Vineyard Junior High

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



                                September 1, 2014


Dear Vineyard Families: 


We are off to a great start at Vineyard!  On August 21, we held our annual Meet the Teacher Night, and it was well attended.  Our parents had the unique opportunity of experiencing a brief glimpse of the routine of junior high school students, as they transitioned from class to class learning of teacher expectations and class standards.  In addition, parents had the opportunity to attend the PTSA General Meeting.


At Vineyard, students and parents have been given information to access our student information system, Illuminate, that will allow you to access timely updates regarding grades, assignments, test scores, and attendance in one convenient location.  This link is also posted on our main webpage as a shortcut and easy access.  If you have any questions on accessing this valuable resource, please call our office.  Having this tool provides an informative and convenient way to be involved in your child’s progress here at Vineyard.  We encourage you to check your student’s progress on Illuminate regularly.


Our kick-off for our main fundraiser event sponsored by ASB was held on August 13, and turn in for all order was August 27. We thank you for participating and supporting our learning programs. If you preferred not to participate in the fundraiser but would like to support the programs at Vineyard, you may make a donation to Vineyard Junior High ASB. These funds support Rachel’s Challenge, Renaissance Rally and enjoyable assemblies and programs for students.


Please mark your calendars for Parent Conferences on September 23, 24, 25, 26.  These conferences are scheduled for parents of students who are experiencing difficulty in academic success in one or more classes.  We will be mailing our conference invitations for those students identified as earning below a C in a class as of September 8.  However, any parent with concerns about their student’s progress is welcome to attend conferences .In addition, during the school year, teachers and/or parents will often request a parent teacher conference when concerns arise.  If, during the school year, you have any concerns about your student’s academic progress, please call to schedule a conference with your student’s teacher. 


Progress reports will be carried home by students on September 22.  Please make sure you sign the acknowledgement form and have your child return it to his/her fourth period teacher no later than Wednesday, September 24.  Just as a reminder, as you review your child’s grades for this first mid trimester, please take time to praise your child, and encourage him or her to strive to do his or her personal best.  Our students will perform up to the expectations we set forth for them.


Our Outdoor Science Education Parent Information Night will be September 18 at 7:00 pm in the MPR.  Vineyard provides two great opportunities for students to learn in a hands-on environment in a non-traditional school setting.  8th grade travels to Pali Science Camp and 7th grade travels to Catalina Science Camp.


We are proud to work in close partnership with our PTSA in making a better learning environment for our students.  There are many exciting events being sponsored by PTSA this year, and information will be posted on our website.  If you have not yet joined PTSA, you may do so by requesting a membership envelope from our school office. 


We will be holding our first Family Restaurant Night on Thursday, September 11 at Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor in Rancho Cucamonga.  We hope to see you and your family there.


Thank you for your continued support of Vineyard Junior High. 



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).
Thanks to our community partners for their generous donations:
PF Changs, Tio’s, Chik-fil-A, Jersey Mikes, Chili’s, Soup Plantation, Red Lobster, Simplicitea, Rancho Bowling, Panera Bread, Mimi’s, Complete Business Systems, Handel’s Ice Cream, By Hand Auto Detail. Please give these generous companies your business.