Eagle Newsletter

February 4, 2022

Upcoming Dates

February Observances -

Black History Month

Lunar New Year - 02/01

Groundhog Day - 02/02

School Counseling Week - 02/07-02-11

Happy Valentine's Day - 02/14

World Day of Social Justice - 02/20

Mesa Verde Events -

Student Dodgeball Tournament - 02/07

MVMS Foundation Meeting - 02/09 (7pm, tentatively in person at MVMS)

Board of Education Meeting - 02/10

College Shirt Day - 02/11

District Recess - 02/21-02/25

Action Items

  • Remind your student to bring a mask from home.
  • Keep your student home and call the attendance office (858-538-5478 x. 3104) if your student is sick.
  • Join the PTSA today (Information available below)
  • Follow Mesa Verde and Principal Moore on Instagram @mesaverdems and @principal_moore!

Index of Information

NEW! before a title within the newsletter denotes that it is a new posting this week.

  • Message from the Principal
  • Black History Month
  • Next week is National School Counseling Week!
  • ASB Spirit Events for February
  • OCIS PE Applications are Available
  • COVID Guidelines in a School Setting
  • Student Kickball Tournament
  • Join PTSA Today
  • ASES has Before and After School Openings
  • Submit Yearbook Photos
  • Running Late?
  • Newsletter, Website, Social Media Request Form
  • Eagle Shout Outs
  • Charges for Damaged Chromebooks
  • Did You Know...
  • Calendar
  • No Place For Hate Club
  • Caring Connections Counseling
  • Parent Education
  • Volunteers/Job Opportunities
  • Additional Information and Links
  • Contact Us

NEW! Message from the Principal

February 1st marked the Lunar New Year and the beginning of Black History Month - two very important ways to recognize and honor the people and cultures that make our world, our country, and our school such a beautiful place.

Check out some of the ways you can celebrate the history, achievements, and contributions of Black Americans this month and all year long:

San Diego History Center

Black History Month Contest for 4th -12th graders

San Diego Museum Council: San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art

We wish all of you a Happy Lunar New Year and a beautiful weekend!

Your Proud Principal,



It's Black History Month, and the words of Dr. Clint Smith says it all:

"Black History Month is a chance to remember those who have made enormous contributions to this country, but it's also an opportunity to remember that those contributions didn't just come from major figures. They also came from millions of Black folks whose names we'll never know."

It's the stories of ordinary Black people, those still living and those who have passed, that I think of most when we reflect on this country's history. It's the story of Frederick Douglass, but also the story of the millions of other enslaved people whose voices we don't hear.

It's the story of Dr. King and of Rosa Parks, but also the story of the millions of Black people across the country and across generations who fought for civil rights in their local towns, communities, and neighborhoods. The stories that didn't make the front page of the paper. It's the stories about the impact centuries of struggle and subjugation have had on Black people, while not limiting conceptions of Blackness to the history of violence. It is a recognition of all that Black folks have done and continue to do *in spite of* that violence.

It's essential to remember the exceptional contributions Black people have made to America, but also important to remember that Black people don't need to do anything "exceptional" to justify or legitimate their place in this country.

You can find more resources here.

NEW! Next week is National School Counseling Week!

School Counselors play an essential role in creating an equitable, inclusive school culture promoting success for all students. School Counselors are certified educators who improve student success for all students by implementing a data-informed school counseling program. At Mesa Verde, we have three full time School Counselors: Lisa Marcotte (Last Names A-G), Beth Huppert (Last Names H-O), and Brooke Snow (Last Names P-Z). This year they are providing services to our students in the following ways: Social-Emotional Learning lessons in all grade levels, career exploration lessons in 8th grade, small group support for academic and interpersonal skills, lunch time workshops, and individual counseling with students (academic and social-emotional). If you feel that your child could benefit from school counseling services, please reach out to their Counselor.

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ASB Spirit Events for February

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OCIS-PE Applications are Available

Fall 2022-2023 OCIS-PE applications are made available and can be found on the PUSD website on February 1st – 4th, 2021. Completed applications are due March 18th, 2022. If needed, a hard copy can be requested from our office. NOTE: If you plan to continue OCIS-PE next year, you must submit a new application for the 2022-2023 school year.

COVID Guidelines in a School Setting

  • COVID-19 Decision Trees for K-12 Schools link here.
  • To determine your next step if you have symptoms, use the e-Decision Tree Survey available here.
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Student Kickball Tournament

Your MVMS student is looking to play some kickball with their friends!

PTSA is looking for a committee of MVMS parent/family members to help lead a kickball tournament for students sometime in March or April after school.

