Weekly Family Update #30

March 14, 2021

Principal's Message

Hello Falcon Families,

Here we go! The PUSD School Board has voted to begin a limited one day a week reopening this week for those families who selected on-campus learning. I am so excited and ready to see our Falcons!

Please pay close attention to the schedule this week. Those students who are returning to campus will only be here only one day this week. We will transition to the two day a week schedule once we hit the red tier, which is tentatively scheduled for Monday March 22.

Until then, please follow the schedule that is listed in the graphic below.

For our families that are returning to campus. Please read over our Reopening Plan and Family Handbook carefully. There is lots of important information and reminders in those documents. All on-campus students must return a signed PUSD Health and Safety Agreement in order to be on campus. This form can be found HERE. We will be collecting these forms as students are dropped off the first week back and will have blank copies available if families need.

Here are some key reminders:

1. Please make sure you return the PUSD Health and Safety Agreement Form when you drop off your student.

2. Do not drop off your student and leave, we must take student temperatures before you drive away.

3. All students must come to school each day with a fully charged Chromebook.

4. All students will need to bring with them each day headphones, any needed school supplies, PE appropriate clothing (on the day they have PE), water bottle, independent reading book, and a packed lunch.

5. Students must wear a clean mask each day. We recommend bringing a second mask on the day they have PE.

6. In the morning, we will begin taking temperatures and letting students into campus after 8am.

7. Students who are on campus will go to their connections teacher for both connections and office hours. They will be able to zoom into to any classroom to ask questions. Students can also use this time to finish up work.

The OVMS Cafeteria will have hot and cold lunches available for free to all students who do not bring lunch from home. This will be a grab-and-go style bagged lunch that will be served from the cafeteria windows.

For our families that are remaining virtual. We are so pleased that we are able to provide this opportunity for your Falcons to remain virtual. Our teachers have been working hard so they can continue to be fully prepared to keep giving your students the love, support, and learning that they need. We are one Falcon Family!

Please note that our on-campus program has been built based on the family preference survey from earlier in the winter. At this time we have very limited space to move families around. If you would like to be placed on a waitlist to change your learning preference, you can add your name HERE. Please also note for those families wanted to move to virtual. We have rebuilt our PE classes to be all on-campus or all virtual students and our virtual PE classes are getting very full. As a result, we have limited spaces available. We will do our best to address all requests. If you would like to be placed on a waitlist to change your learning preference, you can add your name HERE.

Thanks for all you do for our Oak Valley Community! Go Falcons!

Beaming with Falcon Pride,

Mr. Young

Colin Young


Oak Valley Middle School


Schedule for the Week of March 15-19

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Oak Valley Reopening Plan *Updated 3/2/2021*

Click HERE for the reopening plan for OMVS. This plan contains lots of detailed information on the systems we have in place for students as we open

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New Information

Counseling Office Update

Falcons, our counselors are here for you! Click here to view their latest update.

Help! We Need Water!

Current health restrictions prevent us from keeping our drinking water foundations turned on. We ask that students please bring water with them to school each day.

If you would like to donate a case of water to help those students who forget or who need a refill, please drop one off at the Welcome Center any time during the week.

Thanks so much for your support!!

PTSA Magic Show Coming Soon!


When you book your family’s ticket to our one-of-a-kind fundraiser, you’ll receive a box in the mail you won’t open until showtime. During the live Zoom show, the surprises in the box make the magic happen in your child’s hands.

This fantastic show is presented by Scott Green, whose dozens of TV appearances include “Fool Us” with Penn & Teller. He’s also been the team magician for the Chicago Bulls.

One night only—Thursday, April 1 at 7 pm. 20% will be donated to Oak Valley PTSA!

One box is enough for an entire household, but you’re welcome to order one box per child. You can even invite friends and family to order a box and join the fun!

Purchase tickets at:




Falcon Foundation Update

Oak Valley Falcon Foundation - Dine Out Nights Coming Soon!

Not sure what to feed your family on those busy weeknights? Leave some of the meal planning to the Oak Valley Falcon Foundation. We've got Dine Out Nights coming your way. Proceeds from each benefit the Oak Valley Falcon Foundation and the funds support STEAM and other programming for all Falcons!

