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 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. 

Second Trimester Parent Conferences

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The week of February 8 - 11, 2016 is Parent Conference Week. There will be minimum days every day, 12:26 dismissal.  There is no school-provided after school care that week. Students in grades K - 5 will each have a conference scheduled. Your child's teacher will send home a notice.  Students in grades 6 - 8 will have a conference on an as-needed basis.  Your child's teacher will contact you if a conference is being scheduled.  Child care is available on a sign-up basis through the Vista Volunteers.  Click HERE for all the details. 

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"Touch a Truck"

On Saturday, March 5 at 10:00 a.m. there will be a fun "Touch a Truck" event at Bethania Preschool in Solvang.  Please click HERE to see the flyer with all the cool details. TOUCH A TRUCK.JPG

Buellton Rec @ Vista

This winter's offerings for after school opportunities at Vista from Buellton Recreation can be found by clicking HERE.  Please register by going straight to Buellton Rec's Website by clicking HERE.  buellton rec image.PNG

The 2015-16 Honor Roll and Principal's List can be viewed by clicking HERE.honor roll.jpg

My School Bucks

Vista now offers an easy way to make payments for lunches and transportation online for your convenience.  The name of the site we are using is My School Bucks and can be found at www.myschoolbucks.com. Click HERE to see a flyer with the easy steps necessary to get started. 


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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

Science Fair 2016

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


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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. 

Authors-Go-Round 2016

Theater Department


The Vista de Las Cruces Theater Department with director, Elizabeth Campbell, will be putting on another production this year! Sign ups and try outs start the week of February 16th and will continue on through the Spring every Tuesday and Thursday after school for an hour with extra rehearsals 2 weeks before the final show on May 19th and 20th. There may be a limit on the number of participants this year.  Priority will be given to the older classes if necessary. We many call everyone for every practice.  But rehearsals and attendance are mandatory when called. You may be asked to help with your child's costume. This is mostly a volunteer operation so please pitch in where you can. We will determine which play we will be doing soon! Join Facebook "Vista de Las Cruces Theater" page for updates and important information. We will send all future information via e-mail and via facebook page so check regularly. Cost for the program is $75. Checks can be made out to Vista Volunteers please. Contact Erin Pata (erin@butterbeanstudios.com) or text her at (805) 451-1016 for more information.

Benefit Concert

Thank you Jeff Bridges, Chris Pelonis, Kim Pelonis, Traci Collins, Vista Del Mar Foundation, and all the parents and volunteers who came through in a big way to make the January 15 Concert such a success for Vista's Children.  It was the very best combination of teamwork, fun, hard work, and success.  Please click HERE to see a local news story on the event. 

8th Grade Writers!

Our school-wide focus this year is Student Writing, especially the Writing Process.  Check out these 8th Graders making it happen!



We Love to Read!

Red Ribbon Photos

Each of the past four years during Red Ribbon Week we have formed one letter of our school's showing we consistently stay drug free. We do this with an aerial photo. This wonderful opportunity is provided by the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation. 

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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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Read Across America

Dr. Seuss's Birthday is March 2, 2016

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.

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.  

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.

Morgan Hill Case

Click here for CDE's update on the Morgan Hill Case.