Twin Peaks Middle School

Weekly RAM Newsletter

From the desk of Principal Mills - March 5th, 2023

Happy Sunday Ram Families!

I hope this newsletter finds you all well and warming up after a pretty cold and windy week! Just as our furry-friend in New Hampshire predicted on February 2nd, it looks like we are in for more of the same in what has become a winter for the ages!

We have a busy few weeks coming up as we jump into March! This Wednesday we have our usual late start, followed by minimum days this Thursday and Friday and also next Monday and Tuesday for Parent/Student/Teacher conferences. Please make sure to check your email or the TPMS website for any updates, as well as follow the PTSA Instagram page @twinpeaksptsa and our Foundation Instagram page @twinpeaksfoundation.

Our PUSD Knowledge and Network Parent Ambassador Program is hosting an informational session with PUSD Special Education Directors and Program Specialists on school transitions and alternative pathways to graduation. This informational session is happening Monday, March 6th from 10-11:15am and can be attended live or via Zoom. Please see the flyer below and scan the QR code in order to sign-up and attend this session.

PHS counselors visited our 8th grade ELA classes this past Monday and Tuesday to begin the class selection process for 9th grade next year. Course Request Forms (CRFs) for PHS were distributed and the 4 year plan was reviewed with students. Students need to turn in their Course Request Form to their Language Arts teacher by Friday, March 24th and their course requests must be entered online by March 31st. Please encourage your student to keep their course request worksheet as they may not remember their choices in the fall.

We encourage all TPMS 8th grade families to attend the 8th Grade Family Night on Tuesday, March 14th at 5pm at PHS to learn about clubs, activities, and the wide array of elective and core courses available. Families will also have an opportunity to see the campus and meet some teachers. Please CLICK HERE for additional course request information and important dates for PHS and other PUSD high schools if your student plans to attend another school in the district.

The course selection process for current TPMS 6th and 7th graders will begin on Monday, March 20th. Current 6th and 7th graders will receive their CRFs in their Ram classes where counselors will be visiting to make sure they understand the signup process and schedule for next school year. In addition to the paper copy of the CRF, students will also need to signup for their classes in our online portal. Links to the signup portal and instructions on how to enroll in courses will be included on the CRF and on our TPMS website starting March 20th. CRF forms will be due on Thursday, March 30th to Ram teachers, and will also need to entered online by the end of the day on Friday, March 31st.

As a reminder, Online Continuing Student Registration will be open from March 1- March 31, 2023. Parents and Guardians should have received an email notification that the website is now open. Please remember that we must receive a completed digital packet for all returning students by March 31st. Please see the Online Registration section below for more information and links to complete the online registration process.

Finally this week, our Science Olympiad team spent this past Saturday at Miramar College competing in the San Diego Regional competition. According to their coaches, the students did an AMAZING job and competed in every event they entered. Our students even placed in two of the events they entered - great job Science Olympians!! Please enjoy a few pictures of our Science Olympiad team and their dedicated coaches below.

In Partnership,

Steve Mills

Proud Principal

Twin Peaks Middle School

1(858)748-5131 x2806

Instagram: @principalmills_twinpeaks

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March 8th: Late Start - 9:50am

March 8th: Everbowl AVID Fundraiser, 9am - 6pm, 13538 Poway Rd

March 9-10th: Conference Prep Days - Minimum Day Schedules

March 13-14th: Student Conferences - Minimum Day Schedules

March 15th: Late Start - 9:50am

March 15th: PUSD Board Meeting, 6:00pm @Community Room

March 16th: PTSA Meeting, 6:15pm @TPMS Library

March 20th-24th: Scholastic Book Fair hosted by PTSA

March 21st: Foundation Meeting, 6:00pm @PCR

March 22nd: Family Night Book Fair 4:30-6:30pm in the library

March 22nd: Electives Showcase/5th Grade Info Night, 5-6pm

March 27-28th: Staff Pro-Grow Days - Minimum Day Schedules

April 10-14th: Spring Break - NO SCHOOL

April 20th: What I Wish My Parents Knew, 6:30-8:45pm @TPMS

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Online Registration for 23-24 NOW OPEN!

Online Continuing Student Registration will be open from March 1- March 31, 2023. Parents and Guardians will receive an email notification once the website is open. We must receive a completed digital packet for all returning students. This will allow for proper placement of your student for the 2023-2024 school year. This annual digital process will allow a family to complete one single “family” packet instead of completing one packet per student. Packets can be completed using any computer, tablet or smartphone with an internet connection.

In preparation for online registration, now is the time to confirm that you know your parent login username and password. This information will be needed to complete the registration packet. Please take a moment and ensure you can log into If you do not know your username and/or password, you can visit to retrieve your login credentials. If you are not planning to return to PUSD for the 2023-2024 school year, please email me at as soon as possible so we can prepare any needed documents for your new school.

