Pepper Drive Family News

January 20, 2023

Visual & Performing Art @ Pepper Drive

The state of California has recently passed Proposition 28 that will supply public schools with additional funding for Arts education. As we consider the best program design for our school, we need parent, student and staff feedback. The first thing we need to know is what you feel would most benefit your child during their school day.

Would you prefer we supply additional funding and personnel to

  • Visual Art
  • Media Arts
  • Performing Arts
  • Instrumental Music

These activities would be built into the school day, and would be offered to all TK-5 students without any additional time or cost to families.

Please add your input via this 2 Question Survey

PTA Paint Night Was a Hit!

Nominate Yourself for the 2023-2024 PTA Board

Click Here to Nominate Yourself. All nominations must be submitted by February 1, 2023.

Order 6th-8th Grade Yearbooks Today!

Click this link to order yearbooks for 6th-8th grade students. Also, families of 8th graders can purchase Yearbook Dedications through this link. ONLY 8th GRADE DEDICATIONS are accepted. We don't sell yearbooks at the end of the year, so you must order now. The price is $30, but it increases after March 1st, so order right away!

Spring Break Camp Registration is Open

The Out-of-School Time Programs department is offering traditional and specialty Spring Break camps for preschool through 8th grade. Visit for more information. Space is limited, so sign up soon!

Help Spread Kindness

The Santee Collaborative is shedding a light on what makes Santee so wonderful by sharing stories of kindness from our schools, community members, businesses, and organizations. Join the effort by sharing a story of kindness, requesting a kindness sign for your yard, or sharing the graphics on social media. Learn more at

Pepper Drive Spirit

On Fridays, we wear RED to show our Pepper Drive spirit. Today's classes with the highest percentage of students showing school spirit are...

Ms. Mowrey (8th Grade)

Mrs. Sullivan (4th Grade)

Mrs. Bakke (1st Grade)

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TIGER Expectations - Teamwork

This week, your student(s) reviewed how they can show Teamwork at school.

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6th Grade Camp

Our Pepper Drive 6th Graders will be attending Camp Cuyamaca January 30th - February 3rd, 2023. The total cost of camp is $350. Payments can be made by Cash or Check (no credit) until May 2023.

COVID Testing (IMPORTANT – Action required)

All students must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before arrival at camp regardless of vaccination status, except in the following case:

• Student has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days. If this is the case, please be prepared to provide proof of a positive test, including the date, so the school can verify.

COVID-19 tests may include:

• PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival at camp (approx. 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday 1/30)

• Rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours of arrival at camp (approx. 10:30 a.m. to 11a.m. on Monday 1/30). Home antigen tests are only accepted if administered at school and results verified by school staff.

Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test include:

• Legible, printed copy of the email from the testing facility/laboratory OR

• Legible photocopy of negative result from the testing facility/laboratory OR

• Pre-Camp COVID Screening Checklist completed and verified by school staff

Any student who does not have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test or proof of COVID- 19 in the last 90 days may not attend camp until they can provide that proof.

*Pepper Drive will be conducting antigen testing on Sunday 1/29 from 8:30 - 9:30 AM at the front of the school. Please plan on bringing your student to be tested during this time if you don’t plan on getting them tested via a PCR test.*

8th Grade Parents-High School Registration Open

If your child is planning to attend high school in the Grossmont High School District next year, the window is now open (Dec. 1-Feb. 28) for requesting School Choice (attending a school that is not within your address boundary) and for general Registration. Click here for more information on how to complete the School Choice Requests, and more information about the Grossmont High School Boundaries.

Creative Camp @ Granite Hills (Grades 6-8) FREE

The 2D Art Teacher from Granite Hills has passed along the flyer below to share with our students.This is an amazing opportunity for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. They are offering a 1 night visual and performing arts camp to showcase what Granite Hills has to offer. Any 6th-8th grade students in our district are welcome to attend free of charge. The event will run 5:30-8:30 pm on the GHHS campus, and each child will have the opportunity to participate in 2 arts sessions.
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Upcoming Dates


1/20 Progress Reports Go Home

1/24 SDCOE Equity Meeting

1/24 8th Grade Field Trip to Santana

1/25 Tiger Awards

1/27 Middle School Activity Day

1/29 6th Grade Camp Covid Testing 8am-9am at school

1/30-2/3 6th Grade Camp

1/30 SSC Meeting


2/1 El Capitan, Valhalla, Santana High School Freshman Showcases

2/8 Granite Hills High School Freshman Showcase

2/16 Grossmont High School Freshman Showcase

2/22 GHHS Creative Camp Workshop (6th-8th Grades) See flyer above

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