Twin Peaks Middle School

Weekly RAM Newsletter

From the desk of Principal Mills - Sunday, October 30th, 2022

Happy Sunday Ram Families!

I hope this newsletter finds you all well and enjoying this Halloween weekend! As a reminder, there is NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 31st! We have a non-student day tomorrow for professional learning - our school offices will also be closed to allow our office staff an opportunity to participate in professional learning. Our main office and classrooms will reopen on Tuesday, November 1st at 7:30am with a 3-5-1 rotation schedule.

A big THANK YOU to all of our parents and students who participated in our Parent-Student-Teacher conferences this past Monday and Tuesday. We appreciate all of our parents who had to take time away from their work and families to meet with our staff to best support our students. We hope the shared time together with our staff was productive and that you were able to get a sense of how to best support your student as the 2nd Quarter begins. Don't forget to ask your 7th or 8th grade student to share their Celebration of Learning slides with you! This is a great opportunity to have your student share their work with you and for your own student to assess their progress during the 1st Quarter.

Earlier this week I sent out a link for a parent survey that we are asking all TPMS families to complete. We value parent input greatly and appreciate your participation in the short survey that is part of our school and district's continuous improvement process. The survey answers should be specific to our school site. If you have students at more than one school, you will need to do a separate survey for that school using that school’s link.

The Parent survey is aligned with the state mandated California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) given to students in grades 5, 7, 9 and 11, and the individual site Staff Survey also to be conducted this month. We will be using these student, staff, and parent surveys to gain a better understanding of our parents’ view of our schools and how we can best support our students. All of the survey results will be used as part of our state required Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). Please CLICK HERE to be taken directly to the TPMS survey. The deadline to submit your survey is Thursday, November 10th.

I hope you can join me and other PUSD parents on Wednesday, November 9th at Bernardo Heights Middle School for What I Wish My Parents Knew. This special parent event will provide you an opportunity to hear from PUSD administrators, community leaders, and our own students on issues impacting ALL students - How to Set Guardrails for your Student, Social Media and Its Impact, Middle School Relationships and Handling Academic Pressure. Plan on meeting in the BHMS gym starting at 6:30pm for the general session, followed by two breakout sessions of your choice. No sign-up or RSVP is necessary to attend, so bring a neighbor or friend with you! See the flyer later in the Newsletter for more information.

Finally this week, our PTSA is holding a Book Fair and Book Drive this week - Tuesday, November 1st through Friday, November 4th in the TPMS Library. I was there Friday before school helping to roll in all of the great books we have available for our families to purchase! Students will have opportunities to attend the Book Fair before school, during lunch, after school and during their ELA class' appointment time. And don't forget about passing on your books that you don't have room for on the book shelf anymore! Gently used books can be donated starting on Tuesday in the main office and outside the Library Resource Center through the end of the school day on Friday, November 4th. Please check the "Fall Book Fair & Book Drive" section below for more information on setting up a Book Fair account for your student, signing up to be a parent volunteer, and a list of titles available for purchase this week.

In Partnership,

Steve Mills

Proud Principal

Twin Peaks Middle School

1(858)748-5131 x2806

Instagram: @principalmills_twinpeaks


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October 31st: Non-Student Day - NO SCHOOL!

October 31st: Report Cards available online

November 1st-4th: PTSA Book Fair & Book Drive

November 1st: Band Performance, Both lunches @Quad

November 2nd: Late start @9:50am

November 7th: School Site Council, 3:30pm @Library

November 9th: What I Wish My Parents Knew, BHMS 6:30pm

November 9th: Late start @9:50am

November 9th: Day of Awesome!, TPMS Back Field

November 10th: Military Appreciation Luncheon @Pride Park

November 10th: PUSD Board Meeting, 6pm

November 11th: Veteran's Day - NO SCHOOL!

November 15th: TPMS Foundation Meeting, 6pm

November 16th: Late Start

November 16th: College & Career Fair (Both Lunches)

November 17th: State of the District Event, Poway CFPM 5pm

The Fall Book Fair & Book Drive is Here!

