Panther Press

Nov. 9, 2023

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In observance of Veteran's Day there will be no school tomorrow.
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Important Dates and Information

Veteran's Day - No School - Nov. 10

Thanksgiving Break - Nov. 20 - 24

District School Year Calendar 2023 - 2024

VHS Bell Schedule 2023 - 2024

Vista Unified Community Update

Panther Primetime November 3

Principal’s Message

Happy Veteran’s Day weekend, Vista High School!

First and foremost, we thank all of our family members and staff members who have served our country. We are truly grateful for your service!

This week is also School Psychologists week. Did you know that we have three amazing School Psychologists who work at Vista High School? We thank Ms. Reynoso-Garcia, Mr. Custodio, and Ms. Carroll for their wonderful support of our students.

Progress reports for grading period two have now been mailed home. We encourage you to talk with your student about the importance of grades. Now is the time to check in with them on their progress and encourage them to conference with their teachers, go to after school tutoring, and reach out when they need help. We are here to support them! Our semester will end with Finals Week December 18-20, when grades will be final.

Please join me next week at Coffee with the Principal on Wednesday, November 15th at 6:00 PM in the Library. We will be discussing what’s happening at Vista High School, as well as hearing from our local partners at TrueCare about support for student mental health. We look forward to seeing you there.

Have a wonderful three day weekend, Panthers, and thank you again to our Veterans.

In Peace,

Principal Ratliff

The Little Prince Fall Drama Show

Come see the VHS Drama show Nov. 15 - Nov. 18! Tickets on sale HERE!
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New REQUIRED Start Smart Program for Student Drivers

Greetings VHS Drivers and Families! We are excited to announce a partnership with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to bring a program called Start Smart to our school.

This presentation is required for all VHS drivers as a condition of having an active parking permit for next semester.

There are two sessions (Wed 11/29) and (Mon 12/04) and they will both be held in Room E-11 across from the VHS library from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Students are required to bring one parent/guardian. To ensure we have enough space, all attendees must RSVP.

Please indicate which presentation your student and their parent/guardian plan to attend.

Please contact VHS Front Office Manager Leah Power if you have any questions: (760) 726-5611 x 71002. For more information about the presentation, visit this website: Start Smart Program

Smart Start Parent Letter

Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day - Nov. 14

VHS BSU is sponsoring this event and other forms of activism this year to bring an end to racism and all forms of bullying. We will join with students across the country who are continuing the movement to unify our communities.

Join us at 8am on November 14th in the front parking lot next to the guard shack wearing purple as we Walk to School.

At the tender age of six, Ruby Bridges advanced the cause of civil rights in November 1960 when she became the first African American student to integrate an elementary school in the South. Ruby’s birth year coincided with the US Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka Kansas, which ended racial segregation in public schools.

Even though Ruby and five other students passed the entrance exams meant to inhibit desegregation, the school delayed her admittance until November 14. Ruby and her mother were escorted by four federal marshals to the school every day that year. She walked past crowds screaming vicious slurs at her.

A lifelong activist for racial equality, in 1999, Ruby established The Ruby Bridges Foundation to promote tolerance and create change through education. As part of that legacy, Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day is an annual day of dialogue to commemorate her historic steps.

Character Counts - Everywhere and All the Time!

Hello Panther Families!

At Vista High School we have a Character Education program that focuses on the six pillars of character (learn more HERE). Each 6-week grading period, our school focuses on one of the six pillars. Our focus for this next grading period is CARING! We’d love to hear examples of caring from our Panther families to be highlighted in our staff and family newsletters. Click HERE to share your example.

¡Hola Familias Panteras!

En Vista High School tenemos un programa de Educación del Carácter que se centra en los seis pilares del carácter (aprender más AQUÍ). Cada periodo de 6 semanas, nuestra escuela se enfoca en uno de los seis pilares. Nuestro enfoque para este próximo período de calificaciones es ¡CUIDAR! Nos encantaría escuchar ejemplos de cuidado de nuestras familias Panther para ser destacados en nuestro boletín de noticias. Haga clic AQUÍ para compartir su ejemplo.

Community School Advisory Council

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Vista High School Regimental Band and Pageantry Corps

Our talented marching band and color guard won the tournament! They earned the Sweepstakes Award for their fantastic show, CHARLIE, at the Irvine Invitational Field Tournament @ Irvine HS on Nov. 4th!

and took 1st place in the 4A division at the Westview Gold Field Tournament on November 8th!


THIS SATURDAY, November 11, 2023

Come out to support VHS and RBVHS at the Rancho Buena Vista Field Tournament!

@ Rancho Buena Vista HS


  • District Band Friends and Family Night (See flyer below)
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ASB Fundraiser

ASB is hosting a fundraiser for personalized water bottles and mugs. If you are interested, fill out this google form and pay for your chosen item in Finance or the webstore. For multiple items, please fill out a separate google form for each, but feel free to pay for them in one transaction.

