Nov. 9, 2023
NO SCHOOL TOMORROW - Nov. 10
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.
New REQUIRED Start Smart Program for Student Drivers
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
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
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!
WAY TO GO VISTA, WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU!!!
THIS SATURDAY, November 11, 2023
Come out to support VHS and RBVHS at the Rancho Buena Vista Field Tournament!
@ Rancho Buena Vista HS
- VHS performs at 6:15 pm
- RBVHS performs at 7:15 pm
- Click on this link for the full schedule. https://schedules.competitionsuite.com/f7c2aebf-fee0-4ba8-8dbb-5362a76234d5_standard.htm
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 17TH!
- District Band Friends and Family Night (See flyer below)
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.
VHS Food Drive - Nov. 6 - 17
World Kindness Day - Nov. 13
Vista Spirit Team Fundraiser - Nov. 14
Cheer Mini Camp
Financial Aid Workshops
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:
- 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.
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!!!
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.
Parent Workshop at RBV for Spanish Speaking Families
Go HERE to check it out or to make a report.
Character & Leadership Development Program
Junior Panther Wrestling
Playing a Winter Sport? You MUST complete the Physical Form!
Want Tickets to VHS Athletic Games?
Need a Work Permit?
CSU/UC Application Deadline - Nov. 30
VHS 23-24 Yearbook is on Sale Now!
Sports Medicine Club
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 www.keaneseniors.com to explore their portfolio and session offerings. Email them with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BSU Toy Drive
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!
Hapara Internet Safety and Monitoring
Counseling & Social Emotional Resources
Vista Virtual Wellness Center: