PTMS Weekly Parent Newsletter
February 10, 2023
January 17-March 17 - Residency Verification for all CURRENT SDUHSD students (except 12th graders)
January 30-February 17 - High School Selection
February 7-16 - "Glow The Night Away" Dance Ticket Sales Begin - this signed parent permission slip, student ID, and $10 are required for your student to purchase a ticket. Volunteers Are Needed!! If you are interested, please click here to sign up.
February 13-March 17 - Independent Study Physical Education (ISPE)
February 13 - Late Start Day
February 20-21 - President's Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL
February 22 - Single Period Day
February 23-24 - Block Period Days
With the High School Selection window open, there is a lot of chatter among our eighth graders about the next step in their journey. It is exciting for them to consider, while also staying present on their current studies. In social studies they are learning about the Trail of Tears, in science they are tackling Newton's laws of motion, and in PE they are playing basketball, soccer and line dancing. I absolutely love being in classrooms, seeing learning in action, and seeing the smiles on our students' faces.
In math, some of our seventh graders are looking at linear and non-linear problems and identifying the independent and dependent variables. In social studies they are exploring practices of Islam, and for English they are better understanding conjunctions through an acronym called FANBOYS. Ask them about it. For you 80's kids out there, it is your student's version of "Conjunction Junction" from School House Rocks.
Part of our work this week was celebrating our counselors for National School Counselors Week. Ms. Lisa Curry and Ms. Carsen Murt do fantastic and impactful work each and every day on our campus as they tend to our students' needs. This includes everything from school schedules to daily check-ins and offering social and emotional support. We are so grateful for them, their work, and their positive impact they have on our students. I also want to recognize other educators on our campus who positively impact student social and mental health. This includes:
Ms. Samantha Eels-Taylor - student support facilitator
Ms. Mako Csapo - school social worker
Ms. Lauren Aguiar - school psychologist
Mr. Nick Riley - school psychologist
Ms. Julia Chowdury - speech language pathologist
Pacific Trails works tremendously hard to develop systems and supports for each and every child, and the team of folks do great work. I want to thank them for all they do each day!
I look forward to seeing the students on Monday to ask them about their favorite super bowl commercial. Until then, have a wonderful weekend and see you Monday!
Mental Health and Wellness Webinars for parents - In partnership with Rady Children's Hospital, SDCOE is hosting a series of free webinars to help families through mental health struggles in young people. The next date in the series is February 28. All sessions are from 6 to 7 p.m. Registration is required to receive the link to join. Spanish interpretation will be available for every session. Please click here for registration information.
Feb. 28: The Real Deal: Connection Between Vaping, Cannabis Use, and Mental Health
March 21: Depression and Anxiety: The Mental Health Challenges Facing Youth Today
April 25: Establishing Healthy Relationships
You can view recorded webinars from the 2022 mental health series with Rady Children's on the Mental Health Supports webpage.
The San Diego County Office of Education and Computers2Kids are hosting an event for families to purchase affordable computers on Saturday, March 4 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Kearny High School @ 1954 Komet Way, San Diego CA 92111. See this flyer for details. Here is a digital link to the information if your family could benefit from this event: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf4_hgpi8UVO95S86oBQs9aeydVv7gJCxLObmMBGRhdiXvqzg/viewform
Lisa Curry, Counselor (A-Ne) firstname.lastname@example.org
Carsen Murt, Counselor (Ng-Z and EL Students) email@example.com
Samantha Eels-Taylor, Student Support Facilitator firstname.lastname@example.org
8th Grade Vision & Hearing Screening
All 8th grade students will undergo a quick vision and hearing screening by our district nurse on February 14th and 15th. This is a mandated screening by the state of California and is pre-arranged with teachers to limit time away from the classroom. If you wish to not have your student participate, please click here or contact district nurse, Amy Hurst, RN @ email@example.com.
ASB and Student Announcements
"Glow The Night Away" Dance - February 16 - 5:00-7:00 p.m.
The dance is being held on February 16th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Volunteers Are Needed !! If you are interested, please click here to sign up.
Tickets sales begin Tuesday, February 7th, and the cost is $10.00/ea. Your student will need this parent-signed contract/permission slip AND student ID, along with the $10, to purchase a ticket. Students can buy a replacement ID with Vetha in the front office.
You'll never know what you missed unless you show up.
From the PE Department
Residency Verification for CURRENT 7th through 11th Grade SDUHSD Students
The submission window is between January 27th and March 17th for parents of CURRENT SDUHSD students in grades 7 through 11 to provide the required documents for Residency Verification for the 2023-24 school year.
The following THREE documents are required:
2. A copy of your recent SDGE bill.
3. A copy of another service bill (Cable, Water, etc.) as described on the Affidavit in the "Category 2" box in the middle of the page.
Submission is done through your Aeries Parent Portal. Here is a tutorial on how to do it.
If you are unable to submit your documents via your Aeries Parent Portal, please feel free to submit paper copies or scanned copies to Vetha in the front office.
If you have more than one CURRENT SDUHSD student, you will list each of those students on the Affidavit and submit it to Vetha in the front office who will clear each student at each school.
