The Weekly Dish

Volume XXXI

Message From Principal Danzy:

Greetings Vista Grande Family,

It has been a very busy week with the end of fall seasons coming to an end. We had a great turnout for our final home game for football and were able to recognize football, dance, spirit line, and band. we currently have tryouts going on for our winter sports. Please check with the athletic office for dates and times.

Student Highlight:

Football, Band, Dance, and Spirit Line:

We were able to recognize a number of our Seniors in our various programs. Those Seniors (along with two Juniors) are:

Kenyon Caldwell
Derek Decsastro
Jacob Finch
Markel Lewis
Briayan Montes
Martreon Risper
Marquise Rodgers
Angelo Tapia
Monica Chavarria
Mia Davis

Justine Diaz
Dallyn Udy
Scarlett Valencia-Jackson
Sara Lombardi
Justine Diaz

Alexis Ibarra

Alayna Kelsey
Gina Shank
Madison Stephens

Madilyn Miller

Auzzure Addison
Alina Barajas

Justice Bojorquez
Ethan Carrera
Justine Diaz
Mia Martinez
Tasha Osborne
Arianna Ronquillo
Alecia Sanchez

Thank you all for your dedication to Vista Grande!

Staff highlight: Christina Salcido-Grigg and Harley Grigg

No Tardy November Assembly that took place on Friday to start the No Tardy celebration for the end of the month. Spartan PRIDE was able to be disseminated to the staff and student body. Thank you for all that you do for the Vista Grande community.


  • ACT Aligned Benchmarks and Progress Checks In order to support all of our students in meeting college and career readiness benchmarks measured by the ACT our students are taking regular assessments to measure their progress. Progress checks are administered every two weeks and we will be recognizing students who score at least 5/6 on these assessments. Our next full length benchmark is scheduled for January. Students can access their scores on these assessments using these instructions.

    Blackboard Access Families are encouraged to log into Blackboard to support your student’s academic progress. In Blackboard, you will be able to review your student’s classes, check assignments completed and better understand what they are learning in class. Please ask your student for their password information in order to access. If you need support in accessing your student’s password, please call (520)374-7170


    We have an app for that!

    Do you want real time information about attendance and grades for your student? You can

    easily access using the PowerSchool App. Stay on top of assignments and participate

    more fully in your student's daily progress with the PowerSchool App. Students can

    download and use it too!

    1. Download from your app store.

    2. Enter the District Code: QJDT.

    3. Enter your username and password. This will be the same username and password you use to access the web-based PowerSchool Parent Portal.

What's Cookin Mr. Danzy? Recipe by way of Ms. Amy Harrison (ELA 9 Educator)

Garlic Lime Pork Chops withL emony Brussel Sprouts and Couscous



4 1" think pork chops, trimmed

garlic, hot Hungarian paprika, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper

zest and juice from one lime

Add all spices and bits of lime to a dish.

Coat the pork chops in the mixture.

Let marinate for 20 minutes to overnight.

Throw on the grill 4 minutes one side, 4 minutes the other, 3 minutes final flip.

Check internal temp and add time if needed.

Cook to 140 and let rest for 5 minutes.

Roasted Sprouts

Let Brussel sprouts sit in an ice bath for 10 minutes.

Pat dry.

Add garlic lemon salt and olive oil.

Roast for 20 minutes on 425 or until desired doneness.


Follow the boxed directions.