Twin Peaks Middle School

Weekly RAM Newsletter

From the desk of Principal Mills - Sunday, February 13th, 2022

Happy Sunday, Ram Families!


I hope you all had a chance to take advantage of our amazing San Diego February heatwave and found time to have some fun in the sun this weekend! As you enjoy this afternoon's Superbowl, please stay safe and celebrate responsibly - regardless of who wins or loses today's game, please remember there is still school tomorrow! GO RAMS!


I hope you can join us this Wednesday, February 16th as we hold a community forum to discuss issues raised in Screenagers - Growing Up in the Digital Age. We will have an ed tech consultant, teacher/parent and current PHS student on our panel to answer questions and share their insights on screen use and strategies to help navigate this new technology landscape, for parents and students. If you would like to attend the forum and receive the link for Screenagers - the Next Chapter, PLEASE CLICK HERE! This school community event is co-sponsored by our PTSA and TPMS Foundation.


This past Thursday, the PUSD Board of Education shared the new start and end times for primary and secondary schools per the requirements of SB 328 . Twin Peaks, because of its proximity to Tierra Bonita ES, will have a later start time than other PUSD middle schools to relieve traffic congestion in and around our campuses before and after school. For details on the new primary and secondary schedules for the 2022-2023 school year, check out the recent Board Briefs LINKED HERE.


Are you looking for a family-friendly event to go attend in San Diego that also gives back to Twin Peaks?! Then consider joining other Ram families at the San Diego Seals Lacrosse game on Saturday, March 19th. Half of all ticket sales from this night will come back to Twin Peaks and will help to cover costs of upgrades to our MPR/Gym. Please see the information and flyer below - we hope you can join us!


Please remember that next week is the President's Week Break and school will be closed from Monday, 2/21- Friday, 2/25. We will open for classes again on Monday, February 28th with a regular bell schedule.


Finally this week, thank you to all of our Ram families who have already participated in PUSD's Thoughtexchange survey. If you haven’t had a chance yet, please CLICK HERE to participate in the conversation; it only takes a few minutes to contribute! If you have already shared your thoughts, please return to rank the new thoughts that have been added since you participated. Your input is really important for the District to get a pulse on proposed LCAP goals and budget priorities to support our mission in providing college, career, and life readiness to all students. The Thoughtexchange survey will be open until Thursday, February 17, 2022 - thank you in advance for participating!


In Partnership,


Steve Mills

Proud Principal

Twin Peaks Middle School

stmills@powayusd.com

1(858)748-5131 x2806

Instagram: @principalmills_twinpeaks

UPCOMING EVENTS:

TPMS NEWS AND EVENTS - bit.ly/tpmsevents

February 15th: TPMS Foundation Meeting, 6pm

February 16th: Screenagers, the Movie Forum #1, 6-7pm via Zoom

February 17th: Late Start Schedule, 9:15am start

February 17th: Volleyball vs. MVMS, 4:15pm, Gym

February 17th: TPMS PTSA Meeting, 6:15pm Zoom

February 21-25th: President's Week Break

March 6th: On-Campus Testing Window for Camp, 11am-1pm

March 7-11th: 6th Grade Camp @ Cuyamaca

March 9th: 7th Grade Parent Night, 6-7pm Zoom

March 16th: Screenagers, the Next Chapter Forum #2, 6-7pm via Zoom

The TPMS Choir is Back!

We will be starting TPMS Choir back up beginning March 1st! Practice will be Tuesday mornings from 7:30-8:15am and Thursday mornings 8:15-9:00am. Students need to be on time and can not miss more than 4 practices total for the choir session. We will perform an end of the year concert at Twin Peaks, and another with the Poway High School Choir concert at the end of the year on May 25th-26th! No experience necessary - boys and girls welcome!! Masks must be worn. We will practice inside while it is still cold, as the weather improves, we may practice outside so that we can sing without masks.
Any questions, please email TPMSchoirdirector@gmail.com
Sign up using this google form! https://forms.gle/NgqTSA8DeMXEmQxW7

Xello Program Information

We are excited to share an opportunity that your students will experience this week. Xello is a program that helps students in grades 6–12 create their very own, unique roadmap for future success—enabling them to discover their own personalized pathway through self-knowledge, exploration and planning.


Students will complete the Matchmaker and Personality Style assessments in RAM this week. Please click here to view an informational video about Xello.


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to your student’s school counselor.

