VIDA

Weekly Newsletter 2/23/20

Message from the Office!

Dearest Families!


Thank you to all of your wonderful students who supported the Make-a-Wish Foundation & Vista's Big Give by attending the All Middle School Dance that included VIDA, VMMS, and Roosevelt on Friday night! Major thanks also to those who donated food & drink for the event! It was a fantastic event and major shout-out to North Coast Church in Vista for hosting the kids! They were excellent hosts, taking care of all setup, clean-up, providing extra security and activities for the kids! Community matters! Some pictures are below:

Big picture

General Information

Walk with a Doc Program:

  • The Thursday afternoon Walk-with-a-Doc program has concluded. Thank you to participating families!


Yearbook Sales!

  • IT’S A GREAT TIME TO REMEMBER THE TIMES Yearbook. AKA, an absolute treasure trove of memories, laughs and photos. Don’t let your student miss out. Order today for $30.00 from the link below or visit Ms. Z in the front office (109) if you have an ASB discount card.

  • CLICK HERE to pre-order online for $30

Touching Base Days:


We have regular "Touching Base" time in Design Labs. This is where we hold assemblies, do required student training from the state, and also engage in some of our VIDA homework. Based on parent suggestion, we are going to include the Monday Toughing Base topics/work to the Newsletter so you can help keep your students accountable through targeted conversation.


6th Grade:

  • PEP RALLY!!!!

7th Grade:

  • PEP RALLY!!!!

8th Grade:

  • PEP RALLY!!!!

Parent Workshops (Vida After VIDA - Life After VIDA).

"Vida After VIDA" (Life After VIDA) Parent Workshops! This is where we will share information regarding parent workshops throughout the year.


  • CHANGE to March: Human Trafficking
  • April: RIASEC & Career Interest

6th Grade News!

REQUIRED: COL Sign-up (Celebration of Learning):

  • CLICK HERE for the form to choose day/time on either March 10th OR March 12th.
  • We have parents sign up in times that fit for them instead of us forcing you into a time.
  • First come, first serve.
  • All students are required to participate as part of their Magnet Participation Agreement.
  • COL's are in lieu of traditional Parent Teacher Conferences. Learn more from Eric's Blog if you are interested CLICK HERE.
  • Story Board COL Notes Sheet CLICK HERE
  • Story Board COL Template for Slides CLICK HERE
  • Slide Deck Template CLICK HERE
  • SAMPLE Slide Deck from Ms Alyssa CLICK HERE
  • Directions for students:
Using your graphic organizer (with your notes from your achievements this year), add evidence, with images and stories, to this slide deck.

--- SLIDES ---
SLIDE 1- Title (your name, date, grade)
SLIDE 2- Story AND Introduction Picture(s)
SLIDE 3- Growth (+ pictures / evidence)
SLIDE 4- Strengths (+ pictures / evidence)
SLIDE 5- Challenges & Areas to Improve (+ pictures / evidence)
SLIDE 6- Thank you (+ pictures / evidence)

-- TIPS ---
• Evidence can be . . . pictures of projects, assemblies, GILLS ceremonies, presentations, performances, tests/quizzes, film clips, field trips, etc.
• DO NOT use clip art.
• Use ORIGINAL images from your own LIFE.
• Look through your PERSONAL BRAND WEBSITE for evidence.
• Look through your phone's CAMERA ROLL for pictures / evidence.
• Avoid using too many words (headlines only).
• Share STORIES!
• Practice OUT LOUD! PVLEGSS - use your Public Speaking Skills.

• Be YOURSELF!
• Have FUN!!!!!


2020-21 Magnet Participation Agreements

  • All students returning to VIDA next year need to indicate that by returning this form to Student Services in the Front Office no later than Friday February 7, 2020.
  • Students who are not accounted for with a returned Magnet Participation Agreement will have that spot filled by a new student in the upcoming Magnet School Lottery in March.
  • Magnet Participation Agreement forms were hand delivered to students in their Design Lab beginning Monday January 27, 2020. CLICK HERE if your student lost it.


TDAP Immunization Reminder:

  • 6th graders must have the TDAP Immunization to start 7th grade.
  • Please turn in updated immunization record to the Health Office.
  • Contact the Health Office if you have any questions.
  • CLICK HERE for flyer for a listing of a FREE immunization clinic.


Chromebook Refresh (6th Grade):

  • New Chromebooks have arrived for our Refresh.
  • 6th Grade students have until the end of January to bring their Chromebook to the Library for a new Chromebook.
  • Students must bring their Power Cord also. Some of their power cords will work with the new Chromebooks, and some will not. The Librarian will assess.
  • The Library is typically open before school, at lunch, and after school.


