Twin Peaks Middle School

Weekly RAM Newsletter

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

Happy Sunday Ram Families!

I hope this newsletter finds you all well and enjoying the Veteran's Day weekend. To all of our Veterans in our school community, a sincere and heart-felt THANK YOU for your service and sacrifice for our country. We enjoyed getting to celebrate our Military families, students, and staff in Pride Park on Thursday for our annual Military Appreciation Lunch - check out some of the pictures below! We hope you and your families found a way to celebrate and pay tribute to the veterans and members of the armed services in your lives this weekend.

Thank you to all of our Ram parents who came out to Bernardo Heights Middle School last Wednesday night for What I Wish My Parents Knew. This special parent event provided an opportunity to hear from PUSD administrators, community leaders, and our own students on issues impacting ALL students - How to Set Guardrails for your Student, Social Media and Its Impact, School Relationships and Handling Academic Pressure. If you missed it on Tuesday night, don't worry - there is another WIWMPK event this Tuesday, November 15th at Del Norte High School. Plan on meeting in the DNHS theater starting at 6:30pm for the general session, followed by two breakout sessions of your choice. No sign-up or RSVP is necessary to attend, so bring a neighbor or friend with you!

Abraxas High School is hosting a Parent Night on Substance Use this Thursday, November 17th starting at 5:30pm. This informational event for parents is open to all PUSD parents and is a great opportunity to hear from experts working in the field about teens and current trends in substance use and how to talk to your teen about substance use. Please check out the flyer below for more information.

Our Foundation and PTSA were both scheduled to meet this week, but because of other events happening in the district, have decided to not hold their meetings. The Foundation is encouraging all parents to attend What I Wish My Parents Knew at Del Norte HS this Tuesday night at 6:30pm instead of their Foundation meeting. Our PTSA is encouraging parents to attend the PUSD - State of the District event at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday starting at 5:00pm in lieu of their November meeting. Both the Foundation and the PTSA will meet again in December.

This Wednesday is Career Day! We have the return of our College & Career Fair at lunch in the quad with over 25 different careers represented - come check out the tables and encourage students to participate in the college & career questionaire challenge for a chance to win a $25 gift card! It's also a spirit dress-up day - students are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite career or profession on Wednesday! This Thursday is College Day - please wear your favorite college gear to school to show your Ram pride!

Finally this week, I hope you and your family have a restful Thanksgiving Break and enjoy your time with family and friends. School will be closed from Monday, November 21st through Friday, November 25th for the Thanksgiving holiday. We look forward to welcoming students back to Twin Peaks on Monday, November 28th.

With Gratitude,

Steve Mills

Proud Principal

Twin Peaks Middle School

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Instagram: @principalmills_twinpeaks



November 14th: Winter Dance Tickets on sale for $5 @ lunch

November 15th: What I Wish My Parents Knew, Del Norte HS, 6:30pm

November 16th: Late Start @9:50am

November 16th: Career Day - dress up as your favorite profession/career

November 16th: College & Career Fair (Both Lunches)

November 17th: College Day - dress up in your favorite college gear

November 17th: State of the District Event, Poway CFPM 5pm

November 18th: PJammin for Cancer Day, Wear PJ's to school

November 21st-25th: Thanksgiving Break

November 28th: Winter Dance Tickets on sale for $10 @ lunch

December 1st: Step It Up Day of Awesome!

December 9th: Winter Dance, 5:30-8:30pm, TPMS Quad


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Parent Night on Substance Use

Abraxas High School is hosting a parent night on substance use with guest speaker Howard Barker of New Life House Sober Living on Thursday, November 17th starting at 5:30 pm in their library/media room. Any parent or guardian with a student in the Poway Unified School District interested in learning more about this topic is welcome to attend! Click here or see below for the flyer with information about the event.

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Join the Competitive Reading Team

Do you like reading? Do you like quiz shows? Join the Competitive Reading Team where you'll go head-to-head in a quiz competition about a selection of novels. The information meeting is November 14th at 3:30pm in Room 207. Click here or see below for more information.
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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.

TPMS Basketball is Coming!

Hey Ram B-Ballers! Come try out for the TPMS Basketball Team on Wednesday, November 16th after school in the MPR. Future practices will be Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the MPR after school. Interested?! Sign up forms are in the front office on the counter.

TPMS College & Career Fair

The TPMS Counseling Department will be hosting the TPMS College and Career Fair on Wednesday, November 16th during lunch. We would love to have our very own TPMS parents involved - if you work for a local company or business who would like to participate, or have a career pathway that would be interesting to share with middle schoolers, please complete the TPMS College and Career Fair Interest Form LINKED HERE. We plan on having the event during both lunches, so participants would need to be available from 12:30-2pm. Please email one of our counselors if you have any questions about this event.

Preliminary 2022 CAASPP Results Now Available

This was the first statewide test given to California students since 2019. Following the pandemic, the 2022 test was significantly revised by the California Department of Education (CDE), providing a new baseline for school districts and sites to measure progress moving forward. Due to the significant changes in the test, districts and sites are unable to make direct comparisons with previous years’ results. However, consistent strong results are indicative of system-wide collaboration by parents, teachers, and school staff to facilitate student success. We are proud of our students and know their accomplishments are reflected in a variety of ways. CAASPP results are one measure of progress and should be reviewed alongside other learning information as well.

CAASPP test scores are recorded as Standards Exceeded, Standards Met, Standards Nearly Met, and Standards Not Met.

  • In English language arts, 68.36% of our Twin Peaks MS students met or exceeded standards on the 2022 CAASPP.
  • In mathematics, 48.99% of our Twin Peaks MS students met or exceeded standards on the 2022 CAASPP.

CAASPP was administered to students in grades 3-8 and grade 11 during the Spring of 2022. If your child took the CAASPP, you can access their individual results through ParentVUE. Directions for using ParentVUE are linked HERE. Please keep in mind that these scores are only one measure of an individual student’s learning. Data from these assessments is used as part of a broader picture of student achievement. Teachers use these results in conjunction with site and classroom assessments and observations to help tailor instruction throughout the school year.

NPFH Lesson in November

The counselors - Mrs. Baskin, Mrs. Jennings and Mrs. Roman, and Mrs. Bernsen, our Student Services Specialist, will present the first of three No Place for Hate school-wide activities to Ram classes in November. The topic is Disability Awareness, and it focuses on:

  • valuing people for what they can do, not what they can't do .
  • understanding and identifying the differences between visible and invisible disabilities.
  • discussing the importance of using "People First" language and practicing how to use it.

We encourage families to view the presentation and to continue the conversation at home. Please contact your student's counselor if you have any questions or concerns.

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.

Flu Season is Here

Cold and flu season is upon us. Health officials are warning there may be high levels of influenza compared to the past two years, when COVID-19 precautions helped keep flu infections low. As a reminder, please do not send your child to school if they are feeling sick or experiencing symptoms of a virus. Keeping your sick child home will be a great benefit for the health and wellness of our students and staff.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications. Symptoms of influenza can vary, but generally include a high fever, headache, chills, body aches, sore throat, and cough. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers these tips to prevent influenza:

● Get vaccinated every year

● Avoid close contact with sick people

● Frequently wash hands with soap

● Stay at home if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms

● Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

● Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional.

● See more prevention tips from the CDC by clicking here.

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.

  • December 8th
  • 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.

  • December 6th (Zoom)
  • 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!