VHS Partners with LA County Parks and Rec
Starting this year, Vasquez High School is the new home of the award-winning Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation program, Careers in Conservation, which has brought exciting hands-on work experience and educational opportunities to high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing careers in conservation, environmentalism and public service.
Through a variety of opportunities, including fieldwork projects, trainings, fieldtrips, and educational classes, students will interact with professionals from agencies across Los Angeles County. As this is the first year of the program at VHS, LACPR will be working closely with staff and students to build the program, ensuring a perfect fit for the interests and needs of our students.
The program is hosted primarily through the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation’s Natural Areas Division and Vasquez High School. Support and assistance will be provided by the United States Forest Service, with other opportunities provided by agencies from
across the County. The program will primarily operate at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area in Agua Dulce and on the campus of Vasquez High School. The park will serve as the home base for the program, where we will perform our schoolyear-long service project(s) and naturalist training. Additionally, pending student schedules and transportation availability, fieldtrips to other county parks or other agencies may be arranged during the year. All participation days will be scheduled for non-school days or Saturdays during the school year, from September to June.
Interested? See a school counselor or Dean Simonian.
NOTE: As this is the first year of the CIC program at VHS, we are modifying the span of the program to coincide with the remainder of this school year. Although it is a shortened program for our seniors, it is an excellent opportunity to help us build and design this program for future students to enjoy. Juniors who participate in this year’s internship may also roll it over into nextyear without having to re-apply.
Open to students in grades 3-College at Vasquez High SchoolSAVE THE DATE: January 12-14, 2018 • REGISTER NOW IN THE MAIN OFFICE OF EACH SCHOOL SITE!
Don’t miss out on the most exciting & educational performing arts workshop in the country!Turn Up The Music National Tour, presented by The Young Americans, is making a stop here to work with our students for 3 Days.What can your students look forward to? Each Signature Workshop brings directly to you an incredible combination of high-energy, team-building, confidence-boosting FUN! Using music as the tool, our cast of specially trained college age performer/teachers provides a safe and fun atmosphere for your students to learn, explore, create, and GROW! This comprehensive performance workshop and classes include everything from vocal techniques, dance, and comedy improvisation, to stage movement, sound, lighting, and more.The Young Americans cast of 45 perform the first act, and then to everyone’s astonishment, the students perform the second act. This show is jam packed with choral, jazz, contemporary, musical theatre, rock n’ roll, and more. Your students will be the ones in front singing, dancing, and performing the variety show and solos they’ve learned in just two days. For tour and workshop videos, go to YAlive.com.
VHS Boys Basketball Fundraiser
Vasquez High School Boys Basketball
Fundraiser at La Cabaña
Wednesday, December 20th 3pm-Close
Come out for dinner and support the 2017-2018 boys basketball program.
Show this flyer attached and 20% of your bill will be donated.
La Cabaña – 2370 Soledad Canyon Rd, Acton
Superintendent King visits Vasquez!
Our new superintendent, Mr. Lawrence King, visited the Vasquez campus on Friday, September 29. Mr. King spoke directly to students and staff in many classrooms, and enjoyed a brief tour of our new campus, including the gym and science facilities. He also spent considerable time with the Vasquez Associated Student Body leadership, declaring his deep support of ASB and their efforts to elevate campus spirit and culture.
Mr. King also met with the Vasquez teaching and counseling staff on Wednesday, October 4 in a special meet and greet hour after school in the library. Emphasizing the vast importance of relationships in the success of school culture, Mr. King outlined his ‘Stay Gold’ initiative that elevates awareness of powerful, character-shaping moments in all of our lives, and his commitment to a growth mindset as a cultural norm throughout the district.
Welcome to our district, Mr. King, and thank you for spending time on our site sharing your philosophies and building relationships!
We all knew that school spirit would amplify when the new gym opened at Vasquez, but this? Huge props to our seniors and juniors who brought it in a big way Friday afternoon at our first spirit rally of the year. The seniors, fully decked in patriotic red, white and blue, exploded into the gym as a unified group and stormed into their section, clearly planting a flag of expected rule for the school year.
Undaunted, the juniors, wearing senior spirit colors for the day and painted thoroughly with school colors, continued to deny senior dominance, eventually securing the spirit award win through a tight volume contest.
