Eagle Newsletter

October 22, 2021

Upcoming Dates

October Observances -

Filipino American Heritage Month

German American Heritage Month

Italian American Heritage Month

LGBTQ History Month

National Disability Awareness Month

October 25: Dussehra (Hindu)

October 31: Halloween

MVMS Events -

October 25: Professional Development, Non-Student Day

October 26-29: Red Ribbon Week

October 27: Wednesday Wonders at 8:45 am

October 27: ELAC Meeting at 6:00 pm

Action Items

  • Remind your student to bring a mask from home.
  • Follow Mesa Verde and Principal Moore on Instagram @mesaverdems and @principal_moore!

Index of Information

NEW! before a title within the newsletter denotes that it is a new posting this week.

  • Message from the Principal
  • Meet Our Staff
  • Upcoming Vaccine Clinics
  • Red Ribbon Week: 10/26-10/29
  • MVMS Performing Arts Presents Wednesday Wonders
  • Halloween Costume Guidelines
  • Newsletter, Website, Social Media Request Form
  • ELAC Meeting
  • Eagle Shout Outs
  • MVMS Society of Women Engineers
  • Did You Know...
  • OCIS-PE Applications
  • Yearbooks On Sale Now
  • No Place For Hate Club
  • Parent Education
  • Calendar
  • Volunteers/Job Opportunities
  • Additional Information and Links
  • Contact Us

NEW! Message from the Principal

Can you believe we're already a quarter of the way through the school year?? Quarter 1 is a wrap and we're excited to see our students settling back into the routines of in-person learning and the fun and rigors of middle school.

This week I hosted two Principal's Chats and was able to share some of the exciting things going on at Mesa Verde, as well as gather some valuable feedback from parents about the middle school experience. Here's a peek at some of the events we have coming up (more info to follow): Red Ribbon Week activities (Oct. 26-29), Club Rush (Oct. 27 @ both lunches - access club list here), Halloween Costume Contest (Oct. 29, see below), After School Carnival/Game Night (Nov. 12), online school merch sales, and more!

We hope you take advantage of the three day weekend with some rest, relaxation, and family fun!

Your Proud Principal,


NEW! Meet Our Staff

Each week we will be featuring a few of our dedicated staff members in a Meet Our Staff Section. This week we'd like to introduce you to Shelbey Wood and Caroline Crandall.

Shelbey Wood - 6th grade LA/Lit, 8 years at MVMS

Hello, I grew up in Glendale, California and moved to San Diego about 25 years ago. This is my 29th year of teaching. I have taught at MVMS for 8 years and formerly taught first and second grade at Deer Canyon for 18 years. Prior to that I began my career in West Covina and taught Special Education at the elementary level. I studied at UC Riverside where I received my degree and teaching credentials. I attended graduate school at Azusa Pacific University and received my master's degree in Administration/Education.

I am married and have two sons and we reside in the MVMS community. Both of my sons, Carter (24) and Keaton (21) attended and graduated from Deer Canyon, Mesa Verde, and Westview High School. Carter is currently working as a one-on-one instructional aide for PUSD at Stone Ranch Elementary. Keaton is studying Computer Science at Miramar College. My husband is the Assistant Fire Chief for San Diego Fire Department. Our family enjoys traveling and skiing together. I also enjoy swimming, hiking, gardening, and Pickleball. I am very excited to be teaching sixth grade Language Arts and Literature at MVMS!

Caroline Crandall - PE Coach/7th Grade AVID Humanities, 7 years + 1 year long term sub

Hi there! Caroline Crandall here... PE/7th Grade Humanities teacher. I have been with MVMS for just about 7 years now. Originally a 6th grade humanities, then 7th grade humanities, then PE, and now part 7th AVID humanities and part PE. What I like about MVMS is the kindness people have for one another and I get to work with my sister! In my free time I love spending time with my family, hiking, baking, and gardening. I am proud to be an Eagle, go MVMS!

Upcoming Vaccine Clinics

Sharp HealthCare will be hosting three upcoming vaccination clinics at PUSD schools for anyone in our community ages 12 and older who would like to receive the Pfizer COVID vaccine.

Upcoming Vaccine Clinic

  • Poway High School (room K-1) (15599 Espola Rd, Poway, CA 92064) on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, from 2pm to 6pm.

