Panther Press

Weekly Newsletter - October 9, 2020

Vista High School News

Greetings Vista High School Families,

Please expect an update for school reopening, to include import details and an informational video from Principal Jaffe on Monday, October 12, 2020.

We wish all of our students and families a safe and healthy weekend.

Thank you to everyone that joined us for our Virtual Back To School Night that went Live on our website Oct. 1 at 6pm. If you missed it, you can still access all our Back To School Night information by clicking the link above!

The Wellness Center

The Wellness Center is open virtually! Students can now speak to a a Wellness teacher five days a week by either emailing, clicking the “contact” tab directly from the Wellness Center page on the school website or asking any teacher to put in a referral on their behalf. The Wellness Center is a safe place for students to speak to trusted teachers who can help navigate issues that students may be struggling with. Working directly with counselors, social workers and school psychologists, the Wellness team is here to provide support, or get students in touch with the next line of defense. VHS Wellness Center Website

New School Based Psychotherapist from Vista Community Clinic

Hello Panther Students,

My name is Recheal Stewart-Brown (pronounced Ri-Shell), and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who will be working out of Vista High School this year. I am a therapist, a mom, and a former college and Semi-Pro Basketball player. I LOVE tennis shoes, boots, Thai food, and the color purple.

Now that you know a little about me, I would like an opportunity to meet you. I have something AMAZING I would like to offer to all of you: The “CBT PANTHER EXPERIENCE” (CBT = Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

FIRST, I have some QUESTIONS for YOU.....

1. Are you having a difficult time focusing on school and homework?

2. Do you feel isolated, lonely, bored, anxious, restless, worried or a little blue?

3. Do you wish you could, be around friends and have meaningful/fun interactions?

4. Do you wish you could STOP FEELING the FUNK???

I want to HELP… come to my group where we gather with 4-5 other students utilizing COVID-19 Safety Guidelines (all interactions will comply with District COVID-19 protocols). You will gain amazing skills to help with your unwanted feelings while making new friends. It is an opportunity to get out of the house and do something self-empowering and fun!!

Interested Panthers do the following:

1. Email me and let me know –

2. Call VHS front office and tell them you are interested in: The CBT Panther Experience - 760-726-5611.

3. Schedule a meeting to come see me at my office in room D-1

I can’t wait to meet you all!

VHS School Site Council Parent Members Needed!

Vista High School is currently seeking three parents to serve on the VHS School Site Council (SSC) for the 2020-2021 School Year. The Vista High School SSC will meet approximately once per month via Zoom session meetings. The SSC is facilitated by the site Principal and members are made up of Certificated staff, Classified staff, Students and Parents. Every school is required to have a school site council and the SSC will review the VHS school budget throughout the school year.

If you are interested in serving as a parent member of the VHS SSC for the 2020-2021 and would like your name to appear on the voting ballot, please submit your name and contact information on the interest form below, or click the red button above. Vista High School will be conducting an electronic election on Friday, October 16, 2020 to elect the parent members.

VHS SSC Parent Member Interest Form

Thank you.

ASB Updates

Students and families can follow us on Instagram at @vhsasb, Twitter at @VHSPanthers, and Facebook at @vhsasb.

General Information

Yearbook photos will need to be submitted directly to the staff until we return on campus. You can upload pictures at, and the userid is 415474137.

Did you miss picture day? Contact Gerardy Photography at 760-747-2263(local office) or at 1-800-298-7770(main line) or email them at to get a retake for the yearbook and ID photo.

Yearbooks are on sale now for $70, and they can be purchased at or via the webstore VHS webstore

ASB is hosting a digital Pumpkin Decorating Contest! Students, and staff, can either send in pictures of their real pumpkin decorations or create a digital design. Categories include Scariest, Most Creative, Cutest, Funniest, and Most Realistic Pumpkin. MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW


Senior Yearbook Portraits

Keane Studios will be on campus to take senior portraits on Saturday, October 24th and Sunday, October 25th. Exact times and on-campus location will be announced, but please plan to get your portrait taken. If you do not take a portrait through Keane, you will NOT be featured in the yearbook.

Senior Spirit Wear

Seniors can order their shirts/hoodies at the VHS webstore. The first order deadline is October 23rd, and an announcement will be made once those orders are received. Shirts are $18, and hoodies are $38.

Graduation Announcements & Cap/Gowns

While Seniors can still order Graduation items including announcements, jewelry and cap/gowns throughout the year, to be included with the main Senior group order they need to have their orders placed by Oct. 9, 2020. Due to current government restrictions we will not be able to host our annual campus order options so Jostens is opening up the option to order online or at their office in Poway. If you have any questions please call the local Jostens office at 858-486-2020, or email our Jostens rep at

If you'd like to see how other seniors are celebrating their senior status follow us on Instagram (<- just click). We will be giving away senior gear throughout the year!

Open 11am - 3pm Monday - Friday

Jostens Poway Service Center

12455 Poway Road Ste E

Poway CA 92064


Class of 2024 - Freshmen Orientation
This video will introduce our newest Panthers to Vista High School and all we have to offer!

Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate Testing

If your student wishes to register for an AP or IB exam, the registration period is now open and closes November 2. You can access the registration by clicking on the picture below or by visiting the school website at Students should ask their AP and/or IB teacher to confirm the course they wish to test and select that teacher and period during the online registration process. If your student is requesting a fee waiver, they will indicate the request during the registration process and the school will verify. Instructional videos are provided on the Honors website to help guide students and parents in completing exam registration. The AP & IB exam schedule is also available on the Honors page of the website. For any questions, please contact Ms. Kordis via email
2021 Counseling Senior Year Roadmap

Seniors! College and Post Secondary Planning Guide from our Counselors!

Parent Portal Access

Our Community Liaison can assist with this at 760-726-5611 ext 71047. Email is

VUSD COVID-19 Annual Notification

Important information regarding COVID-19

PASS AmeriCorps

Click button for PASS AmeriCorps webpage!

VHS Program Fundraisers

This button will link you to any current fundraisers for VHS programs.

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Library Information

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Bell Schedule

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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:

College and Career Center

Students can contact Mr. Soderback our College & Career Center Technician for work permits or any college or career associated networking opportunities.

Virtual College Visits!

Virtual College Visits are going on right now both before and after school! Don't miss the chance to explore colleges all over the US (and the world) as admissions officers present via Zoom sessions. These visits are for VHS students and parents *only* and all you need is the link to join - no sign-up is needed. We will have over 100 visits before the semester is over. All grade levels are welcome, however the focus on these sessions will be seniors.

760-726-5611 Extension 71055

College & Career Google Classrooms
While about 70% of students are in the classrooms already, some are not, and it's best to have them sign-up so they don't miss out. Make sure to check-in several times a week to see new posts if you don't have notifications turned on. If you have juniors or seniors - you *really* need for them to be in these. Take a moment and make sure they are signed up using the codes below:

Instructor's Class Code : 5yjzrhz

Senior - Class of 2021 : po7z6vk

Junior - Class of 2022 : cq44gyt

Sophomore - Class of 2023 : bdgaxhn

Freshman - Class of 2024 : 7dw4odv

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