Eagle Newsletter

January 21, 2022

Upcoming Dates

January Observances -

Holocaust Remembrance Day - 1/27

Mesa Verde Events -

Spirit Week 01/24-01/28 (see below for more info)

Spelling Bee 1/26 - (see below for more info)

Non-Student Day 1/31

Action Items

  • Remind your student to bring a mask from home.
  • Keep your student home and call the attendance office (858-538-5478 x. 3104) if your student is sick.
  • Follow Mesa Verde and Principal Moore on Instagram @mesaverdems and @principal_moore!
  • Order your yearbook now! Visit yearbookforever.com. Sales close January 21.

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
  • COVID Guidelines in a School Setting
  • Next Week is Spirit Week
  • Yearbooks On Sale Now
  • Student Kickball Tournament
  • Join PTSA Today
  • Book Club is starting a new book
  • Drama Club is starting again
  • Please check the Lost and Found
  • ASES has Before and After School Openings
  • Spelling Bee is Coming Up Fast
  • Submit Yearbook Photos
  • Running Late?
  • Newsletter, Website, Social Media Request Form
  • Eagle Shout Outs
  • Charges for Damaged Chromebooks
  • Did You Know...
  • No Place For Hate Club
  • Caring Connections Counseling
  • Parent Education
  • Calendar
  • Volunteers/Job Opportunities
  • Additional Information and Links
  • Contact Us

NEW! Message from the Principal

Happy Friday, Eagles!

We hope you all had a great start to Semester 2 and are ready for a great second half of the year! We do have a couple reminders for you:

- If your child is sick, please keep them home.

- If they have any one or more COVID-like symptoms, you will need to submit a negative test result prior to returning AND their symptoms need to be resolved.

- If your child tests positive for COVID-19, please notify us immediately. This includes notifying us if they've been out sick and tested positive a few days into their illness or they tested positive over a weekend or other break.

Also, don't forget that today is the LAST day to order your 2021-22 yearbook from yearbookforever.com!

Thank you so much for helping us keep our students and staff healthy!

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 Russ Bird.

Russ Bird - Science, Many Years...

I grew up in Calabasas, California. Started school at Cal Poly Slo, and finished at SDSU. I played volleyball in college. My first job in the district was opening Bernardo Heights in 1989. I then went on to Poway High for a year and then came to Mesa Verde. People ask why I left Poway and there was one moment I remember clearly. Walking across campus saying "Good Morning" to a a teacher and then getting the response "what is good about it?". That is when I decided I needed to be a middle school teacher.

NEW! COVID Guidelines in a School Setting

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NEW! Next week is Spirit Week 01/24-01/28!

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REMINDER: Yearbooks On Sale Now

Yearbooks are on sale NOW, until January. Go to yearbookforever.com to order your copy! Click here.

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Student Kickball Tournament

Your MVMS student is looking to play some kickball with their friends!

PTSA is looking for a committee of MVMS parent/family members to help lead a kickball tournament for students sometime in March or April after school.

Let's help make this happen! Volunteer today! Email mvmsptsapresident@gmail.com to volunteer!

Join PTSA Today

Joining PTSA is a simple way for you to help make programs and experiences happen for your student(s) at Mesa Verde.

In just a few minutes you can complete your membership for you and or your family. Join today!

Your MVMS PTSA made this happen:
Book Fair
Bleachers for Choir
Winter Fun Fest
Dine Outs
Teacher & Staff Appreciation

PTSA Financially Supports: Kindness Campaign, No Place for Hate, 6th grade orientation, 8th Grade Promotion, Books for Library Reading Club, and much more.

Book Club is starting a new book 2/02/22

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Starting on Wednesday, February 2nd, we will begin The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins, the prequel of The Hunger Games Trilogy. If you enjoyed The Hunger Games, or you have never read it, this gives a different spin President Snow, the antagonist from The Hunger Games. If you would like to join, complete this survey or reach out to Mrs. Ferguson at hferguson@powayusd.com by Friday, January 21st. I cannot guarantee you a book if you do not complete the survey by January 21st.

Drama Club is Starting Again!

Mesa Verde Drama Club is starting again! We are putting on Dear Edwina Jr. in May and need actors and tech crew. There will be a student information meeting on Tue. Jan. 18. Auditions will be on Thu. Jan. 20. Please click here for more information: MV Drama Club Information

Please check the Lost and Found before 1/28

Students, if you’re missing items, please take a few moments to go by the Lost and Found to look through the cart to recover any of your missing items. Friday, January 28th at 3:30PM, all remaining items will be donated.

