Panther Press

August 25, 2023

Important Dates and Information

September 4, 2023 - Labor Day - No School

September 6, 2023 - Back to School Night

District School Year Calendar 2023 - 2024

VHS Bell Schedule 2023 - 2024

Vista Unified Community Update

Principal’s Message

Happy Friday, Vista High!

I am so proud of our students and staff for completing their first full week of the new school year! Our students have started to settle into our new routine as they dive into their coursework and start their extracurricular activities.

As a reminder, our students’ attendance matters! Did you know that attendance is the leading indicator of graduation rates? If a student arrives just ten minutes late each day, that’s 30 hours of lost instruction over the course of a school year. We miss you when you’re not here! Remember, there are no more late start Mondays, and school begins at 8:30 every day. We look forward to seeing you ready to learn at 8:30 each day.

Character counts at Vista High School, and each grading period we focus on one of the six Pillars of Character: Responsibility, Caring, Respect, Trustworthiness, Citizenship, and Fairness. This grading period, we are focusing on RESPECT. The conversations we will have with students around respect include statements like this: When we show respect to each other, everyone has a safe and welcoming place to learn. What are some ways you could discuss respect at home to reinforce this message?

Speaking of respect, the beginning of the year is a great time to focus on school parking lot procedures. Please drive slowly and cautiously when entering Vista High School by car. To drop off students, please go to the back of the school and follow the Campus Assistant’s stop sign and crosswalk directions. Our Campus Assistants are posted throughout the traffic route to greet you and help you follow correct traffic patterns for everyone’s safety. If you are a visitor, please park in the designated visitor parking spots, and avoid leaving your car unattended in the traffic lanes at any time. Students, please park in the back lot and remember, phones should never be out while driving, even in a parking lot! A best practice for new drivers is to keep your cell phone in the back seat, or even the trunk! Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe.

Have a wonderful weekend, Vista High! Go Panthers!

Mrs. Ratliff

Back to School!

Friday Night Lights are Back On!

Join us for Back to School Night - Sept. 6

Please join us for food and fun at our Back to School Night on September 6, 2023 and celebrate joyful learning! Specialty presentations will begin at 5:30pm. See attached flyers for more information!

Back to School Night

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Panther After Hours Program!

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Important Reminders from the Attendance Office

As we start the new school year, we'd like to remind all families about some key things to remember regarding attendance and picking up students from school during the school day:

Early Release:

- Please call attendance 2 hours in advance if a student needs to be released early.

- There is no early student release after 2:50 p.m.

- A parent or legal guardian must call to release a student and must present a valid government ID (Driver's License, Passport, Military ID).

- Only persons listed on the contact list in Aeries with a valid government ID can pick up a student.

Excusing an Absence:

- Families have 72 hours to clear an absence.

- Legal notes must be provided for an absence to be cleared after a student has reached 10 excused absences.

Phishing Emails - Beware

We are working diligently across the district to provide education and support to students and staff related to challenges that arise from the internet and email. Just recently schools across the state and nation, including within our own district, have been subject to email Phishing (pronounced “fishing”) attacks. Phishing emails are fraudulent messages sent by malicious individuals outside of our district pretending to be someone else, often with the intention of stealing sensitive information or tricking the recipient into taking harmful actions.

The purpose of these phishing emails was to deceive students into revealing personal contact and financial information, to avoid detection by district security systems.

To ensure the safety of our community, we strongly encourage you to remain vigilant and take the following precautions:

  • Be conscious when opening emails, verify the sender's email address and double check the content for any suspicious or unexpected requests.

  • Avoid clicking on unfamiliar links or downloading attachments. If you receive an email with a link or attachment that seems unusual or is unexpected. It is best to avoid clicking on it until you confirm its legitimacy.

  • Report any suspicious emails. If you receive a phishing email, please report it using the tools available in your email program.

  • Educate your child about phishing. Talk to your child about the importance of not sharing personal information online and being cautious when interacting with emails, especially those that ask for sensitive information.

We are committed to maintaining a safe and secure online environment for our schools, and we appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to our IT Department Monday - Friday from 8:00am - 3:30pm at or 760-726-2170 extension 92500.


Estamos trabajando diligentemente en todo el distrito para brindar educación y apoyo a los estudiantes y al personal en relación a los desafíos que surgen del internet y el correo electrónico. Recientemente, las escuelas en todo el estado y la nación, incluyendo las de nuestro propio distrito, han sido objeto de ataques de Phishing por correo electrónico. Los correos de Phishing son mensajes fraudulentos enviados por individuos maliciosos fuera de nuestro distrito que pretenden ser otra persona, a menudo con la intención de robar información confidencial o engañar al destinatario para que realice acciones perjudiciales.

El propósito de estos correos de Phishing era engañar a los estudiantes para que revelaran información personal de contacto y financiera, con el fin de evitar ser detectados por los sistemas de seguridad del distrito.

Para garantizar la seguridad de nuestra comunidad, les instamos firmemente a que permanezcan vigilantes y tomen las siguientes precauciones:

  • Sean conscientes al abrir correos electrónicos, verifiquen la dirección de correo electrónico del remitente y revisen el contenido en busca de solicitudes sospechosas o inesperadas.

  • Eviten hacer clic en enlaces desconocidos o descargar archivos adjuntos. Si reciben un correo electrónico con un enlace o archivo adjunto que parezca inusual o inesperado, es mejor evitar hacer clic en él hasta confirmar su legitimidad.

