Twin Peaks Middle School

Weekly RAM Newsletter

From the desk of Principal Mills - Sunday, October 16th, 2022

Happy Sunday Ram Families!

I hope this newsletter finds you all well and enjoying the weekend! Our time on campus was a little shorter this week with minimum days on Thursday and Friday, but there was still plenty of activity happening at TPMS! Throughout the week, I had a chance to see math students learning the slope intercept formula, hear science students discussing photosynthesis, watch 6th grade Social Studies students learning about Mesopotamia try figs and goat cheese for the first time, and watch our PE students sharpen their skills at disc golf! It was a great week at TPMS!

On Friday, our TPMS Cross Country Team boarded the bus for their annual competition at the Mt. Sac Invitational. TPMS came home with 19 individual medals (Top 15 finish) and 4 team podium finishes with 28 additional medals. For the podium finishes, we received THREE 1st place team finishes and one 2nd place team finish. Wow!! Check out the team photo below and a video of the team's departure Friday from TPMS on my Instagram page @principalmills_twinpeaks.

This next week has NO MINIMUM DAYS! This is a regular, 5-day school week with a late start on Wednesday morning. Please make sure students are getting to school by 8:25am on regular start days so that they can be in their classroom for the start of the period at 8:30am sharp. We will have a 3:15pm dismissal every day this week!

What's happening at TPMS this week:

  • Not sure what to do for dinner this Tuesday?! We've got you covered!! Please stop by the AVID Chipotle Fundraiser this Tuesday, 10/18 from 5-9pm and 33% of your total will go to our TPMS AVID Ohana! Thank you in advance for your support of our AVID program and students - money raised will help offset costs of their college campus visits this school year.
  • The TBES/TPMS Joint Equity Council will be meeting this Tuesday starting at 4:30pm on Zoom. If you would like to attend, please complete the Google form LINKED HERE to be sent a Zoom invite to the meeting.
  • The TPMS Foundation meets on Tuesday at 6pm in the TPMS Library - all are welcome to attend!
  • The TPMS PTSA Executive Board meets on Thursday at 6:15pm in the TPMS Library
  • We have our ASB Family Movie Night this Friday at 5:30pm - tickets are on sale through Thursday at lunch. There will be no ticket sales after Thursday for this event!

There are several opportunities coming up for our fledgling Ram artists, poets and video makers to showcase their work. Our PTSA Reflections Art Contest for students is now accepting entries through November 1st - this year's theme is "Show Your Voice through Arts". The Coastal Coalition's Poetry and Art Contest, and their Middle School Video Challenge are now accepting entries. The essential question for students to answer is “What is your vision for a thriving future?” Please make sure to check out the sections below for more information and to access the links to submit your entries.

Finally this week, the TPMS College & Career Fair will be taking place on Wednesday, November 16th during our lunch periods. Thank you to the parents who have already volunteered to be a part of this day - we greatly appreciate your involvement!! We still need a few more parents to represent career fields our students are interested in... if you happen to be a Lawyer, Beautician, Hair Stylist, Auto Mechanic, Banker, or Graphic Artist - our students want to meet you! Please consider signing up to be a part of our College & Career Fair by CLICKING HERE! If you have any questions or concerns about the event, please reach out to one of our counselors - Mrs. Baskin, Mrs. Jennings or Mrs. Roman.

In Partnership,

Steve Mills

Proud Principal

Twin Peaks Middle School

1(858)748-5131 x2806

Instagram: @principalmills_twinpeaks

TPMS Cross Country @Mt. Sac Invitational, 10.14.22

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October 18th: AVID Fundraiser @Chipotle, 5-9pm

October 18th: Joint Equity Council w/TBES, Zoom 4:30pm

October 18th: TPMS Foundation Meeting, Library 6pm

October 19th: Late start @9:50am

October 19th: Flag Football Game @ TPMS

October 20th: Flag Football Game @ TPMS

October 20th: PTSA Meeting, Library 6:15pm

October 21st: End of 1st Quarter

October 21st: Cross Country Meet @ TPMS

October 21st: October Movie in the Quad, 5:30-8:00pm

October 24th: Minimum Day, 12:35 dismissal, Conferences

October 25th: Minimum Day, 12:35 dismissal, Conferences

October 26th: Late start @9:50am

October 28th: Cross Country Meet @ MVMS

October 31st: Non-Student Day

October 31st: Report Cards available online

November 1st-4th: TPMS Book Fair

November 9th: What I Wish My Parents Knew, BHMS 5:30-8:30pm

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Painted Rock's BOO BASH!

Looking for a volunteer opportunity? Painted Rock Elementary's Boo Bash is just around the corner!! They are looking for middle school, high school, and adult volunteers to help put on this ELECTRIFYING event!!! Please consider volunteering to help with setup, cleanup, or running a carnival booth. Booths that can only have adult volunteers are noted in the title. Please CLICK HERE to access their volunteer sign-up page, and be sure to check-in and check-out at the volunteer table before your shift!

Free & Reduced Lunch Applications!

