VCS Health & Safety Update

October 29, 2020 0 comments admin

On Tuesday, October 27th, the Youngstown Health Department visited our campus. I am excited to report that the inspector was impressed with our building and all that we have done to make it safe for our school community. He said we are going above and beyond. I want to thank the parents, faculty, and staff members who faithfully served on the VCS Safety Committee. Your input and time are much appreciated and a direct result of this excellent report!

VCS EF Tours Europe Trip

October 14, 2020 0 comments admin

Introducing your tour Big news, VHS parents! Your student has the opportunity to travel to Europe with Ms. Houy in summer 2022. I’ll be going over all the details in my virtual informational meeting Tuesday October 20th at 7PM. Use this link to register for the meeting:

Parent Advisory Council Meeting

October 14, 2020 0 comments admin

The Valley Christian Schools Parent Advisory Council’s primary purpose is to serve as a liaison among the administration and families to promote and maintain communication, understanding and a Christian community within the school family. Please join us on Monday, October 19th beginning at 5:30pm via Zoom Shelley Murray is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: PAC Meeting Time: Oct 19, 2020 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting… Meeting ID: 839 9563 4932 Passcode: esaxs1 One tap mobile +19292056099,,83995634932#,,,,,,0#,,510371# US (New York) +13017158592,,83995634932#,,,,,,0#,,510371# US (Germantown) Dial by your location +1 929 205 6099 US (New York) +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) Meeting ID: 839 9563 4932 Passcode: 510371 Find your local number:

VCS Sporting Events for Week of September 14th

September 14, 2020 0 comments admin

Monday 09/14/20

Girls V Soccer Warren John F. Kennedy Catholic School Away 5:00PM

Tuesday 09/15/20

Girls JV Volleyball Leetonia High School Home 5:30PM

Girls V Volleyball Leetonia High School Home 7:00PM

Wednesday 09/16/20

Boys JH Football Cancelled – United Local High School Home 5:00PM

Thursday 09/17/20

Girls JV Volleyball Southern Local Jr/Sr HS Home 5:30PM

Girls V Volleyball Southern Local Jr/Sr HS Home 7:00PM

Friday 09/18/20

Boys V Football United Local High School Away 7:00PM

Saturday 09/19/20

Girls V Soccer Pymatuning Valley HS Home 10:00AM

Valley Christian cruises to shutout win over East Palestine in opener

August 31, 2020 0 comments admin

CAMPBELL, Ohio (WKBN) – Valley Christian rolled past East Palestine, 39-0 Saturday night in the regular season opener for both teams.

The game was played at Campbell Memorial High School.

The Eagles scored 26 points in the first quarter and never looked back.

Valley Christian Quarterback Joey Battista tossed for 60 yards and a touchdown in the win. He also ran for a touchdown.

Cameron Davenport amassed 60 rushing yards and a touchdown, while Malachi Gibbs finished with 42 rushing yards and a score in the win.

Tyrone Lindsey caught a pair of passes, including one for a touchdown. He also returned a kickoff 76-yards for a touchdown.

Valley Christian (1-0) will host Leetonia in week two, while East Palestine (0-1) will welcome Columbiana.

VCS Resource Pickup Days

August 28, 2020 0 comments admin

Dear VCS Families,

For students entering grades 2-12 at the Valley Christian Central Campus, week one of our back-to-school plan begins Tuesday, September 8th, and runs through Friday, September 11th. Attendance will be taken when students arrive so we can assure all students are receiving their required materials and Chromebooks. Parents will be able to meet with teachers, update immunization information, inquire about free or reduced lunches, update transportation needs, order uniforms, and receive student schedules and I.D.’s. There will also be food distribution for those families who choose to receive this benefit. The following table shows when you are assigned to pick up your materials.

Please bring a book bag to carry materials distributed to your student(s).

The first week of our back-to-school plan allows us to address all questions and concerns effectively and safely. Faculty and staff from each grade level have been specifically assigned to your student’s grade level pickup days. We realize that some families with students in multiple grade levels may have to come more than once to pick up materials. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Linda Mansfield, Pleasant Grove Campus Principal, will communicate the week one plan for students in Kindergarten and 1st grade. Please watch for correspondence.

The Lewis School will have its resource pickup day at The Lewis School on Wednesday, September 9th, from 9 am – 2 pm. Attendance will be taken and all resources and important information for beginning the school year will be explained and distributed.

