Eagle Newsletter

September 17, 2021

Upcoming Dates

9/15-10/15 - Hispanic Heritage Month

9/22 - PTSA Dine Out Fundraiser at Bubble Up from 4pm-8pm

9/27 - Professional Growth Day, Non-Student Day

9/28-10/1 - Parent Conference Week, Minimum Days - Dismissal at 12:07

Action Items

  • Vote for School Site Council
  • Donate to the Foundation Fall Pledge Drive. The Foundation helps support things such as STEAM activities, collaborative and hands-on experiences for students, and diverse literature options for students. Check to see if your employer does donation matching.
  • Join PTSA to support programs, events, and presentations, many of which focus on the academic, physical, and social-emotional health of students and supports for parents.
  • 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
  • School Site Council Parent Ballot
  • Eagle Center Needs Your Support
  • National Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Eagle Scout Project
  • Fall Pledge Continues
  • Dine Out Fundraiser - 9/22
  • Eagle Shout Outs
  • Job Opportunities
  • Yearbooks On Sale Now
  • Volunteer
  • Counselor's Corner
  • Parent Education
  • Calendar
  • Additional Links including the Eagle Library Newsletter

NEW! Message from the Principal

Hello, Eagle Families!

This Wednesday we kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month with a quote from Emiliano Zapata and a brief history of his role in Mexican history, read in Spanish and English by Señor Escalona during our morning announcements. We have asked for any of our Spanish speaking students to stop by Señor Escalona's room to learn how they can help continue this celebration of Hispanic culture throughout the month. Please check out the Eagle Newsletter item below to see how we're celebrating Hispanic culture in our library this month!

This week our staff participated in professional growth focused on inclusive practices in schools and classrooms across our district. This work falls under the Equity journey we've already begun, but with a particular focus on inclusion for our students with disabilities. Inclusion can be defined as a state of being valued, respected, and supported. It's about focusing on the needs of every individual and ensuring the right conditions are in place for each person to achieve his or her full potential (source: hud.gov). During our professional learning time, we focused on understanding the why behind inclusion, the use of inclusive language, and spent some time in self-reflection to help teachers and staff identify their next steps in building an inclusive school/classroom. We're excited about this work as we continue to prioritize Relationships, Inclusion, Supports, and Experiences this year so we can RISE Together!

I hope you all have a restful weekend and we can't wait to see our students again on Monday!

Your Proud Principal,

Kellie Moore

NEW! MVMS School Site Council Parent Ballot

Each public school has a School Site Council that is comprised of the principal, school personnel, and parents. The purpose of the council is to review school goals based on school data and allocate the funds necessary to support the goals. There is currently 1 (one) open position on the Mesa Verde School Site Council. Please cast your vote for 1 (one) parent seeking a term on the council. Votes must be submitted no later than Tuesday, September 21st at 4pm. Paper ballots will be available at the front office through Tuesday, September 21st at 4pm.

Click here to vote.

NEW! Eagle Center Needs Your Support

The Eagle Center needs your support! Each day, over 50 students take advantage of the services in the Eagle Center each lunch period – yours may be one of them! Our students enjoy playing board games, chess, doing art activities, reading, or talking with friends. Our students would love to have additional Chess sets and decks of Uno! If you have any gently used chess or card decks, or can donate a new set, the students would greatly appreciate it! Please drop off any donations at the front desk. Thank you!

NEW! National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic American Heritage Month where we recognize the accomplishments and contributions of Hispanic Americans who have inspired others to achieve success. Mesa Verde joins in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.

NEW! Eagle Scout Project

We are excited to unveil a newly completed Eagle Scout Project at MVMS - new bench seating outside of our library! Brandon Le, Mesa Verde class of 2018, recently completed his Eagle Scout Project here at Mesa Verde.

Brandon shared this with us: "For the rank of Eagle Scout, I wanted to do a project that had some sort of significance to me instead of just some random job to get over with. I decided to do a seating area for Mesa Verde because I had attended the school previously, and had a lot of great times and good memories here. Doing this project was sort of my way of giving back, so I’m glad that I was able to get this done for the school."

