Weekly Family Update #35

April 18, 2021

Principal's Message

Hello Falcon Families,


I hope you all have a fulfilling and relaxing Spring Break. My family and I enjoyed fun at the beach, lots of legos, board games, long walks with our dog Jovie, Disney+ binging, and extra ice cream treats! It was a fantastic week!


Beginning tomorrow, Monday April 19th all PUSD middle school will expand our on-campus instruction to those families who have opted to return to campus to 4-days a week. Our two cohort groups will combine together, 4-days per week. Families may also choose to continue to have your student attend only 2-days per week on their currently assigned days.


Because we are increasing the total number of students who are on campus each day, we will move to a new bell schedule with two different lunch periods. This will look familiar to returning Falcon families, as this is what our bell schedule normally looks like. The length of classes and beginning and end of the school day remain exactly the same, we have just adjusted some breaks to make an additional lunch period. All 6th grade students will have the first lunch period and all 7th and 8th grade students will have the second lunch period. You can see the schedule below.


Thanks for all you do for our Oak Valley Community! Go Falcons!


Beaming with Falcon Pride,

Mr. Young


Colin Young

Principal

Oak Valley Middle School

coyoung@powayusd.com

Schedule for the Week of April 19-23

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New Information

Counseling Office Update

Falcons, our counselors are here for you! Click here to view their latest update.

Falcons, Remember to Bring Your ID Card Each Day

Students need to continue to bring their ID cards each day as they will scan into our attendance kiosk each morning upon entry to campus. If you have not picked up your ID card, please come to the library for help.

New OVMS Sign In Policies

PUSD 2021-2022 Continuing Student Registration now Open!

Online Continuing Student Registration is now open and will run until April 30, 2021. All continuing PUSD students must complete this process.


Get started here. This will allow for the proper placement of your student for the 2021-2022 school year. This annual digital process will allow a family to complete one single “family” packet instead of completing one packet per student. Packets can be completed using any computer, tablet, or smartphone with an internet connection.


Please ensure you can log into https://sis.powayusd.com. If you do not know your username and/or password, you can visit https://password.powayusd.com to retrieve your login credentials.


Poway Unified School District is excited to share with you our learning options for the upcoming school year. PUSD will be offering five different learning options for 2021-22:

· Full-Day In-Person Instruction (TK-12)

· Connect Academy Virtual School (K-8)

· Poway Virtual School Courses (9-12)

· Poway Home Education Program (TK-8)

· New Directions Independent Study (6-12)


Please watch this video to learn more: https://youtu.be/6YT_r3ZXf-c


You can also check out PUSD’s website for more information.


More detailed information regarding staffing and learning options will be forthcoming following the conclusion of the registration period, which includes an initial family commitment survey.

Poway Unified 21-22 Learning Options

Wanted: All student writers for a short writing contest due April 30th.

The library is hosting a very short contest to finish the story of the ‘The Sleeping Library’


The Sleeping Library tale is available on the OVMS Library Resource Center page on Canvas or at the library door on Tuesday and Wednesday this week and the week we return from break. Read the story and write the ending.It’s that simple. It will not be judged on length, but on the originality and seamlessness of how you end the story. Can you bring the story to an engaging conclusion with some of the elements captured from the original story? What will be your take or twist on our fairy tale?


Email it to jchambers@powayusd.com with the subject “The Sleeping Library ending.

At the top of the page, please include:

Your full name

Your grade

Your language arts teacher’s name

And the date:


You may also choose to deliver a hardcopy to the library with the same information included at the top of the page.


A winner will be announced on May 5, 2021 at the library door and/or an email sent with the prize! All writers welcome and good luck.


P.S. To access the above link, you will need to be in your PUSD Google Drive.


The Sleeping Library Short Story Contest is Happening Now!

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OVMS 8th Grade Yard Signs!!