CTE Pathway Preview Night

PUSD’s Career Technical Education (CTE) department is hosting a virtual CTE Pathway Preview Night this week (Tuesday, February 15) from 4:00-6:00pm. The night will highlight CTE course options by school, why CTE is beneficial, and will allow families to visit multiple 30-minute sessions on specific courses to hear directly from current students and teachers. If you have a student entering high school in the fall we highly encourage you to attend! When students enroll in Career Technical Education (CTE) courses they engage in real-world, hands-on experiences in an industry sector pathway that aligns with their strengths and interests. Courses range from photography and digital media, to engineering and computer science, and more! You can register for free here: https://tinyurl.com/pathwaypreview. Reach out to Joe Austin at jaustin@powayusd.com with any questions.

TPMS Spirit Wear

Are you looking for more TPMS Spirit Wear to add to your wardrobe? The TPMS Online Spirit Store is now open for business! Visit bit.ly/ramspirit today to place your order, but hurry! The spirit store will close on Friday, March 4th!

TPMS Racial Justice Challenge

Did you know that February is Black History Month? Last year, Twin Peaks sponsored our first ever Racial Justice Challenge and we were blown away by all of the powerful and creative submissions that our students made to share their perspective on the idea of Racial Justice.


This year, we’d like to invite any students who are interested in participating or learning more about it, to check out the TPMS Racial Justice Challenge website by visiting bit.ly/tpmsrjc to get more information. Submissions to be a part of this year’s challenge are due Friday, March 4th!

7th Grade Parent Night

The 7th Grade Parent/Guardian Night in English is scheduled for Wednesday, March 9th from 6 – 7:00p.m. via Zoom. The Spanish speaking presentation is also scheduled for Wednesday, March 9th from 5-5:45pm in room 103.


The counselors will visit 7th grade RAM classes the week of February 28th to discuss with students the role middle school plays in their path to high school and post-secondary education which includes the course credit system used for high school graduation and the a-g requirements for required for admission to a CSU/UC campus. Students receive an Academic Review form with their GPA and most recent iReady test scores.


The 7th Grade Parent/Guardian Night is an opportunity for you to hear the same information your student received, to gain information about how to support your student, and to ask questions. Please click HERE or use http://bit.ly/jenningszoom to access the presentation in English. We hope you can make.

2022 Lip Sync Battle

It’s time for one of our best events of the year. ASB is hosting the 4th annual Lip Sync Battle!!! Don’t know what it is? No Worries! Lip Sync Battle is a fun event where you can dance and lip sing to your favorite song or a mashup of your favorite songs! Find a team of friends and record a music video of your own. Teams can have 2-12 members, and your Music Video must be submitted by March 14th. Visit bit.ly/tpmslipsyncbattle for more info!

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8th Grade Yearbook Ads Extended!

8th grade Yearbook recognition ad are a great way for parents, families and friends to commemorate student achievements and important milestones. The Deadline has been extended! Go to Jostens.com to order and build your 8th grader’s Recognition ad. Don’t forget to make sure you order a yearbook, too.


Link to Jostens Store: https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1006258/Twin-Peaks-Middle-School/


Yearbooks are now $50. So get yours now!


Pay by card: Go to www.jostens.com or use the QR code

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


Want more information about Yearbooks? Go to http://tpmsyearbook.weebly.com/. To check if you already bought a yearbook, email Charlene Ellington at cellington@powayusd.com

Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age

Our Twin Peaks PTSA and Foundation have partnered together to provide our school community with an opportunity to watch two documentaries together to learn more about screen time and how it is impacting our lives. Coming in February and March, TPMS students and families will have a chance to watch one or both of the award-winning films and then attend a community forums to discuss the topics raised by the films with our panel of local experts.

  • Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games and academics. The film offers solutions on how we can help our kids navigate the digital world.
  • Screenagers: The Next Chapter follows physician and filmmaker, Delaney Ruston, as she discovers solutions for improved adolescent well-being in the digital age.

Please click on the Screenagers flyer above to signup! Students will have an opportunity to watch a shortened version of the movies in their Ram classes during February and March.

6th GRADE CAMP UPDATES - March 7-11th, 2022

The February 1st deadline for signing up for 6th Grade Camp has now passed and registration is now closed. Staff and logistics are now being worked out based on the number of participants who have signed up and we will keep families updated though these weekly updates and direct emails. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact Lynda Carter at lycarter@powayusd.com.


To prepare your student for camp, CLICK HERE for a video link and a PDF with Frequently Asked Questions that you may want to consider, including testing and masking requirements, cabin assignments, and most importantly - information on meal times and the dining hall!


