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Each month, SPMS PTA offered a free screening of a documentary to inform, inspire, and ignite conversation. We followed-up each film with an open Q&A with experienced, knowledgeable professionals from our community.

The Mask You Live In screened Wednesday, May 29 in the Library following the General Assembly meeting. Great film addressing how we as a nation raise our boys and the impact that has.

“Miss Representation” was shown Wednesday, April 17. Q&A discussion afterward was led by Dr. Caroline Heldman (featured in the film, author, professor at Occidental, leader in women’s rights) and Dr. Deborah Peters (child therapist, Christine Blasey Ford’s sisters-in-law).

“Race to Nowhere” — Screened Friday, March 22, 2019.You think you know what your child is going through? This is documentary offers great insight to success, education, and our children.

More Than Sad – This documentary screening is part of AFSP, a national suicide prevention program. The 25-minute film was followed by Q&A with Natasha Prime, MSW, SPUSD’s School Social Worker and Child Welfare Counselor. The film was also shown to all students 7th grade and above in SPUSD.

Information about the film and program can be found HERE on the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention website.

MAY I BE HAPPY, was presented in conjunction with SPEF, Friday, January 25, 2019 as part of a district-wide initiative to help students, staff, parents, and caregivers become more mindful and centered. Information HERE. Q&A afterward was with Dr. Trujillo and Christine Chin.

HE NAMED ME MALALA — was shown December 9, 2018. Open discussion afterward was with Dr. Deborah Peters and SPHS TEDx Co-President, Sydney Davis Denny.

ANGST— screened Wednesday October 17 (SPMS) and 29 (SPHS), 2018.

Q&A afterward was with Natasha Prime, MSW School Social Worker, Child Welfare Counselor; Heather Bland, MFT; and Tina Bradley Trujillo, PhD.

99 Coping Skills Poster –Following the screening of ANGST, this poster came to us as something that could be useful in times of stress. Hope it helps you too.

Were you able to attend ANGST? Want more info? Care to share your thoughts? Click here: Angst Movie Guide & Survey.

Screenagers, Growing up in the Digital Age was Friday, September 14, 2018.

South Pas D.U.D.E.S. provided SPMS PTA this special screening of Screenagers, Growing Up in the Digital Age, a documentary that examines how constant technological immersion, otherwise know as “screen time,” affects both the pyschological and emotional development of teens. Viewing the struggle on how much, what kind, and what limits to set on technology use from the point of view of children, parents, and professionals.

Visit to revisit the trailer.

To further your conversation about screen time, check out the Parent Guide:


Wednesday, May 22, the PTA welcomed everyone to picnic at SPMS. Dina’s Dumplings, Rice Balls of Fire, and Kona Ice food trucks were parked in in front of the school at 5:30 pm. SPMS Open House was from 6 – 8:00 pm.


As SPUSD supports wellness thoughout the district for the entire month of May, we offered something new at SPMS.

All week during lunch, students explored and learned stress-relieving skills such as meditation mindfulness, yoga, art therapy; took mental health IQ quizzes, expressed their moods on Post-its; and enjoyed {supervised} time in a quiet room.

Activities will took place with the help of certified mindfulness coaches, SPMS Counselors, staff, parents, PTA, and ASB volunteers.

SPMS Booster Club Sports Program :

Stay up to date on current SPMS happening activities, clubs and programs through “REMIND” APP:

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SPMS Math Placement Protocol link:


Please see the attached SPUSD Snapshot which provides a link to the new Dual Immersion Program Fact Sheet.

SPUSD Snapshot Dual Language Immersion Fact Sheet.pdf

Helpful Information From Past Parent Forums:

PTA Forum on Teens & Stress with presenter Linda Esposito


PTA Forum on Common Core Standards

Parent Forum
Is Your Child At Risk for Drugs? What’s a Parent to Do?


For support and help with what to do in a situation where bullying is or might occur, go to Stop Bullying. If you need to report a situation at SPMS, the SPMS website provides an on-line way to report it. Click HERE.