The Fall Book Fair is taking place this week in the Twin Peaks Library. The Fair will be open to students before school starts, during lunch, and after school. Students will also visit the Book Fair with their Language Arts class.

Books can be purchased with cash, check (made payable to "TPMS PTSA"), or credit/debit card. Parents can also set up an eWallet — your child's digital payment account - for the Twin Peaks Book Fair. If you currently have a balance on an existing eWallet account, the balance can be used with your new account. Just be sure to set up the account with the same email address.

Along with the Book Fair, PTSA is holding a book drive so clean out those books and graphic novels to make room for new ones. All books will be donated to Words Alive who gives books to students who don’t have any. Collection boxes will be located at the entrance of the library and main office. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Debra Surber at (858)663-3432.

Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more, create an eWallet account, and preview books for the Fair! In order to make the Fair as successful for our school as possible, volunteers are needed! Shifts are short and easy. Please CLICK HERE to sign up! Questions? Please reach out to Mikki Trusheim, TPMS PTSA President at

TPMS Basketball is Coming!

Hey Ram B-Ballers! Come try out for the TPMS Basketball Team on Wednesday, November 9th and Wednesday, November 16th after school in the MPR. Future practices will be Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the MPR after school. Interested?! Sign up forms are in the front office on the counter.

TPMS Canned Food Drive is Back!

The TPMS Canned Food Drive is back and better than ever! The California Junior Scholastic Federation Canned Food Drive benefits local San Diego food banks. It starts this Tuesday, November 1st through Thursday, November 10th. Collected items should be dropped off to your student's RAM classes. As a reminder - we cannot accept any glass jars. We are only collecting boxed and canned goods! Thanks in advance for supporting this cause Rams!

PUSD Parent Education Workshops

PUSD is offering the following classes in October - please click on the links below for more information:

Need TPMS Spirit Wear?

Hey Rams! The weather is finally getting colder and we KNOW you all can’t wait to get your hands on an official TPMS Sweatshirt – now including zip-up options! The TPMS Winter Spirit Store is now open, with new designs added! Visit today to place your order, but don’t delay! The online store will close on November 9th for production to ensure that we can have your spirit wear delivered to you before Winter Break. Go Rams!

NPFH Lesson in November

The counselors and Mrs. Bernsen, our Student Services Specialist, will present the first of three No Place for Hate school-wide activities to Ram classes in November. The topic is Disability Awareness, and it focuses on:

*valuing people for what they can do, not what they can't do .

*understanding and identifying the differences between visible and invisible disabilities.

*discussing the importance of using "People First" language and practicing how to use it.

We encourage families to view the presentation and to continue the conversation at home.

Please contact your student's counselor if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Mrs. Baskin, Mrs. Jennings and Mrs. Roman

National PTA Reflections Art Contest

The TPMS PTSA is now accepting entries through November 1st for the Reflections Art Contest. This year's theme is "Show Your Voice" and we would like to encourage you to use this creative outlet as a way to express yourself through the arts! This year's theme is a great one and your clear interpretation of the theme is very important, so keep that in mind when creating your project. Students may enter one original piece of art per category, and the categories are:

  • Visual Arts
  • Photography
  • Dance Choreography
  • Film Production
  • Music Composition
  • Literature

For descriptions and specific rules relating to each category, please CLICK HERE. Entries will be submitted online again this year. To submit your entry, please CLICK HERE and fill out the entry form. Entries will not be accepted after November 1st, so have fun creating and we look forward to seeing how creatively you can "Show Your Voice!" through the arts.

For questions regarding the Reflections Art Contest, please contact the PTSA Program Chair via email or text: Krista Mertz, PTSA Reflections Art Program Chair, or at (858) 602-9262.

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.

