Vista Oaks Update

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October 23, 2020


  • October 26th-30th: Spirit Week - Halloween Costumes. Wear your costume to zoom meetings and classes all week long! Please make sure costumes are school/Zoom appropriate.
  • October 30th: VIRTUAL Halloween Costume Parade (see information below)

  • November 2nd: Fall College Workshop (RSVP by Oct 30, see flyer below)

Thank you to our AMAZING Leadership Team for a great time at the Halloween Carnival! It was so fun! We really appreciate all of your hard work.

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Celebrating Diversity

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Exploring our Diverse Identities

We believe that diversity is a beautiful thing that should be explored and celebrated in our school and classrooms! After we understand our own identities, we can look at ways that they may overlap with others' identities and experiences. It takes an open mind and humility to appreciate these.

"Humility is critical when learning about diversity because it pushes us to recognize that our own ideas and opinions are only part of the story and that other people may have access to pieces of the puzzle that we don't know about."

Please watch this video for an opportunity to share and explore the amazing identities that make up the Vista Oaks community. I genuinely hope that our students will share their own Identity Boxes so we can examine and celebrate them. Videos can be emailed to Thank you!

Exploring our diverse identities

Virtual Halloween Parade

We may not be on campus, but we still want to see all your fabulous Halloween Costumes! Send a photo of your student in their Halloween Costume to to be included in the parade. The parade will be shared in the Update on October 30th. Deadline for photo submission is TODAY.

Also, let Amy know if you'd like to be included in the Costume Contest (see information below)

Halloween Costume Contest

Hello Vista Oaks Owls! Our Instagram tvo.scoop is hosting a Halloween Costume Contest. The categories will be

  • Most Creative Costume
  • Silliest Costume
  • Best Family Costume
  • Best Superhero Costume

Photo submission deadline is TODAY. The winners will be shared in the update, tagged (if wanted) and featured on the schools Instagram account and TikTok account (vistaoakshigh). DM costume pictures to Instagram or send them to

Mental Health Moments

Feel like you just need a moment?

Here's a great strategy shared by our School Psychologist, Katie Hoellwarth.

Mindful Listening

Find someplace to sit or lay down quietly for several minutes and listen to everything around you. Attempted to focus on any noises you hear. Silently name anything you can hear. Attempt mindful listening in different locations in your house and compare the sounds.

Writers Corner

Alivia and Annalise are high school students in the Publications class. They feature a Writers Corner column in the monthly newsletter, TheVistaOaks.Scoop. They would love to see your writing! Click on the button below to discover the next prompt.
Writers Corner Rules and Prompt

Click this button to discovery the prompt for Novembers Writers Corner

Virtual Lending Library

Although our Lending Library is unavailable for browsing right now, we don't want you to miss out on some great items! We'll be sharing a few items in the update each week. If you are interested in picking up available items, please email so they can be put out for you. Check the Virtual Lending Library List for availability prior to emailing.

New Flipgrid Topic

New topic on Flipgrid! Join the fun today!! Flipgrid is a website that allows us to create "grids" to facilitate video discussions. Each grid is like a message board where we pose questions, called "topics," and our school community can post video responses that appear in a tiled grid display. Simply click on the following link: and then enter your guest password: VOCSowls. Once in our Flipgrid, pick a topic and join the fun. Check back often for new videos and topics!

Distance Learning

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We'd love to see pictures and videos of you learning from home!

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Speak Up for Safety!

We love when our students are able to share concerns with us directly, but having an anonymous option is really helpful for some! We have a safety line in place for this.





Please continue to check your email and our website for updates on closures due to COVID-19.

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The office is open every Tuesday and Wednesday from 10a-1p.

The Lending Library is closed until further notice.

Parking at Vista Oaks

Please do not park along the fence or in the lot in front of our school. Those spaces are reserved for the Byron School District Office. Thank you!

We collect Box Tops!

Box Tops are going digital! Download the app, set it for our school then simply scan your receipt! Thank you!

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