The Weekly Dish

Volume XLII

Message From Principal Danzy:

Greetings Vista Grande Family,

I am hoping that everyone had a great 3-day weekend and that there were some acts of service that took place. Please take time to attend a school event our students would love to have people attend.

Student Highlight: Malinah Whatley

Malinah carries a high GPA and maintains while balancing the many clubs and sports that she participates in. Malinah is an excellent human and truly embodies what it is to be a Spartan. She also gave a glowing compliment to the Staff that is highlighted this week.

Staff Highlight: Sylvester Amorsolo

In the words of Ms. Whatley: Mr. Amorsolo is great teacher that is strict but also lenient when working with students. Great Job Mr. Amorsolo keep up the great work.


  • ACT Aligned Benchmarks and Progress Checks In order to support all of our students in meeting college and career readiness benchmarks measured by the ACT our students are taking regular assessments to measure their progress. Progress checks are administered every two weeks and we will be recognizing students who score at least 5/6 on these assessments. Our next full-length benchmark is scheduled for January. Students can access their scores on these assessments using these instructions.

    Blackboard Access Families are encouraged to log into Blackboard to support your student’s academic progress. In Blackboard, you will be able to review your student’s classes, check assignments completed and better understand what they are learning in class. Please ask your student for their password information in order to access. If you need support in accessing your student’s password, please call (520)374-7170


    We have an app for that!

    Do you want real time information about attendance and grades for your student? You can

    easily access using the PowerSchool App. Stay on top of assignments and participate

    more fully in your student's daily progress with the PowerSchool App. Students can

    download and use it too!

    1. Download from your app store.

    2. Enter the District Code: QJDT.

    3. Enter your username and password. This will be the same username and password you use to access the web-based PowerSchool Parent Portal.

  • Our second ACT benchmark is scheduled for January 24th. This important assessment helps students, teachers, and families understand how students are performing in relation to important college and career readiness benchmarks. All students have set goals based on their performance on Benchmark 1. Please discuss this important assessment with your student and ensure that they are in school on time on the 24th ready to give their best on the assessment. To learn more about your student’s score on benchmark 1, please ask your child to log in to Performance Matters where they can see the score.

What's Cookin Mr. Danzy?

Corn Pudding


  • 1 (15 ounce) can

    Creamed Corn

  • 1 (15.25 ounce) can

    Whole Kernel Corn

  • ¼ pound

    Butter (softened)

  • 1 (8.5 ounce) package

    Corn Bread Mix

  • 1 (8 ounce) container

    Sour Cream

Mix all together and bake at 375 Degrees for 35-45 minutes