Weekly Family Update #37

May 2, 2021

Principal's Message

Hello Falcon Families,

This week is Staff Appreciation Week where we thank all of our Falcon Faculty for their incredible work during this immensely challenging year. Our PTSA has put together a week of fun and treats for all of our staff members. I am so thankful for the support of our PTSA. I will post pictures throughout the week of fun they have planned!

There are a lot of important updates below including information on our annual 8th Grade Luau and State Standardized Testing. The end of the school year is a very busy time. Keep an eye on this newsletter each week for the most up to date information.

Parents, please make sure to read through the health updates below. It is imperative that if you have a student who is not feeling well or that is showing any symptoms of illness, that they stay home as a precaution. Please help us ensure the safety of all Falcons.

Thanks for all you do for our Oak Valley Community! Go Falcons!

Beaming with Falcon Pride,

Mr. Young

Colin Young


Oak Valley Middle School


Schedule for the Week of May 3-7

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The Staff Minute To Win It Challenge was Great Fun This Week. Congratulations to Mr. Gibby for Winning the Championship!

New Information

Counseling Office Update

Falcons, our counselors are here for you! Click here to view their latest update.

Save the Date for the 8th Grade Picnic on Friday 6/11!!

We are happy to announce that the annual 8th Grade Luau will be happening this year! Our 8th grade students will be able to celebrate together with a fun picnic on Friday June 11 from 11-2pm. All 8th grade students are invited to participate in this free event. There will be food, games, activities, and music! Students will be able to sign yearbooks and spend time with friends.

As a special surprise to our 8th grade students, all 8th grade Falcons will have the opportunity to decorate a legacy rock with their name, words of encouragement or a special memory, and place it around campus. Our Forever Falcons will have an opportunity to decorate our campus.

Bring a lawn chair. Bring a beach towel to sit on. Bring a game to play.

We look forward to seeing you there!

More details and RSVP information will be coming later in May.

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Positive Prevention Plus

Please click here or open the attachment below, to read the information regarding the annual Positive Prevention Plus unit that will be taught to 7th & 8th graders beginning May 24, 2021. Materials viewing is available to parents May 3-May 14. If interested, please contact Dr. Shannon Chamberlin to request a time.

ASB April Newsletter is Here!

Falcons, the April edition of the ASB Welcome Home newsletter is now available! Click HERE or on the image on the right; it is also attached to this newsletter. Enjoy!

State Testing Update

A final district decision has been made in terms of state testing for the Spring of 2021. Our district will not be administering the Smarter Balanced assessment for ELA and math in grades 3 to 8 and 11. We will also not be administering the Science test for fifth graders.

As you recall California applied for an assessment and accountability option to allow schools “to use the most viable option for assessment in their local context, including the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments and CAAs for ELA and Mathematics or other diagnostic, benchmark, or interim assessments.” Our district administers the iReady assessment which is one of the state's approved local assessments under this new flexibility.

    • Our spring administration of iReady for all students including grade 11 will meet the federal testing requirements for 2020-2021 for ELA and Math. The spring window is May 17 to June 11.

    • We also will not be administering the California Science Test (CAST) at grades 5, 8, and 12. Stay tuned for more information on this topic.

    Falcon Foundation Dine-Out Thank You!

    Thank you to all families who are supporting our monthly “Dine Out” nights. Through your annual fund donations, and by feeding your families, the Oak Valley Falcon Foundation has been able to approve a wide variety of teacher and staff grant requests that supplement learning for all our Falcons. Be sure to follow the Oak Valley Falcon Foundation on Facebook to learn more.

    Save the date for our May Dine Out Night at Luna Grill in Del Sur, May 13 from 11 am-9 pm. Luna Grill will be donating 20% of sales to the Foundation. Hope to see you all there!

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    Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

    We invite you to join us in the celebration as we honor the cultures and experiences of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Throughout the month of May, our school will be sharing resources and information on AAPI Heritage Month. This week I encourage all families to visit the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month website HERE. This website is a collection of resources that links to museums, exhibits, lessons, art, and so much more!

    Join us as we learn about, champion, and celebrate, what makes us uniquely different as individuals and what binds us together as one Falcon Family. This is what makes us exceptional Falcons

    Congratulations to Oak Valley Middle School for Being Named a No Place for Hate School!

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    Continuing Information

    Principal's Virtual Coffee

    The quarterly principal's coffee is retuning, although virtually, on May 5 from 9:30-10:00. Please join us for a chat with Mr. Young and discussions about end of the year activities including promotion. We will also talk about Chromebooks, what next year will look like, and other pertinent topics.

    If you are interested in joining Mr. Young, you can RSVP using the link HERE.

    Falcons, Remember to Bring Your ID Card Each Day

    Students need to continue to bring their ID cards each day as they will scan into our attendance kiosk each morning upon entry to campus. If you have not picked up your ID card, please come to the library for help.

    New OVMS Sign In Policies

    OVMS 8th Grade Yard Signs!!

    We are so excited and happy to share with you that the Oak Valley PTSA will be sponsoring standard 4mm OVMS 8th Grade Yard Signs as a GIFT to our 8th Grade Class of 2021!!
    (OVMS 8th graders only/1 per student)

    More information on distribution to follow.

    Thank you
    The OVMS PTSA Team!

    Caring Connections Counseling (CCC)

    The CCC Parent Counseling Resource page is now updated. Please click HERE to view all the resources available on Crisis Counseling, Food and Diaper Assistance, Parenting Support, Mental Health Support, and Self-Care.

