Twin Peaks Middle School

Weekly RAM Newsletter

From the desk of Principal Mills - Sunday, October 2nd, 2022

Happy Sunday Ram Families!

I hope this newsletter finds you all well and enjoying this first weekend of October! It's hard to believe September is already over and the first quarter and grading period are wrapping-up in 3 weeks on Friday, October 21st! Please have your student check their Canvas and StudentVue pages to make sure they have their assignments turned in and missing work accounted for before grades are calculated on 10/21. You can ask your student for an update on their grades on Monday evenings - we have students complete a weekly Grade Check in their Ram class every Monday so they have a pulse on their current status in each class.

Thank you to all of our TPMS families that made it out to Snapdragon Stadium on Friday night for the SD Wave soccer game! It was great to see so many Rams in the stands enjoying the game together... a big THANK YOU to Coach Spy for all of her efforts in setting up the ticket sales for TPMS. Check out a few pictures of our group below.

Congratulations to all of our 7th 8th grade AVID students for participating in their AVID Induction Ceremony this past Thursday. Thank you to all of our TPMS parents and family members that were present for this special rite of passage in our students' AVID journey. A huge shout-out to our AVID teachers - Mrs. Matautia, Mrs. Allen, and Mrs. Shewmaker for their leadership of the event, and to all of our counselors and teachers who attended and supported the evening. Please check out a few pictures of the candle lighting ceremony below.

DON'T FORGET - WE HAVE 2 MINIMUM DAYS THIS WEEK!! Monday, October 3rd and Tuesday, October 4th are both MINIMUM DAYS and will have 12:35pm release times. The TPMS staff will be participating in professional learning both afternoons, so the main office hours will be limited to 7:30am-1:00pm on both days. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Our Food and Nutrition Services offers a free breakfast to students a half hour before school starts each morning, and are now offering a free "late breakfast" to students during our morning break, each day Monday through Friday. In order to accommodate the late breakfasts every day, we have adjusted our Wednesday late start schedule by 2 minutes to extend the brunch period to 10 minutes. With only an 8 minute brunch on Wednesday morning, our Food and Nutrition Services were unable to serve a late breakfast option to students on Wednesday mornings. The passing periods between lunch and Ram class have been reduced from 5 to 4 minutes each to allow for the additional 2 minutes to be added to brunch. The Wednesday late start bell schedule has been updated and is available HERE on the TPMS website. Our apologies for this late bell adjustment; a required 10 minute brunch for a late breakfast opportunity was not known when bell schedules were created last spring.

Finally this week, we have experienced a sharp increase in the number of students arriving late to school each day, some mornings with over 50 students arriving after the starting bell. I understand that the traffic in and around school in the morning is usually difficult to navigate and can be very busy, but please make every effort to have your student to school before 8:25am so that they have time to get to their class before it starts at 8:30am. Thank you in advance for leaving home a few minutes earlier to make sure your students are on time for the beginning of school each day.

In Partnership,

Steve Mills

Proud Principal

Twin Peaks Middle School

1(858)748-5131 x2806

Instagram: @principalmills_twinpeaks

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October 3rd: Minimum Day, 12:35 dismissal, PD Day

October 4th: Minimum Day, 12:35 dismissal, PD Day

October 5th: Late start @9:50am

October 7th: Cross Country Meet @ MBMS

October 12th: WEB Fundraiser @ Chipotle

October 12th: Late start @9:50am

October 12th: School Site Council Meeting, Library 3:30pm

October 13th: Minimum Day, 12:35 dismissal, Conference Prep

October 14th: Minimum Day, 12:35 dismissal, Conference Prep

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

October 18th: TPMS Foundation Meeting, Library 6pm

October 19th: Late start @9:50am

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

October 7th: Cross Country Meet @ TPMS

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

October 28th: AVID Fundraiser @ Chipotle


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Congratulations to our AVID Ohana for their successful Information Night and Induction Ceremony this past Thursday evening. A huge shout-out to our AVID teachers - Mrs. Matautia, Mrs. Allen, and Mrs. Shewmaker for their leadership of the event, and to all of our counselors and teachers who attended and supported the evening. The AVID Induction Ceremony is the formal and public event where AVID students light a candle indicating their commitment to the AVID principles and to the program. Thank you to all of our parents and family members who attended this special event.
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Attendance Reminders

  1. If you have a student who is late, absent or leaving early, the morning of, please call our Attendance Hotline (858) 668-2730.
  2. Be sure to leave your name, phone number, relationship and reason they are late/absent/leaving early.
  3. If your student is going to a medical appointment of any kind, please be sure to get a note from the Medical professional and have the student bring it to Attendance the next day.

