Wolf Pack Weekly

August 12, 2022

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Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year!

It's tough for me to describe how excited we at MVHS are to welcome all of our students back to campus for the 2022-2023 school year. The campus has already been buzzing as have had a full slate of summer programming in place, and earlier this week, we welcomed the vast majority of Timberwolves back to campus for registration, Fall athletics are underway, Link Crew put on a fantastic Orientation for our incoming frosh, and ASB has mapped out a full slate of student activities that we're looking forward to hosting


Our teachers and our staff can't wait to meet their students, and we have been working hard all summer to prepare for the year. Our instructional theme for the year is about Empowering students to take control of their educational path and experience at MVHS, and our 4x4 schedule and unique magnet programs provide ample opportunities for students to leverage their unique strengths and interests to make learning relevant to who they are and what they want next. As a faculty, we are committed to providing relevant and rigorous learning experiences for our students every day.


For our new families, this Wolf Pack Weekly newsletter is published every Friday afternoon and contains need-to-know information for all things Mission Vista. Be sure to check your inbox/text messages from the school each Friday to stay in the loop.


It's going to be a fantastic year, and we can't wait to see all Timberwolves on Wednesday morning at 8:30am.


-Jeremy Walden, Principal

The Week in Snapshots

School Starts Wednesday, August 17th @ 8:30am

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All Students are Encouraged to Test

All students are encouraged to take a COVID test 24 hours prior to the first day of school. Test kits were distributed to students at Timberwolf Registration Days, and additional kits are available in our front office.


COVID testing is also available on campus Monday-Friday from 8am-3:30pm through our partner, Inspire Diagnostics.


We are asking that postive test results only are reported to the school.

First Day Logistics

School Starts on Wednesday, August 18th at 8:30am.


What should I bring with me to school? Students should bring with them basic school supplies, their Chromebook, and their ID card. Masks are encouraged, but not required.


How do I find my first class? - Head to the Library and find your 1st-period classroom location listed there. You will get your official schedule in your first-period class.


What is the bell schedule? The complete bell schedules for 2022-2023 are listed above. On most days, school starts at 8:30am and ends at 3:25pm.

My Student Missed Timberwolf Days: What Now?

I missed Timberwolf Registration Days. Where should I go?: Plan to come to school early (approx. 7:30am) on Wednesday, and report to the Attendance Window. Students should bring with them proof of address documentation (a utility bill) and the printed emergency card from Parent Portal.

Health and Safety Logistics

As we start the school year, we want to share some pertinent health and safety guidelines with regard to COVID-19. As we've all learned over the past 2.5 years, guidance like this can change rapidly--we will continue to follow the most current recommendations from our local and state health agencies.


If You are Sick, Stay Home:

  • Students experiencing any symptoms associated with COVID-19, regardless of severity, should stay home. Please contact our Health Office, and we will provide you with next steps to get your student back to campus ASAP.
  • COVID-related absences are excused, and students are entitled to opportunities to make up any coursework that is missed.


Masking:

  • Masking indoors is encouraged, but not required, for all staff and students while indoors.
  • Masks will be available to students who choose to wear one.


COVID Testing:

  • COVID testing is available on campus, free of charge, through our partners with Inspire Diagnostics. Inspire is located in our theater area from 8am-4pm, Monday-Friday.
  • All students are highly encouraged to take a COVID test on Aug. 16th, ahead of our return to school. Positive test results should be reported to the school.


Hand Sanitizing:

  • All classrooms will have hand sanitizer available to students, and we have hand sanitizing stations located across our campus for use at any time.

Transportation Update

This past Thursday, the Vista Unified Board of Trustees met to discuss the current challenges with transportation (staffing shortages, which are being experienced nationwide) and how we can best serve our community. The Board took action, and at the high school level, there will be one shuttle transporting students to and from MVHS and a bus stop to be determined. Communication about additional details will be coming from our district.


Meantime, the Vista Unified Council of PTA's is organizing an opportunity to bring parents together to explore carpool networking options. We at MVHS have done this in the past, and we've been able to solve many families' transportation challenges this way. The date and time for said event will be communicated as soon as possible.

Drop Off/Pick Up Logistics

As most of our students/families drive to campus, we are including the pickup/dropoff map for our campus. Campus Assistants will be helping to regulate the flow of traffic each morning and afternoon with the primary objective of safely entering and exiting students from school. Many families choose to pickup/dropoff in our adjacent neighborhood -- we ask that all stakeholders be mindful of our neighbors by respecting speed limits, parking zones, and personal property.

New Lunch Line Procedures

Breakfast and Lunch meals are free for all students who wish to have them. Accordingly, and in an effort streamline our lunch service process, we will be dividing lunch service lines alphabetically by students' last names.


