Panther Press

Nov. 19, 2021

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Thanksgiving Break Nov. 22 - 26, 2021

There will be no school the week of Thanksgiving Break, Nov. 22 - 26. We wish everyone a restful, festive holiday break!

Holiday Schedule

December 20-22 will be minimum days for finals. See bell schedule below.

The Winter Holiday Break will be from Dec. 23 - Jan. 10.

School resumes on Tuesday, Jan. 11.

2021-2022 School Calendar

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Short Term Quarantine Independent Study Contract

In the September 22, 2021 Community Update, the district informed you that new state guidelines require that we have parent/guardian approval for their child to continue their education and earn attendance credit when their child is out of school for quarantine, via a signed Independent Studies Agreement.

Currently, students on quarantine are marked absent, but once parents/guardians approve for their student to participate in independent study during quarantine, the student will begin to generate positive attendance as they complete and submit their assignments on Canvas to help them keep up academically with their classmates. To facilitate this process, we are asking that you approve one Independent Studies Agreement for the full school year that will serve for any short-term period that your child may need to be out of school on required quarantine.

Upon approval, you will receive an automated reply with a full copy of the contract and the guidelines that we will follow to provide ongoing learning and support and attendance credit.

Please contact your child’s school if you need support or access to a computer to complete this process. Complete the form by clicking this link. You will need your student's nine digit ID number. https://forms.vistausd.org/Forms/QuarantineIndependentStudyAgreement

PARENTS! Please Complete Income Verification Form

All school districts in California are required to submit an annual notification of students who need additional support. This year, more than ever before, we want to make sure that all families are able to provide information so that we may continue to expand support for students during this challenging time. The income verification form is strictly confidential and will only be used to submit the annual application for school funding. While it is not our intent to ask personal income questions, our district wide funding depends largely on parents responding to this request. In fact, over 35,000 meals distributed over the past four months and the 14,000 computer devices distributed were the result of this funding from the state and federal level. What’s more, our district qualified for more than a million dollars in additional funding thanks to parents assisting us to complete this form.


In the recent months, many people have lost their jobs or dramatically reduced their work hours, and that has resulted in a dramatic reduction in their annual income. Our school district is ready and prepared to support students from these families in a variety of ways, including breakfast and lunch, counseling, family engagement support, technology and internet access, nursing support, and many, many other areas. Please assist us by providing this valuable information so that we may maximize the state and federal funding for students.

Vista Unified School District Community Updates

Please click the picture to read the latest update!

Spanish Version

Join the PTSA!

PTA connects families, schools and communities by providing programs and services at your child’s school. PTA is the nation’s largest volunteer-led child-advocacy association working to drive improvements in the education, health and well-being of all children and families. When you are a member of PTA, you are an advocate for your child and for all children. Click HERE to join!

"Test-And-Stay": Keeping More Students In School!

Now that we have testing available on campus, students who are identified as close contacts (meaning students who have no symptoms but are identified as being within 6 feet of a Covid-positive person for 15 minutes or more) no longer automatically have to quarantine. Instead, the San Diego County Department of Public Health is allowing us to keep students in school if parents/guardians consent to having them rapid-tested here by Inspire Diagnostics twice in a week. If you receive a phone call informing you that your student was a close contact, here are your options: Vaccinated students don't have to quarantine unless they have symptoms. Families of unvaccinated students will have the option to keep them in school and have them tested, or take them home to quarantine. (Extracurricular activities will be limited during the test-and-stay period) We hope this will minimize interruptions to your student's in-person education while keeping safety at the forefront.

New Options for Testing on Campus!

Inspire Diagnostics is now offering free Covid testing on campus for students and staff! Testing is available 5 days a week with parent/guardian permission.

Current Covid Policy

With the Covid situation things are constantly changing! We hope to help our families understand the current protocols for Covid Symptoms and Exposures!


If your child has Covid Symptoms, regardless of vaccination status, they must:

-Stay home for 10 days OR

-Return before 10 days with a Negative Covid test submitted to the school AND

*No Fever for 24 hours

*No Symptoms

Nurse must clear your Covid Test and notify you before you can return.


If your child was in Close Contact they must:

If your child was in contact with a Covid Positive Person and they are fully vaccinated they DO NOT have to quarantine!

If your unvaccinated child was in contact with a Covid Positive Person AT SCHOOL they can:

-Stay home for 10 days and return on day 11

-Stay home and test on or after day 5 from exposure and return on day 8

-Remain in school ONLY if they Covid test within 24 hours and also on day 5,6 or 7


Questions? Please contact Assistant Principal Megan Ratliff at 760-726-5611 or check out the latest Covid Decision Tree.

