Nov. 3, 2023
Hello Vista High School Families!
Vista High School has had a spectacular week! We hae been hard at work learning and leaning into Progress report two! Look for a progress report coming to your mailbox soon. Progress report grades are now available on the Student and Parent Aeries Portal.
Today our students participated in a Peace Education assembly hosted by the Tariq Kamisa Foundation! Students heard personal stories of San Diego community members, learned about the power of forgiveness in the face of anger, and had the opportunity to take a Peacemaker’s Pledge! We encourage our students to be Peacemakers on our campus every day to make VHS a great place to be.
I’m happy to share two amazing pieces of news this week. First, our attendance rates are climbing! We beat last year’s weekly attendance rate every single week this year, and we are still going strong. We know that school attendance is incredibly important to success in school, and is the leading predictor of high school graduation rate. We celebrate our students getting to school on time, every time! Great job, Panthers!
While students are at school, we want to make sure they are able to learn and be well! Each year, to measure the social and emotional wellness of our students, we ask students to complete a wellness survey. This survey measures multiple ways that students learn, achieve, and grow as young people. This year’s survey data indicates that students are increasing up to 18% in self-reported wellness at school. We are celebrating their increases in sense of belonging, connection, decision making skills, and in many other ways!
Have a peaceful weekend, and Go Panthers!
Picture Day Make Up - Nov. 9
Character Counts - Everywhere and All the Time!
Hello Panther Families!
At Vista High School we have a Character Education program that focuses on the six pillars of character (learn more HERE). Each 6-week grading period, our school focuses on one of the six pillars. Our focus for this next grading period is CARING! We’d love to hear examples of caring from our Panther families to be highlighted in our staff and family newsletters. Click HERE to share your example.
¡Hola Familias Panteras!
En Vista High School tenemos un programa de Educación del Carácter que se centra en los seis pilares del carácter (aprender más AQUÍ). Cada periodo de 6 semanas, nuestra escuela se enfoca en uno de los seis pilares. Nuestro enfoque para este próximo período de calificaciones es ¡CUIDAR! Nos encantaría escuchar ejemplos de cuidado de nuestras familias Panther para ser destacados en nuestro boletín de noticias. Haga clic AQUÍ para compartir su ejemplo.
Community School Advisory Council
VHS Food Drive - Nov. 6 - 17
VHS 23-24 Yearbook is on Sale Now!
Senior Portraits - Keane Studios
From our Counseling Department!
Hello! The counseling team wanted to THANK YOU for your support on last week's Top 9% celebration and iApplied for our Class of 2024 students (pics below). A special shout out to PTSA for supplying yummy treats for seniors! Seniors were able to jumpstart and even submit their college applications last week! Every Wednesday, seniors can come to CLC3 after school to continue working on their college/financial aid applications.
Next week, we will be meeting with your sophomore students in their English classes to review their transcript, 4-year academic plan, grades, and college/career plans. We finished our lessons with Freshman, Juniors and Seniors for the fall semester and will be meeting with them again in the spring semester.
Please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. We send out communication through Email, Remind App and by Phone in regard to events, progress grades, lessons, etc. Parents are more than welcome to schedule a meeting with us to review grades, attendance, social-emotional, or any post-secondary support.
School Psychologist Week - Nov. 6-10
World Kindness Day - Nov. 13
Financial Aid Workshops
Important Reminders from the Attendance Office
As we start the new school year, we'd like to remind all families about some key things to remember regarding attendance and picking up students from school during the school day:
- Please call attendance 2 hours in advance if a student needs to be released early.
- A parent or legal guardian must call to release a student and must present a valid government ID (Driver's License, Passport, Military ID).
- Only persons listed on the contact list in Aeries with a valid government ID can pick up a student.
Excusing an Absence:
- Families have 72 hours to clear an absence.
- Legal notes must be provided for an absence to be cleared after a student has reached 10 excused absences.
Our stated goal is to make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. Our mission is for Parents, Teachers and Students to work together with our school to help provide programs and enrichment activities which enhance your child's learning environment! Click HERE to join the PTSA!
For current updates on the VHS PTSA, follow us on VHS PTSA on Facebook. Stay Connected!!!
From the Librarian
The San Diego County Library has made its digital and audio books available to thousands of local students throughout the county. Any student in Vista USD, using just their student IDs, may check out the library’s collection of age-appropriate digital materials via Sora, an app used by school districts.
Additionally, every VHS student can check out the San Diego County Library’s Teen Book of the Month with their student ID through the Sora app— the ebook and the audiobook! Unlimited checkouts means no waitlists or holds.
Teen Book of the Month (November 1-30)
The Witch King, Book 1 by H. E. Edgmon
To save a fae kingdom, a boy witch must face his traumatic past and the royal fiancé he left behind.
Parent Workshop at RBV for Spanish Speaking Families
Go HERE to check it out or to make a report.
Character & Leadership Development Program
Junior Panther Wrestling
Playing a Winter Sport? You MUST complete the Physical Form!
Want Tickets to VHS Athletic Games?
Need a Work Permit?
CSU/UC Application Deadline - Nov. 30
Senior Portraits through Keane Studios
The official senior yearbook photographer is Keane Studios. Seniors MUST get a portrait taken through Keane Studios if they would like a portrait in the yearbook. The yearbook-only portrait session is FREE. Keane Studios Senior Session Guide
Keane Studios will be on campus for the following scheduled days:
- Tuesday, September 5
- Tuesday, November 28
Students are encouraged to make appointments to avoid long wait times.
Keep an eye out for their upcoming emails, where they will provide you with all the necessary details on how to schedule your session. Please book using the link in your email as it's attached to YOUR account. Sharing this with your friend means your friend will book under YOUR name. If you have to create a new account, your username is your student ID and your password is your last name (case and hyphen sensitive).
Follow Keane Studios on Instagram for inspiration on what to wear and bring to your session. @keanestudios. Feel free to visit their website at www.keaneseniors.com to explore their portfolio and session offerings. Email them with any questions at email@example.com.
Yu-Gi-Oh club meets every Thursday during lunch in V-20. Want to learn how to duel? Interested in learning the tournament style of dueling. Join Yu-Gi-Oh club today! Stop by V-20 to get more information. Look for flyers around campus.
Interested in crime & punishment? Want to know more about the law and being a lawyer? Come to D18 this Wednesday during lunch for Mock Trial information.
We have a new PAH club: Book Club! We'll meet after school on Thursdays starting September 7th in room D17. See Ms Vancelette (D17) with any questions.
BSU (Black Student Union) will be meeting every Friday in room D17. All are welcome!
Hapara Internet Safety and Monitoring
Counseling & Social Emotional Resources
Vista Virtual Wellness Center: