Weekly Family Update #25

February 7, 2021

Principal's Message

Hello Falcon Families,

This past week was National School Counseling Week. I cannot thank our counselors enough for their hard work and dedication to our students. Ms. Bohn, Mrs. Stromberg, Mr. Tahapary, and Mr. Lightner work tirelessly to ensure that students are meeting their academic and personal goals and also provide emotional support for our Falcons. I am grateful for their work.

Congratulations to our PTSA sponsored January Character Counts Breakfast of Champions winners. I really enjoy cruising around 92127 passing out awards and yard signs. It is my favorite time of the month! I love meeting families and seeing those happy smiling Falcons!

Huge shout out to our 7th grade Science Team! They put together over 500 individual Mystery Substance Lab kits last week that will be coming home to our Falcons for some science in your kitchens. It is going to be a great opportunity for our kids to get their hands on some real tangible science. Our entire science department is working on more of these type of opportunities and our Falcon Foundation has committed funding to help pay for all of the supplies. Our 8th grade team has five different take home labs they are building right now!! Thank you to our staff and Foundation for making science come alive for our Falcons.

Don’t forget, due to the holidays next week, this week is a little odd. There is no asynchronous Friday this week. Friday 2/12 will be an odd period plus connections schedule, just like a typical Monday. Here is the schedule for the next two weeks:

Mon. 2/8: 1,3, Connections, 7

Tues. 2/9: 2,4, Office Hours, 8

Wed. 2/10: 1,3, Office Hours, 7

Thur. 2/11: 2,4, Connections, 8

Fri: 2/12: 1,3, Connections, 7

Mon. 2/15: Holiday, No School

Tues. 2/16: 2,4, Office Hours, 8

Wed. 2/17: 1,3, Office Hours, 7

Thur. 2/18: 2,4, Connections, 8

Fri: 2/19: Holiday, No School

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

Beaming with Falcon Pride,

Mr. Young

Colin Young


Oak Valley Middle School


PTSA Breakfast of Champions

Congratulations to our Breakfast of Champions winners for the month of January. Each month we highlight one of the 6 Character Counts! pillars; staff selects two students each year who embody those characteristics. Mr. Young delivered a certificate, yard sign, and a little breakfast treat to each winner.

Thank to the PTSA for sponsoring this event each year!!

Congratulations to all of our winners for the month of Respect!

Tyler B

Maxwell A

Miranda A

Connor C

Annalise D

Anya D

Chris Angelo F

Pradyun G

Kushi G

Eliza H

Tanya J

Reagan K

Audrey L

Alana L

Noah N

Tanay P

Tanisha P

Hithin P

Ezra R

Alex R

Isabelle R

Lilah S

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Congratulations to our Spelling Bee Winner!

Thank you and a job well done goes out to all 100 students who participated in this year's Spelling Bee.

This year's runner-up is 6th grader, Jacob W.

A BIG CONGRSTULATIONS goes out to our 2021 OVMS Spelling Bee Champion, 8th grader, Junnie N. Junnie will be moving on to represent our school in The San Diego Union-Tribune Countywide Spelling Bee on March 17.

We wish her luck from the entire Falcon Family!

New Information

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Counseling Office Update

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

National School Counseling Week

All of us at Oak Valley want to give an extra special thanks to our counselors. We are so grateful for their dedication to the heath and welfare of all Falcons. They are a critical asset on this school. Thank you for all that you do!!
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OVMS PSTA and ASB Celebrate the Lunar New Year

Falcon Families, please join our PTSA and ASB as we celebrate the Lunar New Year. Our goal is to create cultural awareness and promote diversity at OVMS and the 4S community. Please see the flyers below for your chance to participate in the fun!

We are hosting a Chinese Culture knowledge challenge with lots of prizes for participants. We are also hosting a dine out fundraiser at Spicy House in CMR for the next 3 weeks!! Make sure to mention Oak Valley when you order.

Thank you to our PTSA and ASB for putting together this activity for all our Falcon Families.

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Celebrate African American History Month

Join us as we honor the achievements of African Americans, reflect on their historical significance in society, and celebrate the heritage and culture that is part of the fabric of our community. The African American History Month theme 2021, “Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity,” explores the African diaspora, and the spread of Black families across the United States.

This week I encourage all families to check out the website for the National Museum of African American History and Culture which is located in Washington D.C. and is part of the Smithsonian Institute. There are virtual tours, heritage resources, and live lectures! You can find the link HERE.