No Place for Hate: Resolution of Respect

We are excited to share that Twin Peaks Middle School has received the No Place for Hate designation from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for the last five years. To earn this recognition, schools must invite all students and staff to sign the Resolution of Respect and complete three school-wide lessons. To start the conversation this year, our Ram community will review and sign the Resolution of Respect this Thursday, Oct. 6th during Ram.

Q & A

Q - How can I help?

A - Please review/discuss the Resolution of Respect with your student linked HERE after the presentation on Oct. 6th.

Q - What if a student chooses not to sign the pledge?

A - Students are invited to sign the pledge, but a student is not required to sign it. In the past, very few students chose not to sign it.

Q - Who do I contact if I have questions?

A- Please contact your student's counselor.

Choir Update

There will be no Choir Practice on October 11th and 13th. Choir will resume on October 18th.

PUSD Food & Nutrition Department Info

The PUSD Food & Nutrition Department is still processing free/reduced price meal applications for the 22-23 school year. Even though all meals are free for students, Food & Nutrition is still required to collect meal applications. Additionally, if students qualify, they may be eligible for other supports while at school, and school funding depends, in part, on free/reduced meal eligibility - if families do not apply, our school may lose potential funding! If you would like to apply please CLICK HERE! Or pick-up a paper application in the TPMS front office.
  • If you have any additional questions, please contact the Food & Nutrition Department at (858) 668-2570.
  • If you need to add credit to your student's meal account, please CLICK HERE!

WEB Chipotle Fundraiser

Come on out and support our WEB Leadership Team at Chipotle on Wednesday, October 12th from 4-8pm. Have dinner on us and help out our school leaders in the process. Click here or see below for the flyer.
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If you or someone you know is in need of social/emotional support, reach out to a trusted adult and/or access one of these resources:

  • Call 911 for immediate concerns
  • National Suicide Prevention Line 800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Text HOME to 741741 to reach a crisis counselor
  • The Trevor Project 866-488-7386 (crisis intervention for LGBTQ youth)
  • PUSD Safety Tipline 1-844-PUSD-TIP (1-844-787-3847) - See it, Hear it, Report it.

The PUSD tipline is monitored by local law enforcement. Please remember this tipline is for situations requiring immediate attention, including any type of physical threat of harm to self or others. CLICK HERE to find additional services related to behavioral health, crisis services, and substance abuse.

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.

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.”

ASES Morning Program has Openings!

Our morning ASES program has spots available! Please click here for all the details, including a link to our website and an interest form! If you have questions, please contact our ASES Program Supervisor, Jennifer Willette at

2022 Poway HS Dance Project

Join the award-winning Poway HS Dance Team during their halftime show on October 7th. Click on the flyer below for more details on how to sign up and participate or visit their webpage at!

Student Activities Canvas Page & Calendar

Calling all Ram Families! Do you want to make sure you know everything that’s going on at TPMS? Our new Student Activities Canvas page is your one-stop-shop for everything you need to know about what’s going on at TPMS. For our full year-long calendar of events and activities at TPMS, CLICK HERE (we suggest bookmarking this page!) or click the “Activities Calendar” button on the Student Activities Canvas homepage. **Please note, if you are accessing the Student Activities Canvas page through your mobile app, you will need to click “pages” to see the link to the calendar.

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:

  • September 20th
  • October 18th
  • November 15th
  • January 10th
  • February 13th
  • March 21st
  • April 18th
  • May 23rd

Work for TEAM #PUSD!

We continue to have several non-teaching/classified positions open at TPMS that we are still looking to fill, and maybe you or a friend are the right person for the job! Please consider joining Team PUSD as an Instructional Assistant (3 and 6 hour daily shifts), Campus Security Specialist (7.5 hours a day), Noon Duty (2 or 3 hour daily shifts), or as our morning and afternoon crossing guard (7 hours a week!). To apply for any of these positions, or to see what other openings exist in PUSD, please CLICK HERE for the PUSD Job Listings Page!
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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!