The sophomores started to come alive toward the end - a reassuring promise for the next rally - and as expected the freshmen appeared generally shocked and awed, perhaps even frozen, by the spirit spectacle: welcome to high school, little ones! Time to step up!
Playful teasing aside, there was glory in this rally not just for one class but our entire student body, our community. Words can't capture what it felt like to be in the gym on Homecoming Friday, seeing and hearing immense school pride, fierce class competitions, and dedicated ASB students orchestrating the event. There is a new level of school spirit and unity at Vasquez High School, and it is beautiful. Thank you to all of our students for having the courage to express your pride in our amazing high school!
Additional congratulations to our varsity football team for a strong effort in our Homecoming game vs. Glendale, losing by five to a school who has six times as many students is a badge of honor, not shame. Well done!
A final thank you to ASB for a stellar Homecoming Dance on Saturday night. The masquerade-themed evening drew record numbers of students: over 60% of our entire student population attended! Plus we got a glimpse of the "coolest shoes in the land," worn by Marie Osborn:
Nice work, ASB!
Back To School Night
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Purpose of the Program
We hope you will join us for Back-to-School Night on September 20, 2017. The purpose of the evening is to acquaint you with the outstanding instructional program of Vasquez High School that has received a six year WASC accreditation, US News and World Report’s Silver Medal, and the College Board’s AP Honor Roll, and to provide an opportunity for you to meet your child’s teachers. Due to the shortness of each period it will not be possible for teachers to talk with parents about individual students, although each teacher will have sign-up forms in their classrooms for conferences.
Schedule for the Evening
Back to School night operates on an abbreviated school “day” to make it possible for you to visit each of your son’s or daughter’s classes. Bells will ring at the beginning and end of each class. There will be a five-minute passing period between classes, and second period is five minutes longer for announcements.
When completed, the form below will serve as your guide for the order of classes, teacher names, and room numbers. Please bring this schedule with you. Have your child fill in the schedule and information below, or populate it using Aeries:
TIME CLASS TEACHER ROOM
1st Period 6:30 to 6:40 ________________ ___________ _______
2nd Period 6:45 to 7:00 ________________ ___________ _______
3rd Period 7:05 to 7:15 ________________ ___________ _______
4th Period 7:20 to 7:30 ________________ ___________ _______
5th Period 7:35 to 7:45 ________________ ___________ _______
6th Period 7:50 to 8:00 ________________ ___________ _______
Finding Your Way
A campus map is provided below and student guides will be available during the evening to help you navigate. Our student store will also remain open all night for drink, snack, and spirit wear sales.
We hope that you will enjoy Back-to-School Night and we welcome your comments. Please take a minute during the evening to learn more about opportunities for parents to become involved at Vasquez, including joining PTSO, volunteering for academic tutoring, and more. Seek the PTSO table inside the library that evening for more information.
Thank you for your time and investment in our students. We look forward to seeing you!
Honor Scholar Luncheon
On September 14, 2017 Vasquez High School hosted a luncheon to celebrate students who had achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher during the Spring Semester of 2017. In addition to a catered lunch, Over 110 students received special certificates commemorating their academic excellence.
Vasquez is especially proud of its honor scholars. The intimacy inherent to a small student body drives every student to develop exceptional organizational skills and accelerate the process of becoming responsible, involved young adults. In addition to the regular demands of academic coursework, many of these students hold office in various groups on campus and participate on one or more CIF athletic teams.
Students who achieved a final spring 2017 semester GPA between 3.0 and 3.749 received Dean’s List honors, and all students who earned a GPA of 3.75 and above for the same period were awarded Principal’s Honor Roll.
Congratulations to the honor scholars of Vasquez High School!
School begins in a few short weeks and all students must complete the registration process to ensure a smooth start to the fall semester. Letters were mailed home on August 1, but just in case we have posted the registration schedule below:
Step I: Registration Packet Pick-up (ID Required)
Wednesday, August 16 through Friday, August 21 – 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. each day
All students must pick-up their personalized registration packet in the main office on campus any morning over this three day period. Due to the inclusion of student data in all packets, only students or parents with valid picture ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.) are authorized to pick-up student registration packets. These packets include key forms that must be completed and submitted during your scheduled registration time (see schedule below). Please note that some forms require parent signatures and must be completed prior to registration; students with incomplete paperwork will not be permitted to register. Please be prepared to pay any outstanding balances on school accounts or textbook delinquencies on your arrival.
