Panther Press

Weekly Newsletter - Mar. 5, 2021

New Official VHS Instagram Page!

Please check our new Instagram Page for updates and information @officialvistahs

Dear Panther Families-

We hope this newsletter finds you all doing well. Now that people are beginning to receive vaccinations (teachers and educators are among the latest group to receive vaccines), we are seeing signs of recovery and a return to normalcy. We are very excited to announce that all of our classic students will be returning to campus one day per week starting next week!

We also understand that there have been numerous changes to student schedules during the past year. The VHS staff sincerely acknowledges the potential issues caused by another change and will continue to work with our students and families to navigate this challenging time together. In the meantime, please continue to keep the lines of communication open with teachers and other staff members. Thank you and take good care.

VHS New Bell Schedule Message

Spanish Version - Assistant Principal Ayala Presents

Spanish Version- New Bell Schedule Message

Asynchronous Days Scheduled for Thursday & Friday, March 4th and 5th- Teachers will have the opportunity to go to campus and prepare their classrooms. Students- log in to CANVAS!

Classic Students need to know:

  • Group A classic students (Last Name A-L) return to campus on Tuesday, March 9

  • Group B classic students (Last Name M-Z) return to campus on Wednesday, March 10

  • Group A classic students will work virtually from home on Wednesday

  • Group B classic students will work virtually from home on Tuesday

  • Classic students receive live virtual instruction on Monday, Thursday, and Friday

  • Classic students with virtual classes must check their assigned classroom door as they may be assigned to a different overflow room

  • When classic students are not on campus, they are expected to check CANVAS and complete any assignments. Teachers may use work completion to take attendance on days with non-live virtual instruction

  • When on campus, students MUST

    • Wear a mask

    • Maintain social distancing

    • Clean work area at the end of each period

    • Wash hands frequently

Virtual Students need to know:

  • Virtual students continue to log in at the beginning of each class period Monday through Friday

  • Virtual students will have weekly asynchronous opportunities which will be determined and explained by their classroom teachers

  • When asynchronous opportunities arise, all virtual students are expected to log in to their appropriate CANVAS class and follow teacher instructions

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COVID-19 Letter to Parents

Click here to read a letter from Vista Unified School District Nurses!

Decision Tree Guidelines

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Linda Rhoades COVID-19 Testing Site

Click HERE for more information

Vista Unified School District Community Updates

Please click picture to see the latest update!

Spanish Version

Join Character Leaders!

Character Leaders is all about campus and community service, developing leadership skills, personal growth and helping you become the best version of yourself! We're the only high school in the country with this class, and we'd love for you to join us! All are welcome! Most of our Character Leaders are heavily involved on campus in many areas, so we are highly flexible to meet your scheduling needs. Please contact Mr. Hanlon with any questions!
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California Scholarship Federation Applications!

Attention Sophomores! We are currently accepting new applications for California Scholastic Federation (CSF) until the end of February. CSF recognizes students with academic excellence and builds community through service. We are currently accepting applications for interested students through February. Please Join us in our new Google Classroom with code: taezebd Sign-up for Remind: csf202020 For more information visit our Google Classroom. For further questions please email Mrs. Brooks
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New Engineering Course Offering

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Free Tutoring!

Free tutoring and homework is available every weekday beginning at 2:45 pm. As part of Panthers After Hours, VHS teachers and tutors are here to help students with course content and assignments, and we can also help students get organized and make a plan to prioritize what needs done. Don't wait until the work becomes overwhelming! Even if you just want to chat to another human being while you do your homework, come check us out!

To join the Zoom tutorial sessions, join the Canvas class at this link

or email Mrs. Camplisson

Rising Star for February - Julia ONeill

Julia O'Neill was recently recognized by the Vista Chamber of Commerce as February's Rising Star. Julia is a shining leader on the Vista HS campus. She fills leadership roles within many campus organizations including ASB, Athletics, and Character Leaders. With all these potential distractions, she still performs exceptionally well in the classroom, at the top of her class with straight A’s.

She is the ASB's executive secretary, representing the student school body exceptionally well on many occasions, speaking with great poise and presence in front of parents, faculty, and staff. Julia has been a leading volleyball player on the varsity team for 4 years and ranks high in the county as an accomplished athlete. She is an intense player who loves a challenge. Julia is also involved in numerous community service projects and events through Mr. Hanlon's Character Leaders Program.

