Wolf Pack Weekly

February 26, 2021

Return of Classic During Week of March 8th

On February 18th, the VUSD School Board met to discuss reopening plans at the high school level. Ultimately, the Board decided to adopt a two-pronged approach to returning Classic students, beginning on March 8th. Below are key details; I will share much more detailed information early next week.

Option A: All Classic students back on campus, 5 days per week

  • All Classic students on campus every day for in-person learning
  • Contingent upon Vista being in the Orange Tier & approval from state and local health officials. Neither of these contingencies are in place as yet; our exemption has been submitted to the county and state and we are awaiting word back. As of today, Vista is not yet in the Orange Tier.

Option B: All Classic students on campus one day per week. This option would be exercised if we are not in the Orange Tier by March 8th and/or do not have approval from the health officials for Option A.

  • Students will be split into two groups: Group A (last names A-L), and Group B (last names M-Z).
  • All students will attend classes virtually three days per week (i.e., Monday, Thursday, Friday).
  • Students in group A (A-L) will be on campus for in-person instruction on Tuesday; students in group B will learn asynchronously on Tuesday.
  • Students in group B (M-Z) will be on campus for in-person instruction on Wednesday; students in group A will learn asynchronously on Wednesday.

Virtual students will follow a similar schedule. Students in both models will have 4 days of synchronous live learning with the teacher, and 1 day per week of asynchronous learning (without the teacher). All students will be expected to follow the daily learning schedule and check in on-time with teachers at the beginning of every class every day.

Friday, March 5th will be Asynchronous

All high schools in the District will shift to an asynchronous learning day next week Friday, March 5th, as our staff will prepare for the transition back to in-person learning. Students will be expected to check in with their teachers at the beginning of each class period for assignments and learning resources for that day.

Academic Planning and Course Selections

The Counseling Department recently hosted a series of webinars for grades 9, 10, and 11 that focused entirely on academic plans and course selections for the 2021-2022 school year.

Resources, as well as recordings from each webinar can be found on the Academic Planning webpage.

The deadline to update the academic plan and submit courses selections for the 2021-2022 school year is February 28th.

Over the next month, counselors will be meeting with students individually and in small groups to review the academic plan and course selections.

Registering for AP Exams

This is a reminder for AP Students that the deadline to register to take AP Exams is March 5th via Total Registration.

Details about when the exams will take place, and whether they will be in-person or virtual are still being determined. Regardless, College Board will not be assessing exam cancellation fees for students who change their mind and decide not to take their exam(s) at the end of the year.

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Stearman, AP Coordinator: zeinsleiman-stearman@vistausd.org).

SENIORS! Deadline to Submit the FAFSA is March 2nd

Seniors -- If you have not yet done so, be sure to complete the FAFSA or Dream Act application. These programs allow eligible students to apply for financial aid (grants, work-study, and loans) to pay for college or career school.

Our goal is for 100% of the Class of 2021 to complete a FAFSA or Dream Act application so that all students know what access they have to financial support for their post-secondary aspirations.

There are significant funds unused in our state and if our seniors can access any portion of it, it would increase opportunities. That is what we are here for.

Click here for more information.

The Spring term represents a clean slate and new opportunity for success. For students who need some help along the way, we recommend the following resources:

Academic Support:

  • Attend class every day, with camera on
  • Take advantage of teacher support during the class period -- this means speaking up via microphone, a chat message to the teacher, or via email.
  • Make an appointment during office hours. All teachers are available from 2:30-3:00 Mon.-Fri.

Social-Emotional Support:

  • Find low-risk ways to "speak up" and get support by visiting our Social-Emotional webpage
  • Reach out to a trusted adult on campus (teacher, counselor, administrator, staff member). We care about you, and we all know how to point you in the right direction
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This Week's ASB Announcements

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Academic Planning Webpage

All resources that our Counselors shared with current 9th, 10th, and 11th-grade students for academic planning purposes can be found on the Academic Planning webpage.

Recordings from each day are also available on the webpage.

Need to Schedule an Appt. with your Counselor?

Click here to go to the Appointment webpage. Still have questions? Call our office: 760-758-6800 x 73032

Student Support Referral Form

If you or someone you know needs social-emotional support, please complete this form. If you need immediate non-life-threatening support please contact the Access and Crisis Line at 888.724.7240. If you are experiencing an emergency, call 911.

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Digital DoughNUTS!

The MVHS PTSA Digital Donut fundraiser is still going strong! You can purchase a $10 dozen for your family or choose to donate a dozen to our amazing MVHS teachers and staff.

Also, there is a limited supply of our very popular Timberwolf Car Decal which are only $6 each. Every water bottle needs one! And lastly, graduation is just around the corner, and our Graduation Lei sale is up and running. Don't forget to get your order in early as the Early-bird offer ends on May 1st.

All relevant information can be found by clicking here.

The Timberwolves Foundation

The mission of the Timberwolves Foundation is to enhance, enrich, and encourage all aspects of education at MVHS and provide grants to promote the development of programs, classroom innovations, and support all school clubs.

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Our "Why" - Vision, Mission, and Values

Our Vision is to be the model of educational excellence through discovery, innovation, and growth.

Our Purpose is to empower students to be self-directed, creative, and critical thinkers who persevere to positively impact the interconnected world.

We Value mutual respect, collaboration, integrity, originality, and intellectual curiosity that prepare our students to become integral members of society.

Final grades for the Fall term will be viewable in the Portal on Thursday, January 28th. Please see this video for any assistance in finding and viewing final grades for the term.