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NEWS FROM THE 2009-2010 SCHOOL YEAR:

PTA Promotes San Diego Science Festival

The San Diego Science Festival, widely-known as the largest celebration of science on the West Coast, is back for 2010! Hosting dozens of countywide events promising to “excite the minds” of thousands of students and their families, activities take place March 20-27. The 2010 SDSF will feature events such as an eight-person team Rubik’s Cube Speed Tournament involving over 45 K-12 schools, Family Day at Balboa Park, Science of Science Fiction, Science Sampler at SDSU, Star Party, The Illusion of Psychic Powers, and the largest event, a FREE all-day celebration of science – Expo Day – on Saturday, March 27 at PETCO Park, co-hosted by the Padres and the City of San Diego.  For more information go to www.sdsciencefestival.com.

Click Here to read the Latest Legislative Alert - Feb. 25, 2010 

VUSD Board Actions Posted to Web

Vista Unified School District is implementing a District-wide communication network to strengthen collaboration among all stakeholders.  By 4pm the day after each board meeting, you'll be able to find a list of Board Action Items taken by the VUSD Board of Trustees at www.vusd.k12.ca.us.

 

PTA Public Service Announcements

Have you experienced PTA's PSAs? The Talk.  School Band.  Swing.  Homework.  PTA's public service announcements (PSAs) are airing across the nation.  In fact, the television PSAs are in the top one percent of all PSAs in distribution.*  Since thir initial distribution in July, the television PSAs have been seen in 138 markets on 306 stations.  They've aired more than 25,000 times.  The radio PSAs have aired nearly 26, 000 on 200 stations.  Read more here.

                 *According to the Nielsen Signa ranking report for December 2009. 

 

Mission Vista High School 4x4 Block Schedule SAFE!!!

On January 28th, 2010, the district board of trustees reviewed the budget advisory committee's recommendation to eliminate our school's 4x4 learning schedule and decided to disregard that recommendation in favor of keeping our school's unique, popular and extremely effective schedule.

The wonderful show of support from Mission Vista students, parents and teachers was truly amazing and obviously persuasive. 

We would like to extend our thanks to all those who attended the school board meetings and spoke out on behalf of the school on this issue.  You have helped to ensure the future success of our school and its students.

 

President Requests $3 Billion Increase in Education Budget - Also Eliminates Parent Engagement Program
 
On February 1, 2010, the Obama Administration released its FY 2011 Budget Request, which included an unprecedented $3 billion increase for education. 

While PTA applauds the historic investment in education, we are greatly concerned about the consolidation and proposed elimination of the Parental Information and Resource Centers (PIRCs). There is at least one PIRC in every state and territory. This program elimination affects all PTAs and parents. Under this consolidation, the sole funding stream for family engagement would be redirected to charter schools. Placing PIRCs under this fund means that there is no longer a dedicated funding stream for family engagement and PIRCs will not be able reach all families with children in public schools.

Elimination of PIRCs negatively impacts PTAs, schools and parents. PIRCs matter because: 
 * They provide schools and districts with tools to effectively partner with parents.
 * They empower parents to advocate for their children and school reform.
 * They provide training and professional development on effective family engagement to districts and school staff.
 * They collaborate with state PTAs to engage all public school parents in their children’s education.
 * They train family engagement coordinators in schools.
 * They convene parent leadership academies to equip parents with skills needed to help their children to succeed.

Annually, PIRCs served over 16.4 million parents by connecting them to their schools to improve their child’s education. Parents need PIRCs. You can help!   Please urge the Obama Administration, both of your Senators and Representative not to eliminate PIRCs.

If you want to speak out on this issue, PTA’s Take Action Center makes it easy for you to send an alert, within a few minutes. http://npta.sparklist.com/t/1732284/10434394/1670/0/

H1N1 Flu, A National Emergency

President Obama has declared H1N1 a national emergency.  For more information about the H1N1 virus, please visit the National PTA's Resources Website.  Information that can be found on this site includes:

  • Talking to Children About Swine Flu
  • Parent Tips — H1N1 virus
  • Article from Our Children
  • Information on Let's Fight Flu Together!

You can also find information at www.flu.gov - Spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 10 other federal agencies also contribute to www.flu.gov, to create this one-stop location for all concerns regarding influenza, including seasonal flu and the H1N1 virus.

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