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.
Twin Peaks Middle School
TPMS NEWS AND EVENTS - bit.ly/tpmsevents
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
MILITARY APPRECIATION LUNCH
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.
Join the Competitive Reading Team
Free & Reduced Lunch Applications!
TPMS College & Career Fair
Preliminary 2022 CAASPP Results Now Available
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 https://www.coastal.ca.gov/art-poetry/. The instructions, flyer, and entry form are also available in Spanish at https://www.coastal.ca.gov/art-poetry/espanol.html.
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 https://www.coastal.ca.gov/climatechallenge. 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!!
TPMS Yearbook Info
Yearbooks are available for $50. We sold out last year 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.
Calling all proud families of 8th graders here at Twin Peaks! 8th Grade Recognition Ads are open and ready for purchase. Go to www.jostens.com 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 http://tpmsyearbook.weebly.com/
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
SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS ONLINE
● 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