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Two VUSD Elementary Schools Approved as International Baccalaureate

By   /  May 19, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

 Primary Years Programme Schools .. Four-year long project results in certification for both VUSD magnet elementary schools; Vista joins San Diego Unified as the only other SD County district offering all three levels of IB. VISTA, CA. May  2017 – On May 17th, 2017, The International Baccalaureate welcomed two Vista elementary schools into the global community […]

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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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VISTA HIGH NAMED STATE HONOR ROLL SCHOOL

By   /  May 8, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Ray Huard … Vista High School has been named a California Honor Roll school by a national nonprofit business and educational alliance that promotes academic achievement among schools serving a high number of low income families. “After extensive analysis of student data for every public school in California, Vista High was a clear leader in getting […]

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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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OECD Official To Tour Vista Schools & Planned Research Center

By   /  May 1, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

OECD Official To Tour Vista Schools & Planned Research Center VUSD: An International Model in Research and Innovation Vista, CA | April 18, 2017 – On Tuesday, May 2nd, Vista USD will welcome Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The OECD is the global organizer of the PISA exams.  Vincent-Lancrin manages CERI, […]

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OECD Official To Tour Vista Schools & Planned Research Center

By   /  April 27, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

VUSD: An International Model in Research and Innovation Vista, CA | April 2017 – On Tuesday, May 2nd, Vista USD will welcome Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The OECD is the global organizer of the PISA exams.  Vincent-Lancrin manages CERI, the OECD Center for Research and Innovation.  His responsibilities […]

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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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Vista Adult School’s Resource & Career Fair

By   /  April 21, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

 Vista Adult School’s Resource & Career Fair on April 26th at 5:30 to 7:30 pm Vista Adult School  510 Sunset Drive, VistaGather Valuable Resource Information on: Careers/Employment, Housing, Healthcare, Education, Food & Shelter, Counseling and Much More! Vista Adult School is still recruiting employers and agencies. This even it free and open to the community! Contact […]

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Vista Unified School District To Be Recognized At Education Awards

By   /  April 18, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Almost one-third of students nationwide leave high school without the skills necessary to succeed in college or the workforce. San Diego is impacted by this problem, with 53,000 young adults between the ages of 16 to 24 who are not working or in school. Local K-12 schools are working to teach essential skills to students […]

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“Conserve My Planet” Initiative Celebrates Earth Day

By   /  April 13, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

VUSD, Schneider Electric Partner For Innovative Energy Education Curriculum; “Green Bike” Donated To District Schools To Be Unveiled  Vista, CA | April  2017 – As Earth Day week approaches, scores of students at Vista’s Monte Vista Elementary School are preparing to celebrate a months-long program to educate their peers about energy efficiency. Select students have […]

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Devin Vodicka, EdD Superintendent Resigns Effective May 1st

By   /  April 8, 2017  /  Local  /  2 Comments

April 6, 2017 Esteemed Colleagues– It is with a great deal of mixed emotions that I share this announcement that I have been hired as the Chief Impact Officer for AltSchool in San Francisco and I will be resigning as Superintendent of the Vista Unified School District, effective May 1, 2017. AltSchool presents a very […]

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Vista High’s Anthony Barela Is Tops Among Principals

By   /  March 30, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

 Ray Huard … Vista High School Principal Anthony Barela said that his biggest challenge is “just managing the sheer volume of things that come up.” Barela has met the challenge so well that he was named 2017 high school Principal of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators Region 18, which covers San Diego […]

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“Bridging the Digital Divide”

By   /  March 30, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

 California Middle School Wins First-Ever Digital Equity Video Challenge Washington, DC (March 24, 2017) – CoSN today announced that Rancho Minerva Middle School in California’s Vista Unified School District is the winner of the first-ever Digital Equity Student Video Challenge. The school was chosen among more than 50 student groups from across the United States and Canada.  Leaders and […]

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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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Vista USD Unveils New State Evaluation “Dashboard”

By   /  March 16, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Test Score Measurement Replaced With 11 Indicators For Measuring Performance Vista, CA | March  2017 – “Schools and students are more than test scores,” states Vista Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Devin Vodicka. “The new LCFF Evaluation Rubrics and the California School Dashboard will give a more comprehensive look at district and school performance.” On […]

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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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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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