Panther Press

Weekly Newsletter - May 21, 2021

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Vista High School's Annual Student of the Year Celebration!

Every year at Vista High School, we have a Student of the Year Celebration to honor those students who have characteristics we respect and admire such as perseverance, resilience, intelligence, kindness, and positivity.

This year is a little different and our Celebration is virtual, but these students shine through even with glitchy internet Zoom classes, school closures and constant changes.

Please take some time to watch the slideshow and honor our amazing students by clicking on the picture to the right!

Congratulations to all of our Students of the Year!

VHS Summer School Notification

It is with great excitement that we invite your student to sign up for summer school at Vista High School. We have three different programs occurring throughout the summer.

  1. Enrichment Program -energize your student with a strong interest in learning and exploration. This free program is open to all incoming VHS students grades 9th-12th. This program is not for credit. Some programs include: Camp Panther, Strength and Conditioning, video game design, among others. For a detailed schedule, go to this link. All classes are subject to sufficient grant funding and sufficient enrollment.
  2. Credit Recovery Program - through Edgenuity/E2020 for students who received a grade of an F in one or more courses. Vista High School is offering a six week session this year for students to make up a maximum of 20 credits. The six week session will run from June 23th-August 6th.This is a great opportunity to get back on track. Sign-up Today!
  3. Bridge Program - for our incoming 9th graders and current 10th graders from 8:00 a.m.-10:00a.m. This program is not for credit.
  • Freshman Orientation (August 9 - 13th). Could run parallel to/with Camp Panther

  • Team-building

  • Study skills/organization

  • Campus orientation

  • ELD-component - TBD

  • Social/Emotional support

The credit recovery program will begin on June 23rd to August 6th, 2021. Students can attend in person or virtually from the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students are allotted up to two courses to make up during the summer. There will be attendance requirements assigned to each course.

If you feel you are interested in attending summer school, please complete the attached form by this Tuesday, May 25th. School counselors will reach out to students via email to confirm summer school course selection. Please check your school email. Space is limited, so please complete this form in a timely manner.

PLEASE NOTE: Courses for remediation will be offered through E2020/Edgenuity and will be limited to Math, English, History and non-Lab Sciences.

One six-week session (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) June 23-August 6th

Students can complete up to two, 10 credit courses, for a total of 20 credits during the 6-week session. Counselors will be assigning courses based on transcript evaluations and progress towards graduation.

New VHS Sports Complex Ribbon Cutting Ceremony!

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On Monday, May 17, the Health and Human Services Secretary, Dr. Mark Ghaly, made this statement that the state will not be changing its face covering guidance to align with the new CDC recommendations for vaccinated people at this time. As a result, face coverings are still required in all CA state office spaces and learning and teaching spaces in our schools and classrooms, including outdoor spaces (except when eating/drinking).

All people who come on to Vista Unified School District campuses, including Vista High School, must wear a mask in accordance with state and county guidelines for the use of face coverings.

Senior Graduation Information Packet!

Need information on all things graduation?

Check out the 2020-2021 Graduation Information Packet for information on the ceremony, tickets, cap & gown and much more!!

Spanish Version

In-Person Graduation!

Vista High is pleased to announce that senior Graduation ceremonies will be held in person, at the football stadium at 4:00pm on June 18th, 2021. The event will also be live streamed for your convenience.

Current COVID safety protocols will guide the planning of the event and determine the limited number of guests that each graduate may invite to the ceremony.

We requested all Seniors fill out a form and let us know if they plan on attending the ceremony. If you have NOT YET turned in the form(either paper or electronic) please do so HERE.

Final Exams Schedule

The last three days of the semester June 16, 17 and 18 will be final exams. Please see the below schedule!
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Senior Finals Schedule

Seniors please follow this schedule for your finals!

Vista Unified School District Community Updates

Please click the picture to read the latest update!

Spanish Version

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Decision Tree Guidelines

Please click on this LINK to view the COVID-19 Symptom Decision Tree.

Spanish Version

Free Tutoring!

Free tutoring and homework is available every weekday beginning at 2:45 pm. As part of Panthers After Hours, VHS teachers and tutors are here to help students with course content and assignments, and we can also help students get organized and make a plan to prioritize what needs done. Don't wait until the work becomes overwhelming! Even if you just want to chat to another human being while you do your homework, come check us out!