Design Expo

  • May 14, 2020
  • 5:00pm-6:30pm, "Open House" style, come and go as you please.
  • All students are required to attend and participate, per the Magnet School Participation Agreement signed prior to enrollment @ VIDA.
  • All students need to scan in.

7th Grade News!

2020-21 Magnet Participation Agreements

  • All students returning to VIDA next year need to indicate that by returning this form to Student Services in the Front Office no later than Friday February 7, 2020.
  • Students who are not accounted for with a returned Magnet Participation Agreement will have that spot filled by a new student in the upcoming Magnet School Lottery in March.
  • Magnet Participation Agreement forms were hand delivered to students in their Design Lab beginning Monday January 27, 2020. CLICK HERE if your student lost it.


Design Expo

  • May 14, 2020
  • 5:00pm-6:30pm, "Open House" style, come and go as you please.
  • All students are required to attend and participate, per the Magnet School Participation Agreement signed prior to enrollment @ VIDA.
  • All students need to scan in.


Sex Education:

  • The California Healthy Youth Act is a comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education that is required to be taught by the state of California. We comply with this law by providing the curriculum to our 7th grade students through their Science class. This instruction will be provided by our 7th grade VIDA science teachers in May 2020.

  • You can examine written and audiovisual instructional materials at the Vista Unified School District office (1234 Arcadia Avenue, Vista, CA 92084). You may request a copy of the California Healthy Youth Act (California Education Code Sections 51930-51939) by contacting the district office.

  • If you wish to have your student opt-out of the comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education, a written request by a parent/guardian to VIDA Student Services.

  • The VUSD Letter to Parents can be read CLICK HERE

8th Grade News!

REQUIRED: TEDTalk Sign-Up's

  • CLICK HERE for the form to choose day/time on either March 10th OR March 12th.
  • We have parents sign up in times that fit for them instead of us forcing you into a time.
  • First come, first serve.
  • All students are required to participate as part of their Magnet Participation Agreement.
  • 8th Graders do TEdTalks about their Year Long Design Challenge instead of COL's.


AP(P)EX Award Students:

  • Email went to the students this week letting them know if they need help with Dimension 6 of Product Design, "Digital Fabrication," that the first Pop-Up Class will be Wednesday February 19 after school in Room 401 with Mr Ruiz. Expect about an hour on the first session.


High School Videos!


VHS is hosting its annual Showcase for Incoming 9th Graders!

  • March 11 at 6pm in the GYM
  • Students and parents will have an opportunity to learn more about VHS programs and what they have to offer.
  • They also have a chance to hear about the restructured schedule that will allow more opportunities for students, and new pathway programs!


8th Grade Portraits & Panoramic Class Picture!

  • Monday, March 23rd.
  • Panoramic Picture - during Design Labs
  • 8th Grade Portraits - planning on happening during Science Class in the Gym
  • Envelopes for purchase of Panoramic and Portraits will be going home the beginning of March.


Promotion Speech Competition
  • If you are an 8th grader, who is interested in being the promotion speaker, come see Ms Alyssa, Room 501, on Monday, April 20th, during lunch (12:00-12:15). Auditions will take place after school, on Friday, May 1st.


Design Expo

  • May 14, 2020
  • 5:00pm-6:30pm, "Open House" style, come and go as you please.
  • All students are required to attend and participate, per the Magnet School Participation Agreement signed prior to enrollment @ VIDA.
  • All students need to scan in.


Promotion:

  • Thursday, May 28, 2020 @ 6:00pm
  • Vista High School Football Stadium (please note that typically we have Promotion at the Moonlight, but they are celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year and are NOT allowing any rentals in the month of May or June this year).
  • Vista High provides parking, and a nice stadium with plenty of seating for our families.

What is Eric reading?

The Advantage: Why organizational health trumps everything else in business


"There is a competitive advantage out there, arguably more powerful than any other. Is it superior strategy? Faster innovation? Smarter employees? No, New York Times best-selling author, Patrick Lencioni, argues that the seminal difference between successful companies and mediocre ones has little to do with what they know and how smart they are and more to do with how healthy they are.


In this book, Lencioni brings together his vast experience and many of the themes cultivated in his other best-selling books and delivers a first: a cohesive and comprehensive exploration of the unique advantage organizational health provides.


Simply put, an organization is healthy when it is whole, consistent and complete, when its management, operations and culture are unified. Healthy organizations outperform their counterparts, are free of politics and confusion and provide an environment where star performers never want to leave. Lencioni’s first non-fiction book provides leaders with a groundbreaking, approachable model for achieving organizational health—complete with stories, tips and anecdotes from his experiences consulting to some of the nation’s leading organizations. In this age of informational ubiquity and nano-second change, it is no longer enough to build a competitive advantage based on intelligence alone.


The Advantage provides a foundational construct for conducting business in a new way—one that maximizes human potential and aligns the organization around a common set of principles." - from Amazon.com

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