Jennifer Gateley, Principal • Alec Hobbs, Assistant Principal
Office Hours: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Appropriate, Safe, Trustworthy, Responsible, Optimistic
No Uniform Required
Our Mission: "Our mission as Vineyard (STEM Magnet School) is to develop empowered life long learners. We provide a unique and integrated learning experience through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Our goal is for all students to become active, compassionate, innovative leaders in their community."
Week at a Glance 11/16-11/20
| November 16-20
|| Parent Teacher Conferences
|| Dismissal @ 12:50 all week|
| November 16
|| Girls/Boys Basketball @ Westwind
|| 3-6 pm|
| November 17
|| Project Inspire (P10)
|| 8-11 am|
| November 18
|| Girls Basketball @ Vina Danks
|| 3-6 pm|
| November 19
|| School Site Council Meeting (P10)
|| 8:15-9:15 am|
| November 20
|| ELA Parent Workshop (MPR)
|| 8:30-9:30 am|
| November 20
|| NO THINK TOGETHER
|| After School|
It “Looks” Like STEM in the Vineyard STEM Science Lab
Vineyard 7th grade students took a good “look” at STEM learning through the Next Generation Science Standards by dissecting cow eyes in the science lab this week. Students engaged with the NGSS practices of asking questions and defining problems and carrying out investigations through this exciting project. Lead by Mrs. Timassy-Nelson the students engaged in critical reading, research, and academic writing in preparation for their Science Lab dissection. This is just one example of the innovative STEM learning experiences that help to prepare Vineyard STEM students for a successful transition to high school, college, and career. Keep an “eye out” for the next big project coming soon to the Vineyard STEM Science Lab!
Vineyard STEM Wins Big in Volleyball!!
Congratulations to the Vineyard STEM Magnet Volleyball team for an amazing season! Our Volleyball team finished 6-2 for the season good for Second Place in the OMSD Middle School Volleyball league. Lead by Coach Mike Garcia our team started off 0-2, but finished the season on a 6 game winning streak. Vineyard Finished the season in 2nd place. We are so proud of the sportsmanship and commitment our student athletes have shown on the court and in the classroom this season.
Real world learning is the cornerstone of STEM.
What started with a simple idea soon turned into a large scale school wide STEM project. With the ongoing support of the Ontario-Montclair School District Operations, Business, Learning and Teaching Departments, and the Board of Trustees, Vineyard STEM broke ground last spring on what would be four large garden areas. The youngest STEM learners will begin with a Study Garden in the Kindergarten playground. Next, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students will work in the Inquiry Garden. Students will continue to engage in scientific study of plant life, but they will now begin to explore research based questions such as the impact of the climate, composting, and basic animal life such as worms on their growing plant projects. The 4th and 5th graders will transition to a Technology Garden theme as they explore the topics of recycling and composting and how these processes can work to support or hinder the living environment. Finally, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders will finish the project study by focusing on a Research Garden. From kindergarten through eighth grade, Vineyard STEM students will be learning to grow and growing to learn! Thank you all who made this event such a special day!
Red Ribbon Week
Thank you to all of our wonderful Vineyard STEM parents for your patience and understanding at dismissal yesterday!
That was some crazy weather!
Vineyard's first School Site Council meeting for the 2015-2016 School Year
Thursday September 10th at 8:15 in room P10
If you are intersted in learning more about what the School Site Counicl is or becoming a member please join us!
Vineyard STEM Magnet School Student Wins Big With the
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and Kellogg Garden Organics
It started with a simple challenge. Design a raised bed garden for your school. This was the task presented to Skylar Petrolite-Durbin and his 5th grade class last April. Little did he know that when he returned to Vineyard STEM Magnet School in August as a 6th grader, he would be celebrated as the winner of the garden design contest that was sponsored by Kellogg Garden Organics and the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.
Skylar and his classmates worked on the garden design project with their teacher, Mr. David Poulos, and the STEM Instructional Coach, Mrs. Lizzy Flores. Together, the teachers worked with the students on the garden design project as they taught focused lessons about organic materials, growth cycles, and plant varieties.
The garden design project was a perfect match for Skylar and his classmates as it helped them to apply the STEM Learning Skills that are a part of their 5th grade program at Vineyard STEM. Mrs. Flores shared, "This project allowed the students to explore and apply all of the STEM skills we have been teaching students this school year. It was so exciting to see the students using their STEM skills of Communication, Critical Thinking, Creativity, and Collaboration in this fun STEM learning project!"
Skylar’s garden design was selected amongst countless entries. As his reward, he will work with his 6th grade Environmental Science elective class and the Kellogg Garden Organics professionals to build his raised garden bed on the school campus at Vineyard STEM Magnet School. "We are so excited to see Skylar’s garden as part of the STEM learning garden projects that we are developing at Vineyard STEM this year. We look forward to seeing our students work together with members of the business community and school community to make Skylar’s garden design a STEM project for the entire school to experience and learn from," said Mrs. Gateley, the Principal at Vineyard STEM Magnet School. The STEM learning garden opening ceremony event is tentatively scheduled for October 2015.
Not only has Skylar earned the privilege of working along side the Kellogg Garden Organics professionals on his project, but he is also being rewarded by the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes "Our Community, Our Children, Our Commitment"
baseball team as well. As the winner of the garden contest, Skylar will be able to attend the Quakes baseball game on Friday, August 28th with his family and classmates and throw out the first pitch of the game. "This is the coolest thing ever! I can’t believe how lucky I am!" exclaimed Skylar when his winning project was announced.
Board President Maureen "Moe" Mendoza stated, "The Board of Trustees is very proud of Skylar and Vineyard STEM Magnet School. We are excited to see his garden. This is a wonderful example of a student applying his STEM education to improve his school environment. Congratulations to Skylar and the entire Vineyard STEM Magnet School".
Congratulations to Skylar Petrolite-Durbin and thank you to Kellogg Garden Organics and the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes for supporting STEM learning and the students of Vineyard STEM Magnet School.
Parents if you are interested in learning more about how to read your students Smarter Balanced Assessment data click on the link below to get more information.
SBAC Scores Video
Vineyard STEM welcomed the Ontario Fury to our PBIS Kick Off assembly. Fury team players inspired the students to be ASTROnomical in their behavior. They supported Vineyard's goal for all students to be: Appropriate, Safe, Trustworthy and Optimistic! Students and staff joined the team members onstage to pass the soccer ball and even try some headers. No one could top the Fury as they headed the ball 50 times.
Thank you to Wayne Bradley and The Ontario Fury!