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8th Grade: WCW Choir Auditions


8th Grade Project Inspire Field Trip

7th Grade Field Trip to Suisun Marsh

Parent Student Handbook

Here is a link to the New Vaca Peña Middle School Parent Student Handbook. This book is filled with resources to help you navigate your way through middle school.

Student Planner - Updated Jan 2017.pdf


Vaca Peña Dress Code

The Student “Dress Code” is designed to encourage students to dress for the purpose of learning. Clothing should be neat, clean, free from tatters and tears, and fit properly, while following the ...more

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 Join us in the library every WEDNESDAY after school from 1:40-2:35p.  We would love to work with you to improve your understanding of Math concepts. You can complete homework, study for quizzes and tests, or practice math topics.

We are here to help!!


Vaca Peña



Todos los miércoles, al terminar la escuela, de 1:40 – 2:35 p.m.  Queremos trabajar contigo y ayudarte a entender conceptos matemáticos.  Podrás terminar tarea, estudiar para un examen, o practicar conceptos que aún no dominas.

¡Estamos para ayudarte!

Kindness Week at Vaca Pena

Students are encouraged to dress up to support Kindness Week.


Monday: Don't let anyone dim your glow day. Wear neon or bright colors. 

Tuesday: Be super kind day. Dress like your favorite super hero.

Wednesday: Don't get tied up in negativity day. Wear tie dyed clothes or a tie. 

Thursday: Dress your best to be the best day. Wear your nicest clothes. 

Friday: Block out negativity day. Wear all black. 

Earn your CLAWS!


Compassion Support, help or comfort others in need

Leadership:    Thoughtful consideration of people, places and property

Adaptability:   Perseverance, grit, and the will to succeed in and out of the


Wisdom:         Personal accountability in behavior, words and intentions

Safety:            Freedom to enjoy physical and emotional health



►Each month we will have a drawing for your golden claws tickets. The next drawings will be September 29th, October 27th and November 30th. 

Vaca Pena Students Who Earned Their Claws for January!



Michelle Rodriguez Delgado

Alyssa Groom

Katerina Mays   

Brooks Shirk

Korbin Hope



What teachers and staff said about these students:






"gives 100%"

"proven role-model"

"positive in class"

"school leader"


Booster Assembly Presentation

Message from Superintendent Shamieh

December 13, 2017


Dear Vaca Pena Families,                                            


Some of you may have heard a very upsetting voicemail on social media, sent from one student to another student.  The voicemail was brought to our attention yesterday morning. Parents and VUSD staff alike have good reason to be disturbed and saddened by hearing students being cruel to another student. In this instance, we communicated with some families involved yesterday morning. An investigation into the voicemail was initiated. Disciplinary action has been taken in accordance with Education Code and Penal Code. Our investigation continues as we work with police and gather more facts about the extent of other student involvement.

While countless students in our schools choose to be “upstanders” and are respectful of others, we must continue to help all kids make kind choices. Every child should be celebrated for who they are. Students cannot learn if they do not feel safe, accepted and included in school; our academic efforts will fall short if this is not the case.

Vacaville Unified takes bullying very seriously and implemented a multi-pronged system that includes ongoing systemic programs, curriculum, cyber lesson, events, counseling and staff supports.  In the last two years we have spent over $700,000 in student supports for social and emotional wellness, behavior interventions and discipline.

Supporting kids in becoming responsible digital citizens takes a joint effort from schools, parents, the police department and students. We all play an important part in role modeling respect and helping students understand the impact that their choices make on others. Some of the ongoing programs and events that are happening within VUSD to foster kindness are featured on the Family and Student menus on the VUSD website: for parents and for students.

While this incident is deeply disheartening, it presents an opportunity for families to discuss the importance of kindness and respect, as well as the possible ramifications of digital comments and posts. Taking time to routinely view students’ social media pages not only helps parents ensure child safety and responsibility, it is also presents a great opportunity to learn fun things about students and their friends.

As always, parents and students are invited to share concerns with school administration, VUSD Student Services or me. We will continue to take acts of bullying very seriously and impart discipline to the extent that the law allows as well as provide needed social and emotional supports for students.


Take Care,
Jane Shamieh
Superintendent of Vacaville Unified School District

Winter Sports

Try-outs for Basketball and Wrestling will begin on November 6th.  In order to participate athletes must have a grade point average of 2.0 or better for the first quarter of this school year, which will end Friday, 10/13.  If they have not already done so, athletes must also have completed on-line registration at and have had a sports physical. Instructions for completing and the form to give to the doctor, if they still need to get a physical, are available in the front office. If you have any questions please see Dr. Beltramo in room 2. There will also be an informational meeting immediately after school in the gym on Friday, 10/13.

Click on the sports page link at the top to see the winter sports calendar. 

Our Mission

The Mission of Vaca Peña Middle School, a collaborative community where everyone is valued, is to prepare and inspire all students to be active learners and productive citizens through a challenging, comprehensive curriculum that integrates social and character development in a safe, respectful and healthy environment. 



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School shootings are a terrifying thought for every parent and educator. Student safety is always in the forefront for us as a community. Given yesterday's tragic events in Florida, we thought we would share the following upcoming events that are part of our annual calendar to address school safety. 
The first is our district wide Emergency Operations Center Training on February 27th that includes all of our schools and departments in executing an EOC with the focus on the logistics of keeping our students safe and accounted for in a disaster. 

