Weekly Family Update # 23

January 24, 2021

Principal's Message

Hello Falcon Families,

What is all of this water falling from sky?? It has been so long since it has rained. I hope you have enjoyed this cold and rainy weekend. At my house, we made potato leek soup, watched The Goonies, did a puzzle, and played with Legos, lots of rainy weekend activities. My puppy Jovie, did not enjoy the rain…

Virtual Learning and Engagement

As we reflect as a staff on the school year so far, and what we want to accomplish with our students as we move forward, our Falcon Faculty continues to seek out new ways to engage our students in virtual learning while also trying new ways to connect students with other students and with our school community as a whole. We will continue to survey our students and get feedback on what is working well to increase the positive experiences of our students. As I look at my own kids as they Zoom from home, we all understand that learning from home can be isolating and we are committed to help.

With our commitment to increasing engagement and connectedness in mind, we need your help! We ask that parents ensure that students turn on their cameras during Zoom. Some students are hesitant for different reasons, but it is really best practice. How can our teachers connect with and engage our students if we never see their face? We really appreciate your partnership as we work to improve the experience for our students.

Next Week's Class Schedule: January 25-29

Next week is a four-day week. All four days are block days and begin at 8:30 AM. Friday is a non-school day. We have a district-wide professional development day. There is no school or asynchronous work assigned on this day.

· Monday (1/25) ODD periods plus Connections

· Tuesday (1/26) EVEN periods plus Office Hours

· Wednesday (1/27) ODD periods plus Office Hours

· Thursday (1/28) EVEN periods plus Connections

· Friday (1/29) District-wide professional growth day.

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

Beaming with Falcon Pride,

Mr. Young


Oak Valley Middle School


Mrs. Sheehy Retires!

Congratulations to Mrs. Sheehy who is retiring this week. She is a long-time Falcon, first working as the Assistant Principal's Secretary before moving over to the position of Administrative Assistant to the principal several years ago. Mrs. Sheehy is an integral part of this school. Her kindness, work ethic, and jovial sprit are infectious. She has come into work everyday since day one, dedicated to making student needs the number one priority. The entire Falcon Faculty is sad to see her go, but excited for her new adventure. Thank you to our ASB students for the wonderful goodbye messages!
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New Information

Counseling Update

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

Spelling Bee

This year, the Scripps National Spelling Bee has developed an online testing platform that will allow Oak Valley to host a school spelling bee program, whether your children are learning in classrooms or remotely from your homes.

In place of our traditional spelling bee program, we will hold one level of competition through an online spelling test. The first step to spelling bee participation is for you to register for the Scripps National Spelling Bee's online testing platform by visiting: https://online-test.spellingbee.com

We encourage you to watch this video tutorial that will walk you through the registration process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ThKRsffiFc

Once you have registered, we will send you the test and deadline information. Your child must complete the test before the given deadline, and these tests can be taken on any device with a web browser, including desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

The student with the highest score will become our OVMS Champion. Our school champion will then move on to represent Oak Valley in the San Diego County regional spelling bee program, which also may include online tests in lieu of in-person spelling bee events.

Please register at your earliest convenience as we will begin assigning tests to students soon. The deadline to sign up is Thursday, January 28. If you have already registered in the online testing platform for another child, you can log in to your account and add an additional child to that same parent account. There is no need to register a different email address for each child in your household.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions about our school spelling bee program. We look forward to having your child compete to represent our school!

Again, the deadline to sign up is Thursday, January 28.


Dusty Posey and Michele Gallo-Kolinek

Pictures for the Yearbook!

YES THERE IS A YEARBOOK THIS YEAR! And it is going to be all about you!

If you did not get your photo taken at school this year by Lifetouch please review the selfie guide attachment and submit a photo by this Friday January 29th. Please have it just be your headshot like in the guidelines.

In addition if you would like to also upload other photos to share in the yearbook such as fun things you have done, sports or a picture of you and your dog (we have a full pets page) then go ahead!!

You can upload all your photos with the link below.

Upload photos for yearbook here.

Thank you so much for all of your support.

Rhea Dawn Smith

Yearbook Advisor

No Best Buddies Club This Year

It is with great disappointment that Best Buddies announces the shuddering of our operations. The pandemic, virtual learning, and social distancing has made organizing this club the way it deserves to be organized a challenge with few solutions due to our current climate. It is with best intentions that we move ahead full steam next year and we hope to see YOU there with us! In the meantime, make a new friend, start a conversation with someone you've never talked to at lunch, be an ally. We can all be a part of the change that we wish to see in the world.

