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Principal's Welcome

Principal's Welcome

Dear Parents, Guardians, Grandparents and Students,


Another successful year is drawing to a close. It is unbelievable how much has been achieved by the students, staff, and parents in one year.  The achievements extend from the academic, sports and creative arts to the numerous fun activities and fundraising exploits of Vandenberg. Of course, we should not forget the tremendous amount of learning that has taken place during the year. Throughout the year our students have demonstrated great character. Parents, guardians and grandparents we could not have accomplished this without you. We have achieved so much because of your support and because we work together as a team.


It is difficult to identify the highlights of the year because there are genuinely so many. Personally, I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all of our students and their families. The children have worked incredibly hard over the last year, but have also had a fantastic time. I hope they look back over the 2016-2017 year at Vandenberg with fondness and continue down the path to academic success. I am proud of them all and wish them good luck in the future.

For those families who will be returning in the fall to Douglas, school will begin on Monday, August 28th. Due to the number of families moving in and out of Douglas over the summer, class lists will be revised up until the beginning of school.


With the future in mind, I will be retiring as Principal of Vandenberg at the end of the school year. Twenty-four years in education have been some of the most rewarding years of my life, but it is time to step down and pursue some lifetime goals and spend more time with my what I cherish most of all and that is family. I have enjoyed getting to know the Douglas Community and your children will always hold a special place in my heart.


On behalf of the staff, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and happy summer.


Respectfully and Signing Off,

Barbara Ice, Principal

Vandenberg Elementary School

Vandenberg Elementary School
561 Briggs Street
Box Elder, SD. 57719