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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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Exciting Year Forcast As Vista Unified Readies For 100TH Anniversary

By   /  August 29, 2016  /  Local  /  No Comments

Ray Huard ….Look for this to be a stellar year for the Vista Unified School District as the district celebrates its 100th anniversary, Superintendent Devin Vodicka said as students headed back to classes.Speaking to more than 1,200 teachers, counselors and administrators who gathered at Mission Vista High School for a recent professional development day, Vodicka […]

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Fun and Games with Math And More At Vista Magnet School Summer Camp

By   /  July 8, 2016  /  Local  /  No Comments

Ray Huard …  Eighth-grader Kulpreet Chhokar and two of her classmates at Vista Magnet Middle School came up with a game where players have to add, subtract, multiply and divide number fractions to move around a game board. Whoever gets enough of the answers right to complete a circuit around the board wins. “It’s similar […]

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Temple Heights Elementary Honored By Apple

By   /  July 8, 2016  /  Local  /  No Comments

Ray Huard …Temple Heights Elementary School has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program for 2016-2018 for providing iPad tablets to each of its students to support personalized learning. “When you walk into a Temple Heights classroom, you feel the energy as young students research topics, create interactive projects, collaborate and share them with their […]

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