The Crusader Times

Be Present - Be Positive - Be Persistent in your Learning

Volume 1, Issue 18 November 7, 2022


CRUSADERBOTS TEAMS SWEPT THE TOP 10 at the 11/5 Competition at Hilltop High School

Quote of the Week

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.--Mark Twain (American Writer)

Principal's Message

BVM Community,

Good morning! Welcome to week 15 of our 1st semester! We had a great turnout this past Saturday for our Saturday Scholars! Please check out some of the pictures below! Students were able to receive additional tutoring in various subjects and were able to also clear up absences. Thank you to Ms. Conlon for running a smooth Saturday Scholars!

I cannot stress enough how important it will be for our students to stay present, positive, and persistent in their learning. Lately, we have noticed some students not arriving on time to class or not having the most respectful interactions with other adults on campus. It is a good time to review some more specific habits of mind that lend themselves to our #1 Goal this year:

Goal #1: Advance Rigorous Instruction, Social Emotional Learning, and Student Support to Advance Student Academic Success.

Please take some time to review the following habits of mind that support the pursuit of learning and good behavior (in that order):

1. Intellectual Perseverance --Staying focused when answers and solutions are not apparent. At this point in the semester, it is vital for students to stay focused in class (and at home) when engaged in their learning.

Students, when subject matter, concepts, or processes become difficult, it is important for our students to consider the following:

a. Ask yourself: What am I trying to accomplish right now?

b. Try to describe what is frustrating you or what is it you can't find or solve.

c. Tell yourself you are going to vie it at least one more try and then do so.

Parents, when working with your student on their intellectual perseverance here are some questions that you can ask them to open up the discussion:

How have you been staying focused (on your own) when answers and solutions are not immediately apparent?

Are you aware of when you start losing focus because solutions or answers aren't immediately apparent? What do you do once you lose focus?

What are some things that you can do when answers and solutions aren't initially apparent?

2. Resisting Impulsivity--Avoid making decisions or forming conclusions without proper consideration (Like choosing to go to class on time or not, choosing to do one's homework or not, or choosing to pay attention in class or not.) Students, here are some tips to follow:

a. Stop for a moment and think about what you're about to do.

b. Ask yourself, Is there anything about what I'm thinking of doing that I should reconsider?

c. Once you've thought about your reaction, go ahead and act.

Parents, when working with your student on their resisting impulsivity habit of mind here are some questions that you can ask them to open up the discussion:

Have you been resisting impulsivity without any teacher reminders?

Are you aware of the times that you have been acting impulsively?

Where do you find that you have the hardest time resisting impulsivity? Why?

Why is it important to think before acting?

Lastly, please remember to review the 4 Essential Rules at Bonita Vista Middle School that allow us to not only promote our safety on campus, but it allows us to ensure that our students are fully present and ready to learn:

1. No Cell Phones on Campus: We ask that all students placed their cell phones in their backpacks once they are at school and on our campus. We not only enforce this rule during class time but especially during nutrition breaks and lunchtime. We want our students to interact with each other as much as possible as opposed to being on their screens/phones.

2. No IPAD Misuse: Every student is issued an IPAD for educational purposes only. We ask students to use their devices strictly as implements of learning.

3. No Earbuds: Similar to our cell phone rule, we ask that once students are at school and on our campus, they place their earbuds in their backpacks. We have noticed that students are less distracted in class and engage more with each other when they are not using earbuds.

4. No Hoodie (worn on head): Students can wear hooded sweatshirts but in order to be able to identify our students at all times, we ask students not to wear their hoods over their heads. This rule is in place for student safety. Should a non-student sneak onto our campus, we would want to identify them immediately. Also, we need to ensure during class and outside of class that students do not have their earbuds. We prioritize making sure that students are paying attention in class and our fully engaged with each other at all times.

If you ever need to report a disciplinary or safety concern, please make sure to report any and all concerns to our administrative team. Please visit this link to contact our assistant principals:

Please also feel free to email me if you have any comments, questions, or concerns at

Thank you

Dr. Salazar

BVM Saturday Scholars 11/5


Parents, if you would like to verify the actual work that was submitted:

1. Ask your student to bring you their ipad.

2. Click on the assignment from the list in Jupiter grades

3. Select the assignment submitted and choose view.

*Please see the photos attached. The work does not disappear. It remains submitted even after the teacher views and evaluates the work.


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Week at a Glance

Check out our week at a glance for November 7 - November 11 by clicking on the button below.

Happy Veteran's Day on Friday, November 11, 2022 --NO SCHOOL

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FYI Corner

Below you will find valuable information about our school!


Sweetwater Union High School District students can bring their current prescription ( less than two years old ) to the UCSD Mobile Vision Clinic and get a new pair for free! For more information please open the attachment below! Thank you!

Dual Immersion Program at Bonita Vista Middle School

Did you know that we are a Dual Immersion Middle School? Please click on the button below to learn more about our program.

Acknowledgment Corner

The Acknowledgment Corner will be continued to be used to highlight and celebrate our students at any opportunity that we can! If you would like your student acknowledged for something we may not be aware of, please feel free to contact me (include a picture if possible).

Crusaderbots teams all make top 10 in latest Robotics Competition

Mr. Dougherty and his teams of crusader bots all finished in the top 10 this weekend at Hilltop High School. The competition was fast-moving, but our bots hung in tough against the competition across the district. Way to go Crusaderbots!
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Game of Throws @Eastlake Middle School 11/5

Mr. Kumabe, Mr. Young, and Ms. Hartwell all graciously volunteered their time to chaperone and participate in the annual pumpkin-throwing contest! Thank you to all of our staff, students, and parents who came to support us!
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Cross Country Finals @ Montgomery High School 11/5

Thank you to Coach Schroeder and all of our amazing athletes who participated in this year's finals! Students demonstrated a lot of growth throughout the season and it showed in their final running performance of the season. We couldn't be more proud of you BVM Crusaders!
Ryder running for the win!
Coach Schroeder pre-run instructions to CC Girls


Please make sure to check out the most updated information below about our COVID guidelines and protocols.


San Diego County Office of Education and California Department of Public Health are no longer requiring individual notifications to families for students who are close contacts. Bonita Vista Middle School will shift to providing close contact general notifications. We continue to strongly recommend that students test weekly and wear masks when indoors. To sign up for free home testing kits, please see the information below the heading: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH SDSU COVID STUDY.

National Institute of Health SDSU COVID Study

I'm happy to announce that my family and I have enrolled in this service/study through SDSU! We will be testing weekly and we will receive free at-home testing kits every month! See the QR Code below to learn how to participate! We will also receive a gift card at the end of the year! Make sure to sign up or to learn more information see below!


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