To join the Zoom tutorial sessions, join the Canvas class at this link

or email Mrs. Camplisson

VHS Athletics

Click on images below for more information!

Athletic Clearance Packet!

Want to play a sport? You will need to fill out this packet and get it signed by a doctor. When you have it complete turn it in to your Coach or the Athletic Trainer.

Athletic Clearance Packet

Graduation Lei Orders from Ohana Creations!

Shop online through the Panther Foundation at
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Stay Woke Club

With some of our awesome seniors graduating, STAY Woke Club is looking for new members to build upon the foundation of advocacy set. In the few short years that our club has been together, our members have received hundreds of community service hours, built partnerships with fellow youth across San Diego, and even earned a certificate of congressional recognition for their work. If you are looking to strengthen your resume or just want to make new friends, join one of our Zoom drop-in sessions to learn more.
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Character Leaders Humane Society Drive!

VHS Character Leaders invites you to donate to our food and supplies drive for the San Diego Humane Society from 5/17-6/1. We are collecting new, unopened pet food (cat, dog, rabbit, bird, etc.), KRM kitten formula, new pet toys and leashes, as well as towels, which can be new or used. (Please make sure the towels are washed, though.) Please bring all donations to Mr. Hanlon's room, V-31. THANKS! :)
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LGBTQ Support!

Any LGBTQ students who would like to join a supportive group, please contact Ms. Al-Shamma in the counseling office.
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Black Student Union

Anyone looking to join me to start the black student union (BSU) at VHS, please see Mrs. Lewis in room H15. Or sent an email at

May is Senior Month!

Seniors: This is the start of SENIOR MONTH. Join us on Instagram in sharing your own motivational quotes/advice for underclassmen. @vhsasb

Senior Picnic June 15!

The senior class officers will be hosting a free Senior Picnic on the evening of Tuesday, June 15th. More details will be released soon. Be sure to SAVE THE DATE!

Didn't get your Cap & Gown yet?

Seniors: If you didn’t pick up your cap and gown last week, you can now get them in finance with a photo ID. If you have a library fine, the library is holding your cap and gown.

Need Senior Info?

Seniors, Be sure to check our Senior Information page on our website. We will continue to add important dates, announcements, and news as we get closer to graduation.
New Panther Primetime YouTube Channel

Watch this Week's Video HERE!! Please subscribe to the new PPT YouTube Channel for weekly broadcasts

Seniors - Quick Survey Needed!

Hey Class of 2021!

I need to know if you have earned any scholarships or awards.

Many 4-year colleges may have included a scholarship as part of your award package (so make sure to check). You may have also applied to a local scholarship and won.

I want to make sure you are included in the Senior Awards Event for EVERY and ALL scholarships you have won.

As well, I want to know WHERE you are headed after graduation. What college have you accepted and signed with, going to community college, military, apprenticeship, etc.

This form will be kept open and you can come back and enter more information or change it as we go. Many seniors win scholarships up to graduation and even after.

Senior Awards and Destinations

College Visits

Visits by college admissions reps are still taking place before and after school. This is a great opportunity for juniors to start their college exploration process so that they can select next year where to apply. All visits are open to any grade level. No sign up is needed, just click on the zoom link at the time of the visit and you're good to go.

College Visits


From now until the end of April is peak Scholarship season. Seniors need to be searching for and applying for scholarships dollars. There is a scholarship for just about everyone. Make sure your senior is checking the Scholarship Bulletin on a regular basis and checking the College & Career Center google classroom. Many local scholarships will be coming up over the following months and local and regional scholarships are ones our seniors win each year.

Scholarship Bulletin

Are you interested in starting your own scholarship or have one to promote to our students? Please contact Mr. Soderback (


Employment - Students who are looking for a job can join us every other Tuesday after school for JOB LAB online. Register here for upcoming sessions.

Students who do get a job and are under 18 will need to have a work permit application signed by one of their parents, the new employer and Vista High School. The entire process is done online via email this year. This is the work permit application that needs to be filled in and emailed to Mr. Soderback (

Click on the VIP link above for more information on navigating the Vista Unified School District's virtual world! Get help with Canvas, Academics, Social/Emotional issues and more!
Benefits of Becoming a Parent Observer in Canvas

Click on the above YouTube Video to see the benefits of observing your student in Canvas.

