Vista Weekly

October 19th, 2015

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Pupil Free Day Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is our floating PD Day. In light of our upcoming Oversight visits, we opted for postponing our school site visits and instead holding our own on-site PD.

Teachers, RSP Teachers and PE Aides, the schedule for tomorrow is below. Also, since our PD will be focusing on the planning of highly engaging lessons - don't worry about submitting your final lesson plans until Tuesday morning :)

Instructional Aides/Intervention Specialists: Please take this time to continue supporting the teachers with classroom set up such as bulletin board set up, organizing, grade level board decoration, etc. and any other necessary clerical support.

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Oversight Visits

The annual LAUSD Charter Oversight Visit are here!

Tuesday, October 20th - Middle School

Wednesday, October 28th - K-5

What is an oversight visit and why does it matter?

The annual oversight visit relates back to our status as a charter school. In order to open a charter school, a group of teachers, parents, and community members must create a charter petition that outlines the innovative practices that this group intends to follow. The the group of concerned individuals must then appeal to either the local school district, county, or state to request authorization for opening the school. Once "authorized" by either of those educational entities the charter school group is accountable for academic results and for upholding the promises made in their charter.

One part of the accountability system is annual "oversight" visits by the authorizing group. ICEF Vista is authorized by LAUSD. The visiting oversight group are therefore members of the LAUSD Charter Schools Division (CSD). During their annual visit, the CSD will review not only our academic practices and data, but will also review the fiscal and operational aspects of our school program. At the close of this review, they will prepare a summary report that will then be used with the annual reports from previous years to recommend (or not) our petition renewal in upcoming years. We have some time before our next charter renewal (it's in 2018) - but we still want to make sure our authorizers are witness to all of the amazing things we do here at Vista :)

What happens during the visit?

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How can I prepare?

Please refer to the emails that have been sent, but in short, we need to make sure that our campus and classrooms are in excellent shape and are in compliance with all applicable environmental/health and safety codes! Also, as always please be sure that the following are clearly visible:

  • Standard
  • Lesson Objective
  • Lesson Agenda
  • Updated Student Work - with dates, criteria for success, and relevant standards.

New Staff Member!

This Tuesday we also welcome our another new member to our team: Mr. Bruce Turner! Mr. Turner is our new middle school PE Teacher. Welcome to Vista - Mr. Turner! We are SO excited to have you!

A huge thank you and shout out to Mr. Raul for getting our PE program up and running this year in the absence of our official PE Teacher. Mr. Raul, we appreciate all that you have done and love how you have held all of our students to such high expectations with both PE and football. You have sent the message loud and clear of what it means to be a Vista SCHOLAR and ATHLETE! (Vista, if you want to hear an amazing story about teaching our students this lesson - ask Mr. Raul about the forfeited football game last week!).

Fall Festival

This year our annual Fall Festival will take place on Friday, October 30th at 1:00pm.

What is Fall Festival?

It's our biggest fundraiser of the year! Each homeroom hosts a booth with some sort of activity or game (think carnival booths). The Fall Festival kicks off with a Costume Parade - winners are announced and then the games begin!

What should I do to prepare?

If you are a homeroom teacher, be sure to sign up for a booth on the spreadsheet linked here and begin to reach out to families for donations to help prepare!

Fall Festival Booth Sign Up

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Supervision Schedule

Thank you so much for your active presence on the yard. We have really noticed a difference with regards to both timeliness and vigilance!

Just a reminder that it is really important to be "seen looking" during yard duty. Students should see that you are monitoring them as a preventative presence - so please....

  • Be super VISIBLE (walk around, stay standing, avoid being hidden by students coming to speak to you)
  • Be super VIGILANT (really look around, walk over to groups of students that are huddled in the far corners of the yard, walk past the bathrooms several times, and please no cell phone use during supervision).

Supervision Schedule 3 - 8

Tutoring Logistics

Please spend a few minutes recording the details of your tutoring in the log below. This document will assist our office team in communicating with parents, but we are still missing several tutoring sessions. Shout out to Mr. E and Ms. Fissette for being the first middle school teachers to fill in their tutoring times :)

Tutoring Schedule 2015-2016

Links to Important Forms

We have included links to some of the important forms you will use at Vista below - but they are also included in the virtual VIP Folder!

Detention Form

This one is super important for helping us keeping track of which students have detention on which days. Please submit every time you assign detention.

Office Referral Form

May be completed online or by paper (see the pink referral forms in your hardcopy VIP binders) but please be sure to submit either one when a student is referred to the office.

Technology Concerns Form

To request help from our Tech Guru Mr. Jesus Villareal!

