Weekly Newsletter - Nov. 13, 2020
Classic Students Return To In-Person On-Campus Instruction on Monday November 16th
Classic students will be returning to Vista High School on Monday, November 16th! We look forward to seeing you all back on campus.
Based on direction from the County Health Department, our district has determined that we will be including students in the classroom cleaning process between class periods.
Soap spray bottles and paper towels will be provided to every classic classroom.
To minimize the number of hands on the soap spray bottle, it is recommended that either the teacher sprays the desks during the passing period OR that one student is responsible for this task in each period. All students will have paper towels to wipe down their individual desks
Only teachers may use the Waxie 730 spray bottles. Students are not allowed to use the 730 spray and instead will be using a soap spray and paper towels.
Students must avoid sharing electronic devices, clothing, books, and other games or learning aids as much as practicable. If sharing must occur, items will need to be cleaned and disinfected between uses.
Students shall be receiving individual clear tri-fold dividers. Students will be responsible for transporting dividers and keeping them clean and serviceable (dividers are currently on order).
REVISED BELL SCHEDULE THANKSGIVING WEEK - PLEASE READ!
There will be a revised bell schedule for next week due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. Please be aware and plan accordingly! School will start at 9:00 a.m. each school day.
Why are you inspired to serve your Country?
In honor of Veterans Day and in collaboration with VHS JROTC, PASS AmeriCorps asked JROTC students why they joined the organization and why they are inspired to serve their country. Click on this link to see their responses!
ELAC Formation Information for Parents of English Learners
Each year at every school, parents of English learners have the opportunity to participate in an English Learner Advisory Committee, or ELAC. During the school year, the ELAC has several responsibilities, including approving English learner budget items for programs and services for English Learners. To form an ELAC, 5 to 10 parents must be elected by the parents of English Learners at the school to meet regularly with the principal and/or other school staff to complete several tasks.
After the election of members, the first task will be training on ELAC responsibilities. If you are interested please fill out this declaration and return it to the school office. You may do this by emailing a copy to Juan Ayala at firstname.lastname@example.org or Diane Bell Cerda at email@example.com
Title I School-Level Parent and Family Engagement Policy
Please click on the link below to view Vista High School's policy on Parent and Family Engagement.
VUSD Protocol for Confirmed COVID-19 Incidents
Once the District learns of an individual who has tested positive at a school site or office, the district will coordinate efforts with site personnel and follow these steps:
- Consult with Local Health Officers
- Clean and treat any affected areas
- Contact trace within Vista Unified to determine close contacts*
- Immediately notify anyone within Vista Unified determined to have had close contact* and advise of any required self-quarantine
- Notify anyone who may have been in proximity, such as in the classroom, school, or office
- Isolate individuals if present and advise of any required self-quarantine
- Follow any additional recommendations from the San Diego County Public Department of Public Health
*Close Contact is defined as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
- Check this website for more detailed information.
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Vista High is pleased to announce we will be offering the PSAT/NMSQT on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. As in the past two years, this opportunity is funded by XQ and of no cost to our families.
Students do need to register for the exam on the VHS website by November 24, 2020 to reserve their exam. Go to “Student Life,” then “Testing,” and then “ XQ Sponsored PSAT.”
Additionally, students with documented disabilities may request accommodations consistent with those provided in their current IEP or 504 plan for the PSAT/NMSQT. For more information about typical accommodations, please visit the College Board site, Typical Exam Accommodations. We encourage you to also review the What you Need to Know About Your Child’s Accommodations tip sheet provided by the College Board.
In order to obtain approval for accommodations, the College Board requires the attached parent consent form to be completed and retained by the school. The school will then complete the application process on your behalf. Approved accommodations will be valid for one year after graduation. The form does require an actual parent signature, electronic signatures are not accepted. Email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org before the deadline, Tuesday, November 24th, 2020.
If your student elects to take the exam without accommodations, no action is needed.
For more information about the PSAT/NMSQT, please visit the College Board website at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/practice.
Students and families can follow us on Instagram at @vhsasb, Twitter at @VHSPanthers, and Facebook at @vhsasb.
VHS YEARBOOK NEEDS YOUR HELP!!!
