The Crusader Times

Be Present - Be Positive - Be Persistent in your Learning

Volume 1, Issue 19 November 14, 2022

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Quote of the Week

"Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty." Doris Day (American Actress)

Principal's Message

BVM Community,

This week at BVM we are celebrating our Gratitude Spirit Week! Please make sure to participate! I am wearing Red, White, and Blue for 'Merica Monday --Let's go USA!!!

Also, this is a great time to reflect on all the good that we have in our lives! I challenge all of us to reflect on the things that we are thankful for and to pay it forward BVM. Here are some of the things that I am thankful for:

  • I am thankful for my faith!
  • I am thankful for the United States Marine Corps!
  • I am thankful for my wife and family!
  • I am thankful to have the opportunity to serve the Bonita Community!
  • I am thankful for an amazing staff here at BVM who have shown understanding, perseverance, and resiliency!
  • I am thankful for each and every student that we serve at BVM!
  • I am thankful for our parent community who always communicate, exercise patience and understanding, and are true partners in our learning endeavor!

20 Days Left in the Semester:

There are only 20 days left in the semester. Parents and students, please make sure that you are regularly monitoring your grades and that you are preparing yourself mentally for the "home stretch" of the semester. With a week off coming up, it is a great time to not just refresh and renew but to make also make up any missing assignments and communicate with your teachers.

As I used to tell the many student-athletes that I used to coach "earn your weekend!" Well, now I am telling my students "earn your holiday break!" by working hard throughout the week and the semester. We have to always work to earn our rewards, whether those rewards are time off, time away from school, or just the satisfaction of knowing that we gave our best! Therefore, for the next 20 school days, Crusaders (and Crusader Parents), I'm asking you (and myself) to give our very best!!! I'll leave you with the following John Wooden quote:

"Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable."

Turkey Trot Thursday:

The BVM Turkey Trot is scheduled to take place in P.E. classes on Thursday, 11/17. This is a great tradition that we celebrate here at BVM. Make sure that your students hydrate plenty the night before!

Lastly, please remember to review the 4 Essential Rules at Bonita Vista Middle School that allow us to not only promote our safety on campus, but it allows us to ensure that our students are fully present and ready to learn:

1. No Cell Phones on Campus: We ask that all students placed their cell phones in their backpacks once they are at school and on our campus. We not only enforce this rule during class time but especially during nutrition breaks and lunchtime. We want our students to interact with each other as much as possible as opposed to being on their screens/phones.

2. No IPAD Misuse: Every student is issued an IPAD for educational purposes only. We ask students to use their devices strictly as implements of learning.

3. No Earbuds: Similar to our cell phone rule, we ask that once students are at school and on our campus, they place their earbuds in their backpacks. We have noticed that students are less distracted in class and engage more with each other when they are not using earbuds.

4. No Hoodie (worn on head): Students can wear hooded sweatshirts but in order to be able to identify our students at all times, we ask students not to wear their hoods over their heads. This rule is in place for student safety. Should a non-student sneak onto our campus, we would want to identify them immediately. Also, we need to ensure during class and outside of class that students do not have their earbuds. We prioritize making sure that students are paying attention in class and our fully engaged with each other at all times.

If you ever need to report a disciplinary or safety concern, please make sure to report any and all concerns to our administrative team. Please visit this link to contact our assistant principals:

Please also feel free to email me if you have any comments, questions, or concerns at

Thank you

Dr. Salazar


Parents, if you would like to verify the actual work that was submitted:

1. Ask your student to bring you their ipad.

2. Click on the assignment from the list in Jupiter grades

3. Select the assignment submitted and choose view.

*Please see the photos attached. The work does not disappear. It remains submitted even after the teacher views and evaluates the work.


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Week at a Glance

Check out our week at a glance for November 14 - November 18 by clicking on the button below.

Virtual Coffee with the Principal

Thursday, Nov. 17th, 6pm

This is an online event.

Join us this Thursday for our virtual Coffee with the Principal where we will further discuss our Mission Statement, Site Goals, the SUHSD Discipline Plan, Habits of Mind, and our Fall Sports!

Here is the link that you will need to join:

FYI Corner

Below you will find valuable information about our school!


Sweetwater Union High School District students can bring their current prescription ( less than two years old ) to the UCSD Mobile Vision Clinic and get a new pair for free! For more information please open the attachment below! Thank you!

Dual Immersion Program at Bonita Vista Middle School

Did you know that we are a Dual Immersion Middle School? Please click on the button below to learn more about our program.

Acknowledgment Corner

The Acknowledgment Corner will be continued to be used to highlight and celebrate our students at any opportunity that we can! If you would like your student acknowledged for something we may not be aware of, please feel free to contact me (include a picture if possible).

Crusaders of the Week --November 7th - 11th

Last week we recognized four Crusaders. Teachers nominate Crusaders every week. The following were last week's students:

Nominated by Ms. Caldwell, Anissa Olivo. Anissa works really hard to perfect her Math skills. She is always ready to help other students in her Math team. She's a pleasure to have in class.

Also nominated by Ms. Caldwell, Alejandro Belmudez. Alejandro works hard to keep his grade up. He never wastes class time. When given an assignment, he works on it remembering to always show his work. He's a good role model for other students.

Nominated by Ms. Hartwell, Kaylee Ramos. Kaylee has shown so much improvement since the beginning of the year. I am so proud of her for all her effort and determination. It has been amazing seeing her hard work pay off and reflect in her grade.

Nominated by Mr. Atwood, Alec Zelaya. It is a pleasure having Alex Zelaya in Advanced Choir. Alec has a positive attitude every day and always tries to brighten the mood of the room and his fellow choir members. When going over music, Alec is always attentive and helps other choir members with their parts. Alec also ensures every person in choir feels included in the ensemble. Keep up the great work, Alec!


Please make sure to check out the most updated information below about our COVID guidelines and protocols.


San Diego County Office of Education and California Department of Public Health are no longer requiring individual notifications to families for students who are close contacts. Bonita Vista Middle School will shift to providing close contact general notifications. We continue to strongly recommend that students test weekly and wear masks when indoors. To sign up for free home testing kits, please see the information below the heading: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH SDSU COVID STUDY.

National Institute of Health SDSU COVID Study

I'm happy to announce that my family and I have enrolled in this service/study through SDSU! We will be testing weekly and we will receive free at-home testing kits every month! See the QR Code below to learn how to participate! We will also receive a gift card at the end of the year! Make sure to sign up or to learn more information see below!


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