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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.

Awards Assembly + Spring Olympics

Friday, April 3, 2015 will be a big day for Vista.  In the morning we will have our Awards Assembly (breakfast @ 8:00, Awards @ 8:45).  Then, at 10:00, we'll head over to Riverview Park in Buellton for Spring Olympics.  Parents are welcome to attend (but not required to do so).  We'll bus back over to Vista in time for regular 2:45 dismissal.  Below are some links to documents to help us all be prepared and on the same page for our big day.  Please contact us if you have any questions. The address for Riverview Park is 151 Sycamore Drive in Buellton. Directions from Vista to the park are pictured below on the right. 





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8th Grade Spring Fundraiser

The 8th Grade Spring Fundraiser (Dinner & Drawing) has been rescheduled to April 18 and moved to Vista's Gym.  

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). 

United Way Summer Learning Opportunity

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The United Way is starting a summer learning opportunity in the Santa Ynez Valley called "Fun in the Sun."  It is aimed at helping students continue to learn during the summer months. It's a six-week program. It sounds like a fantastic opportunity.  It is for next year's (2015-16) 3rd - 6th Grade students.  

You can apply by clicking HERE

You can learn more about the program by clicking HERE.

You can always call the school office to learn more about it too.  We're here to help. 

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!!

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!!

Spelling Bee

The Vista Volunteers hosted their second annual spelling bee on Friday, February 6, 2015.  All participants did a fantastic job.  Vista will be sending the following students on to the County Spelling Bee:  Olivia Cortopassi, McKinley Weatherford, Anna Pata, and Lauren Wood.  Olivia and Anna were the final two contestants for the whole school and have been declared co-winners. Each will receive a Kindle!  

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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Egg Drop & Cell Models

Middle School Science can be challenging & fun at the same time.  Check out these photos for proof!

5th Graders Learn About Early Americans

During the first couple of months of fifth grade the students study Early Americans, and learn about how their location, and the natural resources of the area, affect their lives. Each student chooses a tribe and does research on that tribe. They then imagine they are a child from that tribe, write “autobiographies”, and do drawings of themselves and their homes, which are then displayed on a poster. At home they also have to create some kind of artifact using as little modern technology as possible to represent their tribe. This year’s projects were awesome!  Please check out the slideshow of all the projects below. 

Cross-Age Teaching: Vista's 5th Graders Helped Our Kindergarten Students learn about the human skeletal system

Cross-Age Teaching: Vista's 8th Graders Taught Our 3rd Graders about the Declaration of Independence

VASE: Jr. Chefs in Acton

Thursday, October 16, 2014 was the first day of the Junior Chefs Class.  It's a part of our Vista After School Enrichment (VASE) offerings. These students had fun making their own salad with homemade croutons!





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.  


Pyramid of Success

October’s character building block is Enthusiasm.  In Coach John Wooden’s book, Inch & Miles Journey to Success, Enthusiasm is represented by the character Rhonda the Robin who says:


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Students who can memorize and recite the poem to me receive 5 PAWPATS!!!!

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

6th Grade Camp GoFundMe Campaign

6th Grade Camp (i.e. Outdoor Science School) at Rancho Alegre near Lake Cachuma is a Vista tradition. This year's 6th Graders are trying a new tactic for fundraising by doing a GoFundMe Campaign.  Rather than giving up 50% or more of the profits to a fundraising company for random items, GoFundMe will allow students and families to see 100% of the proceeds (minus a small processing charge).  Every dollar will help. Thank you in advance for your consideration in donating to this worthy cause. If you would like to learn more about the camp's excellent program you can click HERE to go to their website. 

8th Grade Class of 2015

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. 

Teacher Pages

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

Mrs. Thielst       Ms. Boaz   

Ms. Carricaburu 

Mrs. Esdaile       Miss Santos


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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.

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.