    Continuing Schedule and Reopening Information

    Health Office Notes

    Please remember to be proactive and prescreen your student at home prior to leaving for school. If your child has any of the following symptoms, please keep them at home. If your child has developed any one of the symptoms below while at school, they must be sent home immediately. Parent(s) will be notified to pick up their student immediately.

    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

    Per the CDC Guidelines (use link below of Decision Tree updates as of 2/22/21):

    The individual may return based on one of the following:


    a) 10 days from the day symptom(s) first appeared, AND improved symptoms and no fever (or fever reducing meds) for the last 24 hours.

    b) With proof of negative PCR COVID viral test (no rapid results test accepted for negative results), may return immediately if symptoms are greatly improved AND student has been fever free (without fever reducing meds) for 24 hours.

    c) A signed note from a licensed MD, DO, NP, or PA (who manages that condition) must: confirm the chronic diagnosis (i.e., cites labs, date-of record when diagnosed); include provider’s contact information; explain how symptoms are unrelated to COVID-19; and be accompanied by signed consent for school to interact with MD, DO, NP, or PA.

    Please call Mr. Ennis in the Health Office at 858-487-2939 ext. 6129 for any questions or concerns.

    Health Symptom Screening Information

    Beginning this Monday, April 5, temperature checks will no longer be performed upon entry to the campus. Students, staff, and visitors are now required to complete a daily temperature check and self-screen for any symptoms before coming to Oak Valley.

    If at-home screening is not possible, please come to the Welcome Center before entering campus to check your temperature.

    More information on the self-screening process can be found below in the Health Office Notes message later in this newsletter.

    We will return to our normal morning drop off route now that we are no longer taking temperatures.

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    On-Campus Students Reminders

    We are so excited to welcome our on-campus students back two days a week and 4 days a week beginning after Spring Break!!

    For our families that are returning to campus. Please read over our Reopening Plan and Family Handbook carefully. There is lots of important information and reminders in those documents. All on-campus students must return a signed PUSD Health and Safety Agreement in order to be on campus. This form can be found HERE. We will be collecting these forms as students are dropped off and will have blank copies available in the Welcome Center if families need.

    Here are some key reminders:

    1. Please make sure you return the PUSD Health and Safety Agreement Form when you drop off your student. You can find the form HERE.

    2. All students must come to school each day with a fully charged Chromebook.

    3. All students will need to bring with them each day headphones, any needed school supplies, PE appropriate clothing (on the day they have PE), water bottle, independent reading book, and a packed lunch.

    4. Students must wear a clean mask each day. We recommend bringing a second mask on the day they have PE.

    5. Students who are on campus will go to their connections teacher for both connections and office hours. They will be able to zoom into to any classroom to ask questions. Students can also use this time to finish up work.

    Learning Preference Change Request

    Please note that our on-campus program has been built based on the family preference survey from earlier in the winter. At this time we have very limited space to move families around. If you would like to be placed on a waitlist to change your learning preference, you can add your name HERE. Each Friday, we will evaluate our ability to make changes based on current student enrollment in classes. We will do our best to honor requests, but this will be dependent upon space.

    We appreciate your patience.

    PE for On-Campus Students

    Welcome Back Falcons!

    The PE team is so excited to have students coming back to campus – We have missed you!

    Some information for an easy transition:

    Students will not be dressing out in the locker room or using PE clothes. All Falcons must come to school dressed in appropriate athletic attire and tennis shoes on their PE days in order to receive credit for the daily activities.

    Things you might want to send with your student on PE days are:

    1. Extra face mask

    2. Water bottle

    3. Hand sanitizer

    4. One warm days, a hat/visor, and sunscreen.

    Oak Valley Middle School Family Handbook

    As we prepare to bring students back to campus, please review the OVMS Family Handbook and familiarize yourself with our school rules and procedures.

    Weekly Bell Schedule and Monthly Calendar

    Please see the attached weekly bell schedule HERE and below.

    There is also a monthly calendar attached HERE and below. We will follow this same weekly schedule pattern for the reminder of the year, unless the School Board changes our current school model, with the exception of a few weeks where we have to adjust for holidays. Please look at both of these documents closely.

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    Asynchronous Fridays

    Here are are some thoughts as we have completed two Asynchronous Fridays. Please note that the expectations for students on this day are a work in progress. Our staff will be checking in with students this week to adjust and evaluate the expectations. All student work is due by 2:15pm on this day in order for students to earn attendance for the day. This is a requirement we must follow.

    Asynchronous Fridays are a day for students to work independently and for teachers to have time to prep, grade and collaborate as seen in the details presented at the last Board Meeting (bulleted below) as well as work with students needing support. This is still a work in progress and staff will continue the conversation to adjust as we move forward.

    For Students:

    · Review and preview work from the week to deepen learning

    · Review feedback and complete corrections

    · Independent learning time

    · Reduce screen time

    · Additional support time with peers and staff

    For Teachers:

    · Provide timely feedback to students; including grades

    · Review assessments and plan based on student needs

    · Complete required COVID attendance tracking

    · Collaboration

    · Professional learning

    · Office hours to provide support to individual student

    Parent Academy

    The Poway Unified Parent Academy is the one-stop shop where parents can come to see and learn about the different types of educational technology tools that teachers are using with students in the district. These resources will make it simpler and easier for parents to understand what teachers use to engage students in meaningful ways in a virtual environment that highlights student collaboration. Click on the link HERE to check it out!
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    The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, immigration status, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact: Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, James Jimenez, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128, 1-858-521-2800, extension 2761, jjimenez@powayusd.com