We are so excited and happy to share with you that the Oak Valley PTSA will be sponsoring standard 4mm OVMS 8th Grade Yard Signs as a GIFT to our 8th Grade Class of 2021!!
(OVMS 8th graders only/1 per student)


More information on distribution to follow.

Thank you
The OVMS PTSA Team!

Spring Break Safety Reminder

Dear Falcon Families:

As we approach Spring Break, when we would typically travel or gather with family and friends, your cooperation will help us to ensure that we can continue the reopening of our schools and avoid a spike in cases, similar to what we experienced after Winter Break, which forced us to temporarily close campuses.


Important reminders for everyone are: to wear a mask in public, wash your hands, practice physical distancing wherever you go, and stay home if you’re feeling sick.


While fully vaccinated people can resume domestic travel and do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel, California’s travel advisory is still in effect that provides recommendations for unvaccinated people to avoid nonessential travel. We ask that unvaccinated students who travel outside of California during Spring Break follow the recommended quarantine protocols when returning back to school. Also, be reminded that if you or your children exhibit any symptoms, please stay home, so we can protect the health of our students and staff and keep our schools open.


Thank you for your continued cooperation and support to keep COVID-19 out of our schools. We look forward to seeing all of our students and staff back on campus. Please be safe, and enjoy this time of rest and relaxation with your family.

Continuing Information

Oak Valley Coding Club Guest Speaker Series

The Oak Valley Coding Club, in collaboration with MIT Alumni club of San Diego, with be hosting a Guest Speaker Series for 2021. The aim of this series is to inspire students to pursue STEM careers. Topics are not limited to computer programming, but will also provide important outside perspectives on real world career paths. Speakers will share their personal stories, introduce students to their field of expertise and share about their passions.


- April 10th: Entrepreneurship - Establishing a startup

- May 1st: Trying to Make a Sun on Earth for a Renewable Energy Source + Some Demos


Please see the flyer HERE for more details and zoom login information.


You can RSVP for one or more of these speaker sessions HERE.


To visit our club webpage, click HERE.


Thanks so much for our Coding Club for proving this opportunity for all Falcons!

Caring Connections Counseling (CCC)

The CCC Parent Counseling Resource page is now updated. Please click HERE to view all the resources available on Crisis Counseling, Food and Diaper Assistance, Parenting Support, Mental Health Support, and Self-Care.

Continuing Schedule and Reopening Information

Health Office Notes

Please remember to be proactive and prescreen your student at home prior to leaving for school. If your child has any of the following symptoms, please keep them at home. If your child has developed any one of the symptoms below while at school, they must be sent home immediately. Parent(s) will be notified to pick up their student immediately.


  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea


Per the CDC Guidelines (use link below of Decision Tree updates as of 2/22/21):

The individual may return based on one of the following:


https://covid-19.sdcoe.net/Portals/covid-19/Documents/Health%20Practices/COVID-19-Decision-Tree.pdf


a) 10 days from the day symptom(s) first appeared, AND improved symptoms and no fever (or fever reducing meds) for the last 24 hours.


b) With proof of negative PCR COVID viral test (no rapid results test accepted for negative results), may return immediately if symptoms are greatly improved AND student has been fever free (without fever reducing meds) for 24 hours.


c) A signed note from a licensed MD, DO, NP, or PA (who manages that condition) must: confirm the chronic diagnosis (i.e., cites labs, date-of record when diagnosed); include provider’s contact information; explain how symptoms are unrelated to COVID-19; and be accompanied by signed consent for school to interact with MD, DO, NP, or PA.


Please call Mr. Ennis in the Health Office at 858-487-2939 ext. 6129 for any questions or concerns.

Health Symptom Screening Information

Beginning this Monday, April 5, temperature checks will no longer be performed upon entry to the campus. Students, staff, and visitors are now required to complete a daily temperature check and self-screen for any symptoms before coming to Oak Valley.


