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Mission Vista High Schoolers Tops In French Language Competition

By   /  June 15, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Ray Huard …. Top honors for achieving a perfect score in a national French language competition went recently to two Mission Vista High School students. Panny Nhia Yi Ly and Amelia Oxarart were platinum winners – the highest award – in the 82nd Le Grand Concours Competition. They were among 16 students in the Vista […]

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VISTA SCHOOLS WIN TOP AWARDS FOR INNOVATION

By   /  June 5, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Ray Huard … Top awards for excellence in education were earned by Vista Innovation & Design Academy (VIDA) and the Vista Unified School District by an organization that connects business leaders with educators. VIDA, a Vista Unified middle school, was given the 2017 Impact Award from the San Diego-based Classroom of the Future Foundation (CFF) at […]

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Minihorses Bring Smiles To Murray High Students

By   /  May 15, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

 Ray Huard … Fatima Martin was stunned when she saw two horses no bigger than a child’s hobby horse standing in the courtyard of Major General Murray High School. “I didn’t know they existed that small,” said Fatima, a junior. Rootbeer and Edward are two miniature horses who visited Murray High School as part of Helen […]

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Education Fair Touts Importance Of Early Learning

By   /  May 11, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Ray Huard.…Not so long ago, children started school in kindergarten, or maybe even first grade. If parents still wait that long to put their children in school, their children will start their education with “a distinct disadvantage” that often sticks with them as they progress through school, said Carol Herrera, a trustee of the Vista […]

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MISSION VISTA HIGH’S ANNE FENNELL IS TOPS IN THE NATION

By   /  May 8, 2017  /  Local  /  1 Comment

Ray Huard …. She’s the best in the country, so said Magnet Schools of America in giving its top award to Mission Vista High School music teacher Anne Fennell. Fennell, who heads the Visual and Performing Arts Department at the Vista Unified School District high school, has been named National Magnet School Teacher of the year […]

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VISTA UNIFIED STUDENTS WIN STATE PHOTO CONTEST

By   /  April 24, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Ray Huard…. Sophie Crawford wanted to depict the struggles and challenges she and others overcome as they work through high school. She did it with a photograph of classmate Taylor Honore, wearing a red graduation cap-and-gown, holding what appears to be a diploma in his left hand, standing with arms outstretched on the running track at […]

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Middle Schoolers Build A System To Grow Plants In Water

By   /  April 20, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Ray Huard… Twelve-year-old Rachel Palmer has become a bit of an expert on aquaponics – the process of growing plants and fish in water. She and her classmates at Madison Middle School have built an aquaponics system outside their seventh-grade classroom with the help of Eco Life Foundation, an Escondido-based nonprofit that promotes sustainable farming. “It […]

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VISTA HIGH STUDENTS CELEBRATE THE ARTS

By   /  April 17, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

   Ray Huard…From the surreal to the practical, student artists at Vista High School put on a recent Celebration of the Arts show that stimulated and inspired. “It’s phenomenal,” said Leslie Cole, whose freshman son is an aspiring architect. “I see a lot of character in what they’re trying to say, very expressive,” Cole said. […]

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CAPTURING KIDS’ PASSION MAKES THIS SCHOOL A SPECIAL PLACE

By   /  March 27, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Ray Huard ….At Temple Heights Elementary School, third graders in teacher George Doyle’s class will welcome their parents to an April open house with a video they created on iPad computer tablets. With Doyle’s help, they discovered through the Internet how to sketch a self-portrait that will be included in the video, write a script, […]

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HELPING OTHERS BE THEIR BEST EARNS STUDENT COUNTY AWARD

By   /  March 26, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Ray Huard …. A Vista High School senior described by one of his teachers as “the real deal” has been named San Diego County March student of the month by the San Diego County Office of Education and San Diego NBC7. “I never thought this would happen,” Kevin Medici said as he was greeted by cheering […]

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Students Show Their Stuff At Vista Unified STEM Fest Expo

By   /  March 13, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Ray Huard …. From building insect habitats to testing herbal oils to see how well they battled bacteria, more than 400 students showed off their ingenuity and know-how at a recent Vista Unified School District expo. “Every year, I am amazed at what our students bring to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Fest,” said Kellie […]

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Student Photo Award Winners

By   /  March 3, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Ray Huard….An eerie photo of an 11-year-old girl appearing as a shadowy figure on a darkened walkway and a photo of a tattoo artist intently focusing on his work won two Vista High School seniors regional photography awards and a place in a national competition. Isaac Tapia and Tyler Bobadilla-Wright were awarded the top prize […]

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Rancho Buena Vista High Fields Its First Robotics Team

By   /  February 28, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

  Ray Huard … Calling themselves “Robohornz, 16 Rancho Buena Vista High School students for the first time ever built a robot that will challenge machines from more than 50 other schools in a regional robotics competition. “It’s exciting, but at the same time, scary,” said sophomore Ivan Chavarin. The Rancho Buena Vista team will take […]

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Vista Unified’s Career Technical Education program

By   /  February 20, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Ray Huard….Kelly McKinney is a woman on a mission – ramp up the high school courses in Vista Unified School District that give students the training to go to work when they graduate or move on to college for additional training. “We learned from the community that they’re asking for this,” said McKinney, who was […]

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STUDENTS GET OUT OF THEIR COMFORT ZONE WITH INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE

By   /  February 9, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

   Ray Huard…High school student Joseph DelVal discovered he had a knack for writing music. “I played music a lot, but I never really thought about composing,” said Joseph, a senior at Rancho Buena Vista High School. Classmate Alyssa Maloney created a one-woman theatrical performance of a scene from Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” done […]

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CHINESE STUDENTS EXCITED BY THEIR TIME IN A VISTA MIDDLE SCHOOL

By   /  January 30, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

  Ray Huard…. Shanghai sixth-grader Youan Xi said she was surprised to see every student at Vista Magnet Middle school working on computer tablets. “In the class, they use computers. We never use computers,” said Xi, one of 14 Chinese middle school students who spent a week going to classes at Visa Magnet. Zhao Jing, an […]

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VISTA SCHOOLS CHANGING THE FACE OF EDUCTATION

By   /  January 27, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

  Ray Huard…Something as simple as furniture is a sign of a school district on the move. So said Devin Vodicka as he reviewed progress made during his first five years as superintendent of the Vista Unified School District. “We’re swapping out furniture that stays in one spot, and we’re moving to the more mobile […]

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Vista Unified’s Jeff Geyer An Innovator For School Safety

By   /  January 7, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Ray Huard …. When San Diego County school official wanted to overhaul the way schools respond to threats on and off campus, Jeff Geyer of the Vista Unified School District was among those they turned to for help. Geyer, the district’s safety and environmental manager, had long felt that schools needed options beyond going automatically to […]

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Community Unites To Give Vista Unified Students Options For Higher Learning

By   /  December 29, 2016  /  Local  /  No Comments

Ray Huard …More students than ever in the Vista Unified School District are completing a series of courses needed to get into a four-year college in the California university system. But school officials say that’s not good enough. They’ve enlisted the help of community partners such as the United Way of San Diego County, North […]

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Vista Students Fill Empty Bowls With The Spirit Of Giving

By   /  December 12, 2016  /  Local  /  No Comments

Ray Huard …The soup was yummy – loaded potato, with bacon, cheese, chives and sour cream made and served by culinary art students from Vista High School. Better yet, it came in colorful ceramic bowls, each one a different work of art, hand-crafted by students at Vista Innovation & Design Academy (VIDA), a middle school […]

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