PTMS Weekly Parent Newsletter
March 31, 2023
Hopefully as you read this newsletter, you are easing into the weekend and our official Spring Break! The great news is that we have sunny days ahead and no rain in the foreseeable future. The other great news is that a great deal of student learning was happening across campus this week. In our Math BH classes, students were all in on the Pythagorean Theorem (remember that?), while in 7th grade science, some of our students were developing prototypes of hand warmers that actually worked quite well! Musical moments were abound, as some of our students who have their own rock band played at lunch on Tuesday, while our orchestral students began rehearsing their medley from "Les Miserables".
I know that many families are traveling over break, and I wish you safe travels and enjoyable adventures. If you are staying local like me, I hope that you and your family get to relax. If you happen to be near the Carmel Valley Public Library, stop in and take a look at the PTMS student artwork that is featured in their community room.
A reminder that the break is also a break for our educators and staff, so if you reach out to anyone by email, they won't respond until we return on Monday, April 10th.
Let's hope the Aztecs have a great weekend in the Final Four, and we will see you all when we return on Monday, April 10th!
Assistant Principal's Message
This year students will be participating in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). All students will take the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy and mathematics. In addition, eighth grade students will take the California Science Test (CAST). Additional information can be found by clicking on the link HERE.
PTMS Testing Schedule:
California Science Test (CAST) in 8th Grade Science classes (April 11-14)
Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for ELA in English classes (April 18-21)
Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for Math in Math classes (May 2-5)
Students will be able to use wireless headphones but they have to be linked to their Chromebook before they start testing, otherwise students should bring their own wired headphones or earbuds if they have them.
Message from the Counselors
The 3rd Quarter progress reports are available to view in Aeries. To view your child’s progress report, click on “Grades” or when using the Aeries app, click on “Report Cards”.
SDUHSD Summer School will be held at La Costa Canyon High School and available to students needing English or math remediation, a math bridge course, or ELD (English Language Development). Sign-up forms will be available after spring break. Course offerings are listed here.
Society of Women Engineers invites students to their 2023 Girls in STEM Inspiration Day. The purpose of Inspiration Day is to inspire girls and underserved youth to pursue careers in STEM fields. This year’s event will feature presentations and “speed-mentoring” from women engineering professionals, hands-on engineering projects, and lunch with boba drinks. Space is limited so students should register ASAP – all genders are welcome!
Where: Hoover High School; 4474 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego 92115
When: Sat, April 15th; 9 am – 1:30 pm
Who: Students in grades 6 – 12. All genders welcome! Cost: FREE
Save the date! Our school district is very excited to soon welcome Dr. Matt Bellace, neuropsychologist and comedian on Tuesday, April 25th. Dr Bellace, an expert on substance abuse prevention and mental health awareness, is over from the East Coast and will be presenting to our students here at PTMS during the day. He will then do an evening presentation at San Dieguito Academy at 6pm and all parents and families are welcome. See this flier for more information.
We hope you have a relaxing spring break and enjoy this time to unplug and spend time with your family!
Lisa Curry, Counselor (A-Ne) email@example.com
Carsen Murt, Counselor (Ng-Z and EL Students) firstname.lastname@example.org
Samantha Eels-Taylor, Student Support Facilitator email@example.com
Health Education in Science Classes
Comprehensive sexual health education and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) instruction will be provided by your student’s 7th or 8th-grade science teacher and is to begin in late April/early May.
Parents, please read the SDUHSD CHYA Parent Notification Letter, provided in English, Spanish or Chinese. Also, review the district website for the Health Curriculum. Seventh grade is starting the Health Unit on Monday, April 24th, and 8th grade is starting the Health Unit on Monday, May 8th. Please let Ms. Freeman know in writing by Friday, April 21st, if you wish to opt your student out of the Health Unit. Thanks!
ASB and Student Announcements
Keep hopping into school every day and on time.
Gardening Club Updates: Farm to Fork Acitvity
On Monday, the Garden Club met at the garden, harvested Arugula, and made a delicious Caesar salad with the help of the master gardener and a club member's parent who brought in the serving pieces as well as supplementary ingredients.
The next step is to make a cage around the edible garden beds to prevent predators from attacking the vegetables and herbs that are planted there. Right now, the Garden Club is looking for parent volunteers who are willing to assist with this project. If you have any questions or are interested in this project, please email Mrs. Memar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are some of the pictures of this fun activity:
2022-23 CAEA San Diego County K-8 Student Art Exhibit
"Congratulations to PTMS Art students for being accepted to the 2022-23 CAEA San Diego County K-8 Student Art Exhibit! The exhibit features 75 student works from across seven different school districts. All artwork will be on display in the Carmel Valley Public Library Community Room from April 1st - 29th. The PTMS students whose art will be featured in the exhibit include: Oliver Le, Danielle Herndl, Sophia Hughes, Trinity Cowne, Jacqueline Zelnick, Jessica Sun, Paloma Heil, and Alexis Walters. Great job, Wolves!
From the PE Department
Order Your Yearbook Now
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
Torrey Pines High School Dance Team and Co. Auditions
Student Safety Vehicle Permit
- 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 Gray at 760 753-6491 x5543.