Weekly Newsletter 5/15/22

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Design Expo!

  • The Design Expo is VIDA's version of "Open House."
  • This means it is a drop-in event. Come whenever works for you between the hours of the event.
  • All students, per your signed VIDA MAGNET PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT, agree that they will attend.
  • Times: 5:00pm-6:30pm
  • Location // 500 Wing of VIDA
  • Parking will be a mess! Arrive with patience. Parking next door at the VIC is available.

DESIGN EXPO MAP & PARKING (May 19, 2022; 5-6:30pm)

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Pre-order a meal and skip the line at the Design Expo!!!

PTA is selling grab-and-go meals.
  • We want to save you even more time standing in line waiting to pay, by allowing you to pre-order your meal on our website until noon on Wednesday, 5/18.
  • Click the link to order.
  • If you pre-order it will guarantee your options. Same day purchases will be subject to availability.
  • On the night of the Expo, you'll come to the Pre-Order table, show your receipt and pick up your meal.
  • Food will be open for pickup or purchase at 4:30pm till food sells out.

Design Expo Map & "Bingo" Card

  • Students will be given a Map & "Bingo" Card during 7th Period on Thursday.
  • The map helps families to visualize where different exhibits are for Expo. It is not to scale. We are so excited that one of our 7th Grade students, Mariana, made the map!
  • One the back is a schedule of LIVE student performances.
  • The "Bingo" Card is not really Bingo (we know). Students can look at the general ideas and check off every time they do one. Students turn in their sheets at the end of the night for attendance. Students who check off all 9 boxes will be eligible for their name to be pulled out of a hat for a FREE Pop. 100 students will win.
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PTA Farmbox Fundraiser!!!

Our last Farm Box fundraiser of the year is here!
  • Order by 5/15 for our fresh veggie and fruit boxes that will be delivered on Tuesday, 5/24.
  • There are 2 box sizes available as well as a 3-pack of strawberries!
  • Don't need a box yourself? Why not help out another family and donate a box !
  • Go to to order.
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VUSD Calendar & VIDA Bell Schedule

This is the 2021-22 VUSD Calendar: CLICK HERE
  • This will help you know when schools are closed, when there are Minimum Days, and when the school year ends.

This is the Bell Schedule for different days by Grade Level and Days: CLICK HERE

  • Mondays are Late Start. School starts @ 9:30am, and students attend all classes.
  • Tuesday & Thursday are "ODD Blocks" + Lunch & Design Lab.
  • Wednesdays & Fridays are "EVEN Blocks" + Lunch & Design Lab.
  • School ends at 3:08pm, everyday, unless there is an official Minimum Day.
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Vida After VIDA/SIV:

Part of the Arc of Learning at VIDA are these two axis lines:

  • "I know and use my Strengths, Interests, and Values."
  • "Who I am: What have I done, what can I do, what do I aspire towards?"
To build our awareness around this, we engage in intentional activities and integrate these into our experiences as often as we can.

  • 6th Grade – DESIGN EXPO PREP

  • 7th Grade – DESIGN EXPO PREP

  • 8th Grade – DESIGN EXPO PREP & RESUMES ARE DUE!!!!!!!!!!!

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6th Grade News!


  • The Tdap booster vaccine is required for 7th grade registration. Please send updated immunization records to
  • Click here for a listing of low-no cost immunization clinics

Leaving VUSD next year?

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7th Grade News!


  • Read the VUSD Letter: Click Here
  • Female STEM teachers will deliver the content for all students.

Leaving VUSD next year?

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8th Grade News!

8th Grade Promotion Details:

  • Thursday, May 26
  • Vista High School Football Stadium
  • 6:00pm
  • There are no "tickets." The bleachers hold approx 2,500 people. It will be open seating.
  • PARKING will be the issue. PLEASE carpool if you have family coming. Meet at your place and pile into the biggest vehicle.
  • We will provide further details about times for student arrival beforehand, and maps of parking and where to go, including a video intro to the space will all come in mid-May.
  • Student Dress: Students should dress nicely for this event. Boys typically wear clacks/khakis, and either a button down shirt or polo shirt tucked in. Girls typically wear dresses. We encourage girls to wear Vans, Converse, Keds, or Wedge Sandals, etc. PLEASE AVOID wearing stiletto-heels. They will be walking through a parking lot, on Football Turf, and going up stairs, and across a stage.

