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Red Ribbon Week Daily Themes October 23-27

 

Monday: Pajamas Day

Tuesday: Twin Day

Wednesday: Wacky Wednesday

Thursday: Disney

Friday: Sports Team Day (Caps, Shirts, Socks, Sweatshirts, Jersey's count)  Let's beat Jepson and win the trophy back!

 

Show your spirit at Vaca Pena!  All outfits must be school appropriate please.

7th Grade Field Trip to Suisun Marsh

Go to the Yearbook link above for more information and to order your yearbook.

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Parent Student Handbook

Here is a link to the New Vaca Peña Middle School Parent Student Handbook. This book is filled with resources to help you navigate your way through middle school.

Student Planner - Updated Jan 2017.pdf

 

Vaca Peña Dress Code

The Student “Dress Code” is designed to encourage students to dress for the purpose of learning. Clothing should be neat, clean, free from tatters and tears, and fit properly, while following the ...more


Earn your CLAWS!

 

Compassion Support, help or comfort others in need

Leadership:    Thoughtful consideration of people, places and property

Adaptability:   Perseverance, grit, and the will to succeed in and out of the

                       classroom

Wisdom:         Personal accountability in behavior, words and intentions

Safety:            Freedom to enjoy physical and emotional health

 

 

►Each month we will have a drawing for your golden claws tickets. The next drawings will be September 29th, October 27th and November 30th. 

Winter Sports

Try-outs for Basketball and Wrestling will begin on November 6th.  In order to participate athletes must have a grade point average of 2.0 or better for the first quarter of this school year, which will end Friday, 10/13.  If they have not already done so, athletes must also have completed on-line registration at AthleticClearance.com and have had a sports physical. Instructions for completing AthleticClearance.com and the form to give to the doctor, if they still need to get a physical, are available in the front office. If you have any questions please see Dr. Beltramo in room 2. There will also be an informational meeting immediately after school in the gym on Friday, 10/13.

Click on the sports page link at the top to see the winter sports calendar. 

Our Mission

The Mission of Vaca Peña Middle School, a collaborative community where everyone is valued, is to prepare and inspire all students to be active learners and productive citizens through a challenging, comprehensive curriculum that integrates social and character development in a safe, respectful and healthy environment. 

News

10/17/17

As we continue to deal with poor air quality that potentially changes hour by hour due to fires, we will continue to take steps to minimize exposure to smoke for staff and students. 

VIEW AIR QUALITY MEASURES HERE

Air Quality Index
 

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9/22/17

Hello VUSD Families,

As you probably remember, VUSD has been evaluating our school start times with the intent to create optimal learning environments for our students. Significant research shows that the circadian rhythm (or sleep cycle) for humans changes during the adolescent years. While young children typically are naturally wide awake early in the morning, teens biologically struggle with waking early, regardless of the time they go to sleep. Research shows that aligning school start times to better fit students' biological rhythms results in improved student performance and success.

VUSD has been evaluating school start times for over two years. This evaluation included: 

  • reviewing extensive research
  • recommendations from health organizations like the National Sleep Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, and the American Academy of Pediatrics 
  • school district transportation 
  • cost analysis
  • feedback from principals
  • polls for students, parents and teachers

The VUSD Board of Trustees have taken all of these into careful consideration and have voted to adjust school start times for the 2018-19 school year. In the year to come, we will work with VUSD staff, City Coach, athletics, Vacaville Police and Fire and other community organizations in preparation of these new times. We understand that this positive change for student learning requires some adjustments for our families and community partners. We appreciate your willingness to work with us in fitting our educational system to meet students' needs.

More information about school schedules for 2018-19, research, articles, legislation, health tips and news on later school start time can been found here.

 

Hola VUSD Familias,

 Tal vez recordará que nuestro distrito ha estado evaluando los horarios de inicio de nuestras clases con la intención de crear ambientes de aprendizaje óptimos para nuestros estudiantes. Ha bastante investigación que muestra que el ritmo circadiano (o ciclo del sueño) para los seres humanos cambia durante los años de la adolescencia. Mientras que los niños pequeños suelen estar naturalmente despiertos temprano en la mañana, los adolescentes biológicamente luchan con despertar temprano, independientemente de la hora que se van a dormir. Las investigaciones demuestran que la alineación de las horas de inicio de la escuela para adaptarse mejor a los ritmos biológicos de los estudiantes mejora el éxito de los estudiantes.

El Distrito Escorar de Vacaville (VUSD) ha estado evaluando las horas de inicio de clases por más de dos años. Esta evaluación incluyó:

• revisar extensas investigaciones

• las recomendaciones de organizaciones de salud como la National Sleep Foundation, los Institutos Nacionales de Salud, los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades y la Academia Americana de Pediatría

• transporte del distrito escolar

• análisis del costo

• comentarios de los directores

• encuestas para estudiantes, padres y maestros

La Mesa Directiva del Distrito Escorar de Vacaville (VUSD) ha tomado todas estas consideraciones y ha votado para ajustar las horas de inicio de la escuela para el año escolar 2018-19. En el próximo año, trabajaremos con el personal de VUSD, el autobús de la ciudad (City Coach), el atletismo, la Policía y los Bomberos de Vacaville y otras organizaciones comunitarias en preparación de estos nuevos horarios. Entendemos que este cambio positivo para el aprendizaje de los estudiantes requiere algunos ajustes para nuestras familias y socios comunitarios. Agradecemos su disposición a trabajar con nosotros para adaptar nuestro sistema educativo a las necesidades de los estudiantes.

 Más información sobre los horarios escolares para 2018-19, la investigación, los artículos, la legislación, los consejos de salud y las noticias sobre la hora de inicio de la escuela más tarde se puede encontrar en: http://www.vacavilleusd.org/times

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Halloween Dance tickets are on sale starting Monday October 23rd for $5. Costumes are encouraged.  No masks or costume weapons are allowed. Permission slips will need to be signed and returned when purchasing a ticket.  

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Book Fair


Mark your calendar!  Vaca Peña Middle School Library will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair on November 8 - 16, 2017. Volunteers are needed. If you can help in any way, please email me at suzannel@vacavilleusd.org or call the library at 707-453-6270, ext.153. 

School Events

Today: 10/20/17

Super Saturday

Super Saturdays are Back!!!

Enrichment Courses, Field Trips, & More...

Mark your calendars.

Super Saturday Dates
September 16, 2017
October 21, 2017
November TBA
December 9, 2017
January 27, 2018
February TBA
March 10, 2018
April 14, 2018
May 19, 2018