Her volleyball coach notes that Julia’s drive, honesty and compassion are the key to her success. She works hard at all she does, takes responsibility for every action and clearly cares for her family, friends, and all humankind. Beyond her years, Julia is a fearless and competent student who stands up for what is right. The sky's the limit for Julia, a bright and outstanding Panther student leader! Congratulations!!

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
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Interested in Joining ASB Next year?

Any students interested in being a part of ASB next year, please check out our ASB page for applications and a detailed description of each position available. Students can apply for an Executive or Committee Lead, a Class Officer, or a Class Member. The deadline for Executive or Committee Leads is this FRIDAY. Go to:

Senior Hoodies - Final Order Deadline!

Seniors, the FINAL order deadline for Senior Hoodies will be Friday, March 19, 2021. Get them at Finance or the school’s VHS Webstore.

Senior Graduation Announcements Pick Up

Seniors: If Jostens contacted you regarding your graduation announcements, and you were advised to pick them up last week, the remaining, uncollected orders are now in Finance. Please come pick them up before 3pm any school day. See list of students here.

Need Senior Info?

Seniors, Be sure to check our Senior Information page on our website. We will continue to add important dates, announcements, and news as we get closer to graduation.

LGBTQ Support!

Any LGBTQ students who would like to join a supportive group, please contact Ms. Al-Shamma in the counseling office.

Help with Yearbook!

Please help us complete our yearbook. Click to submit pictures and quotes for our Winter Section.


Discounts at Friar Tux!
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New Panther Primetime YouTube Channel

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

Career Weeks are HERE!

Career Weeks is coming March 1-12th. The College & Career Center (CCC) has a vast number of career speakers lined up so students can hear from people who have careers into which they might be exploring or planning on going. Speakers will talk about their career and industry and how they got there from high school. The sign-up form is on the top of the CCC Canvas page. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Söderbäck (

College Visits

Visits by college admissions reps are still taking place before and after school. This is a great opportunity for juniors to start their college exploration process so that they can select next year where to apply. All visits are open to any grade level. No sign up is needed, just click on the zoom link at the time of the visit and you're good to go.

College Visits


From now until the end of April is peak Scholarship season. Seniors need to be searching for and applying for scholarships dollars. There is a scholarship for just about everyone. Make sure your senior is checking the Scholarship Bulletin on a regular basis and checking the College & Career Center google classroom. Many local scholarships will be coming up over the following months and local and regional scholarships are ones our seniors win each year.

Scholarship Bulletin

Are you interested in starting your own scholarship or have one to promote to our students? Please contact Mr. Soderback (


Students who are looking for a job can join us every other Tuesday after school for JOB LAB online. The next session will be on February 9th at 2:45 PM - please register here.

Students who do get a job and are under 18 will need to have a work permit application signed by one of their parents, the new employer and Vista High School. The entire process is done online via email this year. This is the work permit application that needs to be filled in and emailed to Mr. Soderback (


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Click on the VIP link above for more information on navigating the Vista Unified School District's virtual world! Get help with Canvas, Academics, Social/Emotional issues and more!
Benefits of Becoming a Parent Observer in Canvas

Click on the above YouTube Video to see the benefits of observing your student in Canvas.

Are you interested in viewing your student's grades, attendance, demographic information and more? Log on to your Parent Portal by clicking above if you already have an account or create a new account! Directions for Parent Portal linked here!

Parent Portal Directions - English

Parent Portal Directions - Spanish

If you would like help with any of these Computer Based school applications, fill out the Computer Based Learning Appointment form below and we will contact you to set up an on campus appointment to walk you through!

Parents & Guardians- please click on the VHS Family Survey button directly below and complete a short survey

VHS Family Survey

Parents and guardians, we value your input and ask that you take a short survey...Thank you!

California Department of Education Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide

Spring 2021 CSUSM Habits of the Mind Series for Parents

First in the series begins on January 19, 2021.
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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

Title I School-Level Parent and Family Engagement Policy

Please click on the link below to view Vista High School's policy on Parent and Family Engagement.

Title 1 School-Level Parent and Family Engagement Policy

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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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!