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"Learning for Life"

The mission of Vista de Las Cruces, a collaborative, historically rich community, is to guarantee students a safe and positive environment from which they will emerge as well-rounded, forward-thinking citizens.   

2015-16 LCAP Attendance Goals

Our 2015-16 LCAP Attendance Goals are:

Daily Attendance Rate: 96%

Tardies: Under 300 for the year

Let's do it! You can earn another beach day celebration. 


Teacher Pages

Click on the teacher's name to view their webpage.    

Learning Websites

The following websites have been endorsed by Vista Teachers. Check them out.



Kindergarten: National Geo E-Books, Storyline

1st Grade: ABCya

2nd Grade: AAAmath, NatGeo Science

4th Grade: Math Drills

5th Grade: Shepard Software

6th Grade: AAAmath

Middle School ELA: Interactives

Middle School Science: Society for Science

The NED Show

On November 9, 2015 @ 9:15 a.m. Vista will host The NED Show Assembly. The presenters focus on ANTI-BULLY Behavior and much more.  You can check out their website at www.thenedshow.com. NED stands for a great message:

Never give Up            

Encourage others              

Do your best              

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Healthy Food Choices

Vista students are able to select healthy fruits and vegetables thanks to our amazing Food Service Coordinator, Corina Raya.  Thanks Corina!

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Science Fair 2016

My hypothesis is that we will have some stellar science fair projects again this year. 


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Read Across America

Dr. Seuss's Birthday is March 2, 2016

About Us

Vista del Mar Union School District, established in 1923, is a single-school district located in the unicorporated area of Gaviota, approximately 30 miles north of scenic Santa Barbara on the central coast of California. The District Office and its K-8 school, Vista de Las Cruces, are surrounded by foothills covered with twisting sycamore and oak trees and fragrant coastal sage. The school and its surrounding communities embrace the valley's rich history into its curriculum, providing a warm atmosphere and creative educational educational experience for each of its students.

VASE is back

VASE is Vista's After School Enrichment Program and it has been developed in response to Vista's original LCAP Parent Survey. We've had the good fortune to develop relationships with community members and organizations in order to bring the best possible learning opportunities to Vista's students. 




Screen Shot 2015-10-10 at 1.11.30 PM.pngWe have some fantastic offerings again from Buellton Recreation including Cricket, Nature Track, Art, and Basketball. Click HERE to see the flyer for Buellton Rec's Offerings. Click HERE to go to the Bulleton Rec website and sign up for something.  



We are also offering a Writer's Playshop.  This is an exciting new opportunity for students who love to engage in creative writing and will be led by published author and former Vista Teacher, Cynthia Carbone Ward.  Click HERE to see the flyer.  If you want to sign up for this FREE opportunity please just e-mail me.



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Finally, in January of 2016 we are starting up "Club CCR" for students in grades 3-8 interested in Coding, Chess, and Robotics.  Click HERE to see the flyer about Club CCR and click HERE to sign up. 


6th Grade Math in Action

Middle School Math & Science

SBAC Score Samples

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Students in grades 3 - 8 at Vista last school year will be receiving results from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test they took this past spring.  To get a head-start on understanding these new results we are providing sample score reports and a video on the reports from the California Department of Education.  The links for these resources are below.  The video is in English and is just a few minutes long.  After the English video finishes, a Spanish version begins.  Please remember that these results will be baseline results.  The results will not be the sole measure of school performance, they are just one part of a much bigger accountability remodeling effort.  The scores cannot and should not be compared to the old STAR scores.  The two tests are so different from each other it's truly an "apples to oranges" situation.  


SBAC Results CDE Video                     

SBAC Sample Score Report

Lompoc Bus Stop - Thank You

I just wanted to say a big, huge, "ginourmous," THANK YOU to all the parents at the Lompoc Bus Stop.  As you can see by the attached pictures everyone is cooperating and parking in unison thus creating a very safe and orderly bus stop for our children.  Teamwork makes the dream work.  Plus, nobody was parked on the area with weeds and brown grass thus making sure we do our part in preventing any fires.  Finally, nobody was parked on the lighter colored concrete so there was a clear designated place for the bus to park. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.  

Red Ribbon Week Aerial Photos

For Red Ribbon Week 2012, Vista's student body and staff dressed in red and formed the "V."  In 2013, we did the same thing for the letter, "I." In 2014, we curved around and made our "S."  Guess what's next?  Can you remember where you were in all three pictures?

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 This year, Red Ribbon Week takes place October 23-31, 2015.  The theme is "Respect Yourself.  Be Drug Free. Click on the picture below to learn about cool Red Ribbon Week Activities.


We Love to Read!

Quick Links

Parent Portal

Vista now has a Parent Portal that ties directly to our Student Information System, Illuminate.  All parents will receive an e-mail regarding how to register for the system. Clicking on the icon below will take you to the login site.


Renaissance Place

Vista uses Renaissance Place for their STAR diagnostics and Accelerated Reader & Accelerated Math applications. Students and Teachers can click on the icon to go to the Renaissance Place website and log in.



Vista Volunteers

The Vista Volunteers meet at 3 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month in the Staff Lounge. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

Vista Del Mar Foundation

The Vista del Mar Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated solely to the betterment of education at Vista de Las Cruces School. The mission of the Foundation is to provide additional funding to the Vista del Mar Union School District to support co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.

State Standards

Vista's teachers have wholeheartedly embraced the transition to new State Standards.  Besides continuing to gain a deeper understanding of the standards themselves, teachers are using programs such as College Preparatory Math (CPM), Engage New York Math, and Lucy Calkins's Writer's Workshop in their classrooms. We are also focusing on the 8 Standards of Mathematical Practice (SMPs) across the entire school Preschool - 8th Grade.  Below are some helpful links you can use to learn more about the standards yourself. 

Vista Mobile App

iPhone_5_34L_Black_120910_HERO.jpgVista has a mobile app for your convenience.  To download the iPhone / iPad version, please click on the iPhone image to the left, click here or simply search for "Vista Del Mar" in the Apple App Store. 

Click here to download the app for Android. 

Kindergarten Ready

Santa Ynez High School's Future Educators of America has developed an innovative program called KindergartenReady. Click HERE to check out how it can help you with your children ages 4 - 6.