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Textbook Policy

Please be aware of Capistrano Unified School District's Policy on textbooks.

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Deadline: April 1, 2016

Dear Parents, Guardians and Adult Students:

The California Department of Education (CDE) has requested that school districts throughout the State post the following link to CDE’s website http://www.cde.ca.gov/morganhillcase to provide parents, guardians and adult students who have attended a CUSD school since January 1, 2008 notice of the disclosure of student records pursuant to a Court Order issued in the Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association v. CDE lawsuit. The CDE website provides a Notice and an Objection Form should you wish to object to the disclosure of your child’s personally identifiable information. THIS OBJECTION FORM MUST BE MAILED BY APRIL 1, 2016 via U.S. Mail to:

C/o Clerk of the Court
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
501 I Street, Room 4-200
Sacramento, CA 95814

If you have any questions please visit CDE’s website at http://www.cde.ca.gov/morganhillcase or contact CDE at (916) 319-0800.

You can also visit the Capistrano Unified School District “News & Announcements” section at  www.capousd.org for more information.

SBAC Testing

SBAC Testing – Please Note Schedule Change May 9-20

All students in grades six, seven, and eight will soon be taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Summative Assessments in English-Language Arts and Mathematics. Students will test in their regular Mathematics and English classes.


Please note that we will adjust the daily schedule during the weeks of May 9-May 13 and May 16-20. Classroom interruptions will not be permitted during testing dates.  We appreciate your scheduling any appointments before or after school hours.


The schedule for testing is as follows:

Math SBAC May 9-May 13—Math tested in regular math class--Regular bell schedule, but periods flipped on Tuesday and Thursday. This means that on Tuesday, May 10 and Thursday, May 12, students will attend classes in reverse order-Period 6, Period 5, Period 4, Period 3, Period 2, Period 1.

English SBAC May May 16-May 20—English-Language Arts testing in regular English class. We will be on Block schedule on Monday-Thursday. Students will attend periods 1, 3, and 5 on Monday. On Tuesday, students will attend periods 2, 4, and 6. On Wednesday, students will attend periods 5, 3, and 1, and on Thursday, students will attend periods 6, 4, and 2. Students will be on regular schedule on Friday, May 20.


The full schedule is below:

2016 VDMMS SBAC Schedule
Math tested in regular math class -- Regular bell schedule, but periods flipped on Tuesday and Thursday Monday, May 9 Tuesday, May 10 Wed., May 11 Thursday, May 12 Friday, May 13
Per 1: 8:10 - 9:05 Per 6: 8:10 - 8:57 Per 1: 8:10 - 9:05 Per 6: 8:10 - 9:05 Per 1: 8:10 - 9:05
Per 2: 9:09 - 10:03 Per 5: 9:01 - 9:48 Per 2: 9:09 - 10:03 Per 5: 9:09 - 10:03 Per 2: 9:09 - 10:03
Per 3: 10:14 - 11:08 Per 4: 10:00 - 10:47 Per 3: 10:14 - 11:08 Per 4: 10:14 - 11:08 Per 3: 10:14 - 11:08
Per 4: 11:12 - 12:06 Per 3: 10:51 - 11:38 Per 4: 11:12 - 12:06 Per 3: 11:12 - 12:06 Per 4: 11:12 - 12:06
Per 5: 1:03 - 1:57 Per 2: 12:17 - 1:04 Per 5: 1:03 - 1:57 Per 2: 1:03 - 1:57 Per 5: 1:03 - 1:57
Per 6: 2:01 - 2:55 Per 1: 1:08 - 1:55 Per 6: 2:01 - 2:55 Per 1: 2:01 - 2:55 Per 6: 2:01 - 2:55

ELA tested in regular English class -- Block schedule, but periods flipped on Wed/Thurs.

Regular Friday

Monday, May 16 Tuesday, May 17 Wed., May 18 Thursday, May 19 Friday, May 20
Per 1: 8:10 - 10:03 Per 2: 8:10 - 9:48 Per 5: 8:10 - 10:03 Per 6: 8:10 - 10:03 Per 1: 8:10 - 9:05
Per 2: 9:09 - 10:03
Per 3: 10:14 - 12:06 Per 4: 10:00 - 11:38 Per 3: 10:14 - 12:06 Per 4: 10:14 - 12:06 Per 3: 10:14 - 11:08
Per 4: 11:12 - 12:06
Per 5: 1:03 - 2:55 Per 6: 12:17 - 1:55 Per 1: 1:03 - 2:55 Per 2: 1:03 - 2:55 Per 5: 1:03 - 1:57
Per 6: 2:01 - 2:55


Information for Parents on SBA Practice/Training Tests

As we approach the administration of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), CUSD has created a document to provide opportunities for students and parents to familiarize themselves with these assessments. This step-by-step guide (http://capousd.ca.schoolloop.com/file/1442471772052/1441262634537/279638922928203324.pdf ) allows students to access the practice and training tests from home. The practice test gives students an opportunity to review grade level and subject appropriate test questions. The training test gives students an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the computer test environment. Please rest assured that our school and teachers are providing guidance and practice on taking CAASPP- like assessments. These additional resources are made available for you and your child should you choose to use them.


