Vista Heights Public School
|Vista Heights Public School|
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|89 Vista Boulevard
Mississauga, Ontario, L5M 1V8, Canada
|School board||Peel District School Board|
|Area trustee||Diane Miles|
|Vice principal||Tammy Lynn King|
|School type||public elementary school|
|Language||English, French immersion|
|Area||Mississauga - Streetsville|
|Team name||Vista Vikings|
|Enrollment||745 (March 3, 2014)|
Vista Heights Public School is an elementary school in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada that offers classes from Kindergarten to Grade 5. Built in 1957 as part of the Vista Heights suburb, the school was originally designed as a Grade 1–6 school for approximately 300 students. It has since undergone several significant expansions(such as adding a new gymnasium and a computer lab), added kindergarten, removed Grade 6, and is now home to approximately 745 students, 457 of whom are enrolled in a French immersion program.
Before 1955, Streetsville was a small rural village built along the Credit River. However, after the Second World War, a burgeoning post-war population looking for new housing convinced developers to build two of the first suburbs in Canada beside Streetsville. One of these was the proposed Vista Heights development, but before the village council would grant approval for it, the councillors made the unprecedented requirement that the developer also had to build a primary public school as part of the development. (Regular practice since then is that the provincial Ministry of Education provides a grant of money to the local school board to build public schools.)
Construction of houses in the Vista Heights area began in 1955, and Vista Heights Public School was subsequently opened in 1957, offering classes for primary grades 1 to 6. In 1961, kindergarten was added to the curriculum.
When it opened, the school was an L-shaped building consisting of about a dozen classrooms and an office, with a small gymnasium at the intersection of the two wings. A swing set, two baseball diamonds and a soccer field provided recreational space for recess. During the winter, an outdoor ice rink was built and maintained by volunteers. (This was discontinued in the 1970s due to warmer winters, but during the winter of 2007, an ice rink was again built on the soccer pitch.)
In the 1980s, the building was enlarged and modified to a C-shape with the addition of another wing, and two of the classrooms were converted into a small library.
In 1980, the school program was modified to offer a French immersion program to about half of the students (360 of 681 in the 2009-2010 school year).
In 2005, a much-needed expansion intended to replace the small 1950s-era gymnasium with a larger space and replace several portables on the school grounds with permanent classrooms was announced. Set to be completed by 2007, the project was put on hold while more portables were put in place to accommodate a rapidly growing student body.
In 2006, the school celebrated its 50th birthday with an alumni reunion at which Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion recalled the first days of the school.
In 2008, it was announced that Grade 6 would be removed from the curriculum at the end of the 2008–2009 school year. In June 2009, at the request of the students, separate graduation ceremonies were held for the Grade 5 class and the final Grade 6 class.
In 2009, the expansion initiative put on hold three years earlier was recommenced.
In 2013, the annual trip to the Powerade centre for the Forest of Reading Program was cancelled. Instead, Canadian author Eric Walters (once a formal teacher in Vista Heights)author of the Matutu, a silver birch express nominee came to Vista Heights. The presentation was a school day in length. It also included autograph signing, and a free pizza party.
School Starts at 9:10 a.m. and ends at 3:35 p.m.
9:00 a.m.---->supervision begins on the school grounds
9:10 a.m.---->bell rings for start of school
9:15 a.m.---->classes begins
10:55 a.m - 11:35 a.m.---->First nutrition break
11:45 a.m---->morning kindergarten dismisses
1:05 p.m.---->afternoon kindergarten starts
1:35 p.m - 2:15 p.m---->second nutrition break
3:35 p.m---->grades K-5 dismissal
Extra Curriculum Activity
Vista Heights has some extra curriculum Activity, such as library helpers, bus patrollers, green team and inturmerals.
Library Helpers ranged from Grade 4s to Grade 5s
In the year 2012-2013. Grade 5 Library Helpers were supposed to help in the school library at recess at least once a week although they could come more than once per week. They are supposed to have the knowledge of sorting the different types of books. Grade 4 library helpers are to come down at class time and finish off what the grade 5s had started.
Bus Patrollers are required to know all the safety rules on a bus and what to do in certain situations. They are to go into special training each year with the CAA School Safety patrol. After the training, the students will go through an exam. For those who get 75% or higher will become a bus patroller
The Green Team is responsible to keep the school clean, such as throwing out the trash and recycling. They also hold assemblies talking about the environment and different issues. The green team will be starting to plant a garden in the school.
The school also holds intramural of all kinds. Students will sign up and get assigned a team. The team will be named after a famous team of the sport. Intramurals include, Handball, Floor Hockey, Basketball and more.
Vista Heights currently only has 1 music teacher, called Ms.Demi while the year 2012-2013 had 3 music teachers. The school currently doesn't have any music rooms so the music teacher(s) moves to the classrooms(as of Feb 2014).
Currently, there are 3 Kindergarten teachers. Mrs. Greenslade, Mrs. Hobbs, and Mrs. Benoit. 
In Vista Heights, Kindergarten is still half day, which means Kindergarten students only go to school in the morning and get released halfway through the day. The other Kindergarten students go to school in the afternoon and get released at the end of the school day. In the school year 2014-2015, it is planned that all kindergarten students will go full day.
Unlike the U.S., the kindergarten students are divided into JK(junior kindergarten) and SK(junior kindergarten). Kindergarten lasts for 2 years. The expectations for JK and SK students are different.
Vista Heights has a significant amount of students whose scores are above average. In the past 5 years, the EQAO score had increased about 36%
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