Eagle Newsletter

October 8, 2021

Upcoming Dates

October Observances -

Filipino American Heritage Month

German American Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month (through 10/15)

Italian American Heritage Month

LGBTQ History Month

National Disability Awareness Month

October 7-15: Navaratri (Hindu festival)

October 10: World Mental Health Day

October 11: Indigenous People Day

October 25: Dusserha (Hindu)

October 31: Halloween

MVMS Events -

October 12: Dine Out Night at Best Pizza & Brew 11:00 am to 9:30 pm

October 20: Coffee with the Principal. In person: 9:30-10:30 am. Zoom: 5:30-6:30 pm.

October 21-22: Professional Development, Minimum Days. Dismissal at 12:07 pm.

October 25: Professional Development, Non-Student Day

Action Items

  • Remind your student to bring a mask from home.
  • The cafeteria is unable to accept cash for a la carte items and snacks. Poway Unified uses My School Bucks for cashless payment. Click here to create or sign-in to your account to add funds to your student's account.
  • 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
  • Meet Our Staff
  • Dine Out Night at Best Pizza & Brew
  • Upcoming Vaccine Clinics
  • Eagle Shout Outs
  • Did You Know...
  • OCIS-PE Applications
  • OCIS-PE Attendance and Performance Records Due
  • Yearbooks On Sale Now
  • 6th Grade SEL (Social Emotional Learning) Lessons
  • Parent Education
  • Free Teen Alcohol Awareness Program
  • Calendar
  • Volunteers/Job Opportunities
  • Additional Links
  • Lost & Found

NEW! Message from the Principal

It's been another great week at Mesa Verde! This week our students were busy working on research papers; finding evidence and providing commentary to support claims; learning about excel spreadsheets and the use of formulas to help make data collection fast and easy; learning about variables that affect speed through hands-on experiments; developing hypotheses in science and social studies; and practicing Cornell notes! And that's just a taste of what our students experienced in their classes this week.

ASB was caught handing out custom coffee cups to our bus drivers this morning to thank them for all they do, and ASB also demonstrated flexibility and quick thinking when the rain called for adjusting their Fun Friday plans. Students showed their school spirit today in MV colors and demonstrated their support for Breast Cancer Awareness by wearing pink on Wednesday, and counselors were in classrooms this week presenting social-emotional learning lessons.

Next week is our first Principal's Advisory Council and our first Principal's chat will be on 10/20. More information will come out next week regarding the location for our in-person morning Principal's chat and evening Zoom meeting.

Have a great weekend!

Your Proud Principal,


NEW! Meet Our Staff

Each week we will be featuring a few of our dedicated staff members in a Meet Our Staff Section. This week we'd like to introduce you to Tessa Mahlow and Heather Ryan.

Tessa Mahlow - Art/Exploratory, 5th year in this position (previously Critical Skills & ASES)

I am a four time MVMS Eagle (once as a student, once as an ASES aide, and two different times as a teacher), so clearly I am meant to be at Mesa Verde! After growing up in San Diego, I went to UC Santa Barbara for my Bachelors, credential and Masters. I've taught in Orange County and the Bay Area but eventually missed my nephew too much and headed back to SD. I live with my husband in a tiny old home that is always decorated for the current holiday. I love sewing my own clothes, photography, tent camping, traveling (next on my list- New Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, India), reading, and learning new things (currently- knitting, rock climbing and skating). Fun fact- I have amazing luck when it comes to winning contests- I'm at over 20!

Heather Ryan - Library Media Tech, 7 years at MVMS

I am a San Diego native that attended La Jolla High and UCSD. After college I worked for a commercial real estate information company researching sales of various commercial properties (industrial parks, office buildings, shopping centers, apartment buildings). I have 3 children - my oldest, Garrett, works for TuSimple in San Diego; my middle child, Brenner, lives in Seattle and works as a computer engineer for OKTA; my youngest, Kendall, is in her senior year at San Diego State. After Kendall was born, I became a full-time volunteer at PUSD helping out on Foundation and PTSA boards and in the classrooms and libraries. This led to me eventually working as the LMT at Deer Canyon for a few years and then moving over to Mesa Verde where I have been for the last 7+ years. I love books (obviously!) and working on our vibrant campus with so many wonderful staff and students. In my spare time I enjoy running, biking, working out at the gym and spending time with friends and family.

NEW! Dine Out Night at Best Pizza & Brew

Join us for the next PTSA Fundraiser at Best Pizza & Brew at Carmel Mountain. Simply mention the flyer when ordering and 50% of all proceeds will go back to Mesa Verde.

