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 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. 

8th Grade Graduation

8th Grade Graduation is taking place on Thursday, June 2, 2016 @ 5:30 p.m. 



End of Year Beach Picnic

Our Beach Picnic at Refugio Beach to celebrate the end of another great school year will be held on June 8, 2016.  Please click HERE to read a letter with all the details.  

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Superintendent Search

SBCEO is currently conducting the search for Vista's new Superintendent/Principal. 

You may e-mail the search advisors, Albert Zonana and Mari Minjarez Baptista with any questions or input you may have. 

Candidates may not contact Vista staff or board members regarding the process.  


Young Writers Camp





This summer there is a great opportunity for students in grades 3-8. The South Coast Writing Project is hosting a Young Writers Camp through UCSB. Please click HERE to see the flyer and get all the important details. 

Buellton Rec @ Vista

This winter's offerings for after school opportunities at Vista from Buellton Recreation can be found by clicking HERE.  Please register by going straight to Buellton Rec's Website by clicking HERE.  buellton rec image.PNG

The 2015-16 Honor Roll and Principal's List for the Second Trimester can be viewed by clicking HERE.honor roll.jpg

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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2015-16 LCAP Attendance Goals

Our 2015-16 LCAP Attendance Goals are:

Daily Attendance Rate: 96%

Tardies: Under 300 for the year

Let's do it! You can earn another beach day celebration. 


Teacher Pages

Click on the teacher's name to view their webpage.    

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

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. 

A Visit from Weatherman Alan Rose

Open House on May 26, 2016 @ 5:30

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The event kicks off at 5:30 with a Spaghetti Dinner hosted by the Vista Volunteers. The prices for the dinner are $8 for adults, $5 for children, $1 for drinks, children under 2 eat free, plus a family package for $20 that includes 2 adult dinners, 2 kids dinners, & 4 drinks (each additional children's dinner with drink is $5).  

Tdap for Grade 7

All incoming 7th Graders must have their Tdap Immunization on file in our office in order to start school next year. Please click HERE for more information on this immunization.  


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State Testing 2016

State Testing Season is upon us for grades 3 - 8 and a chance for our students to "show what they know."  Our teachers have worked diligently to prepare students in accordance with state standards, upon which state testing is based on.  This year, we will test one grade level per week.  We ask that you do everything possible to ensure your students are in attendance each day that week and get plenty of sleep and healthy nutrition.  The main test is the Smarter Balanced Assessment and is all computer-based so we will administer it in our computer lab.  The schedule for Smarter Balanced Testing is as follows:


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Week of April 25: 6th Grade

Week of May 2: 3rd Grade

Week of May 9: 4th Grade

Week of May 16: 8th Grade

Week of May 23: 7th Grade

Week of May 31: Makeups & Individuals


In addition, our students in grades 5 & 8 still take the paper-and-pencil California Standards Test (CST) in Science.  5th Graders will take the test on May 10 and 8th Graders will take it on May 12.  They will take this test in their regular classroom where they receive science instruction. Below, please find a letter that further explains all components of the state testing program. 


State Testing Letter for Parents 2016, English

Carta de Evaluación Estatal para Padres 2016, Español


Author Chris Kueng Comes to Vista

Author Dr. Chris Kueng came to visit our school and share his stories of what it takes to be a professional author.  His book, The Three Genie Brothers, is a great book for children ages 4th grade and up.  The students had a lot of great questions and Dr. Chris shared a lot about his background as a teacher and administrator. 



Battle of The Books 2016

Battle of The Books 2016

Science Camp / Outdoor School 2016


The Vista Volunteers hosted a successful Move-A-Thon on Friday, April 22, 2016. Students had a blast with this new fundraising event. Thank you everyone who helped out. Thank you Mrs. Thielst for the great photos. Moveathon2.jpeg

Corina Raya: SB County Classified Employee of the Year - Child Nutrition

Read Across America

Read Across America

We Love to Read!

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.



Vista Volunteers

The Vista Volunteers meet at 3 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month in the Staff Lounge. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

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.

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.  

About Us

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.

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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Morgan Hill Case

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