Eagle Newsletter

September 10, 2021

Upcoming Dates

9/15-10/15 - Hispanic Heritage Month

9/27 - Professional Growth Day, Non-Student Day

9/28-10/1 - Parent Conference Week, Minimum Days - Dismissal at 12:07

Action Items

  • Donate to the Foundation Fall Pledge Drive. The Foundation helps support things such as STEAM activities, collaborative and hands-on experiences for students, and diverse literature options for students. Check to see if your employer does donation matching.
  • Join PTSA to support programs, events, and presentations, many of which focus on the academic, physical, and social-emotional health of students and supports for parents.
  • 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
  • Remembering 9/11
  • School Site Council
  • Fall Pledge Continues
  • Eagle Shout Outs
  • Job Opportunities
  • Yearbooks On Sale Now
  • Volunteer
  • Section: Health & Safety Information
  • Section: Counselor's Corner
  • Section: Mesa Verde Clubs
  • Section: Attendance Procedures
  • Section: Parent Education
  • Section: Calendar

NEW! Message from the Principal

Happy Friday, Eagle Families!

We have had a short, but busy week here at Mesa Verde! ASB participated in a day of learning and planning that was focused on building community and culture within our school; our Foundation met to discuss our fundraising efforts so far and review teacher requests for funding that focused on collaboration, hands-on learning, and getting outside; members of our Equity Team collaborated and began planning professional development for the year; band students practiced and prepared for a moving tribute to 9/11 victims that they performed this morning; students learned about the events of 9/11/01 and the lasting impact of that day; sixth graders learned about surface tension in a hands-on science lab, while seventh graders participated in an online lab to help them understand density and volume. And that's just a glimpse of what this week looked like at Mesa Verde!!

Our focus this year is on Relationships, Inclusion, Supports, and Experiences so we can RISE together, and that was very evident this week!

Have a great weekend, Eagle families!

Your Proud Principal,

Kellie Moore

NEW! Remembering 9/11

Mr. Posteraro, Mr. Resto and band students performed Taps this morning to commemorate 20 years since 9/11. Thank you Mr. Posteraro, Mr. Resto, David Jang, Maya Keyal, Jaden Ma, Luke Millay, Pauline Onishi, Ethan Rhee, Jonathan Rhee and Thomas Tong for this moving remembrance. We will be posting pictures and video on our social media pages.

MVMS School Site Council

MVMS wants you! Each public school has a School Site Council that is comprised of the principal, school personnel, and parents. The purpose of the Council is to review school goals based on school data and allocate the funds necessary to support the goals. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents who are interested in learning about the infrastructure that supports our children’s education. The Council meets approximately five to six times a year. Our first two meetings of the year will be October 7 and October 21.

Currently, we have one (1) parent position open for a two-year term. This is an elected position. If you are interested in serving on Mesa Verde’s School Site Council, please email Assistant Principal Dennis Panganiban at dpanganiban@powayusd.com by Monday, September 13, 2021 at 4pm. You will be asked to provide a short statement for the ballot.

Fall Pledge Continues

The Mesa Verde Foundation Pledge Drive is going on now, and we need your help!! Please consider a donation in support of our many incredible programs and classrooms. Donations can be made online here. Thank you in advance for your participation with this crucial fundraising effort. Our Mesa Verde kids and their teachers appreciate you!

NEW! Eagle Shout Outs

Thank you to these Eagles who have helped us Rise Together!

NEW! 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, Office Assistant and Instruction Assistants. If you or someone you know would be interested, click here for more information or to apply.

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.

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.


Updated Health & Safety Information

Please take a few minutes to review this slide deck or watch this video recording with additional and updated Health & Safety Information.

Feeling Sick? Not Sure What To Do...

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


Mesa Verde School Counselors

This year MVMS is excited to have THREE full-time School Counselors! Your students are getting to know them over the next three weeks through their Social Studies classes. Learn more about the school counseling program at Mesa Verde and our three School Counselors here.

You can always find this newsletter in the Counselor's Corner section of this newsletter.


What Club Do You Want To Be A Part Of?

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Off Campus Passes (Early Release)

Student safety is a major concern for us. Students must be signed out at the attendance desk before departing early. Students are not allowed to wait in front of the school to be picked up during school hours.

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 attendance office and will help us to minimize interruptions to the classrooms. If you forgot to send a note you may call the Attendance Hotline @ 538-5692 to have an off campus pass sent to your student and we will do our best to honor your request in a timely manner.

When calling writing a note, please indicate:

  • Your student's first and last name
  • Their grade
  • 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.

Clearing Absences

If your student is absent, please call the Attendance hotline @ (858) 538-5692 NO LATER than 10:00 a.m. each day your student is absent. A parent or legal guardian must make this call.

In the message, please state:

  • 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.

Students will be listed as truant if we do not receive a call or note from a parent/guardian.


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.

NEW! 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.


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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.