COVID-19 TESTING UPDATE: all students attending camp, regardless of vaccination status, will have to test prior to going to camp and once while at camp. Students who test positive will unfortunately not be able to participate in 6th grade camp. Testing before camp can happen two different ways:


  1. PCR test: test results must be within 72 hours of 9am on 3/7. Medical insurance covers the cost for most plans; you can schedule a test through Phamatech by CLICKING HERE.
  2. In-Person take-home test: on Sunday, 3/6 we will have staff on campus from 11am-1pm for families to come to TPMS and administer a take-home test for their student that can be verified by school staff. Please stay tuned for more details on times for this option!

TPMS Lacrosse Fundraiser

If you're looking for an action-packed event on a Saturday night, look no further....

TPMS has partnered with the San Diego Seals Box Lacrosse Team to offer not only a night out, but a 50/50 split of ticket sales!


We've secured group tickets in the lower end (closer to the glass) for $20 (plus fees = $24.50) each. For every ticket sold, $10 goes to the Seals, and $10 goes to Twin Peaks! We are going to have a random student winner of a Seals prize pack drawn at the game, and a shout out/video congrats on the big screen, as well as a whole TPMS group shoutout!


If you're not familiar with box lacrosse, think hockey, except instead of ice, there's grass, and instead of a puck there's a hard rubber ball. It's non-stop action with a lot of scoring. Super fun!


You can buy tickets though the QR code on the flyer below. If you have any questions, contact Coach Spy at jspychalski@powayusd.com.

COVID-19 Updates

Please click HERE to access the updated Covid Guidelines and Protocols on the PUSD website.


TESTING

For students who have tested positive for Covid-19, per the California Department of Public Health updated guidance on isolation and quarantine as of December 30, 2021, PUSD staff may return to work when:

  • 5 days from symptom onset (or if no symptoms then 5 days from positive PCR COVID-19 test date) AND
  • Symptoms are not present or are resolving AND a negative COVID test (antigen test is preferred) taken on day 5 or later. (If unable to test or choosing not to test, and symptoms are not present or are resolving, isolation can end after day 10)
  • Fever free for 24 hours (without fever reducing medication) AND
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings


If you need to schedule a Covid test, you can do so for you and your family members at Pharmatech LINKED HERE.


STUDENT CLOSE CONTACT

The updated CDPH K-12 guidance gives school districts the option of using the three quarantine model or the Group-Tracing Approach to Students Exposed to COVID-19 in a K-12 Setting. PUSD will be using the Group Tracing approach. Per the K-12 Guidance 2021-2022 Questions and Answers, tracking results from all exposed students is not required.


Parents should notify schools of positive results.

  1. Schools will notify group of students who spent more than a cumulative total of 15 minutes (within a 24-hour time period) in a shared indoor airspace (e.g., classroom) with someone with COVID-19 during their period of infectiousness.
  • Notification will occur to "groups" of exposed students (e.g., classmates, teammates, cohorts, etc.) rather than contact tracing to identify individual "close contacts" (e.g., those within 6 feet).
  • Notifications should be provided to all individuals, including those who are vaccinated and/or recently infected.


MASKING GUIDELINES: The wearing of face masks remains a primary method for us to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 on campus for our students and staff; please make sure your student continues to come to school with an approved comfortable mask that they can wear whenever they are indoors on campus. Masking guidelines are LINKED HERE.


Please make sure your students are coming to school with a comfortable facemask that they can wear when they are indoors on campus, preferably a cloth mask that can be washed and reused. We are having to handout an increased number of facemasks each day to students who forget theirs and our supply is dwindling quickly. Please review with your students the expectation that masks are to be worn whenever they are indoors on campus (classroom, offices, library, gym, locker room, etc.) and must cover their mouth and nose.

  • Indoors with Students: Face masks are MANDATORY for all adults and students, except those with a documented medical excuse on file with our Heath Technician.
  • Indoors with Adults ONLY: Masks are currently MANDATORY for fully vaccinated adults and unvaccinated adults through January 15th.
  • Outdoors: Masks are optional for everyone, regardless of vaccination status.


The PUSD School Board met on 10/18 and provided new protocols to allow a limited number of visitors and volunteers back on campus. PUSD is slowly expanding volunteers on campus – effective October 18, 2021, we may now have a limited number of volunteers present in learning spaces with students during the school day. All volunteers must be vaccinated or provide a negative PCR COVID test. Outdoor celebrations will have designated visitor areas (i.e. Friday Flag, Jog-a-thons). Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we calibrate with the district and CDPH to make the necessary adjustments.

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