Twin Peaks Middle School

Weekly RAM Newsletter

From the desk of Principal Mills - Sunday, January 29th, 2023

Happy Sunday Ram Families!

I hope this newsletter finds you all well and enjoying National Carnation Day! Former US President William McKinley was born on January 29th, and in 1903, National Carnation Day was established in honor of the popular president who had just been assassinated 2 years earlier in 1901. President McKinley was known for often wearing a red carnation in his lapel and would regularly have fresh carnations in the Oval Office.

We had another amazing week of learning and student activities this last week at Twin Peaks! Our ASB hosted the Great Kindness Challenge all week, with a special spirit dress-up day and lunch time event for each day of the week! Two of my favorite days were Kindness Takes Work Day, where students and staff dressed up as the profession they want to be when they get older and Teachers Need Kindness Too Day, where students dressed up as their favorite teacher. Students and staff had a lot of fun with the dress up days, but more importantly, students were smiling and more kind and caring to each other throughout the week. Let's keep the kindness going for the rest of the school year Rams!

Our i-Ready diagnostic testing window closed this past Wednesday - 97% of our students completed the reading diagnostic, and 96% of our students completed the math diagnostic! Although we still have a lot of work to do, we showed an increase in the number of students scoring above or at grade level, and a reduction in the number of students 1-2 grade levels behind. That's the direction we want the data to be trending - great job Rams!!

On Wednesday, we held our annual TPMS Spelling Bee! 18 students stepped up to the mic and tested their spelling ability in front of family and friends. After a little over an hour, and several long-winded definitions and wordy sample sentences, 7th grader Benjamin Evans emerged victorious as this year's Spelling Bee champion after correctly spelling "Vesuvian". Congratulations to Ben on his back-to-back wins (Ben won last year's spelling bee as a 6th grader!), and to 7th grader Audrey Waasted, who finished as runner-up. Ben will now move on to the regional competition on March 9th against other San Diego school champions - best of luck Ben!

Twin Peaks will be offering an after school Japanese Language & Culture Power Hour for TPMS students interested in learning more about Japan, its language, culture and people! The class will take place after school on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30pm. Students that are interested in participating in this after school program need to sign-up on the Google form LINKED HERE no later than Friday, February 3rd. Space is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis; students who are accepted into the Power Hour will be notified by email - attendance will be required to maintain a student's enrollment in the Power Hour. Our after school Japanese Power Hour class will begin meeting on Monday, February 6th.

Finally this week, please remember that there is NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS on MONDAY, JANUARY 30th. Tomorrow is a Professional Learning Day for our staff and our school offices will be closed for the day. We look forward to seeing all students back for a 1-3-5 schedule on Tuesday, January 31st at 8:30am.

In Partnership,

Steve Mills

Proud Principal

Twin Peaks Middle School

1(858)748-5131 x2806

Instagram: @principalmills_twinpeaks

6th Grade Student Poets Share Their Work!

I had the pleasure of visiting with some amazing 6th grade poets earlier this week; Mrs. Laborin's ELA students wrote some original poems on topics of their choice and a few stopped by my office to share their work with me. I was amazed to hear the powerful words they chose to paint strong mental images for their chosen topics. Not only did these young poets write some amazing lines of prose, but they presented it confidently and with the same passion they used to write their original works. Great job Rams!!
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January 30th: Professional Learning Day - No students

February 1st: Late Start - 9:50am

February 2nd: PUSD Special Education Night for 5th Grade Parents

February 8th: Late Start - 9:50am

February 9th: PUSD Board Meeting, 6:00pm @Community Room

February 12th: Covid Testing for 6th Grade Camp, 12-2pm

February 13th: Foundation Meeting, 6pm @TPMS Library

February 13th-17th: 6th Graders at Cuyamaca Outdoor School

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

February 15th: School Site Council Meeting, 3:30-4:30pm @library

February 20th-24th: President's Week Break

March 1st: Late Start - 9:50am

March 8th: Late Start - 9:50am

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

March 22nd: 5th Grade Parent Night, 5-6pm @TPMS

Special Education Information Night

Parents of PUSD 5th graders receiving Special Education services, please join us for Welcome to Middle School on February 2nd, 2023 from 5:30-6:30pm. Register by clicking here or see flyer below. The Zoom link will be emailed to you once you register - we look forward to seeing you!
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6th Grade Camp Medication Info

Please drop off 6th grade camp medications to the Health Office no later than 2/1/2023. Students are not allowed to carry medication with them onto the bus.

Medication drop-off checklist.

1. Each medication must be in its original container.

2. Each medication must have the student’s name on it. You may handwrite the name on it with a pen if their name is not on the label.

3. All medication needs to be in a bag with your student’s name written on the bag.

If your student(s) needs medication at camp, we must have a Medication Authorization Form signed by a California M.D., D.O., P.A., or N.P. for all prescription and routine over-the-counter (OTC) medication. No other practitioners are accepted. This is required for allergy medications, nasal sprays, ointments, vitamins, sleep aids, supplements, homeopathic, etc. Once the form is signed by the physician, no medication may be added.

The OTC medications listed on the back of the pink Student Registration & Health Form are available on an as-needed basis only. Please check 'Yes' for permission to administer from the camp supply if needed.

