Crusader Times

January 2016

Words From Our Principal

We started this semester with great excitement and rigor. We had three awards luncheons where we recognized students with Perfect Attendance, Straight A’s, Rising Stars, and our students who participated in fall sports. It’s was great to see so many students being recognized for their efforts and achievements. The strong collaboration of parents, our amazing staff, and students truly helps making our school so successful. I am sure this will be a great semester!! Go Crusaders!!!

Eduardo Reyes, Ed.D.

Science Fair

The Science Department held their annual Science Fair on January 21st where students got the opportunity to showcase and speak to the community about their projects and experiments that they conducted over the past several months. We would like to congratulate all students for doing such a fantastic job!

We would also like to recognize those students who received an award and those students who will be moving on to represent our school in the District Science Fair. Awesome job Crusaders!

Science Fair Awards

8th Grade

1st Place: Megan Slovatizki

2nd Place: Jasmari Aquino

3rd Place: Emily Atkinson

Best Chemistry: Gwyneth Burke

7th Grade

Top Overall 7th Grade: Hunter Gregorio

1st Place: Madeline Minutelli

2nd Place: Jackson Elkinton

3rd Place: Alyssa McDonald

Best Chemistry: Madeline Minutelli*

Best Biology: Viviana Rouston*

Best Physics: Caleb Robinson*

Best Ecology: Anoushka Savgur*

Best Photos: Ursula Neuner

Most Inventive: Olivia Dargatz

Best Data: Rachel Cepe*

Best Current Problem Solver: Esteban Moreno*

Best Engineering: Jackson Elkinton*

Most Creative: Aidan Fimbres*

Most Original: Hunter Gregorio*

Most Eye Catching: Michael Reyes

Most Complete Data: Sophia Epley*

Most Interesting: Maria Aguimatang*

Best Microbiology: Natalee Borum*

Best Myth Buster: Evan Adam

Best Technology: Micaela Macario*

Best Acoustics: Julia Cosalan*

Best Aerodynamics: Alyssa McDonald*

Best Oceanography: Samantha Wu*

Best Animal Science: Sierra Hahn*

Best Environmental: Alexa Kelly*

*Students who will be representing BVM at the District Science Fair.

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Rising Stars and Perfect Attendance Celebration Luncheon

Crusaders with perfect attendance and teacher nominated students who have shown vast improvement in attitude, effort, or scholarship were recognized with awards, medals, and a lunch provided by ASB. Congratulations and keep up the good work Crusaders!!!

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Straight A Luncheon Celebration

Crusaders with straight A’s in scholarship and citizenship were recognized this week with awards, medals, and a lunch provided by ASB. Congratulations Crusaders on this fantastic achievement!

Student Art Work

Crusaders share the love with self-portraits in Mrs. Pollard’s art class.

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Staff of the Month

Our Staff of the Month for January is our custodian Ron Valdez! We honestly do not know what we would do without him. He is called upon numerous times during the day for a variety of requests and he ALWAYS responds with a smile. He always takes the initiative to resolve a problem or situation before it is even addressed. He takes part in so many aspects of the school such as parent meetings, community events, student celebrations, and our new traffic pattern to name a few. Bonita Vista Middle would not be the same without him and we are so honored to recognize all of his hard work!

Health Corner


Hello Bonita Vista Middle families, I hope the New Year has found you well. I wanted to post a reminder for everyone to keep your family and emergency contact numbers updated. I often find that when I need to contact a parent for a health-related concern, the contact and emergency numbers are no longer valid. It is very important to have current and accurate contact information in case of a student illness or emergency. Be sure that those persons authorized to pick up your child have the “pick up” student icon by their name. Please take a moment to review and update your emergency contact information online or call the school office to make any necessary changes. You can come by the school in person to update your contacts as well. Also, please remember to keep the nurse updated on any health concerns or changes throughout the school year.

Stay healthy,

Christi Stoddard RN, BSN

Blood Pressure Reading Middle School Competition

One out of every four San Diego adults is diagnosed with high blood pressure, or "hypertension." This silent killer's Symptoms often go unrecognized - and lead to heart disease and stroke.

Come get your FREE blood pressure reading at Bonita Vista Middle School on Thursday, February 11th from 3-6pm.

The SUHSD middle school with the MOST blood pressure screenings will be honored by the City of Chula Vista with a Golden Apple Health Award! Come on out and support our school by getting a FREE blood pressure reading!

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PTSA Updates


Do you enjoy planning events? Are you good with numbers? Do you want to help make an impact at our school? The PTSA Nominating Committee is working to create the 2016-2017 PTSA Executive Board. If you are interested in taking on a more active role in our school community, this is a great way to do so! We have jobs both big and small, utilizing a variety of skills. Contact Darlene Chier at for more information.

Counselors Corner

College Making It Happen will take place on Thursday, February 25th at 6pm – 7pm in the cafeteria. Nancy Nieto, Compact for Success District Counselor will provide information on College Entrance Requirements, College Systems, Financial Aid/Scholarships and the Compact for Success Guaranteed Program. Spanish translation services will be available. Counselors will be presenting in 7th grade Advisories to distribute registration forms.

Technology Corner

Notability has a great way to let you organize your notes using dividers and subjects.

One way to stay organized is to create a divider for each class and subjects for each unit of study in a particular class. Setting this up is really easy and a great way not to "lose" something in your digital notebook.

1. Tap the "+" at the top on the left.

2. Select "Divider". Name the divider after your class (for example : Science)

3. Tap the "+" again at the top left

4. This time select "Subject". Name the subject after the unit for that class (for example: Unit 5 Energy)

5. To move the Dividers or Subjects, tap "Edit" at the top left. Tap and hold the three lines to move them around.

6. To move notes into various folders, tap and hold a note to move it into a subject folder.

Staying organized makes it easier to be successful in school. If you need help, come the the Genius Bar during advisory. Ask your advisory teacher for a pass.

Important Dates

01/30 - Saturday School and Saturday Scholars

02/01 - DLI Field Trip

02/02 - Fun Run Rally

02/04 - Incoming 7th Grade Parent Night

02/06 - Saturday School and Saturday Scholars

02/10 - Knowledge Bowl Match

02/11 - Sweetheart Dance

02/12 - No School - Abraham Lincoln Birthday

02/15 - No School - George Washington Birthday

02/17 - Coffee with the Principal, ELAC Meeting, SSC Meeting, and 8th Grade Panoramic Picture

02/19 - 7th Grade Assembly

02/20 - Saturday School and Saturday Scholars

02/23 - Fun Run Day

02/25 - College Making It Happen Night

02/26 - 8th Grade Assembly

02/26-03/04 - Book Fair

02/27 - Saturday School and Saturday Scholars

03/01 - Knowledge Bowl Match