December Update

From Twin Hills Middle to the Homefront

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Principal's Pen

Happy Holidays Panther Families-

As we enter the holiday season, I want to share how thankful I am for our fantastic students, supportive families and community, and my amazing staff! I am incredibly proud of what is happening here on campus and the growth that our students are making daily! Please remember to keep doing what you're doing and encourage your child to put forth their best efforts as we head into the second half of the school year.

Lost and found: Please remember to check our fast growing lost and found before winter break! We have lots of jackets, sweatshirts, water bottles, etc. Any leftover items will be donated during the break.

Holiday schedule: Just a reminder that we will be closed for winter break beginning December 19th. Our first day back to school will be January 3rd.

Electives: Elective choices for second semester will go out to students via email after school on Monday, December 12th. This will be done via Google Form and will be first come first serve. Please remind your child to check their email that week! Choice selection will close before the new year. Students will find out their electives on Friday, January 20th.

Attendance: Please remember that when your child is out of school they miss instruction. We know that it is cold and flu season, and we appreciate it when you keep your child home when they have a fever and bad cough. Please remember that after 12 excused absences, your child will need a doctor's note to be marked excused.

Just a reminder, please stay connected for up to date information. Find us on social media (Facebook and Instagram) for updates regularly. Also, feel free to browse our website for more detailed information. As always, please call the office anytime with questions or concerns. We're here for you and want to help!


Shawna Whitestine

Panther Pride Awards!

Our Panther Pride Awards are given when we catch any student doing something positive for themselves or someone else! After students receive the award they enter it into a raffle box that we draw from daily. The winner is announced at lunchtime and is able to choose a prize from a fantastic reward menu!

November raffle winners were

8th Graders: Ariana N., Marina G., Piper O., Samantha F., Isaiah A., Ryann B., Elia D., and Dominic G.

7th Graders: Zoey B., Dean C., and Daniela V.

6th Graders: Zoe M., Natalia P., Khalvin N., Aliyah P., and Dahlia S.

Congrats to our raffle winners! Keep up the hard work, Panthers!

It's Finally Time! Seussical the Musical is Here!

Our drama club and its directors have been working hard for countless hours over the past few months to bring us Seussical the Musical! We are excited to share this amazing performance with our entire community! Join us on Dec. 9th or 10th! Tickets will be available at the door for $10.
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Join us for our Winter Concert- Everyone is invited!

The Winter Concert will take place on Thursday, December 15. 6:30 pm.

All Band and Choir students will perform selections they have been working on this semester.

Students should arrive to warm-up at 6:00 pm. They are expected to stay for the entire concert.
Dress should be something nice. No ripped jeans, no graphic tees, no hats. Dress code applies.

Chromebooks Available

We have Chromebooks available to those students who do not have access to one at home. Families who borrow technology must sign an agreement to return it at the end of the year and are held financially liable if the item is lost or destroyed. Please contact the office if you would like to reserve one for your student.

2024 Washington DC Trip is Still Open!

There is still time to sign up for this once in a lifetime adventure! If you want more details on the trip or ways to make it work financially, just give us a call in the office and we'll fill you in!

If you're ready to sign up, here is the link:

Our Trip Number is: 206779

Reminder that this trip is during NEXT school year. So, it is open to our current 6th and 7th graders. We're looking forward to another great experience, and we hope your child is there!

COVID Tests Going Home During Winter Break

As we head into the holiday season, it is important that we work together to keep our campus safe and healthy without any state COVID mandates.

We will be sending COVID tests home with each student on Dec. 16th. Please administer the test to your child on Monday, Jan. 2nd.

Warriors tickets

We have an AMAZING opportunity for you! We have discounted tickets to see the National Champion Golden State Warriors at Chase Center! Guess what, it's also a fundraiser for our student council! That's right...$10 of each ticket goes right back to us!

Our December game has already SOLD OUT but we still HAVE TICKETS FOR MARCH 31st!

Click on the link below to buy tix now!
Golden State Warriors Tickets

All you need to do is click on the link above, choose your game(s) of choice and then purchase! It's that easy!

Go Warriors and Go Panthers!

Student Council Corner

Advisory door decorating is underway. Advisory classes are decorating their front doors with winter/new year's themes and competing for the number one spot. Let's go PANTHERS!!

