Wolf Pack Weekly

August 11, 2023

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Welcome to the 2023-2024 School Year, Timberwolves!

Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year at Mission Vista High School! I sincerely hope that everyone enjoyed a rejuvenating summer break and are ready to jump into what is sure to be a great year. I especially want to welcome all of our new students and families -- we are so glad to have you as part of the Timberwolf family, and all of us at MVHS are committed to making sure your experience with us is outstanding.

As a school, our instructional focus for the year will center around three key items:

1) Pathways - The 4x4 schedule, and the unique programs in our magnet themes allow students to leverage their strengths and interests and explore coursework that speaks to who they are and leads to post-secondary goals. It is important that every student has opportunities to identify their strengths and are keenly aware of the courses available to them at MVHS. Every adult on campus is committed to helping to guide students to coursework that will help them to develop a post-secondary plan and tangible next steps to achieve it.

2) Authentic Demonstrations of Learning: As a teaching faculty, we will be taking intentional steps to design meaningful and relevant opportunities for students to demonstrate what they know and are able to do. We are shying away from more traditional forms of assessment (paper-pencil tests, prescribed and templated writing assignments, etc.). Instead, we want students to demonstrate their learning in ways that leverage their strengths and allow students to cultivate the real-world skills we know they'll need in the modern workplace.

3) Grading Practices that Authentically Reflect Learning: Traditional grading practices are often mathematically inaccurate and do not necessarily reflect where students are in a learning progression. Our teaching faculty will be taking incremental steps to ensure that student grades truly reflect what students have learned and achieved. We believe that grades should reflect where students are now in their learning, and that "where" is always temporary and can change. Students will still receive letter grades, but you will likely notice that teachers will be prioritizing multiple opportunities for students to show what they know, and an emphasis on providing usable feedback to keep the learning progression moving forward.

We are excited to welcome all students back to school on Wednesday, August 16th, and we are committed to creating the space for students to thrive and grow as young people. It's going to be a great year!

-Jeremy Walden, Principal

Snapshots Around Campus

New Bell Schedule for the Year

One result of recent collective bargaining agreements between VUSD and our Teacher's Association is the elimination of late-start Mondays. As a result, our daily bell schedule has been adjusted slightly. Classes begin at 8:30 am and end at 3:10 pm, every day.
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First Day Logistics

School Starts on Wednesday, August 16th at 8:30am.

What should I bring with me to school? Students should bring with them, basic school supplies, their Chromebook, and their ID card.

How do I find my first class? - Head to the Library windows and find your 1st-period classroom location listed there. You will get your official schedule in your first-period class.

I want to request a course change: Course change requests are handled online via the Course Change Request Form. Requests will be honored only for specifc and unique circumstances and rationales. More information about course change procedures can be found below.

I missed Timberwolf Registration Days. Where should I go?: Plan to come to school early (approx. 7am) on Wednesday, and report to the Attendance Window. Students should bring with them proof of address documentation (a utility bill) and a printed emergency card from Parent Portal.

Did You Miss Timberwolf Registration Days?

Students who still need to complete the registration process this past week may register before school on Wednesday. Students need to report to the Attendance windows with a printed copy of their emergency contacts card from Parent Portal as well as a copy of a current utility bill to confirm their current residency. Staff will begin to register students at 7:45am on Wednesday.

New Dress Code for 2023-2024 School Year

Recently, our school board of trustees adopted a revised dress code policy, which will apply to all VUSD schools, which will go into effect for the 2023-2024 school year. The reason for the change is to help students recognize the importance of understanding dressing for a given context--school is a professional environment with an intended purpose, to foster learning and growth as a young adult. We want to enusre that our dress code furthers that end.

A copy of the revised dress code can be found HERE, and all students received a copy during Timberwolf Registration Days.

The most common infraction we anticipate is shirts/tops that reveal any part of the abdomen/midriff.

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.

New Tardy Policy for 2023-2024 School Year

All VUSD schools have adopted a new tardy policy to ensure consistency across all Vista Schools. The importance of showing up on-time is a lifelong skill we want to impress upon our students.

Please see the new Tardy Policy Here,

Additionally, MVHS will be conducting Tardy Sweeps when there is a significant uptick in tardies happening campus wide.

To review the Student Handbook, please click here.

New (to MVHS) Parent Orientation

On Tuesday, we hosted our first-ever New (to MVHS) Parent Oreintation to provide an overview of the school, our instructional work, resources available, and how students can get involved. If you missed the orientation, we will hold two more sessions:

  • August 29th @ 2pm in the Library (in-person)
  • August 30th @ 9am via Zoom

Bike Safety

A reminder to our students who ride a bicycle (including, and especially, electric bicycles) to school: California State law requires all minors to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle on public streets. Our school's expectation is that all students follow the law. MVHS administration and safety team will contact the parents of any student who arrives to campus without a helmet.

Attention Parents/Guardians: Interested in Serving on School Site Council?

School Site Council (SSC) is a shared governance group comprised of a minimum of twelve stakeholders including faculty and staff members, the principal, parents, and students; most members of SSC are elected by their peers. The primary role of SSC is to oversee and monitor the implementation of the school’s Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA), and the group does have the authority to make decisions pertaining to how certain school funds shall be allocated.

SSC meets once per month during the school year, and meeting agendas and minutes are made public to the stakeholders of MVHS. In addition to overseeing the implementation of the SPSA, over the past several years, SSC has also played a role in the WASC accreditation process, and has allocated student intervention funds to support the MVHS after-school tutoring program, The PACK.

If you are interested in serving on School Site Council, please complete this form by Friday, August 27th.

School Site Council Interest Form (Parents/Guardians)

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Follow MVHS ASB on Instagram!

Be sure to follow MVHS ASB on Instagram @MVHS.ASB to stay up-to-date with events, club information, fundraisers, and everything else related to school spirit!

Year at a Glance

We are excited to roll out an entire year's work of school events, activities, spirit weeks, and more to help all Timberwolves connect to MVHS. ASB has constructed a "Year at a Glance" calendar (live document) for the year in an effort to make sure everyone knows what opportunities there are to get involved.
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Schedule Change Request Procedure

Schedule changes requests will be processed in the order received and MUST be submitted using your assigned google form. Link attached below:

8/4/23 - 8/22/23 : Only reasonable requests will be considered

8/23/23 - 8/29/23 : Only requests moving from AP/H to College Prep will be considered

8/30/23 - 9/6/23 : Only exceptional changes will be considered and will require Administrative approval & Teacher signatures.

9/7/23 and beyond:: Change/s will result in a grade of “W/F” on Official Transcript
Need to Contact Your Counselor?

Click here to go to the Appointment webpage. Still have questions? Call our office: 760-758-6800 x 73032

Social-Emotional Support Resources

Click here for Social-Emotional resources on campus

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Please Consider Joining the Largest PTSA in the District and Further Support Our Parents, Teachers, and Students

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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.

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.