Twin Peaks Middle School

Weekly RAM Newsletter

From the desk of Principal Mills - Monday, January 2nd, 2023

Happy New Year Ram Families!

I hope this newsletter finds you all healthy, well rested and rejuvenated after our 2 week Winter Break! We are looking forward to welcoming students back on campus Tuesday, January 3rd at 8:30am for our first school day of 2023 with a period 1, 3, 5 schedule.

This first week back will be a busy one - iReady Reading diagnostic testing will begin in Social Studies classes for all students to assess their progress from the fall testing window. Please make sure your students are getting enough sleep this week and are having something healthy to eat for breakfast to make sure they are physically and mentally prepared for the day. Math iReady testing will take place for all students next week in their math classes.

This Wednesday at 6pm the TPMS Foundation is hosting a parent night Q&A session for our upcoming Suicide Prevention Presentations. Thank you to our Foundation for sponsoring this informative session hosted by With Hope, The Amber Craig Foundation. The link for the Zoom session can be found HERE. The meeting ID is 970 224 9941 and the Passcode is GoRams. This is a chance to preview the information that will be shared with our 7th and 8th grade students the following week. For more information, please see the Suicide Prevention Presentation section below.

It's January, which means it's time for the annual Scripps Spelling Bee! Our annual TPMS event will take place LIVE on campus this year on stage in our Theater on Wednesday, January 25th starting at 4:30pm. This event is open to all TPMS students - if you are interested in participating in the Spelling Bee, please access the sign-up form in the Scripps Spelling Bee announcement below.

Parents of 6th graders - please make sure to complete and return your student's 6th Grade Camp enrollment packet with your $430 camp fee to your Ram teacher no later than this Friday, January 6th. Please check the TPMS website for more information about 6th Grade Camp by CLICKING HERE!

All 6th Graders attending camp will need to show proof of a negative Covid-19 antigen test 72 hours prior to boarding the bus for camp, or an AG test within 24 hours of boarding the bus. In order to facilitate this for parents and students, TPMS will be offering a Covid testing opportunity on Sunday, February 12th from 12-2pm on our campus. Families can bring their own over-the-counter test to use, written documentation of a completed test dated after 9am on 2/10, or you can sign up to reserve a free 30 minute test that the school will provide you on campus. Please see the 6th Grade Camp is Coming section below to let us know what testing option you will choose for your student.

Finally this week, the end of the 2nd quarter/1st semester is next Friday, January 13th (cue eerie spooky music). Please have your student check their Canvas accounts to make sure all assignments are completed and turned in with their teachers. Have them verify grades posted in Synergy and StudentVue for each of their classes and follow-up with their teachers ASAP if they have questions or concerns. Our 2nd semester will begin on Tuesday, January 17th - this will mean new elective classes for students in our 6th grade wheel and those taking semester-long electives.

In Partnership,

Steve Mills

Proud Principal

Twin Peaks Middle School

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Instagram: @principalmills_twinpeaks



January 3rd: First Day back at School!

January 4th: Late Start - 9:50am

January 4th: Suicide Prevention Presentation for Parents, 6pm @Zoom

January 11th: Late Start - 9:50am

January 13th: End of Quarter 2 / Semester 1

January 16th: MLK Day - No School

January 17th: Quarter 3 / Semester 2 Begins

January 18th: Late Start - 9:50am

January 19th: Character Counts Quarter 2, 5pm @Zoom

January 25th: Late Start - 9:50am

January 25th: TPMS Spelling Bee, 4:30pm @TPMS Theater

January 30th: Professional Learning Day - No students

February 12th: Covid Testing for 6th Grade Camp, 12-2pm

February 13th-17th: 6th Graders at Cuyamaca Outdoor School

February 20th-24th: President's Week Break

TPMS Volleyball Tryouts

Get ready volleyball players - it's time for TPMS to defend its district volleyball title! Volleyball tryouts for this season will take place on Tuesday, January 3rd and Thursday, January 5th on the TPMS back field. Registration packets are available in the front office or in Room 201. Pick one up today!!