** Please do not list your INCOMING current 6th grade student on this form. You will need to include an independent Residency Verification at the time you enroll your 6th grader for 7th grade later on. **
Deadline to submit your documents is March 17th. Course Selection at all schools for the 2023-24 school year will be compromised for those students who do not have the Residency Verification documents uploaded/turned in.
High School Selection
High School Selection for current 8th graders will take place between January 30th and February 17th. Please click on this link for information.
The following Press Release has been sent out:
Who should submit a high school selection during the window?
1. Students currently attending SDUHSD District schools:
Current Grade 8 - All SDUHSD 8th grade students currently residing in the district must select a high school that they wish to attend in the fall of 2023.
Current Grades 9-11 - SDUHSD students currently attending a district high school who wish to change high schools must also make a selection.
SDUHSD high school students who do not wish to change and will remain at their current high schools for fall 2023 do not need to make any selections during high school selection and will automatically be re-enrolled in their current school.
2. Students who reside within District boundaries but do not currently attend SDUHSD schools:
Current Grades 8-11 students who reside within SDUHSD boundaries but who do not currently attend SDUHSD schools, including private and Rancho Santa Fe schools, must make a selection if they plan to attend a SDUHSD high school in the fall of 2023.
Students must currently reside within SDUHSD district boundaries to participate in high school selection. Students are only eligible to attend an Academy school if their primary residence is within the district boundaries and they are actually residing in that residence prior to the close of the selection at 4:00 pm on February 17, 2023.
It is the intent of the Board of Trustees to provide equitable educational opportunities for all students of the district. In order to maintain an equitable balance in the enrollment at each campus, the Board of Trustees established attendance boundaries for each school in SDUHSD. Boundaries of school attendance areas in the district are as follows:
1. La Costa Canyon High School (LCC) shall include the boundaries of the Encinitas and Cardiff school districts and the area north of Escondido Creek in Rancho Santa Fe district.
2. Torrey Pines High School (TP) shall include the boundaries of the Del Mar, Solana Beach and Rancho Santa Fe School Districts, with the exception of the area north of Escondido Creek in the Rancho Santa Fe School District.
3. San Dieguito High School Academy (SDHSA) and Canyon Crest Academy (CCA) shall be open to all district residents in grades 9-12 on an equal basis through the high school selection administrative regulation approved by the Board of Trustees. To be eligible to attend SDHSA or CCA, a student must have selected the school during the established high school selection window process.
Parents and students seeking additional information about each high school are invited to attend the high school information nights as listed below:
La Costa Canyon - Tuesday, January 24, 2023 6:00 pm
Torrey Pines - Wednesday, February 2, 2023 6:00 pm (Virtual)
Independent Study Physical Education (ISPE)
The window to apply for ISPE for the 2023-24 school year is February 13 through March 17, 2023.
There will be two VIRTUAL Parent Q&A Sessions: one on February 7th at 5:00 p.m. and the other one on February 22 at 5:00 p.m. You can find the meeting link in the application link above.
Notification of ISPE approval status from the District will be between March 27th and April 14th.
If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The PTMS Parent, Teacher & Student Association (PTSA) welcomes you to the 2022-2023 school year! As PTMS enters its seventh year, the PTSA continues to grow, supporting the families and staff by sponsoring a multitude of enriching activities and programs. We kindly ask for your support to continue this work.
The PTSA Membership fee is just $60 for two adults and one student. Please sign up here.
Volunteers Are Needed for the "Glow The Night Away" dance on February 16th. If you are interested, please click here to sign up.
Would You Like to Serve on the PTSA Executive Board for the 2023-24 School Year?
The Pacific Trails PTSA needs to fill the position of Treasurer for the 2023-2024 school year. This position requires more time than other positions but is required to keep our PTSA at Pacific Trails.
We are looking for someone excited to join our PTSA and help manage the funds used to facilitate many of the fun and important programs for students, their families and teachers. Our current Treasurer will provide all of the training and support you need to ensure your success.
If that is you or someone you know, please contact Uzma Kahn Qazi at: email@example.com
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Job Opportunities - Bilingual Parent/Community Liaisons
San Dieguito UHSD has three openings for part-time Bilingual Parent/Community Liaisons, two positions are bilingual Spanish, and one is bilingual Mandarin. A Liaison facilitates communication with families on the behalf of the schools and district to create and maintain a partnership between home and school and create a greater understanding of educational procedures, issues, and concerns. For more information on locations, work hours, and to apply, please go to: https://www.edjoin.org/Home/DistrictJobPosting/1702214.
- PTMS Webstore - the PTMS store for PE clothes
- San Dieguito Boys & Girls Club - click the link to the left for 2022-23 athletic schedules.
- SDUHSD - The SDUHSD is currently recruiting to staff permanent and substitute classified positions (e.g. Instructional Assistant, Nutrition Services, Custodian, Secretarial/Clerical). Part-time and full-time positions are available. Substitutes can set their own availability. To view a list of openings and to apply, please click https://www.edjoin.org/sandieguito or you can call Susan Dixon at 760 753-6491 x5543.