Twin Peaks Middle School

Weekly RAM Newsletter

From the desk of Principal Mills - February 12th, 2023

Happy Sunday Ram Families!

I hope this newsletter finds you all well and gearing up for today's Superbowl, and making your plans for Valentine's Day on Tuesday! Regardless of which team you are rooting for today, or if you care more about the commercials in between the game, I hope you get a chance to spend some time with family and friends enjoying the day! We look forward to students celebrating Valentine's Day on Tuesday, but please remember it is NOT a holiday and is a regular day of school for all students.

We started the week off with a water leak and port-potties being delivered to campus, and even though the porta-potties haven't been picked up yet (they are leaving tomorrow!), I'm happy to report that our PUSD Maintenance & Operations department was able to locate and repair the issue before school ended on Monday, restoring full water service to TPMS. There is obviously still some cleanup work that needs to be completed, so the front entrance area to the school will remain taped off until the repairs are done. The entrance between the science and admin buildings is accessible and open for students and staff to use, but please use caution in and around this space until the work is completed.

I need to ask for some help from parents and guardians driving your students to school in the morning... please remember that our parking lot is an Active Loading Zone during drop-off times. Our parking spaces are for our staff, so please do not park in the parking lot to drop-off your student. Also, please do not sit parked in the drop-off lane; please enter the parking lot, drop-off your student, and then exit the parking lot. Staying parked in the drop-off lane prevents our staff from being able to park and backs up traffic to the stoplight. To avoid the parking lot traffic, I recommend that you drop your student off on Twin Peaks Road and let them walk around the MPR to the front of school.

PUSD is conducting their District wide annual survey to gather your input on our Local Control Accountability Plan, or LCAP, which will help shape the District’s goals and guide our budgeting priorities for the 2023-2024 school year. Parent and student input and feedback is vital in this process! The main question that PUSD is asking is: What supports do students need to have their most successful school experience in Poway Unified? (this may include academic, extracurricular, safety, behavioral, social-emotional, environmental, or related to learning options).

Please CLICK HERE to participate in the survey! It should take you 15-20 minutes to complete, depending on how many comments you choose to post and respond to. As we consider our needs here at TPMS, improved and upgraded facilities (classrooms, common spaces, locker rooms, courts and fields) and staffing to support the expansion of elective and support classes are items to consider providing feedback on. THANK YOU in advance for taking the time to complete this survey - the window to participate closes this Friday, February 17th!

Finally this week, our 6th graders are heading off to camp tomorrow morning - Monday, February 13th. Please make sure to check out the information on our TPMS website LINKED HERE if you have any questions or concerns about how to best prepare your student for this year's Camp. Thank you to all of our families that came by campus today to get test verified or to turn in their testing results and get a wristband for their students. All families and students who have not turned in their test verification results yet will need to do so tomorrow morning - please have your student go to their Ram class/teacher and bring in a hard copy of their results to turn-in and exchange for a wristband to board the bus.

In Partnership,

Steve Mills

Proud Principal

Twin Peaks Middle School

1(858)748-5131 x2806

Instagram: @principalmills_twinpeaks



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

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

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

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

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

March 1st: Late Start - 9:50am

March 8th: Late Start - 9:50am

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

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 22nd: 5th Grade Parent Night & Electives Showcase, 5-6pm @TPMS

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National School Counselor Week!

It was hard to know that this was Counselor APPRECIATION week, since our amazing counseling team not only provided our staff with snacks, SODAS, and positive affirmations all week, but also decided to take 52 of our TPMS scholars to Poway High School for a CTE electives preview field trip! Our students had the opportunity visit a variety of CTE classes including Auto Shop, Engineering, the Ag Program, Photography, Theatre, Digital Media Production, and Animation. After this field trip 85% of the students said they would like to take a CTE class in high school!

A huge THANK YOU to Mrs. Baskin, Mrs. Jennings and Mrs. Roman for all of their hard work each and every day, but also for their willingness to go above and beyond to provide a memorable learning experience for our students. TPMS is lucky to have such a wonderful team of counselors!

Parents/Guardians of 8th Grade Students

The Poway High School counselors will meet with our 8th grade students in their Language Arts classes on Monday, February 27th and Tuesday, February 28th to share important information about the transition to high school. The counselors will share the exciting opportunities that await our future Titans, provide information about high school graduation and college entrance requirements, and give students their Course Request Forms (CRFs) to select their classes.

We encourage all 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.

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.

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.
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What I Wish My Parents Knew 3/8/23

Please keep the evening of Wednesday, March 8th 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.

TPMS Spirit Wear is Back

Our TPMS Online Spirit Store is now open with BRAND NEW DESIGNS for you to enjoy. We’ve added some really exciting new options, like a tie-dye hoodie, a crew neck option (great for PE!), and even TPMS sweatpants and pajama pants! Visit to place your order today, but hurry! The online store will close for production on February 28th.

Soccer at TPMS

IT IS TIME FOR SOCCER SEASON AT TPMS!!!! Soccer registration forms will be available in the front office and PE locker room from 2/6-2/17. Skill Eval forms need to be returned to the front office or Room 201 by Friday 2/11 before students can attend the skill evaluations the following week. Skill evaluations will be held on 2/28, 3/1 and 3/2 - players will meet at the lunch tables to check in! All info about Soccer season will be on the skill eval packet! We hope to see your student come out for the team! Any questions about soccer please reach out to Matti Romero at

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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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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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.

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,

PUSD Parent Education Classes

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

February 2023 Parent Education Courses:

    March 2023 Parent Education Courses:

    CLICK HERE for the PUSD Parent Education Homepage.