Twin Peaks Middle School

Weekly RAM Newsletter

From the desk of Principal Mills - Sunday, January 23rd, 2022

Happy Sunday, Ram Families!


I hope you are all well and enjoying our spring-like San Diego weather in January! This was a quick 4-day week to open up the 2nd semester and the second half of the school year... to get things kicked off on the right foot for 2022, please encourage your students to participate in our first spirit-week of the year and the Great Kindness Challenge! There are spirit dress-up days and events planned each day for students at lunch in the quad - show your Ram Pride and your Kindness everyday this week! See the flyer and details below.


We continue to see large numbers of our students and staff impacted by Covid-19 exposure. Please continue to self-screen and monitor your student's temperature each morning before they come to school. If your student feels sick or shows any symptoms of being sick, please have them stay home. Please let us know right away if your student tests positive so that we can alert staff and students of potential exposure. Please see the "Covid-19 Updates" section below for more details and links to information from PUSD and the CDPH.


This past Thursday, we had PUSD School Board member Michelle O'Conner-Ratcliff and Associate Superintendent of Student Support Services Greg Mizel on campus visiting a few of our co-taught classes with our PUSD media department and a reporter for the SD Union Tribune. They were on campus to do a follow-up article to the Golden Bell Award that the district was recently awarded for their leadership and advocacy for inclusion in special education. HERE IS A LINK to the original article in the SD Tribune.


Two of our 6th graders from one of our co-taught science classes were interviewed for a follow-up article we hope to see later this week; the students kept it real and shared their experience in the class with the reporter. She shared with me later, "You could tell those two boys really enjoy their science class!". HERE IS A LINK to the pictures of the students getting interviewed on the PUSD Facebook page - look for the link to the finished article to find out what the students had to say in next week's newsletter!


Our Community Conversation on Racial Equity and Inclusion scheduled for this past Thursday has been rescheduled to Tuesday, February 1st via Zoom. If you are interested in attending, please click on the flyer below to register and be sent the Zoom link to attend. These virtual community conversations are open to all PUSD families in the Poway HS feeder pattern; please consider attending to be a part of the conversation and to support the inclusive work PUSD is leading in our community.


Finally this week, save yourself having to make dinner and consider supporting our PTSA this Wednesday, January 26th and stop by Jersey Mike's Sandwiches on Pomerado Road from 3-9pm to participate in the TPMS PTSA Fundraiser! Please see the flyer below for more details - 100% of your donations will go directly to our PTSA!! If you haven't already joined the PTSA, it's not too late!! Please CLICK HERE to join today!


In Partnership,


Steve Mills

Proud Principal

Twin Peaks Middle School

stmills@powayusd.com

1(858)748-5131 x2806

Instagram: @principalmills_twinpeaks

UPCOMING EVENTS:

TPMS NEWS AND EVENTS - bit.ly/tpmsevents

January 24th: Superhero of Kindness - Wear your favorite superhero gear!

January 25th: Kindness is Love - Dress up in all red!

January 26th: Watch out for Kindness - Dress as your favorite TV or movie character!

January 26th: PTSA Jersey Mike's Fundraiser, 3-9pm

January 26th: TPMS Spelling Bee, 4:30pm @Zoom

January 27th: Kind minds think alike - Find a friend and dress the same!

January 27th: Late Start Schedule, 9:15am start

January 27th: PTSA Meeting, 6:15pm @Zoom

January 28th: Kindness is Disney magic - Sport your best Disney gear!

January 31st: Professional Development Day, NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

February 1st: Rescheduled - Community Conversation, 6-7:30pm via Zoom

February 2nd: Character Counts Virtual Celebration, 4:30pm via Zoom

February 3rd: Late Start Schedule, 9:15am start

February 10th: Late Start Schedule, 9:15am start

February 11th: 6th Grade All O's Party, 1st RAM, Pride Park

February 16th: Screenagers Forum 1, 6-7pm via Zoom

February 21-25th: President's Week Break

The Great Kindness Challenge

This next week (January 24 – 28th), it’s time for our first Spirit Week of 2022 and it’s one that is very special to our hearts! Join TPMS and schools all around the world as we celebrate The Great Kindness Challenge and work to make our school, community and world a little bit more kind.


We’ll have activities every day at lunch in the quad, and prizes for our most spirited Rams, so dress up and join the fun to spread some Kindness!

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SCRIPPS SPELLING BEE

This year's TPMS Spelling Bee will be held on Wednesday, January 26th starting at 4:30pm - due to the recent surge in cases of Covid-19, this event will now be held on Zoom. All students in grades 6-8 are encouraged to participate in this annual event, and all participants will receive a prize pack for participating in the event. The school winner will advance on to regional competition representing Twin Peaks in March, 2022!