Positive Cases This Week

This is a courtesy notice to inform you that there were positive cases of Covid-19 at VHS this week. These individuals have been isolated and their close contacts have been quarantined. If you were not notified, your student was not identified as a close contact and there is nothing you need to do. To protect privacy, we do not release names or other personal information. This notice is only a courtesy. Free testing and vaccinations are available - please see the Vista Unified Health and Safety Page. You can check the current Vista High School case count at the VUSD Covid Dashboard.
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Get Vista Vaccinated!

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New Covid Testing Sites at Vista Innovation Center and Vista Adult Transition Center!

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Important - Current Mask Mandate

As a reminder, face masks are required for all students and staff when inside a classroom, on a school bus, or indoors at any school setting before, during and after school!

Covid-19 Decision Tree for the new year!

Please click on this LINK to view the new decision tree!

Panthers After Hours


Panthers After Hours Students - do you need a boost to help you get your grades up and prepare for finals so that you end the semester strong?


You can get help in any subject or just get help getting organized and managing your time by coming to the library any day after school and talking with one of our friendly tutors. We are open until 5 everyday EXCEPT during the week of finals. When we have minimum days during finals, Panthers After Hours is open until 2 pm.


Check out our calendar of activities on our website, www.panthersafterhours.com and remember - we serve every student a free meal at 3:30pm each day. If you have any questions, email Mrs. Camplisson at kimberlycamplisson@vistausd.org

Athletic Clearance Packet

Want to play a sport? You will need to fill out this packet and get it signed by a doctor. When you have it complete turn it in to your Coach or the Athletic Trainer.


Athletic Clearance Packet

Senior Pictures

Seniors! Keane Studios will be back for one FINAL day on December 9th. If you haven't gotten your Senior picture taken yet and would like your photo in the yearbook, take advantage of this opportunity! Check your emails for a personal booking link, or go to https://www.keaneseniors.com/book-session

Senior Cap & Gown Ordering

Vista HS Seniors, our graduation products supplier Jostens would like to encourage you to submit your graduation order for senior items including your cap and gown.


Orders can be placed online at www.jostens.com, or through the Jostens Service Center in person or over the phone (858-486-2020). If you have questions please contact Jostens directly by phone, through Instagram @jostens_tallguy, or email our Jostens rep, Mark Boyer, at mark.boyer@jostens.com.

Senior Hoodie Orders

If you ordered your senior hoodie before September 19th, your hoodie is in the finance office. Please bring your student ID with you before school, during lunch, or after school until 3:00pm. If you missed this group of orders, you can still order one by Friday, December 3rd. Hoodies ordered by December 3rd should arrive 2-3 weeks after that date.

Grad Nite at Disneyland - Friday May 20

Grad Night Senior trip will be to Disneyland on May 20, 2022! Tickets will be available for purchase soon.

Need Help with College/Financial Aid Applications?

Seniors if you need help with college or financial aid applications you can get assistance every Wednesday during lunch and after school in room CLC3.

Earn 5 Star Points for your House!

Panthers, don’t forget to earn your 5-Star points by dressing up Mondays in House colors, Wednesdays in college, military, or sport gear, and Friday in VHS swag. Get points during Panther Time or your middle block. Rewards will be going out to students soon! If you don’t have 5Star, it is NEVER too late to start. Sign up at 5starstudents.com.

Little Free Art Gallery

All students are welcome to take part in VHS's first ever Free Little Art Gallery. You do not need to be enrolled in an art class to participate. For more details please see Mrs. Figueroa in J14. Come be a part of this fun opportunity where you're not only creating art but also trading art!

VTown Student Store Now Open!

Find us between the I and H buildings during lunch. Masks are required to enter, and we only accept cash. We have drinks and snacks available. If you have any remaining purple Club Carnival tickets, you can save them for our next one, or you can use them in the student store.

Ballet Folklórico 💃🕺

Ballet Folklórico meets every Tuesday in the Choir room (N-11) from 2:45pm-4:30pm. No experience necessary. Come dressed in comfortable clothes and bring LOTS of water!


Please see our Counselor, Ms. Contreras or our Community Liaison, Ms. Dalia, in the main office for more information ☺

MORE CLUBS!

  • German Club meets at lunch in V4 on Wednesdays.

  • Together Club meets at lunch in V8 on Thursdays.
  • Christian Club meets at the flag pole at 8am for Parlor Donuts and prayer.
  • AVID Club meetings will be on Fridays in C20 after school.

