Wolf Pack Weekly

April 17, 2020

Vista Virtual School

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Important Information

Suggested Daily Learning Schedule

To the extent possible, students should follow this suggested daily learning schedule.

  • Mondays/Wednesdays = Periods 1 & 3, plus optional office hours for periods 2 & 4
  • Tuesdays/Thursdays = Periods 2 & 4, plus optional office hours for periods 1 & 3
  • Fridays = Student Work Day. Office hours for all classes (by appointment).


We recognize that - for a variety of extenuating reasons during this health crisis - not all students will be able to follow the suggested schedules as outlined. All course content, assignments, and videos will be accessible to students outside of the hours listed on the schedule.

Student Expectations for Vista Virtual School

For each scheduled school day, students will be expected to:


  • Check school email accounts and/or Google Classrooms daily for updated information for each class.

  • Complete assignments and assessments assigned by each teacher

  • Submit all work in a timely manner

  • Respond to communication from each teacher

  • Follow the Academic Honesty Policy as outlined in the Student Handbook.

How Can Parents Support Virtual Learning?

  • Ensure student access to online schoolwork (fill in this form if your student still needs a device)

  • Check-in with your student each day regarding their assignments and instruction in each class

  • Support student learning at home

  • Contact individual teachers with questions, and respond to any teacher communication home to parents

Nearly All Students are Engaging in Virtual Learning!

Nearly 100% of all MVHS students have connected with their teachers and classmates and are actively learning in Vista Virtual School environment. This is an amazing accomplishment and a testament to the learning-centered culture at MVHS. We look forward to continuing to provide meaningful learning experiences for all students.

3rd Quarter Grades will be Posted to Parent/Student Portal Next Next Week

Midterm grades will be posted online via Student/Parent Portal on April 21, 2020.
    • As a reminder, it is important that we issue a grade for the 3rd quarter so that our students will be at the same stage as their peers who attend schools that operate on a traditional "semester system".

VUSD Grading Process for 4th Quarter

Last week, the VUSD Board of Trustees took action to move district grading practices to a credit/no credit model for the duration of the COVID-19 situation. Several neighboring districts (San Dieguito, Poway, etc.) have also adopted a credit/no credit grading policy for the duration of this current crisis, and colleges and universities across the nation (including the UC/CSU systems, and many ultra-competitive private institutions such as Harvard and MIT) have made public statements indicating that students who have a credit/no credit mark on their transcript will not be penalized in their respective admissions processes to their institutions. At MVHS, this grading process will take effect for the 4th-quarter. Please see the information above for the necessity to issue grades for the 3rd quarter.


District leaders and teachers have been working all week to solidify what this process will look like in practice, including establishing thresholds for expected student engagement in learning opportunities and demonstration of mastery in order to earn credit in each respective subject area.


Our focus as we finish the 2020-2021 school year will be to continue to provide meaningful learning opportunities for students and to prepare them for future coursework, whether at MVHS next year or at the collegiate level.

Need to Exchange Bad Tech. Equipment?

If your student is having difficulty with his/her Chromebook/computer device, please contact our Teacher-Library, Mrs. Stone at jenniferstone@vistausd.org. We will work with your student to rectify the situation.

Counseling Department Information

Wellness with the Counseling Department

Every Tuesday and Thursday, our Counseling Department sends out a video to students promoting overall wellness and study habits. Below is the link to their YouTube channel.


MVHS Counseling Department YouTube Channel

Set-up Virtual Meetings with Your Counselor

Students can meet with their counselor for all matters regarding academic planning and course selection, as well as social-emotional support. Below is a link to contact your counselor:


Contact Your Counselor

Magnet Admissions Process

Some families have been asking about the magnet admissions process for the 2020-2021 school year. As school closures began, this process was placed on hold. However, our Student Services Department at the district-level has re-started the process, and we will be pulling accepted students into our database very soon. Once students have been "pulled-in", we will notify families about next steps for selecting courses, etc.

Assessments

State Testing

State Assessments: The California Department of Education has suspended each of the following statewide standardized assessments for the 2019-2020 school year:

  • Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) exams for ELA and Math: 11th-grade students

  • California Science Test (CAST): 11th and 12th-grade students

  • English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC): All English Learners

  • Physical Fitness Test (PFT): 9th-grade students

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams:

  • Advanced Placement (AP) exams will be administered online at home

  • Exams will be limited to 45-minutes in length

  • Exams will be assessing a reduced scope of content in each subject area (prior to March)

  • Students who previously registered for exams will have the option of canceling their exam(s) without penalty


Students with any questions should contact AP Coordinator, Mrs. Stearman. I know that she has already been in contact with students impacted.

PTSA Information

PTSA was scheduled to host an essential and timely Youth Mental Health First Aid Training on campus this month, funded and awarded by a program grant from the Ninth District PTA. While this event has obviously been postponed due to the Covid-19 social distancing restrictions, we are still hopeful that we will be able to offer it and a new date and information will be announced as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, we would like to provide the following mental health and wellness resources, shared with us by the San Diego County Office of Education, for your students and family during this challenging time:


Teen Guide for Mental Health & Wellness that is meant for middle and high school students:


MVHS 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.

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