One Vista Voice

MARCH News & Info from VLMA, Vol. 10, 2021-2022

Welcome Vista Families!

Our One Vista Voice is a weekly family newsletter full of information for our Vista La Mesa Academy community. We hope it provides you with valuable information and updates to support your family and our genius scholars!

Masks and our Upcoming School Board Meeting

Last week California state officials announced that after March 11, school districts can decide whether to continue requiring masks or make them optional. At this point in time, the Lemon Grove School District requires all students, staff, and visitors to wear masks while indoors only. Our School Board will be discussing the state of masking for our district at the next regular governing board meeting on Tuesday, March 8. Families are encouraged to tune in via YouTube for the livestream of our board meeting.

You can access the board meeting agenda here:

A link to view the board meeting will be posted on our District website:

COVID-19 Testing

COVID Clinic is our new COVID Testing Agency!
If you are interested in your scholar being tested weekly, you must register AND order their test with our new company.
To test this Friday, students must be registered AND an order placed by Thursday at 2pm.
See this document for help.
Register your child using their student ID at
Please ask your teacher for your student's ID number.

March Family Connections

Check out the March LG Family Connections!

In it will find information about

  1. School and District Family Focus Groups (a chance to win $100!)

  2. LGSD Youth Chess Tournament and Family Day (FREE games, entertainment, and resources for the whole family)

  3. March Black and Pan African Student Excellence

  4. Workshops for Multilingual Families

  5. SD Nights March events and Wellness Wednesdays

  6. Lemon Grove Food Distribution (March 19)

  7. Dad Corps: workshop series for fathers and father figures in LGSD (March 30)

And more!

Click here to view:


¡Échele un vistazo a las Conexiones familiares de LG de marzo!

En él encontrará información sobre:

  1. Grupos de enfoque familiar de la escuela y el distrito (¡una oportunidad de ganar $100!)

  2. Torneo de Ajedrez Juvenil LGSD y Día de la Familia (Juegos, entretenimiento y recursos GRATIS para toda la familia)

  3. Marcha por la excelencia estudiantil negra y panafricana

  4. Talleres para Familias Multilingües

  5. Eventos SD Nights March y Miércoles de Bienestar

  6. Distribución de alimentos de Lemon Grove (19 de marzo)

  7. Dad Corps: ciclo de talleres para padres y figuras paternas en LGSD (30 de marzo)

¡Y más!

Haz clic aquí para ver:

Spring Student SEL Survey

LGSD families,

In order to continue to learn more about student experiences at school, we will again be conducting a short online survey asking for feedback from all of our students. The survey content will cover some of the following topics: Social Awareness and Perspective Taking, Self Management, Emotion Management, Supportive Relationships and Challenging and Positive Feelings. To learn more about this survey or to learn about how you can Opt Out if you choose please see the linked document below.

Information and Opt Out letter Eng

familias LGSD,

Para continuar aprendiendo más sobre las experiencias de los estudiantes en la escuela, nuevamente realizaremos una breve encuesta en línea solicitando comentarios para todos nuestros estudiantes. El contenido de la encuesta cubrirá algunos de los siguientes temas: conciencia social y toma de perspectiva, autogestión, gestión de las emociones, relaciones de apoyo y sentimientos desafiantes y positivos. Para obtener más información sobre esta encuesta o para obtener información sobre cómo puede optar por no participar si lo desea, consulte el documento vinculado a continuación.

Carta de información y opción de exclusión

TK-Grade 6 Report Cards

This notice applies to GRADES TK-6 only...

Trimester 2 came to a close last Friday, March 4.

Your teachers are currently working on completing report cards for their genius scholars!

Report cards will be sent home to families on March 17.

Be sure to keep an eye out in your child's "Take Home" folder or backpack for this important document!

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Be a Part of our Family Focus Groups!

We have an amazing opportunity for you to partner with us virtually, to confidentially share your view about how our school is doing for you and your student(s). It’s called FOCUS GROUPS.

FAMILY focus groups are an opportunity to share your suggestions and opinions about our school. Leaders want to know what is going well, your hopes, wishes, dreams, and what challenges you may have.
(12 select parents will receive cash incentives)
Please participate! Complete this interest form today!

Tuesday, March 8
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Meeting ID: 851 3504 3878
Passcode: 597027


¡Hola, maravillosos padres de Vista La Mesa Academy!

Tenemos una oportunidad increíble para que se asocie con nosotros virtualmente, para compartir de manera confidencial su opinión sobre cómo nuestra escuela le está yendo a usted y a su(s) estudiante(s). Se llama GRUPOS DE ENFOQUE.

Los grupos de enfoque de FAMILIA son una oportunidad para compartir sus sugerencias y opiniones sobre nuestra escuela. Los líderes quieren saber lo que va bien, sus esperanzas, deseos, sueños y los desafíos que puedan tener.
(12 padres seleccionados recibirán incentivos en efectivo)
¡Por favor participen! Complete esta encuesta de interés hoy!

Martes de marzo
6:30 - 8:00 pm
ID: 851 3504 3878
Contraseña: 597027

Join us March 10 for our Black and Pan-African Student Excellence Meeting!

Dear Families,

Mark your calendars! You are cordially invited to our next Black and Pan-African Student Excellence meeting. This space was created for parents of Black and Pan-African students to give feedback, problem-solve, and collaborate to elevate our students’ excellence. We can’t do this work without you!

Our next meeting will be on

Thursday, March 10

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Via Zoom:

Meeting ID: 835 4623 2404

Passcode: 922088


Queridas familias,

¡Marquen sus calendarios! Está cordialmente invitado a nuestra próxima reunión de excelencia estudiantil afroamericana y panafricana. Este espacio fue creado para que los padres de estudiantes negros y panafricanos brinden comentarios, resuelvan problemas y colaboren para elevar la excelencia de nuestros estudiantes. ¡No podemos hacer este trabajo sin usted!