Students who are interested in participating can sign-up by CLICKING HERE to access the Google sign-up form. Once you sign-up, a practice packet and pledge form will be emailed to the email address provided. LAST DAY TO SIGN-UP IS TUESDAY 1/25!

PTSA Jersey Mike's Fundraiser

On Wednesday, January 26th, have dinner on us and support your PTSA at Jersey Mike's! You'll receive a free regular sub when you make a minimum $4.00 donation. 100% of donations go to TPMS. Please see the flyer below for more details.
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6th GRADE CAMP - March 7-11th, 2022

CALLING ALL 6th GRADERS!! The February 1st deadline for signing up for 6th Grade Camp is quickly approaching! We encourage all of our 6th graders to attend camp, but it is ultimately the choice of each student and their family if they want to attend. To help you make your decision, please CLICK HERE for a video link and a PDF with Frequently Asked Questions that you may want to consider, including testing and masking requirements, cabin assignments, and most importantly - information on meal times and the dining hall!


6th Grade Camp forms should be turned in to your student's Ram teacher; if you have additional questions or concerns, please contact Lynda Carter at lycarter@powayusd.com.

Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age

Our Twin Peaks PTSA and Foundation have partnered together to provide our school community with an opportunity to watch two documentaries together to learn more about screen time and how it is impacting our lives. Coming in February and March, TPMS students and families will have a chance to watch one or both of the award-winning films and then attend a community forums to discuss the topics raised by the films with our panel of local experts.


  • Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games and academics. The film offers solutions on how we can help our kids navigate the digital world.
  • Screenagers: The Next Chapter follows physician and filmmaker, Delaney Ruston, as she discovers solutions for improved adolescent well-being in the digital age.


Please click on the Screenagers flyer below to signup! Students will have an opportunity to watch a shortened version of the movies in their Ram classes during February and March.

Community Conversation on Racial Equity & Inclusion - RESCHEDULED to 2/1/22

Please join us on Tuesday, February 1st from 6-7:30pm as PUSD hosts our next Community Conversation on Racial Equity and Inclusion via Zoom. If you are interested in attending, please click on the flyer below to register and be sent the Zoom link to attend. These virtual community conversations are open to all PUSD families in the Poway HS feeder pattern; please consider attending to be a part of the conversation and to support the inclusive work PUSD is leading in our community.
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8th Grade Yearbook Ads

8th grade Yearbook recognition ads are a great way for parents, families and friends to commemorate student achievements and important milestones. The deadline is fast approaching so don’t wait! Go to Jostens.com to order and build your 8th grader’s Recognition Ad. Don’t forget to make sure you order a yearbook, too!


For more information or to check if you already bought a yearbook, please email Charlene Ellington at cellington@powayusd.com

TPMS Yearbook Info

Yearbooks are available for $45 until January and then they go up to $50. 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 31st so don’t delay!


Want more information about Yearbooks? Go to http://tpmsyearbook.weebly.com/

The Cal Water H2O Individual Challenge

A FREE art competition open to individual students in grades K-12 who reside or attend a school in a Cal Water Service Area. The Cal Water H2O Individual Challenge is looking for original artwork focused on caring for water and addressing local California concerns along with a short statement about their work.


There will be 12 prizes dispersed equally across grade bands and the grand prize will be awarded $250. Visit challenge.calwater.com to learn more about submission dates, resources, and prizes.

COVID-19 Updates

Please click HERE to access the updated Covid Guidelines and Protocols on the PUSD website.


TESTING

For students who have tested positive for Covid-19, per the California Department of Public Health updated guidance on isolation and quarantine as of December 30, 2021, PUSD staff may return to work when:

  • 5 days from symptom onset (or if no symptoms then 5 days from positive PCR COVID-19 test date) AND
  • Symptoms are not present or are resolving AND a negative COVID test (antigen test is preferred) taken on day 5 or later. (If unable to test or choosing not to test, and symptoms are not present or are resolving, isolation can end after day 10)
  • Fever free for 24 hours (without fever reducing medication) AND
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings


If you need to schedule a Covid test, you can do so for you and your family members at Pharmatech LINKED HERE.


STUDENT CLOSE CONTACT

The updated CDPH K-12 guidance gives school districts the option of using the three quarantine model or the Group-Tracing Approach to Students Exposed to COVID-19 in a K-12 Setting. PUSD will be using the Group Tracing approach. Per the K-12 Guidance 2021-2022 Questions and Answers, tracking results from all exposed students is not required.


Parents should notify schools of positive results.

