Vineyard Junior High

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



 Adopt A Child

We have a shelter with 300 children in need of gifts this holiday season!  All gifts must be new and wrapped and may be turned in to Mrs. Bach or room 11 in the morning before school.  Be sure to bring all gifts to the school by Dec. 4th, 2014, as the shelters need them as soon as possible.
November 12th - December 4th
Parent University

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend our upcoming Parent University on Thursday evening, January 22, 2015, from 5:15 – 8:15 p.m. at Deer Canyon Elementary School. You will soon receive a flyer which includes information about the sessions being offered.  The topics for this year’s Parent University will focus on helping your child at home be successful in all academic areas, the shifts in our state academic standards and assessments and how to be prepared for them, how to differentiate for the needs of our students, how to make learning engaging and interactive, and educational technology and the 21st Century Classroom. A pizza dinner will be available from 5:15 – 5:45 p.m. Childcare will be offered while parents attend sessions. If you have any questions, please call Melinda Early, Associate Superintendent of Educational Services, at the District Office, 484-5151 extension 2013.

 Principal's Newsletter

                                                                                                                                                               November 1st, 2014

Dear Vineyard Families, 

      As we end our first trimester for the 2014-2015 school year, I am excited to see continued student engagement, parent involvement, and staff dedication here at Vineyard.  Report cards will be mailed on November 17.  Parents need to sign the acknowledgement form once they have reviewed the report card and return it to their child’s fourth period teacher.  Please continue to monitor your child’s academic progress on an ongoing basis, so that we can address challenges that may arise.  If you have concerns, a parent conference may be scheduled through our office at any time by calling (909) 484-5120. 


At Vineyard one of our priorities is to have a safe learning environment.  We continue to have an active Safe School Ambassador program where students and staff are trained on effective ways to reduce teasing, insults, gossip, bullying, harassment, and fighting using non-violent communication skills.  Recently, Vineyard hosted a program called Rachel’s Challenge based on the writings and life of Rachel Joy Scott, the first victim of the Columbine School shootings in 1999. This is our fourth year hosting this amazing program inspiring students towards a life of kindness and compassion. It always proves to be an emotionally charged event, and a peer training session is part of the program.  In the evening, we also hosted a parent/community event that was well attended.  Our PTSA has been extremely helpful in assisting us in the funding of this particular program for our students and support our efforts towards a safe learning environment for all students. 


Vineyard is thrilled to have an After School Sports Program for our students. Students are currently playing football and volleyball in a five school league. We look forward to basketball, soccer and track this winter and spring. The students are so excited and motivated to have the sports program back, and we appreciate the family and friends who are attending games and cheering our students on. We would like to enhance our program with uniforms and additional equipment. If you know of a business who would like to sponsor an after school sport or if you would like to donate to a sports team at Vineyard, please contact myself or our Assistant Principal, Judy Bach. Thank you to our School Board and District Administration for their support in restoring After School Sports, and special thanks to our terrific coaches.


As the holidays approach, we are promoting our Operation Community Cares and we will also be our having our annual Adopt-a-Child philanthropic event.  Our community has always been extremely generous in helping to make a difference in many families’ lives during the holidays. 


Please continue to visit our school website on a regular basis for parent resources and school updates.   We appreciate your continued support as we work together to provide a well-rounded education in a nurturing, highly academic environment. 




Lori Thompson



 Christian Club Donations Making a Difference
 Phillipine Donations
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Vineyard Junior High School - A California Distinguished School

CA Distinguished School Logo

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.