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Weekly Newsletter - June 4, 2021

Vista High School Class of 2021 Valedictorian and Co-Salutatorians!

Please join us in congratulating this year's Valedictorian and Co-Salutatorians! Well done, Panthers!!
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Graduation FAQs!!

Please read the attached FAQ sheet regarding the Graduation Ceremony.

Spanish Version

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Final Exams Schedule

The last three days of the semester June 16, 17 and 18 will be final exams. Please see the below schedule! Last day of school is June 18!
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Senior Finals Schedule

Seniors please follow this schedule for your finals!

Yearbook Distribution June 9 - 11!

The distribution schedule for pre-purchased books is:

Wednesday, lunch, room D14

Thursday, lunch, room D14

Thursday, after school, room D14

Friday, lunch, room D14

Friday, after school, room D14

Students must have an ID to pick up their books. They can still be purchased at Finance, for $85, while supplies last.


Exciting news! XQ is once again working with award-winning international artist JR and his renowned Inside Out Project to build a new and improved XQ Yearbook. We are so proud of the incredible resilience and hard work you’ve all done this year and can’t wait to feature the faces and captions of XQ students as we launch this nationwide.

Last year, we had over 18,000 grads from across the country participate as part of the Graduate Together television special. This year, we’re inviting ALL high school grade levels to submit their photo, leave their mark, and make an impact. We asked students what mattered most to them and based on what we learned, we’re donating $2 per approved submission in support of student mental health.

Want to see how your students can participate? Check out this explainer video (pw: xq).

Here are some bonus ways to get your school community involved:

  1. Direct your students to XQYEARBOOK.COM, (password: xqyearbook) so they can be among the first submitters and have increased visibility in the XQ Yearbook feed.

  1. Register for the XQ Schools Early Access Yearbook Party on Tuesday, May 25th from 4-5 p.m. PST / 7-8 p.m. EST to learn more about XQ Yearbook—and some special activations we have planned! Come join, participate in the yearbook, share stories, and connect with others in the XQ community.

  1. Use the toolkit to share early access to the XQ Yearbook with students in your community—and encourage them to participate! Find sample emails to send to your students and parents.

Together, let’s build the largest high school digital yearbook ever!

VHS Summer School Notification

It is with great excitement that we invite your student to sign up for Summer programs at Vista High School. We have two different programs occurring throughout the summer.

  1. Enrichment Program -energize your student with a strong interest in learning and exploration. This free program is open to all incoming VHS students grades 9th-12th. This program is not for credit. Some programs include: Camp Panther, Strength and Conditioning, video game design, among others. For a detailed schedule, go to this link. All classes are subject to sufficient grant funding and sufficient enrollment.
  2. Bridge Program - for our incoming 9th graders and current 10th graders from 8:00 a.m.-10:00a.m. This program is not for credit.
  • Freshman Orientation (August 9 - 13th). Could run parallel to/with Camp Panther

  • Team-building

  • Study skills/organization

  • Campus orientation

  • ELD-component - TBD

  • Social/Emotional support


On Monday, May 17, the Health and Human Services Secretary, Dr. Mark Ghaly, made this statement that the state will not be changing its face covering guidance to align with the new CDC recommendations for vaccinated people at this time. As a result, face coverings are still required in all CA state office spaces and learning and teaching spaces in our schools and classrooms, including outdoor spaces (except when eating/drinking).

All people who come on to Vista Unified School District campuses, including Vista High School, must wear a mask in accordance with state and county guidelines for the use of face coverings.

Vista Unified School District Community Updates

Please click the picture to read the latest update!

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Vista Unified Vista Virtual 2.0 for 2021 - 2022 School Year Interest Survey

We remain committed to supporting families as we transition back to in-person learning in the fall. As promised, our team has been working on alternative options for students who may need to continue in a virtual learning format during the 2021-22 school year. In our initial stages of planning, we are consolidating the virtual learning model into one school.

