Wolf Pack Weekly

October 16th, 2020

"Classic" Classes to Resume Tuesday, October 20th.

Yesterday (Thursday), the VUSD School Board opted to move forward with initial plans to re-open all VUSD schools for "Classic" classes beginning Tuesday, October 20th. We at MVHS are gearing up for the return of some of our students to campus, and we are excited to have the opportunity to work with students in-person once again.

Please see this general FAQ about what the reopening of in-person learning will look like at MVHS.

Note: Over the past two weeks, there has been much speculation, rumor, and sometimes even misinformation making its way throughout the learning community about what the Classic Learning experience will be like for students. Our goal is to provide meaningful and engaging learning opportunities for students while mimicking the "traditional" in-person learning experience to the extent possible. Many safety measures and protocols will be in place, and students will be required to wear masks, but we are very much looking forward to having students back on campus.

Model Change Requests

We have received several requests to change students' learning model from Classic to Virtual. While we are looking at each case to see what can work, in most cases, we are not able to meet the requests as some classes are not offered in the Virtual model and/or many classes are full.

Our District has indicated that families will have an opportunity to request a model change again for the Spring term, which begins in January.

MVHS COVID Safety Plan for Return of "Classic" Learning

The links below contain important links to safety protocols and plans in place. On Monday, we will share an informational video and slide deck outlining key logistics and on-campus safety protocol for students.
Expectations for "Classic" Students' Return 10/20/20

Student agreements for returning to on-campus learning, beginning October 20, 2020

Our Learning Schedule Will Remain "as is" When Students Return

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Campus Hours and Drop-Off Map for Classic Students

Campus Hours

In order to minimize students congregating before and after school, we will implement modified campus hours for students.

Campus Opens for Students at 7:30am.: Students are encouraged to begin arriving to campus no earlier than 7:30am.

Campus Closes for Students at 3:15pm: The final class period of the day ends at 2:30, and optional office hours are available until 3:00pm. Campus will close for students at 3:15pm. Students are expected to be off-campus by that time.

Loitering in the parking lot before or after school will not be permitted.

Drop-off and Pick-up

There are multiple entrance and exit gates by which students can come on and off campus.

Drop Off: Please see the drop-off map below. Students may be dropped off at any location that is along the yellow line. Students who drive to campus will be directed to one of two crosswalks (Theater and Counseling) to enter campus from the parking lot.

Pick-up: Dismissal begins at 2:30pm each day, and students will exit campus through one of several exit gates. Parents picking up students in the afternoon will be asked to park in our lot (not in any area labeled as a fire lane) and wait for their student. Students walking off campus will need to use designated crosswalks, which will be staffed by campus supervisors.

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Opportunity for On-Campus Freshman Orientation

Freshmen students in the "Classic" model who submitted an RSVP to participate in Monday's Orientation will receive details over the weekend about the event. We are looking forward to the chance to meet our newest Timberwolves (in person) and show them around.

Students will be excused from their classes on Monday; they will, however, need to make up any work that is missed.

Mostly Asynchronous Learning on 10/19

As we prepare for Classic students to return on 10/20, our staff and faculty are going to need the time to finalize preparation work in classrooms and across campus. Monday, October 19th is an instructional days for students, and most classes will be conducted asynchronously. In most cases, students will login to each course on time, receive brief instructions for the day, then will have the flexibility to complete assignments asynchronously.

Classic Students in Virtual Classes

Our two-model approach to learning created many complexities within our master schedule this year. One significant complexity is the fact that some courses are only offered once, and they are offered in the virtual model. Some of our Classic students are enrolled in those virtual classes; when we return to campus, the Classic students will be assigned to a space on campus to continue working with the virtual class online. We will provide more detail to these students when we return.

Athletics and Co-Curricular Activities

Each of the VUSD high schools are working to finalize our plans for bringing back small-group athletics and co-curricular activities as soon as possible. The idea is to map-out a safe way for small groups of students to be on campus for off-season workouts and other activities, each of which enrich the high school experience. Once we have the green-light, coaches and/or program coordinators will reach out to their respective students.

