancelled nine (9) days of school. We will therefore extend the school year by three (3) days.
Should inclement weather force cancellation of additional days of school, we will add days as necessary to meet state requirements.
Extra Learning Opportunities for VMS Students
The administration and staff at Vicksburg Middle School are excited to share with you an opportunity that your child may have this second semester. This opportunity reflects our mission of maximizing the success and potential of each student and our vision of preparing your child to be college and career ready.
Click on the Parent Tutorial Letter below for VMS's 2nd Semester Intervention Plan for Student Success.
Keeping Our Children Safe
Are your children safe while online? Michigan families, especially minors, are becoming inundated with advertisements from alcohol, tobacco, pornography and gambling marketers through different internet and cell phone in-boxes. Texting their advertisements is the newest marketing effort that many of these companies are using. Thankfully, the State of Michigan offers a free program to stop adult advertisements from reaching e-mails, mobile phones (text messaging ads) and instant messenger IDs. The Michigan Child Protection Registry, like the federal Do Not Call List, is a free do-not-contact service for Michigan’s families and schools and can be located at
As a strong supporter of this registry, I would like to encourage you to sign your entire family up for the registry and inform your friends and colleagues about how they can protect children and families from unwanted adult advertising. To sign up only takes seconds. Just go to www.ProtectMIChild.com and keep your family safe.
For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) ProtectMIChild FAQ
Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth
Once again, our VMS 7th graders will be taking part school in the Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth Survey (MiPHY) supported by the Michigan Departments of Education and Community Health. The MiPHY is an online student survey available every other year to all Michigan Schools. This research survey will ask about health behaviors of 7th, 9th and 11th grade students. Participation in the MiPHY survey is voluntary. This is a private, confidential survey. Students will not be asked to provide their name or any other identifying information. A Parental Notification Form and a Middle School Survey and a MiPHY Brochure have been attached for your review. If you have any questions concerning the MiPHY please contact Mrs. Kuhlman at VMS at 321-1300 or email@example.com.
Parent Roadmap to Common Core Standards
Below is a link to the Common Core Standards your children will be learning and how you can support that learning. These parent roadmaps, for each grade level, also provide three-year snapshots showing how selected standards progress from year to year so that students will be college and career ready upon their graduation from high school. Common Core Standards
Vicksburg Middle School Intramural Basketball
6th grade Intramural Basketball will officially begin play on Thursday, January 30, 2014. Game schedule below.
Late Start/Early Release Schedule 2013-2014
This year we have scheduled five Late Start/Early Release Days. On those days secondary students will start later than normal, and elementary will dismiss earlier than usual. Teaching staff will spend the time analyzing student achievement data, determining next steps to make a difference, curriculum development, and other related school improvement work.
Please Welcome Middle School Assistant Principal Matt VanDussen
Matt comes to VMS from Centerville, where he taught third and fourth grade for eleven years. Matt received his BS in Elementary Education with a MS English Endorsement from Western Michigan University. In 2010, he received his MA in Educational Leadership, also from WMU. Matt did his intern teaching at Tobey Elementary with Lynn McDaniel.
Matt has served on numerous committees including chair of elementary school improvement, math, discipline, and technology. Matt was the MS basketball coach for one year and the men’s assistant basketball coach at KVCC from 1998-2002. Matt is married and has three young daughters.
Please join us in welcoming Matt VanDussen to Vicksburg Community Schools.
District Messaging System
This year, Vicksburg Community Schools is changing vendors when contacting you with a general or an emergency district message. In order for us to contact you, we must have your correct phone number, email address, and your contact preference. The District Messaging System works in conjunction with Infinite Campus. If you already have an Infinite Campus account, be sure to update your phone number, email address and contact preference through the parent portal. If you do not have an Infinite Campus account, please contact your school and request an account.
High School (269) 321-1100
Middle School (269) 321-1300
Sunset Lake Elementary (269) 321-1500
Indian Lake Elementary (269) 321-1400
Tobey Elementary (269) 321-1600
See the directions on how to change your contact information click on Change Contact Information Instructions. Please make sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page to save your changes. If you need to create your portal account you can download the form here Parent Portal Account Request Form and send it or bring it into your school.
VMS 2013-2014 Handbook
We at VMS are a CARING community of learners where each individual gives an HONEST effort, RESPECTS all others and takes RESPONSIBILITY for self! This Vision is for students, staff and all who are part of our school community. Please be aware of our expectations here at Vicksburg Middle School.
We look forward to a successful year of learning!
Accelerated Reader Link
Here is the link to Accelerated Reader:AR
Renaissance Home Connect
Want to keep up on your students' AR goals and progress? Renaissance Home Connect website offers a home-to-school connection that allows parents and students to view reading and math progress and goals.
To log in to Renaissance Home Connect:
Read Live Naturally
Here is the link to Read Naturally:Read Naturally
Common Core Standards
Here are some parent guides and supporting documentation regarding the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Since this is the direction our nation is headed it is very important that we are all aware of what they are all about. Please take the time to review this info. It is in very easy to read formats. Click on "more" to access the Common Core State Standards Initiative overview, which was designed to assure that all students graduate from High School ready for college and career. 6th, 7th and 8th grades guides are attached as well.
Purchase Your Yearbooks On-line
Here is a simple way to purchase your 2013/2014 VMS Yearbook on-line. Just simply go to: Jostens Link.
Good News from the Lunch Line!
At our new parental website, you can view student activity, make a credit card deposit and check student balances. Please click on the Parent Portal link on the left column to get complete details.
Process for Determining the Existence of a Specific Learning Disability
Per the MDE, each local educational agency and public school academy in Michigan is required to publicly post the process used to determine the existence of a Specific Learning Disability (SLD). Please click on the following link to view/download important information.
Parents Guide to Accelerated Reader
Your child will be participating in the Accelerated Reader (AR™) program. This guide is designed to
answer your questions about AR. ParentsGuidetoAcceleratedReader.
Is Your Child Ready For Middle School?
Like most parents, we often wonder if we are taking the right steps to ensure academic success for our children. Did you know that academic performance in Middle School, is often an indicator of how well a student will succeed in High School? Click on "More" for a guide to help you navigate the road to your child's fullest potential.
Accelerated Reader Book Find
Are you wondering if a book is on AR? Here is the link to find out:AR Bookfinder