Although Valley Christian Schools is utilizing the distance learning platform for its return to school, families are still encouraged to purchase all their school supplies now while stores are offering great deals. When the time comes for students to return to school in person, they will need individual supplies. Supplies are no longer permitted to be shared due to the potential for the spread of COVID-19. The supply lists can be found on the VCS website.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you! Remember to wear your facemasks when you come to see us! Stay safe! As always, if you have any questions, you can call me or send me an email.

Heidi Swiger
Operations Director
Valley Christian Schools
330-788-8088 ext. 118

YSN Live High School Sports PPV

August 28, 2020 0 comments admin

Due to limited fan seating at the sports events, fans can tune to Find your school in the drop-down box on the left side. When they go to the team’s page there will be a purchase button to get the game for $9.99. Of that cost, $2.50 of that comes right to VCS.

VCS 2020 Athletics Ticket Policy

August 25, 2020 0 comments admin

We will be following all of the Governor, ODH and EOAC mandates guidelines at all of our ATHLETIC VENUES.

If you are sick, please do not attend. All venues will require everyone to wear a mask unless under the age of 10 or if you have a medical issue that forbids it. Social distancing must be adhered to. You may sit with your family, but you also must keep a 6’ distance between you and anyone else.



Everything will be done pre-sale. All Venues are limited to a 15% capacity

Everyone in attendance must wear a mask and maintain social distance (6’). You are allowed to sit in your family pod of no more than 4.

All tickets are $5 each.


Tickets will be sold online and in-person at the HS office.  Tickets must be purchased by 2pm on Friday afternoon.  YOU CANNOT PURCHASE A TICKET AT THE GATE. If you pay online for your tickets you may pick them up at the HS Office.  Office hours 8am to 4pm 


Each student-athlete on the Varsity teams will have the opportunity to purchase 2 (two) tickets for $5      each from their Coach prior to the event.   Tickets must be purchased by the preceding Thursday.


VOLLEYBALL (home and away)

Each student-athlete on the JV and Varsity teams will have the opportunity to purchase 2 (two) tickets for $5 each from their Coach prior to the event.  We will do that for home and away games.  NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE SITE. Everyone in attendance must wear a mask and maintain social distance (6’) in the bleachers

SOCCER (home and away)

Each student-athlete on the JV and Varsity teams will have the opportunity to purchase 2 (two) tickets for $5 each from their Coach prior to the event.  We will do that for home and away games.


Please follow the mandates set forth by the Governor, ODH and the EOAC. 


Parents, as stated, all tickets for both home and away games for Fall 2020 are PRE SALE ONLY. To purchase HOME FOOTBALL GAME tickets, two options are available:  

OPTION 1) Via our VCS Webpage under Make a Payment

OPTION 2) In Person in the HS Office Monday-Friday 8am-4pm. The cut off time to purchase tickets is 4pm. Both processes are described below: 


  1. Log onto the VCS Webpage under Make a Payment
  2. Click Athletic Payments
  3. Under Student ID: Type the Student First and Last Name
  4. Under Comments: FOOTBALL TICKETS-Number of Tickets purchasing

For example, if you are purchasing 1 ticket, the comments should read Football Tickets-1. If you are purchasing 2 tickets, the comments should read Football Tickets-2

*You must enter this information in the comments otherwise it will be processed as an athletic fee.*

  1. Under Amount: Enter the number of tickets. Each ticket is $5.00 each. (i.e. if you order 2 tickets, the cost would be $10.00 and so forth).
  2. Click the Pay button
  3. Complete the rest of the information on the Payor Page
  4. Click continue
  5. Complete the information on the Payment page
  6. Click Continue
  7. Complete the information on the Verify Page
  8. Click Submit Payment
  9. You will receive a confirmation of your payment. That receipt will be in your envelope when you come to pick up your tickets at the HS office


  1. Come to the HS office and pay with cash, check or credit card
  2. Leave with your tickets

VCS Central Campus Restructure

August 25, 2020 0 comments admin

Dear VCS Families,

Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.” The upcoming 2020-2021 school year is certainly a new season for all of us in many ways. It brings new challenges and opportunities as we begin our year with distance learning in a new and improved way. It brings new hope that our lives will soon be getting back to “normal” as we see students participating in sports and as we prepare to return students back into the buildings in a few short weeks.

