Twin Peaks Middle School

Weekly RAM Newsletter

From the desk of Principal Mills - Sunday, Dec. 11th, 2022

Happy Sunday Ram Families!

I hope this newsletter finds you all well and enjoying the buildup to the holidays! We have 5 more days of instruction remaining before our Winter Break - students and staff are excited for the time off and to celebrate during the holiday season. To get students and staff into the holiday spirit this week, we have a SPIRIT WEEK where students can choose to dress up for each day's theme to earn spirit points. Here's a list of our spirit days this week:

  • Monday: Class Color Day! - 6th (wear white), 7th (wear black), 8th (wear blue)
  • Tuesday: Winter Head Gear / Hat Day!
  • Wednesday: Bundle Up Day - wear your winter gear!
  • Thursday: Wacky Tacky Holiday Gear Day!
  • Friday: Pajama Day

A big THANK YOU to all of our parent volunteers who helped supervise the Winter Dance this past Friday night! We had over 700+ students in attendance, and could not have done this event without parent support - THANK YOU for showing up! The students really seemed to enjoy themselves - from the tacos and churro bar to the sugar cookies and hot chocolate, students feasted and played games, in addition to even doing a little dancing too! Check out some pictures of the Enchanted Forest below.

The CA Healthy Kids Survey window has been reopened - the community responses across PUSD were lower than expected, so we are asking that any family that didn't take it the first time around to please take a few minutes and complete the survey before the window closes again this next Wednesday, 12/14. Please remember the following about the CHKS:

  • This is an anonymous survey. It is designed so that participating families cannot be identified from the data. You do not have to respond to any questions that you feel could be used to identify you. Simply skip any such questions.
  • All questions apply to TPMS only.
  • The results are for the use of our district. CDE and WestEd will preserve data confidentiality and refer any data requests to the district.

The Parent survey is aligned with the state mandated California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) given to students in grades 5, 7, 9 and 11, and the individual site Staff Survey. We will be using these student, staff, and parent surveys to gain a better understanding of our parents’ view of our schools and how we can best support our students. All of the survey results will be used as part of our state required Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). Please CLICK HERE to be taken directly to the TPMS survey. Thank you in advance for your time in answering this survey!

6th graders - start getting excited... it's time to get ready for Cuyamaca Outdoor School, otherwise known as 6th GRADE CAMP! This past Friday your 6th graders should have received their enrollment packet for 6th Grade Camp from their Ram teacher. Please make sure to complete and return your enrollment packet with your $430 camp fee to your Ram teacher no later than January 6th. Please check the TPMS website for more information by CLICKING HERE!

Finally this week, just a reminder that this Friday, December 16th is a MINIMUM DAY! Classes will dismiss at 12:35pm for the day. Also, for our families that are part of our ASES program, they will be closed on Friday afternoon, December 16th. ASES students will need to be picked up after school is out at 12:35pm this Friday.

This will be the last newsletter of 2022 - expect the next edition in early January, 2023!

I want to wish all of our Ram families a joyous and relaxing holiday and hope you get to enjoy the time off with family and friends. Students - enjoy taking a break from the daily school schedule, but please make sure to keep reading during the winter break! If you haven't already done so, make sure to ask Santa to bring you a book or two for your stocking... I look forward to seeing you all back at school on Tuesday, January 3rd!

Happy Holidays!

Steve Mills

Proud Principal

Twin Peaks Middle School

1(858)748-5131 x2806

Instagram: @principalmills_twinpeaks



December 12th: Jazz Band w/ PHS Jazz, PCPA @7:00 pm

December 13th: TPMS Foundation Mtg, @Zoom 6pm

December 13th: 7/8 Orchestra Concert w/ MBMS & PHS, PCPA @7pm

December 14th: Late Start - 9:50am

December 14th: 6th grade Band & Orchestra Concert, TPMS MPR @7pm

December 15th: 7/8th grade Band Concert w/PHS, PHS Gym @7pm

December 16th: Minimum Day

December 19th - January 2nd: Winter Break

January 3rd: First Day back at School!

