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Tech Tool of the Week

Check out Code Monster, a FREE on-line tool that teaches students (and adults!) how to use Java Script for coding/programming. You will be walked through a tutorial and are able to go back if necessary. The cool part is that your progress automatically gets saved, so each time you visit the site from the same computer, you'll start right back where you left! This is a great tool for strengthening your technology and Computer Science skills!

3 Steps to Homework Success

Here are a couple tips to help your students through what can sometimes feel like a heavy workload.

1. Discuss. Check in with your child everyday and ask what homework they have. Set a positive tone with comments like, "I loved writing in my journal when I was your age," or "How exciting that you're old enough/skilled enough to create a video to show what you know."

2. Plan. Help your young learner determine in what order she/he will complete their work. You can suggest that they get the hardest material or longest assignment done first, or as soon as they get home, and then complete the easier or shorter tasks after dinner. Or, vice versa - however they feel they can be most successful!

3. Review. Look over your child's work together and compliment on something she/he did particularly well, or in an area in which they have improved. If you see careless mistakes, have them double-check their work, but avoid telling them any answers - let them figure that our for themselves!!

Your dedication and support for your child has a lasting impact in their lives. These small steps will surely help them find success. 

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Common Core Implementation

As you are aware, this is the year when all schools in the state of California are required to fully implement the State Adopted Common Core Standards. Vista has been transitioning to the Common Core ...more

Writing Contest!

The "This Is How I Shake It Off!" Writing Contest is open and accepting submissions through December 11, 2014. With this great opportunity, students can share a one-page creative essay or poem about how they "shake if off" - what do you do or say that gets your through things that can get you down in life? Share your writing now!

Grand Prize: A trip for two to see Taylor Swift in concert and a meet and greet with the singer!

1 second-place winner will receive: A signed guitar and 1989 CD from Taylor Swift

5 Runners-Up: A signed 1989 CD from Taylor Swift

Visit the This Is How I Shake It Off! website to find more details and how to send in your submission.  Share your submissions at school so we can share how you shake things off!

Hour of Code Coming Soon!!

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The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Check out the tutorials, and look out ...more

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Global On-Line Conference for Parents and Staff

Please consider participating in the Global On-Line Conference on Monday, November 17 through Friday, November 21, 2014. The conference is on-line and can be accessed from any computer or smart ...more

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Haiku Parent Access

Vista Visions Academy staff are so proud and excited about our latest technologic success: We are the first school in Vista Unified to utilize Haiku Learning for our class websites! Our innovative high school team piloted the Haiku Learning digital learning management system (LMS) last year with much success. Inspired by this, as a collective staff we decided to go full force in utilizing Haiku for all classes and grade levels in the 2014-2015 school year. Our amazing K-12 teachers now have a Haiku site for each of their grade level classes, updating these pages everyday with new and innovative lessons and supportive learning resources. Everyday we are contributing to what makes us a model blended learning school, and we are so happy that we have so many wonderful students and families to join us in this adventure!

 

Our latest update is parent access to Haiku. This allows parents/guardians a window into their child's classes, including assignments, grades, due dates, and more. The beauty in this system is a lot of organized information - without the paper! You can stay up-to-date on what your child is doing in class and what is upcoming, all within one site. 

 

Letters went out today (either physically handed to parents who were on site or sent through the mail carrier) with information specific for your child, including a unique code that provides access to only your student's classes and their grades. If a child is part of a multi-household family, please contact Ms. Kiki Bispo for an extra copy of the letter so that multiple adults/families may have access to a child's classes. [Only one letter was sent to the main address for a student.] For questions regarding assignments, grades, and course specifics, please contact the class teacher. For technical support, please contact Ms. Bispo.

 

Thank you for being a part of our tech-savvy Husky family. We hope you enjoy this innovative journey along with us!

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Fire and Safety Drills

Throughout the month, starting in August, your children will be involved in practicing a variety of safety drills in an effort to maintain the safety and security of all of our children and staff ...more

Gently Used Aquarium and Assessors Wanted

If you have a gently used 10 - 20 gallon aquarium you are no longer using - with all of the accessories (gravel, pump, filter etc) please consider donating it to our school. We have some students who ...more

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QUOTE of the DAY

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. "


― Henry David ThoreauWhere I Lived, and What I Lived For

Husky Haiku

Hungry Hippos eats

A large pizza with topping

Mmm give me some please

- student

A Poem of School Love

IN THIS CLASSROOM,

we believe that learning is a lifelong adventure.

We believe in facing each day

with minds open to knowledge

and hearts open to love.

We believe in the freedom to wonder, to ask, to explore, 

to imagine, to create.

We believe that success means doing our best,

being our best, and feeling proud of our effort.

We believe that every one of us has special talents,

and that the talents of each of us help all of us.

We believe in ourselves,

in each other,

IN THIS CLASSROOM.

Environmental Resource of the Day

Everyone can make a difference! High school students can study links between everyday actions at their high school, greenhouse gas emissions, and climate change. Become a "climate ambassador" leader in your school or neighborhood and motivate friends, schools, and community leaders. Talk to you friends - help spread the word! Learn more at school.

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