First Ever School Forest Showcase

  VAS will hold it's first ever School Forest Showcase on Wednesday, May 16, from 4:30–6 p.m. This will feature a presentation from high school seniors, a trail walk, and so much more. If you can make it out on May 16, you should visit the school and see this awesome presentation!  Get a flyer here

Free Sports Physicals on May 10

The fine folks at Gaylord Blue Devil Wellness Center are offering sports physicals to all of our students in grades 6–12 NEXT YEAR. Physicals are Thursday, May 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school. A sign up sheet will be available in the office. These physicals are FREE

Upcoming PTO Events 

May 8 — Monthly meeting in the school library at 4 p.m. 

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

Blueprint  Appraisal Coming Soon

  VAS has been working toward completing the Michigan Department of Education MiExcel Blueprint. The staff at VAS has been learning -- and implementing -- skills and tools facilitated by the MiExcel team. On Tuesday, May 1, the school will hold a Fidelity Appraisal for the Lobby Level. We are excited to welcome MiExcel Blueprint officials to our school to show what we have continued to work on throughout the year.  

Kindergarten…Here I Come!!! on May 1

The annual event for parents with children ages four and five will be Tuesday, May 1, from 5–6 p.m. in the multipurpose room. You can download a flyer and fill it out ahead of time. Please register at the office if you plan to attend!  We hope to see you at VAS on Tuesday, May 1! 



Vanderbilt Area School tabled the discussion about lawn bids at last month's meeting in order to seek more information. A copy of the RFP is linked below.  


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. 



 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


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