We hope you find this site useful in finding practical information. We also hope you can spend a few minutes exploring all of the engaging activities that take place at our small but mighty school. Go Wildcats & happy surfing!
Vista's Garden Gala
Vista is hosting a Garden Gala on May 29, 2013 @ 1:00 in the auditorium.
Vista's own Mrs. Thielst has put together an awesome afternoon of garden learning and fun.
Click here to read the informational flyer.
Substitute Bus Driver
Dates to Remember
April 28, 2013
Dear Parents and Students,
The month of May will be an important and exciting month for Vista. We have State Testing (STAR) taking place this month, for example. We also have Open House, Eighth-Grade Trip, the Dunn Track Meet, the Spring Book Fair, Spring Olympics, & the Garden Gala taking place this month. I can’t wait to experience all of these activities with Vista’s staff, students, and community. See you soon.
Principal's Trivia Time
May's Question: Name the seven continents.
Send me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the correct answer by June 5, 2013 and you will win a PawPat and a free Corina Cookie.
Congratulations to May's Trivia Winners: Skyler Haggerty, Owen Lyon, Kristine Fimlaid, Paris Wynne, Erin Pata, Adam Pata, & Angelina Rojas.
The Vista Volunteers meet at 3 p.m. on the second Wednesday 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.
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 links below:
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 and Federal Accountability
Vista's Growth Academic Performance Index (API) for 2012 is 904! This is the first time Vista has ever surpassed the 900 mark on the API. Congratulations on this amazing accomplishment. You can view all of Vista's official accountability from the California Department of Education by clicking here.
California schools are currently in a transition phase with academic standards. The current state standards, originally published in 1997, will be in place until the end of the 2013-14 school year. California's Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program, based on the 1997 standards, will also be in place until the end of the 2013-14 school year. Meanwhile, we are working on gradually transitioning to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
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:
Dunn Track Meet 2013
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.
Santa Barbara County Public Library Find out about reading programs and activities at your local library.
Battle of the Books
Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program for public school students grades 4-6. Vista Students Nataly Burgos & Anna Pata qualified to attend by reading all 30 books on the recommended booklist. They attended the event on April 18, 2013 with Mrs. Esdaile.
Vista's Sixth Graders once again participated in the annual Outdoor School April 16-19, 2013. Below is a picture of them getting ready to take off for the big excursion. If you scroll down to the very bottom of this page you can see some pictures of them in action. Thank you Mrs. Fimlaid for attending the camp with our students and for serving as Vista's Supervising Adult.
The goal of the Vista After School Enrichment (VASE) program is to provide our students with unique and enriching opportunities in the areas of academics, arts, and athletics. Half of Vista's students are participating in the program this spring. Mrs. Wedmore is coordinating Soccer and Mrs. Blackwood is coordinating chorus. The program takes place on Tuesdays & Thursdays through May 16, 2013. Students are learning and having fun as you see from the following 30 second video: VASE Spring 2013
For earning an API of 904 last year, Vista's students got to celebrate with a fun day at Boomer's.
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss
Green Eggs and Ham
Would you like them...in the Principal's Office?
Who is that cool cat?
Red Ribbon Week
"V" is for Vista
Mars Rover Assembly
The Vista de Las Cruces Campus