If at-home screening is not possible, please come to the Welcome Center before entering campus to check your temperature.


More information on the self-screening process can be found below in the Health Office Notes message later in this newsletter.

We will return to our normal morning drop off route now that we are no longer taking temperatures.

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On-Campus Students Reminders

We are so excited to welcome our on-campus students back two days a week and 4 days a week beginning after Spring Break!!


For our families that are returning to campus. Please read over our Reopening Plan and Family Handbook carefully. There is lots of important information and reminders in those documents. All on-campus students must return a signed PUSD Health and Safety Agreement in order to be on campus. This form can be found HERE. We will be collecting these forms as students are dropped off and will have blank copies available in the Welcome Center if families need.


Here are some key reminders:

1. Please make sure you return the PUSD Health and Safety Agreement Form when you drop off your student. You can find the form HERE.


2. All students must come to school each day with a fully charged Chromebook.


3. All students will need to bring with them each day headphones, any needed school supplies, PE appropriate clothing (on the day they have PE), water bottle, independent reading book, and a packed lunch.


4. Students must wear a clean mask each day. We recommend bringing a second mask on the day they have PE.


5. Students who are on campus will go to their connections teacher for both connections and office hours. They will be able to zoom into to any classroom to ask questions. Students can also use this time to finish up work.

Learning Preference Change Request

Please note that our on-campus program has been built based on the family preference survey from earlier in the winter. At this time we have very limited space to move families around. If you would like to be placed on a waitlist to change your learning preference, you can add your name HERE. Each Friday, we will evaluate our ability to make changes based on current student enrollment in classes. We will do our best to honor requests, but this will be dependent upon space.


We appreciate your patience.

PE for On-Campus Students

Welcome Back Falcons!


The PE team is so excited to have students coming back to campus – We have missed you!


Some information for an easy transition:


Students will not be dressing out in the locker room or using PE clothes. All Falcons must come to school dressed in appropriate athletic attire and tennis shoes on their PE days in order to receive credit for the daily activities.


Things you might want to send with your student on PE days are:

1. Extra face mask

2. Water bottle

3. Hand sanitizer

4. One warm days, a hat/visor, and sunscreen.

Oak Valley Middle School Family Handbook

As we prepare to bring students back to campus, please review the OVMS Family Handbook and familiarize yourself with our school rules and procedures.

Weekly Bell Schedule and Monthly Calendar

Please see the attached weekly bell schedule HERE and below.


There is also a monthly calendar attached HERE and below. We will follow this same weekly schedule pattern for the reminder of the year, unless the School Board changes our current school model, with the exception of a few weeks where we have to adjust for holidays. Please look at both of these documents closely.

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Asynchronous Fridays

Here are are some thoughts as we have completed two Asynchronous Fridays. Please note that the expectations for students on this day are a work in progress. Our staff will be checking in with students this week to adjust and evaluate the expectations. All student work is due by 2:15pm on this day in order for students to earn attendance for the day. This is a requirement we must follow.


Asynchronous Fridays are a day for students to work independently and for teachers to have time to prep, grade and collaborate as seen in the details presented at the last Board Meeting (bulleted below) as well as work with students needing support. This is still a work in progress and staff will continue the conversation to adjust as we move forward.


For Students:

· Review and preview work from the week to deepen learning

· Review feedback and complete corrections

· Independent learning time

· Reduce screen time

· Additional support time with peers and staff


For Teachers:

· Provide timely feedback to students; including grades

· Review assessments and plan based on student needs

· Complete required COVID attendance tracking

· Collaboration

· Professional learning

· Office hours to provide support to individual student

Parent Academy

The Poway Unified Parent Academy is the one-stop shop where parents can come to see and learn about the different types of educational technology tools that teachers are using with students in the district. These resources will make it simpler and easier for parents to understand what teachers use to engage students in meaningful ways in a virtual environment that highlights student collaboration. Click on the link HERE to check it out!
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