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Need Morning or Afternoon Care for your student? ASES has openings for both the Before and After school programs!

You can fill out an interest form here.
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Spelling Bee is coming up fast! 01/26/2022

Our school wide spelling bee will take place on Wednesday, January 26th. Each humanities class will hold a classroom spelling bee prior to January 26th. The winner of the classroom spelling bee will be invited to the school wide spelling bee. The second place classroom winner will be chosen to be the alternate. If you would like to start prepping over your break, you can access the spelling bee study list and the champion word study list. We look forward to seeing you in our school spelling bee!

Submit Yearbook Photos

Yearbook is collecting pictures of your life AFTER school! What activities are you involved in? Do you game in your spare time? Do you stream shows/movies? Do you get lost in music? Please submit a photo of you and your life AFTER SCHOOL: playing games, listening to music, streaming entertainment, or participating in some fun activity! To submit your photo, go to yearbookforever.com, click on community upload and enter the password “eagles”. You can also use the how to video to help you. We are collecting submissions for the next two weeks. Thanks!

You can upload photos to yearbookforever.com – community upload password is “eagles”!

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Charges for Damaged Chromebooks

According to Board Policy 6161.2, when materials are lost or so damaged that they are no longer usable, the student shall be immediately issued a replacement material. However, students or parents/guardians shall be responsible for reparation equal to the current replacement cost of the materials. PUSD Information Technology Department has provided a list of charges for various damage scenarios.

Chromebook/ Chromebook Accessories

Damaged/Lost Chromebook ($238.00)

Power Adapter/Charger ($30.00)

LCD Screen Replacement ($69.00)

LCD Top Cover ($69.00)

Palmrest/Keyboard/Touchpad replacement ($109.00)

Base Plate/Assembly ($69.00)

Keyboard/2 or more keys missing ($59.00)

Chromebook case ($33.00)

When a chromebook is damaged, students are responsible for the cost of the repair. Any students who have had damage to their chromebook this year have already had a charge added to their Destiny account. Next week, we will begin sending emails to families with a repair charge to provide information on how to pay for those repair costs.

Many of the damages we have seen so far this year could have been avoided. Please take a few minutes to speak with your child(ren) about the cost to repair these damages and remind them that their chromebook is theirs until it has to be "retired." We appreciate your support!

Running Late???

We hope all of our students are on time to school and ready to learn when the bell rings; however, we know that things can sometimes cause you to be delayed on your way to school. If your student is going to be late, please either call the attendance office or come in with your child to sign them in. Doing either of these will allow us to excuse the tardy. Thanks for your help!

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.

NEW! Eagle Shout Outs

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

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!


6 Social Emotional Learning Lessons (SEL)

Mesa Verde School Counselors, Mrs. Marcotte, Mrs. Huppert and Mrs. Snow have wrapped up facilitating 6 Social Emotional Learning lessons (SEL) across 6th grade classrooms. MVMS School Counselors have truly enjoyed the time spent getting to know 6th grade students in the classrooms that they each facilitated lessons in. We have an amazing group of 6th graders! Topics that were covered:

· growing neural pathways

· growth mindset and components that make up powerful learning

· cyberbullying and how to respond

· drug/alcohol as it relates to the teen brain and addiction along with refusal skills

· emotions and the brain; calm down strategies

· conflict resolution

· social inclusion vs. exclusion

In closing, we asked our 6th grade students to think about 3 commitments/goals from our lessons. The 3rd goal being something that they specifically felt comfortable with taking action on to increase inclusion on Mesa Verde’s Campus. It could be reaching out to a peer at lunch who might be alone or walking past someone and saying a quick hello. If you would like to further engage in conversations with your 6th grader around these topics, you can utilize the following questions as conversation starters:

1. What are some ways that you have grown neural pathways in 6th grade?

2. What does it mean to you to have a growth mindset?

3. Tell me about strong emotions and what happens in the brain? Can you problem solve right away?

4. What are some calm down strategies that you have discovered that you like? Can you use any of these strategies during a transition (ex. getting ready to do homework)?

5. Tell me about the interaction in the brain with the use of drugs and alcohol and dopamine. How would you refuse a vape if it was offered to you by a peer?

6. What ideas do you have to increase peers feeling included?

If you happen to be in the market for a new resource, check out “Your Amazing Teen Brain” by Elisa Nebolsine, LCSW. The book is written for teens as the audience however it’s a great resource for Parents/Guardians to check out first.

