Twin Peaks Middle School

Weekly RAM Newsletter

From the desk of Principal Mills - Sunday, February 5th, 2023

Happy Sunday Ram Families!

I hope this newsletter finds you all well and enjoying our amazing San Diego weather this weekend! Even though Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Thursday, indicating another 6 weeks of winter, and the beginning of the "Snow" Full Moon on Sunday night, it was nice to enjoy some temperatures in the 70s for a few hours this weekend!

We had another packed week of learning and laughter at Twin Peaks, punctuated by a little "leaking" on Friday at the end of lunch! An underground water pipe broke near the front entrance of the TPMS campus, causing a flow of water and debris out into the parking lot. This required us to shut off the water to the school after students and staff had left for the day to isolate the break in the line. Unfortunately, the water cannot be turned back on until after the pipe is repaired. Depending on what work is able to be completed this weekend, this means we will likely not have running water on Monday for some or all of the school day.

In preparation for this eventuality, we have arranged to bring in porta-potties to the softball outfield (at the end of the 900 buildings by the parked buses), along with hand washing stations and bottles of drinking water. Also, the main entrance to school will not be open during the repair work - please use the entrances to school between the 100 and admin buildings and by the MPR/Pride Park. Access to the science patio and classrooms will be through the fire lane entrance only; students will not be able to access the normal entrance to the 700 building and the science patio area during the repair work.

Please remember, this is only a temporary inconvenience, and the PUSD plumbers have assured me this work can be completed in a day once the break in the line is identified and isolated. So that your student is most comfortable at school, please make sure they bring a filled water bottle with them on Monday, and are aware of the new location of our temporary restrooms. Thank you in advance for your patience as we get the needed repairs completed.

This past Wednesday during our all-staff meeting, we had the chance to recognize the amazing efforts of two members of our Ram Staff - English teacher and EL Coordinator Alison Shewmaker, our Teacher of the Year, and Campus Security Specialist Dan Fox, our Classified Employee of the Year. Both are incredibly worthy of this recognition and will represent TPMS and our Ramily well at the district level. Please see their photos and bios below!

GET EXCITED!! It's LCAP Survey Time!! From February 1st through Friday, February 17th, PUSD will be conducting our District wide annual survey to gather your input on our Local Control Accountability Plan, or LCAP, which will help shape the District’s goals and guide our budgeting priorities for the 2023-2024 school year. Parent and student input and feedback is vital in this process!

PUSD is asking the question: What supports do students need to have their most successful school experience in Poway Unified? (this may include academic, extracurricular, safety, behavioral, social-emotional, environmental, or related to learning options). Please CLICK HERE to participate in the survey! It should take you 15-20 minutes to complete, depending on how many comments you choose to post and respond to. As we consider our needs here at TPMS, improved and upgraded facilities (classrooms, common spaces, locker rooms, courts and fields) and staffing to support the expansion of elective and support classes are items to consider providing feedback on. THANK YOU in advance for taking the time to complete this survey before February 17th!

Finally this week, February 6-10th is National School Counselor Week, and we have a lot to celebrate here at TPMS! Our amazing Counseling Team - Counselors Melissa Baskin, Jami Jennings, Nicole Roman and Counseling Assistant Donna Myers, are committed to our students' success and work diligently each and every day to support ALL of Rams. On any given day, they work with students with academic needs, social and emotional needs, and many time personal and family needs. If you have a minute this week, please reach our and let our counseling team know how much you appreciate them and all of their hard work!

