10th grade students were visited virtually by author and psychologist, Dr. Donald Robertson, writer of the novel How to Think Like a Roman Emperor, as part of our re-imagined Humanities 10 Core course that integrates contemporary texts with ancient cultures.
The Vistamar Math Club played the first round of the AreteLabs Math Madness competition this week, earning 10 points in a win against Chapelgate Christian Academy of Marriottsville, MD. Congrats to Nathan, Caiden, Nick, Ansh, Dayton, Justin, and Kris! Yay Math!
Vistamar's cohort of international students took their first field trip of the year. They headed to the Geffen Museum in Little Tokyo for the exhibit, Pipilotti Rist: Big Heartedness, Be My Neighbor followed by lunch at a local restaurant and a Historic Downtown LA Walking Tour organized by the Los Angeles Conservancy.
Vistamar Psychology students hosted Mee Vaj, founder of Empowered Mind Wellness in Long Beach. A Laotian immigrant, Mee sought training in hypnotherapy after a series of unfortunate events (in her case, injuries from successive auto crashes) and currently aims to "help a billion people in this lifetime" through therapeutic healing.
Vistamar Psychology students were treated to the inaugural speaker in this year's series. Laura Kidder, a cognitive neuroscientist, shared her research about prosopagnosia, also known as "face blindness."
Vistamar School announced the official opening of the Viking Commons, a new gathering space and commercial kitchen providing a nutritious lunch to the entire school community every day, at no daily charge.
Seventy-seven graduates wore blue caps and gowns on Friday, June 4, 2021 as Vistamar School gathered for the Class of 2021’s graduation ceremony. Under a tent constructed in the parking lot for the occasion, each graduate took a celebratory processional across a red carpet to self-selected music.
The sacrifices made by the the graduating seniors in this extraordinary year were recognized by Head of School Chris Bright in his speech to the class. "These 77 truly amazing individuals have -- through an incredible force of will, determination, and commitment -- completed their high school career in the most inconvenient circumstances and now stand on the precipice of something entirely new...poised to bring their talents, their hopes and their lives into the future."
Vistamar's Student Services team created several events leading up to graduation to bring the class together and reinforce connections. Some of these events included a senior prom on Vistamar's patio, a senior sunset celebration at the beach, a catered senior breakfast, a senior retreat, and a night at Universal Studios. The evening before graduation, the seniors were celebrated at an event with their parents, guest speakers, and a slide show commemorating their four high school years. Speaking at this event, Assistant Head of School Jason Gregory noted the strength of this class. "I firmly believe that the resilience and courage you've needed to push through an unthinkable year has brought you to today. You are able to draw upon one another for strength and conviction as you emerge together as the class of 2021."
Members of the Class of 2021 were accepted into more than 130 schools across the US and abroad and will attend 58 colleges across the country and internationally.
Danna C. was chosen as one of 25 Coro Youth Fellows representing diverse communities across Southern California. CORO writes, "We're excited to work with these young leaders this summer to deepen their leadership capacities, dig into the inner workings of Southern California public life, and provide them with new tools and frameworks to make meaningful impact in their communities."
An article by Keira S., '22 was included in the June issue of the El Segundo Scene. She writes about the experience of putting on a play live and in-person for the first time in 14 months. Read it here.
Congrats to Erin McG., '22 who won 2nd place in the LA County Science Fair Earth/Space Sciences Division with her project, "Comparison of Growth and Vitamin Values of Carrot Varietals Grown in Martian Regolith Simulant".
Sarah Plenge ’16 had a photograph published in the Washington Post as part of a series of COVID anniversary articles about people traveling as the world started shutting down. At the time, Sarah was in Tanzania as part of a field study program through McGill University.
In early March, a group of Vistamar students attended the Regional Student Diversity Summit, organized by and for students at independent schools, hosted by The Bishop's School. Students learned about social justice and institutional equity in workshops and connected with other students in affinity spaces.
Student Events and Activities Committee (SEA) organized a Valentine's Day mailing to every student! Each student received a personalized Valentine's Day card that also included a heart-shaped word cloud showing what other students had to say about them!
Congratulations to Emily T. '23 for having her artwork, "Farm to Table," submitted and selected by the arts faculty at Sierra Nevada University to included in their Flat, Flat Rate virtual art show this year!
We are thrilled to announce construction start on the Viking Commons, a new commercial kitchen, servery and community area for the school that will provide a healthful lunch daily for our entire school community and a beautiful new space to meet. Read more here