The deadline is Wednesday, November 29, and we hope to have them before winter break begins.

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VHS Food Drive - Nov. 6 - 17

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World Kindness Day - Nov. 13

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Vista Spirit Team Fundraiser - Nov. 14

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Cheer Mini Camp

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Financial Aid Workshops

Need help filling out that FAFSA? Counselors are on hand Wednesdays after school from Oct. 4 through April 2 in room CLC3.
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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.

- 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.

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PTSA Fundraisers

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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!!!

Spanish Version

From the Librarian

The San Diego County Library has made its digital and audio books available to thousands of local students throughout the county. Any student in Vista USD, using just their student IDs, may check out the library’s collection of age-appropriate digital materials via Sora, an app used by school districts.

Additionally, every VHS student can check out the San Diego County Library’s Teen Book of the Month with their student ID through the Sora app— the ebook and the audiobook! Unlimited checkouts means no waitlists or holds.

Teen Book of the Month (November 1-30)

The Witch King, Book 1 by H. E. Edgmon

To save a fae kingdom, a boy witch must face his traumatic past and the royal fiancé he left behind.

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Parent Workshop at RBV for Spanish Speaking Families

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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.

Character & Leadership Development Program

Starting next week VHS student athletes will have the opportunity to participate in a character and leadership workshop put on by the Positive Coaching Alliance. Our first cohort will include the flag football team, girls water polo team, girls basketball team and the baseball team. Please see the attached flyer for details.
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Junior Panther Wrestling

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Any Boys or Girls interested in playing Badminton in the Spring as a CIF sport please see Coach Moramarco in D11 or the athletic director Mr. Ayala in the athletic office. Badminton is a Coed Spring sport with singles and doubles play. The season runs from mid-February to the end of May.

Playing a Winter Sport? You MUST complete the Physical Form!

In order to be eligible to try out and participate on a sports team, athletes must first complete the athletic clearance process (Physical). All paperwork must be complete and uploaded to Please see the links attached or See the VHS website for more information. Please email Athletic Trainer Ms. Melissa at if you have any questions. All instructions are below.

Homecampus Process(English)

Homecampus Process(Spanish)

VUSD VHS Physical Form

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Want Tickets to VHS Athletic Games?

Purchase them online using this QR Code!
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Girls Basketball!

Beginning Monday Aug 28 we will be holding Open Gym every Monday night 7-8:30pm for girls interested in playing basketball this year. Questions? See Coach Moramarco in D11.

Need a Work Permit?

See Mr. Soderback in the College and Career Center!

CSU/UC Application Deadline - Nov. 30

The CSU/UC Application deadline is November 30! Visit CLC3 on Wednesdays to get support on your application!

VHS 23-24 Yearbook is on Sale Now!

Sports Medicine Club

Are you interested in the medical field? Do you like sports? The Sports Medicine Club might be for you! VHS Sports Medicine is looking to add 3 student-athletic trainer aides to our 2023-2024 team! Gain first hand experience in: first aid, preventive and rehabilitative care of athletic injuries; learn various taping techniques and assist in providing medical coverage at practices and games. Prospective students must obtain CPR/First Aid/AED certification if selected; and priority will be given to those students who already have CPR/First Aid/AED certification. VHS Sports Medicine is highly competitive! If you are interested, please email Ms. Melissa at to obtain an application. Informal interviews will follow. Applications must be submitted prior to Thanksgiving Break to be considered

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

BSU Toy Drive

BSU will be hosting a toy drive November 8th - November 30th. All proceeds will be going to youth within North County. If you would like to donate, please bring all donations to Mrs.Vancelette in room D17, or to Mr.Hanlon in Room V31.

Club Info

  • Buddies Club meets Tuesdays at lunch in the GYM. Please join us for fun with our Buddies as we support inclusion for everyone at VHS. ALL ARE WELCOME! :) .

  • Yu-Gi-Oh club meets every Thursday during lunch in V-20. Want to learn how to duel? Interested in learning the tournament style of dueling. Join Yu-Gi-Oh club today! Stop by V-20 to get more information. Look for flyers around campus.

  • GSA Club meets Tuesdays in D20 during lunch.

  • Interested in crime & punishment? Want to know more about the law and being a lawyer? Come to D18 this Wednesday during lunch for Mock Trial information.

  • Book Club meets in D17 every Thursday after school. See Ms Vancelette with any questions.

  • BSU (Black Student Union) will be meeting every Friday in room D17. All are welcome!

  • The Whosoevers Club will be meeting in V12 every Wednesday at lunch. Snacks provided. All are welcome!

  • Mariachi club is now Tuesdays and Thursdays after school in the Guitar Room!

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

Suggestion Box

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