Students will find their assigned lunch line and show ID card at the point of service to obtain their meal. We expect that this will cut down wait times, and better distribute the number of students trying to get their lunch at the same time.


This process is new, and we'll make adjustments as necessary. It is important to note that no child will be denied lunch service and ample time to eat.

Freshman Connection Day

On Friday, August 19th, we will host our first-ever Freshman Connection Day. All 9th-grade students will be released from 3rd and 4th-period classes to cycle through three rotations of information, fun, and connection opportunities. Our end goal is to make sure every 9th grader knows the campus, our culture, support options, has a chance to meet new friends, and knows where to go to get fundamental school-related questions answered. It's going to be a ton of fun, and we look forward to connecting!

Important Information from the Health Office

Students who are feeling ill with any symptoms should stay home. Students at school who become symptomatic of any illness should report immediately to the Health Office.


When students are on campus with any symptoms associated with COVID-19, we will adhere strictly to the County's Decision Tree for K-12 Schools. Quarantine/isolation periods differ depending on the context and/or willingness to obtain a COVID-19 test

Bicycle Safety

A reminder to our students who ride a bicycle (including, and especially, electric bicycles) to school: California State law requires all minors to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle on public streets. Our school's expectation is that all students follow the law. MVHS administration and safety team will contact the parents of any student who arrives to campus without a helmet.

Attn Students: Interested in Serving on School Site Council? Complete the Form

School Site Council (SSC) is a shared governance group comprised of a minimum of twelve stakeholders including faculty and staff members, the principal, parents, and students; most members of SSC are elected by their peers. We are seeking STUDENTS who are interested in serving on this Council.


The primary role of SSC is to oversee and monitor the implementation of the school’s Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA), and the group does have the authority to make decisions pertaining to how certain school funds shall be allocated.


SSC meets once per month during the school year, and meeting agendas and minutes are made public to the stakeholders of MVHS. In addition to overseeing the implementation of the SPSA, over the past several years, SSC has also played a role in the WASC accreditation process, and has allocated student intervention funds to support the MVHS after-school tutoring program, The PACK.


Students who are interested in serving on School Site Council, should complete this form by Friday, August 26th.

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Year at a Glance

We are excited to roll out an entire year's work of school events, activities, spirit weeks, and more to help all Timberwolves connect to MVHS. ASB has constructed a "Year at a Glance" calendar (live document) for the year in an effort to make sure everyone knows what opportunities there are to get involved.
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Schedule Change Requests

Schedule changes requests will be processed in the order received and MUST be submitted using your assigned google form. Link attached below:


Schedule change requests will be considered during the following windows:

  • August 8-23rd: General course change requests
  • Aug. 24-30th: Level changes only
  • Aug. 31-9/7: Only exceptional changes will be considered and all require administrative approval and teacher signatures.


Class changes will only be considered for the following reasons:

    • Term Rebalance (Fall/Spring; same classes) available fall window only

    • Level Change: College Prep <> Honors/AP (same course; space permitting)

    • Repeat D/F 'a-g' or Grad Requirement (space permitting)

    • Off-campus course completion (transcript required)

    • Sequencing Error or Double Subject in Same Term

Need to Contact Your Counselor?

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

Social-Emotional Support Resources

Click here for Social-Emotional resources on campus

Community Service Opportunties

Click here to check out opportunities for Community Service.

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Thank you to everyone who stopped by the PTSA table during registration and joined MVHS PTSA. We deeply appreciate your support.


For those that took home a membership form please either scan the QR Code, use this link https://jointotem.com/ca/oceanside/mission-vista-high-ptsa/join or fill out and return the form to the office with cash or check (made out to MVHS PTSA) in an envelope.


If you were a Mission Vista High PTSA member last year please renew your membership. You should have received an email reminder to renew your membership early this week. If not you can use the QR Code in this message or use the https://jointotem.com/ca/oceanside/mission-vista-high-ptsa/join link as well.


For current updates on the Mission Vista High PTSA, follow us on http://www.missionvistaptsa.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/missionvistaptsa .


Stay Connected!!!

Join PTSA!

Be sure to join MVHS PTSA!

All are welcome: Parents, Students, Teachers, Staff, out-of-town relatives!

Click here to join today!

Click here to join MVHS PTSA today!

Welcome Back Breakfast is Tuesday

PTSA traditionally hosts a back-to-school breakfast for teachers and staff. This year's Welcome Back Breakfast will take place on Tuesday morning. If you are interested in volunteering or contributing, please see the link below:

Welcome Back Breakfast Details

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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.

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.