In Partnership,

Steve Mills

Proud Principal

Twin Peaks Middle School

1(858)748-5131 x2806

Instagram: @principalmills_twinpeaks



February 8th: Late Start - 9:50am

February 9th: PUSD Board Mtg, 6:00pm @Community Room

February 12th: Covid Testing for 6th Grade Camp, 12-2pm

February 13th: Foundation Meeting, 6pm @TPMS Library

February 13th-17th: 6th Graders at Cuyamaca Outdoor School

February 16th: PTSA Meeting, 6:15pm @TPMS Library

February 15th: School Site Council Meeting, 3:30-4:30pm @library

February 20th-24th: President's Week Break

March 1st: Late Start - 9:50am

March 8th: Late Start - 9:50am

March 9-10th: Conference Prep Days - Minimum Day Schedules

March 13-14th: Student Conferences - Minimum Day Schedules

March 15th: Late Start - 9:50am

March 15th: What I Wish My Parents Knew, 6:30-8:45pm @TPMS

March 22nd: 5th Grade Parent Night, 5-6pm @TPMS

Alison Shewmaker - TPMS Teacher of the Year, 2023

Alison Shewmaker joined the TPMS staff in 2020 during our pandemic year when we started the school year virtually with students. Prior to Twin Peaks, Alison taught English at Del Norte HS and also in Ridgecrest. In her short time at TPMS, Alison has led transformational change of our EL program and has led the pilot of our AVID Excel elective. Through her hard work and leadership, TPMS has increased the number of parents attending and engaged with our ELPAC, and we have seen record numbers of students reclassifying... 17 this year! Alison builds strong relationships with her students, individualizing their learning when possible to make personal connections. Her classes and lessons are engaging, thoughtful and strategic - every minute of class is accounted for and everything students do has purpose. Students love being in her class, and she has created a sense of family for our EL students where they feel valued and heard. Thank you Alison for all you do for our school community!

Dan Fox - TPMS Classified Employee of the Year, 2023

Dan Fox joined the TPMS Ramily in 2021 as our Campus Security Specialist. Prior to Twin Peaks, Dan served in the same role at both Poway and Abraxas High Schools, and has been a part of Team PUSD since 2014. Dan had an instant impact on our campus; his calm and patient demeanor makes him approachable, and students have come to trust him as a result. His constant focus on students and their safety allows our team to be proactive and work to prevent student incidents before they happen. He is always willing to help out and assist staff and students who need a helping hand, and even comes back to supervise dances and after school events at night and on the weekends. Our campus is incredibly lucky to have "Mr. Dan" - thanks for all you do to keep our campus safe!

PTSA Reflections Art Contest Winners!

This year, students participated in the National PTA Reflections Art Contest. The theme was "Show Your Voice" and TPMS students did an amazing job showing their voice through their art in one or more categories. Entries were judged first at the Twin Peaks PTSA Level, then the top entries advanced to compete with other middle schools at the Palomar Council Level, and, finally the top winners from Palomar Council advanced to compete against middle school entries from across the state at the 9th District Level.

The results for all entries in the Reflections Art Competition are listed below. Congratulations to all of you! We also want to wish the following students the best of luck in the final leg of the competition as they advance to the 9th District: Joanna Kruglick (8th) - Film Production, Payton Atkinson (7th) - Photography, and Natalie Hone (7th) - Music Composition.

Those results will be posted as soon as they are announced. All Reflections Awards will be delivered to your RAM classroom after the final level of judging is complete. If your student is interested in entering next year's competition and wants to get a head start, the theme for 2023-2024 is: "I am Hopeful Because..." For questions, or to find out how you can help on this committee next year, please contact Krista Mertz at

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TPMS Spirit Wear is Back

Our TPMS Online Spirit Store is now open with BRAND NEW DESIGNS for you to enjoy. We’ve added some really exciting new options, like a tie-dye hoodie, a crew neck option (great for PE!), and even TPMS sweatpants and pajama pants! Visit to place your order today, but hurry! The online store will close for production on February 28th.

Soccer at TPMS

IT IS TIME FOR SOCCER SEASON AT TPMS!!!! Soccer registration forms will be available in the front office and PE locker room from 2/6-2/17. Skill Eval forms need to be returned to the front office or Room 201 by Friday 2/11 before students can attend the skill evaluations the following week. Skill evaluations will be held on 2/28, 3/1 and 3/2 - players will meet at the lunch tables to check in! All info about Soccer season will be on the skill eval packet! We hope to see your student come out for the team! Any questions about soccer please reach out to Matti Romero at

ASES Has Openings For Your Student!

Our ASES Program has openings in the mornings and afternoons. This program is FREE to Twin Peaks families! The morning program starts at 6:30am and the afternoon program goes until 6:15pm. For more information please see the flyers or contact Jenn Willette at We look forward to seeing your students!
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Join TPMS Choir

We have a few remaining spots open to join TPMS choir! We will start practice Tues Feb 7th and we meet Tues/Thurs mornings from 7:20am-8:20am. All 6-8th graders are welcome to join us! We perform with Poway High School in May and have a ton of fun rehearsing and making music together.

