Panther Press

Weekly Newsletter - Jan. 8, 2021

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Welcome back!

We hope you had a safe, happy holiday break!

  • All High School students will remain Virtual for the remainder of the first semester - through Jan. 22. Finals will take place on Jan. 20, 21 and 22 and will be half days. See calendar below!
  • There is no school on Monday, Jan. 18 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Tuesday, Jan. 19 will be ALL PERIODS 1-6.
  • Second semester begins on January 26, 2021. Classic students return to campus on that date. Virtual students will remain Virtual.

Student Calendar 2020-2021

Principal's Message to Panther Families

Dear Panther Families,

On Wednesday many of us watched in disbelief of the seditious actions of the rioters that stormed the Capitol building, scaled its wall, and disrupted one of the greatest demonstrations of democracy in adhering to the peaceful transfer of power. I am both angry and ashamed for what transpired this week. This may have left many of us feeling unsettled as we continue to navigate the daily challenges of living through a pandemic.

Yesterday evening, Dr. Doyle and the School Board emailed a joint statement to “officially and unequivocally condemn the actions of the protesters who violently invaded our nation’s capital.” I echo this sentiment and take to heart our Board goals of Respect, Trust, Collaboration, and Equity that serve to guide our values as an institution.

At this time we may not know what the next few weeks will bring us in terms of political discourse and/or actions of mob mentality. However, it is incumbent upon our Faculty and Staff to be committed to the tenets of the U.S. and California State Constitutions, the guiding principles/values of our Board and those expressed through our North Star: VistaCARES philosophy as we continue to educate and support our students at Vista High School.

We would like you to know that the Vista High School administration, teachers and staff are here to serve and support our families the very best that we can during these challenging times. We encourage you to reach out to your teachers, counselors, administrators or office staff should your students need any assistance.


David Jaffe


Vista High School

Vista Unified School District Community Updates

Please click picture to see the latest update!

Spanish Version

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

New Panther Primetime YouTube Channel

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


This is open to EVERY senior as ALL seniors are encouraged to complete their FAFSA/CADAA.

When: Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 4-6pm

Where: Zoom

Meeting ID: 995 7269 5932

Passcode: 472561


The FAFSA/CADAA deadline is March 2, 2021

FAFSA & CADAA Night.pdf

Senior Ads - Final Deadline Feb. 1!

The final deadline to order a senior ad for the yearbook is February 1st. CLICK HERE to purchase and design an ad online via Jostens.

If you would like help in designing your ad, contact me at

See either flyer below for prices and ordering information.

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Senior Pictures - FINAL MAKE UP DAY!

Seniors, we will have one more on-campus make-up day for senior yearbook portraits next Tuesday, January 12th in the BAND ROOM between 2:30pm and 5pm. Go to to book your appointment. Walk-in sessions will be available, but signing up for an appointment is strongly encouraged due to COVID restrictions.

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.

Picture Make-Up Day - Underclassmen and Staff!

  • Grades 9-11 and staffulty: Next Monday, January 11th, we will have one FINAL make-up picture day for yearbook and ID photos. All students and staff can go to room BAND ROOM between 2:30pm and 5pm. You must get your picture taken in order for you to be featured in the yearbook or have an ID card.

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!

VUSD COVID-19 Annual Notification

Important information regarding COVID-19

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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


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:

Suggestion Box

We would LOVE to hear from you!


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!
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