Panther Press

Weekly Newsletter - Feb. 12, 2021

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President’s Day Holiday Bell Schedule

There will be no school on Friday Feb. 12 and Monday Feb. 15 in observance of Lincoln's birthday and President's Day respectively. Those weeks will follow the bell schedule below.
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All Students Remain Virtual

  • All High School students will remain Virtual until further notice from the District. Check the District website at for further information.

Student Calendar 2020-2021

Online Registration for 2021-2022 is Here!

Students will receive more information through their English classes.

Click on the photo below for more information regarding class choices, course catalogs, course selection forms and more.

Click on the Flyer Below for Information for Incoming Freshmen! Last Presentation, Wed, Feb 17th!!

Join Character Leaders!

Character Leaders is all about campus and community service, developing leadership skills, personal growth and helping you become the best version of yourself! We're the only high school in the country with this class, and we'd love for you to join us! All are welcome! Most of our Character Leaders are heavily involved on campus in many areas, so we are highly flexible to meet your scheduling needs. Please contact Mr. Hanlon with any questions!
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VHS Esports Enrollment Open Now!

Click on picture below to sign up!

California Scholarship Federation Applications!

Attention Sophomores! We are currently accepting new applications for CSF until the end of February.
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New Engineering Course Offering

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IB Diploma Candidate Recruitment (10th Grade) for 2021-2022 Begins Next Week!

Students will receive more information through their History classes. Click on the photo below for more information on the Honors webpage. Click on the images below for more information.

Semester 1 Report Cards Ready to View!

Semester 1 report cards are now ready to view in Parent Portal and Student Portal. Click the link below to access your portal now!

Parent Portal

Vista Unified School District Community Updates

Please click picture to see the latest update!

Spanish Version

Rugby Coming to VHS this Spring!!

Rugby is an exciting new sport opportunity coming to Vista High School this spring! The Vista High School Rugby Program is a Panthers After Hours activity. Both male and female athletes are invited to participate. Rugby training will start on Wednesday, February 24th at 3:00 PM. Training will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00-4:45PM at Alta Vista High School.

Please contact Coach Gotteman ( to sign up and to get your questions answered. No previous rugby experience is required, everyone is welcome!

For more Panthers After Hours opportunities, click HERE.

Golf Team is Starting!

The Vista High Golf Team will be starting up for both boys and girls on Tuesday, February 16th. Anyone can join regardless of experience. Practices and matches are held at the Golf Club of California Monday-Thursday. To sign up or get more info please email Coach McGregor: or check out the flyer.

Sports Physicals at 8-2-8 Urgent Care

Couple things to note:

1) Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. An older sibling does not work!

2) Paperwork should be pre-filled (minus the Physician Exam Portion) before going to the office.

3) Cash/Credit ONLY!

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VHS Students Place in Agriculture Contest!

Vista High Agriculture students competed the San Diego Section Cooperative Marketing/Ag Business contest and the FFA Knowledge contest last week. Both teams won 1st place AND had high individual!!!

Here are the students that placed in the top 10 in the county:


1st- Edwin Vargas

4th- Cindy Maria

7th- Lily Chmura

8th- Celeste Alfaro Bazan

FFA Knowledge

1st- Michelle Galacia

3rd- Catherine Lopez

4th- Jaison Sanchez

5th- Alicia Chaire

7th- Nancy Martinez

VHS AFJROTC Students Selected for Competitive Pilot Training Program!

CONGRATULATIONS! Cadets Jayden Murray and Max Maffitt were just selected to attend pilot training this summer as part of the Air Force Chief of Staff Flight Academy Program. They were selected from over 1350 candidates and should return at the end of the summer with their private pilot license. Kenny Hicks was selected as an alternate and is only a junior. They will attend a summer university program for college credit in addition to earning their private pilot license ($24,000 paid in full by the Air Force). This is a significant accomplishment.

CTE Photography Student Recognition

Please congratulate the following Vista High School CTE Photography students for their recognition in this year's regional Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards:

Gold Key Recipient:

Berenice Bolanos Flores

Silver Key Recipient:

Emilio Gutierrez

Honorable Mention Recipients:

Adriana Roque

Anthony Mercado Valdovinos

Kayle Carachure

Myangela Pruitt

Akzayakatl (Aky) Morales

Philip Gomez Tejeda

Hayley Garcia

To view the photographs, click on this link Scholastic 2021

New COVID-19 Decision Tree Guidelines

See below for new guidelines on when to send students to school.

Decision Tree Guidelines SPANISH

For further information on Isolation Timelines based on this Decision Tree, click this link:

Isolation Timelines

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Linda Rhoades COVID-19 Testing Site

Click HERE for more information

ASB Virtual Trivia Game!

Next week, we will host our first ASB Virtual Trivia Game for VHS. The link will be open from February 16 until 11:59pm on February 18th. The top 3 players will win prize baskets such as Canes vouchers, movies, candy, and blankets. The link will be in our bio on Instagram: @vhsasb

Senior Hoodies - Final Order Deadline!

Seniors, the FINAL order deadline for Senior Hoodies will be Friday, March 19, 2021. Get them at Finance or the school’s VHS Webstore.

Need Senior Info?

Seniors, Be sure to check our Senior Information page on our website. We will continue to add important dates, announcements, and news as we get closer to graduation.

LGBTQ Support!

Any LGBTQ students who would like to join a supportive group, please contact Ms. Al-Shamma in the counseling office.

Help with Yearbook!

Please help us complete our yearbook. Click to submit pictures and quotes for our Winter Section.
New Panther Primetime YouTube Channel

Watch this Week's Video HERE!! Please subscribe to the new PPT YouTube Channel for weekly broadcasts

Career Weeks Coming Soon!

March 1 - March 12 will be Career Weeks! Connect to different organizations throughout many industries to explore careers. For more information email Mr. Soderback!

College Visits

Visits by college admissions reps are still taking place before and after school. This is a great opportunity for juniors to start their college exploration process so that they can select next year where to apply. All visits are open to any grade level. No sign up is needed, just click on the zoom link at the time of the visit and you're good to go.

College Visits


From now until the end of April is peak Scholarship season. Seniors need to be searching for and applying for scholarships dollars. There is a scholarship for just about everyone. Make sure your senior is checking the Scholarship Bulletin on a regular basis and checking the College & Career Center google classroom. Many local scholarships will be coming up over the following months and local and regional scholarships are ones our seniors win each year.

Scholarship Bulletin

Are you interested in starting your own scholarship or have one to promote to our students? Please contact Mr. Soderback (


Students who are looking for a job can join us every other Tuesday after school for JOB LAB online. The next session will be on February 9th at 2:45 PM - please register here.

Students who do get a job and are under 18 will need to have a work permit application signed by one of their parents, the new employer and Vista High School. The entire process is done online via email this year. This is the work permit application that needs to be filled in and emailed to Mr. Soderback (

Click on the VIP link above for more information on navigating the Vista Unified School District's virtual world! Get help with Canvas, Academics, Social/Emotional issues and more!
Benefits of Becoming a Parent Observer in Canvas

Click on the above YouTube Video to see the benefits of observing your student in Canvas.

Are you interested in viewing your student's grades, attendance, demographic information and more? Log on to your Parent Portal by clicking above if you already have an account or create a new account! Directions for Parent Portal linked here!

Parent Portal Directions - English

Parent Portal Directions - Spanish

If you would like help with any of these Computer Based school applications, fill out the Computer Based Learning Appointment form below and we will contact you to set up an on campus appointment to walk you through!

Parents & Guardians- please click on the VHS Family Survey button directly below and complete a short survey

VHS Family Survey

Parents and guardians, we value your input and ask that you take a short survey...Thank you!

California Department of Education Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide

Spring 2021 CSUSM Habits of the Mind Series for Parents

First in the series begins on January 19, 2021.
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UCSD's Annual Conference ~ It Begins with a Dream: Celebrate Your Culture and Prepare for University

On Saturday, February 27, 2021 all 6th-11th grade parents/legal guardians and students are invited to participate in UCSD's Annual Conference ~ It Begins with a Dream: Celebrate your culture and prepare for the university ~ This FREE event will be presented in English and Spanish. Click on the flyer below to register.
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Hapara Internet Safety and Monitoring

This is an important tool to assist teachers with digital citizenship and classroom management. It is important that parents are aware of the privacy policy and our adherence to the ethical monitoring policy.

Hapara Parent Letter English

Hapara Parent Letter Spanish

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

School Accountability Reports (SARC)

State law requires all public schools receiving state funding to prepare and distribute a SARC. The purpose of the report card is to provide parents and the community with important information about each public school. A SARC can be an effective way for a school to report on its progress in achieving goals. The public may also use a SARC to evaluate and compare schools on a variety of indicators. A hard copy will be made available upon request at the school site.

The SARC contains all of the following:

  • Demographic data
  • School safety and climate for learning information
  • Academic data
  • School completion rates
  • Class sizes
  • Teacher and staff information
  • Curriculum and instruction descriptions
  • Postsecondary preparation information
  • Fiscal and expenditure data

SARC Report/SARC Report Spanish


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:

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