Free Spanish Teen Positive Parenting Workshop In Person

We are pleased to share that we are offering a 1 Day Spanish Teen Positive Parenting Workshop for FREE In Person at Valley Elementary School! This webinar series is designed for parents and will address raising responsible teenagers while improving family communication. The webinar is offered for Spanish speaking parents:

  • FREE SPANISH Teen Positive Parenting Workshop In Person

Valley Elementary School

Tuesday, January 31st 2023 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

*Childcare provided for school-aged children

Click here for more details.


This year's TPMS Spelling Bee will be held on Wednesday, January 25th in the TPMS Theater starting at 4:30pm. All students in grades 6-8 are encouraged to participate in this annual event, and all participants will receive a prize for participating in the event. The school winner will advance on to regional competition representing Twin Peaks in March, 2023!

Students who are interested in participating can sign-up by CLICKING HERE to access the Google sign-up form. Once you sign-up, a practice packet and pledge form will be emailed to the email address provided.

6th Grade Camp is Coming!

Our 6th grade Rams will be attending Cuyamaca Outdoor School, otherwise known as 6th GRADE CAMP, the week of February 13th-17th. Your students were given an enrollment packet before Winter Break in their Ram class that will need to be completed and returned to their Ram teacher no later than January 6th. Please check the TPMS website for more information by CLICKING HERE!

All 6th Graders attending camp will need to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test 72 hours prior to boarding the bus for camp. In order to facilitate this for parents and students, TPMS will be offering a Covid testing opportunity on Sunday, February 12th from 12-2pm on our campus. Families can bring their own over-the-counter test to use, written documentation of a completed test dated after 9am on 2/10, or you can sign up to reserve a free 30 minute test that the school will provide you on campus. To sign-up and/or reserve your Covid test for the February 12th testing session, please CLICK HERE.

ITEMS NEEDED FOR CAMP: Some of our students may not have all of the items they need to attend camp comfortably. Please let our Counseling Team know if you have a sleeping bag, jacket, sweatshirt, gloves, scarf, or hat that you or your kids no longer use and would like to donate. These are the most common items needed, but you can view the complete list below. Thanks so much for supporting 6th Grade Camp!

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Suicide Prevention Presentations in January

Our 7th and 8th grade students will take part in an important and engaging presentation by With Hope, The Amber Craig Foundation focusing on suicide prevention during their PE class on Monday, January 9th and Tuesday, January 10th. The purpose of the presentation is to educate, equip, and empower students regarding suicide prevention and mental health awareness. Research shows that suicide is preventable through education and awareness. Patti Ferraro from With Hope will provide students with facts about suicide, alert them to warning signs related to suicide, and provide them with information about how to seek help for themselves or others. Students will participate in a variety of self-esteem and social competency development activities that support mental health. This workshop is approximately 45 minutes in length during your student’s PE class. Our counselors, mental health therapist, student services specialist, and school psychologists will be available to assist students who need additional support during and after the presentation.

To help families make an educated decision on whether this student presentation is appropriate for your student, we encourage you to review the information on the With Hope, The Amber Craig Memorial Foundation website and to attend the parent/guardian workshop hosted by With Hope on Wednesday, January 4th from 6-7pm via Zoom HERE. The meeting ID is 970 224 9941 and the Passcode is GoRams.

The Twin Peaks staff will take part in a presentation during professional time the morning of Wednesday, January 4th.

If you do NOT give permission for your student to attend the presentation, please email Christie Hamilton, Administrative Assistant to the Principal, at by Thursday, January 5th. Please make sure to include your student’s name in your email. You can also contact your student's counselor if you have any questions or concerns.

These presentations are possible due to the generous support of the Twin Peaks Foundation.

Go Safely California Needs Your Help

We’re on the search for a name for our new cone mascot. If your students have a creative name idea, now is their chance to win a laptop, a $500 gift card, plus a $500 class gift card and prizes for their classroom! Winners will be announced on January 31, 2023. To enter, visit the QR code on the flyer below or visit If you have any questions, please email us at or reply directly to this email.

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Free & Reduced Lunch Applications!

