THE Leadership Academy School News

January 17, 2022

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Principal's Message

Hello Families,

On January 17, 2022, we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He believed in equality, freedom, and dignity for all. His dream envisioned that all children would receive equal access to a quality education and at T.H.E. Leadership Academy, our commitment to our learners is no different.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.”

At T.H.E. Leadership Academy, we strive to give our learners a well-rounded education that includes academics and life skills. The Leader in Me program that has grown and blossomed over the years teaches the 7 habits that all individuals can use in life. We believe in building character, integrity and the ability to make healthy decisions in any situation. It is critical that every student has access to an exemplary education that focuses on the development of a learner’s characteristics to build a more inclusive society.

Wishing everyone a great holiday in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We will see our students on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

Most sincerely,

Mrs. Morton


760 631 6242

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Shifting our Protocols for Quarantine

On January 12, 2022, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) made a significant revision to their guidance and recommendations for students who are exposed to someone with COVID-19 in school settings. The CDPH now recommends a Group-Tracing Approach to students exposed to COVID-19. The San Diego County COVID-19 Decision Trees for K-12 Schools have been updated to reflect these new recommendations.

The CDPH has outlined in their guidance that the rationale for this significant change is due to careful review over the past year of how best to respond to the pandemic while maximizing student access to in-person learning. This approach aligns to our district belief that we have a dual obligation to keep students and staff safe while, at the same time, provide access to high quality, in-person learning experiences for all students.

Vista Unified School District will be modifying all protocols and procedures related to student exposure to COVID-19 to align to the new CDPH guidance and recommendations, starting on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. Specifically, all Vista Unified schools will be implementing the Group-Tracing Approach for students. This means that when students are exposed to a COVID-19 positive person in a school setting, Vista Unified will notify parents in writing of the exposure; however, all students may remain in school unless they are experiencing symptoms or have tested positive. Only students who have symptoms or test positive must be isolated at home. In keeping with the revised San Diego County COVID-19 Decision Trees for K-12 Schools and as a condition to remain in school, parents are required to have their student tested with at least one diagnostic test obtained within three to five days of exposure and inform the school of a positive result. Students who are currently in quarantine (individual or a classroom that has pivoted) but have not tested positive and do not have symptoms may return to school on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

Special COVID testing Hours and Sites for 1/17/2022

Vista Unified has arranged for special testing hours and sites for January 17, 2022.

On Monday, Jan 17th, the following three sites will be open for COVID testing:



VISTA, CA 92083

Room 301


1601 Longhorn Dr.

VIsta, CA 92081


1306 Melrose Dr.

Oceanside, CA 92057

Hours are 8am-4pm.

New School Dismissal Time

An additional 3 minutes have been added to the end of the school day for all elementary schools in order to meet the required instructional minutes set by the state.

Important: New Dismissal Time

Beginning after break on January 11

Monday: 8:00 - 12:54

Tuesday - Friday: 8:00 - 2:21

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Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Monday January 17, 2022

January 17, 2022 is the observance day that commemorates the January 15, 1929, birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King. T.H.E. Leadership Academy will be closed on January 17, 2022.

VUSD Festival of the Arts

The Festival of the Arts is back on March 12, 2022. Please mark your calendars for a day filled with impressive visual and performing arts outdoors by students throughout the school district.

Health and Safety Updates

In order to keep our families informed on Covid-19 cases at T.H.E. Leadership Academy, we will be utilizing the following procedures:

  • All families will be notified weekly of our Covid-19 cases in this section (Health and Safety Updates) of the Leadership Academy School News. Our newsletter is shared every Sunday.

  • If your student is identified as a "close contact" of a Covid-19 positive person on campus, you will be notified immediately by email, text, and phone and will be provided directions for quarantine.

  • To view Covid-19 cases for the entire district, visit the VUSD Covid-19 Case Dashboard.

T.H.E. Leadership Academy Week of January 11-14: 6 positive cases

Communication about Health and Safety

Families, in order to help us prioritize health and safety for all of our students and staff, please communicate with us. We appreciate you notifying us in any of the following scenarios:

  1. If your child has any of the following symptoms, please keep your child at home and notify our school immediately. COVID symptoms may include:

    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or Body Aches
    • Headache
    • New Loss of Taste or Smell
    • Sore Throat
    • Congestion or Runny Nose
    • Nausea or Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  2. If you have been exposed to someone who tested positive, please keep your child at home and inform the school immediately.
  3. If you have taken a PCR or NAAT test and it is positive, please inform the school immediately.

You will share your information with:

In order to return after having symptoms, please make sure to ONLY acquire PCR or NAAT tests, be fever free for 24 hours, and have improving symptoms. Reach out to Ms. Franck, Ms. Tanya, or Ms. Morton with any questions. We are here to help.

Vista has our own COVID-19 testing sites. The testing centers will be available on Mondays-Fridays. The testing sites are available to all families, students, and Vista Unified staff. For more information about the Vista testing sites, please visit Vista COVID Testing Centers.



VISTA, CA 92083

Room 301

Mon-Fri 8:00am to 3:30pm

(Monday and Wednesday open until 5pm)



Vista, CA 92084

Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:00pm


1601 Longhorn Dr.

VIsta, CA 92081

Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:00pm


1306 Melrose Dr.

Oceanside, CA 92057
Mon. - Fri., 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Thank you for your communication in helping to keep our learning community safe.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

COVID Vaccine Clinic (located at the VIC) is now offering vaccines for students and families. Please view the COVID vaccine clinic image below for more information.

