Twin Peaks Middle School

Weekly RAM Newsletter

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

Happy Sunday, Ram Families!


I hope you all had a restful February break and enjoyed time with family and friends. We look forward to seeing everyone back on campus Monday, February 28 with a 4, 6, 2 schedule.


As a follow up to the PUSD email you received Friday, February 25 regarding students wearing masks indoors, I would like to reiterate that at this time, masks are still required in all K-12 classrooms. As you are aware, prior to the break some students were refusing to wear masks indoors. I am asking our Twin Peaks students and community to come together and adhere to the current guidelines for a bit longer - we expect an announcement from the Governor sometime this week that we hope will bring clarity to this situation. Until then, please support Twin Peaks staff and students with mask compliance.


If a student refuses to wear a mask indoors, parents/guardians may pick up their student to work independently from home or provide a note/email explaining they acknowledge their student is refusing to wear a mask and have permission to work independently on campus. Students who are choosing to not wear a mask and remain on campus with permission are expected to bring their Chrome books, charging cords, and all necessary school supplies to access their assignments online. Students who do not have permission from a parent/guardian will need to return to class or be picked up. Students will not be allowed to pick and choose which classes to attend. Our teachers and staff need your support and understanding to keep the focus on teaching and learning in our classrooms. If you have questions or concerns regarding the current mask guidelines, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email or by phone.


In case you missed it, before the break we held our first of two community forums to discuss issues raised in the documentary Screenagers - Growing Up in the Digital Age. There was a great presentation and discussion from our panel on how to work with your student around technology and screen time issues - to access the recorded forum before it expires on 3/15, please CLICK HERE. If you would like receive the link for the follow-up documentary, Screenagers - the Next Chapter or would like to attend the next community forum on March 16th, please CLICK HERE to register! THANK YOU to our PTSA and TPMS Foundation for co-sponsoring this school community event!


Next Monday we send our 6th graders off to Camp Cuyamaca for the first time in two years! We are really excited for this event to return, but there are a few things to make sure all students (and parents!) have completed before our Rams get on the bus next Monday. All camp participants will need to make sure they have proof of a negative test within 72 hours of 9am on Monday, 3/7 - please make sure to review the section about 6th grade camp below to learn about your testing options and visit the TPMS website with all of the links to forms and information that you might need.


Finally this week, if you are looking for a family-friendly event to go attend in San Diego that also gives back to Twin Peaks, then consider joining other Ram families at the San Diego Seals Lacrosse game on Saturday, March 19th. Half of all ticket sales from this night will come back to Twin Peaks and will help to cover costs of upgrades to our MPR/Gym. Please see the information and flyer below - we hope you can join us!


In Partnership,


Steve Mills

Proud Principal

Twin Peaks Middle School

stmills@powayusd.com

1(858)748-5131 x2806

Instagram: @principalmills_twinpeaks

UPCOMING EVENTS:

TPMS NEWS AND EVENTS - bit.ly/tpmsevents

March 6th: On-Campus Testing for 6th Grade Camp, 11am-1pm

March 7-11th: 6th Grade Camp @ Cuyamaca

March 9th: 7th Grade Parent Night, 6-7pm Zoom

March 14th-18th: See Something Say Something Week

March 14th: Sea Something Day - Ocean/Beach Day (No Swimsuits)

March 15th: Wear Green Day

March 15th: PHS 8th Grade Parent Night, Zoom @5:30pm

March 16th: Wear Clothes Backwards Day

March 16th: Screenagers, the Next Chapter Forum #2, 6-7pm via Zoom

March 17th: Group/Twin Day

March 17th: PTSA Meeting, Library @6:15pm

March 18th: Wear your craziest/most unique face mask

March 22nd: TPMS Foundation Meeting, Library @6:00pm

March 23rd: 5th Grade Parent Night, Zoom @5:30pm

LAST WEEK! Order Your TPMS Spirit Wear By 3/4!!

Are you looking for more TPMS Spirit Wear to add to your wardrobe? The TPMS Online Spirit Store is now open for business! Visit bit.ly/ramspirit today to place your order, but hurry! The spirit store will close on Friday, March 4th! This will be your last opportunity to purchase 50th Anniversary clothing before it is gone, so order today!!

Wrestling Season at TPMS

IT'S TIME FOR WRESTLING SEASON AT TPMS! Wrestling registration forms will be available in the front office and PE locker room from 2/28-3/11. Registration forms need to be returned to the front office or Room 201 by Friday, March 11th, before students can attend practice the following week. All info about wrestling season will be on the registration packet! We hope to see your student come out for the team!

Sports Update!

On Tuesday, February 15th, our TPMS basketball team took the court against BHMS for the district championship! It was a tough and physical game but our Rams played hard and brought home the win! It was a huge team effort from all of the players and all the coaches! Final score was 47-23! Way to go Rams!


