Vineyard Junior High

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



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



                                                                                                                                                  January 2015


Dear Vineyard Families: 


On the first day back to school following winter break, we entered into the second half of the year. Our Vineyard students are continuing to demonstrate their unique talents both in the classroom and beyond.  Effort, practice, and perseverance are key to many of our students’ study habits and routines, and we certainly want to encourage this for all our students.  As this is our first year implementing the Common Core standards, students are being challenged.  They are expected to enhance their critical thinking and communication skills as we progress more into the teaching and learning practices of Common Core.  For more information about Common Core, please visit our website under “resources” and there are informational documents for parents on the California Department of Education website or  At this time, we plan to administer the Smarter Balanced Assessment in Language Arts and math beginning the middle of March. Our staff is providing practice time for testing in Language Arts and math in our computer labs, and at home if you go to the SBAC website, you can find practice tests for your student to experience. We will publish a testing calendar very soon, so that you will know when your student will be taking the assessments.


Just recently, one of our eighth grade students, Aaron Coloma took first place in our annual geography bee, properly known as the National Geographic Bee.  He took a written test after winning the school level Bee.  His test results will determine his eligibility to proceed on to the state and possibly the national level.  Additionally, Jennifer Jackson, won second place for her accomplishments in the Geography Bee.  We congratulate both Aaron and Jennifer for all their hard work and effort and wish them good luck for future advancement.  Both students will be recognized at our awards assembly in May and have received gift certificates donated by our PTSA.  Thank you to Mrs. Reyes and Ms. Sabatelli for sponsoring this event.


Our annual Spelling Bee will be on January 16, 2015, and I encourage both our 7th and

8th grade students to participate in this event.  In the past, we had had a student actually go on to the national level.  This is a wonderful and fun opportunity to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them throughout their lives.  First and second place winners in this competition will also be awarded gift certificates donated by our PTSA


Both girls and boys basketball are gearing up for the new season. I appreciate the dedication and devotion of our coaches, as they work with our athletes after school. I hope you will have an opportunity to stop by and see a game.


The interest in science camp has almost doubled this year, presenting us some challenges with our reservations. However, at this time, we have been able to arrange for any eligible student to attend. Please watch and listen for important communication about these upcoming trips. Special thanks to Mrs. Bach for her efforts to make these trips happen for all students.

As always, thank you for your continued support of Vineyard Junior High.




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.