Twin Peaks Middle School
Weekly RAM Newsletter
From the desk of Principal Mills - Sunday, January 22nd, 2023
Happy Sunday Ram Families!
I hope this newsletter finds you all well and enjoying the weekend and the break in the wet weather. Although I know it is much needed, the rain has made it challenging for students to fully enjoy the campus and lunch and break time with their friends. I'm looking forward to clear skies and open sports courts at lunch and before school the rest of the week!
It was a busy short week at TPMS - we started the 2nd Semester on Tuesday after the MLK holiday on Monday, with 6th graders in the wheel getting to change electives, and semester class students in 7th and 8th grade also starting with new elective courses. Please encourage your student to self-advocate and check in with their teachers if they have questions or concerns about their new class. If your student has a question about their schedule, please encourage them to reach out to their counselor via email or stop by the counseling office before school, during break and lunch, or after school.
As we start the 2nd half of the school year, it is a good time to remind our community to please drive carefully in and around the school, especially during drop-off and pick-up times. Student safety is always our primary concern, so please consider the following to keep our Rams safe:
- Please make sure to keep your speed down - the speed limit in the parking lot is always 15mph and 25mph on Tierra Bonita Road when students are present.
- Please make sure to follow traffic signs and signals at all times; make sure to only exit our parking lot by the MPR and enter the parking lot by TBES
- Please do not pick-up students in the middle of the street or in red painted curb areas; making u-turns on Tierra Bonita Road is unsafe and considered a moving violation (double yellow line)
- For those Ram families that pick up on Evening Star Drive across from the school, please consider not making a left hand turn onto Tierra Bonita Rd during afternoon pick-up. Vehicles making this left turn block traffic and put students and other drivers at risk - it is recommended you pick up your students on Twin Peaks Blvd if you are planning on making a right hand turn on Twin Peaks Blvd.
Thank you for your help in keeping our students and Ram community safe!
Our i-Ready diagnostic testing window will close this Wednesday, January 25th - 96% of our students have completed the reading diagnostic, and 95% of our students have now completed the math diagnostic. Any testing that students need to complete from either the reading or math diagnostic test will be finished in Ram classes. Our students and staff did an amazing job with the testing during this winter session - we are looking forward to celebrating our students' efforts and accomplishments!
Please make sure to read through the opportunities available to students and parents in this week's newsletter - TPMS choir is looking for a few additional members, the PHS Track Team is hosting a Community Track Meet in March, there are parent education courses available through PUSD, and DNHS is hosting a Virtual Hack-a-Thon next weekend. Click on the links in the announcements below to get involved and participate!
Finally this week, please keep the evening of Wednesday, March 15th from 6:30-8:45pm open so you can attend What I Wish My Parents Knew at Twin Peaks MS. This is an opportunity for parents to learn from our students about a variety of issues impacting parents and kids today, such as Social Media Use, Alcohol, Drugs and Vaping, Parenting With Guardrails, and Managing Stress and Academic Pressure. The evening is hosted by PUSD school leaders and community faith leaders to provide parents an opportunity to connect and learn with other parents how to navigate the difficult waters of raising a teenager. Plan on attending and bring a friend!
Twin Peaks Middle School
TPMS NEWS AND EVENTS - bit.ly/tpmsevents
January 25th: Late Start - 9:50am
January 25th: TPMS Spelling Bee, 4:30pm @TPMS Little Theater
January 30th: Professional Learning Day - No students
February 1st: Late Start - 9:50am
February 8th: Late Start - 9:50am
February 12th: Covid Testing for 6th Grade Camp, 12-2pm
February 13th-17th: 6th Graders at Cuyamaca Outdoor School
February 15th: School Site Council Meeting, 3:30-4:30pm @library
February 20th-24th: President's Week Break
March 9-10th: Conference Prep Days - Minimum Day Schedules
March 13-14th: Student Conferences - Minimum Day Schedules
March 15th: What I Wish My Parents Knew, 6:30-8:45pm @TPMS
Join TPMS Choir
We have a few remaining spots open to join TPMS choir! We will start practice Tues Feb 7th and we meet Tues/Thurs mornings from 7:20am-8:20am. All 6-8th graders are welcome to join us! We perform with Poway High School in May and have a ton of fun rehearsing and making music together.
Please don't wait. Registration will close when the spots are filled! No experience necessary...just a desire to sing! Please use this link to register: https://forms.gle/fsSWd4jZbGTCbAtH6
Poway Community Track Meet
8th Grade Yearbook Recognition Ads
The ad does NOT include a yearbook so don't forget to purchase a yearbook - details can be found below!