Save the Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 11:00 am-8:00 pm we will have our first Dine Out Night at Flippin' Pizza! The flyer is attached for additional information.

Stay tuned to your email for an upcoming update from the Foundation where we'll share results (and contest winners) from our Annual Campaign, provide information on what we've been funding, and give you some additional Dine Out Nights to add to your calendar.

Questions about the foundation? Want to make a donation (it's not too late!)? Check out our website at www.oakvalleyfalconfoundation.com for more information.


AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a nation-wide program offered at Oak Valley to 7th and 8th grade students. AVID is a one period, yearlong elective, which students apply to. The goal of AVID is to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in middle school, high school and college. The program places special emphasis on growing writing, critical thinking, teamwork, organization, reading and social-emotional skills. If you would like to be considered for the AVID program, please fill out this form and attend our Info Night this Tuesday!

Thank you!!

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It’s National Pi Day today (3/14) so it’s time for our Julian Apple Pie Sales fundraiser

It’s pie time! Oak Valley Music Boosters is kicking off its annual Julian Pie Fundraiser. Delicious fresh and frozen pies are $20 each. This year you can also purchase a pie for a front line medical worker.

Why are we fundraising? With over six hundred students, our award-winning music program needs your help to fund a $16,000 sound shell, instruments, guest instrumentalists, accompanists and sheet music.

Please click here for more information and to place your order. All orders are due by Monday, March 22, and pie orders will be available for a drive-through pickup at Oak Valley on April 1 from 3-6pm.

PE for On-Campus Students

Welcome Back Falcons!

The PE team is so excited to have students coming back to campus – We have missed you!

Some information for an easy transition:

Students will not be dressing out in the locker room or using PE clothes. All Falcons must come to school dressed in appropriate athletic attire and tennis shoes on their PE days in order to receive credit for the daily activities.

Things you might want to send with your student on PE days are:

1. Extra face mask

2. Water bottle

3. Hand sanitizer

4. One warm days, a hat/visor, and sunscreen.

Congratulations to our Science Olympiad Teams

The OVMS Science Olympiad came in 1st Place overall at San Diego Regionals for the 4th year in a row and will be headed to the State Tournament on April 3rd. Out of 48 teams that competed at Regionals, our six teams placed:

1st – Team King

5th – Team Pawn

6th – Team Rook

10th – Team Bishop

12th – Team Queen

14th – Team Knight

We are very proud of our hard-working Falcons!

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Celebrate Women's History Month

Every year March is designated Women’s History Month by Presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions in American history. The theme for 2021 National Women’s History Month is “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced.” Join us as we honor the achievements of Women.

Did You Know? Women’s History Month started as Women’s History Week

According to the National Women History Museum, Women’s History Month began as a local celebration in Santa Rosa, California. The Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women planned and executed a “Women’s History Week” celebration in 1978. The organizers selected the week of March 8 to correspond with International Women’s Day. The movement spread across the country as other communities initiated their own Women’s History Week celebrations the following year.

This week I encourage all families to visit the National Women's History website, which is hub for links to so many different resources. Art exhibits, events, links to other museums, pictures, and teachable lessons. You can visit the website HERE. There is so much to explore!

Join us as we learn about, champion, and celebrate, what makes us uniquely different as individuals and what binds us together as one Falcon Family. This is what makes us exceptional Falcons.

D39 Accepting Students

Dear 6th & 7th Grade Families,

Design39Campus is still accepting interest forms for grades 7 and 8 for the 2021-2022 school year. If you are interested in submitting an interest form, please email Enrollment-Design39Campus@powayusd.com to receive a form. This form will be prioritized based upon the time stamp recorded upon submission of the form. Placement opportunities will be open until filled

Please visit our website to find out more about our campus. We ask that all parents view this video in order to submit an interest form: Video Link.

Thank you for your interest.

Continuing Information

Attention 8th Graders: Preparation for High School

Soon our 8th Grade Families will begin to think about the transition to High School. If you will be attending a high school in PUSD, please see the flyer HERE for detailed information from all of the high schools on their up coming presentations for families.

Student presentations from all high schools will be held the week of March 15th. Students will hear about their future high school and receive information on how to start selecting their courses.

