Olive Falcon News

May 2016 ~ Vista Unified School District

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Mrs. Vasquez, Principal

The Importance of Parent Portal

Parent Portal Information: Did you Know?

All parents should have their VUSD child/ren registered through Parent Portal. Parent Portal is...

It is used for:

  • Registration
  • Data Confirmation
  • View Student Grades
  • Keep Track of Attendance

For More information and login directions into Parent Portal, click the button below:

Parent Portal Login Info and Directions Click Here

Contact our Olive Welcome Center for additional Parent Portal Questions.

Celebrating our English Language Learners at Olive

We are happy to announce that Olive will reclassify 22 students this year! These students have worked hard to become proficient in English. They will be honored with a special ceremony later this month. Congratulations to:

Ivan Carrasco Soto, Alexandra Hernandez Aguirre, Aaron Diego, Brian Torres Santiago, Naomi Vasquez, Daniela Velazquez Rivera, Mario Altamirano, Ramon Garcia, Gabriela Maldonado, Genesis Martinez, Alejandra Avila, Jovanny Canseco Ximello, Maya Colin, Jodi Diego, Katie Gomez Hernandez, Danny Maya, Alexis Nunez, Luis Villa, Ricardo Abrego Villa, Guadalupe Pozos Cedillo, Alizabeth Prospero, and Raquel Zafra.

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Early Implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards

Vista Unified School District is an Early Adopter of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)--

Frequently Asked Questions regarding NGSS:

How are the standards arranged?

The NGSS for California includes Performance Expectations (PEs) in Life, Earth and Space, Physical Science and Engineering each year Kindergarten – Grade 8. High School PEs may be arranged as discipline specific or integrated courses. The NGSS for California can be viewed by grade level Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI): Life Sciences, Earth and Space Sciences, and Physical Sciences or by grade level Topic (example: Chemical Reactions, Structure and Function, or Space Systems). DCI and Topic are two different ways of viewing the same PEs,

Why does the structure of the NGSS look so different than the previous California Science standards?

The architecture of the NGSS is very different from the 1998 California Science Standards. The NGSS incorporates the three dimensions from the NRC Framework : the Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas.

Excerpt taken from CA NGSS Frequently Asked Questions

Developing a Growth Mindset

Got Grit?

Got Grit? What it is? Why it’s important? And, how do I help my child get it?

Grit is defined as having perseverance and passion for long-term goals and working hard toward challenges, even when failure and adversity presents itself. Grit is a “non-cognitive” skill, similar to self-control, resiliency, and curiosity.

Researchers now realize that grit is as important as academic skills! We know that teaching literacy and math skills are important for a student’s long-term success. But, what happens when the math gets a little tricky? Or, when the reading is “boring”? What keeps a student from giving up? G R I T! That’s what! AND, GRIT CAN BE TAUGHT.

Here’s how to help your child develop grit:

1. Praise the effort, not the grade.

When you praise the “stick-to-it-ness” of your child’s efforts, they will be more determined to continue working hard. Praising your child’s hard work will encourage them not to give up.

2. Let them struggle.

As hard as it is to see your child struggle, they need to learn how to work through frustration and failure. If you swoop in and save them before they fail, they will never learn how to deal with failure, which is a part of life. While they’re struggling, praise their effort!

3. Create and talk about your own goals.

If your goal is to clean the basement, repaint the bedroom, or run that halfmarathon, talk about it as a family. Share what small steps you are taking along the way to meet your goal, and talk about your own struggles and how you plan to get past them.

4. Keep and model an open mindset. Use the power of YET.

An open mindset is believing that things can change, that we can improve our skills and knowledge, and that we can get past challenges. Instead of saying, “I can’t do this!” you can say, “I can’t do this….yet.”

5. Find ways to challenge your child.

Encourage your child to try new things, even if they aren’t sure they’re any good at it. Trying new things is how we learn from our mistakes. Give them age-appropriate chores at home. Find new hobbies and involve your child. Praise their effort along the way!

For more information about grit, search UPenn website and work by Psychologist, Angela Duckworth or watch her Ted Talk below.

Upcoming Events at Olive

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Key of Excellence for May ~ This is It!

THIS IS IT! – Make the most of every moment

This is It! is about focusing on NOW instead of later, or next week, or next month, or next year, or yesterday, etc.., and making the most of it. A positive This is It! attitude can make everything we do and every day productive, fulfilling, and fun!

Life is full of distractions and opportunities to do something else, something other than what we're doing now. Many of us spend a lot of time thinking about those other things. Instead of making what we're doing now "it" our focus is often elsewhere--on things we wanted to do, could have done, should have done, or want to do "sometime." Whenever our thoughts are occupied with something other than what we're doing, we miss what's going on around us in the moment... while we're waiting for the next moment to arrive the present moment slips away.

When we live in the NOW we have power! With a This is It! attitude we make the present "it" and find joyful moments that we might otherwise have missed!

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