• Introducing our new Strategic Framework
    Our refreshed strategy builds on what we’ve learned, draws on our community’s experience and expertise and aims to bring our shared vision to life.
  • Celebrating our progress over the past 5 years
    Read about breakthrough and more results in early literacy and graduation rates.
  • Enrollment for the 2018-2019 School Year
    Online enrollment begins August 1
  • In the Van Hise Library, Peg Keeler, on the left, hands a set of keys to Mary Seidl, on the right.  Both women are smiling.
    Handing Off the Keys To Our New Principal
    On the last day of school for teachers, June 11th, outgoing principal Peg Keeler ceremonially handed off the keys to the school to incoming interim principal Mary Seidl. Welcome Ms Seidl! We can't wait to see all you will do for our VHE community!
  • Students sit on the floor of the cafeteria wearing different colored shirts, in a rainbow pattern. The students in the foreground wear purple shirts and those furthest away wear red. Seven staff members stand at the front of the space, presenting information to students.
    Sports Day
    Students enjoyed a day of being good sports while watching a staff kickball match, playing various outdoor games, and participating in a concert with artist in residence Tony Memmel. Here we are, about to learn how to do "the wave!"
  • Colorful hand-made paper flowers are stuck to a piece of posterboard, covering the board completely.
    Van Hise Shows Gratitude for Long-Time Principal, Peg Keeler
    At our final assembly of the year, students presented beloved out-going principal, Peg Keeler, with field of paper flowers that they had created in her honor! We wish her a successful transition to principalship at Leopold Elementary school, across town! 
  • This word cloud includes many descriptors with the largest being Good, Kind, Brave, Responsible, Respectful, Helpful, Ally, Example, Friendly, Nice, and Safe.
    Van Hise Word Cloud About Role Models
    Van Hise students from across the school generated a Word Cloud as a way of sharing what they think the most important aspect of role models are. This was a part of our February celebration of Role Models and Leaders.
  • Families sit at tables, in discussion, as teachers stand at the front of the room with a presentation on TV screens.
    Van Success Nights a Huge...Success!
    Kindergarten-5th grade families participated in success nights throughout October to learn about "the learning pit," our new math curriculum, and a new parent mentorship program! The kindergarten success night is pictured here.
  • Tony Memmel on guitar and his wife providing back up vocals as students cluster at their feet in the Van Hise gymnasium.  Memmel plays guitar by attaching a pic to his handless left arm with Gorilla tape.
    On October 9th, Van Hise students enjoyed singing along with singer-songwriter Tony Memmel!
    A one-time student of Van Hise music teacher Margaret Jenks, Memmel came to share his music and his story of learning to play the guitar with only one hand. Students were entertained and inspired!
  • Principal Keeler and Hugo, the hedgehog mascot, make the assembled students go wild!
    Van Hise's First Assembly of the Year was So Much Fun!
    On Tuesday, September 12th the Van Hise students enjoyed an assembly with the theme of "Being an Awesome Hedgie." Our mascot, Hugo, was a huge hit!
  • Online resources for the 2018-2019 school year
    We've assembled a "digital folder" of materials, including the calendar, lunch menus, school supply lists and more.
  • Charles Van Hise
    “Intimately connected with the conservation of the natural resources is the conservation of humanity itself.”