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Weekly Newsletter - October 2, 2020

Thank you to everyone that joined us for our Virtual Back To School Night that went Live on our website Oct. 1 at 6pm. If you missed it, you can still access all our Back To School Night information by clicking the link above!
Class of 2024 - Freshmen Orientation
This video will introduce our newest Panthers to Vista High School and all we have to offer!

The Wellness Center

The Wellness Center is open virtually! Students can now speak to a a Wellness teacher five days a week by either emailing, clicking the “contact” tab directly from the Wellness Center page on the school website or asking any teacher to put in a referral on their behalf. The Wellness Center is a safe place for students to speak to trusted teachers who can help navigate issues that students may be struggling with. Working directly with counselors, social workers and school psychologists, the Wellness team is here to provide support, or get students in touch with the next line of defense. VHS Wellness Center Website

Final Changes to Master Class Schedule

Hello, Panthers!

We hope that this week's Newsletter finds you all in good health and great spirits. As was mentioned earlier, recent additions in staffing due to increased enrollment require us to balance and even add some classes, ensuring the appropriate number of students are in each class.

Our wonderful Vista HS staff & counselors will continue making schedule changes into next week in an effort to balance class sizes across both virtual and classic models. As a result of this necessary process a number of students' schedules may be changed. Students, please be sure to check your Student Portal on Monday morning to if these operations have affected your schedules. In the event your schedule has been changed, please log into your new course. Your grade from your previous class will follow you to your new course.

We anticipate the changes may cause some frustration, but please know the changes being made are necessary to account for increased enrollment (which is a good thing) coupled with the challenges faced in offering courses in both classic and virtual environments. Thank you for your patience and support!


VHS Administration

Vista Institute for Parents

The Vista School District has put together a team of family liaisons, teachers, and administrators who developed a support system for parents called the Vista Institute for Parents, or VIP, to assist them in playing a key role in our school year launch in a virtual environment. The purpose of the VIP program is to:

  • Facilitate access to academic supports
  • Prioritize care and connection
  • Build technology literacy
  • Help families navigate the education system
  • Support for Canvas, Academics, Tech and much more!

Click on the VIP Picture above to learn more!

FREE Course for Adults!

Learn eight (8) essential Habits of Mind that may help your student and/or family (click the button below).

Dessert with the VUSD Superintendent

We invite you to participate in the Dessert with the Superintendent on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 from 6:00PM to 7:30PM via Zoom. It is a great opportunity for the VUSD community, parents, and staff to ask questions to our VUSD leadership team through chat. We hope to see you there (click the appropriate button below)!

Student Distance Learning Security Issues and Procedures

  1. Due to security reasons expect teachers to AUTHENTICATE students when participating in a ZOOM meeting

  2. Therefore, ONLY use your school email and login information, not personal emails and...

  3. You will ONLY be allowed to "enter" a ZOOM classroom if you use your student email address

  4. Email your teacher if you have issues logging in with your student email address

  5. Students who willfully attempt to enter a ZOOM or other VHS virtual classroom using a false email address or screen name may be removed from online participation and/or be subject to administrative disciplinary action.

  6. Password or other technical issues? Let your teacher know, contact the front office, contact VUSD IT Dept. at 760-726-2170 Ext. 92500 or email

Student Expectations in Online Virtual Environment

  • Students will be held to the same mutually respectful behavioral standards in virtual classrooms as they would be in actual "brick and mortar" on-campus classrooms.

  • Check school email accounts and/or Canvas daily for updated information for each class.

  • Complete assignments and assessments assigned by each teacher

  • Attendance will be taken daily- check with your teacher(s) to understand the procedures

  • Submit all work in a timely manner

  • Respond to communication from each teacher

  • Follow the Academic Honesty Policy as outlined in the VHSHandbookEnglish/VHSHandbookSpanish

ASB Updates

Students and families can follow us on Instagram at @vhsasb, Twitter at @VHSPanthers, and Facebook at @vhsasb.

General Information

Yearbook photos will need to be submitted directly to the staff until we return on campus. You can upload pictures at, and the userid is 415474137.

Did you miss picture day? Contact Gerardy Photography at 760-747-2263(local office) or at 1-800-298-7770(main line) or email them at to get a retake for the yearbook and ID photo.

Yearbooks are on sale now for $70, and they can be purchased at or via the webstore VHS webstore


Senior Yearbook Portraits

Seniors MUST have a portrait taken through Keane Studios if they want a portrait featured in the yearbook. Seniors should go to to reserve a date for their senior portrait. On-campus dates will be announced based on current health orders. Seniors CANNOT use an outside photographer for the yearbook. The deadline will be before winter break, so time is limited.

Senior Spirit Wear

Seniors can order their shirts/hoodies at the VHS webstore. The first order deadline is October 23rd, and an announcement will be made once those orders are received. Shirts are $18, and hoodies are $38.

Graduation Announcements & Cap/Gowns

Please be on the lookout Monday Sept. 28 for an extremely important email AND text message from Jostens regarding the order process for graduation items. These items include graduation announcements, class jewelry, senior keepsakes, and most importantly your cap and gown. Due to current government restrictions we will not be able to host our annual campus order options so Jostens is opening up the option to order online or at their office in Poway. If you have any questions once you receive the information from Jostens please call their local Jostens office at 858-486-2020, or email our Jostens rep at If you'd like to see how other seniors are celebrating their senior status follow us on Instagram (<- just click). We will be giving away senior gear throughout the year!

Open 11am - 3pm Monday - Friday

Jostens Poway Service Center

12455 Poway Road Ste E

Poway CA 92064


2021 Counseling Senior Year Roadmap

Seniors! College and Post Secondary Planning Guide from our Counselors!

Parent Portal Access

Our Community Liaison can assist with this at 760-726-5611 ext 71047. Email is

PASS AmeriCorps

Click button for PASS AmeriCorps webpage!

VUSD COVID-19 Annual Notification

Important information regarding COVID-19

Library Information

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Bell Schedule

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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:

College and Career Center

Students can contact Mr. Soderback our College & Career Center Technician for work permits or any college or career associated networking opportunities.

760-726-5611 Extension 71055

College & Career Google Classrooms
While about 70% of students are in the classrooms already, some are not, and it's best to have them sign-up so they don't miss out. Make sure to check-in several times a week to see new posts if you don't have notifications turned on. If you have juniors or seniors - you *really* need for them to be in these. Take a moment and make sure they are signed up using the codes below:

Instructor's Class Code : 5yjzrhz

Senior - Class of 2021 : po7z6vk

Junior - Class of 2022 : cq44gyt

Sophomore - Class of 2023 : bdgaxhn

Freshman - Class of 2024 : 7dw4odv

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