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Early Childhood Education Fair

By   /  May 4, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Navigating  Toward Success an Early Childhood Education Fair will be held at the Linda Rhoades Community Center on Saturday, May 6th from 10 am to 1 pm.  Presentations on Health  and Food Tips For Home & Parenting Games & Play For Kids Meet Teachers and School Leaders Flouride Treatments & Sealants Availbable For Children Zumba […]

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Vista Unified’s Charlene Smith Wins Regional Honor

By   /  February 23, 2017  /  Local  /  1 Comment

  Ray Huard…Charlene Smith never imagined herself becoming a school principal, but the former accountant’s assistant, who doesn’t like attention, was named elementary school principal of the year by a group of her fellow educators. “I feel good for my team, because I feel like they’re getting the recognition they deserve as well,” said Smith, […]

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Vista Community Comes Out to Count the Homeless

By   /  January 30, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Vista, CA – January 27, 2017… On Thursday, January 27th the community came out to support the Annual Point in Time Count, a national effort to count the homeless. Operation HOPE-Vista served as the Site Coordinator for all of Vista and San Marcos. Twenty-two teams came out at 3:30 in the morning on a Friday, […]

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Vista’s State of the City Looks Better than Ever

By   /  January 26, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

TR Robertson …On Monday, January 23rd, city leaders, businessmen and women, educators, visiting dignitaries, and interested citizens gathered at the Vista Civic Center to hear from Mayor Judy Ritter and other speakers concerning the annual State of the City, the State of the Vista Unified School District, the State of Businesses and other organizations in and […]

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Dream Big, Work Hard, Middle School Students Told At Career Fair

By   /  November 24, 2016  /  Local  /  No Comments

Ray Huard …. Don’t take no for an answer and don’t let people say you can’t do anything. That was the advice that U. S. Air Force Reserve pilot Jengi Martinez gave students during a recent career fair at Madison Middle School in the Vista Unified School District. She was among dozens of professionals from a […]

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Vista Schools Included In National Vision Program

By   /  October 28, 2016  /  Local  /  No Comments

Ray Huard …. Students at two Verizon Innovative Learning middle schools in the Vista Unified School District will receive free, comprehensive eye exams as part of a vision care clinic hosted by OneSight, a global nonprofit working to eradicate a vision care crisis. Prior to attending the vision care clinic selected students, at Rancho Minerva Middle […]

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Vista Hosts National Conference On Using The Internet In Schools

By   /  October 17, 2016  /  Local  /  No Comments

Ray Huard ….Change comes so fast that teachers can no longer rely on printed textbooks to give their students relevant and up-to-date information, but finding alternatives is a daunting challenge. “We know that educators are already doing this, searching for resources,” said Kristina Peters, an open education fellow with the U.S. Department of Education Office […]

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Vista USD Named Golden Bell Award Winner for Personal Learning Challenge

By   /  October 13, 2016  /  Local  /  No Comments

Vista Unified Recognized with Top Statewide Honor … Golden Bell Award Highlights Effectiveness of “Personal Learning Challenge”; District’s “Moonshot” Gaining Momentum Vista, CA |  2016 – The Vista Unified School District has been chosen as a recipient of the state’s leading educational honor, the Golden Bell Award. The Golden Bell Award, now in its 37th year, […]

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Vista Unified Celebrates It’s 100th Birthday With a Look a Year of Acomplishments

By   /  October 13, 2016  /  Local  /  No Comments

Ray Huard …Vista Unified School District threw itself a birthday party bash recently, celebrating a year of achievement and starting a scholarship fund. “Really, it is a great time to be here,” Superintendent Devin Vodicka said at a fundraising dinner at Shadowridge Golf Course. An estimated $3,000 was raised as part of the celebration to […]

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Vista Unified School District Celebrates its 100th Anniversary

By   /  September 12, 2016  /  Local  /  No Comments

  Alison Sprague……… This year, the Vista Unified School District celebrates its 100th anniversary. In the late 1800s, three small schools were built in and around the city of Vista: The Buena Vista School in 1887, the Delpy School in 1894, and the Vista school in 1895. These three schools combined in 1916, establishing the Vista Union […]

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Students Tackle Real World Challenges With Service Learning

By   /  September 2, 2016  /  Local  /  1 Comment

Ray Huard… A group of fifth graders at Foothill-Oak Elementary school saw a homeless couple near their school on a rare rainy day. They talked about what it would be like to be stuck in the rain with no shelter, to be homeless. They wanted to do something about it. With a little guidance from teachers […]

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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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26th annual “Cox Presents: A Salute to Teachers”

By   /  August 25, 2016  /  Local  /  No Comments

Now in it’s 26th year, the annual “Cox Presents: A Salute to Teachers” program will recognize four teachers who teach and/or live in the Vista area as nominees for the 2016-17 Teacher of the Year honor. Out of 43 total nominees throughout the county, these were selected by their respective school districts, and five will be […]

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Rancho Buena Vista High Amps Up Offerings In The Arts, Robotics & Computer Science

By   /  August 25, 2016  /  Local  /  No Comments

Ray Huard … Stepped up programs in the arts, robotics and computer science are in the works at Rancho Buena Vista High School as the school year gets underway. Principal Charles Schindler is particularly keen to work out a plan that would let students interested in the arts focus on what they love while meeting […]

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School District Takes A Moon Shot With Personalized Learning

By   /  August 8, 2016  /  Local  /  No Comments

Ray Huard… When students in Ramiro Santana’s third grade class at Temple Heights Elementary School were learning how to use fractions, percentages and decimals, they did it by coming up with salad recipes, preparing the salads at home, and making a video of themselves doing it. “That was their idea,” Santana said. The students had to measure […]

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Future Leaders Get Training Starting In Kindergarten

By   /  June 16, 2016  /  Local  /  No Comments

Ray Huard …. Two elementary schools in the Vista Unified School District have been chosen from among hundreds across the country to receive grants to implement a program aimed at teaching children as young as kindergarteners how to become leaders. “Every child will have a leadership role in the school, every child will have something they […]

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Vista Unified Teams Up With United Way To Create A School Reading Oasis

By   /  June 2, 2016  /  Local  /  No Comments

Ray Huard …. If ever there was a doubt that kids are eager to read, it was dispelled with the recent opening of a special reading room for Maryland Elementary School parents and their children. Even before the books were unpacked, students at the Vista Unified School District school were piling in to get a peek […]

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Vista Unified Teachers Honored For Their Service

By   /  May 26, 2016  /  Local  /  No Comments

By Ray Huard…Felix Mirando said he’ll be cruising California’s coast in his 2009 blue Corvette, going to car shows and taking his five-year- old grandson fishing. “I enjoy looking at old cars,” said Mirando, who was a custodian at Roosevelt Middle School for the past 10 years. Patricia Stegman has started studying sign language at […]

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Vista High’s Bianca Hernandez Wins Princeton Prize In Race Relations

By   /  May 19, 2016  /  Local  /  No Comments

Vista High’s Bianca Hernandez Wins Princeton Prize In Race Relations   Ray Huard ….Blanca Hernandez noticed that some of her fellow students at Vista High School kept to themselves and didn’t go to school events like dances and football games. They were often new to this country, were just learning English and weren’t comfortable mixing […]

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Vista Teachers Demystify ‘Academic Language’

By   /  February 12, 2016  /  Local  /  No Comments

Ray Huard….The way people talk on the job and in college uses a vocabulary that may seem commonplace but can be mystifying to students who are just learning English, who come from poverty or homes where no one has gone to college before. Words like thesis, summarize and simulate, diminish and conclude.They can keep smart […]

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