VIDA

Weekly Newsletter 12/8/19

Message from the Office!

Dear Families!


As we ramp up towards the winter holidays, there are some things in student email boxes we need them to act on!



  • Design Lab choices for Semester 2 are due by the time we get back to school on Monday December 16th. Students received an email from Dr Chagala on Wednesday about it. (They need to be checking their email every day).
  • Votes for Yearbook Superlatives were emailed to students this week. Voting is due by December 20th. The email came from Dr Chagala on behalf of the VIDA Yearbook Editorial Student Staff. (They need to be checking their email everyday).
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General Information

Spirit / Dress Up Days! December 16-20, 2019:

  • Monday- Pajama Day! Bring out those holiday or winter pajamas
  • Tuesday- Ugly sweater day! Where your ugly holiday or winter sweaters
  • Wednesday- Candy Cane Day- Bring out your red and white
  • Thursday- Sock and Hat day- Wear your holiday or winter themed socks and hats
  • Friday- Warm and Cozy- Bring out that winter gear!


Aladdin Jr Auditions:

  • Auditions are open to ALL VIDA students. We will be casting approximately 40 performers. Those who are not casted will be given the option to join tech crew. REMEMBER that just because you are in Drama 1st Semester does not mean you are automatically in the Musical. ALL students are welcome to audition for a spot.

    1. SIGN UP ONLINE (Remember, this is middle school, students sign themselves up).

    2. PREPARE- “Prince Ali” (music & materials are on the ALADDIN WEBSITE). Auditions will take place in the Oratorium and are closed auditions (no audience). Show up at your time slot, and plan for an hour. Students can leave when they finish. Those without a time slot, come to auditions and check in with the Stage Managers (SMs) for availability. We will do our best to see everyone, but you may need to wait.

    3. Auditions: 12/10 Tuesday & 12/11 Wednesday (3:30-5:00), in the Oratorium.

      1. CHECK IN (at your scheduled time on 12/10T & 12/11W) with the SMs (stage managers), outside the Oratorium, and give them your SIGNED audition contract. Students will be called in groups of 3-5, onto stage to audition.

      2. AUDITION- (1) Slate (say your name, grade, something interesting about you), (2) Demonstrate any circusy type of talent (juggling, acrobatics, dancing, etc) (3) Sing


Field Hockey Tryouts CoEd - All welcome (through Hot Stix):

  • Try-outs start Monday, December 9th through Thursday December 12th, 2019
  • VIDA Fields
  • 3:30-5 PM all days.
  • Players must have their own workout clothes and running shoes
  • Mouth guard and shin guards aren't necessary the first day if they want to try it out but mandatory afterwards.
  • We will have plenty of sticks to borrow!
  • Cost for the season will be $130.
  • Girls AND boys welcome!!!


Lost and Found!

  • Please check the lost and found! All items will be donated to a shelter over Winter break.


Winter Concert!

  • December 12th; 6:00pm in the Gym.
  • Choir & Band


PTA Holiday Bazaar:

  • 2nd Annual Holiday Bazaar
  • Vendor Application ($20) CLICK HERE
  • Student businesses have $0 cost vendor fee
  • 6:00pm in front of VIDA Gym, in conjunction with Winter Music Concert


Toy Drive!

  • One of our student run business, VIDA Connect, is sponsoring a toy drive for Solutions for Change. Solutions for Change helps support local families out of homelessness.
  • Amazon Wishlist: CLICK HERE


Winter Break:
  • School closed December 23 - January 6
  • School returns January 7

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:

  • CLICK HERE VIDEO explanation by Dr Chagala
  • Skills Inventory Brainstorm (Semester 1)
  • CLICK HERE for our central document.

7th Grade:

  • CLICK HERE VIDEO explanation by Dr Chagala
  • Skills Inventory Brainstorm (Semester 1)
  • CLICK HERE for our central document.

8th Grade:

  • CLICK HERE VIDEO explanation by Dr Chagala
  • Skills Inventory Brainstorm (Semester 1)
  • CLICK HERE for our central document.

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.


  • February: Human Trafficking
  • April: RIASEC & Career Interest

6th Grade News!

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!

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!

Winter Formal:

  • January 24, 2020
  • 5:30-7:30pm
  • $17 (or $15 with ASB Card). Includes dinner, snacks, and drinks
  • VIDA Gym


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?

It came up that it might be interesting for some if they were aware of what Eric was reading and keeping track of as we continue to build our capacity as an organization. Especially since we know a primary role of school is to prepare today's youth for tomorrow's economy.


"For generations, we've been stuck with a cookie-cutter mold for success that requires us to be the same as everyone else, only better. This "standard formula" works for some people but leaves most of us feeling disengaged and frustrated. As much as we might dislike the standard formula, it seems like there's no other practical path to financial security and a fulfilling life. But what if there is?

In the Dark Horse Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, bestselling author and acclaimed thought leader Todd Rose and neuroscientist Ogi Ogas studied women and men who achieved impressive success even though nobody saw them coming. Dark horses blaze their own trail to a life of happiness and prosperity. Yet what is so remarkable is that hidden inside their seemingly one-of-a-kind journeys are practical principles for achieving success that work for anyone, no matter who you are or what you hope to achieve. This mold-breaking approach doesn't depend on you SAT scores, who you know, or how much money you have. The secret is a mindset that can be expressed in plain English: Harness your individuality in the pursuit of fulfillment to achieve excellence.

In Dark Horse, Rose and Ogas show how the four elements of the dark horse mindset empower you to consistently make the right choices that fit your unique interests, abilities, and circumstances and will guide you to a life of passion, purpose, and achievement." - From Amazon.com

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