Step II. Registration
- Formal Registration for Full Time Students – Tuesday, August 22nd through Thursday August 24th. During your registration time, you will submit documents from your registration packet, take your photo and receive a school ID card, and get your course schedule for the fall semester. All students must adhere to the dress code enclosed in your registration packet for ID card photos. Please report to the school on your assigned date by class and last name as shown below for registration.
Tuesday, Aug. 22 Wednesday, Aug. 23 Thursday, Aug. 24
Senior: Junior: Sophomore:
8:00 a.m. (A-Be) 8:00 a.m. (A-Br) 8:00 am (Me-Pe)
8:30 a.m. (Br-D) 8:30 a.m. (C-Co) 8:30 am (Pl-Sc)
9:00 a.m. (E-Ha) 9:00 a.m. (D-Gan) 9:00 am (Sk-V)
9:30 a.m. (He-L) 9:30 a.m. (Gar-Ha) 9:30 am (W-Z)
10:00 a.m. (M) 10:00 a.m. (He-La)
10:30 a.m. (N-P) 10:30 a.m. (Le-Mon) *Freshman :
11:00 a.m. (R) 11:00 a.m. (Mos-Q) 10:00 a.m. (A-Bo)
11 :30 a.m. (R-Sm) 10:30 a.m. (Ca-Es)
12:30 p.m. (S-T) 12:00 p.m. (Sw-Z) 11:00 a.m. (F-Gu)
1:00 p.m. (V-Z) 11:30 a.m. (H-Joh)
Sophomore: 12:00 p.m. (Ka-Ma)
1:30 p.m. (A-Be)
2:00 p.m. (Bl-Co) 1:30 p.m. (Mc-Ni)
2:30 p.m. (D-Hu) 2:00 p.m. (O-Ro)
3:00 p.m. (I-Ma) 2:30 p.m. (S-Z)
Please note that any course schedule changes MUST be made during this registration period; no schedule changes will be made once school begins except in the case of errors or omissions.
*After completing registration, all freshman should plan on spending an extra hour on campus for an orientation guided by student leaders and the Mustang Mentor crew.
On Wednesday, August 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the VHS gym we are hosting a freshman family survival night. Join us as we review charting a successful course through high school, including resources available to parents and students. The principal, dean of students, and counselors will be on-hand to answer questions and support those in attendance as they navigate the transition to high school.
Formal Registration for Virtual Academy students (home school) – Friday, August 25th. If you are not available to register during your scheduled time, you may attend make-up registration day on Friday, August 25th, between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Please note that course options can be significantly limited for students who wait until make-up registration to request course changes; we highly advise that you attend your scheduled registration date and time.Classes begin Monday August 28th, 2017. The first period bell rings at 7:35 am and period six ends at 2:40 p.m.
Step III. Make-Up Registration
All Virtual Academy students must register on Friday, August 25th between the hours of 8 :00 a.m. and 11 :00 a.m. in the main office.
If you have any questions about the registration process, please contact us at (661) 269-0451 Ext. 100.
Every 15 Minutes
Vasquez juniors and seniors recently experienced the Every 15 Minutes event March 14 and 15, 2017, a program designed to dramatically illustrate the dangers of drinking alcohol and driving. Funded by a California Highway Patrol grant every two years, E15M features students involved in all aspects of the process, including actors in a simulated car collision and the 'walking dead:' students pulled out of classes by a grim reaper character every 15 minutes throughout a school day, mirroring the frequency of fatalities across our nation in DUI-related accidents.
The program was moving and powerful. A special thanks to ASB advisor Amy Ciceri, CHP officer Gil Hernandez, and student organizers Presley Alderton, Natalie Dodds, and Pearl Hulbert for such fantastic work over many months for this event. Additional thanks to all of the organizations and people that assisted us!
Here is the video that recaptures the events of day one; this was shown at the assembly on day two to all juniors and seniors.