Twin Peaks Middle School

Weekly RAM Newsletter

From the desk of Principal Mills - Sunday, November 27th, 2022

Happy Sunday Ram Families!

I hope this newsletter finds you all well and rested after our Thanksgiving Break! I look forward to seeing everyone back on campus on Monday, November 28th for a period 4-6-2 schedule, rejuvenated and ready for three more weeks of instruction before the Winter Holiday Break that begins after our minimum day on Friday, December 16th!

A big THANK YOU to all of our Ram parents and community members who participated in our College & Career Fair on November 16th. We had over 25 different careers and professions represented at lunch in our quad for our young Rams to learn more about! TPMS students also had an opportunity to speak with representatives from a handful of colleges and universities, as we continue to prepare our Rams to be future focused and college and career ready! Thank you to our Counseling Team for organizing the fair and to the PTSA and Foundation for their support of this event - check out some photos from the event below!

This upcomingThursday, December 1st is our ASB StepItUp Day of Awesome! Students who qualified for this event will receive an invitation in their Ram class on Tuesday, 11/29. 6th graders will be invited to miss 1st period on Thursday, and 7th/8th graders will be invited to miss 3rd period on Thursday. All students will be invited to participate in the StepItUp Event during their lunch period on Thursday. A big THANK YOU again to all of our students and parents for their participation in this school-wide ASB fundraising event!

The ASB Winter Dance - The Enchanted Forest - is being held on Friday, December 9th from 5:30-8:30pm in the TPMS quad. Dance tickets will be on sale for $10 each this Monday, 11/28 through Thursday, 12/8 at lunch in the quad. THE FINAL DAY TO PURCHASE A DANCE TICKET IS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8th! Please make sure to purchase your ticket early - purchase price includes entry to the dance, games, tacos and dessert!

Finally this week, please consider helping a PUSD or TPMS family in need by supporting the PTSA's Giving Tree Program this holiday season (formerly known as Adopt-a-Family). Please see the "Giving Tree" Section below with a flyer and more information on how you can get involved and help PUSD families in need. Thank you in advance for your participation and support of the PTSA's Giving Tree Program this holiday season!

With Gratitude,

Steve Mills

Proud Principal

Twin Peaks Middle School

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Instagram: @principalmills_twinpeaks



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

November 30th: Late Start - 9:50am

December 1st: Step It Up Day of Awesome!

December 6th: TPMS Foundation Mtg, @Zoom 6pm

December 7th: Late Start - 9:50am

December 8th: PTSA Meeting, @Library, 6:15pm

December 8th: Last day to purchase dance tickets @ lunch

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

December 14th: Late Start - 9:50am

December 16th: Minimum Day

January 3rd: First Day back at School!

January 4th: Late Start - 9:50am


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Giving Tree (Formerly Adopt A Family)

Please help support Twin Peaks families in need this holiday season by donating to the TPMS Giving Tree Program. Please remember that all items need to be dropped off by this Friday, December 2nd. CLICK HERE for all the details or see the flyer below. Thank you for supporting our Ram families this holiday season!
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Students! Please check the Lost & Found table outside of the library for any items that you may have left at school. We have jackets, sweatshirts, hats, lunch bags and A LOT of water bottles that are unclaimed and want to come home! Please stop by the table and claim your items TODAY! All items left after December 16th will be donated to Goodwill!
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ASB Winter Dance & Clothing Drive

TPMS ASB is excited to announce our Annual Winter Semi-Formal Dance – “Enchanted Forest", which will be taking place in the TPMS Quad on Friday, December 9th, from 5:30-8:30pm. Tickets are on sale for $10 each starting on Monday, November 28th at lunch in the main quad. The last day to purchase a dance ticket is Thursday, December 8th!

We are also excited to announce our first Dance Clothes Drive, where families can donate new or gently used formal wear that students have grown out of and/or would like to donate to students in need. We are hopeful this will allow more students the opportunity to celebrate this event in style. If you are interested in donating items, please bring them by the TPMS Front Office, where you will find a donation bin.

If you are interested in donating to, or volunteering at, the dance, please visit our online Sign Up Form by clicking HERE. Thank you for all that you do to help make events special for our students! Please email Mrs. Crow at if you have questions!

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.

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.

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!