Although school meals are now free to all students under California’s new Universal Meals Program, the application for free and reduced-price meals is still very important. School funding depends in part on the number of students that qualify for free or reduced-price meals. With all students now eating for free, fewer families are completing the application and schools are at risk of losing funds. Household income information is confidential and applying online is quick and easy. Plus, students that qualify for free or reduced-price meals may also qualify for discounts on transportation, SAT and AP tests, home internet, and college application fees. You can apply online at, or pick up a paper application in the school office.

Poetry Contest & Video Challenge

Coastal Art & Poetry Contest for K-12 students

California students in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to submit artwork or poetry with a California coastal or marine theme. Application deadline is January 31, 2023. For rules, contest flyer, entry form, and helpful links for teachers and students, visit The instructions, flyer, and entry form are also available in Spanish at

Up to ten winners will be selected to win $100 to an art store (art winners) or $100 to a bookstore (poetry winners). Each winner will also receive four tickets to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Each winner's sponsoring teacher will receive a $50 gift certificate for educational supplies, courtesy of Acorn Naturalists.

Climate Video Challenge for middle and high school students

Enter any time this school year, through May 31, 2023. Students are invited to submit a 3-minute video responding to the question, “What is your vision for a thriving future?” Contest instructions and rules, brainstorming prompts, and lots of information on climate change and climate solutions can be found at Students can enter as individuals or in teams of up to five. Prizes are offered for first ($300), second ($200), and third ($100) place videos.

ASES is Hiring!!

If you are interested or know of someone who is interested in working in our before and after school ASES program, please scan or click the QR code below to apply and become an ASES Program Aide! Shifts are flexible and there's a wide variety of activities and programs to run for students in our before and after school programs. Questions? Please reach out to our ASES Supervisor Jennifer Willette at

TPMS Yearbook Info

Yearbooks are available for $50. We sold out last year so get yours now!

Pay by card: Go to or use the QR code

Pay by cash/check: Download the order form from our webpage or pick up a form in the office. Return the form and cash or check to the school office.

Calling all proud families of 8th graders here at Twin Peaks! 8th Grade Recognition Ads are open and ready for purchase. Go to and click on Recognition Ads to start the process of celebrating your 8th grader in this year’s yearbook! Deadline is January 27th so don’t delay!

Want more information about Yearbooks? Go to

TPMS Yearbook Needs Your Photos

The yearbook staff invites students, staff, and parents to submit photos for the yearbook. If you have great photos of school, sport or class events, we’d like to see them.

Our photographers can’t be everywhere. Help us get as many photos as possible to create a terrific yearbook everyone will want to have.

The last day to submit your photos is: March 1, 2023


● Click on “Select My Images.”

● Browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload.

● Enter information about the photo and provide contact information in case the staff needs additional information.

● Click “Upload Chosen Images.”

PTSA Meeting Dates for 2022-23

To join the PTSA for the 2022-23 school year, please CLICK HERE! All Executive Board meetings will be held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:15pm in the TPMS Library unless listed otherwise:

  • January 19th
  • February 16th (Association Meeting @6:15pm; Board Meeting to follow)
  • March 16th
  • April 20th (Association Meeting @6:15pm; Board Meeting to follow)
  • May 18th
  • June 1st

TPMS Foundation Meeting Dates

The TPMS Foundation typically meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6pm in the TPMS Library. Please visit the TPMS Foundation Web Page by CLICKING HERE! Here are the upcoming monthly meetings for the 2022-23 school year.

  • January 10th
  • February 13th
  • March 21st
  • April 18th
  • May 23rd
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Shop Amazon through TPMS Foundation

You can always shop Amazon and earn money for Twin Peaks! Just click on the Amazon link below, then start spending!

Twin Peaks Middle School

Nondiscrimination Philosophy and Policy Statement

The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, immigration status, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact: Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, James Jimenez, Associate Superintendent of Personnel support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128, 1-858-521-2800, extension 2121, For students, you may contact Title IX Coordinator/504 Coordinator Jamie Dayhoff, Director of Attendance and Discipline, Poway Unified School District, 1-858-521-2840,