24 Hr. Absence Line – Please remember to report your student’s absence the morning that your student misses school so it can be verified as soon as possible. Call us at 909-484-5136.
Dear Vineyard Junior High School Families,
We are excited to begin the 2014-15 school year. I am pleased to be joining Vineyard Junior High School, a California Distinguished School. Vineyard demonstrates educational excellence for all students and is committed to building strong connections between school and home. Our teachers establish clear and high expectations, and they are committed to every one of our students achieving their highest potential.
This year we will begin to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). These new standards in English Language Arts and mathematics were developed to better prepare our students for college and career. The key shifts for instruction include more critical reading skills, citing evidence in writing, a focus on informational text and higher level math skills with an emphasis on problem solving and real life application.
In the transition to CCSS, mathematics at the secondary level has experienced the most dramatic change in course sequence, learning objectives and course names. The junior high and high school math programs will consist of an integrated approach which includes the number system, expressions and equations (Algebra), functions (Algebra), geometry, and statistics and probability. The seventh and eighth grade standards are rigorous and provided a rich preparation for high school Integrated Math. We are working in collaboration with the Chaffey Joint Union High School District to ensure that we are aligned with their practices, so that students make a successful transition into high school. Most important to note is that a significant number of learning objectives for Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1 are now in Common Core Grade 7 math and Common Core Grade 8 math. Vineyard will be offering two levels of math at each grade level based on previous assessments, grades and teacher recommendations.
CCSS Grade 7 Math CCSS Grade 7 Math Honors
CCSS Grade 8 Math CCSS Grade 8 Math Honors
Students and parents will find all of these math classes challenging, as a deep conceptual understanding of math content will be necessary to complete the problem solving and performance tasks. When students enter high school, they will have the opportunity to further compact and accelerate their math courses to move to advanced level math classes of Integrated I, Integrated ll, Integrated III and higher level math courses.
Vineyard Junior High will continue with our active Parent Teachers Student Association. We know that parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning, and we encourage you to be actively involved at Vineyard. One of the most powerful tools for monitoring your student’s progress is the parent portal on our student information system, Illuminate. With an access code, which will be issued shortly after school begins, parents/guardians may view such information as attendance, class schedules and grades.
We will continue our anti-bullying mission to empower our students with the tools necessary to make socially responsible decisions. We have had great success with our Rachael’s Challenge Program, along with our Safe School Ambassadors. Each of these programs encompasses a comprehensive approach involving collaboration between students, teachers, parents and community. The focus is to take personal responsibility for standing up, speaking out and eliminating bullying. We believe that giving our students a voice and making them part of the process empowers them to create sustainable change, while improving peer relations and school climate.
We will be having our Back to School Night on August 21st. Teachers will review their academic and behavior expectations as well as provide resources to make this a positive year for your students. Many of the teachers post valuable parent resources on their web site. Please be sure to visit each of your child’s teacher websites.
Our newsletters, student handbook, calendar, teacher websites and school programs may also be viewed through our school web site at www.alsd.k12.ca.us. Please visit this often so that you have the most updated information.
It is my privilege to serve you and your students and I look forward to meeting everyone as we begin the 2014-2015 school year.
Principal, Vineyard Junior High School
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 http://www.cde.ca.gov/ 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 Awards@cde.ca.gov.