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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.

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).



Reading Buddies

Vista's Preschool Students love to learn from our sixth-graders.                Reading Buddies.jpg

The Cat in the Hat Came to Vista

The Cat in the Hat came to Vista to celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday.  

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Hands-On Learning

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. 

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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

   Date(s)                                        Event                                                                                                 

April 11 Spring Olympics (at Vista School)
April 14-18 Spring Break (No School)
May 6 Teacher Appreciation Day
May 26 No School (Memorial Day)
May 29 Open House
June 12 Last Day of School (@ Refugio)


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!      

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Quick Links

Smarter Balanced Assessment Website

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Smarter Balanced Assessment Resources

Click Here to Order Giving Bean Coffee

Giving Bean coffee fundraiser for roast-to-order coffee and artisan tea

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!

Let's Dance!

The following article was clipped from the Lompoc Register.

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Upcoming Events

Today: 4/16/14

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.

Accelerated Reader Book Finder Use bookfinder to check a book's AR and content level. Accelerated Reader info click here.

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.

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. 

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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. 

Teacher Pages

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

Mrs. Thielst       Ms. Boaz     

Mrs. Esdaile       Miss Santos


Accelerated Reader

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:

2014 School Accountability Report Card 

Academic Standards

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:

Common Core State 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.