The Panther Pride

October 25, 2021

Hello Panther Community!

I hope everyone was safe, dry and warm during the big rain storm. This week is Red Ribbon Week and we have some fun activities for our students. Encourage your student to join in and participate!

Mornings are cold and we encourage students to dress for the weather! The MP Room will be open in the morning if the weather is too cold or if it is raining. We are working on finding a substitute for our library so that we can open the library in the morning as well. Students should not be on campus before 8:00 AM as we do not have supervision until then.

Breakfast begins at 8:15 AM. All school meals are free to all students this year. Our cafeteria makes everything from scratch and it's delicious!

I want to remind everyone of safety concerns during drop off and pick up times. Students are not to cross Keith Way unless they use the crosswalk at Nut Tree Rd or Christine Dr. Please do not encourage or ask students to cross the street without using the crosswalk.

Together, let’s make the MIDDLE matter,

Colleen Moe


Halloween Trick or Treat Trail

WHEN: Wednesday 10/27 from 3:30 to 4:30.

WHAT: There will be candy stations, pizza, music, and carnival games. Students are encouraged to wear school appropriate costumes, but costumes are not required. Costumes must have no fake weapons, full face masks, fake blood or excessive gore, or references to non-school appropriate topics.

HOW: Tickets cost $5.00, they are on sale Monday (10/25) and Tuesday (10/26). Students must have their Vaca Pena ID card to buy their ticket. If you lost your ID card, please buy a new one in the front office before buying your ticket. Students who purchased an ASB package already have a ticket and can come to the event on Wednesday, but need to bring their ID card to the event.

No tickets will be available on Wednesday at the door.

Student Safety

Please talk to your student about staying safe on the sidewalks and crossing the street.

  • Use cross walks when crossing Keith Way
  • Wait for the Crossing Guards to stop traffic on Nut Tree Drive
  • Walk bikes, scooters and skateboards across the street
  • Stay on the sidewalk
  • Look both ways before entering the street to cross
  • Do NOT ride bikes, scooters, or skate boards in the parking lot, stay on the side walk until students reach the front of the school.

Winter Sports Information

Winter Sports Meeting Wednesday, 10/27 2:40-2:50 in the MP room

Wrestling (girls and boys) starts Monday, November 8.

Practice Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri 6-8pm in the Vaca Pena MP room

Girls basketball starts Wednesday, November 3.

GirlsTryouts schedule

11/3 3:00-4:30

11/4 3:45-5:15

11/5 3:45-5:15 (first cuts)

11/8 3:45-5:15

11/9 3:45-5:15 (final cuts)

11/10 Parent meeting 4:00 MP room

Boys basketball starts Wednesday, November 3.

Boys Tryout schedule

11/3 3:00-4:30

11/4 3:45-5:30

11/5 3:45-5:30 (first cuts)

11/8 3:45-5:30

11/9 3:45-5:30 (final cuts)

11/10 Parent meeting 4:00 MP room

To be cleared for sports

  • Complete
  • Upload a photo of your Sports physical form (dated June 2021 or later) to your profile.
  • Maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

For Questions Email:

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Important Dates To Remember

Students who want to check out a library book can do so every Tuesday from 3:22 - 3:45

Upcoming School Holidays

Thursday, November 11th

November 22nd - 26th


10/27 Halloween Trail

Student & Parent Links Below!

Vaca Pena: See Something, Say Something

If you are a witness to bullying whether it is verbal, physical or social, we ask that you fill out this form. All responses will be anonymous unless you choose to give your name.

Vacaville PAL Program

The PAL program brings youth under the supervision and positive influence of Vacaville Police Department staff and expands public awareness about the role of a police officer and the reinforcement of the responsible values and attitudes.

Vacaville Christmas Wish 2021

Vacaville Christmas Wish began 38 years ago through the efforts of the Children’s Network and social workers at Solano County’s Children’s Shelter. The goal of the program is to grant Vacaville’s low-income children a special wish at Christmas time.

Oct./Nov. Lunch Menu FREE for all students

The USDA has extended the free meal program through 2021/2022, we ask that families still fill out the Free & Reduced Lunch application. Additional benefits to the free/reduced lunch include transportation bus fees, cable/internet fees, and more!

VUSD COVID-19 Resources & Protocols

Students who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms should not attend school.

2021/2022 Middle School Student Calendar PDF

Minimum Days: Sept. 3, Sept. 17, Sept 23-24, March 11 ~ Super Minimum Days: June 1-2

VPMS Athletic Information Link

All students interested in participating in school sports must have a physical dated May 2021 or later and complete all Athletic Clearance forms.

AERIES Parent Portal Link

Use this link to update your contact information, view your student's schedule, attendance, progress and quarter grades and so much more!

Vaca Peña Middle School

Vaca Peña Middle School is a 7th & 8th grade comprehensive middle school serving the Vacaville Community.
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