  • Vista Surf Club meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month during lunch.

  • S.T.A.Y. Woke Club now meets every other Wednesday at lunch in D13.

  • GSA Club meets Tuesdays during lunch in D20.

  • Key Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays at lunch in V31.

  • Mariachi Club meets every Thursday after school from 2:30pm to 4pm.

  • Panthers After Hours Esports/Video Gaming program is open to all students Monday-Thursday from 2:30 to 5:00pm in room M14.

  • Get involved in the Black and African American Student Union! See Mrs. Wakefield in Room D13 or click here.

  • Panther After Hours Ceramics with Ms. Magnuson meets on Wednesdays from 2:30-4:30 in J11.

  • Support our Arts Programs by making or buying buttons! All sales are on even days, the first 15 minutes before school and the last 15 minutes after school. See Mrs. Figueroa in Room J14.

  • For more VHS Club Info click here.

Cooking Classes

  • Do you want to learn to be a better home cook? If so, make sure to check out Miss Janet's cooking classes after school on Mondays and Thursdays. Hurry over to the Panthers After Hours cooking room in the M wing. The class is open to the first 15 students who arrive.

Library Is Open!

The library is open before and after school, and at Nutrition Break. No pass needed!

New Panther Primetime YouTube Channel

Watch this Week's Video HERE!! Please subscribe to the new PPT YouTube Channel for weekly broadcasts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBnipBu6hYE

California Department of Education Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide

Meet Your Administrators

Please click on the button to open the VHS Admin Webpage

Hapara Internet Safety and Monitoring

This is an important tool to assist teachers with digital citizenship and classroom management. It is important that parents are aware of the privacy policy and our adherence to the ethical monitoring policy.

Hapara Parent Letter English

Hapara Parent Letter Spanish

VHS Title 1, Part A School-Parent Compact

Please click HERE to view this document.

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

IMPORTANT INFORMATION 🔎

Counseling & Social Emotional Resources

Vista High School is committed to the Social and Emotional needs of all students.


Social/Emotional Supports & Links


https://vhs.vistausd.org/counseling


Vista Virtual Wellness Center:


https://sites.google.com/view/vhswellnesscenter/home

Family & Community Engagement ♡

The Importance of Community Engagement


The work we do as Community Liaisons is built on interactive methods that bridge communication between our school and the community. Our culturally rich experiences serve as our foundation for helping our students and their parents in a safe and loving environment. Based on the demographics of our community, Spanish is the home language for many of our families and for this reason we provide bilingual support while also acknowledging and honoring all languages, backgrounds, and narratives. We assist in facilitating families with access to communication and resources. In our mission, we strive to make our greatest efforts to preserve our connections and encourage learning and education for both our students and their families. -Dalia R. Hipolito Martinez

Community Forum Follow-up

Hello Panther Families!


We would like to thank all of the parents who attended our first Community Forum of the school year on Wednesday October 13th. Your input is extremely essential in cultivating an understanding of how we can best serve our students. Our goal is to close the feedback loop so that you know what decisions are being made at your student's school. Through our conversations and the information we receive we can provide these directly to VHS Action Groups and help facilitate future action.


Here are some of the topics were discussed at the forum:



  • Campus Security
  • COVID Health
  • Mental Health
  • Dress Code




*Next Community Forum: December 8th, 2021*

Upcoming Community Events

Día de los Muertos

Your VUSD Community Liaisons are working tirelessly in preparation for our Annual Día de Los Muertos event hosted at the Vista Innovation Center. The event is scheduled to take place during the first week of November. This day is dedicated to our cultural and tradition to honor our loved ones who has passed away. Join us for fun crafts, live performances, and a beautiful evening with your friends and families.


(Contact Ms. Dalia for more information)

Resources & Additional Information for Families

Information & Technology Workshops


Good news! Technology workshops will be available for parents every week.

Tuesday afternoons at 1:00pm to 2:00pm and Thursday evenings at 5:00pm to 6:00pm.



Parent Volunteers 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♂️

Are you looking for ways to be involved in service for our students and community?


(Contact Ms. Dalia for more information)


Community Resources


Wavecrest Cafe Meals

San Diego Food Bank

Brother Benno Oceanside Services

Vista Teen Outreach

Vista Community Clinic

North County LGBTQ Resource Center

North County Lifeline Community Resources



With love,


Dalia Hipolito Martinez


daliahipolitomartin@vistausd.org

(760) 726-5611 Ext: 71047

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