January 4th: Late Start - 9:50am

January 4th: Suicide Prevention Presentation Zoom, @6pm

January 13th: End of Quarter 2 / Semester 1

January 16th: MLK Day - No School

January 17th: Quarter 3 / Semester 2 Begins

January 30th: Professional Learning Day - No students

ASB Winter Dance - The Enchanted Forest

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TPMS Volleyball Tryouts

Get ready volleyball players - it's time for TPMS to defend its district volleyball title! Volleyball tryouts for this season will take place on Tuesday, January 3rd and Thursday, January 5th on the TPMS back field. Registration packets are available in the front office or in Room 201. Pick one up today!!


Students! Please check the Lost & Found table outside of the library for any items that you may have left at school. We have jackets, sweatshirts, hats, lunch bags and A LOT of water bottles that are unclaimed and want to come home! Please stop by the table and claim your items TODAY! All items left after December 16th will be donated to Goodwill!
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Suicide Prevention Presentations in January

Our 7th and 8th grade students will take part in an important and engaging presentation by With Hope, The Amber Craig Foundation focusing on suicide prevention during their PE class on Monday, January 9th and Tuesday, January 10th. The purpose of the presentation is to educate, equip, and empower students regarding suicide prevention and mental health awareness. Research shows that suicide is preventable through education and awareness. Patti Ferraro from With Hope will provide students with facts about suicide, alert them to warning signs related to suicide, and provide them with information about how to seek help for themselves or others. Students will participate in a variety of self-esteem and social competency development activities that support mental health. This workshop is approximately 45 minutes in length during your student’s PE class. Our counselors, mental health therapist, student services specialist, and school psychologists will be available to assist students who need additional support during and after the presentation.

To help families make an educated decision on whether this student presentation is appropriate for your student, we encourage you to review the information on the With Hope, The Amber Craig Memorial Foundation website and to attend the parent/guardian workshop hosted by With Hope on Wednesday, January 4th from 6-7pm via Zoom HERE. The meeting ID is 970 224 9941 and the Passcode is GoRams.

The Twin Peaks staff will take part in a presentation during professional time the morning of Wednesday, January 4th.

If you do NOT give permission for your student to attend the presentation, please email Christie Hamilton, Administrative Assistant to the Principal, at by Thursday, January 5th. Please make sure to include your student’s name in your email. You can also contact your student's counselor if you have any questions or concerns.

These presentations are possible due to the generous support of the Twin Peaks Foundation.

Go Safely California Needs Your Help

We’re on the search for a name for our new cone mascot. If your students have a creative name idea, now is their chance to win a laptop, a $500 gift card, plus a $500 class gift card and prizes for their classroom! Winners will be announced on January 31, 2023. To enter, visit the QR code on the flyer below or visit If you have any questions, please email us at or reply directly to this email.

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6th Grade Camp is Coming - Items Needed!

Our 6th grade Rams will be attending Cuyamaca Outdoor School the week of February 13th-17th. Your students were given an enrollment packet this week 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!

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.

Flu Season is Here

Cold and flu season is upon us. Health officials are warning there may be high levels of influenza compared to the past two years, when COVID-19 precautions helped keep flu infections low. As a reminder, please do not send your child to school if they are feeling sick or experiencing symptoms of a virus. Keeping your sick child home will be a great benefit for the health and wellness of our students and staff.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications. Symptoms of influenza can vary, but generally include a high fever, headache, chills, body aches, sore throat, and cough. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers these tips to prevent influenza:

● Get vaccinated every year

● Avoid close contact with sick people

● Frequently wash hands with soap

● Stay at home if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms

● Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

● Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional.

● See more prevention tips from the CDC by clicking here.

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:

  • January 19th
  • 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.

  • December 13th (Zoom)
  • January 10th
  • 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!

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, 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,