Let's help make this happen! Volunteer today! Email mvmsptsapresident@gmail.com to volunteer!

Join PTSA Today

Joining PTSA is a simple way for you to help make programs and experiences happen for your student(s) at Mesa Verde.

In just a few minutes you can complete your membership for you and or your family. Join today!

Your MVMS PTSA made this happen:
Book Fair
Bleachers for Choir
Winter Fun Fest
Dine Outs
Teacher & Staff Appreciation

PTSA Financially Supports: Kindness Campaign, No Place for Hate, 6th grade orientation, 8th Grade Promotion, Books for Library Reading Club, and much more.

Need Morning or Afternoon Care for your student? ASES has openings for both the Before and After school programs!

You can fill out an interest form here.

Submit Yearbook Photos

Yearbook is collecting pictures of your life AFTER school! What activities are you involved in? Do you game in your spare time? Do you stream shows/movies? Do you get lost in music? Please submit a photo of you and your life AFTER SCHOOL: playing games, listening to music, streaming entertainment, or participating in some fun activity! To submit your photo, go to yearbookforever.com, click on community upload and enter the password “eagles”. You can also use the how to video to help you. We are collecting submissions for the next two weeks. Thanks!

You can upload photos to yearbookforever.com – community upload password is “eagles”!

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Charges for Damaged Chromebooks

According to Board Policy 6161.2, when materials are lost or so damaged that they are no longer usable, the student shall be immediately issued a replacement material. However, students or parents/guardians shall be responsible for reparation equal to the current replacement cost of the materials. PUSD Information Technology Department has provided a list of charges for various damage scenarios.

Chromebook/ Chromebook Accessories

Damaged/Lost Chromebook ($238.00)

Power Adapter/Charger ($30.00)

LCD Screen Replacement ($69.00)

LCD Top Cover ($69.00)

Palmrest/Keyboard/Touchpad replacement ($109.00)

Base Plate/Assembly ($69.00)

Keyboard/2 or more keys missing ($59.00)

Chromebook case ($33.00)

When a chromebook is damaged, students are responsible for the cost of the repair. Any students who have had damage to their chromebook this year have already had a charge added to their Destiny account. Next week, we will begin sending emails to families with a repair charge to provide information on how to pay for those repair costs.

Many of the damages we have seen so far this year could have been avoided. Please take a few minutes to speak with your child(ren) about the cost to repair these damages and remind them that their chromebook is theirs until it has to be "retired." We appreciate your support!

Running Late???

We hope all of our students are on time to school and ready to learn when the bell rings; however, we know that things can sometimes cause you to be delayed on your way to school. If your student is going to be late, please either call the attendance office or come in with your child to sign them in. Doing either of these will allow us to excuse the tardy. Thanks for your help!

Newsletter, Website, Social Media Request Form

If you have information you would like included in our weekly newsletter, on our website, or on our school's social media platforms, please use use this link to submit your request. Your request does NOT guarantee that your information will be included. Please note that we may edit your submission (content, length, etc.) but will contact you if our edits would change or remove pertinent information.

We hope this will help streamline the way we collect and are able to share information with our staff, students, and community.

NEW! Eagle Shout Outs

Let’s hear it for this week’s Eagles who help us Rise Together!

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Did You Know…

Thank you to everyone who has donated to this year's Pledge Drive. Did you know your generous donation to the Foundation may easily be DOUBLED?! Many companies in our community have programs that match employee donations to qualified charitable organizations, such as the Mesa Verde Foundation. Please check with your HR department, or use this link to see if your company offers matching. Doubling your gift can be as easy as making a phone call or sending an email to your company! If you have any questions or need assistance regarding corporate matching, please contact our treasurer, Carolyn Russell at mvmsfoundationtreasurer@gmail.com.

We rely on our parent community to make this school everything it can be for our students, and we truly appreciate your support. Donations can be made online at https://mvmsfoundation.org/pledgedrive.html.

Thank you for all you do for our Eagles!


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Caring Connections Counseling

Did you know that the Caring Connections Center provides a FREE 90 minute "family conference" for all PUSD students TK-12 and their families? The purpose of the "family conference" is to put together an action plan to help support our students socially/emotionally, academically, and behaviorally. Check out the brochure for more information and contact details.

No Place for Hate Club

This week at Mesa Verde we took some time on Wednesday to hear about the No Place for Hate School Wide Program. No Place for Hate Club Members created a video to help explain the importance of celebrating our differences and promoting respect. In addition, to understanding how looking at bias and stereotypes are important in order to not allow hate to grow. The No Place for Hate Pledge, Resolution of Respect, was shared with all students. Students were invited to join in and virtually sign the pledge along with giving their thoughts and ideas on topics for future school wide activities.