Intradistrict Transfer Requests

For students who live in the PUSD boundaries and would like to attend another PUSD school, PUSD will accept Intradistrict Transfer requests for the 2021-2022 school year from February 1, 2021, at 8 a.m. through March 31, 2021, at 5 p.m. During that time period, there will be a link on the PUSD webpage to submit a transfer request.

For students who live in another school district and would like to attend a PUSD school, PUSD will accept Interdistrict Attendance Permit requests for the 2021-2022 school year starting February 1, 2021. Please note that the document must first be signed by your district of residence before it is submitted to PUSD.

Decisions on transfers are made by the Student Attendance and Discipline Office, not Oak Valley Middle School staff.

PUSD February Break is Shortened this Year

A reminder to PUSD families that the 2021 February break has been shortened from five days off to just two days off due to COVID-related adjustments to the 2020-21 school year calendar.

There is no school on Monday, February 15 and Friday, February 19 due to the observance of Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays.

However, school will be in session Tuesday through Thursday, February 16 through February 18, so students are expected to attend class as normal on those three days.

Spring Break remains the same, Monday, April 12 through Friday, April 16.

The last day of school was changed to Friday, June 18, 2021. You can view the official District calendar here.

Continuing Information

Book Donations in Memory of Mrs. Chiu

In memory of Mrs. Chiu, our ASB students have created a Wishlist of children's books through Amazon. We will be collecting these books to honor her and work to spread her legacy of light and love to others. All of the books that we receive will be labeled with an honorary bookplate and then donated to Rady's Children's Hospital.

The link to the wishlist can be found HERE.

The collection window will close on February 1st. Our OVMS ASB thanks everyone in our community for their support and love.

PTSA Art Corps--Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for volunteers to help deliver Art Corps lessons in their children's Social Studies classes via Zoom. The time commitment is as little as one class period (approximately 80 minutes, or less) during any of the months we anticipate offering the program (February-May).

We hope to offer three lessons per class over that time period, so we hope to have several volunteers in each class. You do not need to have an art background. Art Corps lessons are being modified to be delivered via distance learning, and we plan on a brief orientation (virtual) as soon as we collect the names of all interested parent volunteers and finalize the modified program details. Please sign up if you are interested in learning more: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090C45AEAB2FA7FB6-ovms7

PTSA General Association Meeting

Please join us for our next General Association meeting on January 27th 2021 at 7pm.

Agenda and Zoom information will be sent out through Totem to all PTSA members.

It's not too late to join the PTSA, please use the link below:


Thank You,

Oak Valley PTSA

Order Your Yearbook

You may have asked yourself, “Is yearbook still happening this year?” Yes it is! There’s never been a more interesting year to document than 2020-2021. Make sure you reserve a copy today! Online payment plans are available. And thanks for your help in contributing photos, captions and stories along the way.

Last day to order personalization is January 29, 2021!

(Please be sure you select Oak Valley Middle School in San Diego).

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8th Grade Dedications Close Soon!

8th grade dedication ad sales are coming to a close. These dedications go in the back of the yearbook and can be any size from 1/8th of a page to a full page.

The deadline to submit is Friday February 5th. For directions and more information, please visit the Oak Valley website and click on the orange box that says "Buy your 8th grade dedication here" to complete the order!

If you have questions, you can contact the yearbook advisor Rhea

Dawn Smith at rdsmith@powayusd.com.

Asynchronous Fridays

Here are are some thoughts as we have completed two Asynchronous Fridays. Please note that the expectations for students on this day are a work in progress. Our staff will be checking in with students this week to adjust and evaluate the expectations. All student work is due by 2:15pm on this day in order for students to earn attendance for the day. This is a requirement we must follow.

Asynchronous Fridays are a day for students to work independently and for teachers to have time to prep, grade and collaborate as seen in the details presented at the last Board Meeting (bulleted below) as well as work with students needing support. This is still a work in progress and staff will continue the conversation to adjust as we move forward.

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

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

· Office hours to provide support to individual student

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New Weekly Bell Schedule And Monthly Calendar

Don't forget, we started our new Weekly Schedule after Winter Break. This schedule should be much simpler and easier to follow for students.

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.

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Continuing Reopening Information

Oak Valley Reopening Plan *Updated 1/15/2021*

Click HERE for the reopening plan for OMVS. This plan contains lots of detailed information on the systems we have in place for students as we open

Family Drop Off And Pick Up Plan

Click here for detailed information on the student drop-off and pick-up procedures that will be utilized once we reopen.

Oak Valley Middle School Handbook

As we prepare to bring students back to campus, please review the OVMS Family Handbook and familiarize yourself with our school rules and procedures.,

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!
Click Here To View The Family Presentation Slides

Click here to view the family presentation slides from the live forum on 10/28/20

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