VUSD CTE Culinary Arts Students will be Eligible to Receive College Credit from Grossmont College
In a pioneering move to offer CTE articulation for high schools throughout the county, Grossmont College offered an innovative new way for students to receive college credit from courses that were unable to articulate with its district college. Now, CTE Culinary Art students from Chef Kim Plunkett at Vista High School will be eligible to receive 3 units for CA 169 – Essential Skills in Culinary Arts at Grossmont. To earn this, students must pass Chef Plunkett’s course with a B or higher, but through this new innovative articulation agreement, they must also participate in a variety of culinary exercises that include knife skills, meat/food preparation, and food safety skills, all under the watchful eyes of head chef instructors from Grossmont College. Students who score 80% or higher on that practical exam, as well as on a written test will be awarded college credit.
VUSD thanks Chef Plunkett for helping institute this groundbreaking new articulation agreement path. Even if her students decide not to enroll into Grossmont, the credit they earn can be transferred to any community college in the state, thus helping them pursue their career and educational goals.
Baker Electric Solar's Visit to the Engineering Classes at RBV May 3rd, 2016
On May 3rd Baker Electric Solar visited the Engineering classes at Rancho Buena Vista High School (RBV) (click on link). Baker Electric Solar gave a great presentation including both block periods, and they showed how they model photovoltaic (PV) systems using Aurora software.
The RBV High School electric bills are at a high of around $25K per month, (90,000 kWh per month), so by installing Electric Solar there is a significant savings opportunity. Many of the RBV roofs already have south facing slopes at a good tilt, which are perfect candidates. RBV students are excitedly working in teams of 3 & 4 to design a campus PV system.
This great opportunity was made by the help of Baker, SEI, & Junior Achievement.
Vista CTE Photography Students Win Big At Regional Art Competition April 3rd-17th, 2016
Vista CTE Photography students were the top prize winners at the Carlsbad Oceanside Art League's (COAL) Annual High School Fine Art & Photography Show. The show went from April 3rd through April 17th at the OPT Underground Gallery, located at Oceanside Photo and Telescope in Oceanside. The show featured 275 entries from students from the Army & Navy Academy, El Camino, Carlsbad, Mission Vista, Oceanside, Rancho Buena Vista and Vista. Judged by Lou Kasza and Phyllis Swanson, over $1000 in awards were presented to students at a reception on April 3.
Rayanna King of Rancho Buena Vista High School won first place for photography with her "Rainy Day at Rancho" photograph. Her photograph is a moody composition of the school's walkway during the evening, and strikes a melancholic chord to everyone who sees it. Other top prize winners include Rancho's Gerardo Zuniga with a McDowell Memorial Award, Vista High School's Ethan Lewellyn with the Patron Award, Daniel De La Torre with an Honorable Mention, and Mission Vista's student Lauren Spears with an honorable mention.
Vista High’s Dish Wins Bake-Off Contest February 23rd, 2016
Vista High School senior Tate Miller meticulously trimmed fat and skin from a slab of pork on Tuesday, getting ready to cut it into glazed pork medallions — the filet mignon of pork.
That attention to detail paid off for Miller and his fellow seniors Tavo Updike and Mari Gebauer. For the second consecutive year, the Vista High culinary team won the 2016 San Diego County CTE MasterChefs Competition.
“It feels good to win a second year in a row,” said Updike, who also helped cook last year’s plate, which featured pork tenderloins dressed with a creamy sauce featuring shallots, cider and mustard and garnished with caramelized pears.
VHS Sports Medicine - San Diego Chargers
Allissa Cole, CTE Sports Medicine teacher from Vista High School took a field trip with her students to meet the Chargers head trainer, James Collins. Students