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!

In Partnership,

Steve Mills

Proud Principal

Twin Peaks Middle School

1(858)748-5131 x2806

Instagram: @principalmills_twinpeaks

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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:

Poway Community Track Meet

This event is hosted by the Poway High School Track & Field Team and will take place on Saturday, March 4th, 2023. Students can register for up to three events at $8 an event. All proceeds benefit the Poway High School Track & Field Team. Click here for more details or see below! Thanks!
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8th Grade Yearbook Recognition Ads

The deadline for submitting your 8th Grade Recognition ad is fast approaching! Please go to to start the process of celebrating your 8th grader in this year's yearbook!

The ad does NOT include a yearbook so don't forget to purchase a yearbook - details can be found below!

PUSD Parent Education Classes

Please see the list of classes and times available below. Click on a class for specific information. Thanks!

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

Click here for more details.

Attendance Announcement

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:

  1. Your student’s first and last name
  2. Their grade
  3. The date of the absence(s)
  4. The reason (if sick, please list symptoms)
  5. Your relationship to the student
  6. 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

The Del Norte Girls in Computer Science Club is hosting their annual virtual hack-a-thon at the end of this month for students in grades 6-8! It will be taking place January 28, 2023, 11 A.M. - January 29, 2023, 11 A.M. No experience is required and it is open to any middle school students!

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!

Our 6th grade Rams will be attending Cuyamaca Outdoor School, otherwise known as 6th GRADE CAMP, the week of February 13th-17th. Your students were given an enrollment packet before Winter Break in their Ram class that will need to be completed and returned to their Ram teacher no later than January 6th. Please check the TPMS website for more information by CLICKING HERE!

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!

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Free & Reduced Lunch Applications!

Although school meals are now free to all students under California’s new Universal Meals Program, the application for free and reduced-price meals is still very important. School funding depends in part on the number of students that qualify for free or reduced-price meals. With all students now eating for free, fewer families are completing the application and schools are at risk of losing funds. Household income information is confidential and applying online is quick and easy. Plus, students that qualify for free or reduced-price meals may also qualify for discounts on transportation, SAT and AP tests, home internet, and college application fees. You can apply online at, or pick up a paper application in the school office.

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 The instructions, flyer, and entry form are also available in Spanish at

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 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!!

If you are interested or know of someone who is interested in working in our before and after school ASES program, please scan or click the QR code below to apply and become an ASES Program Aide! Shifts are flexible and there's a wide variety of activities and programs to run for students in our before and after school programs. Questions? Please reach out to our ASES Supervisor Jennifer Willette at

TPMS Yearbook Info

Yearbooks are available for $50. We sold out last year 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 27th so don’t delay!

Want more information about Yearbooks? Go to

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


● 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
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Shop Amazon through TPMS Foundation

You can always shop Amazon and earn money for Twin Peaks! Just click on the Amazon link below, then start spending!

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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, 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,