Eagle Newsletter

May 13, 2022

Upcoming Dates

May Observances

Asian American and Pacific Islander Month

Haitian Heritage Month

Jewish American Heritage Month

Better Hearing and Speech Month

Mental Health Awareness Month

May 21: World Day of Cultural Diversity

May 30: Memorial Day (no school)


Mesa Verde Events

May 16-19: 6th - 8th Grade Math CAASPP Testing (Block Days M-Th, no late start Wednesday)

May 16-20: Mental Health Week (See spirit day schedule below)

May 18, 20, 21: Dear Edwina Jr. Performance (@ Little Theatre, 5:30pm & 7pm each night)

May 19: Wear MVMS Spirit T-Shirt

May 20: 6th Grade Olympics (@ MVMSFields, Parents Welcome)

May 25: 8th Grade End of Year Trip to Padres Game

May 26: 7th Grade Movie Night (@ MVMS, 5pm-7pm)

May 31: Year End Band Concerts (@ MVMS Gym, 6pm)

June 1: 7th Grade Awards (@ Little Theatre, 8am-9am, By Invitation)

June 6: 8th Grade Year-End Party (@ MVMS, 5pm-7:30pm)

June 8: 8th Grade Awards (@ MVMS Gym, Time TBA)

June 9: Promotion (@ MVMS Fields, 9am)

June 9: 7th Grade Movie Trip

June 9: Last Day of School, Minimum Day

Action Items

  • 8th Grade Families: Pick up your yard sign if you did not request it to be delivered.
  • Check Lost & Found for missing items.
  • Keep your student home and call the attendance office (858-538-5478 x. 3104) if your student is sick.
  • Join the PTSA today (Information available below)
  • 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
  • Eagle Shout Outs
  • 8th Grade Yard Signs Are Ready
  • 8th Grade Promotion
  • MVMS Spirit T-Shirt
  • Learn Sign Language
  • Lost and Found getting donated on Friday, May 27th
  • 6th Grade Olympics are back this year and parents we need your help
  • Mesa Verde Drama Club presents Dear Edwina Jr.!
  • Save the Date: Westview Field Hockey Camp
  • Westview Football Parent Meeting
  • COUNSELING CORNER
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • PARENT EDUCATION
  • VOLUNTEERS/JOB OPPORTUNITIES
  • LINKS
  • CONTACT US

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

CDC supports Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM), founded in 1927 by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Each May, this annual event provides an opportunity to raise awareness about hearing and speech problems, and to encourage people to think about their own hearing and get their hearing checked.

Early identification and intervention for hearing loss is important. Many people live with unidentified hearing loss, often failing to realize that they are missing certain sounds and words. Checking one’s hearing is the first step toward addressing the issue.

For more information click the link here.

NEW! Message from the Principal

What a week!! This week we celebrated our teachers and staff and all they do to support each and every one of our students. Our teachers and staff have made connections to students and supported students in ways that will forever impact them. They put their heart, soul, time, and energy into helping our students succeed. We are so grateful to each and every one of our Eagle staff members. Thank you so much to all who were involved in honoring our staff!


This week we started English Language Arts CAASPP testing, and while teachers and students had to navigate statewide connectivity issues with the system, they persevered and we will begin Mathematics testing next week. Please remember that there is NO LATE START on Wednesday, May 18. School will begin at 8:27 each day next week. We will be on a block schedule M-Th (odd periods + 4th and 5th periods on M/W, even periods + 4th and 5th periods on T/Th).


Tons of other exciting things were going on this week, including:

  • Sixth graders came back from camp this week with tons of stories to share and are now getting ready to compete in 6th grade Olympics next week!
  • At Thursdays Board of Education Meeting, we honored our 8th Grade AVID Standout Student, Cassidy Ritter, with standouts from each of the PUSD middle and high schools.
  • Our Drama Club students performed a preview of their show, Dear Edwina Jr., for students this week, in preparation for their shows next week.
  • A group of 3 teachers and our teacher librarian joined me and over 1,000 attendees at the SDCOE Equity Conference for two days of learning.


In addition to testing next week, we will be focusing on Mental Health with activities throughout the week and spirit days: Monday - comfy clothes to relax; Tuesday - wear green to raise awareness; Wednesday - wear workout clothes for wellness; Thursday - wear your new MVMS shirts to represent our unity & community; Friday - express your gratitude.


We're looking forward to another great week next week!


Your Proud Principal,


Kellie

NEW! EAGLE SHOUT OUTS

Let's hear it for this week's Eagles who help us Rise Together!
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NEW! 8th GRADE YARD SIGNS ARE READY

8th grade promotion yard signs are now ready for pickup in the front office between 8am and 3:30pm, Monday to Friday. One FREE sign for every 8th grader! Pick yours up ASAP! 4 weeks until promotion!

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NEW! 8th Grade Promotion

Promotion will be on Thursday, June 9th at 9:00 am. Look for more information in future Eagle Newsletters.

NEW! MVMS Spirit T-Shirt

Our school-wide t-shirts were distributed to our student during lunch this week! Be sure to wear it on Thursday, May 19.


Thank you to the volunteers who helped with distribution.

NEW! Learn Sign Language

Westview ASL Club is providing a Sign Language Workshop on May 25th and June 1st in our library from 8:20am to 9:10am. Come and learn how to sign "You've Got A Friend In Me".


Click here to sign up.

NEW! Lost and Found items getting donated Friday, May 27th

Please Check Lost and Found: Mesa Verde’s lost and found is located within the MV campus; just outside of the main office entry and is currently overflowing! If you’re missing items, please take a few moments to go by the Lost and Found to look through the cart. On Friday, May 27th at 3:30PM, we will be donating all remaining items. Please be sure to check for any lost items by Friday at 3:30PM as all items left-over will be donated. Thank you!

6th Grade Olympics are back this year and parents we need your help!

We need your help on May 20th to ensure this exciting event runs smoothly. There are spots throughout the day, doing everything from setting up to running the actual events. Ask your 6th grader what events they are signed up for and check out the event schedule here. You can volunteer and watch them compete!


Click here to volunteer.

Mesa Verde Drama Club presents Dear Edwina Jr.!

This charming musical tells the story of Edwina Spoonapple, host of a weekly advice-giving show. She and her crew of neighborhood kids answer letter-writers’ questions with clever songs and dances, and solve some problems of their own along the way. Come enjoy a great show and support drama club’s return to the Little Theater! Shows are May 18, 20, and 21 at 5:30 and 7:00. Tickets available at the door (cash only, $5 students, $7 adults).

NEW! Save the Date: Westview Field Hockey Camp

Please save the date: Wolverine Field Hockey Camp July 18-20th, 5:30-9pm.

NEW! Westview Football Parent Meeting

Westview High School will be having their Incoming Freshman Football Parent Meeting on Thursday, May 26 at 6:00pm in the teacher's lounge at Westview.

COUNSELOR'S CORNER

NEW! Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and MVMS will be recognizing the importance of mental health the week of May 16-20. Poor mental health in adolescence is more than feeling blue. It can impact many areas of a teen’s life. Youth with poor mental health may struggle with school and grades, decision making, and their health. The good news is that teens are resilient, and it’s not too late to have a conversation with your child about their mental health and wellness, and to implement strategies for positive wellbeing.


Our Resource Guide for Students and Families offers more information about teen mental health including signs and symptoms, resources for support, and wellness strategies and activities.


If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s mental health, the MVMS School Counselors can help! We can provide resources for behavioral health in the community and offer strategies for supporting your child’s mental health at home.

Caring Connections Counseling

Did you know that the Caring Connections Center provides a FREE 90 minute "family conference" for all PUSD students TK-12 and their families? The purpose of the "family conference" is to put together an action plan to help support our students socially/emotionally, academically, and behaviorally. Check out the brochure for more information and contact details.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

FRIENDLY REMINDER: CHECKING OUT YOUR STUDENT EARLY

OFF CAMPUS PASSES (Early Release):

Student safety is a major concern for us. Students must be signed out at the attendance desk before departing early. Students are not allowed to wait in front of the school to be picked up during school hours.


If your student needs to leave early from school, please send a note with your student. Notes should be given to the Attendance secretary, NOT your student's teacher, before school. Calling the school in advance, or sending a note, will prevent delays for you (such as trying to get your student while they are running cross-country) and will help us to minimize interruptions to the classrooms. If you schedule a last minute appointment to send a note you may call the Attendance Hotline @ 538-5692 to have an off campus pass sent to your student.


When writing a note please indicate:


  • Your student's first and last name
  • Reason for leaving
  • The time your student needs to leave school
  • Whether or not your student will return that day


Please meet your child at the attendance desk to be signed out at the time of departure. Be prepared to show your identification when checking out your child.


If your student returns to school after being picked up early, please have him/her check back in at the Attendance desk before heading to class.

Need Morning or Afternoon Care for your student? ASES has openings for both the Before and After school programs!

Click on each flyer to enlarge for details.

You can fill out an interest form here.

Newsletter, Website, Social Media Request Form

If you have information you would like included in our weekly newsletter, on our website, or on our school's social media platforms, please use use this link to submit your request. Your request does NOT guarantee that your information will be included. Please note that we may edit your submission (content, length, etc.) but will contact you if our edits would change or remove pertinent information.


