Panther Press

Weekly Newsletter - Feb. 19, 2021

Vista Unified School District Community Updates

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Spanish Version

FAFSA and California Dream Act applications DUE!

The FAFSA and California Dream Act Applications are due on March 2 to be eligible for maximum financial aid. We encourage all seniors to submit for these applications. If you need help, contact your counselor!

Online Registration for 2021-2022 is Here!

Students will receive more information through their English classes.

Click on the photo below for more information regarding class choices, course catalogs, course selection forms and more.

Join Character Leaders!

Character Leaders is all about campus and community service, developing leadership skills, personal growth and helping you become the best version of yourself! We're the only high school in the country with this class, and we'd love for you to join us! All are welcome! Most of our Character Leaders are heavily involved on campus in many areas, so we are highly flexible to meet your scheduling needs. Please contact Mr. Hanlon with any questions!
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California Scholarship Federation Applications!

Attention Sophomores! We are currently accepting new applications for California Scholastic Federation (CSF) until the end of February. CSF recognizes students with academic excellence and builds community through service. We are currently accepting applications for interested students through February. Please Join us in our new Google Classroom with code: taezebd Sign-up for Remind: csf202020 For more information visit our Google Classroom. For further questions please email Mrs. Brooks
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New Engineering Course Offering

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IB Diploma Candidate Program Information

Click on the images below for more information.
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Sports Physicals at 8-2-8 Urgent Care

Couple things to note:

1) Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. An older sibling does not work!

2) Paperwork should be pre-filled (minus the Physician Exam Portion) before going to the office.

3) Cash/Credit ONLY!

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Interested in Joining ASB Next year?

Any students interested in being a part of ASB next year, please check out our ASB page for applications and a detailed description of each position available. Students can apply for an Executive or Committee Lead, a Class Officer, or a Class Member. The deadline for Executive or Committee Leads is this FRIDAY. Go to:

Senior Hoodies - Final Order Deadline!

Seniors, the FINAL order deadline for Senior Hoodies will be Friday, March 19, 2021. Get them at Finance or the school’s VHS Webstore.

Senior Graduation Announcements Pick Up

Seniors: If Jostens contacted you regarding your graduation announcements, and you were advised to pick them up last week, the remaining, uncollected orders are now in Finance. Please come pick them up before 3pm any school day. See list of students here.

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.

LGBTQ Support!

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

Help with Yearbook!

Please help us complete our yearbook. Click to submit pictures and quotes for our Winter Section.
New Panther Primetime YouTube Channel

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

Career Weeks Coming Soon!

Career Weeks is coming March 1-12th. The College & Career Center (CCC) has a vast number of career speakers lined up so students can hear from people who have careers into which they might be exploring or planning on going. Speakers will talk about their career and industry and how they got there from high school. The sign-up form is on the top of the CCC Canvas page. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Söderbäck (

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 (


Students who are looking for a job can join us every other Tuesday after school for JOB LAB online. The next session will be on February 9th at 2:45 PM - please register here.

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 (

New COVID-19 Decision Tree Guidelines

See below for new guidelines on when to send students to school.

Decision Tree Guidelines SPANISH

For further information on Isolation Timelines based on this Decision Tree, click this link:

Isolation Timelines

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Linda Rhoades COVID-19 Testing Site

Click HERE for more information
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!

Parents & Guardians- please click on the VHS Family Survey button directly below and complete a short survey

VHS Family Survey

Parents and guardians, we value your input and ask that you take a short survey...Thank you!

Palomar Information Nights!

Click on flyer below for more information!

Gear Up Managing Stress Workshop

Palomar College GEAR UP, in partnership with Study Smart Tutors, is offering a virtual workshop on Managing Stress. This being held Wednesday, February 24 3:00-4:00pm and Thursday, February 25 4:00-5:00pm. You will better understand the factors that cause stress, its impacts on the body & self, and develop ways to cope and manage stressful situations. The workshops are open & FREE for all 10th & 11th grade VHS students.

Zoom Link

Passcode: 646023

We need to know you are planning to join us! Sign up here!
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California Department of Education Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide

Spring 2021 CSUSM Habits of the Mind Series for Parents

First in the series begins on January 19, 2021.
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UCSD's Annual Conference ~ It Begins with a Dream: Celebrate Your Culture and Prepare for University

On Saturday, February 27, 2021 all 6th-11th grade parents/legal guardians and students are invited to participate in UCSD's Annual Conference ~ It Begins with a Dream: Celebrate your culture and prepare for the university ~ This FREE event will be presented in English and Spanish. Click on the flyer below to register.
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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

Title I School-Level Parent and Family Engagement Policy

Please click on the link below to view Vista High School's policy on Parent and Family Engagement.

Title 1 School-Level Parent and Family Engagement Policy

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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