Panther Press

Weekly Newsletter - Apr. 30, 2021

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In-Person Graduation!

Dear VHS Seniors and Families,

Vista High is pleased to announce that senior Graduation ceremonies will be held in person, at the football stadium, June 18th, 2021, time TBA. 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.

Detailed information about graduation and any senior events will be sent to each senior and family in the coming weeks, and will be posted throughout Panther social media, the school website, and the weekly Panther Press publication.

Vista High is excited to be able to celebrate and honor seniors in person, and create a wonderful, positive finish to what has been a challenging year.

Go Panthers!


VHS Admin and Grad Team

Update on Senior Celebrations/ Graduation Activities

Due to Covid-19, senior activities for all VUSD high schools will be very limited compared to what has happened during non-Covid years. Sadly, the traditional Junior/Senior Prom is not possible due to current CDPH guidelines. On the positive side, an outdoor Senior celebration, following the social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines, is planned for the week of graduation; more details to follow. The Student of the Year Ceremony and Senior Scholarship Awards will be presented virtually, so all families can attend, also details TBA. We love our Panthers and can’t wait to celebrate their accomplishments!

Virtual Parent and Community Forum!!

Vista High School invites you to join our Virtual Parent and Community Forum via Zoom on Wednesday, May 12th at 6:30pm. The principal, Mr. Jaffe, and other staff members will be presenting information, hosting discussions, and answering questions various topics including:

  1. Virtual Learning- lessons learned and future applications

  2. Masks and other COVID safety equipment policies

  3. Mental and emotional supports for students

  4. Graduation and senior activities

  5. Summer School

  6. What next school year will look like

  7. Expectations for virtual and in-person grading

  8. New construction at VHS

We welcome your participation, perspective, and input and ask that you use the following Zoom link:

May 12th, 6:30pm Parent and Community Forum Zoom Link

Hope to see you there!

CAASPP Reminder!

As a reminder, all 11th grade students are required to participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) starting Tuesday, May 4th. Students must complete the test on a school-issued device.

English & History teachers will be providing specific testing information to their students regarding where to report and log in information.

Additional information is also posted on the VHS Website under the Academics tab for CAASPP/SBAC Testing.

For more information about the CAASPP, please visit their website.

Parking Stickers - Get them NOW!

Please be sure to get your parking tag put on your car ASAP. This year only, parking is at no cost to you. Bring the signed Parking Regulations Form, VHS ID Card, Driver's License, Car Registration, and valid insurance to the front office after school.

Citations for no parking tags displayed have begun, so please get your parking tag to avoid any fines!

Vista Unified School District Community Updates

Please click the picture to read the latest update!

Spanish Version

Decision Tree Guidelines

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

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

Attention Musicians!

Room V-25 will be open for musicians interested in playing guitar, drums, singing, bass, keyboards, and accordion. All kinds of musicians are welcome on Tuesdays and Thursdays during lunch.

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

Seniors - Cap and Gown Distribution!!

Cap and Gowns will be distributed next week on Tuesday, May 11th. Classic students can pick theirs up in the main quad during lunch, and virtual students can pick them up in the parking lot after school. If you have any fines, you will not be able to collect your cap and gown until the debt is paid. Seniors must have a picture ID to pick up their items.

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.

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.


Discounts at Friar Tux!
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New Panther Primetime YouTube Channel

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

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:

Suggestion Box

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!

Spanish Version


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.