For more information, please click on the button below to access the most recent San Diego Office of Education Decision Tree.

Student Vaccinations

If your child is fully vaccinated against covid-19 and you would like to have this information on file at T.H.E. Leadership Academy, please email a copy of their completed covid vaccination card to Ms. Tanya at

VUSD Stragetic Planning

Strategic Planning Virtual Experience

5th Grade Families: Magnet Middle School Applications

In addition to our wonderful neighborhood middle schools, Vista Unified currently has 2 magnet middle schools. 5th grade families, if you are considering either magnet middle schools, you will need to apply during the magnet application window from January 11, 2022 to February 25, 2022 at 4:30pm.

To learn more about Vista Innovation Design Academy (VIDA) or Vista Magnet Middle School (VMMS), please attend an in-person meeting on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 from 6-7pm at T.H.E. Leadership Academy MPR.

Each school also will be hosting tours for families to learn more about each school and the learning spaces.

Click on this 2022 Magnet Middle Schools link to learn more. You can also click on the image to link to the document.

Parent Engagement

Testimonials from THE Leadership Academy parents

“We began the course with Julio and began implementing 1 or 2 things each week and immediately saw our son respond positively to it.”

“On the 7th week into the program, our son came up to Hanh (mother) and asked her to close her eyes and follow him. He led her to the living room and on his own initiative decided to clean up the entire living room (his play area) to surprise her.”

“We understand that parenting is a constant struggle and are continuing to deal with new issues that come up. However, we feel that we have techniques to help guide our kids’ behaviors as they grow older and have confidence that we’re creating the right environment for their growth.”

Jewish Family Service of San Diego's Positive Parenting Program
Presione Aqui Para Registrarse

Las Clases Comenzaran en Febrero 1


Leader In Me: Habit 4

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Habit 4: Students & Parent Videos

Think Win Win: Golden Rule

Kinder - 2nd Video

3rd - 5th grade Video

Habit 4 for Parents:

Win Win Thinking

7 Habits Review for Parents:



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How To Read With Your Child

Children with Cell Phones

We have an increasing number of students who have their own cell phones. Though phones can be handy for safety and communication, they can also be dangerous when your student views inappropriate material or uses the device to communicate in negative ways.

In order to protect your child and ensure their digital safety, consider monitoring your child's cell phone use. Teaching your child digital safety and monitoring them online can keep them safe and free from cyber bullying. We have reports that some students are on group text threads that alert at all hours of the night. Consider using the "do not disturb" feature, taking their phone overnight, or using parental controls to monitor their cell phone use.

We understand the need for a cell phone for safety reasons. If your child brings a phone to school, it must be powered off and given to the classroom teacher for safe keeping during the day. Each teacher has a designated location for storage and phones are returned at the end of the day. Cell phones should never be on or used during school hours. If your child needs to contact you during the school day, they may use a school phone.

Common Sense Media Recommendations

Common Sense Media rates movies, TV shows, books, video games, websites and more so parents can feel good about the entertainment choices they make for their kids. They offer the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based ratings and reviews. Their mission is to support families as they navigate the challenges and possibilities of raising kids in the digital age.

STEM Lab Wish List

Dear T.H.E LA Families,

My name is Mrs. Hege and I am the STEM Lab teacher. I am very excited that our lab is open this year. We are in need of supplies to keep the lab running. All T.H.E Leadership Academy students participate in the lab each week. If you would like to donate, please drop the donations in the front office. Thank you for your support of our STEM program.

Donations Needed:

Balloons- All types


Duct Tape

Zip Lock Bags

Cotton Balls


Baking Soda


Corn Starch

Spaghetti Noodles



Cups- All sizes

Contact Solution

Paper Towels

Coffee Filters


Aluminum Foil

Wax Paper

Saran Wrap

Recycled Items:

Cardboard rolls

Bottle Caps

Plastic Bags


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Thank you!! Student Store Donations

Thank you for supporting our students! We definitely felt the love.

As we continue to reward great behavior and exemplary use of our 7 Habits throughout

the year we have an updated wish list of items for our Student Store.

Can you help?

Please click on the link below:

You may bring items to the office or send them directly to the school:

c/o Martha Flores

1550 Temple Heights Drive

Oceanside, CA. 92056

Community Enrichment Programs

The Ultimate Youth Sports League

Youth sports age 4-13! USE PROMO CODE: SZNWIN

Parent Volunteers

We are slowly rolling out the opportunity for essential volunteers on campuses. The purpose of an “essential volunteer” is to enhance the education of our students. The following requirements are for all essential volunteers on campuses:

  • Must wear a mask at all times (indoors and outdoors)

  • Complete school volunteer application

  • Show proof of full vaccination OR provide a negative PCR test weekly

  • Essential volunteers must follow the guidelines below:

    • Never enter the classroom when students are present

    • Always work with students outside the classroom (student and volunteer must be masked at all times outside)

  • PTA/ELAC/SSC/Foundation parents may be on campus to perform school business

Job Opportunities in Vista Unified

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