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Vista Heights Middle School

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Awards

School Recognitions:

 

2021 Redesignated as AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction

2021 MVUSD Lowest Absenteeism Rate Award for September 2020, October 2020, November 2020, December 2020, January 2021, February 2021, April 2021 (daily attendance above 95%)

2020 Redesignated as AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction

June 2019: Authorized as an International Baccalaureate School for the Middle Years Program

2019 Redesignated as AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction

2019 P21 - Partnership for 21st Century Learning Exemplar School

2019 Schools to Watch - Taking Center Stage Model Middle School Redesignation

2019 CORE Districts - Student Academic Growth Award

2019 Saluting Education Superintendent's Award: Equity Champion

2019 MVUSD Lowest Absenteeism Rate Award for August 2019, September 2019, October 2019, November 2019, December 2019 (daily attendance above 95%)

2018 PBIS Silver Award

2018 Education for a Global Economy: California’s Model Programs Award

Read the news release here

2018 MVUSD Lowest Absenteeism Rate Award for March 2018 (daily attendance above 95%)

2018 Designated as AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction

2017 PBIS Bronze Award

2016-17 Riverside County Club LIVE Middle School Chapter of the Year

2016 English Learner Families for College i3 Grant recognized at 14th Annual Riverside County Education Summit as a Model of Academic Excellence

2016 Schools to Watch - Taking Center Stage Model Middle School

2015 California Gold Ribbon School

2001 California Distinguished School

 

Employee Recognitions:

 

2021 MVUSD Certificated Employee of the Year, Riverside County Teacher of the Year Finalist: Elicia Placencia

2021 MVUSD Classified Employee of the Year: Bobby Vargas

2020 MVUSD Certificated Employee of the Year: Erica Casas

2020 MVUSD Classified Employee of the Year: Ariana Sotelo

2019 Inland Empire Council for the Social Studies: History Social Science Educator of Excellence: Aurelio Cortez

2019 MVUSD Certificated Employee of the Year: Lori Georg

2019 MVUSD Classified Employee of the Year: Jeanne Green

2019 California League of Middle Schools Region 10 Educator of the Year - Juan Flores

2018 National History Day - California Educator of the Year, Junior Division - Autumn Earle-Rodriguez

2018 MVUSD Certificated Employee of the Year: Elsa Celio

2018 MVUSD Classified Employee of the Year: Jason Neal

2017 Inland Empire Council for the Social Studies: History Social Science Educator of Excellence: Michael Waymire

2017 MVUSD Certificated Employee of the Year: Michael Waymire

2017 Patricia Behring National History Day Teacher of the Year Award, California State finalist: Autumn Earle-Rodriguez

2016 Moreno Valley Outstanding Teacher of the Year of the 61st Assembly District: Maria Reynoso

2015 Inland Empire Council for the Social Studies: History Social Science Educator of Excellence: Susan Young

2015 Moreno Valley Chamber of Commerce "Estrella" Educator Award: Erica Melendrez

2014 MVUSD Certificated Employee of the Year: Elsa Celio

2013 MVUSD Classified Employee of the Year: Torie Sturgeon

2013 Most Inspiring Teacher: Sujana Herrera

2007 MVUSD Certificated Employee of the Year: Autumn Earle-Rodriguez

 

Student Recognitions (Representative Sample):

 

2021: RCOE Fine Art Awards - Malachi Elam, Originality; Parmveer Singh, Judge's Favorite; Arlyne Aguayo, Innovative Interpretation of the Theme

2021: MVUSD District Art Show - Middle School 2D - Digital Media: 1st. Place - Arlyne Aguayo (8th grade), 2nd Place - Se'Nia Sikes (8th grade), 3rd Place - Stephanie Warapius (8th grade)

2020/21: National History Day: Daniela Galindo - Junior Individual Performance, 1st place at CA state competition, competed at National Competition in Washington, D.C.; Junior Group Performance: 4th place at CA state competition; 5 other students (4 projects) also competed at NHD-CA

2021: Odyssey of the Mind: CA State 4th place and competed at the World Finals: Emmali Dixon, Jennavieve Covington, Noah Holm; Competed at the World Finals: Dale Singh, Natalie Urena, Jasmine Donis, Quinn Castellanos, Melany Lara

