Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-6! To share a message of appreciation with a teacher or group of teachers, fill out the form below and the message will be relayed to them. Don't miss a chance to make a teacher's day!
Congratulations to the following VHS athletes on your success at the Area Meet, and for earning your way to compete at regionals:
800 Meter Run - Ricardo Gomez
4x200 Relay - Kalon Heim, Kylon Allen, James Gasero, Ayo Aridegve, Miguel Hernandez, Kolton Spray
400 Meter Run - Javier Salazar
200 Meter Run - Kalon Heim (Was given notification at the Area Meet that a finisher above him will not be running at the Regional Meet) - **Pending Confirmation
4x400 Relay - Kalon Heim, Ricardo Gomez, James Gasero, Javier Salazar, Jose Brito, Kylon Allen
Discus - Echo Phillips
If you are interested in learning more about the upcoming VISD Bond Election, detailed information can be found at www.venusisdbond.com as well as the brochure below.
The Venus Middle School chapter of the Technology Student Association recently competed at the State of Texas TSA Competition, and brought home a variety of honors. Congratulations to the following individuals:
Onsite problem solving team earned FIRST PLACE
Onsite structural engineering (bridge building) earned THIRD PLACE
Projects built at VMS and entered at State earned
Congratulation to the following athletes on earning an opportunity to compete at the Area Track Meet:
High Jump - Jade Penigar
Shot Put and Discus - Echo Phillips
4x100 Relay - Kylon Allen, Miguel Hernandez, Kolton Spray, Ayo Aridegve
800 Meter Run - Ricardo Gomez
110 High Hurdles - Rodrigo Alvarado
100 Meters - Kylon Allen
4x200 Relay - Kalon Heim, Kylon Allen, James Gasero, Ayo Aridegve
400 Meter Run - Javier Salazar
200 Meter Run - Kalon Heim
4x400 Relay - Kalon Heim, Ricardo Gomez, James Gasero, Javier Salazar
We are proud of your hard work and know that you will represent VHS with distinction! Best of luck at Area!!
The Venus High School Prom will be at Lone Star Park's Alysheba Room from 7:00pm-11:00pm on Saturday, April 23, 2016. Please be aware that there is a cost for parking; Gate 4 is $5, and Gate 5 (Valet) is $15. Attendees should enter at the main gates on the east side of the track. There will be a gate where you will enter and show your black prom ticket and get a green bar coded ticket to enter the gates. Background check paperwork for non-VHS student dates was due Friday, April 8, 2016. If you did not turn in paperwork before then, you will not be permitted to bring an outside date. This is a live race night, please remember you represent yourselves and Venus High School with pride by acting appropriately.
Please see the official prom guidelines below for additional information:
Prom 2016 Guidelines
Dress code will follow the school dress code with the following reminders:
Outside dates (people not from this school) will be under 21 years of age. A background check must be completed before April 1, 2016. You can get paperwork from Officer Dill.
Parents are welcome to come and take pictures at the venue but must leave the Alysheba room by 6:45 p.m. They must get permission from Mr. Buck or Ms. Meadors.
The Venus ISD Bond Election will be May 7, 2016; early voting is from April 25-May 3, 2016. Information about the bond election and the scope of the bond can be found at http://www.venusisdbond.com/.
Venus ISD will be hosting eight meetings to share information about the upcoming bond election. All are welcome and invited to attend. We encourage every voter to make an informed decision. Meeting dates, times, and locations are listed below:
Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 7 pm @ Venus Middle School
Tuesday, April 26 6:30 pm @ VISD Administration Building
Tuesday, May 3 6:30 pm @ VISD Administration Building
Venus ISD’s current featured employee is Venus High School’s Coach Gary Brown. Coach Brown is in his 16th year in education and his 7th with VISD, bringing a wealth of experience to the district from his time at Rice High School. He is currently the head baseball coach, assistant football coach, as well as the physical education teacher for VHS. He leverages his past experiences as a collegiate athlete, parent, construction worker, and award winning coach to build mentally strong young people who can apply their talents to overcome adversity and achieve their goals.
Coach Brown graduated high school from Fort Worth Southwest High School in 1989, playing varsity football and baseball for the Rebels at quarterback and middle infielder. After graduation, Gary received an invitation to play football for Texas Tech as a free safety and punt returner, and was a part of their All American Bowl winning team.
Gary entered the working world after his experience at Texas Tech, but a few years later in 1994, his course would change after a close friend encouraged him to go back to school and earn a degree. Despite thinking that his playing days were likely behind him, he enrolled at Tarleton State University and redshirted on the baseball team for a year. The next year he transferred to Cedar Valley Community College to play baseball. He achieved success both on the field and off, helping the team finish 2nd in the nation in 1997 and meeting his wife Lacy. Lacy is an amazing 1st grade teacher at VPS. Upon earning his Associate's Degree at CVCC, he continued his education and baseball career at Howard Payne University where he earned a Bachelors of Science in Exercise and Sports Science in 1999.