The second is an informational meeting for parents, reviewing our Standard Response Protocols as well as our Standard Reunification Method Protocols, also on February 27th from 5:30-7:00 PM in the Educational Services Center Board Room at 401 Nut Tree Road. 

Finally, March 15th is our annual district-wide school Lockdown Drill. The drills will be happening throughout the day at every school site. Each site creates a different scenario to practice each year, for example a school might elect to trigger the drill during passing period or recess rather than in the classroom so that students can practice the procedures under various circumstances. 

The Vacaville Police Department is an integral partner in keeping our kids safe. All of our protocols are created in collaboration with VPD. More information about VUSD's emergency response protocols can be found at Please feel free to contact Jennifer Leonard at (707)453-6155 with any questions or comments.


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Hello VUSD Parents and Guardians,

The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) connects the funding we receive to the goals we’ve established, and it outlines the ways we measure progress. Parent/guardian input is a critical component to the plan. Academic success for each student requires a collaborative partnership between parents/guardians and schools.

Please take a few moments to share your feedback and priorities with us by completing one survey for each school your student(s) attend(s).  (2 surveys for 2 different schools, etc.)

Thank you for partnering with us in your student’s education.



Jane Shamieh

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Saludos a nuestros Padres/Guardianes de VUSD,

El Plan de Control Local de Responsabilidad (LCAP, por sus siglas en inglés) conecta los fondos que recibimos a los objetivos que hemos establecidos y describe las maneras en que medimos el progreso.  El aporte de los padres/guardianes es un componente crítico del plan. El éxito académico de cada estudiante requiere una asociación colaborativa entre los padres/guardianes y las escuelas.

Por favor tómese unos momentos para compartir su retroalimentación y prioridades con nosotros completando una encuesta para cada escuela a la que su alumno(os) asista.  (2 encuestas para 2 escuelas diferentes, etc.)

Gracias por ser parte de la educación de su estudiante.

Gracias por asociarse con nosotros en la educación de su hijo.



Jane Shamieh


6th Grade Parent Open House 

Meet Vaca Peña teachers and staff and get information about the transition to middle school, elective options, and class curriculum. 

Wednesday, February 28th at 6:00 PM in the Vaca Peña Gym


6th Grade Elementary Site Visits 

Vaca Peña Administration and Counselors will be at the following elementary sites presenting registration information about Vaca Peña. If your child does not attend one of these schools and you would like to attend one of these presentations, please contact the elementary site for permission.


Monday, March 5th at 9:00 AM                                 Callison

Wednesday, March 7th at 9:00 AM                           Padan

Thursday, March 8th at 9:00 AM                               Cooper

Thursday, March 8th at 1:00 PM                               Fairmont



WEB Orientation (Students ONLY) 

Incoming 7th graders will attend an informative and interactive orientation with our WEB Leaders.  After the orientation students will receive their schedule and can walk around to find their classes.  The PE department will also be selling PE uniforms.  

August 15th from 9:00 – 10:30



Parent Orientation (Parents ONLY)

Incoming 7th grade parents can attend a short orientation about middle school.  You can buy PE uniforms and yearbooks at this time.  Please arrange transportation with your student as this orientation will be shorter than your child’s.

August 15th from 9:00 – 9:45 



2018-2019 School years begins:  August 16th, 2018

School Start time:  8:50 AM



*you can find attached a form with our elective classes offered


Will C. Wood High School Eighth Grade Preview Night

Spend the evening learning about classes offered at Will C. Wood. Hear presentations from Athletics, AVID, Counseling, Student Government and VECHS as well as take a tour of the campus. This Thursday February 15th from 6:00 to 8:30 in the Frank Molina Gym. 

VECHS Open House

8th Grader students, are you interested in taking college courses while going to High School? There will be a VECHS open house on Tuesday February 27, 2018 in the Vaca Pena Multi Purpose Room from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 


We will be discussing:

-program information

-Fall 2018 enrollment

-Program registrationSave & Exit


Click on the picture to purchase your yearbook for $35 while supplies last



8th grade parents and guardians: Order a "Send Off ad" for your child for $25. You can now create your ad online by clicking the link above. The ad can include a 40 word message and about 2 pictures of your child.  

Nightmare on Puberty Street Assembly by Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente’s production of the Nightmare on Puberty Street assembly is being performed for our students on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.  This assembly is about teens that experience changes that our students are or will be going through.  The play explores the best way to be yourself.  It covers age-appropriate topics about puberty, how to handle pressures to be sexually active, self-esteem, and depression/suicide.  You may read the attached Parent’s Guide for more information.  If you have more questions, feel free to contact your student’s counselor at 707-453-6270.


Parent Guide in English

Parent Guide in Spanish

Attention 8th grade students!!  Will C. Wood High School counselors will be presenting in your English classes on Monday, March 5th.  You will get lots of information about high school as well as your registration forms.  Make sure you are at school this day!

Vaca Pena Text-A-Tip Line

(707) 409-0608


For anonymous tips that are non-emergencies.


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Super Saturday

Super Saturdays are Back!!!

Enrichment Courses, Field Trips, & More...

Mark your calendars.

Super Saturday Dates
September 16, 2017
October 21, 2017
November 4, 2017
December 9, 2017
January 27, 2018
February TBA
March 10, 2018
April 14, 2018
May 19, 2018