8th Grade Promotion YARD SIGNS

  • Were passed out to students at the end of the day Friday!

We are beginning Resume Development. Our schedule is:

  • 5/16 - Final Resumes are due by 11:59pm. CLICK HERE
  • Resumes are the "ticket" to 8th Graders getting a FREE Kona Ice @ 8th Grade BBQ.

Leaving VUSD next year?

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  • Date: May 26, 2022
  • Time: 6:00pm
  • Location: Vista High School Football Stadium
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Vista High Girls Tennis

  • Vista High School Girls Tennis is recruiting for the Fall 2022 season. No experience is required.
  • Click HERE to pre-register your student for free summer clinics that will be running throughout the month of July.
  • If you have any questions, reach out to Coach Bobby at for more information.
  • This is a great opportunity for your child to get involved, meet a great group of girls, and learn a lifelong sport.

RBV Summer Honors Prep Program

  • RBV is offering a summer program to prepare for Honors students!
  • See Details below!
  • Register: CLICK HERE

Vista Panthers Basketball Summer Camp!!!

Future Vista Panther!

  • Vista Basketball will be hosting a summer basketball camp as well as our summer basketball league for incoming freshmen.
  • Beginning June 13th.
  • If you are interested in receiving information about Vista Panthers Basketball, please fill out our Prospective athlete Form to receive further information.
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What is Eric reading?

A practical, illustrated guide to using the tools of design to create feelings of inclusion, collaboration, and respect in groups of any type or size—a classroom, a work team, an international organization—from Stanford University's

“This is a beautiful book. Wise has applied the gift and imagination and lenses of the to one of our most precious questions: how to create belonging.”—Priya Parker, author of the Art of Gathering and host of the New York Times podcast Together Apart

Belonging brings out the best in everyone. Whether you’re a parent, teacher, community organizer, or leader of any sort, your group is unlikely to thrive if the individuals don’t feel welcomed, included, and valued for who they are.

The good news is that you can use design to create feelings of inclusion in your organization: rituals that bring people together, spaces that promote calm, roles that create a sense of responsibility, systems that make people feel respected, and more. You can’t force feelings, but in Design for Belonging, author and educator Susie Wise explains how to use simple levers of design to set the stage for belonging to emerge. For example, add moveable furniture to a meeting space to customize for your group size; switch up the role of group leader regularly to increase visibility for everyone; or create a special ritual for people joining or leaving your organization to welcome fresh per­spectives and honor work well done.

Inspiration and stories from leaders and scholars are paired with frameworks, tools, and tips, providing an opportunity to try on different approaches. By the end of the book, you’ll be able to spot where a greater sense of belonging is needed and actively shape your world to cultivate it—whether it’s a party, a high-stakes meeting, or a new national organization. - From Amazon

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Covid Quarantine and Communication

Communications & Protocol for Covid and School Year:

  • If your child is quarantined, then they will receive daily support/connection with a VUSD Learning Support Teacher, via Zoom, for English and Math.
  • If your child is quarantined, they are to follow along in Canvas for their coursework.
  • If you want to track the number of Covid+ cases on campus, please utilize the VUSD Covid Dashboard: CLICK HERE

VUSD "Student Agreements" for COVID Prevention

The Big 4:

  1. Mask Indoors
  2. Don't eat inside or share food
  3. Bring your own water bottle everyday (we have hydration stations that they can fill up at)
  4. Wash/sanitize your hands often.

If you would like to review what VUSD has provided as a comprehensive guide for families you may CLICK HERE. This was originally shared in a Community Update from VUSD.

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