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Principally Speaking Making Progress At Vista
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It's hard to believe that we are halfway through the 2008-2009 school year. Vista High School just completed the first semester and we've already had two students graduate.

For those of you that are not familiar with our school, the students have the opportunity to recoup high school credits at an accelerated rate as compared to a traditional high school. Our school is home to 33 juniors and seniors. Each student is on a plan that is outlined and reviewed with the teaching staff at the onset of their placement into the school. Every three weeks the students are given a report of progress that assist them with staying on pace to graduate by the end of their senior year.

The staff of Vista High School consists of two teachers, Mr. Moreno and Mr. Bua, who have over thirty years of combined teaching experience. Debbie Ainsworth serves as the school's secretary.

In my first year as Principal I have quickly realized that the relationships created between the students and staff are both positive and family-like. As a staff we do everything in our power to help our students become employable and ultimately earn their high school diploma. To help our students with finding their paths after high school we bring in employers from the area, military officers, and several college representatives to educate our students in the many opportunities that are available to them.

At Vista High School we are always looking for ways to keep our students interested and motivated to achieve at high levels. To accomplish this we've added an online component to our program. The students take courses, at their individual levels and pace, through APEX Learning. Although this is relatively new to our students, they are benefiting from this opportunity. Another educational change is the addition of assembling the students in small groups to provide them with direct instruction. This is beneficial for students who will continue their education after high school. Starting at the end of January our students that require credits in the area of Visual Arts will receive lessons from a professional artist. We are encouraged and excited to offer these opportunities for our students.

As you can see we have had a busy start to the first half of the school year. We look forward to a successful and promising second semester. The staff and students of Vista High School wish you a Happy New Year!

Principally Speaking is a monthly article, contributed by principals from Escalon Unified School District sites, throughout the school year. It is designed to update the community on school events and activities.