Van Nuys Middle School

"The most influential of all educational factors is the conversation in a child's home.     -William Temple      "The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education."     -   Martin Luther King, Jr.         "Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom."    - George Washington Carver     "The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one."    -  Malcolm Forbes   “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”     ― Nelson Mandela     “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”  ― Robert Frost     “Only a generation of readers will spawn a generation of writers.”    ― Steven Spielberg     “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”  ― Aristotle

News & Announcements

6th-Grade and New-Student Orientation, Wednesday, August 13, 2015 - 9:00 AM - Auditorium

<font color=blue>6th-Grade and New-Student Orientation, Wednesday, August 13, 2015 - 9:00 AM - Auditorium
Free Summer Camp - June 15 to July 24 - 8:00 PM to 2:00 PM @ Van Nuys MS

Free Summer Camp - June 15 to July 24 - 8:00 PM to 2:00 PM @ Van Nuys MS This is a wonderful summer opportunity for all students from grades 3 to 8... and it's free! Please come and speak with Darlene Ku, Site Coordinator, for enrollment and information. You can find Ms. Ku in the Student Cafeteria beginning at 8:00 a.m. Ms. Ku can also be contacted at darlene.ku@lausd.net.
Apply Today For The Valley Environmental Academy (VEA) 2015-16 (Click Here To Fill Out An Application)

<font color = blue>Apply Today For The Valley Environmental Academy (VEA)  2015-16   (Click Here To Fill Out An Application) We are currently taking applications!

Eligibility for the Valley Environmental Academy is based on student achievement, an interest in the environment, and good character. To be eligible this year for acceptance into the academy, students must obtain a recommendation from their 5th-grade teacher (see attached recommendation form) and either:

1. Be identified as Gifted

Or

2. Have a mix of 3's and 4's on the final Fall 2015 report card (last report card of the Fall 2014 semester)



The Valley Environmental Academy is open to students outside and within the Van Nuys Middle School attendance area.

* If you live outside of the VNMS attendance area, you will also need to fill out an Open Enrollment Form for the Valley Environmental Academy.
Locker Agreement Forms (Click Here)

Locker Agreement Forms (Click Here) Please download a Locker Agreement Form if needed and return to your homeroom teacher in the first week of school.
YS Plus Application • After-School Program

YS Plus Application • After-School Program To apply for the YS Plus Program, return a completed application to our site coordinator, Darlene Ku.
Student Emergency Information Form (Click Here)

Student Emergency Information Form (Click Here) All students need to have a Student Emergency Information Form on file at school. This form provides the school with the required contact information for your child. It must be completed at the beginning of each school year (or whenever there is a change in information) and provided to the school.
Online Meal Application-LAUSD (Click Here)

<font color = green><a href="https://www.applyforlunch.com/Application"_blank"><font color = red>Online Meal Application-LAUSD (Click Here)</a> Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is critical to the instructional budget of VNMS that all families complete a meal application. Whether a family qualifies for a free or reduced cost meal is not important. What is important is that the meal application is completed. VNMS lost close to $200,000 due to the fact that a low percentage of families completed meal applications last year.

Thank you in advance,

Manuel Diaz, Principal
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Tdap Booster for 7th-Grade Students (Click Here For Immunization Clinics)

<font color=blue>Tdap Booster for 7th-Grade Students (Click Here For Immunization Clinics) State law requires all students entering or advancing to the 7th grade to provide proof of a Tdap booster before the start of the school year. Students who do not have proof of Tdap immunization on file at school will not be allowed to attend school.

It is strongly recommended that 6th-grade students bring proof of their Tdap immunization to the school now to avoid exclusion next school year.
The Mustang Newsletter - Journalism (Click Here)

<font color=purple>The Mustang Newsletter - Journalism  (Click Here) Please click on the mustang to view current and past editions of The Mustang Newsletter, published by our journalism class.
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Calendar of Events

AVID Summer Institute
Date: 6/30/2015
Location: Anaheim
AVID Summer Institute
Date: 7/1/2015
Location: Anaheim
E-Basis Begins
Date: 7/23/2015
B-Basis Begins
Date: 8/3/2015
AVID Meeting
Date: 8/10/2015, 8 AM 9 AM
6th-Grade Orientation
Date: 8/13/2015, 9 AM 11 AM
Location: Auditorium
Pupil Free Day
Date: 8/17/2015
First Day of School-Students
Date: 8/18/2015
ID Photo/Picture Day
Date: 8/28/2015
Location: Physical Education Classes
School Closed-Admission Day
Date: 9/4/2015
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