Dates You Need to Know for the End of the School Year

  • May 30 — Memorial Day, No School in session
  • June 1 — Awards Night, 6 p.m.
  • ​June 1 — Baccalaureate, 7 p.m.
  • June 2 — Kindergarten Celebration, 6 p.m. 
  • June 2 — Eighth GradeGraduation, 7 p.m. 
  • June 3 — Graduation, 7 p.m. 
  • June 6 — Last Day of School

  • And don't forget to plan ahead:
  • September 6 — First Day of School for the 2016–17 School Year. 
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VAS Seeks Bids on Abandoned Well

The School District is seeking bids on filling and capping an abandoned well on our property. If you are interested in the RFP, please click here

Lockdown Drill
Monday March 21, 2016, VAS completed a successful lockdown drill featuring our new "boot" system. We worked with the assistance of Otsego County Emergency Services and local law enforcement. The drill lasted nine minutes and one second from beginning to end. 

Thursday, December 10, 2015, VAS completed a successful lockdown drill. Once again with the assistance of Otsego County Emergency Services, the Gaylord Police Department, the Michigan State Police, and Otsego County Sheriff Department, VAS continued in its efforts to ensure students are safe. 

947 Donovan St. 

Vanderbilt, Michigan 49795​

[P] (989) 983–2561 [F] (989) 983–3051

VAS Is Seeking Two

Vanderbilt Area School is seeking interested applicants to serve on the Board of Education to fill two recently vacated positions. These positions will be filled until December 31, 2018. Successful applicant will have the opportunity to run for the remainder of the term at the election on November 6, 2018.   

If interested, please send letter of interest to: Mr. Rick Heitmeyer, Superintendent, Vanderbilt Area School, 947 Donovan Street, Vanderbilt, MI 49795. Deadline to submit is Monday, June 25, 2018, at 12 noon.

The Board will select two new members at its regularly scheduled June 27, 2018, meeting.



 Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. in the School Library when school is in session.


Meetings are held the second Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Vanderbilt Area School library.


         1. Coaching

         2. Classroom Volunteers

         3. Student Class Representatives

         4.  School Trip Chaperones


School Forest Showcase on May 16

  VAS held its first ever School Forest Showcase on Wednesday, May 16, from 4:30–6 p.m. This featured a presentation from high school seniors, a trail walk, and so much more. 

Thank You for Free Sports Physicals 

Thank you to the Gaylord Blue Devil Wellness Center for offering sports physicals to all of our students 

Upcoming PTO Events 

The PTO meets monthly at the school on the second Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m. 

Every Child.

Every Day. 

Thank you to everyone for making our spring book fair a huge success! 

Vanderbilt Area School

Home of the Yellow Jackets

Register for Kindergarten

You can download a flyer and fill it out ahead to register for Kindergarten in the fall.


Vanderbilt Area School participates with the State of Michigan CEP.  This means ALL students receive FREE breakfast and lunch daily. Breakfast is served from 7:40 to 7:55 daily. 



School Calendar 

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