If your student requires medication but is not able to drop off medication early due to refill requirements please reach out to our health office (858) 748-5131 ext. 2803.

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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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Join TPMS Choir

We have a few remaining spots open to join TPMS choir! We will start practice Tues Feb 7th and we meet Tues/Thurs mornings from 7:20am-8:20am. All 6-8th graders are welcome to join us! We perform with Poway High School in May and have a ton of fun rehearsing and making music together.

Please don't wait. Registration will close when the spots are filled! No experience necessary...just a desire to sing! Please use this link to register:

PHS Engineering Academy/Pathway Info Night

WED, Feb. 8, 2023, from 7 pm to 8 pm in Room N3107: This is an opportunity to hear how the program is helping current students and how the Poway High School Engineering Academy/Pathway is making a difference toward their college and career goals. You will learn about what courses to enroll in to start the Academy or Pathway. There will also be a presentation about updates in the Academy and an overview of the program and pathway. There will be a question-and-answer period. Please click here or see below to view the flyer.

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Poway Community Track Meet

This event is hosted by the Poway High School Track & Field Team and will take place on Saturday, March 4th, 2023. Students can register for up to three events at $8 an event. All proceeds benefit the Poway High School Track & Field Team. Click here for more details or see below! Thanks!
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PUSD Parent Education Classes

Please see the list of classes and times available below. Click on a class for specific information. Thanks!

Taming Your Child's Tantrums & Meltdowns - TK-5th Grade, 2/1 6-8pm @ Abraxas $29 individual or $35 couple

Preparing Positively for Puberty - TK-8th Grade, 2/15 6-8pm, Live via Zoom

Free Spanish Teen Positive Parenting Workshop In Person

We are pleased to share that we are offering a 1 Day Spanish Teen Positive Parenting Workshop for FREE In Person at Valley Elementary School! This webinar series is designed for parents and will address raising responsible teenagers while improving family communication. The webinar is offered for Spanish speaking parents:

  • FREE SPANISH Teen Positive Parenting Workshop In Person

Valley Elementary School

Tuesday, January 31st 2023 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

*Childcare provided for school-aged children

Click here for more details.

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.

6th Grade Camp is Coming!

Our 6th grade Rams will be attending Cuyamaca Outdoor School, otherwise known as 6th GRADE CAMP, the week of February 13th-17th. Your students were given an enrollment packet before Winter Break in their Ram class that will need to be completed and returned to their Ram teacher no later than January 6th. Please check the TPMS website for more information by CLICKING HERE!

All 6th Graders attending camp will need to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test 72 hours prior to boarding the bus for camp. In order to facilitate this for parents and students, TPMS will be offering a Covid testing opportunity on Sunday, February 12th from 12-2pm on our campus. Families can bring their own over-the-counter test to use, written documentation of a completed test dated after 9am on 2/10, or you can sign up to reserve a free 30 minute test that the school will provide you on campus. To sign-up and/or reserve your Covid test for the February 12th testing session, please CLICK HERE.

ITEMS NEEDED FOR CAMP: Some of our students may not have all of the items they need to attend camp comfortably. Please let our Counseling Team know if you have a sleeping bag, jacket, sweatshirt, gloves, scarf, or hat that you or your kids no longer use and would like to donate. These are the most common items needed, but you can view the complete list below. Thanks so much for supporting 6th Grade Camp!

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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.

Poetry Contest & Video Challenge

Coastal Art & Poetry Contest for K-12 students

California students in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to submit artwork or poetry with a California coastal or marine theme. Application deadline is January 31, 2023. For rules, contest flyer, entry form, and helpful links for teachers and students, visit The instructions, flyer, and entry form are also available in Spanish at

Up to ten winners will be selected to win $100 to an art store (art winners) or $100 to a bookstore (poetry winners). Each winner will also receive four tickets to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Each winner's sponsoring teacher will receive a $50 gift certificate for educational supplies, courtesy of Acorn Naturalists.

Climate Video Challenge for middle and high school students

Enter any time this school year, through May 31, 2023. Students are invited to submit a 3-minute video responding to the question, “What is your vision for a thriving future?” Contest instructions and rules, brainstorming prompts, and lots of information on climate change and climate solutions can be found at Students can enter as individuals or in teams of up to five. Prizes are offered for first ($300), second ($200), and third ($100) place videos.

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.

Calling all proud families of 8th graders here at Twin Peaks! 8th Grade Recognition Ads are open and ready for purchase. Go to and click on Recognition Ads to start the process of celebrating your 8th grader in this year’s yearbook! Deadline is January 27th so don’t delay!

Want more information about Yearbooks? Go to

TPMS Yearbook Needs Your Photos

The yearbook staff invites students, staff, and parents to submit photos for the yearbook. If you have great photos of school, sport or class events, we’d like to see them.

Our photographers can’t be everywhere. Help us get as many photos as possible to create a terrific yearbook everyone will want to have.

The last day to submit your photos is: March 1, 2023


● Click on “Select My Images.”

● Browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload.

● Enter information about the photo and provide contact information in case the staff needs additional information.

● Click “Upload Chosen Images.”

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:

  • February 16th (Association Meeting @6:15pm; Board Meeting to follow)
  • March 16th
  • April 20th (Association Meeting @6:15pm; 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.

  • February 13th
  • 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!

Twin Peaks Middle School

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,