Wasting no time to start making an impact in the world of education, Coach Brown served as a volunteer assistant baseball coach with Brownwood High School while he was earning his teaching certification. Once certified, he was hired to be the head baseball coach and assistant football coach at Rice High School. He significantly contributed to the consistent success of the athletic department by winning three district championships and making five playoff appearances in baseball alone. In 2006 his team went 26-3, with 26 straight wins, losing to the eventual state champions in the state semifinals. At the encouragement of current VHS Assistant Principal, then coach Charles McCarty, Coach Brown brought his services to Venus ISD in the 2007-2008 school year. By the spring of 2012, Coach Brown was the VHS Head Baseball Coach and has been making history with the VHS baseball team ever since.
Perseverance is a key to who Gary Brown is. His path to where he is was not direct, nor was it easy, and it was certainly not without hardships and adversity. Learning from mistakes and making adjustments is the name of the game; packing it in and going home is not an option. Coach Brown understands that “paying your dues” and “putting in work” will not only lead you to success, but will also help you overcome adversity when your plans don’t quite work out how you thought they would.
Family is also central to Coach Brown’s identity. Mr. and Mrs. Brown have three children: Easton, Kaityn, and Morgan. He is dedicated to supporting his family and ensuring that each of his children have the opportunity to pursue what they are passionate about. That can mean long commutes to and from cheer or baseball practice after a long day at work, but the payoff is worth it. This dedication to family doesn’t stop with his actual family, but extends to his players and students as well. Coach Brown builds lasting relationships with his students because he fosters an environment of mutual trust where there is no question that he is dedicated to helping them reach their potential.
What is your favorite memory as a Bulldog?
Though difficult to choose, one of Coach Brown’s fondest memories as a Bulldog came during last year’s history making playoff run in the last game in the Bulldog’s series against Stephenville. The Bulldogs were down 9-4 with no outs in the 3rd inning , Coach Brown says he was starting to think of what he was going say to the players after the impending tough loss. The team, however, had other plans; Coach Brown fondly remembers the team sticking together, bearing down, and grinding out some solid, fundamental, baseball. After a pitching change, the Bulldogs kept Stephenville from scoring, but things were looking bleak by the 7th, as the hits just weren’t coming. The team’s focus and determination began to pay off as they put together a comeback for the ages. In quick succession they were able to get the bases loaded and get a hit past the outfielder to bring the runners in. What Coach Brown remembers most isn’t the win, but rather how his players reacted to getting behind in a high stakes game. They had already made school history in advancing so far into the playoffs and could have easily let the game go and call it a season. Instead they embraced the challenge, made adjustments, and did the “little things” right.
What staff members would you like to brag on?
Randall Buck bleeds blue and gold, and has supports VISD students in EVERYTHING. He attends and helps with just about every after school or extracurricular activity in the district. He can be seen doing everything from working the concession stand, being the administrator on duty, and cheering on the kids.
Jay Underwood is a great example to our students of what a Bulldog can be. Few realize how much he does and how much her genuinely cares for VISD students; he is looking out for our students.
The entire VHS cafeteria staff makes an enormous positive impact on the spirit of the campus. They are always positive and uplifting with VHS students and go out of their way to make everyone feel special and loved…on top of feeding 500 people two meals a day.
Why stay in Venus?
In the coaching world, it is not uncommon to change districts fairly frequently, especially for coaches that have lead their teams to on-field success. Coach Brown is in his 8th year with VISD and says he is happy to continue here. He’s seen students that could have gone elsewhere for academic or athletic reasons decide to stay and step up as a leader for their peers. Coach Brown couldn’t be more proud these students and families who choose to make Venus ISD a better place every day. He stays for himself as well as for his kids. VISD is very much a second home for his children and they are thoroughly engaged in their campuses. Coach Brown wants to invest where he is and make the biggest difference he can, because Venus students are worth it.
How have Venus students impacted you?
It would be difficult to work in public education and not be impacted by the students you see day in and day out. He is proud of our students who don’t have a strong support structure at home, but push themselves to be more than their circumstances. Kids with supportive big families have many great and supportive people helping them to persevere; not every child is afforded such a luxury. We have some great kids that despite not having a strong support structure at home, when faced with adversity choose to pick themselves up, dust themselves off, and try again until they reach their goals. Our students need to be able to trust their teachers and coaches are working in their best interest. He works hard to build those bonds so they can reach new heights.
When asked why he has such a love for the sport of baseball, Coach Brown smiled and said, “You either get it or you don’t, love it or find it boring, but for me it’s that there is no clock. The game doesn’t end until the winning team has earned the last out. There are no shortcuts to getting the last out; at some point you have to get it done and throw the ball over the plate.” We are privileged to have teachers like Gary Brown who are dedicated to building up young people who are able to “get the last out” in their lives by working hard and seeing things through until the end.