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West Campus
P: 303.691.2384
F: 303.226.5529

East Campus
P: 303.338.4110
F: 303.338.4129


West Campus
801 Yosemite St.
Denver, CO 80230

East Campus
17101 East Ohio Dr.
Aurora, CO 80017

VCS West - 7th & 8th Grade Team

Important Announcements

End of Year Picnic

Come for food, fun and games to celebrate the end of the school year! The picnic will take place on May 26th and dismissal will be at 12 pm.


Boston Trip

We have had A LOT of interest in our 2023 Historic Boston trip for 7th and 8th grade and we only have a few open spots remaining!

Visit the info page here: to enroll.



Please ensure that you are checking your child's planner daily. This is our primary mode of communication regarding homework and behavior. Students should have their planner with them daily. If they no longer have the school issued planner, please provide them with a different one to use for the remainder of the year


Intent to Return

We would like to ensure our current families have secured their places in our school for the upcoming school year. Your assistance is needed to help us determine the demand of our current families.

Although siblings do have priority in the lottery, an Enrollment Application must be submitted for each student in order for them to be included in the lottery. This can be accomplished by completing the application on our enrollment link at

If you have any questions regarding enrollment, please contact Vanguard Classical School West at 303-691*2384 or Email Itzhelt Cordero at


Dress Code

As a reminder, VCS has a dress code. Some items that we have been seeing recently that are not allowed are:




T-shirts (VCS printed are allowed)


Items that are not a solid school color

Please ensure that your child is in dress code clothing every day. Students who are out of dress code will call home to get dress code clothing.


Absences and Tardies


We have had an excessive amount of tardies. Please remember that students are to be in their seats and ready to learn by 7:50 am. The doors open at 7:30 am, so make sure to drop your children off on time, or sign up for FREE before/after care.


Make sure to notify the front desk of absences. If we don't hear from you, our attendance system will automatically call you to verify the absence.


COVID Testing at VCS

Students can still register and need to be pre-registered to participate. You can register your child(ren) using the following link:


Students only need to be registered once. They will then be tested weekly.

This testing will count for athletes participating in school sports.

Please reach out to our school nurse, Alisha Porter ( with any questions.

Core Virtue of the Month

May 2022 - Wonder

Wonder is to marvel at mystery, to stand in awe before the unexplained. Wonder is the first step on the path to knowledge. 

Contact Information

Angie Bishop            ext.  1357

Katie Crampton       ext.  1354

Mark Wagner            ext.  1356

Carrie Urbanek         ext.  1303

Tanya Novak             ext.  1351

7th/8th Language Arts

Mr. Wagner

Mr. Wagner comes to us from an eclectic background of military service, private security, and government employment. He chose to go to college later in life in order to give back to the community through teaching. He graduated from Metro State University (Go Roadrunners!) and teaches English, Yearbook, Writing, and Band. When he's not teaching, you can find him reading, writing, hiking, playing music, skateboarding, and cooking (generally not at the same time).

7th/8th Math

Teacher Crampton

Tr. Crampton is the Upper School math teacher with a degree in High School Education, focusing on Mathematics and Spanish Language Acquisition. They have been a teacher at Vanguard Classical School for nearly 4 years and love getting to see students grow both emotionally and mentally as they strive to do better in classes. The staff at Vanguard has truly helped Tr. Crampton to become a better teacher, guiding them through the many trials of Middle School teaching. In their first year here, Tr. Crampton assisted with coaching flag football and took on the role of a soccer coach in the spring. Their other passion which was brought to this school is the Dungeons and Dragons Club to help students build reasoning and communication skills.

7th/8th Science

Ms. Urbanek

Ms. Urbanek is the Science teacher for the 7th and 8th grade at Vanguard West. She grew up on a dairy farm in West-Central Wisconsin. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Agriscience Education at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. This is her third year teaching and her second year at Vanguard. When she is not teaching, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and playing pickleball.

7th/8th History

Mrs. Bishop

Mrs. Bishop is the History teacher for 7th and 8th grade at Vanguard West. As a military child, she spent her childhood moving back and forth between the United States, Germany and Italy. Mrs. Bishop received her Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in Social Science at the University of Tampa. This is Mrs. Bishop's fifth year of teaching, and her fourth year teaching between the two Vanguard campuses. When she is not teaching, Mrs. Bishop enjoys baking, traveling, watching college football (Go Gators!) and spending time with her husband and her family back in Florida.

7th/8th EA

Ms. Pieper

Ms. Pieper is in her second year at VCS and is the educational assistant for 7th and 8th grade. She grew up moving often and has lived in Virginia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Utah and Illinois. Her BA is in Russian and she is currently working on an M.Ed through Regis University. Ms. Pieper loves to travel, bake, read, and spend time outdoors with her husband and two dogs. She brings years of experience working one-on-one with students and enjoys keeping everyone engaged and excited about learning! She is passionate about art, history, and languages, and hopes to one day teach internationally.

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