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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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Find Out About School District’s International Program At Community Forum

By   /  January 26, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

  Ray Huard … Michaela Jackson said she wanted classes that would dare her to think critically. “I wanted to challenge myself,” Michaela said. Alexander Kriksciun wanted a curriculum that gave him a taste of the freedom he’ll have in college to choose what he studies. Bryce Picton wanted courses that looked “at broad concepts rather than […]

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Vista Middle Schoolers Sending Experiment To Space Station

By   /  January 23, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Ray Huard…Perseverance paid off for a Vista eighth-grader, who dreamed of sending a science experiment into space. Thirteen-year-old Evie Currington is among five Vista Magnet Middle School students whose proposal to study the effects of microgravity on the regeneration of a type of flatworm was chosen to be included on a mission to the International […]

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BIG Jim’s BIG Sandwich Day

By   /  January 17, 2017  /  Local  /  1 Comment

  Pat Murphy…..Big Jim’s BIG Sandwich Day started at 4:30 am when most of us were still asleep. His helper Roger arrived at 5:30 and the rest of the crew shortly followed. Big Jim if you don’t already know, is the retired Marine that owns and operates Big Jim’s 395 Grill on E. Vista Way. […]

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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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GIRLS CONFERENCE AIMS TO INSPIRE MIDDLE SCHOOLERS

By   /  December 25, 2016  /  Local  /  No Comments

Ray Huard ….. When Linda Guerrero was in high school, a guidance counselor told her she wouldn’t go to college. “I didn’t fit the profile,” Guerrero said. “I didn’t have parents who were involved. I didn’t have parents who spoke English. I hadn’t been exposed to college.” But an English teacher took an interest in Guerrero, […]

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Making a Difference

By   /  December 19, 2016  /  Local  /  2 Comments

They CAN and DO make a difference, a big difference. Who are they? ….They are Alamosa Park 3rd Graders, 23 of them. They are 7 and 8 year olds who are showing the world how to give back. Their teacher, Luann Engstrom has taught at Alamosa Park Elementary for 30 years and still has the […]

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Dynamic School Board Installation

By   /  December 19, 2016  /  Local  /  No Comments

After covering the recent election for the three seats on the Board of Trustees for the Vista Unified District, I wanted to attend the meeting where the newly elected officials would be installed. As we drove the short distance to the Vista Civic Center I was mentally recalling the interviews I had conducted with all […]

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Deadline for Youth Art Exhibition

By   /  December 14, 2016  /  Local  /  No Comments

Deadline for Youth Art Exhibition is December 27 Civic Gallery’s Exhibition Welcomes Submissions from Students In the Vista Unified School District for display at the Civic Gallery January 9 – February 17, 2017  Vista, CA – The Public Art Commission reminds students that the deadline to enter its Youth Art Exhibition is December 27, 2017. […]

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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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Vista Schools Launch “Talent City” Campaign

By   /  December 1, 2016  /  Local  /  No Comments

Students and Local Businesses Connect To Create “Experienceships” at Solatube Vista, CA | November 29, 2016 – An innovative partnership between the Vista Unified School District, the Vista Chamber of Commerce, and local Vista businesses will kick off from 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, December 6th. The program is designed to develop Vista into a […]

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VUSD Garners Golden Bell Award

By   /  November 28, 2016  /  Local  /  No Comments

One of Just 56 Districts Recognized with Top Statewide Educational Honor Vista, CA | November 28, 2016 – The Vista Unified School District has been chosen as one of 56 recipients of the state’s leading educational honor, the Golden Bell Award. The Golden Bell Award, now in its 37th year, is sponsored by the California […]

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Math Teacher Wins State Award

By   /  November 24, 2016  /  Local  /  No Comments

Don’t tell Tina Shinsato you can’t do math. Ray Huard….“If you have the ability to think, you have the ability to do math,” said Shinsato, a math teacher at Rancho Buena Vista High School. “You might not care to do it, and that’s your choice, but in no way are you incapable of doing math,” […]

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XQ: The Super School Bus Tour Hit Vista to Celebrate Local Super School

By   /  November 10, 2016  /  Local  /  No Comments

Community Event to Showcase Vista High School XQ BUS STOP at VISTA HIGH SCHOOL, NOVEMBER 10, 2016   VISTA, CA –  XQ: The Super School Project Bus Tour made a stop in Vista, California to celebrate Vista High School. This will be the eighth Super School the XQ bus will visit.    Vista High School was […]

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Vista School District To Host Education Innovators

By   /  November 7, 2016  /  Local  /  No Comments

60 Leading educators to tour district schools as part of Next Gen Learning Challenge Excursion  Vista, CA | November 2016 – With another nod to its growing reputation as an educational innovator, the Vista Unified School District will host leading educators from across the US as part of the Next Gen Learning Challenge excursion to observe […]

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Bobier Elementary Tapped By UCSD for Wellness Program

By   /  November 4, 2016  /  Local  /  No Comments

Ray Huard…..A class of third graders at Bobier Elementary School couldn’t wait to bite into the snacks being passed around the room.It was the week before Halloween, but it wasn’t candy bars or potato chips that had these kids excited. Red grapes did it, sweet yet a little tart too, explained Amy Haessly, nutrition education […]

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