2021: Destini Calloway - accepted into the SCSBOA Middle School Virtual Honor Band; MVUSD Honor Band students: Gavin Boucher, Destini Calloway, Isaac Carpio Grijalva, Amanda Carranza, Natalie Castro, Linda Gonzalez, Christian Guzman, William Hidalgo, Breanna Macias, Abel Manjarrez, Rudy Mireles, Christina Rivas, Andrew Salgado, Darrel Singh

2020/21: Science and Engineering Fair: 3 students competed at the state competition, one student received Honorable Mention, one student received a special recognition award from the UCLA Brain Research Institute; two students were invited to compete at the Broadcom Masters; Paloma Vargas won a $125 award from the Science and Technology Education Partnership and sweepstakes trophy at the county level competition

Feb 2021 - Peyton English won the 33rd Annual Alpha Phi Alpha Oratorical Contest - $200
Jordyn Spencer took 3rd place and $100

2021: RIMS AVID 8th grade Standout student: Leona Marie St. Germaine

2021: RIMS AVID Write Off Winners: 6th-Henry Morales, 7th-Maya Villanueva, 8th-Danniella Todd; RIMS AVID Write Off Honorable Mention: Manual Minjarez (6), Noah Holm (7), Leona Marie St. Germaine (8)

2021: MVUSD Speech Meet: students won 10 of the 12 available awards, sweeping 1st/2nd/3rd in two of the four categories

2021: Chapman University Holocaust Essay Contest site and district award winner: Aaliyah Otto-Whitaker

2019/20: National History Day: Ava Rodriguez, Peyton English, Rossana Chavez, Ruby Montes De Oca - Junior Group Performance, 1st place at CA state competition, competed at National Competition in Washington, D.C.; Junior Individual Performance: Honorable Mention at CA state competition and The Dr. Larry W. Sheffield Young Historian's Award; Junior Historical Paper: CA state competition Special Award: naval Order of the United States San Francisco Commandery Award for Outstanding National History Day Project in Maritime or Naval History; 7 other students (6 projects) also competed at NHD-CA

2019/20: Science and Engineering Fair: Ava Rodriguez won gold at the county competition, top 10%, competed at state level and National Broadcom Masters level

Feb 2020 – Marco Morales won the 32rd Annual Alpha Phi Alpha Oratorical Contest - $200, Peyton English took 3rd place and $100

2020: Cal Baptist International Speech Meet - Peyton English: 1st place and $2000, Ava Rodriguez: 3rd place and $500

2020: DTASC Competition - 2nd place overall Sweepstakes, three 1st places, two 3rd places, two 5th places, two honorable mentions

2019/20: MVUSD Speech Meet - 1st place: Ruby Montes De Oca, Daniela Galindo, Jordan Spencer; 2nd place: Peyton English, 3rd place: Marco Morales

2019: MVUSD Science and Engineering Fair - Michael Mejia and Ava Rodriguez advancing to county competition

2019: Participated in the Riverside South section of the Riverside County Office of Education ESports League Semifinal Tournament; the only middle school and the only team with a girl

2019: One student selected to participate in the American Choral Directors Association Western Regional Youth Treble Honor Choir: Sara Jackson

2019: DTASC Competition - 2nd place overall, three 1st places, one 3rd place, two 5th places, three honorable mentions

2018/19: National History Day: Junior Individual Exhibit, 1st place at CA state competition and European History Award, competed at National Competition in Washington, D.C.; Junior Group Performance: 4th place at CA state competition; 4 of 4 projects (8 students total) competing at California State History Day competition made finals round

2019 Inland Empire Language Association 20th Annual Honors Reception for Outstanding World Language Students: 36 students selected

2019: Music in the Park Festival: Beginning and Intermediate Bands: Excellent rating, 1st place AA Division/Overall Concert Band Award; Advanced Band: Superior rating, 2nd place AA Division

2019 Boys Basketball: MVUSD District Champions

2019: MVUSD Art Show: 2nd place, Digital art; 3rd place, ceramics; Artwork displayed at Riverside Art Museum