Thursday, March 10

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Via Zoom:

Meeting ID: 835 4623 2404

Passcode: 922088

LGSD Spring Camp Enrollment Open!

The Lemon Grove School District Spring Camp application is now open! Click here for more information and apply today. All students eligible to participate in grades TK-6th grade. Don't delay in submitting your application.

Thank you,

Expanded Learning Program

(619) 825-5600 x2655

Read Across America Week

Our Read Across America week was a page-turning success!

What a joy it was to see students and families participate in our daily themed reading and Spirit Day adventures!

Organized by our wonderful Intervention Teacher, Mrs. Erin Smith, this year's theme celebrated books, authors, and teaching resources that promote diversity and inclusion.

Our week culminated with Friday's theme of Cozying Up with a Good Book and an amazing line up of guest readers from our community! Our readers even included Board Member, Mr. Timothy Shaw and our Superintendent, Ms. Erica Balakian. And how can we forget two-time Olympic medalist, Shannon Bahrke Happe, who shared her book, "Mommy, Why Is Your Hair Pink?"; a story of finding the courage to follow your dreams and finding the strength to love yourself even when you feel different. What a treat it was for our entire school campus to join her via Zoom for an exclusive reading and discussion!

We hope last week's celebrations encourage us all to continue reading and growing!

M.E.S.A. Team Celebrates Victory!!!

Vista La Mesa Academy has been a proud Math, Engineering, Science Achievement school for 9 years. Mr. Andy Craven and and Mrs. April Major have served as our MESA advisors from the beginning and are always excited to be part of the energy, creativity, and perseverance of our students as they engage in challenging tasks.

This year, our middle school team was registered in 4 different events: Coding Solutions, Math Escape Challenge, MESA Machine, and Moon Base. The MESA preliminary event was held over the course of a week with 2 competitions in person, 1 over Zoom, and 1 virtual, self-paced with time constraints. The awards ceremony was held over a livestream on Saturday morning, March 5 and the following are the WONDERFUL results:

2nd place in Coding Solutions- Hieu Tran

2nd place in Math Escape Challenge- Kadin Carter, Xavier Sotelo

2nd place in MESA Machine Innovative Engineering and 2nd place overall- Maya Patterson, Mariana Dumlao, Tamana Azizi

All of our team members, whether they placed or not, continue to represent us with the highest degree of determination, sportsmanship, and support.

MESA Team Cheetah Scholars include:

Tamana Azizi

Kadin Carter

Mariana Dumlao

Maia Goddwell

Jamar James

Maya Patterson

Breanna Ruiz

April Santana

Xavier Sotelo

Muhammad Tawfique

Hieu Tran

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Announcing our OneVista Teacher of the Year! Mrs. Audrey Madrid

What an honor it is to announce our 2021-2022 OneVista Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Audrey Madrid! (And the crowd goes wild!)

Mrs. Madrid exemplifies what genius, heart, and voice in teaching is all about! You can find Mrs. Madrid teaching 6th graders with engaging math strategies such as her Judge Judy-style courtroom of Equations or Inequalities and afterschool she guides our weekly Chess Club. An avid runner, Mrs. Madrid gives of her time to support our Heart & Sole running program as a running buddy to our Grades 6-8 Cheetah runners. But more than all of this, Mrs. Madrid is an advocate for our scholars and champion for their voice!

Congratulations Mrs. Madrid!

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And our Classified Employee of the Year is.......Mrs. Susana Rivera!

In these unprecedented times, no one has confronted the brunt of this pandemic more than our VLMA Health Clerk, Mrs. Rivera! And in the midst of the myriad of COVID-19 protocols and mandates, she continues to see our scholars for their bumps, bruises, spills, and chills. We couldn't imagine our campus without her! Congratulations Mrs. Rivera!

Student Cell Phone Policy

We recently implemented a change in our cell phone policy for middle school students.

This policy will also apply to all of our Cheetah Scholars.

Previously, we have allowed middle school students to use their cell phones during passing periods, nutrition break, and lunch recess with the exception of texting, calling, taking photos, or videos. Unfortunately, we have had multiple situations recently where this policy has not been adhered to, ultimately affecting the safety and privacy of our students.

As of December 1, all students will be required to turn their cell phones upon entering campus at the start of the day and store them in their backpack throughout the school day. Students will be permitted to turn their phone on as they exit to the lower field for dismissal.

Students who have their phones out during the day will have their phone turned into the office where it will be labeled, stored in a locked cabinet for safety, and released to the student at the end of the day. The second time the phone is confiscated, a parent will be asked to pick up the phone from the office.

As always, if you need to reach your child for any reason during the school day, please call the front office and we can take a message or have your child come to the office to take the call.

We appreciate your support in helping our students remain focused on academics and promoting the safety of all our scholars.

Vista La Mesa Parent & Student Handbook

Our updated Parent and Student handbook is an excellent resource to learn about the policies and procedures that form the foundation for teaching and learning on campus. It includes Promotion requirements, our dress code, and much more!

Please take some time to read through our updates for this year.

If your child is quarantining...

Unfortunately, our Cheetah Scholars may be sent home to quarantine either due to a positive C-19 test, being a close contact of a classmate or family member, or exhibiting symptoms. In such cases, it is important that your scholar continues to learn and grow despite being away from campus. Please be sure to pick up your student's Independent Study Contract and the work for the duration of their absence. Upon return from their quarantine, students will turn in this completed work so that their absences will not count against their attendance. Please call our office or contact your teacher with any questions about this process.