Vista Weekly

September 19, 2016

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Vista Spirit Squad!

Thank you to our cheer coaches, Ms. McCarthy and Ms. Jundef!
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Student Council

Thank you to our moderators for facilitating the election and voting process. Here's to another great year with our student leaders!
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Flag Football Team!

Thank you to our coaches Mr. Casey and Mr. Tucker for holding tryouts and putting together a stellar team! Go Eagles! Friendly reminder to all that students on any athletic team must maintain a 90% positive dojo for the week before they can participate in a game. This may be a HUGE incentive for some of our squirrelly students. (o:
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Welcome Ms. Brooke!

As many of you know, Ms. Brooke, our new ES Art teacher began last week. Let's all welcome her!

Delicious Data!

Now that we have completed 5 weeks of school, we will begin pulling data reports from our various programs. We know that MAP is still under weigh but please remember it must be completed by Sept. 23. Please let us know if you need support getting MAP completed. As for other programs (K-8), Iready and Achieve 3000, students should have completed those assessments and should now be moving into a regular usage routine. Please make sure you've allotted time during your targeted group structures/workshop time to ensure students are getting the time they need for these programs to be effective.

Writer's Workshop PD Follow-Up

THANK YOU so much to our Elementary team for their GREAT participation in last week's PD. You all were engaged and represented our school very well. Thank you for the thoughtful reflections. We will do our best to get you some answers to burning questions you still have. A few other things to remember:

1) You must have 45 minutes of Writer's Workshop a day. If you do not, please make sure to go back to your schedule and adjust accordingly. We are currently making a master schedule of when writing instruction is taking place so we can provide support during those specific times.

2) Remember to keep mini-lessons "mini" -- try using a timer to help you with your pacing as it can be easy to turn "mini's" into "maxis"

Fall Festival Donations

Keep those donations coming! Thanks for helping us make this an amazing event for our scholars!


Donors Choose Get-Together - Monday, Sept. 19 - 3:15 - Room 30

Compliments to Mrs. Ekmekji, Ms. Batshoun and Ms. White for posting their projects! One of them already has 2 DONATIONS! Woohoo! If you have not been able to get started, please feel free to join us in Room 30 at 3:15 on Monday. We will get you started and help you through the process of setting up your account, and getting something posted. We'd like for all teachers to have at least one project posted before Tuesday.

LACMA Mobile

See Mr. E.'s email for more information on the 7th grade LACMA Mobile Schedule and field trip details. Thank you to Mr. E. for getting this all set up.
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Grading Windows

The ES will NOT be doing a T1 progress report at this time. MS, you're still on! Grades due 9/28. Thank you!

Coming Up This Week...

Sunday, 9/18

  • Happy Birthday Ms. Burcar!!

Monday, 9/19

  • 12:35 - SpEd Dept. Check-In - Room 5
  • 1:15 - ILT Meeting
  • 3:00 - Program In-Service (Gibb, Lisette, Edelstein)
  • 3:20 - Donor's Choose Gathering - Room 30

Tuesday, 9/20

  • 1:30 - Office Staff Check-In

Wednesday, 9/21

  • Early Dismissal
  • 1:30 - MS Cadre Meeting
  • 1:30 - ES PLC's (meet with your PLC to finish inputting Teachboost Goals)

Thursday, 9/22

  • Buczek, Fennema, Pulskamp Out - Leadership Conference
  • LACMA Mobile (7th) - See Schedule Below
  • 3:30 - Family Reading Night

Friday, 9/23

  • Buczek, Fennema, Pulskamp Out - Leadership Conference
  • Pope Out - PTO
  • Avelar Out - PTO
  • LACMA Mobile (7th) - See Schedule Below

Saturday, 9/24

  • Happy Birthday Satoshi!
  • Happy Birthday Mihr!

Instructional Focus - Writer's Workshop and Targeted Group Structures

ES - Writer's Workshop

Have you planned to hit all 4 parts of the mini-lesson? How will you manage your time and pacing?

MS - Targeted Group Structures

Thank you so much to Mr. Estrada, Ms. McCarthy and Mrs. Madere for welcoming so many visitors into your classrooms last week for blended. Please continue to collaborate and share best practices for targeted group structures.

Trait of the Month - Respect

Our first Zoom meeting was a huge success! For those of you who could not make it, please let us know why so we can try to ensure everyone's participation next month! We are SOOO 21st Century!

Mrs. Buczek's Tentative Schedule

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Upcoming Dates:

9/27 - SSC Meeting #1

9/28 - MS Grading Window Closes

9/28 - PIM - 5:30

9/30 - MS S1 Progress Reports

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Links to Important Forms

We have included links to some of the important forms you will use at Vista below - but they are also included in the virtual VIP Folder!

2016-2017 VIP Folder

Here you can find almost everything you need to know to get by at Vista. We will continue to add important information as it comes about.

Detention Form

This one is super important for helping us keeping track of which students have detention on which days. Please submit every time you assign detention.

Technology Concerns Form

To request help from our Tech Guru Mr. Satoshi.

Maintenance Request Form

To request help from our Maintenance Gurus Mr. Bernard and Mr. Felix!

Discount Tickets Form

Click here to place an order for discounted tickets to tons of California attractions (from movie theaters to Disneyland!).

Illuminate Support - Please email if you need assistance with questions and concerns, such as login information (account credentials, etc.) , not being able to take attendance, gradebook, report cards, master schedule, etc. This assistance does not include IT support. You should receive a response within 24 hours.

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