March Update

From Twin Hills Middle to the Homefront

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Principal's Pen

Happy March All-

Wow! It's been a cold and rainy few weeks, but we all know we need it. I am definitely looking forward to some spring weather. Hopefully it's here just in time for our Spring Break Vacation! I can't wait to get out in my kayak on the river.

Just a few things to share:

Parent Showcase: Thank you to all those who attended our "Open House" style Parent Showcase! We had a great turn out considering it was one of the coldest nights of the season. It was great having families on campus and showing off all the great things happening everyday! We appreciate the time you took to share just a glimpse into your child's daily life when they are with us!

Spring Break: Don't forget that our Spring Break is coming up. We will be out of school from March 20-24. Please have fun and stay safe!

Emergency Day Reinstated: Just a reminder that due to needing to cancel school on January 5th, we will be reinstating one of our emergency days on the calendar. School WILL be in session on April 7th. This is also the date of our last whole school dance. In order to attend after school events, students must be in attendance during the school day.

SBAC Testing: We will be testing on various days between April 24th and May 23rd. A more concrete schedule will be shared next month. In the meantime, please do not plan family trips during this time frame. We realize emergencies happen, but if it can be avoided we appreciate it.

Just a reminder, please stay connected for up to date information. Find us on social media (Facebook, Instagram, amd TikTok) for updates regularly. Also, feel free to browse our website for more detailed information. As always, please call the office anytime with questions or concerns. We're here for you and want to help!


Shawna Whitestine

Semester Award Winners

Our panthers are always working hard and we are proud of all of them! The kids listed in the pictures below went above and beyond. These names are those who earned a spot on our purple and gold honor roll along with our students earning a Semester Panther Pride Award. Semester Panther Pride students were nominated by one of their teachers for demonstrating effort and citizenship.

* Semester Panther Pride: This is for students nominated for amazing positive effort and citizenship.

* Purple Honor Roll: This is for students earning a 3.0 - 3.49 GPA.

* Gold Honor Roll: This is for students earning a 3.5 - 4.0 GPA.

Panther Pride Awards!

Our Panther Pride Awards are given when we catch any student doing something positive for themselves or someone else! After students receive the award, they enter it into a raffle box that we draw from daily. The winner is announced at lunchtime and is able to choose a prize from a fantastic reward menu!

February raffle winners were...

8th Graders: Olivia W., Will C., Maya A., Iris S., Nathan T., Silas W., and Iris L.

7th Graders: Parker A., Calia G., Leo Y., Jayden R., Rubyrose J., Rily M., and Ava O.

6th Graders: Ridley I., Harper K., Rory C., and Rylen F.

Congrats to our raffle winners! Keep up the hard work, Panthers!

COVID Tests Available

We have OTC tests available upon request at anytime. We are happy to send a box home with your child during Spring Break. Please call or email the office to make the request, and we will make sure they get one on Friday, March 17th.

Book Fair Success and Gratitude

Dear Parents and Families,

I’m sending my sincere gratitude for making our Book Fair an outstanding


Thanks to your contributions, we were able to purchase more books with our

scholastic dollars for the Twin Hills Library.

Our in-person book fair has closed, and we appreciate the students and parents

who shopped and supported our book fair.

We had a wish list drawing sponsored by our student council. Congrats to 8th graders Will and Capri for being the lucky recipients of new books! Happy Reading!

I hope to see you and your child at our next Fair. Until then, happy reading!


Lisa Galea

Book Fair Chairperson

Twin Hills Middle School

Counselor Corner: SOS Training for 7th Graders

I will be doing Suicide Prevention Training with the 7th graders later this month. We use the SOS (Signs of Suicide) Program. SOS is an evidence based program that focuses on the acronym ACT, Acknowledge, Care and Tell. As we see a rise in depression among youth, this training serves as one way we can help to support ourselves and one another when difficult times arise. Here is a link with more information:

All 7th grade families will be receiving an email with additional information and you are welcome to reach out to me with questions.