Thank you for your flexibility, and for understanding how critical it is for students to be present, well-rested and ready to go (including a healthy breakfast) on test days. Students are required to complete all parts of the state assessments, and we want to set them up for success! In order to do our part with this, we will limit the homework and assessments in all classes during this time to only the most critical items.


Thank you again for all you do to support your child and our school.


Michelle Wrenn Benham

Principal, Vista del Mar Middle School


2015-2016 Survivor Book Club



Thank you to all who participated and supported the

2015-2016 Survivor Book Club. 


Participating Students

Participating Parents

Participating Mentors

The Mako Foundation

Dr. Arash Asil, Smile Design Dental Group

The Survivor Book Club Committee Members

All Vista del Mar Middle School Teachers

Mrs. Benham

Mrs. Duty

Our Custodial Staff

Our Office Staff

PTA Book Fair

Capistrano Valley Assistance League

Village Book Exchange & Mathom




I could never have dreamt that there were such goings-on in the world between the covers of books, such sandstorms and ice blasts of words… such staggering peace, such enormous laughter, such and so many blinding bright lights… splashing all over the pages in a million bits and pieces all of which were words, words, words, and each of which were alive forever in its own delight and glory and oddity and light. by Dylan Thomas



The number one strategy that can be done for students’ comprehension is to have them read independently and then discuss what they have read.



See you all next year!


Mrs. Dewees, Mrs. Hanley, Mrs. Porzuczek, Mrs. Salazar, Mrs. Stafford, Ms. Velez

PTA DECO Cake Walk Contest

Let's "Mako" Some Cakes Friday, May 20, 2016

Come show off your cake decorating skills!

Don't miss out on the fun!

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6th and 7th Grade Family Life

Dear Parent:

The Capistrano Unified School District, in compliance with the California Education Code, provides two units of instruction related to current health issues in both the sixth and seventh grade. Please see the attached form for more information. 2016 Family Life parent letter.pdf


The parent permission slip is due to your child's science teacher by Tuesday, May 24, 2016.


If you are interested in previewing the videos, arrangements can be made with Mrs. Veronika Duty, our school librarian.  The videos will be available during the day on the following dates: May 16, 18, and 19.  Please contact Mrs. Duty to make an appointment at 234-5955 or by email vuduty@capousd.org  Please contact Karin Porzuczek at kmporzuczek@capousd.org if you have any questions.

Mako Pride

Text-a-tip (949) 373-5887

Text-a-tip VdMMS

2014 CBEE Award


On behalf of our entire Vista del Mar Middle School community I want to say congratulations to you and your kids!

Our school was chosen by the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE) ...more

Save the Date


If you have not already done so, parents are strongly encouraged to create a Portal Account which will allow you to update your student’s emergency information in the District’s database. Most ...more

Incoming 6th Graders

Did you miss the Incoming 6th Grader Parent Night?  You can view the presentation here.

Incoming 6th Grade Parent Presentation 2015

Marquee Shout Outs

Celebrate your student's special day by having their name up in lights on the VdMMS Marquee!  Use the attached order form & bring the completed form to the front office.

Marquee Order Form

Bully Free Makos

Click on the following link to anonymously report bullying you have experienced or witnessed.

Bully Report Form


Help VDMMS be a Bully Free Zone


Important Notice: Vaccination Law Update

On June 30, 2015, Governor Brown signed a new vaccine Bill (SB277). The law will take effect on July 1, 2016. This new law requires that all children in California be fully vaccinated to attend ...more

Today: 5/3/16

VDMMS Listserv

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LCAP Process Underway In California School Districts

School districts are currently working on the development of its Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). Under the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), districts have much more discretion in how they spend their funding. However, they must develop a detailed plan to show how the money will be used to improve achievement and to meet the needs of low-income students, English learners and foster children. Districts must collect input and suggestions from parents, students, staff and community members. Please see the attached Local Control Accountability Plan Report for more information.

LCAP Board Presentation

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

Rich Montgomery, Executive Director, Human Resource Services/Compliance
33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-9200

Website Disclaimer

ATTENTION: The Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) does not assume any responsibility or liability for the content that may be present within external Websites linked to and from this site that are operated or created by or for organizations outside of the CUSD. The linking to or from this site does not imply on the part of the CUSD or any of its schools any guarantee of quality, assumption of liability or endorsement of the organizations maintaining external Websites. Those organizations are solely responsible for the operation of their Website and quality of the content including advertisements, links, media, images and text that they may deem appropriate.