Twin Peaks Middle School

Weekly RAM Newsletter

From the desk of Principal Mills - Sunday, October 17th, 2021

Happy Sunday, Ram Families!

We had another amazing week of learning at TPMS! This week I had the opportunity to see students in science class learning about physics, students in English class writing their own short stories, students in history class learning about the Boston Massacre, our cross-country team get an amazing sendoff to their Mt. Sac tournament, and I was blown away to hear our young musicians in band absolutely smash the Scooby Doo theme song! Our students continue to amaze me with their talents, knowledge and resilience - it was a great week to be a RAM!

There are several important sections I recommend you read below this week to stay up to date with what's happening at Twin Peaks Middle School:

  • Free Webinars for Parents: SDCOE webinars for parents on how to support student stress and anxiety
  • National PTSA Reflections Art Contest: updates to our PTSA Reflections art contest due dates for student submissions
  • TPMS Yearbook Info: ordering information for this year's Yearbook - buy them early to reserve your copy!

On October 1, 2021 Governor Newsom announced the COVID-19 vaccination would be added to the list of required vaccines for school. There is no immediate impact to staff or students: the mandate does not take effect until either January 1 or July 1, 2022 depending on full FDA approval for children ages 12 and over. All staff and 7th through 12th grade will be phased in first, then K-6 later, pending full FDA approval. PUSD will need time to assess and determine how to proceed with the requirement and how take into account any exemptions.

The PUSD School Board met this past Thursday and have provided new protocols to allow a limited number of visitors and volunteers back on campus. PUSD is slowly expanding volunteers on campus – effective October 18, 2021, we may now have a limited number of volunteers present in learning spaces with students during the school day. All volunteers must be vaccinated or provide a negative PCR COVID test; this process is currently being reviewed and will be updated shortly. Outdoor celebrations will have designated visitor areas (i.e. Friday Flag, Jog-a-thons). Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we calibrate with the district and CDPH to make the necessary adjustments.

We are still in need of Instructional Assistants, Noon Duties, ASES staff and Substitute Teachers! If you, a family member, friend, or neighbor have ever wanted to work as part of #TeamPUSD - now is the time! If you have any interest or have questions, please CLICK HERE to access the PUSD Employment Opportunities webpage.

Finally this week, I'd like to invite parents and members of our school community to my first Principal Walk & Talk event on Thursday, November 4th from 4:30-5:30pm on the TPMS campus. The idea behind the event is to walk the campus with parents, answer questions you may have, and provide an overview of our current facilities and potential needs for the future. Please submit your questions HERE in advance so I can be prepared with an answer! Because we will be outdoors, there are no mask or vaccination requirements to attend this event. Plan on meeting at the picnic tables in the main quad by the stage at 4:30pm to begin our Walk & Talk!

In Partnership,

Steve Mills

Proud Principal

Twin Peaks Middle School

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Instagram: @principalmills_twinpeaks



October 19th: TPMS Foundation Meeting, 6pm @Zoom

October 22nd: School Site Council Meeting, 3:30pm (Library)

October 21st: Late Start Schedule, 9:15am start

October 21st: PTSA Board Meeting, 6:15pm @Zoom

October 22nd: ASB Movie Night in the Quad, 5:00-8:30pm *ticket required!

October 25th: TPMS Professional Growth Day - No Students

October 28th: Late Start Schedule, 9:15am start

November 4th: Late Start Schedule, 9:15am start

November 4th: Principal Walk & Talk, 4:30pm - TPMS main quad

November 11th: Veteran's Day Holiday (No School for Students)

November 18th: PUSD School Board Meeting, 6pm @Zoom

November 22-26: Thanksgiving Break

FREE Webinars for Parents & Caregivers

San Diego County Office of Education is offering two free webinars for free that focus on providing parents and caregivers tool and strategies on supporting their children and managing stress and anxiety.

Click here to view information on a free webinar titled Supporting Your Children During an Uncertain School Year: Tips for Managing Anxiety

Click here to view information on a free webinar titled Cultivating Emotional Resilience & Mental Fitness While Parenting.

National PTSA Reflections Art Contest - DUE DATE UPDATES!

