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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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  • Winter Formal 2017!

    Over 130 VHS students enjoyed our first formal dance in the new gym facility Friday night for our Winter Formal "Winter Wonderland" event.  Featuring a DJ, dance floor, and provided refreshments including pizza, our formal dance was a rousing success!  Special thanks to our junior class officers who orchestrated the event, ASB for their support, and all of the parent and staff volunteers that helped chaperone the evening.

    Winter Formal 2017 1


    Winter Formal 2017 2

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  • Escondido Entrance Opens Monday 11/14!

    The new Escondido entrance to Vasquez High School opens on Monday morning, November 14, 2016.  All students, visitors, and parents dropping off students must enter the campus from Escondido Road and we will guide you from there.  

    Because of construction on the upper campus, the parking lot accessed by Red Rover Mine Road is no longer usable during school hours, likely for the duration of the school year.  For this reason, also beginning Monday, access to the Vasquez campus from the Red Rover Mine Road entrance will be limited to staff, construction, and bus traffic only.  For after school activities, such as soccer, basketball, baseball, track, and other athletic and ASB events, the Red Rover entrance and parking lot will be accessible and usable beginning at 2:45 p.m. 

    Once again, starting Monday, November 14, 2016, all student, visitor, and parent drop-off traffic to Vasquez High School must enter the campus through the new Escondido Road entrance.

    A video embedded into this morning's school announcements was published to help our community understand new traffic flow patterns through the Escondido entrance: our thanks to the Broadcast Journalism team for producing this video for all of us!  The video can be seen at the link below:

    Thanks, and enjoy the holiday weekend! 


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  • MTV is Live!

    After two years of planning and a lot of hard work from staff and students, Mustang Television aired its first broadcast campus-wide today.  Special thanks to Mrs. Lundquist and the Broadcast Journalism class for launching with such a quality product!



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  • ACT at VHS


    Vasquez juniors and seniors took the ACT exam in preparation for college admission applications.  The ACT is a nationally recognized test that measures student readiness for university level work.

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  • UC App Night


    Vasquez High Counselors presented a comprehensive guide for students applying to the University of California for the fall of 2017.  Interested and eligible seniors as well as a few parents attended the event in our library research lab. 

    "This night gives us a great opportunity to connect with our UC-bound students and their families.  We get a lot of one-on-one time with each student and that really helps them through this process," said counselor Anali Ortiz.

    The counselors organized the evening through a Powerpoint presentation that provided a great deal of tips and information on completing the UC application; the presentation is available through the school website under the counseling section.

    "We have the CSU night coming up on October 12, 2016 and we also have COC and AVC evenings planned for the spring, as well as student trips to UCLA (November 16), UCSB (December 8), and visits to Vasquez from college representatives," said counselor Nicole Hannasch.


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  • Back To School Night

    Wednesday, September 28, 2016




    Purpose of the Program

    We hope you will join us for Back-to-School Night on Wednesday, September 28, 2016. The purpose of the evening is to acquaint you with the outstanding instructional program of Vasquez High School that received a six year WASC accreditation and to allow 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, simply print it using Aeries, or open the following link:

    Back To School Letter 2016 

                    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 on the back of this form, an information booth will be stationed in the quad near the outdoor stage, and student guides will be available during the evening to help you navigate. Our student store will be open all night for drink, snack, and spirit wear sales.

    Get Involved!

    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 just inside the main gates that evening for more information.

    Thank you for your time and investment in our students. We look forward to seeing you!

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  • Registration


    Registration at Vasquez this year was a triumphant success!  Over 95% of enrolled students successfully attended the event during the last week of August, receiving course schedules, textbooks, ID cards, and spirit wear.  We retained 96% of our incoming 8th graders from High Desert Middle School!

    A special thanks to our PTSO and administration for providing breakfast and lunch every day of the week, our amazing ASB and cheer students who helped families navigate the registration process, and all of our fantastic staff and volunteers who worked a station during the week: it was because of you that we have received so many positive comments on the start of our school year!

    A final thanks to our families and students for making registration a priority at the end of summer.

    Thank you!

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