On Thursday, February 17th, our TPMS volleyball team took the court against MVMS and brought home another win! Varsity won 2-0 with scores of 20-4 and 20-7. JV also won 2-0 with scores of 20-7 and 2-13! TPMS is 2-0 in league play!

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6th GRADE CAMP UPDATES - 3/7-11, 2022

The February 1st deadline for signing up for 6th Grade Camp has now passed and registration is now closed. Staff and logistics are now being worked out based on the number of participants who have signed up and we will keep families updated though these weekly updates and direct emails. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact Lynda Carter at lycarter@powayusd.com.


**NEW UPDATES!!


COVID-19 TESTING: all students attending camp, regardless of vaccination status, will have to test prior to going to camp and once while at camp. Students who test positive will unfortunately not be able to participate in 6th grade camp.


Testing before camp can happen two different ways:

  1. PCR test: test results must be within 72 hours of 9am on 3/7. Medical insurance covers the cost for most plans; you can schedule a test through Phamatech by CLICKING HERE. A print out of the negative test will need to be brought with the student on Monday, 3/7. No digital or emailed copies will be accepted. Families will also be able to swing by TPMS on Sunday, 3/6 between 11am and 1pm to turn-in their negative covid tests in order to receive a wristband to board the bus on Monday morning.
  2. In-Person take-home test: on Sunday, 3/6 we will have staff on campus from 11am-1pm for families to come to TPMS and administer a take-home test for their student that can be verified by school staff. This will also be an opportunity for families who took the PCR test to stop by and turn in their negative tests in order to receive a wristband to board the bus on Monday morning.


Testing while at camp: Camp Cuyamaca will be administering rapid antigen tests mid-week to all students, including those who are fully vaccinated. Students who have had COVID-19 recently will be exempt from routine testing. Any student who exhibits COVID-related symptoms will be tested.

  • The parent/guardian of every attending child must complete the online consent form for their child. Please scan the QR code attached HERE or CLICK HERE to go to the website.
  • When completing the form, in the “Tabs” section, please select “CampCuyamaca_[YourSchoolName][DateofAttendance]"


To prepare your student for camp, please CLICK HERE for a PDF with Frequently Asked Questions that you may want to consider, including testing and masking requirements, cabin assignments, and most importantly - information on meal times and the dining hall!

The TPMS Choir is Back!

We will be starting TPMS Choir back up beginning March 1st! Practice will be Tuesday mornings from 7:30-8:15am and Thursday mornings 8:15-9:00am. Students need to be on time and can not miss more than 4 practices total for the choir session. We will perform an end of the year concert at Twin Peaks, and another with the Poway High School Choir concert at the end of the year on May 25th-26th! No experience necessary - boys and girls welcome!! Masks must be worn. We will practice inside while it is still cold, as the weather improves, we may practice outside so that we can sing without masks.
Any questions, please email TPMSchoirdirector@gmail.com
Sign up using this google form! https://forms.gle/NgqTSA8DeMXEmQxW7

PHS 8th Grade Family Night

Tuesday, March 15th: PHS 8th Grade Family Night via Zoom

· Overview of the Night:

· Principal Welcome Video

· 5:30 pm – Elective Course Info

· 6:00 pm – English Session

· 6:20 pm – Math Session

· 6:40 pm – Science Session

· 7:00 pm – Athletics Session

  • Please click HERE for additional information for transition information to PHS and the other HIgh Schools in PUSD *Infromation may change, so please check back for updates
  • Please click HERE to access Academic Planning Information for 8th grade students on the PHS website
  • Please click HERE to view PHS Virtual Elective Fair Video

Madame Dugo will host additional informational sessions about the French program at PHS on 3/16 from 6-6:30pm & 3/17 from 6:30-7pm. Her Zoom Meeting ID is 934 957 6564 & her passcode is 345075

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7th Grade Parent Night

The 7th Grade Parent/Guardian Night in English is scheduled for Wednesday, March 9th from 6 – 7:00p.m. via Zoom. The Spanish speaking presentation is also scheduled for Wednesday, March 9th from 5-5:45pm in room 103.


The counselors will visit 7th grade RAM classes the week of February 28th to discuss with students the role middle school plays in their path to high school and post-secondary education which includes the course credit system used for high school graduation and the a-g requirements for required for admission to a CSU/UC campus. Students receive an Academic Review form with their GPA and most recent iReady test scores.


The 7th Grade Parent/Guardian Night is an opportunity for you to hear the same information your student received, to gain information about how to support your student, and to ask questions. Please click HERE or use http://bit.ly/jenningszoom to access the presentation in English. We hope you can make.

2022 Lip Sync Battle

It’s time for one of our best events of the year. ASB is hosting the 4th annual Lip Sync Battle!!! Don’t know what it is? No Worries! Lip Sync Battle is a fun event where you can dance and lip sing to your favorite song or a mashup of your favorite songs! Find a team of friends and record a music video of your own. Teams can have 2-12 members, and your Music Video must be submitted by March 14th. Visit bit.ly/tpmslipsyncbattle for more info!

Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age

Our Twin Peaks PTSA and Foundation have partnered together to provide our school community with an opportunity to watch two documentaries together to learn more about screen time and how it is impacting our lives. Coming in February and March, TPMS students and families will have a chance to watch one or both of the award-winning films and then attend a community forums to discuss the topics raised by the films with our panel of local experts.

  • Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games and academics. The film offers solutions on how we can help our kids navigate the digital world.
  • Screenagers: The Next Chapter follows physician and filmmaker, Delaney Ruston, as she discovers solutions for improved adolescent well-being in the digital age.

Please click on the Screenagers flyer above to signup! Students will have an opportunity to watch a shortened version of the movies in their Ram classes during February and March.

TPMS Lacrosse Fundraiser

If you're looking for an action-packed event on a Saturday night, look no further....

TPMS has partnered with the San Diego Seals Box Lacrosse Team to offer not only a night out, but a 50/50 split of ticket sales!


We've secured group tickets in the lower end (closer to the glass) for $20 (plus fees = $24.50) each. For every ticket sold, $10 goes to the Seals, and $10 goes to Twin Peaks! We are going to have a random student winner of a Seals prize pack drawn at the game, and a shout out/video congrats on the big screen, as well as a whole TPMS group shoutout!


If you're not familiar with box lacrosse, think hockey, except instead of ice, there's grass, and instead of a puck there's a hard rubber ball. It's non-stop action with a lot of scoring. Super fun!


You can buy tickets though the QR code on the flyer below. If you have any questions, contact Coach Spy at jspychalski@powayusd.com.

COVID-19 Updates

Please click HERE to access the updated Covid Guidelines and Protocols on the PUSD website.


TESTING

For students who have tested positive for Covid-19, per the California Department of Public Health updated guidance on isolation and quarantine as of December 30, 2021, PUSD staff may return to work when:

  • 5 days from symptom onset (or if no symptoms then 5 days from positive PCR COVID-19 test date) AND
  • Symptoms are not present or are resolving AND a negative COVID test (antigen test is preferred) taken on day 5 or later. (If unable to test or choosing not to test, and symptoms are not present or are resolving, isolation can end after day 10)
  • Fever free for 24 hours (without fever reducing medication) AND
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings


If you need to schedule a Covid test, you can do so for you and your family members at Pharmatech LINKED HERE.


STUDENT CLOSE CONTACT

The updated CDPH K-12 guidance gives school districts the option of using the three quarantine model or the Group-Tracing Approach to Students Exposed to COVID-19 in a K-12 Setting. PUSD will be using the Group Tracing approach. Per the K-12 Guidance 2021-2022 Questions and Answers, tracking results from all exposed students is not required.


Parents should notify schools of positive results.

  1. Schools will notify group of students who spent more than a cumulative total of 15 minutes (within a 24-hour time period) in a shared indoor airspace (e.g., classroom) with someone with COVID-19 during their period of infectiousness.
  • Notification will occur to "groups" of exposed students (e.g., classmates, teammates, cohorts, etc.) rather than contact tracing to identify individual "close contacts" (e.g., those within 6 feet).
  • Notifications should be provided to all individuals, including those who are vaccinated and/or recently infected.


MASKING GUIDELINES: The wearing of face masks remains a primary method for us to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 on campus for our students and staff; please make sure your student continues to come to school with an approved comfortable mask that they can wear whenever they are indoors on campus. Masking guidelines are LINKED HERE.


Please make sure your students are coming to school with a comfortable facemask that they can wear when they are indoors on campus, preferably a cloth mask that can be washed and reused. We are having to handout an increased number of facemasks each day to students who forget theirs and our supply is dwindling quickly. Please review with your students the expectation that masks are to be worn whenever they are indoors on campus (classroom, offices, library, gym, locker room, etc.) and must cover their mouth and nose.

  • Indoors with Students: Face masks are MANDATORY for all adults and students, except those with a documented medical excuse on file with our Heath Technician.
  • Indoors with Adults ONLY: Masks are currently MANDATORY for fully vaccinated adults and unvaccinated adults through January 15th.
  • Outdoors: Masks are optional for everyone, regardless of vaccination status.


The PUSD School Board met on 10/18 and provided new protocols to allow a limited number of visitors and volunteers back on campus. PUSD is slowly expanding volunteers on campus – effective October 18, 2021, we may now have a limited number of volunteers present in learning spaces with students during the school day. All volunteers must be vaccinated or provide a negative PCR COVID test. Outdoor celebrations will have designated visitor areas (i.e. Friday Flag, Jog-a-thons). Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we calibrate with the district and CDPH to make the necessary adjustments.

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