Panther Press

Sept. 10, 2021

Virtual Back to School Night Sept. 16

Hello Vista High School Families,

This is Assistant Principal Megan Ratliff with a special invitation for you.

VHS Back To School Night 2021

Next Thursday, September 16th, we will be hosting our virtual back to school night at 6:00 PM.

We invite you to join us for a live virtual presentation by our Principal Mr. David Jaffe and our administrators from 6:00-6:30 PM. A link will be available on the home page of Vista High School’s website Thursday evening.

Afterwards, we will share a website full of teacher presentations where you can find videos and links to get to know your students’ teachers.

We welcome you back to Vista High School and hope you will join us next Thursday evening, September 16th, at 6:00pm online.

Thank you!

Megan Ratliff

Assistant Principal Vista High School

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!

English Learner Advisory Committee

ELAC Promo, Sep 2021

Get Vista Vaccinated!


To sign up, click here

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VHS Covid Information

Hello Panther Families!

We have been excited to welcome our students back into the classroom this fall! With that comes the unfortunate reality that we are still living in a pandemic and Covid cases will arise. I know this information can be concerning. Please know that our staff is working tirelessly to create a safe environment for your students. Thank you for sending your student to school in a mask every day.

We have had several positive cases on campus since the beginning of the year. Those students are required to quarantine, which means they are not permitted to attend school on-campus. We also take the tracing of "close contacts" very seriously. Close contacts are those who have been within 6 feet of the positive person for fifteen minutes or more in 24 hours. These families have all been notified and their students also need to quarantine unless they are fully vaccinated.

We want to be sure you know that your students are able to continue uninterrupted in person when they are fully vaccinated. Vaccinate students who are identified as a close contact are able to continue their schooling in-person as long as they are symptom free.

Please see todays announcement from our superintendent, Dr. Doyle, titled "Get Vista Vaccinated: Vista Works for You" in English & Spanish.

Have a wonderful weekend, Panthers!

Megan Ratliff

Assistant Principal


Esteemed Parents,

We have completed eight days of school so far this year. Our health and safety procedures are working well. We are now focusing on taking every action necessary to reduce the impact of quarantine procedures on students. We need your help to commit to the following actions. Thank you for your consideration. Let’s keep kids in school.

Health and Safety Call to Action for Parents

  • Action #1: Notify your school immediately if your child or any member of your household becomes ill with COVID-19.
  • Action #2: Keep your child home from school if they have ANY of the symptoms listed on the decision tree guidelines (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea).
  • Action #3: Keep your child home from school if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive. They should NOT return to in-person learning until given a return date by our nursing staff. This includes exposure to someone living in the home who is positive.
  • Action #4: Do not send your child back to school if the child or anyone in the household is awaiting a COVID-19 test result. Only send your child back if they have a negative test result or if they have completed the entire quarantine period.
  • Action #5: Have your child vaccinated if they are 12 to 17 years old. Remember, your child will not need to be quarantined if they come in close contact at school if they are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic. The vaccination will keep them in school and able to participate in all of the extracurricular activities like athletics, band, dance, ASB, etc.

If we can proactively respond to these five calls to action, then we can dramatically reduce the impact of quarantine on all students.


Matt Doyle, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Vista Unified School District

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

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Important - Reopening Information!

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!

Please click on the picture below for more information on Reopening.

Vista Unified School District Community Updates

Please click the picture to read the latest update!

Spanish Version

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Welcome to the 2021/2022 School Year at Vista Unified!

Click below to see a message from our Superintendent and School Board members!

Spanish Version

Welcome Back To School

Remind - New Communication Application!

Vista Unified School District is committed to engaging families as partners in education. We continue to refine our communication systems to provide up to date information about teaching and learning, collaboration, family engagement, and college and career pathways. One important improvement of our plan is to implement a more efficient and seamless communication platform called Remind. The information below provides a preview of this important new feature of our communication plan.

We are excited to share that Vista Unified School District is rolling out Remind district-wide! If you're not already familiar with Remind, it's a classroom communication tool that makes it easy to stay involved with your child's learning. Remind is free to use, and you'll be able to get and send messages on any device—even a simple text message from your phone!

As part of this rollout, official accounts will be created for all the educators, parents, and students. You will receive an email or text message from Remind. All you need to do is follow the steps in the message to finish setting up your account. Here is a video demo to see how Remind works.

We're excited to make connecting with our families more engaging!

Covid-19 Decision Tree for the new year!

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

Panthers After Hours

Vista High's After School Program is up and running with plenty of activities for everyone. We have homework help in the library everyday, and have added some clubs like cooking, mariachi, ballet folklorico, and competitive video gaming. We have so much to offer every student, and best of all, it is free. Check out our calendar of activities on our website, and remember - we serve every student a free meal at 3:30 each day. If you have any questions, email Mrs. Camplisson at

Click for more information panthersafterhours

VHS Athletics

Click on images below for more information!

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

Homecoming Dance

The Homecoming Dance takes place on Oct. 2! More info to come soon!

Student Parking Permits

Attention students- If you are parking on campus, please be sure to get your parking permit put on your car as soon as possible. You MUST have a parking permit in order to park on campus. Citations will start being issued on Monday, September 13th for anyone parked without a permit. Get your parking permit today in finance for $30, $25 with a Panther Pass/ASB card.

Senior Yearbook Portraits

The official senior yearbook photographer is Keane Studios. Only portraits from Keane will be used in the yearbook.

All families should have been contacted via email directly from Keane with information about scheduling a senior portrait. Go to for information.

Keane Studios will be on campus October 5th and November 9th and 10th. Use the link above to schedule your appointment.

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.

Senior Hoodies and Shirt Orders

  • The first deadline for senior hoodie and shirt orders is Friday, September 17th. Orders will be available for pickup approximately 2 weeks after the deadline. Order yours today here! VHS Webstore

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!

Students, Vtown, our student store, reopens today! 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.

Ballet Folkloriko

Ballet folklórico meets every Tuesday in the Choir room (N11) from 2:45-4:30. No experience necessary.

Mariachi Club!

Are you interested in being part of VHS's Mariachi club? No experience is necessary! Our first meeting will be Tuesday, September 7th after school in room V-5. Talk to Mr. Muratalla in the counseling office for more information. See you there!


  • German Club meets at lunch in V-4 on Wednesdays.

  • Together Club meets at lunch in V-8 on Thursdays.

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. On Thursday 9/16 we are cooking Bistro Mac and Cheese. On Monday 9/20 it's Fajita Quesadillas and on Thursday 9/23 it's Avocado BLTs and smoothies. Hungry? Then hurry over to the Panthers After Hours cooking room in the M wing. The class is open to the first 15 students who arrive.

Girls Golf

We are looking for girls to join the team! Girls golf practices Monday-Thursday at 3:30pm. We can provide golf clubs if needed. Girls who are interested should email Coach McGregor!(
New Panther Primetime YouTube Channel

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

Gear Up Workshops!

Register for one or both workshops by following this link -

Spanish Flyer

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California Department of Education Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide

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


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

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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!

Welcome Back, Panthers!

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First Day of School is August 18, 2021!

We look forward to having all of our students back on campus for the 2021 - 2022 school year! August 18, 19 and 20 will run from 7:30am to 2:20pm and each day will be all class periods.

District School Calendar 2021-2022

Senior Pictures through Keane Studios

The official senior yearbook photographer is Keane Studios. Only portraits from Keane will be used in the yearbook. All families should have been contacted via email directly from Keane with information about scheduling a senior portrait. Go to to book a session as soon as possible. On-campus dates will be announced soon. 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.