Please respond to the following survey by Friday June 11, 2021 if you are interested in having your child enroll in Vista Virtual 2.0 next year. We will share updates about program details with you in the coming weeks so that you are able to make an informed decision. We will open the registration and transfer process in mid-July 2021. It is important to note that once enrolled in the new Vista Virtual 2.0, this commitment will need to be for the entire school year so that we are able to arrange for appropriate staffing.

Vista Virtual 2.0 Interest Survey - English

Vista Virtual 2.0 para el año escolar 2021-2022

Continuamos con nuestro compromiso de apoyar a las familias del Distrito a medida que hacemos la transición de regreso al aprendizaje en persona este otoño. Como prometimos, nuestro equipo ha estado trabajando en opciones alternativas para los estudiantes que necesiten continuar en un formato de aprendizaje a distancia para el año escolar 2021-22. En las primeras etapas de planificación, estamos consolidando el modelo de aprendizaje virtual en una sola escuela.

Por favor, complete la encuesta a continuación a más tardar el viernes, 11 de junio de 2021, si desea inscribir a su hijo en Vista Virtual 2.0 para el próximo año escolar. Compartiremos actualizaciones sobre los detalles del programa en las próximas semanas con el fin de que puedan tomar una decisión informada. Abriremos el proceso de inscripciones y traslados a mediados de julio de 2021. Cabe mencionar que una vez inscritos en el nuevo modelo Vista Virtual 2.0, el compromiso tendrá que ser para el año escolar completo para poder coordinar la contratación adecuada.

Encuesta de interés del modelo Vista Virtual 2.0

Student Spotlight!

Let's celebrate these VHS students and their outstanding grades!
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Decision Tree Guidelines

Please click on this LINK to view the COVID-19 Symptom Decision Tree.

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Free Tutoring!

Free tutoring and homework is available every weekday beginning at 2:45 pm. As part of Panthers After Hours, VHS teachers and tutors are here to help students with course content and assignments, and we can also help students get organized and make a plan to prioritize what needs done. Don't wait until the work becomes overwhelming! Even if you just want to chat to another human being while you do your homework, come check us out!

To join the Zoom tutorial sessions, join the Canvas class at this link

or email Mrs. Camplisson

VHS Athletics

Click on images below for more information!

Discounted Sports Physicals at 828 Urgent Care!

The event is a weeklong event. July 5th thru July 9th, 2021 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Cash or Credit ONLY! You must print and pre-fill the VHS Athletic Clearance Packet and take to it to the event. Must be accompanied by a parent (or guardian). A brother or sister over 18 DOES NOT count.
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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 Graduation Information Packet!

Need information on all things graduation?

Check out the 2020-2021 Graduation Information Packet for information on the ceremony, tickets, cap & gown and much more!!

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Senior Picnic June 15!

The senior class officers will be hosting a free Senior Picnic on the evening of Tuesday, June 15th. More details will be released soon. Be sure to SAVE THE DATE!

Need Senior Info?

Seniors, Be sure to check our Senior Information page on our website. We will continue to add important dates, announcements, and news as we get closer to graduation.

Graduation Lei Orders from Ohana Creations!

Shop online through the Panther Foundation at
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Want to Buy an Old VHS Yearbook?

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Stay Woke Club

With some of our awesome seniors graduating, STAY Woke Club is looking for new members to build upon the foundation of advocacy set. In the few short years that our club has been together, our members have received hundreds of community service hours, built partnerships with fellow youth across San Diego, and even earned a certificate of congressional recognition for their work. If you are looking to strengthen your resume or just want to make new friends, join one of our Zoom drop-in sessions to learn more.

LGBTQ Support!

Any LGBTQ students who would like to join a supportive group, please contact Ms. Al-Shamma in the counseling office.

Black Student Union

Anyone looking to join me to start the black student union (BSU) at VHS, please see Mrs. Lewis in room H15. Or sent an email at

Didn't get your Cap & Gown yet?

Seniors: If you didn’t pick up your cap and gown last week, you can now get them in finance with a photo ID. If you have a library fine, the library is holding your cap and gown.