Spotlight on Classes

Sixth Grade Science Has Been Studying the Solar System!

8th Grade Art Students Enjoying a Rainy Day Watercolor Experiment.

7th Graders Learning to Sew As They Create Soft Sculptures Based on Their Own Designs

February Rally Fun! Thanks Ms. Salas and Student Council!

Student Council Corner: March Fun at Twin Hills!

Student Council will be hosting another "Sweet Treat" Fundraiser. This time around it will be presale. Follow social media for dates!

The following week will be Spirit Week with a spirit rally on Friday, Mar. 17th.

Spirit Week:

Monday 2/13: Tie Dye

Tuesday 2/14: Black Out!

Wednesday 2/15: Vacation Day (Represent Your Spring Break Vision and Plans)

Thursday 2/16: Spring into Spring Break (wear spring colors)

Friday 2/17: Green Day

Due to crazy weather, we had to delay our Cornhole tournament. Student Council will now be hosting their March Madness Cornhole tournament running through the end of this month. This will begin on Friday, March 10th.

Yearbooks are coming, so don't miss out!

8th grade yearbook staff has been working hard on what will be a fantastic book documenting all the events and everyday happenings at school this year.

It is important to secure a book for you and your student as soon as possible. There will be a limited amount of books available for purchase, so please don't miss out!

To order a book, please use this link. This link will take you to yearbook sales, package deals, and yearbook donations. Please contact our yearbook advisor Therese LaLonde at with any questions.

Ms. LaLonde

2024 Washington DC Trip is Still Open!

There is still time to sign up for this once in a lifetime adventure! If you want more details on the trip or ways to make it work financially, just give us a call in the office and we'll fill you in!

If you're ready to sign up, here is the link:

Our Trip Number is: 206779

Reminder that this trip is during NEXT school year. So, it is open to our current 6th and 7th graders. We're looking forward to another great experience, and we hope your child is there!

Sonoma County Library News w/ Recommended books

Chromebooks Available

We have Chromebooks available to those students who do not have access to one at home. Families who borrow technology must sign an agreement to return it at the end of the year and are held financially liable if the item is lost or destroyed. Please contact the office if you would like to reserve one for your student.

Twin Hills Apple Blossom Education Foundation News

Our amazing THABEF can use your ideas, support, and contributions!

Come be a part of the team!

Join us for our monthly meeting on Tuesday, Mar. 7th @ 4pm in the Apple Blossom Staff Room.

We will have zoom available for those who cannot attend in person,

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 753 427 5621
Passcode: 0F3PwB

To donate while you shop:


Please visit and add our group ID 500548660 to your account. Don't forget to visit Fircrest or Oliver's to help support THABEF.


Use the link below to go add THABEF to your Amazon smile account


Sign up at , community and join basementeers. Choose Twin Hills Apple Blossom Educational Foundation as your beneficiary

Second Cup of Coffee

Friday, March 10th, 9:30am

Twin Hills Middle Room 11

Join me at school for an informal open discussion. I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas to make Twin Hills a better place!

This meeting will be hybrid (both in person and on Zoom). Please use this link if you are unable to join us in person!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Upcoming Dates

Mar. 3rd- THABEF Bingo Night at THCMS 6pm

Mar. 7th- THABEF Meeting @ Apple Blossom 4pm

Mar. 9th- District Board Meeting @ 4:45

Mar. 10th- Second Cup of Coffee @ 9:30 in Room 11 and via Zoom

Mar. 13th-17th- Spirit Week

Mar. 20th-24th- No School Spring Break

Mar. 27th- SOS Training in 7th Grade Science Classes

Mar. 31st- End of 3rd Quarter

Twin Hills Charter Middle School: Home of the Panthers!

THCMS is committed to excellence. Our mission is to provide all students with an education that is academically challenging in an atmosphere of mutual caring and respect. We will provide the foundation for a life of continuous learning and prepare students to be positive contributing citizens.