Twin Peaks Middle School

Weekly RAM Newsletter

From the desk of Principal Mills - Sunday, January 15th, 2023

Happy Sunday Ram Families!

I hope this newsletter finds you all safe and drying out after all the rain we have received in the past 24 hours. It has certainly made driving and doing anything outside challenging, so please take care as you travel around over this holiday weekend.

Please remember that here will be NO SCHOOL on MONDAY, JANUARY 16th to observe the MLK Holiday. Our 2nd semester will begin on Tuesday, January 17th - this will mean new elective classes for students in our 6th grade elective wheel and those taking semester-long electives. Students should check their StudentVue and Canvas pages to verify their classes for our 4-6-2 schedule on Tuesday.

As I shared with you via email earlier this week, we had a report of a weapon on campus on Wednesday that resulted in many rumors and stories amongst our students on campus and amongst our parents on social media. Once we received the report, our team immediately removed the student from class and contacted law enforcement. After a thorough search, it was quickly determined through the investigation that there was no weapon on campus and there was no threat to the safety of our students or staff. We then alerted our staff and parent community to inform them the campus was indeed safe and secure. There was no lockdown necessary because there was no danger to our campus.

As a parent myself, I certainly understand the level of concern parents may have about a threat of this nature. As an educator for 26 years, it is something I have had to consider everyday when I come to work. However, it's important to remember that all students have a right to confidentiality and due process, especially in these circumstances when we are responding to rumors or reports. I am never able to share specific details about any one student’s background, discipline record, nor their current status in PUSD; if this was your child, you would expect the same level of confidentiality. I will continue to ask for your assistance in refraining from spreading fear and rumors, and when speaking with your children, emphasize the importance of reporting any concerning information to adults on campus, like our students did in this case. Our See Something, Say Something QR code to report concerns can be found at the bottom of the newsletter each week and on our main webpage.

i-Ready diagnostic testing is almost complete for the winter testing window - any testing that students need to complete from either the reading or math diagnostic test can be finished over the next week in Ram classes. The deadline for all iReady testing has been pushed back by PUSD a few days to January 25th. Our students have done an outstanding job during this testing window, and we are excited to celebrate their gains and achievements once we complete testing.

Students - are you looking for an opportunity to compete against your fellow Rams and show off your mad spelling skills?!?! Your opportunity is quickly approaching - the TPMS Spelling Bee 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.

6th GRADERS ATTENDING CAMP - SAVE THE DATE! 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. If you have questions about 6th Grade Camp, please email Mrs. Moreno at You can check the TPMS website for more information about 6th Grade Camp by CLICKING HERE.

Finally this week, Congratulations to our Character Counts Award winners for Quarter 2! Our 10 student winners were nominated by TPMS staff for demonstrating fairness, caring, citizenship, responsibility, trustworthiness and respect towards their fellow Rams and staff each and every day. Winners receive a special commendation from the California State Assembly recognizing their achievement, a Character Counts t-shirt, and a goodie bag with food prizes and TPMS swag! Winners also attend a special Zoom celebration with the teachers and staff who nominated them and their families to recognize each student's story. See the list of our student winners for Quarter 2 below.

In Partnership,

Steve Mills

Proud Principal

Twin Peaks Middle School

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Instagram: @principalmills_twinpeaks



January 16th: MLK Day - No School

January 17th: Quarter 3 / Semester 2 Begins

January 18th: Late Start - 9:50am

January 18th: ELAC Meeting, 5:30pm @Pride Park

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

January 19th: PTSA Meeting, 6:15pm @Library

January 25th: Late Start - 9:50am

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

January 30th: Professional Learning Day - No students

February 1st: Late Start - 9:50am

February 8th: Late Start - 9:50am

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

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8th Grade Yearbook Recognition Ads

The deadline for submitting your 8th Grade Recognition ad is fast approaching! Please go to to start the process of celebrating your 8th grader in this year's yearbook!

The ad does NOT include a yearbook so don't forget to purchase a yearbook - details can be found below!

Attendance Announcement

If your student is absent, please call the attendance hotline (858)668-2730 as soon as possible each day your student is absent (unless you give us a date range for multiple days).

Parent or legal guardian please call and state the following information:

  1. Your student’s first and last name
  2. Their grade
  3. The date of the absence(s)
  4. The reason (if sick, please list symptoms)
  5. Your relationship to the student
  6. A phone number where you can be reached.

Note: Students will be listed as truant if we do not receive a call or note from a parent or guardian.

Meeting For Parents of Multilingual Learners

On Wednesday, January 18th, we will have our meeting for parents of Multilingual Learners in Pride Park from 5:30-7pm. Pizza and dessert will be provided in the library from 6-7pm. Please click here for the flyer or see below. Thanks!
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DNHS Virtual Hack-a-Thon

The Del Norte Girls in Computer Science Club is hosting their annual virtual hack-a-thon at the end of this month for students in grades 6-8! It will be taking place January 28, 2023, 11 A.M. - January 29, 2023, 11 A.M. No experience is required and it is open to any middle school students!

Please check out the flyer below for more information - CLICK HERE or on the graphic below for the sign-up link!

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 should sign-up by CLICKING HERE NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, JANUARY 20th 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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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.

  • 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,