  • Reporten cualquier correo electrónico sospechoso. Si reciben un correo electrónico de Phishing, por favor repórtenlo utilizando las herramientas disponibles en su programa de correo electrónico.

  • Eduquen a su hijo/a sobre el Phishing. Hablen con su hijo/a sobre la importancia de no compartir información personal en línea y de ser cautelosos al interactuar con correos electrónicos, especialmente aquellos que solicitan información confidencial.

  • Estamos comprometidos a mantener un entorno en línea seguro para nuestras escuelas y agradecemos su cooperación y comprensión.

Si tienen más preguntas o inquietudes, no duden en comunicarse con nuestro Departamento de TI de lunes a viernes de 8:00 a.m. a 3:30 p.m. en o al 760-726-2170, extensión 92500.

Meet your VHS School Counselors!

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Senior Portraits through Keane Studios

The official senior yearbook photographer is Keane Studios. Seniors MUST get a portrait taken through Keane Studios if they would like a portrait in the yearbook. The yearbook-only portrait session is FREE. Keane Studios Senior Session Guide

Keane Studios will be on campus for the following scheduled days:

  • Tuesday, September 5
  • Tuesday, November 28

Students are encouraged to make appointments to avoid long wait times.

Keep an eye out for their upcoming emails, where they will provide you with all the necessary details on how to schedule your session. Please book using the link in your email as it's attached to YOUR account. Sharing this with your friend means your friend will book under YOUR name. If you have to create a new account, your username is your student ID and your password is your last name (case and hyphen sensitive).

Follow Keane Studios on Instagram for inspiration on what to wear and bring to your session. @keanestudios. Feel free to visit their website at to explore their portfolio and session offerings. Email them with any questions at

Dress Code for 2023 2024 School Year

Going Back-to-School shopping this summer? It's not too early to start thinking about next year's dress code.

Vista High School, along with all VUSD High Schools, will be enforcing a new dress code policy next school year.

Our goal at Vista High School is to create an environment that focuses on post-secondary success.We expect students to dress in a professional manner that leads them closer to their dream job!

Below is the dress code that is enforced at all schools within Vista Unified School District (based on board policy 5132).

  • 1. Clothing, jewelry, and personal items shall be free of writing, pictures, or any other insignia which is vulgar, lewd, obscene, profane, or sexually suggestive or which promotes the use of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, or other illegal activity.

  • 2. Clothing, jewelry, and personal items may not degrade race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, political, or secular organizations.

  • 3. Skin art with the following types of writings or images must be covered:

    • Vulgar, lewd, obscene, profane, or sexually suggestive

    • Promote the use of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, or other illegal activity

    • Can be reasonably determined to threaten the health and safety of the school environment if displayed on a school campus

  • 4. Appropriate shoes must be worn at all times.

  • 5. Hats, caps, and other head coverings and sunglasses shall not be worn indoors.

  • 6. Clothes shall be sufficient to conceal undergarments and cover the chest area, abdomen, and posterior. Specifically:

    • See-through, strapless, halter, and tube tops and bare abdomens are prohibited.

    • Skirts and shorts shall be worn at an appropriate/acceptable length for sitting as well as standing.

    • Pants must fit at the hip so that they will stay on without a belt or stay at the hip with a belt.

  • 7. Chains or weapons, such as those attached to belts, pockets, or wallets, that present a safety hazard are prohibited.

  • 8. Students must be cleanly dressed so as not to promote unhealthy or unsanitary conditions.


Students with repeated dress code violations will have progressive discipline, including but not limited to:

  • Change clothing to be school appropriate

  • Confiscation of item(s) and return to parent or guardian only

  • Detention during lunch or after school

  • Parent/Guardian conference

  • Further disciplinary action, including loss of privilege(s).

Athletic Forms - Going Paperless!

VHS is moving to an electronic athletic clearance process through the Home Campus platform. We are only rolling over clearances that are dated 1/1/23 and forward. If your physical does not meet the requirement, you will need to get an updated physical. If you have a valid physical on file with the Athletic Department, you will need to stop into the Athletic Training Room on the dates listed in the flyer to pick-up your hard-copy of your physical and upload it to Home Campus. Vista High will no longer be accepting hard copy physicals. Students are responsible for uploading their physicals. Please email Athletic Trainer Ms. Melissa at if you have any questions. All instructions are below. August will approach quickly, please take action now!

VUSD VHS Physical Form

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New VHS Mariachi Class!

Vista High has a new Mariachi Class taught during Periods 0 and 1. Email teacher Clarissa Fallorina at for more information!
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Chipotle Fundraiser for Spirit Program - August 30

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PSST World

PSST World is an on-line platform that allows students to report anything worrisome without fear. Using PSST World, students can report any range of concerning behaviors and incidents that they have seen, heard, or experienced. When a report is made, a message is immediately sent to our safety team and they will reach out to site administration for follow up.

Go HERE to check it out or to make a report.

PTSA Update

Our stated goal is to make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. Our mission is for Parents, Teachers and Students to work together with our school to help provide programs and enrichment activities which enhance your child's learning environment! Click HERE to join the PTSA!

For current updates on the VHS PTSA, follow us on VHS PTSA on Facebook. Stay Connected!!!

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Want Tickets to VHS Athletic Games?

Purchase them online using this QR Code!
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Athletic Clearance Packet

Want to play a sport? You will need to fill out this packet and get it signed by a doctor. When you have it complete turn it in to

VUSD VHS Physical Form

Need a Work Permit?

See Mr. Soderback in the College and Career Center!

California Department of Education Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide

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


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:

Family & Community Engagement

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