Thank you so much, Brandon and all those who gave generously of their time and effort to help enhance the student experience here at Mesa Verde!

Fall Pledge Continues

The Mesa Verde Foundation Pledge Drive is going on now, and we need your help!! Please consider a donation in support of our many incredible programs and classrooms. Donations can be made online here. Thank you in advance for your participation with this crucial fundraising effort. Our Mesa Verde kids and their teachers appreciate you!

NEW! Dine Out Fundraiser - 9/22

Mesa Verde's next PTSA Fundraiser is Wednesday, September 22nd. It is as easy as purchasing a boba drink or a waffle dessert and 20% of the sales will go to our school. Just mention the flyer and Mesa Verde will receive credit.

When: Wednesday, 9/22/2021
Time: 4pm-8pm
Location: 13295-2 Black Mountain Rd. (Next to Round Table Pizza)

NEW! Eagle Shout Outs

Cheer on these Eagles who help us Rise Together!

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.

Yearbooks On Sale Now

Mesa Verde Middle School yearbooks are on sale now! Books are sold ONLINE only – click here to place your order. Yearbooks are $40. We place our book order in January, so order before January to ensure your student receives a yearbook next June.

If we have extra yearbooks, they are sold in June for $50 cash only.

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 6th grade Olympics, 7th grade History Faire, 8th Grade Constitutional Challenge and Promotion. Although we are currently limiting our volunteers at this time due to the pandemic, we are preparing for when we do need volunteers. Under the new guidelines, volunteers must be fully-vaccinated and show proof of vaccination. If you would like more information, please contact Amanda Lane at (858) 538-5478 or alane@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.


NEW! Mesa Verde School Counselors

Our counselors had the opportunity to meet all the students over the past couple of weeks to introduce themselves and inform the students about the resources they have available to them. Parents can use the counselors as a resource as well. Please reach out if you need assistance or support with your child or just say hello and introduce yourself.

Counselors are assigned to student's by last name.

  • Lisa Marcotte: A - G
  • Beth Huppert: H - O
  • Brooke Snow: P - Z


NEW! Webinar: Suicide Prevention 101 for Parents

The California Department of Education (CDE), Directing Change, and TeenLine are partnering to offer free webinars and Facebook Live events for parents, families, and caregivers. The Suicide Prevention 101 for Parents: Recognizing Signs and What to Do will be offered in English on September 21, 2021 and in Spanish on September 23, 2021. Both webinars will run from 6-7pm.

These webinars will provide information about suicide prevention for parents, including warning signs for suicide, how to have a conversation with their child, actions to take if their child is having suicidal thoughts, and resources. To register, for the webinar in English, click here. To register, for the webinar in Spanish, click here.

FREE Teen Positive Parenting Program

We are pleased to share that we are offering the Teen Positive Parenting Program in English for FREE via ZOOM! This webinar series is designed for parents and will address raising responsible teenagers while improving family communication. The webinar series offered next month will be in English and please be on the lookout as we will also be offering the Spanish series in January 2022. These workshops do fill up quickly and parents have shared positive reviews and feedback.

When: Tuesdays, October 12th, October 19th, and October 26th 2021 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Parents, if you are interested in attending click here or contact the Caring Connections Center to RSVP at (858) 668-4084 or email: vephraim@powayusd.com.

NEW! Got Stress? - All Grades

Let’s face it, parenting can be stressful, especially as we begin to find our new normal after the pandemic. Spend time with Dr. Colleen Kennedy, Psychologist, for this workshop to boost your emotional wellness and increase your parenting skills as you learn to differentiate and manage stress and anxiety.

In-Person Thursday, October 21st 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). Parents, if you are interested in attending click here or contact the Caring Connections Center to RSVP at (858) 668-4084 or email: vephraim@powayusd.com.


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