Panther Press

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).


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.

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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!

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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 or Diane Bell Cerda at

Declaration to Run

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.

Title 1 School-Level Parent and Family Engagement Policy

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.
Panther Prime Time Broadcast, Nov 12, 2020

Produced by Ms. Swensen's Journalism in the Digital Age Class

Should My Child Go To School Today? Follow this decision tree to decide.

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Vista High PTSA

Join the VHS PTA now!!


PTA connects families, schools and communities by providing programs and services at your child’s school. When you are a member of PTA, you are an advocate for your child and for all children. Join now by clicking the button above!


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 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

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ASB Updates

Students and families can follow us on Instagram at @vhsasb, Twitter at @VHSPanthers, and Facebook at @vhsasb.


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!

General Information

Yearbook photos will need to be submitted directly to the staff until we return on campus. You can upload pictures at, 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 to get a retake for the yearbook and ID photo.

Yearbooks are on sale now for $70, and they can be purchased at or via the webstore VHS webstore

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 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

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

The Wellness Center

The Wellness Center is open virtually! Students can now speak to a a Wellness teacher five days a week by either emailing, clicking the “contact” tab directly from the Wellness Center page on the school website or asking any teacher to put in a referral on their behalf. The Wellness Center is a safe place for students to speak to trusted teachers who can help navigate issues that students may be struggling with. Working directly with counselors, social workers and school psychologists, the Wellness team is here to provide support, or get students in touch with the next line of defense. VHS Wellness Center Website
2021 Counseling Senior Year Roadmap

Seniors! College and Post Secondary Planning Guide from our Counselors!

Parent Portal Access

Our Community Liaison can assist with this at 760-726-5611 ext 71047. Email is

VUSD COVID-19 Annual Notification

Important information regarding COVID-19

PASS AmeriCorps

Click button for PASS AmeriCorps webpage!

VHS Program Fundraisers

This button will link you to any current fundraisers for VHS programs.

Library Information

The Library Annex Window is now open from 7:30 to 3:30 Monday through Friday! Also, students can pick up their 20/21 student ID at the Library Annex!
How to Find Books and Put Them On Hold

Want to check out an actual book? Click the link above for a "How-To!"

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Bell Schedule

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Counseling & Social Emotional Resources

Vista High School is committed to the Social and Emotional needs of all students.

Social/Emotional Supports & Links

Vista Virtual Wellness Center:

College and Career Center

Virtual College Visits!

Fall 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.

Fall College Link

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

Work Permits

Students can contact Mr. Soderback our College & Career Center Technician for work permits or any college or career associated networking opportunities.

Suggestion Box

We would LOVE to hear from you!


If you have questions, comments, concerns or requests for information you would like to see in the newsletter, please let us know by clicking on the link above. We appreciate your input!

Permission Slips for Classic Students in Virtual Classes

Dear Vista students and families,

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.