For families that are placing a transfer request, your student would need to attend the high school presentation of the high school that they are slated to attend, not the one they are choosing to transfer to. When they select their courses within synergy, they will need the high school codes for the school they are slated to attend (home location). Don’t worry, all virtual presentations will be recorded and accessible on the high school websites.

Student Presentations

Week of March 15th

Family Presentations:

Mt Carmel High School: March 2nd

Westview High School: March 9th

Poway High School: March 16th

Rancho Bernardo High School: March 16th

Del Norte High School: March 23rd

Intradistrict Transfers

For students who live in the PUSD boundaries and would like to attend another PUSD school, PUSD will accept Intradistrict Transfer requests for the 2021-2022 school year from February 1, 2021, at 8 a.m. through March 31, 2021, at 5 p.m. During that time period, there will be a link on the PUSD webpage to submit a transfer request.

For students who live in another school district and would like to attend a PUSD school, PUSD will accept Interdistrict Attendance Permit requests for the 2021-2022 school year starting February 1, 2021. Please note that the document must first be signed by your district of residence before it is submitted to PUSD.

Decisions on transfers are made by the Student Attendance and Discipline Office, not Oak Valley Middle School staff.

PTSA Art Corps - Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for volunteers to help deliver Art Corps lessons in their children's Social Studies classes via Zoom. The time commitment is as little as one class period (approximately 80 minutes, or less) during any of the months we anticipate offering the program (February-May).

We hope to offer three lessons per class over that time period, so we hope to have several volunteers in each class. You do not need to have an art background. Art Corps lessons are being modified to be delivered via distance learning, and we plan on a brief orientation (virtual) as soon as we collect the names of all interested parent volunteers and finalize the modified program details. Please sign up if you are interested in learning more: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090C45AEAB2FA7FB6-ovms7

Caring Connections Counseling (CCC)

The CCC Parent Counseling Resource page is now updated. Please click HERE to view all the resources available on Crisis Counseling, Food and Diaper Assistance, Parenting Support, Mental Health Support, and Self-Care.

Continuing Schedule and Reopening Information

Oak Valley Middle School Family Handbook

As we prepare to bring students back to campus, please review the OVMS Family Handbook and familiarize yourself with our school rules and procedures.

Family Drop Off and Pick Up Plan

Click here for detailed information on the student drop-off and pick-up procedures that will be utilized once we reopen.

Weekly Bell Schedule and Monthly Calendar

Our weekly schedule started after Winter Break. This schedule should be much simpler and easier to follow for students.

Please see the attached weekly bell schedule HERE and below.

There is also a new monthly calendar attached HERE and below. We will follow this same weekly schedule pattern for the reminder of the year, unless the School Board changes our current school model, with the exception of a few weeks where we have to adjust for holidays. Please look at both of these documents closely.

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Asynchronous Fridays

Here are are some thoughts as we have completed two Asynchronous Fridays. Please note that the expectations for students on this day are a work in progress. Our staff will be checking in with students this week to adjust and evaluate the expectations. All student work is due by 2:15pm on this day in order for students to earn attendance for the day. This is a requirement we must follow.

Asynchronous Fridays are a day for students to work independently and for teachers to have time to prep, grade and collaborate as seen in the details presented at the last Board Meeting (bulleted below) as well as work with students needing support. This is still a work in progress and staff will continue the conversation to adjust as we move forward.

For Students:

· Review and preview work from the week to deepen learning

· Review feedback and complete corrections

· Independent learning time

· Reduce screen time

· Additional support time with peers and staff

For Teachers:

· Provide timely feedback to students; including grades

· Review assessments and plan based on student needs

· Complete required COVID attendance tracking

· Collaboration

· Professional learning

· Office hours to provide support to individual student

Parent Academy

The Poway Unified Parent Academy is the one-stop shop where parents can come to see and learn about the different types of educational technology tools that teachers are using with students in the district. These resources will make it simpler and easier for parents to understand what teachers use to engage students in meaningful ways in a virtual environment that highlights student collaboration. Click on the link HERE to check it out!
Click Here to View the Family Presentation Slides

Click here to view the family presentation slides from the live forum on 10/28/20

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