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"Learning for Life"


 The mission of Vista de Las Cruces, a collaborative, historically rich community, is to guarantee students a safe and positive environment from which they will emerge as well-rounded, forward-thinking citizens. 


Vista del Mar Union School District, established in 1923, is a single-school district located in the unicorporated area of Gaviota, approximately 30 miles north of scenic Santa Barbara on the central coast of California. The District Office and its K-8 school, Vista de Las Cruces, are surrounded by foothills covered with twisting sycamore and oak trees and fragrant coastal sage. The school and its surrounding communities embrace the valley's rich history into its curriculum, providing a warm atmosphere and creative educational educational experience for each of its students.

Valley Schools

The "Valley" Schools consist of one High School District (Santa Ynez Valley Union) and six elementary districts (Ballard, Buellton, College, Los Olivos, Solvang, and Vista Del Mar).  Each district is separate, unique, and distinct.  Still, the most of the challenges and initiatives at each school are quite similar.  The seven districts have found a way to collaborate to support each other and share resources.  


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Healthy Food Choices

Vista students are able to select healthy fruits and vegetables thanks to our amazing Food Service Coordinator, Corina Raya.  Thanks Corina!

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Vista Del Mar Foundation

The Vista del Mar Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated solely to the betterment of education at Vista de Las Cruces School. The mission of the Foundation is to provide additional funding to the Vista del Mar Union School District to support co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.

The Vista Volunteers

The Vista Volunteers is a non-profit organization run by parents and community members of Vista de Las Cruces School. The group supports programs not funded by the school budget. The Vista Volunteers organize and support many activities including the Halloween Carnival, Thanksgiving Feast, Spring Olympics, Teacher Appreciation Luncheon and End of School Year Picnic. The group also financially supports school assemblies and field trips in addition to making contributions to the 8th grade Washington DC trip, Alumni Scholarships, Library fund, Garden Program.


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Vista's Employees Care about Kids and are Team Players!

State Standards

Vista's teachers have wholeheartedly embraced the transition to new State Standards.  Besides continuing to gain a deeper understanding of the standards themselves, teachers are using programs such as College Preparatory Math (CPM), Engage New York Math, and Lucy Calkins's Writer's Workshop in their classrooms. We are also focusing on the 8 Standards of Mathematical Practice (SMPs) across the entire school Preschool - 8th Grade.  Below are some helpful links you can use to learn more about the standards yourself. 

Learning Websites

The following websites have been endorsed by Vista Teachers. Check them out.

Kindergarten: National Geo E-Books, Storyline

1st Grade: ABCya

2nd Grade: AAAmath, NatGeo Science

4th Grade: Math Drills

5th Grade: Shepard Software

6th Grade: AAAmath

Middle School ELA: Interactives

Middle School Science: Society for Science

Red Ribbon Photos

Each of the past four years during Red Ribbon Week we have formed one letter of our school's showing we consistently stay drug free. We do this with an aerial photo. This wonderful opportunity is provided by the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation. 

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Parent Portal

Vista now has a Parent Portal that ties directly to our Student Information System, Illuminate.  All parents will receive an e-mail regarding how to register for the system. Clicking on the icon below will take you to the login site.


Renaissance Place

Vista uses Renaissance Place for their STAR diagnostics and Accelerated Reader & Accelerated Math applications. Students and Teachers can click on the icon to go to the Renaissance Place website and log in.



Kindergarten Ready

Santa Ynez High School's Future Educators of America has developed an innovative program called KindergartenReady. Click HERE to check out how it can help you with your children ages 4 - 6.  

Morgan Hill Case

Click here for CDE's update on the Morgan Hill Case. 

My School Bucks

Vista now offers an easy way to make payments for lunches and transportation online for your convenience.  The name of the site we are using is My School Bucks and can be found at www.myschoolbucks.com. Click HERE to see a flyer with the easy steps necessary to get started. 


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