We have had to rework our entire yearbook this year due to virtual school as well as the unknowns of sports, etc. We have not been able to collect many photos or interviews on campus, so we are stuck collecting everything virtually. Our first deadline is in TWO weeks! Please use this link to submit photos for the yearbook! https://vhs.vistausd.org/student_life/yearbook
Yearbook photos will need to be submitted directly to the staff until we return on campus. You can upload pictures at images.jostens.com, and the userid is 415474137.
Did you miss picture day? Contact Gerardy Photography at 760-747-2263(local office) or at 1-800-298-7770(main line) or email them at www.gerardyphoto.com to get a retake for the yearbook and ID photo.
Didn't get your ID card? If you haven’t yet picked up your ID cards, please get them in the Library Annex.
Senior Yearbook Portraits
Seniors MUST have a portrait taken through Keane Studios if they want a portrait featured in the yearbook. Seniors should go to www.keaneseniors.com to reserve a date for their senior portrait. The deadline for your Senior yearbook photo is before Winter Break!
Senior Spirit Wear
Seniors can order their shirts/hoodies at the VHS webstore. Shirts are $18, and hoodies are $38.
Graduation Announcements & Cap/Gowns
Seniors can still order Graduation items including announcements, jewelry and cap/gowns throughout the year. Due to current government restrictions we will not be able to host our annual campus order options so Jostens is opening up the option to order online or at their office in Poway. If you have any questions please call the local Jostens office at 858-486-2020, or email our Jostens rep at email@example.com.
If you'd like to see how other seniors are celebrating their senior status follow us on Instagram (<- just click). We will be giving away senior gear throughout the year!
Open 11am - 3pm Monday - Friday
Jostens Poway Service Center
12455 Poway Road Ste E
Poway CA 92064
Panthers After Hours Is Now Open!
Come see what Vista High School has to offer after the bell rings! With funding from the 21st Century Grant, we are able to offer students a variety of academic and enrichment programs.
VHS families, do you know that we offer free homework help and tutoring everyday after school from 2:45-3:45? Any student who needs help can work with a teacher/tutor in a Zoom session. All students need to do is join the Panthers After Hours Canvas class by clicking here. Once they join the class, they will see the links to join into tutoring sessions any day that they need some extra help. So students, sign up today!
Also - coming soon - Panthers After Hours will have its clubs listed in the Canvas class, so have your students join the class today! If you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wellness Center
Seniors! College and Post Secondary Planning Guide from our Counselors!
Our Community Liaison can assist with this at 760-726-5611 ext 71047. Email is email@example.com
Want to check out an actual book? Click the link above for a "How-To!"
IMPORTANT INFORMATION 🔎
Counseling & Social Emotional Resources
Vista Virtual Wellness Center:
College and Career Center
Virtual College Visits!
Virtual College Visits are going on right now both before and after school! Don't miss the chance to explore colleges all over the US (and the world) as admissions officers present via Zoom sessions. These visits are for VHS students and parents *only* and all you need is the link to join - no sign-up is needed. We will have over 100 visits before the semester is over. All grade levels are welcome, however the focus on these sessions will be seniors.
760-726-5611 Extension 71055
College & Career Google Classrooms
While about 70% of students are in the classrooms already, some are not, and it's best to have them sign-up so they don't miss out. Make sure to check-in several times a week to see new posts if you don't have notifications turned on. If you have juniors or seniors - you *really* need for them to be in these. Take a moment and make sure they are signed up using the codes below:
Senior - Class of 2021 : po7z6vk
Junior - Class of 2022 : cq44gyt
Sophomore - Class of 2023 : bdgaxhn
Freshman - Class of 2024 : 7dw4odv
Students can contact Mr. Soderback our College & Career Center Technician for work permits or any college or career associated networking opportunities.
Parent & Community Resources
Permission Slips for Classic Students in Virtual Classes
If you are a classic student in virtual classes periods 1,2,5 & 6 AND you have submitted your parents' permission slips, you have been approved to leave campus on the periods where you have virtual classes. Once we return to campus, you must obtain a sticker decal from the finance office to place on your ID card. The permission slips will also include Mondays, not just the other days of the week.