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Templeton Unified School District


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    Principal’s Weekly Communication

    Middle School Years

    The end is nigh, but not of the world. Can you believe it? 10 school days left until the end of the school year.  This is a busy time for us at TMS as we end one year and plan for the next.  One of the things keeping us busy is getting resources into the hands of students and families we have been working with as part of our Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Program. We want to ensure that families have the necessary resources for the summer time and that students/families know where to go for help. At the end of this message, you will find a number of resources for your students and families. Please make sure to check them out. 

    If you or your student need assistance now, please reach out to our counseling staff. 

    Prevention and Early Intervention Referral - When your student or family needs extra support from the school for a variety of academic and personal problems, including those related to grades, conflict with others, depression, anxiety, grief, recent life changes, alcohol and/or drug use, food, housing, and other essentials, such as child care, utility assistance, and health services. 

    TMS Counseling Form - When your student needs extra support from Mr. Heinen or Mrs. Leopard with a variety of issues. 

    8th Grade Promotion Messages 

    Congratulations to our 8th graders for promoting this year! Purchase a promotion marquee message for $20 to be displayed the last week of school, Tuesday through Thursday, celebrating your student! We have three options shown below. Please use the following link and select the option you would like to purchase with your student's name.


    Option 1

    Option 2

    Option 3



    • Reinforce safety and love within your relationship and family.

    • Look for subtle signs of grief as this age group is better about masking or hiding their feelings.

    • Be available for emotional needs and acknowledge feelings.

    • Model appropriate ways to express feelings and fill feelings of emptiness (writing/drawing in a diary instead of watching TV or this shake & ground technique).

    • Provide choices whenever possible.  


    • Identify clear and consistent roles, rules, and responsibilities within the family.

    • Monitor high-risk behavior and set limits with practical consequences.

    • Encourage healthy eating, sleeping, and exercise habits.

    • Increase predictability in their environment (set family dinner time, etc.) 


    • Provide and support creative outlets through art, music, theater, journaling, etc.

    • Offer fiction and nonfiction books to provide a variety of perspectives into grief.

    • Encourage physical outlets (sports, exercise, yoga, dancing) and appropriate options for aggression/anger (boxing/martial arts)

    • Set limits for unsafe or unhealthy aggression. 


    • Allow youth to keep mementos of deceased loved one. 

    • Include child in memorializing/funeral activities.

    • Create a legacy book or box together. 

    Reflect & Connect:

    • Initiate conversations about the death of your loved one.

    • Engage in active listening by asking open-ended questions and listening without judgment or interpretation.

    • Allow for a wide range of emotional expression (child may want to throw or hit something – support them with safe ways to throw a baseball or hit a punching bag).

    • Answer all questions clearly and accurately. Have patience and prepare by reading 10 Things Grieving Children Want You To Know or Seven Suggestions for Explaining Death to Children.

    • Provide opportunities to talk with non family members for support. 

    • For toxic shame or survivor guilt allow child to spend time with a person who had a similar experience.  

    Reach out:

    Arnold's Celebration of Life will be on June 12 @ 11:00 am at Chapel of the Roses, located at 3450 El Camino Real Atascadero, CA 

    All staff and students are welcome.

    Cards can be sent to:

    Templeton Middle School

    C/O Cross Family

    925 Old County Rd

    Templeton CA 93465

    8th Grade End of the Year

    We will be sending out our information next week with all the end of the year events for 8th Grade. This includes our 8th Grade trip on May 19, 2023, The End of the Year Dance on June 2, 2023, and Promotion on June 7, 2023.


    Yearbooks are still available for purchase. They are a great way to remember friends and TMS when students get older! If you haven’t purchased one for your student, please head to the following link:

    Yearbook - Head over to this link to buy your 2022-23 yearbook from Josten’s.

     DON’T MISS OUT!!!! Order NOW!!!


    Dates to remember:


    June 2, 2023 - Open gym at 4:00 pm - 6:00pm and Dance from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

    June 7, 2023 - Promotion. 7:00 PM. THS Field.


    Dr. Gene Miller

    TMS Principal

     Here are some resources you may find useful:

     Talking to Children about Violence: Tips for Parents and Educators (National Association of School Psychologists)

     Coping in the Aftermath of a Shooting (American Counseling Association)

     Helping Children Cope With Frightening News (Child Mind Institute)

    Helping Young Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: Policies and Strategies for Early Care and Education (Child Trends)

    Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Trauma (Child Trends)

    Talking to Children about the Shooting (Child Trends)

     TMS Counseling Form - When your student needs extra support from Mr. Heinen or Mrs. Leopard with a variety of issues.

    Student Health and Well Being 

    If your student is feeling sick, please keep them home. If they have symptoms of COVID, please keep them home and it is recommended that you have them tested. Students who are ill and stay home are not considered unexcused absences. We want to ensure that all students have a safe environment. If you have questions about the guidelines, please reach out.In order to keep schools open, TMS continues to utilize mitigation strategies, including: masking, ventilation, testing, contact tracing, quarantines, cleaning/disinfecting, limiting on campus activities, and reminding students of hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.

    If you have not had the opportunity to read the update from Mr. Asplund, please see it here.

    Click COVID-19 Positive Notifications to see TUSD data.

    Prevention and Early Intervention Referral - When your student or family needs extra support from the school for a variety of academic and personal problems, including those related to grades, conflict with others, depression, anxiety, grief, recent life changes, alcohol and/or drug use, food, housing, and other essentials, such as child care, utility assistance, and health services.