Preliminary 2022 CAASPP Results Now Available

This was the first statewide test given to California students since 2019. Following the pandemic, the 2022 test was significantly revised by the California Department of Education (CDE), providing a new baseline for school districts and sites to measure progress moving forward. Due to the significant changes in the test, districts and sites are unable to make direct comparisons with previous years’ results. However, consistent strong results are indicative of system-wide collaboration by parents, teachers, and school staff to facilitate student success. We are proud of our students and know their accomplishments are reflected in a variety of ways. CAASPP results are one measure of progress and should be reviewed alongside other learning information as well.

CAASPP test scores are recorded as Standards Exceeded, Standards Met, Standards Nearly Met, and Standards Not Met.

  • In English language arts, 68.36% of our Twin Peaks MS students met or exceeded standards on the 2022 CAASPP.
  • In mathematics, 48.99% of our Twin Peaks MS students met or exceeded standards on the 2022 CAASPP.

CAASPP was administered to students in grades 3-8 and grade 11 during the Spring of 2022. If your child took the CAASPP, you can access their individual results through ParentVUE. Directions for using ParentVUE are linked HERE. Please keep in mind that these scores are only one measure of an individual student’s learning. Data from these assessments is used as part of a broader picture of student achievement. Teachers use these results in conjunction with site and classroom assessments and observations to help tailor instruction throughout the school year.

What I Wish My Parents Knew

All parents are invited to attend - no RSVP is required! Please come and hear from PUSD School Principals, District Administrators and Community Leaders on a wide range of topics in this workshop-style event meant to help you better understand your student and what they might be going through. Breakout sessions will be offered in the following areas:

  • Social Media Use
  • Managing Stress and Anxiety
  • Establishing Guardrails
  • Managing Healthy Relationships
  • Communication

There are two events to choose from depending on what grade your student is in:

  • Middle School Families: Bernardo Heights Middle School - Wednesday, November 9th, 5:30-8:30pm
  • High School Families: Del Norte High School - Tuesday, November 15th, 5:30-8:30pm
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Parent Night on Substance Use

Abraxas High School is hosting a parent night on substance use with guest speaker Howard Barker of New Life House Sober Living on Thursday, November 17th starting at 5:30 pm in their library/media room. Any parent or guardian with a student in the Poway Unified School District interested in learning more about this topic is welcome to attend! Click here or see below for the flyer with information about the event.

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Poetry Contest & Video Challenge

Coastal Art & Poetry Contest for K-12 students

California students in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to submit artwork or poetry with a California coastal or marine theme. Application deadline is January 31, 2023. For rules, contest flyer, entry form, and helpful links for teachers and students, visit The instructions, flyer, and entry form are also available in Spanish at

Up to ten winners will be selected to win $100 to an art store (art winners) or $100 to a bookstore (poetry winners). Each winner will also receive four tickets to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Each winner's sponsoring teacher will receive a $50 gift certificate for educational supplies, courtesy of Acorn Naturalists.

Climate Video Challenge for middle and high school students

Enter any time this school year, through May 31, 2023. Students are invited to submit a 3-minute video responding to the question, “What is your vision for a thriving future?” Contest instructions and rules, brainstorming prompts, and lots of information on climate change and climate solutions can be found at Students can enter as individuals or in teams of up to five. Prizes are offered for first ($300), second ($200), and third ($100) place videos.

Flu Season is Here

Cold and flu season is upon us. Health officials are warning there may be high levels of influenza compared to the past two years, when COVID-19 precautions helped keep flu infections low. As a reminder, please do not send your child to school if they are feeling sick or experiencing symptoms of a virus. Keeping your sick child home will be a great benefit for the health and wellness of our students and staff.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications. Symptoms of influenza can vary, but generally include a high fever, headache, chills, body aches, sore throat, and cough. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers these tips to prevent influenza:

● Get vaccinated every year

● Avoid close contact with sick people

● Frequently wash hands with soap

● Stay at home if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms

● Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

● Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional.

● See more prevention tips from the CDC by clicking here.

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.

  • 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.

  • November 15th (Zoom)
  • January 10th
  • 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!