"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.
The following websites have been endorsed by Vista Teachers. Check them out.
1st Grade: ABCya
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
Do your best
Healthy Food Choices
Vista students are able to select healthy fruits and vegetables thanks to our amazing Food Service Coordinator, Corina Raya. Thanks Corina!
Science Fair 2016
My hypothesis is that we will have some stellar science fair projects again this year.
Read Across America
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.
We 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.
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
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.
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?
We Love to Read!
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'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.
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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.