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Sticker Shock “Drinksgiving” to “Blackout Wednesday”

By   /  November 21, 2016  /  Local  /  No Comments

The North Coastal Prevention Youth Coalition (NCPYC) rallied together on Monday November 21, 2016 to conduct a “Sticker Shock” campaign at 19 alcohol retail stores in Oceanside and Vista in an effort to prevent underage drinking at home parties. From “Drinksgiving” to “Blackout Wednesday,” Thanksgiving Week has been associated with binge drinking, particularly for young […]

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The Secret Garden at Alamosa Park Elementary

By   /  October 26, 2015  /  Local  /  No Comments

Since arriving in Vista back in 2003 we have made many new friends. We tend to be drawn to people that are making a difference in the community. One of our new friends does a lot to make Vista the lovely place we now call home. I’m referring to Nancy B. Jones but thousands here […]

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Vista Magnet Middle School Students Booking It To Peru

By   /  September 28, 2015  /  Local  /  No Comments

Ray Huard ….  About 20 students from Vista Magnet Middle School watched in awe as their counterparts in a small town in Peru clamored to get bookmarks handmade by students in Vista and elsewhere in the United States. “I don’t know if I would get that excited about bookmarks,” said Vista seventh-grader Emily Brown. “I’m, […]

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Learn About City Operations Through Vista Leadership Academy

By   /  August 1, 2015  /  Local  /  No Comments

Opportunity For Residents/Business Owners to Learn About City Operations Through Vista Leadership Academy The City of Vista will host its fall Leadership Academy beginning in September. The free program is designed to give residents and business owners an insider’s view of their local government and to build a stronger relationship between the City and the […]

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Vista Visions Academy, Which Is Very Different From Traditional Schools

By   /  July 27, 2015  /  Local  /  No Comments

Ray Huard.…Nicole Trousset was looking for something different for her three children’s education. “They always did well in school, but were incredibly stressed out,” Trousset said. She wanted something that challenged her children, renewed their excitement in learning, and had a flexible schedule that let them spend more time with their family. What she found […]

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Classical Academies Invites New Students to Enroll for the 2015 School Year

By   /  January 16, 2015  /  North County  /  No Comments

  The Classical Academies are an organization of tuition-free California public charter schools serving grades K-12 in Escondido, Vista, Oceanside, and Online. New students are invited to attend an Open House event at one of 7 school locations. The community is invited to meet the teachers, view the curriculum, tour the campus, and learn more […]

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Author Excites Third Graders With Tales of Derring Do

By   /  December 15, 2014  /  Local  /  No Comments

  By Ray Huard ….Imagine you can fly on the back of an eagle, soaring high above the clouds then zooming back to the ground to rescue a bear cub that’s fallen into a churning river, Joe Brown said to a room full of third graders. Even better, imagine that roomful of third graders sitting […]

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Community Conversations Connect Parents to Schools

By   /  December 6, 2014  /  Local  /  No Comments

By Ray Huard …. Parents want drug-free zones around their schools. They want more after-school programs. They want art and music lessons for their children. They want their kids to be learning things that will get them ready to go on to college or find a good job. Some say they need help knowing how […]

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Vista Teaching Team A Winner For Other Districts To Follow

By   /  December 2, 2014  /  Local  /  No Comments

By Ray Huard…. Vista schools have scored a hit with their team of teachers teaching teachers. Called content support resource teachers, the specially trained group of 15 teachers was formed last year to help with the ever increasing use of new technology in the schools and the switch to Common Core teaching practices. Their work was […]

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Elementary School Boundaries Changing

By   /  November 24, 2014  /  Local  /  No Comments

By Ray Huard ……Elementary school boundaries in the Vista Unified School District are likely to change in preparation for an expected influx of students from new housing developments already under construction or planned for the near future. “It’s a balancing of enrollment across the district and it’s to accommodate the new growth,” said Donna Caperton, […]

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Casita Principal Climbs To Rooftop To Get Students Reading

By   /  November 20, 2014  /  Local  /  No Comments

By Ray Huard ….With dark gray storm clouds threatening, Principal Laura Smith sat on the roof of her elementary school, alternately reading from her laptop computer and shouting greetings to passing students. “Principals do this,” said Smith, who’s also kissed a pig and ridden around the school track wearing an outlandish costume to inspire students […]

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Four Southern California School Districts Superintendents to Travel to Washington

By   /  November 17, 2014  /  North County  /  No Comments

School superintendents from Chula Vista, Oceanside, Poway and Vista are traveling to the White House to be recognized for their leadership in helping transition their districts to digital learning, the districts announced Friday. The four local superintendents are among 100 top school leaders in the United States who were selected by the Department of Education […]

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Vista Schools Take Pride in Young Artists

By   /  October 20, 2014  /  Local, News  /  No Comments

By Kimberly Haagenson…. October 18- This year’s Vista Unified School District Festival of the Arts featured artists from all levels of experience, from all classes (Kindergarten through High School) and from all forms of art: visual, music and dance. Students from all over the Vista Unified School District were encouraged to submit an art piece […]

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VUSD Accepted Into Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools

By   /  October 6, 2014  /  Local, News  /  No Comments

Ray Huard  Vista Unified Communications Consultant…Vista Unified School District selected to join national network of school districts committed to demonstrating, evaluating, and scaling innovation Washington, D.C. | September 23, 2014 ­–  Digital Promise, a national, independent nonprofit organization authorized by Congress to accelerate innovation in education, today announced that Vista Unified School District is one of 11 school […]

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Linda Rhoades Recreation Center Opens

By   /  September 22, 2014  /  Local, News  /  1 Comment

  A $5 million recreation center is officially opened in an under-served neighborhood north of downtown Vista. The Linda Rhoades Recreation Center and its adjacent playing fields are on the grounds of the Vista Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, in the city’s Townsite area. Students have been able to use the new synthetic-turf soccer […]

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Many Changes In Store At The Start Of The New Year Vista Unified School District

By   /  August 15, 2014  /  Local, News, North County  /  No Comments

By Ray Huard … Smaller classes, more teachers and the opening of a new magnet school for middle school students are among the many changes put in place at Vista Unified School District for the Aug. 18 start of the new school year.Perhaps most noticeable from the outset will be structural and aesthetic changes to […]

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