Library Information

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New Panther Primetime YouTube Channel

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

Senior Awards Night!

Join us for VHS Senior Awards Night 2021 honoring the achievements of our seniors.

RSVP: Vista High School Senior Awards Night

Once you RSVP, you will receive a link to the event via email prior to June 14th.

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Seniors - Quick Survey Needed!

Hey Class of 2021!

I need to know if you have earned any scholarships or awards.

Many 4-year colleges may have included a scholarship as part of your award package (so make sure to check). You may have also applied to a local scholarship and won.

I want to make sure you are included in the Senior Awards Event for EVERY and ALL scholarships you have won.

As well, I want to know WHERE you are headed after graduation. What college have you accepted and signed with, going to community college, military, apprenticeship, etc.

This form will be kept open and you can come back and enter more information or change it as we go. Many seniors win scholarships up to graduation and even after.

Senior Awards and Destinations

College Visits

Visits by college admissions reps are still taking place before and after school. This is a great opportunity for juniors to start their college exploration process so that they can select next year where to apply. All visits are open to any grade level. No sign up is needed, just click on the zoom link at the time of the visit and you're good to go.

College Visits


From now until the end of April is peak Scholarship season. Seniors need to be searching for and applying for scholarships dollars. There is a scholarship for just about everyone. Make sure your senior is checking the Scholarship Bulletin on a regular basis and checking the College & Career Center google classroom. Many local scholarships will be coming up over the following months and local and regional scholarships are ones our seniors win each year.

Scholarship Bulletin

Are you interested in starting your own scholarship or have one to promote to our students? Please contact Mr. Soderback (


Employment - Students who are looking for a job can join us every other Tuesday after school for JOB LAB online. Register here for upcoming sessions.

Students who do get a job and are under 18 will need to have a work permit application signed by one of their parents, the new employer and Vista High School. The entire process is done online via email this year. This is the work permit application that needs to be filled in and emailed to Mr. Soderback (

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!

California Department of Education Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide

Virtual Meal Service Starts June 23rd

Meal Kits Available Wednesdays from 11AM - 1PM

Our Virtual Meal Service continues throughout the summer at six (6) locations across the VUSD community. We will continue distributing meal kits containing seven (7) days of breakfast & lunch, as well as bulk quantities of fresh, seasonal fruits & vegetables.

Foothill Oak Elementary
Grapevine Elementary
Luz Duran Park
Rancho Buena Vista High School
Vista Academy (VAPA)
Vista High School

There is no charge for the kits for children 18 & under, and children are not required to attend a VUSD school. Entrees will rotate as they have during the Spring, and bulk fruits/veggies will change weekly.

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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

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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Vista High School Honor V Awards

Each year Vista High School celebrates Honor V.

The Honor “V” Awards originated in 1984, with the first honoree being the late Tony Duran.

Since that time, specially selected individuals are honored each year that have contributed to VHS students and the community over a significant period of time.

Following the ceremony, the awardees’ names are engraved on a perpetual plaque and are on permanent display in the Honor “V” Quad at Vista High School.

The Honor V award is the highest award recognized each year at Vista High School.

This Year we are happy to announce that our 2020 Honor V Recipients are :

Sandi Barnes

Theresa McMahon

Tammie Wood

Beverly Taylor

Michelle Gibson

Congratulations to our 2020 Honor V Recipients. We thank you for your dedication and service to our students, staff and school community.

San Diego County Office of Ed School Social Works and Recognition Program Winner

The San Diego Office of Education hosted the first annual School Social Work Awards and Recognition Program; “Resiliency of School Social Workers: Impacting Meaningful Change in Challenging Times" on March 11, 2021.

Our very own, Maria Al-Shamma is the very first recipient of the Social Worker of the Year for San Diego County. Maria is such a blessing to our school and to our community! Congratulations on this well deserved honor!

New VHS Sports Complex Ribbon Cutting Ceremony!

Our new Sports Complex will have a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on June 8. This ceremony will be broadcast on our YouTube Channel. For more information please contact Anne Garcia at