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  • 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!

     

    Mr. King and VHS ASB

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  • Homecoming Madness

     

    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.  

    Seniors Storm the Gym

    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. 

    Juniors Win

    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!

    Varsity Cheer

    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!

    Sing it!

    Danger to Ears

    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:

    Coolest Shoes Ever

    Nice work, ASB!

    #MustangPride!

     

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  • 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.

     

    Class Schedule

    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.

     

    Support Groups

    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!

    Click here if you prefer to download and print this document and map!

     

    Campus Map

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  • 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!

     

    Honor Scholar Luncheon Principals Honor Roll Deans List S17

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  • Registration 2017

    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

    1. 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.

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  • 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.

     

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