The Panther Pride

October 4, 2021

VUSD Message Regarding Dangerous Social Media Trends

Please open the link for the message from Superintendent Shamieh regarding ongoing dangerous social media trends and the potential consequences for students who participate in them.

Hello Panther Community!

It's hard to believe that we are coming to the end of our 1st Quarter! In middle school, grades will reset at the quarter which means that any assignments from this quarter can not be turned in for credit after Friday. If your student has missing assignments that are now completed and you would like them considered for credit, please connect with individual teachers as they have policies for accepting late assignments. All teachers are available via loopmail.

Are you looking for ways to support your student in the middle? Join us for our 1st Panther Parent Workshop this Wednesday, October 6th for Tech Boot Camp and Thursday, October 7th for Math Boot Camp. Both workshops begin at 6:00 PM in the VPMS Library and will also be simulcast via Zoom. See the flyer below for more information!

Sports are back! Last week was our first full competition for fall sports and it was so good to see students playing, our community cheering, and regain a sense of middle school normalcy. As a reminder, the CDPH has instituted a mask requirement for all spectators over the age of two years old for indoor competition. If you plan to come and support our volleyball teams, please make sure that you follow the guidelines. We want to do everything possible to allow our students to continue to play the games they love!

Due to current COVID protocols, our Halloween dance will not take place. Instead, our Leadership class is putting together a Halloween Trail on Wednesday, October 27th. Tickets for students will be $5.00. For students who have purchased the ASB package, the Halloween Trail ticket will replace the dance ticket. If you would like to donate bags of Halloween candy, we would appreciate it! You can drop off unopened bags of candy at the front office.

Lastly, our school nurses want you to be aware that many students are skipping meals. This is a very unsafe practice and the heat often complicates the situation. Please see the message below from Danyell Weller, Heath Care Specialist and Maria Blois, School Nurse on the importance of student nutrition.

Together, let’s make the MIDDLE matter,

Colleen Moe


Important Dates To Remember


10/5 Flag Football, Volleyball, & Cross Country vs Sierra Vista @ Vaca Pena

10/7 Volleyball & Cross Country vs Kairos @ Vaca Pena

10/12 Flag Football, Volleyball, & Cross Country vs Jepson @ Vaca Pena

The Library is open every Tuesday from 3:22 - 3:45

Minimum Day, 1:15 Release

Friday, October 8th

Upcoming School Holidays

Monday, October 11th

Thursday, November 11th

November 22nd - 26th

Report Cards

Friday 10/8 End of Quarter 1

Friday 10/15 Report Cards Mailed Home


Wednesday, 10/6 Panther Parent Workshop #1 - Tech Boot Camp

Thursday, 10/7 Panther Parent Workshop #2 - Math Boot Camp

10/8 Excellent Attendance Celebration

10/27 Halloween Trail

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A message from the Health Care Office

We are reaching out to parents to highlight the importance of students eating a healthy breakfast and lunch. The Health Care Office has seen a dramatic increase of students with headaches and stomach aches related to not eating and/or drinking enough water throughout the day. We want to stress the importance of students eating a substantial breakfast to fuel them in the beginning of the day, followed by eating something filling for lunch to sustain them for the remainder of the day. COVID-19 shutdown and restrictions have been very challenging for students and as they adjust back into school life, we want them to be successful in the classroom. One easy way for this is to maintain a nutritious diet and drink plenty of water! Please have a heart-to-heart talk with your student about their nutrition and ways to stay hydrated throughout the day.

  • Bring a water bottle - we have three water filling stations on campus
  • Limit bringing nutrition deficient snacks such as Takis, candy, soda, etc. to school. Many students are stopping at WalMart and 7-11 to pick up snacks
  • Take advantage of the Universal Meals at Vaca Pena! Our meals are made on site and they are delicious! The menu is attached below

Thank you for supporting your student and their developing health,

Danyell Weller, Health Care Specialist

Maria Blois, School Nurse

Oct./Nov. Lunch Menu FREE for all students

The USDA has extended the free meal program through 2021/2022, we ask that families still fill out the Free & Reduced Lunch application. Additional benefits to the free/reduced lunch include transportation bus fees, cable/internet fees, and more!

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Fall Sports Schedule

Looking for the Schedule for Cross County, Flag Foot Ball, and Volley Ball. Open this link for schedule of Fall Sports.

Excellent Attendance Celebration!

This Friday, October 8th, students with excellent attendance will be invited to enjoy a root beer float after school! Students who qualify for the Excellent Attendance Celebration will receive an invitation.

Football Game Protocalls for Will C. Wood and Vaca High

Beginning October 1st, any Middle School student who wishes to attend high school football games or ANY high school sporting event must

  • Show student ID
  • Be accompanied by their own parent or guardian for the duration of the game

Cash will no longer be accepted at entrance. Tickets can be purchases using your smartphone or computer and the GoFan website/app.

We need 3 parents for our School Site Council and 4 parents for our ELAC Committee. If you are interested in being on either committee, please fill out the form below and help support Vaca Pena!

School Picture Ordering Information

Thank you for your patience as Collegiate Studios worked out the kinks with their website. Please see below for important information on ordering photos and retakes:

PURCHASING: If you can no longer view your student's School Pictures and would still like to order, you can email Collegiate Studios directly at with your student's ID number (student ID numbers begin with 7237_ _ _ _ _ and can be located on their ID card or in School Loop.)

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Parent Links Below!

VUSD COVID-19 Resources & Protocols

Students who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms should not attend school.

2021/2022 Middle School Student Calendar PDF

Minimum Days: Sept. 3, Sept. 17, Sept 23-24, March 11 ~ Super Minimum Days: June 1-2

VPMS Athletic Information Link

All students interested in participating in school sports must have a physical dated May 2021 or later and complete all Athletic Clearance forms.

AERIES Parent Portal Link

Use this link to update your contact information, view your student's schedule, attendance, progress and quarter grades and so much more!

Vaca Peña Middle School

Vaca Peña Middle School is a 7th & 8th grade comprehensive middle school serving the Vacaville Community.

Sports Schedule