As we get ready to launch the new school year, we are excited to announce some changes, a new season if you will, to the Central Campus administration that we know will enhance the VCS experience of Love More, Expect More, and Be More that you have come to expect.

To better serve you and your students, we have decided to establish distinct administrative teams for the High School (grades 9-12) and Elementary (grades 2-8). To that end, we are excited to announce to you the following new positions and hires:


Principal – Mrs. Christine Hoelzel: Mrs. Hoelzel brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and a strong calling as she has been with VCS for 14 years, most recently as the Director of our Lewis Center for Gifted Learners for the past three years. She is a VCS parent of three children who attended VCS. In addition to her Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Mrs. Hoelzel also has a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. We believe her steady leadership and strong faith will significantly enhance our high school program.

Academic Dean – Mrs. Shari Ball: Mrs. Ball answered her call to VCS in 2015 as an ELA teacher and part-time administrator at the Lewis Center. She has a total of 26 years’ experience in education and is a proud parent of a VCS graduate. Mrs. Ball has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s in Educational Leadership. Mrs. Ball replaces Mr. Dan Kidd, who has taken a position with the Mahoning County Educational Service Center (ESC). We are confident that Mrs. Ball will build on the great foundation Mr. Kidd laid to ensure that academic rigor and high expectations continue for our students.

Dean of Students – Mr. Jomont Ware: Mr. Ware or as some of you may refer to him as Coach Ware was called to VCS in 2016 and has been a valued member of the central campus administrative team for the past three years and most recently as Dean of Boys last year. He will expand his role next year by focusing on all student discipline and student development in the High School to ensure a healthy and vibrant school climate. Mr. Ware earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science and has a total of 16 years’ experience in education.


Principal – Mrs. Jenn Hull: Mrs. Hull has been with Valley Christian for the past seven years as our Director of Special Education. During that time, she has grown our special needs program into one of the largest private school programs in the state. She has a passion for making the curriculum accessible to every student and will work closely with our elementary teachers and parents to deliver the VCS experience to every student. Mrs. Hull earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education, two Master’s

Degrees in Special Education and Educational Leadership, and is currently working on her Doctorate Degree in Special Education. She also is a VCS parent.

Vice-Principal – Mrs. Chris Cornell: Mrs. Cornell was called to VCS in 2010 when she started her teaching career as a Junior High Math Teacher. She was promoted to Math Coach in 2017 and was instrumental in implementing a new math curriculum and helped fortify our math department. As Assistant Principal, she will primarily focus on curriculum and instruction while assisting Mrs. Hull in her duties as Principal. Mrs. Cornell has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, is a Certified Math Coach, and attended Harvard University’s MQI Coaching Institute. She will soon complete a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. Mrs. Cornell is also a VCS parent having had two sons graduate from VC and one who is sophomore.

Dean of Students – Miss Laura Henry: Laura Henry joins VCS this year in a full-time capacity after having spent almost two years at VCS as the district lead with the Youth Intensive Services’ (YIS) WINGS program for students in 2nd-8th grade. She supervised the in-school mental health, behavioral, and emotional support program. Miss Henry also managed the assessment of student needs, behaviors, emotional distress, and thought processes. She assisted students in eliminating barriers as a way to gain and maintain success and independence in/out of the classroom. Laura has her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and English and quickly found a passion for working with students while serving in youth ministry for three years at a local church. She will focus on student discipline and development in grades 2-8 and will assist Mrs. Hull in ensuring a healthy and vibrant school culture.

We are excited to offer you the best VCS has to offer as we have been able to fill these positions from within the VCS family. Not only are they all highly qualified and experienced professionals, but more importantly, they are one of us and are called and committed to serving at Valley Christian Schools.

As announced earlier this year, Dr. Shelley Murray will continue in her role as Head of Schools with direct oversight of all three of our campuses. She will work closely with our building leadership teams to ensure our Love More, Expect More, Be More education model is fully implemented. As President and Treasurer, I will work to ensure the mission and vision of Valley Christian School are fulfilled and that the organization has the resources to fund that mission and vision.

Please join us in prayer as we seek God’s wisdom and favor for this new school year. Together and with His help, we will ensure that Valley Christian School remains a flourishing faith-based education system to transform lives by loving more, expecting more, and being more.


Michael A Pecchia  & Dr. Shelley Murray