Twin Peaks Middle School
Weekly RAM Newsletter
From the desk of Principal Mills - Sunday, November 6th, 2022
Happy Sunday Ram Families!
I hope this newsletter finds you all well and enjoying our first chilly weather weekend of November! I also hope you enjoyed the additional hour of time you had this morning as our clocks rolled back last night... please make sure to set your clocks back an hour if you haven't done so already!
A big THANK YOU to all of our parents who supported our PTSA Book Fair this past week! It was awesome to see all of the parent volunteers in the library this week helping make our Book Fair possible - thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedules to donate your time! Students enjoyed coming in and shopping for new books, posters and other fun chatkis that were available for purchase. We also had quite a few used books collected in our book drive - thanks to all of our Ram families that donated books to help the cause! All of the proceeds raised from the Book Fair will be used by the PTSA to support future events for students on campus.
The ASB Spirit Wear deadline for ordering your TPMS Spirit Wear is this Wednesday, November 9th! Please check the "Need TPMS Spirit Wear?" section below for the link - this is the last opportunity to order your TPMS spirit wear this year and before the holidays, so consider your Christmas gift list needs and place your order before this Wednesday!
Last week I sent out a link for a parent survey that we are asking all TPMS families to complete. We value parent input greatly and appreciate your participation in the short survey that is part of our school and district's continuous improvement process. The survey answers should be specific to our school site. If you have students at more than one school, you will need to do a separate survey for that school using that school’s link.
The parent survey is aligned with the state mandated California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) given to students in grades 5, 7, 9 and 11, and the individual site Staff Survey also to be conducted this month. We will be using these student, staff, and parent surveys to gain a better understanding of our parents’ view of our schools and how we can best support our students. All of the survey results will be used as part of our state required Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). Please CLICK HERE to be taken directly to the TPMS survey. The deadline to submit your survey is this Thursday, November 10th.
As a reminder, there will be NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11th in recognition of Veteran's Day. We are looking forward to celebrating our military veterans and active duty military families this Thursday, 11/10 at our Military Appreciation luncheon in Pride Park during lunchtime. Military families should have received an invitation this past week to attend - if you did not, please reach out to my Administrative Assistant, Christie Hamilton at email@example.com.
Finally this week, I hope you can join me and other PUSD parents on Wednesday, November 9th at Bernardo Heights Middle School for What I Wish My Parents Knew. This special parent event will provide you 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, Middle School Relationships and Handling Academic Pressure. Plan on meeting in the BHMS gym 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! See the flyer below for more information.
Twin Peaks Middle School
TPMS NEWS AND EVENTS - bit.ly/tpmsevents
November 7th: School Site Council, 3:30pm @Library
November 8th: TIP Tuesday, lunch @Quad
November 9th: What I Wish My Parents Knew, BHMS 6:30pm
November 9th: Late start @9:50am
November 9th: Day of Awesome!, TPMS Back Field
November 10th: Military Appreciation Luncheon, 12:15-1:30pm, @Pride Park
November 10th: PUSD Board Meeting, 6pm
November 11th: Veteran's Day - NO SCHOOL!
November 14th: Winter Dance Tickets on sale for $5 @ lunch
November 15th: TPMS Foundation Meeting, 6pm
November 16th: Late Start @9:50am
November 16th: College & Career Fair (Both Lunches)
November 17th: State of the District Event, Poway CFPM 5pm
November 21st-25th: Thanksgiving Break
November 28th: Winter Dance Tickets on sale for $10 @ lunch
What I Wish My Parents Knew
All parents are invited to attend - no RSVP is required! Please come and hear from PUSD School Principals, District Administrators and Community Leaders on a wide range of topics in this workshop-style event meant to help you better understand your student and what they might be going through. Breakout sessions will be offered in the following areas:
- Social Media Use
- Managing Stress and Anxiety
- Establishing Guardrails
- Managing Healthy Relationships
There are two events to choose from depending on what grade your student is in:
- Middle School Families: Bernardo Heights Middle School - Wednesday, November 9th, 5:30-8:30pm
- High School Families: Del Norte High School - Tuesday, November 15th, 5:30-8:30pm
Join the Competitive Reading Team
Free & Reduced Lunch Applications!
TPMS Basketball is Coming!
TPMS Canned Food Drive is Back!
PUSD Parent Education Workshops
- Screen Time: Living with Limits - All grades via Zoom There's still space available!
Need TPMS Spirit Wear?
Hey Rams! The weather is finally getting colder and we KNOW you all can’t wait to get your hands on an official TPMS Sweatshirt – now including zip-up options! The TPMS Winter Spirit Store is now open, with new designs added! Visit https://bit.ly/ramspirit today to place your order, but don’t delay! The online store will close on November 9th for production to ensure that we can have your spirit wear delivered to you before Winter Break. Go Rams!
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.
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.
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.
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.
- November 17th
- 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.
- November 15th (Zoom)
- January 10th
- February 13th
- March 21st
- April 18th
- May 23rd