Caring Connections Counseling

Did you know that the Caring Connections Center provides a FREE 90 minute "family conference" for all PUSD students TK-12 and their families? The purpose of the "family conference" is to put together an action plan to help support our students socially/emotionally, academically, and behaviorally. Check out the brochure for more information and contact details.

No Place for Hate Club

This week at Mesa Verde we took some time on Wednesday to hear about the No Place for Hate School Wide Program. No Place for Hate Club Members created a video to help explain the importance of celebrating our differences and promoting respect. In addition, to understanding how looking at bias and stereotypes are important in order to not allow hate to grow. The No Place for Hate Pledge, Resolution of Respect, was shared with all students. Students were invited to join in and virtually sign the pledge along with giving their thoughts and ideas on topics for future school wide activities.

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FREE Teen Positive Parenting Program in Spanish

We are pleased to share that we are offering the Teen Positive Parenting Program in Spanish for FREE via ZOOM! This webinar series is designed for parents and will address raising responsible teenagers while improving family communication. The webinar is offered for Spanish speaking parents:

  • FREE SPANISH Teen Positive Parenting Program via ZOOM

Wednesdays, January 19th, January 26th and February 2nd 2022 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

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PARENTS: Poway Adult School Opportunities

Parents, A new year is a great time to head back to school! Poway Adult School offers low-cost career training classes for you to upskill. Just need some help tuning up your resume or someone to discuss a career change idea? The Poway (Unified) Adult School provides free career guidance, high school diploma classes for adults and GED prep as well. Call Jon at (858) 668-4022 or go online at www.powayadultschool.com and check out our catalog pages 5-11 for career training and free workshops. Make an appointment for free career support at https://calendly.com/help4careers/30min

Parenting and Supporting LGBTQ+ Children and Teens – All Grades PART I: The Basics

Join Angelle Maua to gain greater understanding of the complexity of Gender Identity, Gender Expression, and the Gender Spectrum.

1. Discuss the use of pronouns.

2. How to advocate for gender equity for your child.

3. Know your student’s rights and how to be a good ally.

4. Learn and understand the nuances of navigating support and difficult conversation, not only with your child but with family and friends.

In-Person Saturday, 1/29/22 from 10:00am – 12:00pm at Poway Adult School

Class fee: $24/individual or $29/couple (for couple enrollment parent needs to contact Poway Adult School)

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Parenting and Supporting LGBTQ+ Children and Teens – All Grades PART II: Conscious Parenting New Course

Join Angelle Maua to continue the discussions from the LGBTQIA+ Part I: The Basics Workshop. Learn how to:

1. Become a more conscious parent of a gender-expansive or questioning child.

2. Look beyond the binary and unpack years of cultural beliefs, traditional roles, and expectations.

3. Improve the odds for your child to embrace the complexity of their journey.

4. Nurture and enjoy the journey with your child.

This is all-inclusive for parents of children who have identified as LGBTQIA+.

In-Person Saturday, 2/12/22 from 10:00am – 12:00pm at Poway Adult School

Class fee: $24/individual or $29/couple (for couple enrollment parent needs to contact Poway Adult School)

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Effective Strategies to Advocate for Your Child in Special Education - All Grades NEW Course

Whether you suspect your child would benefit from special education services or are already in the process, come discover and practice tools to improve communication with teachers, administrators, and case managers. Spend time with Laurie Magulac to discuss how to increase collaboration and create your child's education plan as well as develop tools to process meetings and diagnoses.

In-Person Tuesday, 2/1/22 at Poway Adult School from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Class fee: $24/individual or $29/couple (for couple enrollment parent needs to contact Poway Adult School)

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Parenting Well Through Life Changes - All Grades NEW Course

Change is a part of life that comes in many forms which can include divorce, moving, and loss. How do we manage our own response to change while parenting our children effectively?

Spend time with Laurie Magulac to learn strategies to:

1. Understand and recognize stress in your child during change.

2. Help your child cope in healthy ways.

3. Manage and diffuse tough behaviors that may arise.

4. Not burn out while you are helping your child through the process.

In-Person Tuesday, 2/8/22 at Poway Adult School from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Class fee: $24/individual or $29/couple (for couple enrollment parent needs to contact Poway Adult School)

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Cultivating Emotional Resilience & Mental Fitness While Parenting

FREE webinars for parents and caregivers being offered by the San Diego County Office of Education.
  • 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.
  • 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 Natalie Reyes at (858) 538-5478 or nreyes@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
  • Reason for early departure
  • 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.