Weekly Family Update # 20

January 3, 2021

Principal's Message

Hello Falcon Families,

Welcome to the year 2021! I hope you all had a fantastic Winter Break filled with family, laughter, fun, and feasting. Welcome to back to school! As you read in the last newsletter, we have implemented the next phase of our bell schedule and weekly calendar in anticipation of reopening our school to on-campus students in two weeks. Below is some very important information, so please read carefully.

Please especially take a close look at:

1. Our new monthly calendar.

2. The new weekly bell schedule.

3. Temporary Suspension of On Campus Learning & Programs January 4 through January 15, 2021.

In the coming weeks I will continue to provide more details on the return to campus including the logistical details for students who will be returning to campus.

Don’t forget, we have school tomorrow. We have not closed school or extended Winter Break. Learning continues, but we are all virtual district-wide, K-12.

Important Reminders:

Tomorrow, Monday January 4, is an odd day and students will start the day with their 1st period class at 8:30am.

Wednesday, January 6th, PUSD IT staff are hosting a simultaneous teaching training for Oak Valley teaching staff. Teachers will be providing independent work for their classes to complete while they are attending the training. Specific information will be posted on Canvas for students in those classes who are affected.

I am excited to welcome our students back soon. Please remember to be safe!

Thanks for all you do for our Oak Valley Community! Go Falcons!

Beaming with Falcon Pride,

Mr. Young


Oak Valley Middle School


PTSA Breakfast of Champions

Congratulations to our Breakfast of Champions winners for the month of December. Each month we highlight one of the 6 Character Counts! pillars; staff selects two students each year who embody those characteristics. Mr. Young delivered a certificate, yard sign, and a little breakfast treat to each winner.

Thank to the PTSA for sponsoring this event each year!!

Congratulations to all of our winners for the month of Fairness!

Dylan A.

Ellis C.

Chase D.

Ciena D.

Preston F.

Jagger G.

Bhouvanamohini K.

Emily K.

Angelina L.

Aadit M.

Ella M.

Sienna M.

Lucas N.

Tarik O.

Ben O.

Eden O.

Benjamin O.

Prajna R.

Ronit T.

Sophia T.

Daphne Z.

Elvin Z.

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Reflections Winners

Official Results of Awards of Excellence for the PTSA Reflections program have been released!

Te following entries will advance to the next level, Ninth District PTA Level:

Dance Choreography Group: Ella H., Gloria Z. and Mandy W.

Literature: Kavya G.

Photography: Bianca S.

Visual Arts: Sammy L.

Congratulations to the following entries awarded Awards of Merit:

Visual Arts: Bianca S.

Photography: Shriya U.

Solo Dance Choreography: Bianca S.

Congratulations to the following entries awarded Honorable Mention:

Solo Dance Choreography: Shriya U.

Visual Arts: Sophie C.

Music Compositions: Izabella C.

Dates are to be determined for the Virtual Online Council Art Show. Congratulations to all the students who participated!

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Reopening Information

Temporary Suspension of On Campus Learning & Programs January 4 through January 15, 2021.

At the last Board of Education meeting, on December 17, the Board voted to temporarily suspend in-person learning for the two weeks following Winter Break, January 4 through January 15, 2021. All Falcons will learn from home virtually with their existing teachers during these days. It is important to note that we are not closing school or extending Winter Break. Learning continues, but we are all virtual district-wide. Please note for families with little ones, ESS will close for these 10 days and all preschool programs will be virtual. More information can be found on the PUSD website HERE.

Poway Unified Reopening Information

Click here for the latest updates from Poway Unified on school reopenings.

New Weekly Bell Schedule and Monthly Calendar to Begin On Monday January 4th, 2021

Beginning Monday January 4th we will start a new weekly schedule. This is the same schedule that has been posted since the Virtual Forum in October. Students will engage in classes live with their teacher on-campus or via zoom in the simultaneous teaching model four days a week. On-campus students will be divided into two groups, Group A: Blue Group (last name A-K) and Group B: Grey Group (last name L-Z).

