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Who Are We?

MISSION-VISION-VALUES

Mission

Vista Academy's Mission is to inspire every student to be a confident global citizen and critical thinker through a rigorous, arts-integrated and innovative academic community.

Vision

The Vision of Vista Academy is to be the model of educational excellence through innovative arts integration and intercultural understanding.                                                            

Values

To Serve: by engaging in service within the school and in the extended community.

To Respect: by honoring the creative process and treating each other with dignity.

To Collaborate and Communicate: by fostering strong home, school and community relationships.

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What do we do in the Arts?

We believe that all children will thrive in an Arts rich environment.

When the Arts are integrated with the standard curriculum, children are able to grow both intellectually and artistically. Check out the Visual and Performing Arts Framework and Content Standards on the California Department of Education's website: Visual and Performing Arts Framework

Why is Art Education Important?

Art is essential to learning-not just an educational frill. Learning about the visual arts gives students a window onto the rich and interesting world around them, teaching them about their own history and culture, as well as those of other people. It cultivates self-expression, imagination and creativity as well as critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Students who learn about art develop their capacities to weigh meanings and make evaluations and judgments.

Understanding and making art can teach students how to work cooperatively in groups and how to work hard to achieve a goal. The development of all of these skills and attributed not only makes students better learners but it also helps students feel good about themselves-it builds self-esteem. And in a world in which ideas and information are often delivered visually, children need to learn how to analyze and judge the meaning of images and how to use them to communicate their own ideas.

What is the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme? - How do we be "I.B.?"

 

What is the Primary Years Program?

It is a curriculum framework through both the curriculum and teaching. It aims to develop the intellectual, emotional and physical potential of each child in a secure and stimulating environment.

 

The PYP provides a curriculum framework of 5 Essential Elements

  • Knowledge--content in math, language, social studies, science and the arts.

  • Concepts--important ideas that have universal significance regardless of time and place within and across disciplines. Concepts are presented in the forms of questions that drive the inquiry.

  • Skills--specific capabilities in thinking, social interactions, communication, self-management and research.

  • Attitudes--dispositions, values, beliefs and feelings towards learning.

  • Action--making changes to and in the world.

 

IB-PYP EMPHASIZES

 

  • International Perspective--A driving force behind the PYP is the philosophy of international mindedness: young people who recognize that they are global citizens and who are motivated to make changes to and in the world.

 

  • Integrated Curriculum--The subject areas of math, language, science, social studies, information technology, the arts, physical education and library are taught through transdisciplinary themes in order to help students make connections between the subjects, thereby facilitating more effective learning.

 

  • Individualized Learning--Teaching and learning are is differentiated for student needs. Students are asked to make connections between life in school, life at home and life in the world.  These connections contribute to the development of the attitudes that contribute to the attitude of international mindedness.

 

Borrowed from www.whatisib.com/what-is-pyp.html

 

 

We are always SURE

 

S - Safety: Be safe in all places at school - walk, don't run, no horseplay, watch out for others! Follow specific classroom instructions as they are given. Use equipment appropriately and leave your workspace cleaner than you found it!

U - Understanding: Be kind to each other. Be open to the ideas and opinions of others. Speak and act with purpose at all times.

R - Respect: Respect yourself, your classmates, our school, equipment and instructors. Remember, RESPECT is a two way street - you get what you give.

E - Effort: Give everything your best. Come to class prepared. Be in your seat and ready to work when the bell rings, with all required materials. Follow directions the first time.