VIDA

Weekly Newsletter 4/5/20

Virtual School Launches: April 6, 2020

Message from the Office!

Dearest Families!


SCHOOL CLOSURES EXTENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.


On Monday, April 6th we will being "Virtual School." At VIDA this means students will just pick up their existing Google Classrooms with their existing teachers. A suggested schedule and student information on staying connected can be found: CLICK HERE


Instruction: On Monday April 6th, students will pick up their normal classes remotely via Google Classroom with their own teachers.

  • The teachers will be providing assignments, lessons, and/or projects through Google Classroom. Students will turn in their assignments through Google Classroom (or other means stated by teachers).
  • Students, beginning April 6th need to be checking their email everyday and their Google Classrooms.
  • Students likely will not get something everyday from every teacher. Different projects, activities, assignments will take different amounts of time.
  • VUSD will now be allowing live video chats, but NOT requiring it for teachers or students. This will be a soft roll-out as protocols by the school district are disseminated to teachers & counselors.
  • Students should co-create a schedule with you for when they will do school work, chores, and other activities. Routine is important in the lives of middle schoolers. Here is a possible schedule. Feel free to make a copy and make your own CLICK HERE.
  • Students will be accountable for school work beginning Monday April 6th. The VUSD has decided that all high school and middle school students will receive Credit or No Credit for their 2nd Semester Classes on the report card & transcripts in June 2020. Students should be completing assignments as if we were in class at school.


Connection: ASB will be planning "activities" for the school so we can thrive more than just survive during these times. ​We have 3 easy ways for students to stay connected through the school closures. Please speak with your student to make sure they have done these three things:


  1. STUDENTS --> Take the Counselor Survey CLICK HERE (Most students have already done this, only do it once unless things have changed).
  2. STUDENTS --> Join the REMIND for students that will connect them to activities and announcements. The image for this at the end of this section, and they got an email. Send a text to: 81010 and type as a message: @vidaevents
  3. STUDENTS --> Join the GOOGLE CLASSROOM for student activities and connection! Class Code: d3zpsgh


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Chromebooks: If your student's Chromebook is not working (not charging, cracked screen, etc) then on MONDAY APRIL 6th one person from your family may come to campus to exchange it for a different one. You must bring the broken device and/or charger with you. Social distancing must be followed, and there is a schedule by Grade Level. To do this, email our Library Tech to let her know to expect you: Library Tech, Brenna Blomquist: brennablomquist@vistausd.org


**ONLY IF THE CHROMEBOOK IS NOT WORKING is the ONLY reason to come to come to campus Monday APRIL 6th**

6th Grade = 9:00am

7th Grade = 10:00am

8th Grade = 11:00am


WiFi: ​​​​​​​If your child does not have regular access to WiFi at home to use their Chromebook, email the Assistant Principal, Joe Armenta: JosephArmenta@vistausd.org


Families in Need: We know that many of our families were on hard times before the Covid-19 lockdown of the state. We know that more of our families are now facing difficult economic times. If you would like to help in some way, or if you need help - please reach out to our Community Liaison Nadia (Lily) Linares: nadialinares@vistausd.org

General Information

For Students to join the VIDA Student REMIND Group for Activities & Announcements via Text:
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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:

  • No School

7th Grade:

  • No School

8th Grade:

  • No School

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.


  • CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

6th Grade News!

Legoland Field Trip:

  • VUSD decided on April 6th that all remaining field trips for this year are cancelled.
  • For those who have already paid, VUSD is working through how to process refunds.
  • This makes us so sad.


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.


Design Expo - Unlikely to Happen:

  • 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!

Legoland Field Trip:

  • VUSD decided on April 6th that all remaining field trips for this year are cancelled.
  • For those who have already paid, VUSD is working through how to process refunds.
  • This makes us so sad.


Design Expo - Unlikely to Happen:

  • 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:

  • We anticipate this being deferred until 8th Grade.

8th Grade News!

​​High School Course Selections - We know that students and families are anxious about making sure all 8th Graders are able to get to select their high school courses accurately. We have been working closely with the high schools during this time to ensure that course selections still happen in a timely fashion. The deadlines for choosing classes for high school have been extended. We will be sending out comprehensive information for students walking through this process on Wednesday April 8th. All timelines, procedures, and directions will be provided to students, and we will also send the same information to parents. The high schools are working very hard to make sure this process is as easy to understand as possible.


8th Grade Resumes - Eric will be sending instructions to the students to walk them through the process of development. We will start April 6th, and we expect it to take 4 weeks to complete. Students will be given one task a week to complete towards their 8th Grade Resume. We will share the information with parents, and models of quality work will be provided.



8th Grade Panoramic Class Picture! Unlikely to Happen:

  • Monday, March 23rd.
  • Panoramic Picture - during Design Lab
  • Envelopes for purchase of Panoramic and Portraits have been given to your students. CLICK HERE
  • REMINDER: No Makeups.


8th Grade Portraits: Unlikely to Happen:

  • Monday March 23rd from 7:30-3:15 in the Library. Students can come on their own, and 8th Grade Science classes will also come.
  • The reason why students can come on their own is we understand some may want to get their portrait done before PE, etc.
  • Recommended clothing - Simple colors, small prints not large patterns, No T-shirts or Hoodies

    Please follow all school appropriate guidelines for dress (no inappropriate images or words)

  • Envelopes for purchase of Portraits have been sent home with your students. CLICK HERE
  • No Makeups.



Promotion Speech Competition - will be done by video submission.
  • 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 Unlikely to Happen:

  • 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 - Status Unknown:

  • 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.

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