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    Principal’s Weekly Communication

    Middle School Years

    I’ve said it time and time again, middle school is the time when students are subjected to more physical, mental, and emotional changes than at any other time in their life. It can be a hard time for them and for you. A former mentor of mine, Dr. Oyler used to call them “tweens” because they were in between childhood and adulthood. He also used to say that all 7th graders should be sent to an island and brought back to their 8th grade year when they were more human, so we have to take what Dr. Oyler said with a grain of salt (check out where that saying might have come from below). Mrs. Miller calls them cherubs and while I love being at a middle school, I probably wouldn’t use that term. Let’s face it, middle school can be a difficult time for all. One area we focus on is responsibility.

     Teaching students responsibility, or accountability, is one of the critical factors in their character development. Our TES neighbors have “be respectful” as one of their PBIS expectations. It may seem insurmountable, but teaching/re-enforcing responsibility to middle schoolers is doable.  We have been working on it all year with our expectations (most of which are built around students taking responsibility for their actions). For example, we ask each student to throw away their own trash. If every student took responsibility for getting their trash and recycling to the proper bin, our school would be spotless. Unfortunately, some days are better than others, but we keep trying.That’s because this is our chance to get them ready for high school and beyond. 

     If you’re racking your brain trying to think of different ways to instill responsibility in your middle schooler, that’s normal. Here are a couple tips to help.

     Set realistic expectations. Setting realistic expectations with your child lets them know exactly what you expect of them. These expectations can be that they clean their room once a week, maintain a certain grade, or spend an hour of family time on the weekend. My son was not the most attentive student in middle school. He would rather hang out with friends or play video games instead of doing homework. While we knew he was capable of getting A’s if he set his mind to it, we set an expectation of C’s or better. If he failed to meet the expectation, he lost computer time. Later, when he had matured more, his grades became more important to him.

     Regardless of what your expectations are for your child, letting them know what you’re expecting allows them to make their own choices regarding meeting those expectations. 

    They’ll know they’re responsible for keeping their grades up, and if they don’t, there could be a lecture or other consequence in their future. 

    Volunteering is another fantastic way to teach your middle schooler about responsibility. One of the benefits of having your child volunteer is that it teaches them to be responsible without any financial gain. In addition to gaining responsibility, volunteering is a fantastic way for them to give back to their community. 

    When I wrote about voice a few weeks back, I suggested giving your middle schooler a voice. One area that helps build responsibility is including your middle schooler in certain household decisions. Bringing them into the conversation about what the family is going to eat for dinner that week or getting their opinions on family vacation allows them to feel responsible for helping make decisions. 

     Teaching your middle schooler about responsibility isn’t black and white. It’s shades of gray. What works for one child may not work for another. Whether it’s implementing grade expectations, including them in decision making, or having them volunteer, there’s a number of ways to raise a responsible adolescent. 

     It may take some trial and error, but finding ways that work for your middle schooler will set them on the right path to becoming a responsible teenager and eventually a responsible adult.


    I am thankful to be principal of TMS and grateful for each day I spend with the students and staff. I hope all of you enjoy your time at Thanksgiving. It’s my wish that you are surrounded by friends and family. 

    Sees Candy Fund Raiser

    This is a great way for our PTO to raise funds! Please share this link, or the QR code in the picture, with families and friends across the country. All products will be shipped straight to their home! 

    Turkey Trot

    Our annual Turkey Trot is coming next Friday, November 18, 2022. This is a fun annual event that our Leadership class organizes and our PTO helps support. 

     Very Important Person Lunch

    A few years ago, the north county school principals including Mrs. Llyod, Dr. Benson, and Dr. Miller would meet each month to share ideas. I shared Lunch with You Kid Day which TMS adopted as VIP Lunch.  The idea was that as students pushed to become more independent and parents might not know who their friends were, they could meet them at lunch. Well, it blossomed at both schools. Then we faced a pandemic and limited people coming onto campus. Now, however, we are ready to bring them back.  Our first one will be December 1, 2022. Lunch begins at 12:41 pm, but parking can be a bit of a nightmare, so you may want to find parking early. I’ll let our local restaurants know so they can staff extra people, but I’m thinking you may want to order early.  If your family celebrates Halloween, please be mindful of what your kids collect.

     6th Grade Science Camp

    PTO is working with our 6th Grade team to bring back Science Camp! It’s expensive. It costs $500 to send each student and $500 for each adult. I know many of you were used to paying for your child to attend camp in the past, but that’s not how California education is supposed to work under FAPE. That’s why we are asking for donations. 

    Expectations and Eagle Bucks

    Earlier in my communication, I wrote about our new expectations during lunch and break. The expectation included using appropriate language, taking responsibility, cleaning up, and listening to the adults on campus. Your students have been doing a great job! The campus has been cleaner and I’ve heard more appropriate language around campus.  In order to ensure students continue to develop the great habits, we have introduced a reward system. For meeting our expectations, student can earn Eagle Bucks. These can be used at our student store to buy items, such as water bottle stickers, Market gift cards, and even a special In and Out lunch with friends. 

