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 2013-2014 school year and are expecting this year to be an amazing one! Vineyard Junior High School is proudly starting off this year with a newly earned title of a “2013 California Distinguished School.” This designation as of May, 2013 “identified” and honored our school as one that has demonstrated educational excellence for all students and progressed in narrowing the achievement gap. I am extremely proud to be writing you as principal of a school that values education as a team effort, 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, both inside and out of the classroom.
This year we have a special challenge as we prepare for the upcoming Common Core State Standards (CCSS). These new standards in both English language arts and mathematics are developed to better prepare our students for the 21st Century economy, which has shifted greatly over the past ten years. This shift requires workers to possess more critical reading and writing skills, higher level math, as well as more advanced computer literacy skills. Vineyard Junior High is prepared to begin this shift in teaching the Common Core Standards. Beginning in the fall of 2013, all of our 7th and 8th grade teachers in English language arts will begin to make this shift by engaging students further in deeper thinking, critical reasoning, more non-fiction reading and writing, and more complex problem solving.
The most dramatic change will be in the implementation of mathematics as we transition in CCSS at the junior high school level. The middle and high school programs will consist of an integrated approach at each grade level. The Integrated Math strands include the Number System, Expressions and Equations (Algebra), Functions (Algebra), Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. The middle school standards are robust and provide a coherent and rich preparation for high school mathematics. This more rigorous curriculum focuses on college and career readiness. The emphasis in the CCSS is to deepen student understanding and knowledge through applied problem solving and mathematical practices. This shift to the new standards will be a learning experience for all of us. I know that I will have your support and patience as our teachers receive high quality training and apply their skills to lessons that meet the expectations of these new standards. We are working in collaboration with the Chaffey Joint Union High School District to make to ensure that we are aligned with their practices, so that our students make a successful transition into high school. Our teachers will also be participating in thoughtful collaboration on an ongoing basis with CJUHSD in order to infuse essential strategies and content into our current math program.
It is our goal to keep you informed as we transition into CCSS. We will have several resources on our website for your reference. However, the best source of the most current information may be obtained by visiting http://www.corestandards.org or www.cde.ca.gov.
Vineyard Junior High School will also continue with our active Parent Teacher Student Association. We know that parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning, and we encourage you to be actively involved as full partners in your child’s education. We believe that when our school works together with our families to support learning, our students will better succeed not just in school, but throughout life.
We will also continue with our anti-bullying mission to empower our students with the tools necessary to make socially responsible decisions. We had great success with our Rachel’s Challenge Program, along with our Safe School Ambassadors, and our Clean Sweep Program. 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 22. Teachers will review their academic and behavior expectations as well as provide helpful resources to make this a positive year for your students. Many of the teachers post valuable parent resources on their web site. Please make sure you visit each of your child’s teacher websites on an ongoing basis.
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 the first week of school, parents/guardians may view such information as attendance, classes, teacher grades, benchmark and CST scores, and much more.
Our monthly newsletter, 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.
As we “Focus Forward,” it is my privilege to serve you and your students, and I look forward to working with you as we begin an exciting 2013-2014 school year …. Because . . . .together we make a difference!
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.