Wolf Pack Weekly

September 25, 2020

Back to School Night

Back to School Night will take place on Thursday, Oct. 1st at 6:00pm. This event will consist of a live Zoom Webinar with the Principal and school leadership, followed by an asynchronous video opportunity to learn more about each student's courses, teachers, expectations, support options, and communication trees for the Fall classes.

The live Zoom Webinar is limited to 500 participants (IP addresses); this is a limitation within the Zoom system. The webinar will be recorded and posted to our website so parents/families who are unable to join us live can view it asynchronously. More details (and links!) will be coming later this week in a separate email communication.

Make-up Yearbook Portraits and ID Cards

Students who missed the yearbook photo/ID card window during Timberwolf Days can come to campus on Monday, Sept. 28th from 2:30-6:00pm to take their portrait and get an ID card. There is no need to register in advance. For students in grades 9-11, the ID photo is the yearbook photo.

This will be a (mostly) drive-thru event. Photographers will be stationed in the gym, and all individuals who are on campus must wear a mask.

Ordering School Portraits

Our photography vendor, LifeTouch, has and will continue to send email communication regarding how parents/students can access proofs for their yearbook/ID pictures. That communication will include an opportunity to purchase portraits for families who are interested.

This flyer contains information about accessing the digital versions of your student's proofs.

If you did not receive the email from LifeTouch, please contact our front office.

Need a Chromebook or Textbooks?

Contact our outstanding Library Team to arrange for pick-up options:

MVHS Library: mvhslibrary@vistausd.org

Student Grades in Canvas and Aeries

Grade Integration for Canvas and Aeries - We had hoped that we would be able to integrate grades through Canvas and Aeries, meaning that a teacher could enter those grades into Canvas, and they would be automatically integrated into the teacher’s Aeries gradebook and show up on Parent Portal. Unfortunately, after many hours of IT and individual teachers working through this, we have been unable to make this integration work. Our District is in contact with Canvas IT and we continue to work toward a solution.

Where Can I See My Grades? - Right now, many teachers are keeping gradebooks in Canvas, while some are keeping track in the Parent/Student Portal. Parents are able to "pair" with their student using a unique code to track progress in Canvas. See this video for instructions for pairing with a student.


Traditionally, MVHS hosts a PSAT session in October for interested students in grades 10-11 to gauge their progress and preparedness for high-stakes college entrance exams like the SAT. We typically have 350-400 students take the exam in a single session and location (gym). Unfortunately, the current health orders and social distancing guidance make holding the PSAT on-site in October impractical.

However, the CollegeBoard is offering alternative test dates later in the year. We are looking at a January test date, and if we are able to safely host this opportunity at that time, we will. Please watch for additional communication about the PSAT as we get closer to Winter Break.

Students are expected to participate in class every day. For videoconference calls, students are strongly encouraged to use their video feature as it adds to classroom culture, engagement, and general learning.

MVHS Online Ettiquette:

  • Be friendly, patient, and positive
  • Have a designated area to complete your schoolwork
  • Keep your computer fully charged
  • Consider what's in your background when you are participating in a videoconference call
  • Make sure everyone gets a chance to participate in the lesson
  • Make an effort to keep your video on so everyone can see you
  • Use school-appropriate language
  • Dress in school-appropriate clothing

Attendance Matters: Expectations for Students

  • Be on time for synchrounous learning
  • Turn your camera on
  • Notify your teacher of any reason you're unable to participate
  • Be ready to engage
  • Be respectful and appropriate
Students are expected to engage every day with each of their classes. Our teachers will be taking attendance every period, every day. Students who are not engaging with their classes online will be marked absent.

Important Information from ASB

The first ASB event is this TONIGHT at 6 PM! Check out our Instagram- @mvhs.asb - for the Zoom feed and details. it’s a little free musical potpourri competition.

Emails have been sent out to vote for your class officers make sure you vote by Wednesday 9/30.

Many have been hoping and asking about Spirit week – but wait no longer check out the @mvhs.asb Instagram account and be ready starting Monday!

ASB Club Information

If you would like to renew your club or start a club please submit the proper paperwork using HOW TO BECOME A CLUB or visit our website MVHS ASB.

MVHS Counseling Department Information

Click here to navigate to the MVHS Counseling Webpage

Contacting your Counselor

Our Counseling Team is committed to serving the academic AND social-emotional needs of all MVHS students.

Please navigate to this page for information about contacting your counselor.


Scholarship opportunities are already becoming available. Please contact Mr. Faraimo (eleasalofaraimo@vistausd.org) in the Career Center to learn more.

Important Information for Seniors

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Seniors - please be on the lookout MONDAY for an important email AND text message from Jostens regarding the ordering process for graduation items. These items include graduation announcements, class jewelry, senior keepsakes, and most importantly your cap and gown.

Due to current health circumstances,orders will be processed online, or in person at the Josten's business office in Poway. Details for ordering will be included in the email and text message. If you have any questions once you receive the information from Josten's please call their local Jostens office at 858-486-2020, or email our Jostens rep at mark.boyer@jostens.com. Next week is SENIOR WEEK, so we are encouraging seniors to place orders next week.

Meal Distribution on Mondays and Wednesdays

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Upcoming Community Event: FACEx and Habits of Mind

Our District Family and Community Engagement (FACE) team has partnered with CSUSM'a Family Alliance Community Exchange (FACEx) to offer classes a series of classes around the Habits of Mind. At Mission Vista, incorporating the Habits of Mind into course curricula is a schoolwide goal, and is one that we will be working toward this year.

The series of classes will be offered via Zoom on beginning September 29th. Classes will be held in English and Spanish.

FACEx Flyer: Habits of Mind Series

MVHS will be distributing meals for Students/Families on Mondays and Wednesdays each week. Pickup times will be 11am-1pm, and 3pm-4pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. We are here to serve you!
Vista Institute for Parents (VIP)

This website is designed to provide up-to-date resources and videos, a platform to communicate with our support team and get connected to others, to learn new skills and tips for your family, and have fun with us as we all continue to grow and learn

MVHS Daily Learning Schedule

Click here for the MVHS Daily Learning Schedule

VUSD School Re-Opening Website

The VUSD Reopening webpage has the most robust set of information about plans and expectations for the 2020-2021 school year.

Mission Vista Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA)

Interested in joining PTSA? Click this button for details and information

Test Prep Opportunity:

Is your student planning to take the SAT? ACT? PSAT? Help them prepare by signing up for one of our Fall Online Boot Camps! And support MVHS PTSA at the same time! Click here for more information and to register.

Save the Date

Save the Date!

Panera Dine-Out - Thursday, October 15th, 4-8pm

The Timberwolves Foundation

The mission of the Timberwolves Foundation is to enhance, enrich, and encourage all aspects of education at MVHS and provide grants to promote the development of programs, classroom innovations, and support all school clubs.

Check out the New Foundation Website

The Timberwolves Foundation have revamped their website. Check it out to learn more about the great work the Foundation does for MVHS programs.

Our "Why" - Vision, Mission, and Values

Our Vision is to be the model of educational excellence through discovery, innovation, and growth.

Our Purpose is to empower students to be self-directed, creative, and critical thinkers who persevere to positively impact the interconnected world.

We Value mutual respect, collaboration, integrity, originality, and intellectual curiosity that prepare our students to become integral members of society.