The annual Reflections Art Contest is going on now and there are a few important changes to be aware of . We are calling all of our artists, video producers, photographers, dancers, writers, and musicians out there. If you want to try your hand at competing against other kids your age, this year we are offering two chances to do so. The NATIONAL competition entries are due by October 27th, so I encourage you to hurry and enter before the deadline to compete against students from other schools across the country, or, if you need more time, Twin Peaks is holding its own contest for just our students this year and that deadline is December 1st, so that gives you a little more time to create something amazing. All entries will be submitted online and both contests will be held virtually. This year's theme is "I Will Change the World by..." More information can be found here or through your RAM teachers as well. Good luck!

TPMS Yearbook Info

Yearbooks are available for $45 until January and then they go up to $50. 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 31st so don’t delay!

Want more information about Yearbooks? Go to
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Parent Education Course on Stress All Grades

Help your children manage stress and anxiety on Thursday, October 21st, 2021 from 6-8pm in-person at Poway Adult School. Register online TODAY at Class is $24/individual or $29/couple. Click here for complete flyer.

Parenting & Supporting LGBTQ+ Children & Teens - All Grades

Join Angelle Maua to gain greater understanding of the complexity of Gender Identity, Gender Expression, and the Gender Spectrum.

1. Discuss the use of pronouns

2. How to advocate for gender equity for your child

3. Know your student’s rights and how to be a good ally

4. Learn and understand the nuances of navigating support and difficult conversation, not only with your child but with family and friends.

Session either Via Zoom or In-Person:

Live via Zoom Saturday, 11/6 from 9:00am – 11:00am Class fee: $24/individual or $29/couple OR In-Person Wednesday, 11/17 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Poway Adult School Class fee: $24/individual or $29/couple

Click here for more details!

Hey you! Yes, EWE!

“Empowering Ewe” is coming to Twin Peaks after school starting Tuesday, October 26th. We will meet each Tuesday from 3:15-4:45pm. This program will give girls the opportunity to have fun, make new friends, and learn important life skills. To learn more, please come to the informational meeting in Room 406 next Wednesday October 20th during either lunch. Mrs. Baskin and Mrs. Bernsen will be there to answer any questions you may have. We hope to see as many of EWE there as possible! If you are interested, please register at

Click here for more details!

ASES Needs You!

After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program is currently recruiting and accepting applications for program aides.

  • Plan and lead organized games, crafts, and activities for middle school students
  • Be a positive role model
  • Share your interests & hobbies with youth
  • Morning and Afternoon shifts available

Click here for information on how to apply!

DAR Middle School Essay Contest

November 11th, 2021, marks the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The Rincon del Diablo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution invites you to enter by submitting your essay (or questions) to: Deadline for submission is November 7th, 2021. One winner from each grade level will go on to compete at the State level. For the essay prompt and complete instructions, please click here.

K-12 Annual Calendar Contest

The San Diego County Air Pollution Control District’s (APCD) Annual Kids Calendar Contest has begun! We invite students in grades K-12 to enter the contest. We are accepting submissions from now until Friday, November 19, 2021.

Entries may be submitted by mail and this year we have added the option of submitting entries via email. Emailed entries must not exceed 10 mb in size. To enter the contest, submit original artwork along with the entry form available on our website: Additional contest information is also available on our website including the contest rules and how to submit your entry.

At the APCD, our mission is to improve air quality to protect public health and the environment. While we are working hard every day to reduce air pollution in San Diego County, we realize we cannot do this alone and need the help of students. We want to encourage you to think about the importance of clean, breathable air and help spread the word about what the average person can do to help us all breathe a little easier. As such, with your help, we will be creating a 2022 calendar where each month will showcase your air quality artwork. The calendar art will be chosen in a contest where the 13 most creative designs (1 for the cover and 1 for each month) are selected from student entries for grades K through 12.

The artwork must demonstrate ways to reduce air pollution and may include a clean air message. Also, the APCD website will have a gallery of all the submissions. The contest begins immediately, and all submissions must be postmarked by Friday, November 19, 2021.

The entry form can be found on our website here:

Shop Amazon through TPMS Foundation

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