You will need to make an appointment in advance. Sign up here for your appointment by searching for the school’s zip code. The vaccines are free and no proof of insurance is required. A reminder: the Pfizer vaccine requires two doses to ensure full vaccination. The second shot will be administered three weeks after the first shot and you are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your second shot.

NEW! Red Ribbon Week: 10/26-10/29

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NEW! MVMS Performing Arts Presents Wednesday Wonders

Come enjoy music and drama the last Wednesday of each month on the lawn before school. We will kick-off the first Wednesday Wonders on October 27 at 8:45 am. For more information, contact Mrs. Milling in Room 325.
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NEW! Halloween Costume Guidelines

Please share this information with your child to help them make good decisions about their Halloween costume, if they choose to wear one.

On Friday October 29th, our ASB will be hosting the annual Halloween spirit day and costume competition. In order to make the day a success, we ask for your support by reinforcing with your student the specific guidelines below that provide greater clarity to our costume expectations. All costumes must meet Mesa Verde’s dress code policy.

Costume Reminders:
1. Costumes may not include full face masks or cover the face entirely.
2. Costumes may not be violent or suggestive.
3. Costumes may not have anything simulating a weapon.
4. Costumes may not suggest racial attitudes that reinforce stereotypes about, mock or mischaracterize a culture, group of persons, an individual person, a religion, a health issue, a disability, or mental health. We are asking students to refrain from dressing up as fictionalized stereotypes that marginalize any one person, group, or culture.

At Mesa Verde, we have respect for all people and cultures. Thank you for your support!

Newsletter, Website, Social Media Request Form

If you have information you would like included in our weekly newsletter, on our website, or on our school's social media platforms, please use use this link to submit your request. Your request does NOT guarantee that your information will be included. Please note that we may edit your submission (content, length, etc.) but will contact you if our edits would change or remove pertinent information.

We hope this will help streamline the way we collect and are able to share information with our staff, students, and community.

ELAC Meeting

Please join us for our first English Learner Advisory Committee meeting of the school year on Wednesday, October 27 at 6:00 pm.

NEW! Eagle Shout Outs

Let’s hear it for this week’s Eagles who help us Rise Together!

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MVMS Society of Women Engineers

Join MVMS Society of Women Engineers. We are a social club encouraging young girls to pursue an interest in the engineering field. Get on our contact list to learn about upcoming meetings, guest speakers, field trips, projects, etc. Email us at swenextmvms@gmail.com and please give us your contact information: first and last name, grade, email (not a PUSD email). We look forward to hearing from you!

Did You Know…

Thank you to everyone who has donated to this year's Pledge Drive. Did you know your generous donation to the Foundation may easily be DOUBLED?! Many companies in our community have programs that match employee donations to qualified charitable organizations, such as the Mesa Verde Foundation. Please check with your HR department, or use this link to see if your company offers matching. Doubling your gift can be as easy as making a phone call or sending an email to your company! If you have any questions or need assistance regarding corporate matching, please contact our treasurer, Carolyn Russell at mvmsfoundationtreasurer@gmail.com.

We rely on our parent community to make this school everything it can be for our students, and we truly appreciate your support. Donations can be made online at https://mvmsfoundation.org/pledgedrive.html.

Thank you for all you do for our Eagles!

OCIS-PE Applicatons

Completed 2nd semester OCIS-PE applications are due Nov. 1st, 2021. You can find the application by clicking here. If needed, you can request a hard copy from our office. NOTE: if your child is already in OCIS-PE for 1st semester, you do not need to submit a new application for 2nd semester unless coach changes. If changes to coach or instructor, or a document expires during the school year, new forms need to be submitted.

Yearbooks On Sale Now

MVMS Yearbooks are on sale now! $40 online! Get a treat in June, order your yearbook today! Click here.


No Place for Hate Club

On October 6th an interest meeting was held for students to start a No Place for Hate Club on campus this year. Students who attended or contacted Mrs. Marcotte were asked to give individual input as to which day of the week and time frame worked best for them. For the remainder of our first semester, the club will meet twice a month on the first and third Wednesdays after school (see exact dates below). We will meet from 3:15 to 3:45 pm in room 332. All students are welcome! Students who are in our ASES after school program are welcome to attend as well, just check in with ASES first. We want to build this club, our Students’ voices are important and bring forward the best ideas in how to build relationships and break down bias. Our meeting next week will focus on ideas for rolling out our school wide, No Place for Hate Pledge.