We hope this will help streamline the way we collect and are able to share information with our staff, students, and community.

Charges for Damaged Chromebooks

According to Board Policy 6161.2, when materials are lost or so damaged that they are no longer usable, the student shall be immediately issued a replacement material. However, students or parents/guardians shall be responsible for reparation equal to the current replacement cost of the materials. PUSD Information Technology Department has provided a list of charges for various damage scenarios.


Chromebook/ Chromebook Accessories

Damaged/Lost Chromebook ($238.00)

Power Adapter/Charger ($30.00)

LCD Screen Replacement ($69.00)

LCD Top Cover ($69.00)

Palmrest/Keyboard/Touchpad replacement ($109.00)

Base Plate/Assembly ($69.00)

Keyboard/2 or more keys missing ($59.00)

Chromebook case ($33.00)


When a chromebook is damaged, students are responsible for the cost of the repair. Any students who have had damage to their chromebook this year have already had a charge added to their Destiny account. Next week, we will begin sending emails to families with a repair charge to provide information on how to pay for those repair costs.


Many of the damages we have seen so far this year could have been avoided. Please take a few minutes to speak with your child(ren) about the cost to repair these damages and remind them that their chromebook is theirs until it has to be "retired." We appreciate your support!

Join PTSA Today

Joining PTSA is a simple way for you to help make programs and experiences happen for your student(s) at Mesa Verde.

In just a few minutes you can complete your membership for you and or your family. Join today!

Your MVMS PTSA made this happen:
Reflections
Book Fair
Bleachers for Choir
Winter Fun Fest
Dine Outs
Teacher & Staff Appreciation

PTSA Financially Supports: Kindness Campaign, No Place for Hate, 6th grade orientation, 8th Grade Promotion, Books for Library Reading Club, and much more.

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 mvmsfoundationtreasurer@gmail.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!

Lost & Found

Has your child lost anything at MV? If so, please have them take a look in the lost and found. MV’s lost and found is accessible to students and located in between the health and main office entry in a large metal cabinet. Any special/personal items like retainers, glasses, jewelry, house keys, headphones, electronics, etc. are inside the office with Mrs. Rinehart. At the end of each month, any items that are left in the lost and found will be donated or discarded. Please encourage your student to pick up any lost items. As a reminder, please do your best to label all items to assist your student in locating them if lost.

Feeling Sick? Not Sure What To Do...

Call Mesa Verde's Health Tech at (858) 538-5478, ext. 3107. For more information, click here.

PARENT EDUCATION

PARENTS: Poway Adult School Opportunities

Parents, A new year is a great time to head back to school! Poway Adult School offers low-cost career training classes for you to upskill. Just need some help tuning up your resume or someone to discuss a career change idea? The Poway (Unified) Adult School provides free career guidance, high school diploma classes for adults and GED prep as well. Call Jon at (858) 668-4022 or go online at www.powayadultschool.com and check out our catalog pages 5-11 for career training and free workshops. Make an appointment for free career support at https://calendly.com/help4careers/30min

Free Teen Alcohol Awareness Program

San Diego Police Department is offering a FREE Teen Alcohol Awareness Program (T.A.A.P) for students and families in middle school and high school. Please click on document below for more information including dates.
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VOLUNTEERS/JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Get Involved

Would you like to be a volunteer at Mesa Verde? Our volunteers at Mesa Verde are an integral part of school. Our volunteers help with events throughout the school year including after school and evening activities, classroom and club support, 6th grade Olympics, 7th grade History Faire, 8th Grade Constitutional Challenge and Promotion.


New guidance from the Poway Unified Board of Education is allowing us to expand our volunteer opportunities, effective 10/18/21. Volunteers must be fully-vaccinated and show proof of vaccination or show proof of a negative PCR COVID test within the 72 hours prior to volunteering. If you would like more information, please contact Natalie Reyes at (858) 538-5478 or nreyes@powayusd.com.


Sign up here if you would like to hear more.

Library Volunteers

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). 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: hryan@powayusd.com.


If you are not sure if you are an approved volunteer, contact Natalie Reyes at (858) 538-5478 or nreyes@powayusd.com.

Job Opportunities

Do you enjoy working with students? Mesa Verde has a few job opportunities in the classroom and in the office such as noon duties and Instruction Assistants ranging from 2 to 6 hours each day. If you or someone you know would be interested, click here for more information or to apply.

LINKS

CONTACT US

Attendance Hotline

Call the Attendance Hotline at (858) 538-5692 if your child is absent from school.

General Questions

If you are unsure of who to contact about a matter, please email us at MVMS@powayusd.com and your message will be answered or forwarded to the correct person.