Vineyard Junior High

6440 Mayberry Ave., Alta Loma, CA 91737 (909)484-5120



 Please Join us at Vineyard Junior High School's Open House
April 2, 2015
25th Anniversary social at 5:00pm in the MPR
Night of 1000 Stars

Vineyard Junior High Student Artists Garner Nine Reflections Awards

Seven student artists from Vineyard Junior High School earned a total of nine awards for their artistic creations at the 2014-2015 Alta Loma Council PTA Reflections program.

The awards were presented on Monday, Feb. 2, at Vineyard Junior High to the school’s students who participated in this year’s program. Students from throughout the Alta Loma School District and from Los Osos and Alta Loma high schools shaped their creative entries to the 2014-2015 Reflections theme of “The would be a better place if…” 

Reflections is a national program that offers students the opportunity to display their creativity in different areas of the arts, including literature, music, photography, visual arts, film and dance. The National PTA developed the Reflections program to support student success and serve as a valuable tool for building strong partnerships within the school community by celebrating the arts.

Congratulations to the following Vineyard Junior High School students who were honored this year:

·         McKayla Avels, Visual Arts, Middle Division, “Seeing the world through others eyes”

·         Lilyenne Huynh, Visual Arts, Middle Division, “Beauty”

·         Tyler M. Johnson, Visual Arts, Middle Division, “If the World Would Value Kindness”

·         Jacob Ligorria, Photography, Middle Division, “Blued Moon, ” “Merced River” and untitled

·         Linda Lin, Visual Arts, Middle Division, “A Walk into Spring”

·         Brianna S. Ramirez, Visual Arts, Middle Division, “Puppies Found”

·         Natalie Ramos, Dance Choreography, Middle Division, “Life’s A Dance”


 Principal's Newsletter



                                                                                                                                                  March  2015


Dear Vineyard Families:


As we navigate through our third and final trimester, we have plenty of exciting events taking place here at Vineyard. Foremost, we want our students to continue to remain focused on their studies and to continue to put forth their personal best in all academic areas.


One of our first events for March is the district Festival of the Arts hosted by Vineyard. Please join us for a morning filled with showcasing student visual and performing arts on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 9:00am to 12:00pm.


From March 12 through April 24, we will be administering the Smarter Balanced assessment to all students. You may have also heard this test referred to as SBAC, although now our state has transitioned to using the term to CAASPP – California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress. This is a technology based assessment and your student likely participated in a Field Test last year. More recently students at Vineyard have been taking the practice tests as part of their Language Arts and Math classes. Students in eighth grade will still take the STAR test in science, but the rest of the STAR test is no longer administered. A letter went home recently describing the testing experience and informing you that practice assessment were available on line at This year scores on the assessments will be reported to parents.

During this testing season, we need to reduce disruptions to the classroom. Please help us by making after school transportation arrangements with your child in the morning before they leave home. Deliveries such as lunches, PE clothes and after school sports gear will be stored on a table in the office – so we suggest your student come to office to check for these items as we will not be interrupting classes with phone calls and call slips. Certainly if your family is having an urgent situation and you need to speak to your student, please let the office know and we will assist you.


At the end of March, counselors from Los Osos High School will be visiting our school to review high school expectations with our eighth grade students. This is an excellent opportunity for our students as they transition into high school. Registration packets will be issued at that time. 


March and April will be busy with our students participating in outdoor science camps. Our chorus and band students will be also be preparing for their annual spring concert at Los Osos High School on April 14. Our annual Night of 1000 Stars will be held on April 2, and parents will have the opportunity to visit their child’s classrooms and teachers. We will host a special 25th Anniversary social at 5:00pm. Please join us and meet the many families and staff members who have made Vineyard a special place for 25 years.


Please check our website regularly as we will be updating even more exciting events such as our awards assemblies and promotion activities in the month of May. 


It is a pleasure to serve as the principal of Vineyard Jr. High. I am enjoying getting to know all of your children. I look forward to the end of the year festivities.




Lori Thompson



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Vineyard Junior High School - A California Distinguished School

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Dear Distinguished School Award Recipient,

Congratulations on successfully completing the 2013 California Distinguished School application process, and being recognized as one of our 218 California Middle and High Distinguished Schools! This award is a direct reflection of the dedication, hard work, and vision of your school’s educational community, and I am pleased to be able to award this honor to your school.

This year we will be recognizing the 2013 Distinguished Middle and High Schools along with the Exemplary Program Honors, the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools, and the 2013 Title I Academic Achievement Award Schools.

The news release identifying all the 2013 Distinguished Middle and High Schools is posted online at under What’s New.

Again, congratulations on receiving Distinguished School recognition. Please note that if you also applied for Exemplary Program honors, it will be announced very soon through a separate news release. If you have any questions regarding this subject, contact the Awards Team at 916-319-0842 or by e-mail at


Tom Torlakson

Congratulations to all Staff and Students for all working hard to make Vineyard Jr. High a California Distinguished School(See Article).
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