    TMS News

    TMS Promotion 2023 - Informational Flyer


    It's not too late to purchase a Yearbook for your Eagle! Head to the Jostens website and in a few short clicks you can buy a piece of 2022-23 TMS history for just $55. All Yearbook purchases must be made through the Jostens website. Don't miss out! 

    Click Here to order your yearbook


    The TMS PTO is a great way to help support the school. They help raise needed money and sponsor great on-campus activities for our students.  Want to join a great group of individuals and help support TMS? Join the PTO by clicking here. Be a Golden Eagle Supporter 


    GREAT in 6th Grade Classes

    We have a wonderful opportunity involving our School Resource Officer, Deputy Munoz, and the GREAT program.  GREAT stands for Gang Resistance Education and Training.  The goal of this program is to create a culture of respect within our school/community. The program is a prevention, skills based program that is not just about gangs.  Its aim will be to teach kids how to resist peer pressure, stay out of trouble, and deal appropriately with bullying, among other topics.  The students will be involved in scenarios on how to make positive decisions. Some classes started the 13-week program this week, and the rest of the classes will start the program in January.  Thank you for your support!


    TES Pick Up Safety

    TES appreciates the partnership in keeping the surrounding campus area safe when picking  up your student near the school.  Parents/Guardians shall follow posted signage as this is the protocol TES families follow for walking and driving to and from campus.  It is appreciated that families waiting for the TMS/VES/THS dismissal allow TES families to have parking spaces on campus and surrounding streets as the campus releases between 2:30-2:50 pm.  Keeping all of our eagles safe is our priority.  Soar safely!

    Drop off and Pick Up

    I have some expectations for you as well parents!  When dropping your children off in the morning and picking them up in the afternoon, please think safety first. Students should only exit the vehicle at the curb. Near the office we have four lanes of traffic. Please drop students off in the right lane on either side. The left lane is for exiting vehicles.  When you drop your children off in the left lane, other drivers are not expecting children there. I want to make sure all of our students arrive safe and sound.  Following that simple expectation will help a lot!


    See Something, Say Something

    At our expectations assemblies, we asked students that if they see something that may be a hazard to themselves or others, that they tell an adult at home and an adult at school. This hazard could be anything from a tripping hazard to bullying to messages on social media that threaten violence. If your student comes to you with a concern, please do not hesitate to contact the school.  We must be a team to help ensure a safe environment. If the concern is urgent, you can always send me a text at 805-591-0756. 



    TUSD Parent Resources Portal

    TMS Leadership Class Announcements




    • Google Cheat Sheet for Students & Parents
    • Be sure to log into PowerSchool daily to check your student’s grades. Please stop by the office if you need a print out of how to access it/your log-in.
    • Helpful information can be found on the daily bulletin, which can be opened on the website under quick links or here. The bulletin has a lot of information.  
    •  These are announced daily over the loudspeaker and are also in the daily bulletin.
    • If you have an issue you need help solving, please contact us. We care about you!

    Resources Available


    8th Grade Promotion Requirements

    8th grade students and parents~ Please read this important document regarding promotion requirements. 

    8th Grade Promotion Requirements

    Requisitos de Promoción del Octavo Grado


    For Parents, Guardians & Students: Track grades, attendance and list of assignments.

    Powerschool - Powerschool Link

    Parents & guardians the Parent Single Sign-on reference guide.

    PowerSchool Parent Portal User Guide

    Assistant Principal's Message: 

    Dress Code and Tardy Policy 

    Parents please take the time to read our Dress and Grooming Guidelines.  Dress Code.

    At TMS, we prioritize having students arrive at school and classes throughout the day on time.  Please read our TUSD Tardy Policy.


    Attendance policy

    Report bullying to the school by clicking here.

    Teacher's Office Hours

    Horas de la oficina del maestro 

    Need to contact the TMS Office? Start with an email to

    8th Grade Promotion Requirements        Requisitos de Promoción del Octavo Grado

    PowerSchool Parent Help: PowerSchool Parent Help

    Access to PowerSchool:
    The PowerSchool portal is a great resource for parents and students alike to monitor grades and attendance.  We are planning on opening the portal about one week after school opens.  Please watch our website and weekly messages for more information.

    Online Store
    In an effort to reduce paper and money changing hands, we are asking all of our parents to purchase certain items online. Please check the store if you would like to purchase an ASB card (which offers discounts on things like dances), your yearbook, or PE clothes. Click here to visit our online store.

    TMS Counseling and Registration

    TUSD Dress Code Policy

    TUSD Student Handbook and Annual Notice to Parents

    PTO Looking for Members

    Are you a parent that wants to be more involved in student life at TMS? Do you want to make friends and share your talents? SOUNDS LIKE YOU'RE A PERFECT FIT FOR PTO! The TMS PTO is looking for parents who are willing to help with 6th grade activities, 7th/8th dances and fundraisers! 

    Contact them at:

    TMS Office Staff   

    Hours: 7:30-3:30



    Gene Miller, Ph.D.

    Assistant Principal

    Debby Garcia


    Katie Fiorenza

    Site Secretary

    Frances Miller

    School Nurse

    Lori Skinner

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    Our School

    About Us


    TUSD exists to engage and work collaboratively with students, families and the community to create systems which develop character, academics, global awareness as well as economic, artistic, civic, digital and health literacy allowing our youth numerous options in the pursuit of an ethical and successful life in the 21st Century. With relationships as our foundation, we provide timely and caring feedback which guides progress and ensures success.


    TUSD is an educational system where stakeholders are empowered, respected and adequately resourced to deliver broad-based and effective pathways from which student and employee outcomes are self-determined as a result of individual talents, interests and choices. The fundamental values of integrity, perseverance, excellence and local control are apparent in all interactions between staff members and during interactions with the public.