When: Tuesday, October 12 from 11:00 am to 9:30 pm
Where: Best Pizza & Brew - 11489 Carmel Mtn. Rd, San Diego, CA 92128

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NEW! Upcoming Vaccine Clinics

Sharp HealthCare will be hosting three upcoming vaccination clinics at PUSD schools for anyone in our community ages 12 and older who would like to receive the Pfizer COVID vaccine.

Upcoming Vaccine Clinics

  • Abraxas High School (media center) (12450 Glen Oak Rd, Poway, CA 92064) on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, from 1pm to 5pm.
  • Westview High School (dance room) (13500 Camino Del Sur, San Diego, CA 92129) on Friday, October 22, 2021 from 12pm to 4pm.
  • Poway High School (room K-1) (15599 Espola Rd, Poway, CA 92064) on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, from 2pm to 6pm.

You will need to make an appointment in advance. Sign up here for your appointment by searching for the school’s zip code. The vaccines are free and no proof of insurance is required. A reminder: the Pfizer vaccine requires two doses to ensure full vaccination. The second shot will be administered three weeks after the first shot and you are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your second shot.

NEW! Eagle Shout Outs

Congratulations to our MV Eagles who helped us Rise Together last week.

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!

OCIS-PE Applicatons

2nd semester OCIS-PE applications available online on October 4-8, 2021. Completed applications are due Nov. 1st, 2021. You can find the application by clicking here. If needed, you can request a hard copy from our office. NOTE: if your child is already in OCIS-PE for 1st semester, you do not need to submit a new application for 2nd semester unless coach changes. If changes to coach or instructor, or a document expires during the school year, new forms need to be submitted.

NEW! OCIS-PE Attendance and Performance Records Due

Attendance and Performance Record for 1st quarter (August 18th, 2021-October 22nd, 2021) must be completed, signed by coach, and submitted to MVMS with student’s Attendance and Performance Record by October 22, 2021. Attendance and Performance Record are available for students to pick up at the MVMS check-in/out table for students to grab at MVMS or available on the website.

Yearbooks On Sale Now

Mesa Verde Middle School yearbooks are on sale now! Books are sold ONLINE only – click here to place your order. Yearbooks are $40. We place our book order in January, so order before January to ensure your student receives a yearbook next June.

If we have extra yearbooks, they are sold in June for $50 cash only.


6th Grade SEL (Social Emotional Learning) Lessons

Mesa Verde School Counselors went into 6th grade class rooms this week and will continue to go into classrooms through the beginning of December. The six SEL lessons that the Counselors are presenting to students are the following:

  • How to Grow your Brain/ Trying New Strategies /Growth Mindset
  • Cyberbullying / Standing up and Staying Safe
  • Healthy Choices / Red Ribbon Week
  • Emotions and your Brain
  • Considering Multiple Perspectives
  • Communication and Resolving Conflicts

Remember to ask your 6th grader: “What task are you selecting to focus on to grow your brain? How will you incorporate a growth mindset when taking on this task?”


FREE Teen Positive Parenting Program

We are pleased to share that we are offering the Teen Positive Parenting Program in English for FREE via ZOOM! This webinar series is designed for parents and will address raising responsible teenagers while improving family communication. The webinar series offered next month will be in English and please be on the lookout as we will also be offering the Spanish series in January 2022. These workshops do fill up quickly and parents have shared positive reviews and feedback.

When: Tuesdays, October 12th, October 19th, and October 26th 2021 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Parents, if you are interested in attending click here or contact the Caring Connections Center to RSVP at (858) 668-4084 or email: vephraim@powayusd.com.

Got Stress? - All Grades

Let’s face it, parenting can be stressful, especially as we begin to find our new normal after the pandemic. Spend time with Dr. Colleen Kennedy, Psychologist, for this workshop to boost your emotional wellness and increase your parenting skills as you learn to differentiate and manage stress and anxiety.

In-Person Thursday, October 21st at Poway Adult School from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Class fee: $24/individual or $29/couple (for couple enrollment parent needs to contact Poway Adult School). Parents, if you are interested in attending click here or contact the Caring Connections Center to RSVP at (858) 668-4084 or email: vephraim@powayusd.com.

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 6th grade Olympics, 7th grade History Faire, 8th Grade Constitutional Challenge and Promotion. Although we are currently limiting our volunteers at this time due to the pandemic, we are preparing for when we do need volunteers. Under the new guidelines, volunteers must be fully-vaccinated and show proof of vaccination. If you would like more information, please contact Amanda Lane at (858) 538-5478 or alane@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 Amanda Lane at alane@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.



Attendance Hotline

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

Feeling Sick? Not Sure What To Do...

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

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.

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.