  1. Schools will notify group of students who spent more than a cumulative total of 15 minutes (within a 24-hour time period) in a shared indoor airspace (e.g., classroom) with someone with COVID-19 during their period of infectiousness.
  • Notification will occur to "groups" of exposed students (e.g., classmates, teammates, cohorts, etc.) rather than contact tracing to identify individual "close contacts" (e.g., those within 6 feet).
  • Notifications should be provided to all individuals, including those who are vaccinated and/or recently infected.


MASKING GUIDELINES: The wearing of face masks remains a primary method for us to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 on campus for our students and staff; please make sure your student continues to come to school with an approved comfortable mask that they can wear whenever they are indoors on campus. Masking guidelines are LINKED HERE.


Please make sure your students are coming to school with a comfortable facemask that they can wear when they are indoors on campus, preferably a cloth mask that can be washed and reused. We are having to handout an increased number of facemasks each day to students who forget theirs and our supply is dwindling quickly. Please review with your students the expectation that masks are to be worn whenever they are indoors on campus (classroom, offices, library, gym, locker room, etc.) and must cover their mouth and nose.

  • Indoors with Students: Face masks are MANDATORY for all adults and students, except those with a documented medical excuse on file with our Heath Technician.
  • Indoors with Adults ONLY: Masks are currently MANDATORY for fully vaccinated adults and unvaccinated adults through January 15th.
  • Outdoors: Masks are optional for everyone, regardless of vaccination status.


The PUSD School Board met on 10/18 and provided new protocols to allow a limited number of visitors and volunteers back on campus. PUSD is slowly expanding volunteers on campus – effective October 18, 2021, we may now have a limited number of volunteers present in learning spaces with students during the school day. All volunteers must be vaccinated or provide a negative PCR COVID test. Outdoor celebrations will have designated visitor areas (i.e. Friday Flag, Jog-a-thons). Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we calibrate with the district and CDPH to make the necessary adjustments.

Help Your Children Manage Stress & Anxiety

Our children have experienced a great deal of change and uncertainty over the past year. You may have noticed that they have felt overwhelmed or exhibited symptoms of anxiety. The good news is that there is a solution! We can teach our kids concrete tools to reduce anxiety and manage stress by strengthening their emotional intelligence (EQ). Research has showed that children with high emotional intelligence do better in school and get along well with others.


In-Person Thursday, 1/27/22 at Abraxas School from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Class fee: $24/individual or $29/couple (for couple enrollment parent needs to contact Poway Adult School)

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Parenting and Supporting LGBTQ+ Children and Teens Part I

PART I: The Basics

Our children have experienced a great deal of change and uncertainty over the past year. You may have noticed that they have felt overwhelmed or exhibited symptoms of anxiety. The good news is that there is a solution! We can teach our kids concrete tools to reduce anxiety and manage stress by strengthening their emotional intelligence (EQ). Research has showed that children with high emotional intelligence do better in school and get along well with others.


In-Person Thursday, 1/27/22 at Abraxas School from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Class fee: $24/individual or $29/couple (for couple enrollment parent needs to contact Poway Adult School)

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Parenting and Supporting LGBTQ+ Children and Teens Part II

PART II: Conscious Parenting New Course

Join Angelle Maua to continue the discussions from the LGBTQIA+ Part I: The Basics Workshop. Learn how to:


1. Become a more conscious parent of a gender-expansive or questioning child.

2. Look beyond the binary and unpack years of cultural beliefs, traditional roles, and expectations.

3. Improve the odds for your child to embrace the complexity of their journey.

4. Nurture and enjoy the journey with your child.

This is all-inclusive for parents of children who have identified as LGBTQIA+.


In-Person Saturday, 2/12/22 from 10:00am – 12:00pm at Poway Adult School

Class fee: $24/individual or $29/couple (for couple enrollment parent needs to contact Poway Adult School)

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Effective Strategies to Advocate for Your Child in Special Education

Whether you suspect your child would benefit from special education services or are already in the process, come discover and practice tools to improve communication with teachers, administrators, and case managers. Spend time with Laurie Magulac to discuss how to increase collaboration and create your child's education plan as well as develop tools to process meetings and diagnoses.


In-Person Tuesday, 2/1/22 at Poway Adult School from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Class fee: $24/individual or $29/couple (for couple enrollment parent needs to contact Poway Adult School)

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Parenting Well Through Life Changes

Change is a part of life that comes in many forms which can include divorce, moving, and loss. How do we manage our own response to change while parenting our children effectively?

Spend time with Laurie Magulac to learn strategies to:

1. Understand and recognize stress in your child during change.

2. Help your child cope in healthy ways.

3. Manage and diffuse tough behaviors that may arise.

4. Not burn out while you are helping your child through the process.


In-Person Tuesday, 2/8/22 at Poway Adult School from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Class fee: $24/individual or $29/couple (for couple enrollment parent needs to contact Poway Adult School)

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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!