"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.
California School's are now being funded under the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). The critical plan associated with this funding is the Local Control & Accountability Plan (LCAP). You can find out more about LCFF and LCAP by going to the California Department of Education's website. Vista will keep you up to date on what's happening with LCAP here on our website so you can have awareness & input on the process.
1. A survey is being sent out to all Vista parents. You will receive a copy from your child. The hard copy of the survey was printed on blue paper. You can return the survey to your child's teacher. If can also access a copy of that survey by clicking here.
5th Graders Go To Los Angeles
Vista's 5th Graders recently went to Los Angeles and took in the Griffith Observatory & Hollywood Bowl Museum (shown below).
Vista's Preschool Students love to learn from our sixth-graders.
The Cat in the Hat Came to Vista
The Cat in the Hat came to Vista to celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday.
Vista Middle School Students have participated in some fascinating real-word, & hands-on, learning recently. In January 2014 our middle school students visited the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles in order to bring history alive. They also researched how buildings can be built to better withstand earthquakes. Finally in January 2014 our middle school students worked with students and staff from University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) to build their own solar car. Thank you middle school teachers Ms. Santos, Mr. Robertson, and Mrs. Blackwood for making learning engaging and meaningful for our 6th - 8th grade students.
Vista Orchestra "Rocks!"
Under the expert tutelage of Mrs. Blackwood, the Vista Orchestra excels through hard practice and the joy of music.
Congratulations 2013 Volleyball Champs!
Coach McGraw led the Vista Wildcats to the 2013 Santa Ynez Junior High School League Volleyball Championship. From left to right are Al Fimlaid (Assistant Coach), Violet Beraldo, Mikayla Butzke, Corinne Butzke, Kelsea McGraw, Angelina Rojas, Kristine Fimlaid, Caitlin Foley, Avenlea McGraw, Lauren Lemus, Karen McGraw (Head Coach), and Lauren Holsted.
Dates to Remember
This Month's Character Building Block is...
Healthy Food Choices
Vista students are able to select healthy fruits and vegetables thanks to our amazing Food Service Coordinator, Corina Raya. Thanks Corina!
Smarter Balanced Assessment Website
Smarter Balanced Assessment Resources
Click Here to Order Giving Bean Coffee
Drink Coffee and Support Outdoor School
If you like your morning cup of coffee and would like to support out 6th Graders going to Outdoor School then we have the perfect fundraiser for you. Click on the "Giving Bean" link and you will be given the opportunity to purchase coffee or tea you might buy anyway but these profits will go towards supporting our Sixth Graders going to Outdoor School. Thanks!
The following article was clipped from the Lompoc Register.
D.C. here we come!
Proposition 30 / Education Protection Account (EPA) Spending Plan
Please click here to view Vista's Proposition 30 / Education Protection Account (EPA) Spending Plan.
Battle of the Books 2014
2014 Battle of the Books List The Battle of the Books is a Santa Barbara County competition. Four Vista students will be selected to attend the competition which draws students grades 4-6 throughout SB County. Vista representatives will be selected based on the number of Battle books read and Accelerated Reader scores. Students in grade 4-6 for the 2013-2014 year are eligible for BOB. The competition will take place on April 30, 2014.
Santa Barbara County Public Library Find out about reading programs and activities at your local library.
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. For more information please click the Vista Volunteers tab at the top of this page.
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." I bet you can predict which letter it will be in 2014 as we make sure we are a drug free one letter at a time.
The Vista Mobile App is Now Available for iPhone & Android
Vista now has a mobile app for your convenience
To download the Android version please click on the Android image to the right, click here, or simply search for "Vista Del Mar" in the Android Marketplace.
State and Federal Accountability
Vista's performance on the state of California's Academic Performance Index (API) for 2013 is 911!
Vista met all required targets for the federal Adequate Yearly Progress Accountability System.
80% of our students scored Proficient or Advanced in Language Arts and 76% of our students scored Proficient or Advanced in Math.
You can view all of Vista's official accountability from the California Department of Education by clicking here.
School Accountability Report Card (SARC)
Since November 1988, state law has required all public schools receiving state funding to prepare and distribute a SARC. A similar requirement is also contained in the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act . 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.
Vista's current SARCs can be accessed by clicking on the link below:
Since 2010, 45 states have adopted the same standards for English and math. These standards are called the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Having the same standards helps all students get a good education, even if they change schools or move to a different state. Teachers, parents, and education experts designed the standards to prepare students for success in college and the workplace. The assessment tied to these standards will be administered beginning in the 2014-15 school year. Please use the links below to find out more information about standards:
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.