"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.
Smarter Balanced is Here
We are smack dab in the middle of our state testing using the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Test. This is the computer-based test that all students in grades 3 - 8 in California (and in 19 other states) are taking this Spring. This test replaced the old STAR Test. Students have been overall focused and well-prepared.
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. If you have any questions about SBAC please feel free to contact me (Scott Turnbull) or your child's teacher.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
Healthy Food Choices
Vista students are able to select healthy fruits and vegetables thanks to our amazing Food Service Coordinator, Corina Raya. Thanks Corina!
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.
The Vista Mobile App is Now Available for iPhone & Android
Vista 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.
Click on the teacher's name to view their webpage.
8th Grade Class of 2015 D.C. or Bust!!
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 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.
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?