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!
Twin Peaks Middle School
TPMS NEWS AND EVENTS - bit.ly/tpmsevents
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
TPMS COLLEGE & CAREER FAIR - 11/16
Giving Tree (Formerly Adopt A Family)
OUR LOST & FOUND IS FULL!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions!
Free & Reduced Lunch Applications!
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.
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