October 1, 2021
October Observances -
Filipino American Heritage Month
German American Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month (through 10/15)
Italian American Heritage Month
LGBTQ History Month
National Disability Awareness Month
October 7-15: Navaratri (Hindu festival)
October 10: World Mental Health Day
October 11: Indigenous People Day
October 25: Dusserha (Hindu)
October 31: Halloween
MVMS Events -
October 6: MVMS No Place for Hate Club at 3:15 pm to 3:45 pm in the Eagle Center
October 6: PTSA Meeting at 7:00 pm
October 20: Coffee with the Principal at MVMS from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. Zoom at 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.
October 21-22: Professional Development, Minimum Days. Dismissal at 12:07 pm.
October 25: Professional Development, Non-Student Day
- Remind your student to check Lost & Found for any lost items.
- 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
- Meet Our Staff
- PTSA Reflections Program
- Lost & Found
- Did You Know...
- Eagle Shout Outs
- Free Teen Alcohol Awareness Program
- Yearbooks On Sale Now
- 6th Grade SEL (Social Emotional Learning) Lessons
- No Place For Hate Club
- Parent Education
- Volunteers/Job Opportunities
- Additional Links
NEW! Message from the Principal
This week began with a great morning of professional learning for our staff on Monday. We looked at student survey data from each grade level to identify trends in things students are excited about, worried about, and would like support with this year. We also reflected on our own middle school/junior high experiences, how we can shape the student experience, our desire to make sure that every student has an adult on this campus whom they can go to for support, and what we can do to take advantage of every opportunity we have to interact with students and build relationships.
On campus this week, students were hard at work and having fun while learning about early humans and creating Paleolithic menus; creating comics about Everyday Heroes, working in Lit Circles; and using technology tools to write news articles about A Murder on the Orient Express. Below you'll see a picture of our "We Are" banner in the library where students can express who we are as Eagles, and check out our Instagram to see how kids let loose at today's Fun Friday lunches!
In just under two weeks, we will be hosting our first Principal's Advisory Council with students. I have asked teachers and staff to identify students on our campus who can contribute diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences to help give us feedback and shape the student experience at MVMS. These students will be receiving invitations to join our first meeting on Tuesday, October 12 from 2:45-3:15. Feedback will be shared out with all students, staff, and families.
Please also save the date of October 20th to join us in a Principal's Chat. Two meeting options will be offered - one in person at MVMS from 9:30-10:30am and one via Zoom that evening from 5:30-6:30pm. A survey will go out after those meetings to determine the schedule (date/time(s)) and preference for in-person vs. Zoom meetings for our future Principal's Chat sessions. This first meeting will be focused on "The Ideal Middle School Experience."
We're all looking forward to a restful weekend so we can jump right back into next week and continue to RISE together!
Your Proud Principal,
NEW! Meet Our Staff
Heather Ferguson - Teacher Librarian, 4th year at MVMS
This is my eleventh year teaching, my fourth year at MVMS, and my first year as a Teacher Librarian at MVMS and BHMS. I started my teaching career in kindergarten and have slowly worked my way up. Never did I think I would find myself in the middle school setting, and here I am. I am excited for this Teacher Librarian position because of the struggles I had with reading growing up. My struggles with reading will better help me better relate to our students and help them in different ways. I know not everyone will love to read when they leave Mesa Verde, but maybe they will find the enjoyment like I did. When I found a love for reading, I found a love for books. It is incredible how reading can strike your emotional chord, open your eyes to new ideas and experiences, and take you to another world.
I live in the PQ community with my husband, three children (10, 8, and 5), and two dogs (Hershey and Bubbles). I love to go to the beach, hike, ride my SoulCycle, and eat cookies and sweets in my free time, although that free time is limited due to the activities and practices our kids are involved in. I admit, sometimes I feel like a "chef-in-training" or a "free Uber driver". So, there you have it... the other "Heather" in the library.
Kim Cruise - 6th Grade ELA/Lit and Science, Leadership, 6/7/8 ELD, 5th year at MVMS
I have taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. I love teaching at MVMS - the kids are great, and I have an awesome team! I got my B.A. from UC Santa Barbara, and my teaching credential is from CSU Northridge. I have an M.A. in Teaching with a Specialization in Science.
My son just graduated from UCSD and is currently working at Northrop Grumman in Lancaster/Palmdale, and my daughter is attending a local community college with plans to transfer to a 4-year university and major in dance. Rich and I live in Scripps Ranch with our daughter, a bunch of cats, and one dog who thinks that she's a cat.
In my spare time, I do ballroom dancing - mostly waltz, foxtrot, tango, and Viennese waltz, but also cha cha, rumba, bolero, salsa, swing, hustle, and merengue. I've started to participate in competitions, which are very scary for me as an introvert but also a lot of fun!!
PTSA Reflections Program
The 2021 theme is "I Will Change the World By...." Students may enter the categories of Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts. Entrees are due Friday, October 8, 2021. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
2nd semester OCIS-PE applications available online on October 4-8, 2021. Completed applications are due Nov. 1st, 2021. You can find the application by clicking here. If needed, you can request a hard copy from our office. NOTE: if your child is already in OCIS-PE for 1st semester, you do not need to submit a new application for 2nd semester unless coach changes. If changes to coach or instructor, or a document expires during the school year, new forms need to be submitted.
NEW! Lost & Found
Did You Know…
Thank you to everyone who has donated to this year's Pledge Drive. Did you know your generous donation to the Foundation may easily be DOUBLED?! Many companies in our community have programs that match employee donations to qualified charitable organizations, such as the Mesa Verde Foundation. Please check with your HR department, or use this link to see if your company offers matching. Doubling your gift can be as easy as making a phone call or sending an email to your company! If you have any questions or need assistance regarding corporate matching, please contact our treasurer, Carolyn Russell at email@example.com.
We rely on our parent community to make this school everything it can be for our students, and we truly appreciate your support. Donations can be made online at https://mvmsfoundation.org/pledgedrive.html.
Thank you for all you do for our Eagles!
NEW! Eagle Shout Outs
Congratulations to our MV Eagles. Cheers to these awesome Eagle students who helped us Rise Together last week.
NEW! Free Teen Alcohol Awareness Program
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.
NEW! 6th Grade SEL (Social Emotional Learning) Lessons
Mesa Verde School Counselors will be headed into 6th grade class rooms starting this coming week through the beginning of December. Counselors are excited to share six SEL lessons on:
- How to Grow your Brain/ Trying New Strategies /Growth Mindset
- Cyberbullying / Standing up and Staying Safe
- Healthy Choices / Red Ribbon Week
- Emotions and your Brain
- Considering Multiple Perspectives
- Communication and Resolving Conflicts
Next Friday ask your 6th grader: “What task are you selecting to focus on to grow your brain? How will you incorporate a growth mindset when taking on this task?”
NEW! No Place for Hate Club
6th – 8th grade students, there will be a student interest meeting for the MVMS No Place for Hate Club on Wednesday Oct. 6th at 3:15pm to 3:45pm in the Eagle Center (room 326). Mrs. Marcotte is looking forward to connecting with students who have an interest in turning MVMS’s No Place for Hate from a committee format into a club format this year! All are welcome! The club’s purpose during the year is to gather student voices for ways to build diversity, inclusion and relationships. Club members give feedback on ways to create school wide activities with a social justice theme. Our students have the best ideas.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sign up here if you would like to hear more.
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: email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.