Mondays: Odd Day, periods 1, 3, Connections, 5 (lunch), 7 GROUP A

Tuesdays: Even Day, periods 2, 4, Office Hours, 6 (lunch), 8 GROUP A

Wednesdays: Odd Day, periods 1, 3, Office Hours, 5 (lunch), 7 GROUP B

Thursdays: Even Day, periods 2, 4, Connections, 6 (lunch), 8 GROUP B

Fridays: Asynchronous Day/Independent Student Work

Please see the attached weekly bell schedule HERE and below.

There is also a new monthly calendar attached HERE and below. We will follow this same weekly schedule pattern for the reminder of the year, unless the School Board changes our current school model, with the exception of a few weeks where we have to adjust for holidays. Please look at both of these documents closely.

For now, the only thing to remember is that on Monday January 4th, your student will start their school day at 8:30am in Period 1.

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Updated OVMS Weekly Bell Schedule

Click here for the updated OVMS weekly bell schedule.

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Updated OVMS Monthly School Calendar

Click here for the updated OVMS monthly school calendar.

Fridays: Asynchronous Independent Work Days

On Fridays, students will be engaged in asynchronous independent work days. This was reviewed at the School Board Meeting on 11/12/20 and 12/17/20. Students should have approximately 40 minutes of work to do for each class and their attendance will be taken for the day based on this work completion. Per the School Board Presentation.

Fridays For Students:

· Review and preview work from the week to deepen learning

· Review feedback and complete corrections

· Independent learning time

· Reduce screen time

· Additional support time with peers and staff

Fridays For Teachers:

· Provide timely feedback to students; including grades

· Review assessments and plan based on student needs

· Complete required COVID attendance tracking

· Collaboration

· Professional learning

· Connect and provide support to individual students

New Information

No Place for Hate Activity

Hello Falcons! Over Winter Break our No Place for Hate team encourages you to participate in our first school-wide activity for the year. At Oak Valley, we seek to learn about, champion, and celebrate, what makes us uniquely different as individuals and what binds us together as one Falcon Family. This is what makes us exceptional Falcons. Help join us as we work to create a more inclusive and hate free school for all students!!

Upload a picture of your Chalk Talk Puzzle Piece HERE.

NPFH Activity 1, Chalk Talk

Purchase Your Yearbook!

Falcons, purchase your yearbook now, before the price increases! Click HERE for the link to purchase. There is also a link on the Oak Valley website--scroll to the bottom of the homepage, click on the, "Buy Your Yearbook Here" image.

8th Grade Yearbook Dedications

Want a fun way to say “Congratulations!” to your 8th grader? Buy an 8th grade dedication ad for the 2020-2021 yearbook! Each dedication ad includes your student’s name, a special message from you, and at least one photo that you submit. What a great way to congratulate, send well wishes and wish good luck to your 8th grader. Click HERE for the link, it is also on the Oak Valley homepage.

Chromebook Distribution for Students Returning to Campus

We will be having a Chromebook distribution event the week of January 11 for those students who will be returning to campus.

More detailed information will be coming soon.

Counseling Update

Falcons, our counselors are here for you! Click here to read the latest update.

Continuing Reopening Information

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Click Here to View The Family Presentation Slides

Click to view the family presentation slides form the live forum on 10/2/20

Click Here to View the Reopening YouTube Presentation

Click here to view the reopening YouTube presentation from 10/28/20

Virtual Learning Resources

Parent Academy

The Poway Unified Parent Academy is the one-stop shop where parents can come to see and learn about the different types of educational technology tools that teachers are using with students in the district. These resources will make it simpler and easier for parents to understand what teachers use to engage students in meaningful ways in a virtual environment that highlights student collaboration. Click on the link HERE to check it out!
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