VIDA

Weekly Newsletter 1/19/20

Message from the Office!

As we start cruising into 2nd semester, we wanted to send a reminder about the top things that make a student successful in school. Middle school is that transition time between Elem & High School, and the more serious students take their own personal responsibility & time management -- the better prepared they are for the next stage of life! These "Shredder Reminders" are a good reminder. They should be hung up somewhere that everyone can see them. Do you need a new copy to post? Just let Eric know!

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General Information

No School:

  • Martin Luther King Day -- Monday January 20th, 2020
  • VUSD PD Day -- Friday January 31st, 2020


Minimum Day:

  • VUSD PD -- Wednesday February 5th, 2020. School releases 11:30am


VIDA READS!

  • PTA is sponsoring a Read-a-Thon from 8:00am-8:00pm on Saturday February 29, 2020 in the VIDA Library!
  • Donations can be made by CLICKING HERE
  • To sign-up for a 30 minute Reading Slot as a team, club, troop, individual, or family CLICK HERE.
  • All proceeds will go to help further support students who come to middle school behind in reading. Being able to fluently read is the gateway to a person's future. By giving the gift of reading, we help end generational poverty in our neighborhoods.


Magnet School Applications:

  • The VUSD Magnet School Application Period is open through February 21, 2020.
  • CLICK HERE to submit an application.
  • Continuing VIDA students do NOT need to submit an application to VIDA for 2020-21.


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


"All Middle School Dance"

  • Every few years, VUSD participates in supporting the Make a Wish Foundation.
  • The 2020 "Wish Kids" are featured below.
  • One of the ways to support is raising money through an "All Middle School Dance."
  • All middle schools in VUSD (including Guajome Park) are allotted only 200 tickets each to sell.
  • VIDA's 200 tickets will go on sale February 3rd in Student Services. $7.00
  • The dance is February 21st from 5:00-7:00pm at North Coast Church.
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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.


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

6th Grade News!

Breaking Down the Walls

  • We have a grant that will be paying for all 6th & 7th Grade students to go through a program called, Breaking Down the Walls" between January 21-24.
  • Two sets of 80 students will be going through 2.5 hours of activities a day.
  • At the heart of the program is for students to realize that regardless of their financial status, faces, differences, neighborhood, activities, and other such walls – that they are all tweens/teens who grapple with the same angst, difficulties, histories, decisions, feelings, and predicaments that affect nearly all kids their age. It is an opportunity to realize someone who you think “has everything” really doesn’t, and someone who you may judge as being “that type of person” really isn’t once you get to know their heart.
  • If you do not want your child to participate, notify VIDA Student Services this week.


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!

Breaking Down the Walls:
  • We have a grant that will be paying for all 6th & 7th Grade students to go through a program called, Breaking Down the Walls" between January 21-24.
  • Two sets of 80 students will be going through 2.5 hours of activities a day.
  • At the heart of the program is for students to realize that regardless of their financial status, faces, differences, neighborhood, activities, and other such walls – that they are all tweens/teens who grapple with the same angst, difficulties, histories, decisions, feelings, and predicaments that affect nearly all kids their age. It is an opportunity to realize someone who you think “has everything” really doesn’t, and someone who you may judge as being “that type of person” really isn’t once you get to know their heart.
  • If you do not want your child to participate, notify VIDA Student Services this week.


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!

Assembly for Breaking Down the Walls:

  • Tuesday January 21, 2020; During Design Lab
  • Assembly about the things that bond us together, and that we are more alike than we realize. Kindness, care, and empathy matter.


Winter Formal:

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


High School Tour Information (high schools listed in alphabetical order):

Mission Vista

  • 12/17/19, 1/14/20, 1/28/20 , 2/11/20
  • MVHS Administration will provide a brief informational presentation at 4pm , followed by a student-led tour from 4:30pm - 5:30pm (All tours are offered in English and Spanish).

Rancho Buena Vista

Vista High


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 way we solve problems is broken. We are trapped by techniques and assumptions of a prior era.


Today challenges emerge at an ever-accelerating rate, and we struggle to find the imaginative answers we crave. When we do, biology and culture conspire to obstruct our progress.

Think Wrong: How to Conquer the Status Quo and Do Work That Matters teaches you how to use Future's radical problem-solving system to reliably produce surprising, ingenious, and seemingly magical answers to your most wicked questions. This book provides you with new language, frameworks, and tools to conquer the status quo and drive change.


Inside Think Wrong, designers and innovators John Bielenberg, Mike Burn, and Greg Galle show how pioneering teams of people have cultivated ways to challenge both their brains and the culture at large. These people learned to think wrong, and so can you.


An introduction offers the fundamental groundwork of Think Wrong. The subsequent chapters present six practices developed by the authors: Be Bold, Get Out, Let Go, Make Stuff, Bet Small, and Move Fast. Using firsthand case studies of success, and offering Think Wrong Drills that you may use, Think Wrong is a field guide for applying this highly effective problem-solving system to challenges big and small. In addition to the drills provided in the book, Think Wrong readers are provided access to free online resources." - From Amazon.com

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