Although school meals are now free to all students under California’s new Universal Meals Program, the application for free and reduced-price meals is still very important. School funding depends in part on the number of students that qualify for free or reduced-price meals. With all students now eating for free, fewer families are completing the application and schools are at risk of losing funds. Household income information is confidential and applying online is quick and easy. Plus, students that qualify for free or reduced-price meals may also qualify for discounts on transportation, SAT and AP tests, home internet, and college application fees. You can apply online at, or pick up a paper application in the school office.

TPMS College & Career Fair

The TPMS Counseling Department will be hosting the TPMS College and Career Fair on Wednesday, November 16th during lunch. We would love to have our very own TPMS parents involved - if you work for a local company or business who would like to participate, or have a career pathway that would be interesting to share with middle schoolers, please complete the TPMS College and Career Fair Interest Form LINKED HERE. We plan on having the event during both lunches, so participants would need to be available from 12:30-2pm. Please email one of our counselors if you have any questions about this event.

National PTA Reflections Art Contest

The TPMS PTSA is now accepting entries through November 1st for the Reflections Art Contest. This year's theme is "Show Your Voice" and we would like to encourage you to use this creative outlet as a way to express yourself through the arts! This year's theme is a great one and your clear interpretation of the theme is very important, so keep that in mind when creating your project. Students may enter one original piece of art per category, and the categories are:

  • Visual Arts
  • Photography
  • Dance Choreography
  • Film Production
  • Music Composition
  • Literature

For descriptions and specific rules relating to each category, please CLICK HERE. Entries will be submitted online again this year. To submit your entry, please CLICK HERE and fill out the entry form. Entries will not be accepted after November 1st, so have fun creating and we look forward to seeing how creatively you can "Show Your Voice!" through the arts.

For questions regarding the Reflections Art Contest, please contact the PTSA Program Chair via email or text: Krista Mertz, PTSA Reflections Art Program Chair, or at (858) 602-9262.

AVID Chipotle Fundraiser

Come on out and support our AVID Program at Chipotle on Tuesday, October 18th from 5-9pm. Have dinner on us and help out our AVID students in the process. Click here or see below for the flyer. Click here for directions on how to order online or via the app.
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The Fall Book Fair is Coming to TPMS!

The countdown is on! Get Ready! The TPMS PTSA is excited to announce that a Fall Book Fair is coming our way! Choosing their own books empowers kids and inspires them to become bolder, prouder, and stronger readers! In addition every book they buy earns rewards for our school which in turn will be used to help support the PTSA.

The Fall Book Fair will take place from Tuesday, November 1st through Friday, November 4th, in the Twin Peaks Library. The Fair will be open to students before school starts, during lunch, and after school. Students will also visit the Book Fair with their Language Arts class.

Books can be purchased with cash, check (made payable to "TPMS PTSA"), or credit/debit card. Parents can also set up an eWallet — your child's digital payment account - for the Twin Peaks Book Fair. If you currently have a balance on an existing eWallet account, the balance can be used with your new account. Just be sure to set up the account with the same email address.

Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more, create an eWallet account, and preview books for the Fair! In order to make the Fair as successful for our school as possible, volunteers are needed! Shifts are short and easy. Please CLICK HERE to sign up! Questions? Please reach out to Mikki Trusheim, TPMS PTSA President at

October 24th-28th: Red Ribbon Week

Hey Rams! Red Ribbon week is a yearly campaign that strives to keep kids drug-free. Since 1985 Red Ribbon week has been campaigning to help end drug use among youth. At TPMS, we will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week with Spirit Dress-Up Days! Here's the lineup for this year:

Monday, October 24th: Wear Red Day

Tuesday, October 25th: Say Peace Out to Drugs Day - Wear Tie-Dye/Flower Power

Wednesday, October 26th: Team Up Against Drugs - Wear sports clothes

Thursday, October 27th: Lei Off Drugs - Wear Hawaiian/Beach clothes

Friday, October 28th: Say Boo to Drugs - Wear Halloween Costumes

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 The instructions, flyer, and entry form are also available in Spanish at

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 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.

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
  • Communication

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

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.

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ASES is Hiring!!

If you are interested or know of someone who is interested in working in our before and after school ASES program, please scan or click the QR code below to apply and become an ASES Program Aide! Shifts are flexible and there's a wide variety of activities and programs to run for students in our before and after school programs. Questions? Please reach out to our ASES Supervisor Jennifer Willette at

PUSD Parent Education Workshops

PUSD is offering the following classes in October - please click on the links below for more information:

TPMS Yearbook Info

Yearbooks are available for $50. We sold out last year so get yours now!

Pay by card: Go to or use the QR code

Pay by cash/check: Download the order form from our webpage 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 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

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


● 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.

  • October 20th
  • 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:

  • October 18th
  • November 15th
  • January 10th
  • February 13th
  • March 21st
  • April 18th
  • May 23rd
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Shop Amazon through TPMS Foundation

You can always shop Amazon and earn money for Twin Peaks! Just click on the Amazon link below, then start spending!