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.
Twin Peaks Middle School
6th Grade Student Poets Share Their Work!
TPMS NEWS AND EVENTS - bit.ly/tpmsevents
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
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.
ASES Has Openings For Your Student!
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: https://forms.gle/fsSWd4jZbGTCbAtH6
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.
Poway Community Track Meet
PUSD Parent Education Classes
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
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:
- Your student’s first and last name
- Their grade
- The date of the absence(s)
- The reason (if sick, please list symptoms)
- Your relationship to the student
- 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!
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!
Free & Reduced Lunch Applications!
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 https://www.coastal.ca.gov/art-poetry/. The instructions, flyer, and entry form are also available in Spanish at https://www.coastal.ca.gov/art-poetry/espanol.html.
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 https://www.coastal.ca.gov/climatechallenge. 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!!
TPMS Yearbook Info
Yearbooks are available for $50. We sold out last year so get yours now!
Pay by card: Go to www.jostens.com or use the QR code
Pay by cash/check: Download the order form from our webpage
http://tpmsyearbook.weebly.com/ 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 www.jostens.com 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 http://tpmsyearbook.weebly.com/
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
SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS ONLINE
● 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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, email@example.com.