Vista Oaks Update

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Friday, April 12, 2019

**Mark Your Calendar**


  • TODAY: Vista Oaks’ Got Talent (info. below)

  • April 13th: Fishing Derby (Info. below)

  • April 15th-26th: State Testing Dates, no classes on campus. Special Education services will be held the week of April 15th but not the week of April 22nd.

  • May 2nd: Stockton Ports game (info below!)

  • May 9th: Incoming Freshman Meeting at 2 p.m. in Portable 5. All incoming Freshman and their parents are invited!

  • May 28th: 8th grade graduation at 4:30 and 12th grade graduation at 6:30 in the Excelsior Middle School gym. (more info for seniors below and more info to come for all!)

High School Events

  • May 10: Murder Mystery Party


It’s State Testing Time!

Morning Sessions: 9-11:30 a.m.//Afternoon Sessions: 12:30-3 p.m.

**Students CANNOT be on campus between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.**

What should my child expect during testing days?

  • Please be sure that your children come to school after a great breakfast or lunch.

  • Popcorn will be served at break!

  • Since research shows that chewing gum helps kiddos stay focused, there will be a Bubblegum Buffet in each classroom and children will get to choose a piece of gum to chew in each session (mints will be offered for those who can't chew gum!)

  • Because we want children to take their time and do their best, they will only be allowed to complete two sections each day.

  • If students finish more than 30 minutes early, we will call you to come pick them up. If they have 30 minutes or less left of the session, we will let them wait in their testing room and read or draw.

What should my child bring?

  • Headphones! Most of the test has sections that require headphones, plus this helps cancel out noise, so it'd be great for your child to bring headphones they're comfortable wearing. Earbuds will be provided for those who need them.

  • A book to read. If your child finishes with less than 30 minutes left in the session, we will give them time to read or draw.

  • Water bottle.

We make sure that the environment of testing is supportive and exciting. We emphasize that this is a chance for our kiddos to show off what they've learned and that we are so proud of them for doing their best!

Week 1 Room Assignments

Tuesday, April 16-Thursday, April 18

Morning Session


Room 13: 3rd and 4th with last names A-S

Room 12: 4th with last names T-Z and 5th

Room 11: 6th and 7th with last names A-E

Room 10: 7th with last names F-Z and 8th with last names A-H

Room 4: 8th with last names I-Z and 11th grade

Friday: 10th/12th grade Science testers in room 4

Afternoon Session


Room 13: 3rd and 4th with last names A-G

Room 12: 4th with last names H-Z, 5th, and 6th with last names P-Z

Room 11: 6th with last names A-O and 7th with last names A-K

Room 10: 7th with last names L-Z and 8th with last names A-Ga

Room 4: 8th with last names Gr-Z and 11th

Week 2 Room Assignments Will be posted by the child’s name when you arrive!

Tuesday, April 23-Thursday, April 25

Changes for Next School Year


Due to the large number of classes missed on Mondays, we are changing our High School Days to TUESDAY and THURSDAY for next school year!

In addition, we are now offering BIOLOGY to 9th graders! Next year you will see two sections that are available to both 9th and 10th graders so we can keep our current Freshmen on track and offer it to our upcoming Freshmen!

ENROLLMENT: Course Selection Sheet from your Advisor


We are making a big shift with Core classes and will be offering them to 7th and 8th graders on a non-Enrichment day this year. On TUESDAYs, they will have the following Core class choices:

7th and 8th graders:

Language Arts

Science (Physical this coming year and Life Science the following)

8th graders only:


7th and 8th graders may take 1-3 classes as applicable. The class sizes are limited and will likely fill up quickly!

ENROLLMENT: Course Selection Sheet from your Advisor


Since we are moving our High School class days, we will also be moving our Enrichment Days! Next year, Enrichment classes will be offered on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday. Your child is still invited to take one day of classes. Classes offered will be The Wheel, Art, and Math Games and Strategies. Various Specials classes will be offered for enrollment in August.

If your 7th/8th grader takes Core classes on Tuesday, they can ALSO attend a day of Enrichment!

Due to the Monday holidays, the 1st semester these kiddos will have two fewer classes than the Wednesday and Friday classes, so their semester fee will be a bit less. The second semester, all students have the same number of class days offered.

ENROLLMENT: Google Form emailed by your Advisor in May

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Below is what we learned in April. Thank you for another wonderful year of Enrichment with your kiddos!

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Math Challenge!

The LAST Math Challenge is here! Please give your completed challenge to your advisor or leave it in Pam Jacobson's box.
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Vista Oaks' Got Talent

April 12


Old Gym at Vista Oaks

Come witness some of the best Vista Oaks talent at our 3rd annual Talent Show! These students will amaze you with their skills! You'll see magic, dancing, instruments, skits, singing, and more! You won't want to miss this fabulous family night. **This is not a drop off event. Parents must accompany their children**

If you have a talent to share, please contact Amy ( for information.

Fishing Derby

Join Jr. Leadership for Vista Oaks Fishing Derby!

Saturday April 13, Antioch Pier, 9:00

Whether you are learning to fish for the first time or advanced fisherman, join us!

We will supply a small amount of bait.

High School Graduation Information

Tuesday, May 28


Big Gym at Excelsior Middle School

Graduation will be here before we know it! GRADUATES: Here are a few things you need to know:

  1. Graduates need to arrive at the gym with cap and gown at 5:30 (you will be contacted when the caps and gowns arrive)
  2. Would you like to participate in the ceremony (lead the pledge of allegiance, sing, etc)? We'd love to have you! Contact Amy:
  3. There will be a short photo slide show showcasing all of our graduates. Please submit the following photographs via email by April 19: baby photo, first day of school (kindergarten), 3 - 4 fun photos, and a current photo/senior photo.

Graduating from High School? What's Next?

Seniors, where are you headed after graduation? We would love to recognize our seniors who are going to college after graduation! Please email the High School counselor, Margie Giltner, at your name and the college (4-year or junior college) you will attend in the fall. If possible, please also include a copy of the acceptance letter from your college. Please send your email no later than April 26.

Here are the workshops we have scheduled this year!

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New Vendors!

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Turn Markers Into Energy

Your Junior Leadership Team is coordinating a special program at our school in conjunction with Crayola. It’s called Crayola ColorCycle – an amazing program devised to repurpose used markers rather than sending them to landfills!

The ColorCycle program has repurposed more than 70 tons of expended markers in the United States and Canada since 2013, and uses the most advanced plastic conversion technologies available today to make wax compounds for asphalt and roofing shingles as well as to generate electricity that can be used to heat homes, cook food, and power vehicles.

All around Vista Oaks, students and teachers will be collecting used markers that are ready to be discarded. Please help support our efforts by sending your kids in with any used markers you may have around the house - even non-Crayola brands! Highlighters and dry erase markers can also be included. Drop-off boxes will be located in the Art Room and the Oak Room for your child to deposit the markers.

Thank you in advance for participating! With the help of parents like you across the country, the Crayola ColorCycle program can continue to keep tons of plastic out of landfills each year.

Remember, don’t throw out that used marker—ColorCycle it!

Oak Room Hours

Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

We collect Box Tops!

Please be sure to clip and trim any box tops you may have and bring them into the Oak Room. Our school earns $.10 per Box Top. Thank you!

Parking at Vista Oaks

Please do not park along the fence or in the lot in front of our school. Those spaces are reserved for the Byron School District Office. Thank you!
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