Maintenance Request Form

To request help from our Maintenance Guru Mr. Bernard!

SST Referral Form

To request the convening of a Student Success Team to support a student with sustained difficulties in the area of behavior, academics, attendance, and/or physical/mental health despite documented targeted interventions such as tutoring, parent contact, etc.

504 Referral - coming soon! (Speak directly to Mrs. Pope or Mrs. Fennema in the meantime)

Word of the Week



A person who stands up for his or her beliefs. A person who does what they think is right, even if they are alone. A person who takes action even when the easiest choice is to do nothing. A person who is not a bystander.

(From Urban Dictionary this time - but in honor of anti-bullying month!)

Maternity Leave Vista Support

Here is our tentative schedule this week...
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Trait of the Month - Open Mindedness

October's Student of the Month Trait is "open-mindedness"!


  • Willingness to listen and understand other people's ideas and suggestions
  • NOT holding on to our own views as if they are they only way
  • Willingness to adjust perspectives and consider the "unknown" as a possibility
  • "Don't knock it before you try it."
  • Ability to examine issues from multiple angles
  • Willingness to try something new and get out of our comfort zones
  • Choosing to NOT judge a person before knowing his/her story

Time is flying by! We have about two weeks left before October Student of the Month selections are due, so this is a simple reminder to be thinking about who you want to choose for your Student of the Month. The trait for October is open-mindedness.

The deadline to submit names is Monday, Oct. 26th at 4pm.

Here is a link to the google doc:

Student of the Month Submission

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Student Council Presents - Anti-Bullying Awareness!

This month is Anti-Bullying month! In honor of this month, Student Council would like homeroom teachers to present a PowerPoint to their class. This PowerPoint will most likely take two days and is meant to be teacher lead (teacher flips through and reads the slides or can call on students to read slides aloud).

Student Council - Anti Bullying Lesson

Student Council would also like to have homeroom classes trace their hands on blue paper that will be provided. (This can be done Tuesday/Thursday during homeroom - blue paper will be in your boxes by this Friday). Once students trace their hands, have students write a pledge against bullying of their choice:

“I pledge to be an upstander by….”

Please have students decorate the hand, write their names, and cut them out. The deadline to have this done is by this Thursday at 8:20. Student Council members will come by and pick up the hands and present an all Vista poster on Friday, October 23rd during morning announcements.

Please continue to instill the character trait of open-mindedness and have students aim to engage in at least one act of kindness a day :) A few additional relevant videos are linked below if you would like to take a few moments to show your class!

"Be an Upstander" - video by The NED Show
Ways to Stop Bullying

Instructional Focus

3.2A Lesson Cycle and 3.2B Cognitive Engagement

(TEF Domain 3)

This week we will continue to focus on the effective planning and execution of the lesson cycle, as we know from our dissection of classroom culture that a key component of a positive classroom culture is student engagement due to the planning and execution of effective lessons!

Indicator 3.2B holds us accountable to ensuring that: "Learning experiences throughout the lesson cycle are cognitively engaging (at students' various ZPD levels)". Tomorrow's PD we will spend some time defining "engagement" and what this really means at Vista. We will be reading and examining portions of Marzano and Pickering's "The Highly Engaged Classroom" as a basis for this conversation. See below if you are interested in reading more!

The Highly Engaged Classroom

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Coming Up This Week...

Monday, 10/19

  • 7:30 - 9:00 Parent Volunteer School Clean-up (3-8 Campus)
  • 9:00 - 4:00 PD Day (@ 3-8 Campus)

Tuesday, 10/20 - MS Oversight Visit

  • MS 2,4,6,8 Schedule
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Classroom Observations
  • 5:00 - 6:00 5th Grade Parent Meeting
  • 5:00 - Division 2 Football Game
  • 4:00 - 6:00 Spanish Parenting Classes

Wednesday, 10/21

  • MS 1,3,5,7 Schedule
  • 9:00 - 10:00 SPED Team Check-In

  • 5:00 - Division 1 Football Game

Thursday, 10/22

  • 7:30 - SST (Amador, Pope, Edelstein, Gibb, Huynh, Hart, Contreras)

  • 12:00 - IEP (Alvarez, Pope, Madere, McCarthy, Amador)

Friday, 10/23

Upcoming Dates:

10/19 - Pupil Free Day

10/20 - MS LAUSD Oversight Visit

10/21 - MS 1,3,5,7 Schedule

10/28 - ES LAUSD Oversight Visit

10/30 - Fall Festival

11/2 - Mrs. Buczek Returns!!