    Buy a Message on the TMS Marquee and Support TMS Leadership

    We have a brand new marquee at the front of the school that  displays different messages about events happening on campus. One of the ways the TMS Leadership Class wants to utilize the marquee is to send positive messages to each other. Adults can wish their student a, "Happy Birthday Landen!", or other students can send a positive message to each other. All messages are vetted by the school staff first. These messages are a way for the TMS Leadership class to fundraise to continue to provide incentives and prizes for students who win Spirit Day games, class parties for classes who win canned food drives, and the end of the year ice cream party for the entire grade level that earns the most Spirit Points. Each message costs $20 and they can be delivered to the office. Please make sure to send it at least two days in advance to make sure the message makes it up on the marquee in time. 


    TMS Leadership Class

    Finals Schedule

    Yes, for a third week straight we are reminding you about Winter Break!  We are like WalMart, our seasons are a bit off! :)  Many of you are beginning to make plans for family trips over the break. I wanted to let you know that TMS Finals begin on December 19 and continue through December 22. There are minimum days with finals on December 20-22, 2022 and no school on Friday December 23, 2022.

    PTO Corner

    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 and be recognized as one of our generous supporters. The PTO sponsors all of our dances and open gym, mini grants for teachers, staff appreciation days, and fun activities for students. Joining will help keep you connected to your student and the school!

    Dates to Remember:

    November 18, 2022 - Turkey Trot! Minimum Day (modified schedule). 12:45 PM Dismissal.

    November 21-25, 2022 - Thanksgiving Holiday. No School.

    December 1, 2022 - VIP Lunch. 12:41 - 1:16 PM. (You must sign in before entering campus)

    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



    Need a little extra help is navigating PowerSchool? Check out this tutorial:

    PowerSchool Parent Help


    8th Grade Promotion Ads

    Dear Parents,

    It is very likely that you have already received several emails from Jostens regarding purchasing a yearbook for your TMS Eagle. I wanted to reach out to clarify that all yearbook purchases and all 8th grade promotion ads must be purchased through the Jostens website. Like last year, we ask that you purchase your yearbook and 8th grade Promotion ads online here. There are a multitude of advantages to this- it provides for the convenience of purchasing on your own timetable, from any computer or mobile device. You may also personalize your student’s yearbook, as well as select from a variety of payment options and opt for a payment plan option for both the yearbook and ad. You also have the ability to create your own 8th grade Promotion ad for your student, with a dedicated helpline for any issues. You will continue to receive emails directly from Jostens on behalf of TMS regarding both yearbook purchase and parent ads. As soon as you make a purchase, you should be removed from their mailing list. If at any time you do not want to hear from Jostens anymore, you can unsubscribe. 

     Currently, 8th grade families may purchase a recognition ad for their promoting 8th grader. There are four different ad sizes: business card for $30, ¼ page for $60, ½ page for $90 and a full page ad for $120. Don't miss out on this chance to honor your promoting 8th grader. Ad space in the yearbook is limited this year, so don’t miss out. Promotion ads will be offered for a limited time only. All ads must be purchased by Oct 31, 2022. 

     We would like to include a baby/childhood picture of your 8th grader in this year's yearbook. Please upload ONE photo of your 8th grader that is kind of close-up and a face shot. See the attached picture to get an idea of how this will look in our yearbook. We'd love to get a photo of every 8th grader to make this section really special. The deadline for photo submission is Friday, November 4th.

     Use this form to attach a baby photo of your 8th grader.


     Annie Cline

     TMS PTO Golden Eagle Supporters

    Jennifer and Dave Gingrich
    Mary Higgins
    Darya Boland
    Jennifer Becker
    Cortnie Muniz
    Amanda Hutchinson
    Denise Choboter
    Tiffany Faulstich
    Max and April Nolan
    The Teague Family 
    Melissa Renee Photography 

    Javier Porras 

    Ryan and Chantal Allan 

    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 

    Student Hearing Screening to start soon. See Flyer for more information - Hearing Screening Notification 

    Student Vision Screening to start soon. See Flyer for more information - Vision Screening Notification

    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!

    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!

    Parent Class

    Our Prevention and Early Intervention program is here to help students and families. Our family advocate helps link parents to some great resources, including classes. If you are struggling with the emotional roller coaster of middle school in your home, you may want to check out the course from the Parent Connection and the County of SLO.

    School Site Council

    The School Site Council (SSC) is an important decision making body in public schools.  It is made up of staff, guardians, and students. A major duty of the SSC is to develop and then annually update the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA). The SPSA sets up goals for student achievement for TMS. The SSC meets once per month after school (3:15 PM). If you are interested in survive on the SSC, please fill out this form.

     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. 

    After School Support

    We invite our students to weekly After School Programs and Math Lab sessions which take place after school on select days of the week.  Please watch our website and my weekly messages to get information on the schedules.

    Access to PowerSchool

    The PowerSchool portal is a great resource for parents and students alike to monitor grades and attendance.  The information on how to create a Parent Portal and login was included on your InfoSnap. If you need help, please contact us and we will see how we can help. We are planning on opening the portal about one week after school opens.  Please watch our website and my weekly messages for more information.

    Templeton Youth Football & Cheer: (This information will be available soon)

    Legacy United Soccer Club

    Health Update/ Actualización de salud

    What else do I need to know?


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


    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.


    Math lab Information: (This information will be available soon)

    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 Early Release Wednesdays:
    Our students will be dismissed from school at 2:00pm on each and every Wednesday in September.  We are on a modified schedule on most Wednesdays which gives our teachers and administrators an opportunity to collaborate.  Please refer to our TMS bell schedule for more information.  

    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! 

    Your PTO at work!

    PTO is looking to grow their squad! Volunteer or donate today. 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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    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.