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2021–2022 Calendar

Our 2021–2022 calendar is now available! Be sure to check out all that's happening for the new school year.

June Menu Now Available

Our June 2021 menu is now available. All students enrolled in Vernon Elementary School can pick up breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and lunch at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday until June 24.

Vernon Elementary Announces Its New Superintendent for the 2021–2022 School Year

The Vernon Elementary School District welcomes Dr. Chad Knippen as its new superintendent and principal. Dr. Knippen will assume his leadership duties beginning July 1, 2021. 

Dr. Knippen brings with him a wealth of experience and expansive leadership qualities developed from his 25 years in education. For 18 years he worked in public education as a teacher and administrator. For the past seven years, he worked overseas as a school administrator. He began his career in public education as an elementary and middle school language arts teacher. He has also held the positions of assistant principal, principal, adjunct college professor, and, most recently, an international school administrator.

Dr. Knippen earned his bachelor of arts in elementary education from Prescott College, his master of arts in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University, and his doctor of philosophy in organizational leadership from Northcentral University.

Dr. Knippen says, “I am thrilled and honored to be a part of the VSD staff and Vernon community. I find great fulfillment in working with teams of skilled and motivated individuals who work extremely hard to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of students. I know I am joining a group of educators who not only want to continue the excellence that is Vernon, but who also want to grow and improve for the students and families we serve.”

Pre-K and Kindergarten Enrollment
Pre-K and Kindergarten Enrollment flyer
The Vernon Elementary School District, home of the huskies, is announcing their open enrollment for pre-k and kindergarten for the 2021–2022 school year with project based learning. You can pick up enrollment packets at the front office. Please call (928) 537-5463 or email Kristen Orton, M. ED, our pre-school director, preschool/kindergarten teacher, with any question. We offer hands on gardening with the support of U of A.