Student Parking

Historically, students who park on campus must take a Start Smart safe driving course and pay for a parking permit. As we start this school year, students will have a grace period to park on campus without a permit. Once we are a few weeks into "Classic" learning, we will share information about the process and price for obtaining parking permits with students.
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Supporting the Social-emotional Needs of our Students

The Counseling Department is here to help support students and families. Our top priority is the health, safety, and well-being of every MVHS student and family.

Should you have a concern about an MVHS student or if you, as an MVHS student, would like to refer yourself, please complete this form. The Counseling Dept. will make sure to follow up with any students and/or their families to make sure we are providing the needed assistance.

Please note that these responses are checked during designated school days and it may take 1-3 days to follow up with a student and/or family.

Should you feel that you need immediate non-life-threatening support please contact the Access and Crisis Line at 888.724.7240 or if you need life-threatening support please call Emergency Services at 911.

In addition, VUSD has extra resources that can be found on this link: https://bit.ly/3bAuBxT

Upcoming Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Sometimes, First Aid isn’t a bandage, CPR, the Heimlich Maneuver, or the call to 911. Sometimes, YOU are the First Aid! MVHS PTSA is grateful to announce that we are hosting an important, timely and FREE Youth Mental Health First Aid Training - funded and awarded by a Ninth District PTA program grant.

Instructor-led training will take place virtually Monday, November 9th (Pt. 1) and Monday, November 16th (Pt. 2) from 6-8:30pm (with an additional self-paced 2-hour training prerequisite). Space is limited to 30 participants. Register by Oct. 23. For more information and registration information, please click the flyer below or visit: www.missionvistaptsa.com.)


MVHS Student Support Referral Form

Complete this form to refer any student to our Counseling Department for additional social-emotional support.

MHVS Social-Emotional Resources

Please visit this link for the social-emotional resources for students and families, including "Basic Need" (i.e., food resources) provided through Vista Teen Outreach

Need a Chromebook or Textbooks?

Contact our outstanding Library Team to arrange for pick-up options:

MVHS Library: mvhslibrary@vistausd.org

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Important Information from ASB

We had a great voter turnout for class officers! Thank you for voting!

All returning clubs with the same advisor must have all club paperwork turned in by the end of the month to renew! Club Form

Exceptions will be made for new clubs or new advisers only.

Club rush is the first week of November.

Remember to follow us on Instagram @MVHS.ASB or visit our website for more information. ASB SITE

ASB Club Information

If you would like to renew your club or start a club please submit the proper paperwork using HOW TO BECOME A CLUB or visit our website MVHS ASB.

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MVHS Counseling Department Information

Click here to navigate to the MVHS Counseling Webpage

Virtual Counseling Appointments Available

Click here to schedule a virtual meeting with a counselor.

MVHS Counseling YouTube Page

All videos from the Counseling Department are housed on this channel.

MVHS College Webinar: Financial Aid & Scholarships

On October 14th, the Counseling Department will host a virtual Financial Aid and Scholarships webinar. Be on the lookout for an email with additional details and a link.

Virtual College Visits

Mission Vista Counseling & Career Center Works hard to coordinate College visits. Please check out this calendar for a list of upcoming college visits.

Updated Meal Distribution Schedule

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Mission Vista Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA)

Interested in joining PTSA? Click this button for details and information

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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.

Check out the New Foundation Website

The Timberwolves Foundation have revamped their website. Check it out to learn more about the great work the Foundation does for MVHS programs.
Vista Institute for Parents (VIP)

This website is designed to provide up-to-date resources and videos, a platform to communicate with our support team and get connected to others, to learn new skills and tips for your family, and have fun with us as we all continue to grow and learn

MVHS Daily Learning Schedule

Click here for the MVHS Daily Learning Schedule

CANVAS Tips for Parents

Please see this list of resources for parents as they navigate CANVAS.

VUSD School Re-Opening Website

The VUSD Reopening webpage has the most robust set of information about plans and expectations for the 2020-2021 school year.

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.



Vista Virtual Students: We Have Not Forgotten About You!

Much of the discussion across the District has been about the Classic learning model, but we have not forgotten about our Virtual students. Students in the Virutal model will not report to campus on Tuesday; instead, they will continue with distance learning through the end of the term.