Panther Press

Sept. 3, 2021

No School on Monday, Sept 6 in Observance of Labor Day!

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VHS Covid Information

Hello Panther Families!

We have been excited to welcome our students back into the classroom this fall! With that comes the unfortunate reality that we are still living in a pandemic and Covid cases will arise. I know this information can be concerning. Please know that our staff is working tirelessly to create a safe environment for your students. Thank you for sending your student to school in a mask every day.

We have had several positive cases on campus since the beginning of the year. Those students are required to quarantine, which means they are not permitted to attend school on-campus. We also take the tracing of "close contacts" very seriously. Close contacts are those who have been within 6 feet of the positive person for fifteen minutes or more in 24 hours. These families have all been notified and their students also need to quarantine unless they are fully vaccinated.

We want to be sure you know that your students are able to continue uninterrupted in person when they are fully vaccinated. Vaccinate students who are identified as a close contact are able to continue their schooling in-person as long as they are symptom free.

Please see todays announcement from our superintendent, Dr. Doyle, titled "Get Vista Vaccinated: Vista Works for You" in English & Spanish.

Have a wonderful weekend, Panthers!

Megan Ratliff

Assistant Principal

Bell Schedules for the Year!

Please see below for the bell schedule for the year. We have a rotating Odd/Even schedule. To access that calendar click HERE.
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School Map!

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Football Fundraiser - Sept. 4 at VHS!

Show your support for Big Red Football by attending the Big Red Show!

10am-4pm on the VHS Campus!
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Esteemed Parents,

We have completed eight days of school so far this year. Our health and safety procedures are working well. We are now focusing on taking every action necessary to reduce the impact of quarantine procedures on students. We need your help to commit to the following actions. Thank you for your consideration. Let’s keep kids in school.

Health and Safety Call to Action for Parents

  • Action #1: Notify your school immediately if your child or any member of your household becomes ill with COVID-19.
  • Action #2: Keep your child home from school if they have ANY of the symptoms listed on the decision tree guidelines (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea).
  • Action #3: Keep your child home from school if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive. They should NOT return to in-person learning until given a return date by our nursing staff. This includes exposure to someone living in the home who is positive.
  • Action #4: Do not send your child back to school if the child or anyone in the household is awaiting a COVID-19 test result. Only send your child back if they have a negative test result or if they have completed the entire quarantine period.
  • Action #5: Have your child vaccinated if they are 12 to 17 years old. Remember, your child will not need to be quarantined if they come in close contact at school if they are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic. The vaccination will keep them in school and able to participate in all of the extracurricular activities like athletics, band, dance, ASB, etc.

If we can proactively respond to these five calls to action, then we can dramatically reduce the impact of quarantine on all students.


Matt Doyle, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Vista Unified School District

New Covid Testing Sites at Vista Innovation Center and Vista Adult Transition Center!

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Important - Reopening Information!

As a reminder, face masks are required for all students and staff when inside a classroom, on a school bus, or indoors at any school setting before, during and after school!

Please click on the picture below for more information on Reopening.

Welcome to the 2021/2022 School Year at Vista Unified!

Click below to see a message from our Superintendent and School Board members!

Spanish Version

Welcome Back To School

Remind - New Communication Application!

Vista Unified School District is committed to engaging families as partners in education. We continue to refine our communication systems to provide up to date information about teaching and learning, collaboration, family engagement, and college and career pathways. One important improvement of our plan is to implement a more efficient and seamless communication platform called Remind. The information below provides a preview of this important new feature of our communication plan.

We are excited to share that Vista Unified School District is rolling out Remind district-wide! If you're not already familiar with Remind, it's a classroom communication tool that makes it easy to stay involved with your child's learning. Remind is free to use, and you'll be able to get and send messages on any device—even a simple text message from your phone!

As part of this rollout, official accounts will be created for all the educators, parents, and students. You will receive an email or text message from Remind. All you need to do is follow the steps in the message to finish setting up your account. Here is a video demo to see how Remind works.

We're excited to make connecting with our families more engaging!

Covid-19 Decision Tree for the new year!

Please click on this LINK to view the new decision tree!

Vista Unified School District Community Updates

Please click the picture to read the latest update!
VHS Athletics

Click on images below for more information!

Athletic Clearance Packet!

Want to play a sport? You will need to fill out this packet and get it signed by a doctor. When you have it complete turn it in to your Coach or the Athletic Trainer.

Athletic Clearance Packet

Senior Yearbook Portraits

The official senior yearbook photographer is Keane Studios. Only portraits from Keane will be used in the yearbook.

All families should have been contacted via email directly from Keane with information about scheduling a senior portrait. Go to for information.

Keane Studios will be on campus October 5th and November 9th and 10th. Use the link above to schedule your appointment.

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.

Mariachi Club!

Are you interested in being part of VHS's Mariachi club? No experience is necessary! Our first meeting will be Tuesday, September 7th after school in room V-5. Talk to Mr. Muratalla in the counseling office for more information. See you there!

Girls Golf

We are looking for girls to join the team! Girls golf practices Monday-Thursday at 3:30pm. We can provide golf clubs if needed. Girls who are interested should email Coach McGregor!(

Panthers After Hours

If you want a great place to work with friends and tutors on your homework, come to Panthers After Hours Homework Lounge after school. We are in E-14 for now, until our library opens. We are open everyday until 5 pm.

Are you tired after a long day of school? You can re-energize by getting in a good workout with Coach Thompson in the weight room after school or by relaxing with friends playing video games in room D-11. Both programs are open to all students everyday. We even serve food at 3:30. Come check out all that Panthers After Hours has to offer!

Click for more information panthersafterhours

New Panther Primetime YouTube Channel

Watch this Week's Video HERE!! Please subscribe to the new PPT YouTube Channel for weekly broadcasts

Gear Up Workshops!

Register for one or both workshops by following this link -

Spanish Flyer

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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

VHS Title 1, Part A School-Parent Compact

Please click HERE to view this document.

School Accountability Reports (SARC)

State law requires all public schools receiving state funding to prepare and distribute a SARC. The purpose of the report card is to provide parents and the community with important information about each public school. A SARC can be an effective way for a school to report on its progress in achieving goals. The public may also use a SARC to evaluate and compare schools on a variety of indicators. A hard copy will be made available upon request at the school site.

The SARC contains all of the following:

  • Demographic data
  • School safety and climate for learning information
  • Academic data
  • School completion rates
  • Class sizes
  • Teacher and staff information
  • Curriculum and instruction descriptions
  • Postsecondary preparation information
  • Fiscal and expenditure data

SARC Report/SARC Report 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:

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We would LOVE to hear from you!


If you have questions, comments, concerns or requests for information you would like to see in the newsletter, please let us know by clicking on the link above. We appreciate your input!

Welcome Back, Panthers!

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First Day of School is August 18, 2021!

We look forward to having all of our students back on campus for the 2021 - 2022 school year! August 18, 19 and 20 will run from 7:30am to 2:20pm and each day will be all class periods.

District School Calendar 2021-2022

Senior Pictures through Keane Studios

The official senior yearbook photographer is Keane Studios. Only portraits from Keane will be used in the yearbook. All families should have been contacted via email directly from Keane with information about scheduling a senior portrait. Go to to book a session as soon as possible. On-campus dates will be announced soon. 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.