Our first spirit week was AMAZING as was our first spirit rally. Results of who is in the lead will be in the next newsletter. Stay tuned for that.

Our next spirit week will be 12/12-12/16 with the following days:

Monday, 12th - Tie Dye/Neon Day

Tuesday, 13th - Twin Day

Wednesday, 14th - Decade Day (dress in the style of your favorite decade)

Thursday, 15th - Ugly or Holiday Sweater Day

Friday, 16th - PJ Day (or roll out of bed day)

We have our next student council dance on 1/20/23 and some dine and donates on the horizon as well. As always follow us on Instagram, Facebook and now introducing TikTok. Yep. That's right. We also keep the parent calendar updated with events and more. Thank you!

Help Support Student Council in Giving Back!

Twin Hills Student Council is teaming up with a Twin Hills family that wants to ring in the holiday by giving back to our community. They found an establishment, Sam Jones Hall in Santa Rosa, that helps our unhoused community by asking what the number one thing they needed this holiday season, the answer; new bath size towels.

Please bring any new bath towels to the office. Students will receive advisory points for their class.

So starting Monday, December 5th we are collecting new bath size towels here in the office. Help us help our community!

The season of giving is HERE and we appreciate your support.

Winter Coat Drive Sponsored by Interact Club

Our fantastic Interact Club will be holding a new and gently used coat drive. It starts Dec. 1st and will run through Dec. 15th. Collection boxes will be located in office. Help support our neighbors in need and our Interact Cub!

News from Our Counselor: New Club on Campus

I am very excited about our new QSA club on campus which is open to any student who identifies as LGTBQIA+ or as an Ally. QSA stands for Queer Straight Alliance. This club’s purpose is to promote a sense of belonging and connection and to support understanding on campus. Why is this club important? In a 2019 survey done by the Trevor Project, 39% of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide in the past twelve months, with more than half of transgender and non-binary youth having seriously considered. Trans and nonbinary youth whose pronouns were honored by people in their lives attempted suicide at half the rate of those whose pronouns were not respected. (Trevor Project) Clubs like this allow for students to feel seen, supported and valued which leads to a healthier, happier life - what more could we ask for?


Ms. Hales

School Counselor

Opportunity to Join Analy and Brookhaven on an Educational Trip to Japan

There are just a few spots left for an educational trip to Japan next summer! Check out the powerpoint presentation below for more details. They have 3-4 spots left and a deadline of December 21, 2022. Feel free to email Joe Myers, jmyers@ or Tricia Maxson with any questions.

Twin Hills Apple Blossom Education Foundation News

Our amazing THABEF can use your ideas, support, and contributions!

Come be a part of the team!

Join us for our monthly meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 5th @ 4pm at Twin Hills Middle in Room 11.

To donate while you shop:


Please visit and add our group ID 500548660 to your account. Don't forget to visit Fircrest or Oliver's to help support THABEF.


Use the link below to go add THABEF to your Amazon smile account


Sign up at , community and join basementeers. Choose Twin Hills Apple Blossom Educational Foundation as your beneficiary

THABEF Newsletter

Second Cup of Coffee

Friday, Dec. 9th, 9:30am

Twin Hills Middle School MUR and on Zoom

Join me at school for an informal open discussion. I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas to make Twin Hills a better place!

This meeting will be hybrid (both in person and on Zoom). Please use this link if you are unable to join us in person!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Upcoming Dates

12/5- 12/8- Drama practices every night until 6pm

12/5 @ 6pm- ELAC Meeting at Twin Hills in Room 11

12/6 @ 4:00- THABEF Meeting @ Twin Hills

12/8 @ 4:45- Board Meeting at Apple Blossom

12/9 @ 9:30- Second Cup of Coffee on Campus

12/9 @ 6pm- Drama Performance of Seussical the Musical

12/10 @ 1pm- Drama Performance of Seussical the Musical

12/12-12/16- Spirit week (See specifics above)

12/15 @ 6pm- Winter Band and Choir Concert

12/19-1/2- No School- Winter Break

Community Outreach

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Sonoma County Library

Here are some of the best new children's books I bought this month for the library. The book covers link to our catalog so you can request them if you like.

Click here for new books available!


Kate Drewieske

Juvenile/YA Collection Development Librarian

Sonoma County Library

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Twin Hills Charter Middle School: Home of the Panthers!

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