PUSD Quarterly Safety Summit

Last Thursday's Quarterly Safety Summit on the topic of Substance Abuse and Addiction was a great success! Thank you to those who were able to join; in the event you were not able to attend in person or on-line, you can still access the slide deck and resources from our panel as well as a recording of the presentation in its entirety from the links below or by visiting our website:

SAVE THE DATE: The last PUSD Community Safety Summit of the 2022-23 school year will be hosted on Monday, May 15, 2023. Our topic will be Social Media and Online Safety. Safety Summits are held in the PUSD District Office Community Room from 6:30 – 8:00 pm and also live streamed.

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Middle School Redesign Update

Course Request Forms (CRFs) will be coming out in the next few weeks for students to select classes for next school year. One of the the things you will notice on the student CRFs for next school year are additional elective classes for your students to select from. As part of the PUSD middle school redesign, our faculty recently voted to pilot an 8 period schedule for next school year at Twin Peaks MS; this will provide students with 1 additional period each day to take an elective and/or support class without extending the school day beyond it's current start time of 8:30am and end time of 3:15pm. We plan to switch to trimesters to align our grading periods with Poway High School, and will also keep our odd/even rotating blocks periods. Many students and teachers were in favor of shortening our 100 minute block periods, so we will add a 4th block period to each day, reducing class periods to 75 minutes long.

We are excited about these changes and hope that it provides more elective options for all students, as well as opportunities for students to receive the additional academic help and support they might need. Our teachers have stepped up to the challenge and are working on developing several new exciting elective options for students in the sciences, humanities and visual and performing arts. New elective offerings could be trimester or year-long, and will differ at each grade level. As we pilot these new offerings and schedule this next school year, please make sure to share your concerns with our admin and counseling teams. The admin team contact information is LOCATED HERE and our TPMS counselor contact information is LOCATED HERE on our TPMS website.

PUSD Parent Education Classes

We hope you can join us for one of our upcoming Parent Education classes; please see the list of classes and times available below! Click on a class for specific information.

March 2023 Parent Education Courses:

CLICK HERE for the PUSD Parent Education Homepage.

Golf Season at TPMS

It's time for competitive golf season at TPMS! Golf registration forms will be available in the front office and PE locker room from 2/27-3/10 Packets need to be returned to the front office or Room 201 by Friday 3/10 before students can attend practice. Practices will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:30-4:45 and golfers will meet at the lunch tables to check in then head up to the top field! All info about golf season will be in the packet! We hope to see your student(s) come out for the team! Any questions about golf please reach out to Matti Romero at

Registration: Monday, February 27th - Friday, March 10th.

· Forms must be returned to the Front Office or Room 201 by Friday March 10th

· Practices will be Tuesdays and Wednesdays 3:30-4:45. Students will sign in at the lunch tables and head up to the top field

· Course play at Oaks North will be on Wednesdays

· Golfers must have golf course experience, their own set of clubs and be able to play at Oaks North on Wednesdays.

What I Wish My Parents Knew 4/20/23

Please keep the evening of Thursday, April 20th from 6:30-8:45pm open so you can attend What I Wish My Parents Knew at Twin Peaks MS. This is an opportunity for parents to learn from our students about a variety of issues impacting parents and kids today, such as Social Media Use, Alcohol, Drugs and Vaping, Parenting With Guardrails, and Managing Stress and Academic Pressure. The evening is hosted by PUSD school leaders and community faith leaders to provide parents an opportunity to connect and learn with other parents how to navigate the difficult waters of raising a teenager. Plan on attending and bring a friend!

San Diego Elite Track Club

San Diego Elite is a member of the USATF (USA Track and Field) association and participates in local, regional and national events. San Diego Elite is “homebased” out of Steel Canyon High School, but has athletes from all over San Diego. Therefore, providing a training location such as Poway is a perfect opportunity to grow and expand the San Diego Elite team. San Diego Elite Track Club has a storied history, although known by other names and affiliated with other clubs in the past, Coach Ranti Harper has been an integral part of the youth track scene in San Diego and looks forward to bringing his enthusiasm and knowledge to Poway.

Trainings will primarily be held at Poway High School; however, trainings may take place at Lake Poway or another location depending on the particular workout. Training schedules will be sent out at least 1 week in advance (we are working on scheduling the entire year, but there are challenges due to high school sports having preference at Poway High School). The goal is to get in 1-3 team workouts per week with at least one of those being on the track. Meets are held on the weekends, generally Saturday, but some meets will run on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, please feel free to email questions to: or call Jordan Buswell at (760) 594-1642, the San Diego Elite representative.

ASES Has Openings For Your Student!

Our ASES Program has openings in the mornings and afternoons. This program is FREE to Twin Peaks families! The morning program starts at 6:30am and the afternoon program goes until 6:15pm. For more information please see the flyers or contact Jenn Willette at We look forward to seeing your students!
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Attendance Announcement

If your student is absent, please call the attendance hotline (858)668-2730 as soon as possible each day your student is absent (unless you give us a date range for multiple days).

Parent or legal guardian please call and state the following information:

  1. Your student’s first and last name
  2. Their grade
  3. The date of the absence(s)
  4. The reason (if sick, please list symptoms)
  5. Your relationship to the student
  6. A phone number where you can be reached.

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

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.

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.

Want more information about Yearbooks? Go to

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:

  • March 16th
  • April 20th (Association Meeting @5:15pm; 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:

  • 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!

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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,