School News

Starting High School? We’re Here To Help You Get Ready

March 20th, 2021

The transition from junior to senior high school can feel pretty daunting. Expectations are different. Choices are more numerous. The stakes feel higher! Fortunately for our current grade 9 students, help is available this coming week as we prepare to hold an online high school planning presentation. Held on Thursday, March 25, the session will […]

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Message to VVS Community: National Day of Observance

March 11th, 2021

Dear Friends of Vista Virtual School, Today (March 11) marks the one-year anniversary of Canada’s first known death related to COVID-19. As such, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that March 11, 2021 would be marked as a National Day of Observance to honour Canadians who have lost their lives to COVID-19, and to recognize the […]

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Pink Shirt Day

February 22nd, 2021

Wednesday, February 24 is Pink Shirt Day. For those unfamiliar with it, Pink Shirt Day began in 2007 when a Nova Scotia student was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. It has since been embraced across Canada and internationally as a day for taking a stand against bullying. We encourage everyone to wear a […]

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Minister’s Youth Council Applications Now Open

February 21st, 2021

The Alberta government is once again seeking applications from junior and senior high school students for the Education Minister’s Youth Council, from now until Wednesday, March 24. Every year Alberta Education selects roughly 40 junior and senior high students between the ages of 14 and 19 from across Alberta to provide input on provincial. This […]

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Happy National Flag of Canada Day!

February 15th, 2021

On February 15, 1965, at exactly 12 o’clock noon, a brand new flag was raised for the very first time on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Gone was the old Red Ensign (bearing the Union Jack in the top left corner) and in its place was a striking new red and white maple leaf design—a flag […]

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VVS Campus Closed for Family Day

February 12th, 2021

Vista Virtual School’s Calgary campus will be closed for the Family Day long weekend (February 13 to 15), reopening Tuesday, February 16 at 8:00 a.m. Students may continue to work online and submit assignments during this time. Please note that VVS’ support staff are continuing to work remotely, and that our campus remains open by […]

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Become a STEM Ambassador

February 8th, 2021

With this week (February 11) marking the UN’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we at Vista Virtual School are, as always, committed to doing our part to reduce gender disparities in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields and open doors to exciting academic and career paths in these areas wherever […]

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Sign Up for WISEST Summer Research Program 2021

January 29th, 2021

Registration opens Monday, February 1 for the 2021 WISEST (Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science, and Technology) Summer Research Program (SRP), which runs from July 5 to August 13, 2021. Now in its 30th year, the SRP is an opportunity for female and non-binary students finishing grade 11 to gain hands-on research experience in the science, […]

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A Holiday Message from VVS

December 19th, 2020

What a year it’s been! Even though Vista Virtual School has been an oasis of (relative) stability in an otherwise unstable school ecosystem here in Alberta in 2020, it’s still been trying year for everyone in our community—and we all need a break! Please note that we are closed for the holidays from Thursday, December […]

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IT Maintenance: Temporary Shutdowns This Weekend

December 18th, 2020

Vista Virtual School and Pembina Hills School Division will be performing IT infrastructure upgrades this weekend, which will require taking certain school services offline in the mornings of Saturday, December 19 and Sunday, December 20. Moodle will be temporarily unavailable Saturday morning from 6 to 8 a.m. A more substantial round of IT maintenance will […]

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