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November 7, 2019
Newsletter Vol. 01  ::  Issue 03

The Budget Solution Process

 
Engaging the Community

We have just completed a very productive week, engaging the community in discussions about developing budget solutions to bring to the school board. We held two LCAP Community Forums that engaged parents, students, and staff from across the school district. We completed individual forums with the District English Language Advisory Committee (DELAC), the Vista Teachers Association (VTA), the Vista Unified Council of PTAs (VUCPTA), and the Classified School Employees Association (CSEA). Our focus during all of the forums was to adopt a positive mindset when discussing budget solutions by keeping students at the center of our discussions and prioritizing staffing, programs and support based on how they impact student academic, social, and behavioral achievement. During each of these forums, we developed a detailed set of recommendations and questions that were then sent directly to the school board members to review in preparation for their special board meetings on November 4th and 6th. 

In an effort to make this budget solution process completely transparent, we have developed a Budget Solutions web page to archive all of the feedback from the community. We have also posted a short video to the web page so that busy parents and staff can get a quick overview of the budget solutions process. This budget solution web page is packed with information about the process, including an archive of budget-related documents and resources, a presentation slide deck providing a detailed historical perspective of how the budget challenge came about, and the actual actions the board is taking to reduce the budget by $13.3 million dollars for the 2020-2021 school year. Finally, we have included a budget solutions feedback survey for any community member to access if they are not able to attend a community forum. 

I would like to personally thank every parent, student, staff member and community member who is participating in our budget solutions process. Your ideas and recommendations are valued and appreciated. Please attend our next LCAP Community Forum on November 13, 2019 at Alamosa Park Elementary school from 5:30-7:00 p.m. 
Dr. Matt Doyle
Superintendent
Message from
The Board Clerk...
The concept of literacy has changed over the years.  It is not just writing and reading.  Literacy allows you to communicate effectively by being able to read, view, write, design, speak, and listen.  

Literacy builds imagination, reduces stress, improves memory, empowers innovation and creativity, and increases success in educational experiences.

At Vista Unified School District, we believe in preparing our students for the challenges of the ever-changing world.  Creating opportunities for children to engage in literacy will open the door to unlimited knowledge.

 
Debbie Morton
Clerk

Teaching & Learning

Structured Literacy Intervention

Successful literacy instruction and interventions, especially for students with Dyslexia and other Specific Learning Disabilities, provide a strong core of highly explicit, systematic teaching of foundational skills such as decoding and spelling, as well as explicit teaching of other important components of literacy such as vocabulary, comprehension, and writing. 

Applying the knowledge gained through their intensive professional development on the Orton-Gillingham Approach to reading instruction, our Elementary Education Specialists are improving learning outcomes for their students and closing the achievement gap in English Language Arts! 
- Rebecca Nobriga, Executive Director of Special Education
Innovation

What is a Career Pathway?

Broadly speaking, career pathways are purposeful classes and experiences designed to build core academic, employability, and technical skills and lead to employment in high-demand, high-wage careers.

Career pathways are often associated with high school and community college Career Technical Education (CTE) programs. However, to prepare our students for the jobs of tomorrow and to better position young people for personal success, we must begin career development in the earliest grades. Join the VUSD Career Superhighway project as we map out the exposure, exploration, and experiences our students will engage in during their journey toward a happy, healthy, and gainfully employed future. 
- Robert Crowell, Career Pathways Coordinator

School Spotlights

 
Family and Community Engagement at Maryland Elementary
At Maryland, we proudly partner with our families to engage in a shared commitment to teaching and learning while fostering a positive school-to-home relationship.  Recently, our TK and Kindergarten Team hosted a Fall Family Literacy Night partnered with Vista Unite, a community partner engaged in collaborating to make a difference within the local community in order to enhance attendance and literacy.  

This special literacy event had make-and-take stations centered around stories in literature.  Families then enjoyed a free pizza and salad dinner with our own 5th Grade, student-led, Making an Impact Team (MIT) modeling small group reading opportunities with kids.  Each child was able to take a Pete the Cat book home to cherish.  Our fantastic school librarian, Mrs. Lindner, kept our Maryland Library open for all that attended.  Families were also able to obtain a library card and check out books from the library.  

As a P3 Vanguard School, we believe that engagement in learning in the early years prepares families to be engaged throughout their child’s school years. Most importantly, family engagement efforts support the parent-child relationships that are key to a child’s healthy development, school readiness, and well-being now, and in the future.
- Stephanie Vasquez, Principal of Maryland Elementary
Global Connections for Rancho Buena Vista
This summer, ten seniors in the Rancho Buena Vista High School International Baccalaureate (IB) program traveled to Africa to take part in studying and preserving the endangered rhinoceros. Students worked directly with leading experts and played an important role in the research taking place to ensure this endangered animal is around for future generations to enjoy. Our Longhorns are making a difference in our community and around the world.  The RBV Honors Program offers IB classes in addition to the AP classes. 
- Joseph Clevenger, Principal of Rancho Buena Vista High School
Family Engagement

Family Connections

We just celebrated our 4th Día de los Muertos celebration, with 350 attendees enjoying playing Lotería, face painting, art activities, watching Coco, eating delicious treats, decorating altares, and honoring loved ones. It was another beautiful community event celebrating culture and family. We have hired our final and 22nd liaison for the year, filling the void at Mission Vista HS. In the past two weeks, we have added new liaisons at VHS, VIDA, and Breeze Hill. We are happily rebuilding our team and lovingly serving families and schools. To share ideas or volunteer, contact your school’s liaison or familyengagement@vistausd.org
-  Jacqueline “Kiki” Bispo, FACE Network Lead


 

Bullying Series - Article 2
The Health Consequences of Bullying

VUSD schools are committed to preventing bullying. Children who are bullied suffer consequences to their health that far outstrip friends and classmates who have not been bullied. Students can suffer physical ailments like headaches, stomachaches, and sleep problems. Their mental health is also affected; bullied children suffer anxiety and depression at almost three times the rate of non-bullied children. Our schools have counselors, nurses, psychologists, school social workers, and partnerships with Vista Community Clinic, NC Lifeline, Rady’s and Palomar Family Counseling Services to provide early intervention for mental health needs.  Next time… The effects of bullying on bystanders.
-  Michelle Walsh, Coordinator Student Support Services

High Quality Staff

Stanley Firestone has been a teacher in the District for 31 years. He has taught at Bobier, Monte Vista, and is currently at Foothill Oak.  He is very passionate about math and science and has served on various district and state committees. He has supported state adoptions in math and science and has received recognition from the San Diego County Office of Education for implementation of family math at Foothill Oak. Stan advocates for our teachers, students, and families as a PTA and VTA representative. He loves family engagement nights! In his free time, he is a lover of all things Disney and hopes to start a second career with Disney after retirement.
- Sandra Ceja, Principal of Foothill Oak Elementary
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