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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.

What's Up Doc? Hands-On Learning, that's what's up!

There's no better way for students to learn to appreciate nature than to get their hands down in the dirt and do some gardening with our Chief Gardener, Mrs. Thielst.  These Kindergarten students are showing off the "fruits" of their labor.  garden kids april 2015.jpg

Mother's Day Flower Sale - Vista 8th Grade Fundraiser

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Vista Theater Club Presents...The Wizard of Oz

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The Alley Cats are coming to Vista on Tuesday

There will be an All School Assembly on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 @ 1:30 in the Auditorium. The Vista Volunteers has arranged the “Alley Cats” to come present to our students. The Vista Volunteers arranged this FREE of charge. “The Alley Cats present an interactive, fun, and informative assembly - teaching students about elements of music and performance through one of America's own musical art forms: Doo-Wop. Since the Fall of 2001, the group has performed at over 2,000 schools throughout the United States.” You can check out their website at: http://www.thealleycats.com/arts-ed.iml.                                            

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Week of May 4, 2015 - Teacher Appreciation and Book Fair

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This is just a reminder that Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week is the week of May 4, 2015.  Actual Teacher AppreciationDay is May 5, 2015.  We have amazing teachers and staff at Vista.  
Also, that same week, May 4-7, is our very popular Book Fair in the library. Thank you Mrs. Fimlaid for organizing the Book Fair for us!

Smarter Balanced Practice Tests

If you would like to see the Practice Smarter Balanced Tests please click HERE.  Students can take these tests on their own if they want. Teachers can display them to the whole class to discuss the items together.  Students can work on the problems in cooperative groups.  They can be used in any way that helps support our students.  

Roadmap for Vista's Future: Community LCAP Input

Our Governance Team (School Board + Administration) invites your input.

Who:           All Vista Community, Parents, & Staff

What:          Public Hearing

When:         Wednesday, May 13, 2015 @ approximately 6:15 (following the regular board meeting)

Where:        Vista Library

Why:            To hear community input on a Roadmap for Vista’s Future.

Background: Vista is a very unique school and we want to preserve the qualities that make it special.  At the same time, we are being faced with some difficult budgetary decisions in our effort to ensure the long-term stability of our amazing school.  One of our District Goals is to achieve a balanced budget in the years to come.  We hope to begin on that path and make significant progress in the next 2-5 years. Our governance team is seeking the public’s help to ensure that we don’t overlook any possibilities and ideas for positive change that you may have. We believe your input on how we may accomplish this challenge is vital to our success.  You are welcome to submit ideas prior to the meeting on our online input forum by clicking HERE. All input will be used to help inform our Local Control & Accountability Plan (LCAP). 

First Grade Field Trip

In April 2015 our Vista's first-grade students took a field trip to Buellton to learn about civic services such as police, fire, and postal.  They learned a lot and had a great time doing it.  IMG_0828.JPG

"Strive for 95"

Vaccines are safe and essential.  This is the key message of the "Strive for 95" campaign here in Santa Barbara County.  To learn more about the campaign, including upcoming events, please click on the links below.


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Vaccines are safe and essential 

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!!

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!!

100th Day of School

Vista celebrated it's 100th Day of School on Monday, February 9, 2015.  The picture below shows how our Kindergarteners celebrated this special occasion. Screen Shot 2015-02-10 at 5.52.49 AM.png

Author Go-Round

Ten Vista students qualified to attend the county Author Go-Round.  It was an amazing event for our students to participate in.  Congratulations students and thank you Mrs. Fimlaid for organizing and Jill for driving the kids to the event.  


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Common Core State Standards

Vista's teachers have wholeheartedly embraced the transition to Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  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 Common Core yourself.  


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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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 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.

Quick Links

Teacher Pages

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

Mrs. Thielst       Ms. Boaz   

Ms. Carricaburu 

Mrs. Esdaile       Miss Santos


8th Grade Class of 2015 D.C. or Bust!!

VASE is Back!

The Vista After School Enrichment (VASE) Program is back and better than ever with the help of the Buellton Recreation Department. Vista will have many enriching opportunities including Theatre, Cricket, Nature Track, Cooking, and Gymnastics.  If you are interested in signing up your child for one of these courses please click HERE to register.  We also have enrichment during the school day in the form of Karate with Sensei Brian.  


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Smarter Balanced Assessment Website

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Proposition 30 / Education Protection Account (EPA) Spending Plan

In 2013-14 Vista Del Mar received $22,592 in revenue from the Education Protect Account and our expenditures were $19,452 from that fund in 2013-14. 

Please click here to view Vista's Proposition 30 / Education Protection Account (EPA) Spending Plan. 

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. For more information please click the Vista Volunteers tab at the top of this page.

Substitute Teachers Needed

Are qualified to substitute teach?  Would you like to work in a wonderful school environment?  If your answers are "yes" to these questions please click HERE and apply to be a substitute teacher at Vista.  We have lots of Professional Development going on for our teachers this year so there will be many opportunities to sub. 

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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The Vista Mobile App is Now Available for iPhone & Android



Vista now 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. 

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. 

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