Principal’s Message

Buena Vista Middle School (BVMS) is a high-performing middle school located just off River Road in the Las Palmas subdivision. Opened in 1998, it is the only middle school in the Spreckels Union School District. The school’s current enrollment is approximately 360 students.

The entire staff at Buena Vista is committed to providing its students with a challenging and engaging curriculum that allows them to excel in their future endeavors. All core classes are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

Middle school is a time of exploration, so Buena Vista students are encouraged to take part in a variety of learning experiences and extracurricular activities, including band, foreign language, sports, technology, visual and performing arts, and various other after-school and lunchtime clubs.

The Buena Vista staff works in partnership with our parents and community to ensure our graduates are prepared for high school and life in general. We are proud of the fact that many local high school valedictorians are former Bobcats.

School Mission Statement

The mission of the Spreckels Union School District is to be the premier district in Monterey County by providing all students an innovative education in a traditional, small-town environment. We feel that Buena Vista Middle School’s unique size, staff and parent dedication, and quality of students allow us to achieve our mission.

School Motto

Buena Vista Middle School Bobcats strive to consistently demonstrate the following values: lifelong learning, integrity, accountability/responsibility, service/compassion, respect, problem solving/perseverance, collaboration, honesty and creativity.

Parental Involvement

Buena Vista Middle School is fortunate to have an active parent-teacher organization, the Buena Vista Bobcat Club. The Bobcat Club meets monthly and raises money throughout the year to fund our extracurricular activities and to supplement teachers’ classroom budgets. The Bobcat Club recruits and supports parent and teacher volunteers who supervise various after-school and lunchtime clubs. The Bobcat Club holds a membership drive each fall and raises money throughout the year by holding fundraisers and taking part in the district’s annual carnival.

The Spreckels Union Educational Foundation is a volunteer organization that raises more than $100,000 per year to help fund the district’s garden, library, arts, and music programs. The foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year is the Hoedown.

School Safety

Buena Vista’s school safety plan is updated and reviewed annually. The school meets all federal and state standards for facilities and safety. Teachers, instructional aides and supervisors oversee children on the playground. We have high expectations for student behavior and enforce them. Emergency drills are scheduled monthly, and the school works closely with the Salinas Rural Fire Protection District and Monterey County Sheriff’s department to monitor the school safety plan. Key elements of the plan include the monthly safety drills and crisis-intervention plans.