Please don't wait. Registration will close when the spots are filled! No experience necessary...just a desire to sing! Please use this link to register:

PHS Engineering Academy/Pathway Info Night

WED, Feb. 8, 2023, from 7 pm to 8 pm in Room N3107: This is an opportunity to hear how the program is helping current students and how the Poway High School Engineering Academy/Pathway is making a difference toward their college and career goals. You will learn about what courses to enroll in to start the Academy or Pathway. There will also be a presentation about updates in the Academy and an overview of the program and pathway. There will be a question-and-answer period. Please click here or see below to view the flyer.

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Poway Community Track Meet

This event is hosted by the Poway High School Track & Field Team and will take place on Saturday, March 4th, 2023. Students can register for up to three events at $8 an event. All proceeds benefit the Poway High School Track & Field Team. Click here for more details or see below! Thanks!
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Attendance Announcement

If your student is absent, please call the attendance hotline (858)668-2730 as soon as possible each day your student is absent (unless you give us a date range for multiple days).

Parent or legal guardian please call and state the following information:

  1. Your student’s first and last name
  2. Their grade
  3. The date of the absence(s)
  4. The reason (if sick, please list symptoms)
  5. Your relationship to the student
  6. A phone number where you can be reached.

Note: Students will be listed as truant if we do not receive a call or note from a parent or guardian.

PUSD Parent Education Classes

Please see the list of classes and times available below. Click on a class for specific information. Thanks!

Preparing Positively for Puberty - TK-8th Grade, 2/15 6-8pm, Live via Zoom

6th Grade Camp is Coming!

Our 6th grade Rams will be attending Cuyamaca Outdoor School, otherwise known as 6th GRADE CAMP, the week of February 13th-17th. Your students were given an enrollment packet before Winter Break in their Ram class that will need to be completed and returned to their Ram teacher no later than January 6th. Please check the TPMS website for more information by CLICKING HERE!

All 6th Graders attending camp will need to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test 72 hours prior to boarding the bus for camp. In order to facilitate this for parents and students, TPMS will be offering a Covid testing opportunity on Sunday, February 12th from 12-2pm on our campus. Families can bring their own over-the-counter test to use, written documentation of a completed test dated after 9am on 2/10, or you can sign up to reserve a free 30 minute test that the school will provide you on campus. To sign-up and/or reserve your Covid test for the February 12th testing session, please CLICK HERE.

ITEMS NEEDED FOR CAMP: Some of our students may not have all of the items they need to attend camp comfortably. Please let our Counseling Team know if you have a sleeping bag, jacket, sweatshirt, gloves, scarf, or hat that you or your kids no longer use and would like to donate. These are the most common items needed, but you can view the complete list below. Thanks so much for supporting 6th Grade Camp!

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Free & Reduced Lunch Applications!

Although school meals are now free to all students under California’s new Universal Meals Program, the application for free and reduced-price meals is still very important. School funding depends in part on the number of students that qualify for free or reduced-price meals. With all students now eating for free, fewer families are completing the application and schools are at risk of losing funds. Household income information is confidential and applying online is quick and easy. Plus, students that qualify for free or reduced-price meals may also qualify for discounts on transportation, SAT and AP tests, home internet, and college application fees. You can apply online at, or pick up a paper application in the school office.

ASES is Hiring!!

If you are interested or know of someone who is interested in working in our before and after school ASES program, please scan or click the QR code below to apply and become an ASES Program Aide! Shifts are flexible and there's a wide variety of activities and programs to run for students in our before and after school programs. Questions? Please reach out to our ASES Supervisor Jennifer Willette at

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.”

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:

  • 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.

  • February 13th
  • March 21st
  • April 18th
  • May 23rd
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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!

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Nondiscrimination Philosophy and Policy Statement

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 disability, 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 2121, For students, you may contact Title IX Coordinator/504 Coordinator Jamie Dayhoff, Director of Attendance and Discipline, Poway Unified School District, 1-858-521-2840,