Are you interested in viewing your student's grades, attendance, demographic information and more? Log on to your Parent Portal by clicking above if you already have an account or create a new account! Directions for Parent Portal linked here!

Parent Portal Directions - English

Parent Portal Directions - Spanish

If you would like help with any of these Computer Based school applications, fill out the Computer Based Learning Appointment form below and we will contact you to set up an on campus appointment to walk you through!

California Department of Education Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide

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Hapara Internet Safety and Monitoring

This is an important tool to assist teachers with digital citizenship and classroom management. It is important that parents are aware of the privacy policy and our adherence to the ethical monitoring policy.

Hapara Parent Letter English

Hapara Parent Letter Spanish

VHS Title 1, Part A School-Parent Compact

Please click HERE to view this document.

School Accountability Reports (SARC)

State law requires all public schools receiving state funding to prepare and distribute a SARC. The purpose of the report card is to provide parents and the community with important information about each public school. A SARC can be an effective way for a school to report on its progress in achieving goals. The public may also use a SARC to evaluate and compare schools on a variety of indicators. A hard copy will be made available upon request at the school site.

The SARC contains all of the following:

  • Demographic data
  • School safety and climate for learning information
  • Academic data
  • School completion rates
  • Class sizes
  • Teacher and staff information
  • Curriculum and instruction descriptions
  • Postsecondary preparation information
  • Fiscal and expenditure data

SARC Report/SARC Report Spanish


Counseling & Social Emotional Resources

Vista High School is committed to the Social and Emotional needs of all students.

Social/Emotional Supports & Links

Vista Virtual Wellness Center:

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We would LOVE to hear from you!


If you have questions, comments, concerns or requests for information you would like to see in the newsletter, please let us know by clicking on the link above. We appreciate your input!
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Vista High School Honor V Awards

Each year Vista High School celebrates Honor V.

The Honor “V” Awards originated in 1984, with the first honoree being the late Tony Duran.

Since that time, specially selected individuals are honored each year that have contributed to VHS students and the community over a significant period of time.

Following the ceremony, the awardees’ names are engraved on a perpetual plaque and are on permanent display in the Honor “V” Quad at Vista High School.

The Honor V award is the highest award recognized each year at Vista High School.

This Year we are happy to announce that our 2020 Honor V Recipients are :

Sandi Barnes

Theresa McMahon

Tammie Wood

Beverly Taylor

Michelle Gibson

Congratulations to our 2020 Honor V Recipients. We thank you for your dedication and service to our students, staff and school community.

San Diego County Office of Ed School Social Works and Recognition Program Winner

The San Diego Office of Education hosted the first annual School Social Work Awards and Recognition Program; “Resiliency of School Social Workers: Impacting Meaningful Change in Challenging Times" on March 11, 2021.

Our very own, Maria Al-Shamma is the very first recipient of the Social Worker of the Year for San Diego County. Maria is such a blessing to our school and to our community! Congratulations on this well deserved honor!

Classic Students Back Five Days a Week!

On Tuesday, March 23rd, the Vista Unified School Board voted unanimously to return middle and high school students who chose Vista Classic to full-time in-person learning five days a week starting after spring break on April 5, 2021. Please read the latest Community Update below for more information.

Vista Unified School District Community Updates

Please click picture to see the latest update!

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We'll be having an association meeting on Tuesday, April 27th at 5:15 pm. At this meeting we'll hold an election for the VHS PTSA board for the 2021-2022 school year.

We'll need to have 12 members in attendance and we'll be taking nominations from the floor for ALL positions on our board.

All interested parties should become members of our association, which they can do through the website Totem, here is the link:

We will send the Zoom link for the association meeting via email to members as well as posting it on our VHS PTSA Facebook page on Monday, April 26th.

Thank you!

Class of 2021 Graduation Survey Reminder

VHS Class of 2021 Seniors and their families were emailed a Graduation survey on April 9, 2021 and again on April 16, 2021. Students should check their VUSD student email and parents/guardians should check the email that is registered to the parent portal to access the survey. Please check your email spam box should you not find the survey in your inbox. The survey will close on the evening of Sunday, April 18, 2021. Your feedback is very important to us. Thank you for your participation.