PUSD Parent Education Classes
Nurturing Sexual Intelligence in Our Children - all ages, 1/25 6-8pm @ Abraxas $29 individual or $35 couple
Taming Your Child's Tantrums & Meltdowns - TK-5th Grade, 2/1 6-8pm @ Abraxas $29 individual or $35 couple
Preparing Positively for Puberty - TK-8th Grade, 2/15 6-8pm, Live via Zoom
Free Spanish Teen Positive Parenting Workshop In Person
We are pleased to share that we are offering a 1 Day Spanish Teen Positive Parenting Workshop for FREE In Person at Valley Elementary School! This webinar series is designed for parents and will address raising responsible teenagers while improving family communication. The webinar is offered for Spanish speaking parents:
- FREE SPANISH Teen Positive Parenting Workshop In Person
Valley Elementary School
Tuesday, January 31st 2023 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm
*Childcare provided for school-aged children
If your student is absent, please call the attendance hotline (858)668-2730 as soon as possible each day your student is absent (unless you give us a date range for multiple days).
Parent or legal guardian please call and state the following information:
- Your student’s first and last name
- Their grade
- The date of the absence(s)
- The reason (if sick, please list symptoms)
- Your relationship to the student
- A phone number where you can be reached.
Note: Students will be listed as truant if we do not receive a call or note from a parent or guardian.
DNHS Virtual Hack-a-Thon
Please check out the flyer below for more information - CLICK HERE or on the graphic below for the sign-up link!
6th Grade Camp is Coming!
All 6th Graders attending camp will need to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test 72 hours prior to boarding the bus for camp. In order to facilitate this for parents and students, TPMS will be offering a Covid testing opportunity on Sunday, February 12th from 12-2pm on our campus. Families can bring their own over-the-counter test to use, written documentation of a completed test dated after 9am on 2/10, or you can sign up to reserve a free 30 minute test that the school will provide you on campus. To sign-up and/or reserve your Covid test for the February 12th testing session, please CLICK HERE.
ITEMS NEEDED FOR CAMP: Some of our students may not have all of the items they need to attend camp comfortably. Please let our Counseling Team know if you have a sleeping bag, jacket, sweatshirt, gloves, scarf, or hat that you or your kids no longer use and would like to donate. These are the most common items needed, but you can view the complete list below. Thanks so much for supporting 6th Grade Camp!
Free & Reduced Lunch Applications!
Poetry Contest & Video Challenge
Coastal Art & Poetry Contest for K-12 students
California students in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to submit artwork or poetry with a California coastal or marine theme. Application deadline is January 31, 2023. For rules, contest flyer, entry form, and helpful links for teachers and students, visit https://www.coastal.ca.gov/art-poetry/. The instructions, flyer, and entry form are also available in Spanish at https://www.coastal.ca.gov/art-poetry/espanol.html.
Up to ten winners will be selected to win $100 to an art store (art winners) or $100 to a bookstore (poetry winners). Each winner will also receive four tickets to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Each winner's sponsoring teacher will receive a $50 gift certificate for educational supplies, courtesy of Acorn Naturalists.
Climate Video Challenge for middle and high school students
Enter any time this school year, through May 31, 2023. Students are invited to submit a 3-minute video responding to the question, “What is your vision for a thriving future?” Contest instructions and rules, brainstorming prompts, and lots of information on climate change and climate solutions can be found at https://www.coastal.ca.gov/climatechallenge. Students can enter as individuals or in teams of up to five. Prizes are offered for first ($300), second ($200), and third ($100) place videos.
ASES is Hiring!!
TPMS Yearbook Info
Yearbooks are available for $50. We sold out last year so get yours now!
Pay by card: Go to www.jostens.com or use the QR code
Pay by cash/check: Download the order form from our webpage
http://tpmsyearbook.weebly.com/ 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 www.jostens.com and click on Recognition Ads to start the process of celebrating your 8th grader in this year’s yearbook! Deadline is January 27th so don’t delay!
Want more information about Yearbooks? Go to http://tpmsyearbook.weebly.com/
TPMS Yearbook Needs Your Photos
The yearbook staff invites students, staff, and parents to submit photos for the yearbook. If you have great photos of school, sport or class events, we’d like to see them.
Our photographers can’t be everywhere. Help us get as many photos as possible to create a terrific yearbook everyone will want to have.
The last day to submit your photos is: March 1, 2023
SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS ONLINE
● Click on “Select My Images.”
● Browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload.
● Enter information about the photo and provide contact information in case the staff needs additional information.
● Click “Upload Chosen Images.”
PTSA Meeting Dates for 2022-23
To join the PTSA for the 2022-23 school year, please CLICK HERE! All Executive Board meetings will be held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:15pm in the TPMS Library unless listed otherwise:
- February 16th (Association Meeting @6:15pm; Board Meeting to follow)
- March 16th
- April 20th (Association Meeting @6:15pm; Board Meeting to follow)
- May 18th
- June 1st
TPMS Foundation Meeting Dates
The TPMS Foundation typically meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6pm in the TPMS Library. Please visit the TPMS Foundation Web Page by CLICKING HERE! Here are the upcoming monthly meetings for the 2022-23 school year.
- February 13th
- March 21st
- April 18th
- May 23rd
Twin Peaks Middle School
Nondiscrimination Philosophy and Policy Statement
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 disability, 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 2121, firstname.lastname@example.org. For students, you may contact Title IX Coordinator/504 Coordinator Jamie Dayhoff, Director of Attendance and Discipline, Poway Unified School District, 1-858-521-2840, email@example.com.