Weekly Family Update #1

August 16, 2020

Principal's Message

Hello Falcon Families,


I am so excited to welcome you back to another Fantastic Falcon school year and the 1st edition of the weekly newsletter. I would also like to welcome all of our new Falcon Families. This is truly a special place and I am very excited for your students to be joining us. Even though it seems like this summer has been a whirlwind, I hope you have had some time for relaxation, sunshine, and plenty of fun.


The new school year is quickly approaching. I know that many of you are anxious, worried, and still confused about what school will be like this year as we move into Virtual Learning. I understand and share your concerns. We are still working out some of the details, but please know the Falcon team of teachers and support staff are here to help all of our students find success both academically and socio-emotionally. These are extraordinary times and we must come together as a 92127 community to help our families and neighbors through this difficult and challenging time. We love your kiddos and are so excited to get back into the groove of school. Below are some important updates and information including the schedule for Virtual Learning to assist you as we approach the beginning of the new school year.


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


Beaming with Falcon Pride,

Mr. Young

Principal

Oak Valley Middle School

coyoung@powayusd.com

PUSD Updates

Click here to view the latest updates from Poway Unified School District

Virtual Bell Schedule

All PUSD students will begin the year in Virtual Learning. Use this LINK to view our bell schedule for Virtual Learning. You will see that we will follow and odd/even block schedule that is similar to our normal schedule. For families new to Oak Valley, that means that students will be in 3 courses a day, odd classes one day, and even the next. We will send home an odd/even calendar at registration for families to keep and will post this calendar on our website.


We have adjusted the start and end times of the day slightly to align with other schools in PUSD. Students will be engaged in a homeroom type class that will focus on social-emotional learning twice a week called Falcon Connections. Students will also have access to teacher office hours/tutorial where they can get extra help three times a week. Please note that this schedule may be adjusted as needed based on any new information and direction given from the district office.


As principals across the district were planning the Virtual Learning schedules, our focus was on designing a system that would allow for:


  • Building belonging in classrooms/school communities
  • Learner centered
  • Social-emotional learning
  • Longer blocks of learning time
  • Proactive office hours/tutorials
  • Letter grades for classes
  • Live instruction and touch points throughout the day
  • Whole group, small group and Independent learning in each class
  • Following our normal site bell time schedule


There is still lots of work to do planing and training as teachers begin to return to work soon. I will be providing more information and details on our Virtual Learning plan as we approach the start of school.

The New 300 Building

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Registration Information

Registration is coming!


Most families have completed the online registration document process last Spring. If you still need to turn in your PUSD Signature Verification Form (reminder: both you and your student need to sign this form!), and/or the Student Health Form (7th graders only), we will collect those at registration; as well as the 2020-2021 Student Chromebook Checkout Form.


We will be doing a drive-thru, a la promotion last year, textbook pick-up Registration process this year. Families will drive-thru the parking lot and pick-up the textbooks and other items. Our ASB students will be sponsoring a textbook pick-up party with an opportunity for students to exit the car and take a picture next to some banners welcoming them back home to Oak Valley or joining us as Falcons for the first time. We look forward to seeing those smiling faces!!


August Registration Dates are:

August 25 -- 6th Grade: 8:00-11:00 and 12:00pm-3:00pm

August 26 -- 7th Grade: 8:00-11:00 and 12:00pm-3:00pm

August 27 -- 8th Grade: 8:00-11:00 and 12:00pm-3:00pm


Make-up Registration

August 31 -- All Grades: 5:00pm-6:00pm


If you have more than one student that attends Oak Valley, please come on the date assigned to your youngest child.


Please make sure you have completed the online Continuing Student Registration process and forms via Synergy Parent VUE before coming to registration. If you have not completed this process, please use this LINK for more detailed information.

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Incoming 6th Grade and New Falcon Welcome Video

Hello New Falcon Families!! I am so sorry that we are not able to bring all of our new students onto campus for a proper tour and introduction. We created this video last spring as a way for new students to get a little feel for Oak Valley. I know we have now pivoted to Virtual Learning for all students, but some of this is still relevant. Please show this to you students!


Watch the video HERE.

ASB Update

Hello Oak Valley! This is your ASB with an important announcement.


We will be selling OVMS spirit packs at registration and this will be our only big fundraiser of the year since we are unable to hold our annual fun run.


Each spirit pack is just $25 and includes a TON of OVMS swag! Please click on this link to preorder yours and to learn more about them.


You will be able to pay and pick up at our OVMS registration.


Thank you so much for supporting our associated student body and our plans for this year!

2020-2021 Student Chromebook Checkout Form

Please complete the form linked HERE by Wednesday, August 19th if your child would like to check out a PUSD Chromebook for the 2020-2021 school year. Complete one form per child per school. If your child previously checked out a Chromebook this past spring, please do not complete the form.

Our new building construction project is almost complete. Furniture will be moved in over the next few days. It is all final touches at this point!
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The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, immigration status, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact: Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, James Jimenez, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128, 1-858-521-2800, extension 2761, jjimenez@powayusd.com