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PARENTS: Poway Adult School Opportunities

Parents, A new year is a great time to head back to school! Poway Adult School offers low-cost career training classes for you to upskill. Just need some help tuning up your resume or someone to discuss a career change idea? The Poway (Unified) Adult School provides free career guidance, high school diploma classes for adults and GED prep as well. Call Jon at (858) 668-4022 or go online at www.powayadultschool.com and check out our catalog pages 5-11 for career training and free workshops. Make an appointment for free career support at https://calendly.com/help4careers/30min

March 2022 Parent Education Courses:

  • Discover Your Personal Core Values – All Grades In Person
  • Effective Strategies to Advocate for Your Child in Special Education - All Grades NEW Course Online via ZOOM
  • Parenting Well Through Life Changes - All Grades NEW Course Online via ZOOM
  • Nurturing Sexual Intelligence in Our Children – All Grades In Person
  • Managing Parental Stress – All Grades In Person

Parents can also visit our website at https://www.powayusd.com/en-US/Parents/Active-Parenting and search for the course they are interested in and enroll directly from our site.

Flyers can be found below.

Community Conversations on Racial Equity and Inclusion

To RSVP use this link.

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Free Teen Alcohol Awareness Program

San Diego Police Department is offering a FREE Teen Alcohol Awareness Program (T.A.A.P) for students and families in middle school and high school. Please click on document below for more information including dates.
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Get Involved

Would you like to be a volunteer at Mesa Verde? Our volunteers at Mesa Verde are an integral part of school. Our volunteers help with events throughout the school year including after school and evening activities, classroom and club support, 6th grade Olympics, 7th grade History Faire, 8th Grade Constitutional Challenge and Promotion.

New guidance from the Poway Unified Board of Education is allowing us to expand our volunteer opportunities, effective 10/18/21. Volunteers must be fully-vaccinated and show proof of vaccination or show proof of a negative PCR COVID test within the 72 hours prior to volunteering. If you would like more information, please contact Natalie Reyes at (858) 538-5478 or nreyes@powayusd.com.

Sign up here if you would like to hear more.

Library Volunteers

The Mesa Verde library is looking for volunteers to help in the library during the lunch periods (Mon/Tues/Thur/Fri 11:00 to 12:40 and Wednesdays 11:40 to 1:00) once we are permitted to have volunteers again. We need help assisting and supervising students during our busy lunch periods. Volunteers may choose which day of the week and how often you would like to come in (once a week, every other week, once a month, etc.) If you are interested please contact Heather Ryan: hryan@powayusd.com. We will collect this information now to have it in preparation for when volunteers are allowed.

If you are not sure if you are an approved volunteer, contact Natalie Reyes at (858) 538-5478 or nreyes@powayusd.com.

Job Opportunities

Do you enjoy working with students? Mesa Verde has a few job opportunities in the classroom and in the office such as noon duties and Instruction Assistants ranging from 2 to 6 hours each day. If you or someone you know would be interested, click here for more information or to apply.


Lost & Found

Has your child lost anything at MV? If so, please have them take a look in the lost and found. MV’s lost and found is accessible to students and located in between the health and main office entry in a large metal cabinet. Any special/personal items like retainers, glasses, jewelry, house keys, headphones, electronics, etc. are inside the office with Mrs. Rinehart. At the end of each month, any items that are left in the lost and found will be donated or discarded. Please encourage your student to pick up any lost items. As a reminder, please do your best to label all items to assist your student in locating them if lost.

Feeling Sick? Not Sure What To Do...

Call Mesa Verde's Health Tech at (858) 538-5478, ext. 3107. For more information, click here.

Checking Out Your Student Early

If your student needs to leave early from school, please send a note with your student. Notes should be given to the Attendance secretary in the Administration Office before school. Calling the school in advance, or sending a note, will prevent delays for you (such as trying to get your student while they are running on the lower field) and will help us to minimize interruptions to the classrooms. If you schedule a last minute appointment you may call the Attendance Hotline @ (858) 538-5692 to have an off campus pass sent to your student.

When writing a note please indicate the following:

  • Your student's first and last name
  • Reason for early departure
  • The time your student needs to leave school
  • Whether or not your student will return that day

Please meet your child at the Attendance desk to be signed out at the time of departure. Be prepared to show your identification when checking out your child. If your student returns to school after being picked up early, please have him/her check back in at the Attendance desk before heading to class.


Attendance Hotline

Call the Attendance Hotline at (858) 538-5692 if your child is absent from school.

General Questions

If you are unsure of who to contact about a matter, please email us at MVMS@powayusd.com and your message will be answered or forwarded to the correct person.