2019: Sharp Competion at Los Osos HS in Rancho Cucamonga Feb 10th: Jr Dance 1st place, Jr Hip Hop 1st place, Jr lyrical 1st place, Overall most enthusiasm award

February 2019: Alpha Phi Alpha Oratorical Contest: 1st Place - Peyton English

2019: Friends of RCCD Forensics Middle School Speech Meet 1st place Storytelling – Ava Rodriguez;

3rd place Storytelling – Amanda O’Dell; 2nd place Informative - Jordan Spencer; 2nd place Current Events - Ethan Smith

2019 35th Annual Carol Addiss Student Drug Use Prevention Poster Contest: 1st, 2nd, 3rd Places plus Honorable Mention

2018/2019 Advanced Band - Excellent Rating - Regional Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association Festival

2018/2019 Advanced Band - Unanimous Superior Rating - MVUSD Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association Festival

2018/2019 Beginning & Intermediate Bands - Excellent Rating - MVUSD Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association Festival

2018/2019: Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association Festival: Show Choir -1st place in Middle School Show Choir with an Excellent Rating; Advanced Choir – 1st place Middle School Treble Choir with an Excellent Rating

2018/2019: VHMS Site and MVUSD District Science Fair- Ava Rodriguez - Winner, Engineering

D/2018/2019: TASC Drama competition on November 3rd. Vista Heights received awards in 10 out of 11 categories earning an Honorable Mention Sweepstakes award and placed 7th OVERALL out of 21 middle schools; Charisma Sislo -  5th in design for Sets and lights; Sasha Stewart - 3rd in Graphics and Publicity; Elizabeth Mulz, Luke Thompkins and Peyton English - 2nd in Large Group Drama

2018 PBS/ KVCR Television Series “Celebration of Music” Finalist

2018 Inland Empire Language Association 19th Annual Honors Reception for Outstanding World Language Students: five Spanish 2 students selected

2017/18 SSEP Mission 12 to ISS: Mission Patch Art and Design Competition: Patch selected to fly to the International Space Station in 2018

2017/18: National History Day: Junior Individual Paper, 1st place at CA state competition, competed at National Competition in Washington, D.C.; Junior Group Website: 3rd place at CA state competition; 9 of 10 projects competing at state competition made finals round

California State History Day: 11 students advancing to May 2018 competition as Riverside County winners

2017/18 MVUSD Art Show: 1st/2nd/3rd 2D Digital Arts; 2nd Best in Show (Digital Media), 3rd Best in Show (Digital Media)

2017/18 Friends of RCCD Forensics Middle School Speech Meet: 3rd place, Storytelling

2017/18 Drama Teachers Association of Southern California Competition: Sweepstakes

2017/2018 Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association (SCSBOA): Unanimous Superior Ratings for Advanced Band, Intermediate Band, and Beginning Band

2017/18 CAEA SoCal Area Youth Art Month competition: Digital Photography 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Places

2017/18 34th Annual Carol Addiss Poster Contest: 1st and 2nd Places

2017/18 MVUSD District Spelling Bee: 1st Place

2017/18 MVUSD Middle Schools Girls Soccer: 1st Place

2017 Riverside Fair and National Date Festival: Mixed Media 1st and 2nd Places

2017 National History Day, Junior Group Performance, 8th Place in the nation

2016/17 MVUSD District Math Bee: 1st Place

2016/17 Science Fair: Project qualified for the national Broadcom Masters science contest

2016/17 29th Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity/Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Oratorical Contest: 2nd Place

2017/2018 Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association (SCSBOA): Superior Ratings for Advanced Band, and Beginning Band

2016/17 Music in the Parks Music Festival: Best Middle School Choir Overall

2016 Music in the Parks Music Festival: Esprit de Corps Award

2014 National History Day, Junior Individual Exhibit, 2nd Place in the nation

2011 National History Day, Junior Individual Performance, 7th Place in the nation

2010 National History Day, Junior Group Performance, 2nd Place in the nation; Junior Individual Exhibit, Finals round (top 15)

2009 National History Day, Junior Individual Exhibit, 3rd Place in the nation

2006 National History Day, Junior Individual Performance and Junior Group Performance, competed

 

 

 

Read the Education for a Global Economy: California's Model Programs Award application