Join us as we learn about, champion, and celebrate, what makes us uniquely different as individuals and what binds us together as one Falcon Family. This is what makes us exceptional Falcons.

Shortened February Break

A reminder to families that the 2021 February break has been shortened from five days off to just two days off due to COVID-19 related adjustments to the 2020-21 school year calendar. There is no school on Monday, February 15 and Friday, February 19 due to the observance of Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays. However, school will be in session Tuesday through Thursday, February 16 through February 18, so students are expected to attend class on those three days. Spring Break remains the same, Monday, April 12 through Friday, April 16. The last day of school was changed to Friday, June 18, 2021. You can view the official District calendar by clicking here.

NEW! Attention 8th Graders: Preparation for High School

Soon our 8th Grade Families will begin to think about the transition to High School. If you will be attending a high school in PUSD, there will be a newsletter coming out with information on all of the virtual family nights and student presentations. Information will include times and virtual links. All student presentations will be held the week of March 15th. Students will hear about their future high school and receive information on how to start selecting their courses.

For families that are placing a transfer request, your student would need to attend the high school presentation of the high school that they are slated to attend, not the one they are choosing to transfer to. When they select their courses within synergy, they will need the high school codes for the school they are slated to attend (home location). Don’t worry, all virtual presentations will be recorded and accessible on the high school websites.

Student Presentations

Week of March 15th

Family Presentations:

Mt Carmel High School: March 2nd

Westview High School: March 9th

Poway High School: March 16th

Rancho Bernardo High School: March 16th

Del Norte High School: March 23rd

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 Information

Intradistrict Transfers

For students who live in the PUSD boundaries and would like to attend another PUSD school, PUSD will accept Intradistrict Transfer requests for the 2021-2022 school year from February 1, 2021, at 8 a.m. through March 31, 2021, at 5 p.m. During that time period, there will be a link on the PUSD webpage to submit a transfer request.

For students who live in another school district and would like to attend a PUSD school, PUSD will accept Interdistrict Attendance Permit requests for the 2021-2022 school year starting February 1, 2021. Please note that the document must first be signed by your district of residence before it is submitted to PUSD.

Decisions on transfers are made by the Student Attendance and Discipline Office, not Oak Valley Middle School staff.

PTSA Art Corps - Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for volunteers to help deliver Art Corps lessons in their children's Social Studies classes via Zoom. The time commitment is as little as one class period (approximately 80 minutes, or less) during any of the months we anticipate offering the program (February-May).

We hope to offer three lessons per class over that time period, so we hope to have several volunteers in each class. You do not need to have an art background. Art Corps lessons are being modified to be delivered via distance learning, and we plan on a brief orientation (virtual) as soon as we collect the names of all interested parent volunteers and finalize the modified program details. Please sign up if you are interested in learning more: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090C45AEAB2FA7FB6-ovms7

Order Your Yearbook!

You may have asked yourself, “Is yearbook still happening this year?” Yes it is! There’s never been a more interesting year to document than 2020-2021. Make sure you reserve a copy today! Online payment plans are available. And thanks for your help in contributing photos, captions and stories along the way.

Last day to order personalization is January 29, 2021!

(Please be sure you select Oak Valley Middle School in San Diego).

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8th Grade Dedications Close Soon!

8th grade dedication ad sales are coming to a close. These dedications go in the back of the yearbook and can be any size from 1/8th of a page to a full page.

The deadline to submit is Friday February 5th. For directions and more information, please visit the Oak Valley website and click on the orange box that says "Buy your 8th grade dedication here" to complete the order!

If you have questions, you can contact the yearbook advisor Rhea

Dawn Smith at rdsmith@powayusd.com.

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

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New Weekly Bell Schedule and Monthly Calendar

Our new weekly schedule started after Winter Break. This schedule should be much simpler and easier to follow for students.

Please see the attached weekly bell schedule HERE and below.

There is also a new 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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Continuing Reopening Information

Oak Valley Reopening Plan *Updated 1/15/2021*

Click HERE for the reopening plan for OMVS. This plan contains lots of detailed information on the systems we have in place for students as we open

Family Drop Off and Pick Up Plan

Click here for detailed information on the student drop-off and pick-up procedures that will be utilized once we reopen.

Oak Valley Middle School 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.

Parent Academy

Click Here to View the Family Presentation Slides

Click here to view the family presentation slides from the live forum on 10/28/20

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