Next Meeting Dates:

  • November 3
  • November 17
  • December 1
  • December 15


Cultivating Emotional Resilience & Mental Fitness While Parenting

FREE webinars for parents and caregivers being offered by the San Diego County Office of Education.

  • November 18, 2021 from 6:00-7:00pm. Click here to register for virtual training.
  • April 27, 2022 from 6:00-7:00pm. Click here to register for virtual training.
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Supporting Your Children During an Uncertain School Year: Tips for Managing Anxiety

FREE webinars for parents and caregivers being offered by the San Diego County Office of Education.

  • December 15, 2021 from 6:00-7:00pm. Click here to register for virtual training.
  • February 17, 2022 from 6:00-7:00pm. Click here to register for virtual training.
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Free Teen Alcohol Awareness Program

San Diego Police Department is offering a FREE Teen Alcohol Awareness Program (T.A.A.P) for students and families in middle school and high school. Please click on document below for more information including dates.
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Get Involved

Would you like to be a volunteer at Mesa Verde? Our volunteers at Mesa Verde are an integral part of school. Our volunteers help with events throughout the school year including after school and evening activities, classroom and club support, 6th grade Olympics, 7th grade History Faire, 8th Grade Constitutional Challenge and Promotion.

New guidance from the Poway Unified Board of Education is allowing us to expand our volunteer opportunities, effective 10/18/21. Volunteers must be fully-vaccinated and show proof of vaccination or show proof of a negative PCR COVID test within the 72 hours prior to volunteering. If you would like more information, please contact Natalie Reyes at (858) 538-5478 or nreyes@powayusd.com.

Sign up here if you would like to hear more.

Library Volunteers

The Mesa Verde library is looking for volunteers to help in the library during the lunch periods (Mon/Tues/Thur/Fri 11:00 to 12:40 and Wednesdays 11:40 to 1:00) once we are permitted to have volunteers again. We need help assisting and supervising students during our busy lunch periods. Volunteers may choose which day of the week and how often you would like to come in (once a week, every other week, once a month, etc.) If you are interested please contact Heather Ryan: hryan@powayusd.com. We will collect this information now to have it in preparation for when volunteers are allowed.

If you are not sure if you are an approved volunteer, contact Amanda Lane at alane@powayusd.com.

Job Opportunities

Do you enjoy working with students? Mesa Verde has a few job opportunities in the classroom and in the office such as noon duties and Instruction Assistants ranging from 2 to 6 hours each day. If you or someone you know would be interested, click here for more information or to apply.


Lost & Found

Has your child lost anything at MV? If so, please have them take a look in the lost and found. MV’s lost and found is accessible to students and located in between the health and main office entry in a large metal cabinet. Any special/personal items like retainers, glasses, jewelry, house keys, headphones, electronics, etc. are inside the office with Mrs. Rinehart. At the end of each month, any items that are left in the lost and found will be donated or discarded. Please encourage your student to pick up any lost items. As a reminder, please do your best to label all items to assist your student in locating them if lost.

Feeling Sick? Not Sure What To Do...

Call Mesa Verde's Health Tech at (858) 538-5478, ext. 3107. For more information, click here.

Checking Out Your Student Early

If your student needs to leave early from school, please send a note with your student. Notes should be given to the Attendance secretary in the Administration Office before school. Calling the school in advance, or sending a note, will prevent delays for you (such as trying to get your student while they are running on the lower field) and will help us to minimize interruptions to the classrooms. If you schedule a last minute appointment you may call the Attendance Hotline @ (858) 538-5692 to have an off campus pass sent to your student.

When writing a note please indicate the following:

  • Your student's first and last name
  • Their grade
  • The time your student needs to leave school
  • Whether or not your student will return that day

Please meet your child at the Attendance desk to be signed out at the time of departure. Be prepared to show your identification when checking out your child. If your student returns to school after being picked up early, please have him/her check back in at the Attendance desk before heading to class.


Attendance Hotline

Call the Attendance Hotline at (858) 538-5692 if your child is absent from school.

General Questions

If you are unsure of who to contact about a matter, please email us at MVMS@powayusd.com and your message will be answered or forwarded to the correct person.