Mrs. Southern

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hablar en español

Si usted necesita hablar con un empleado del distrito,  en español,  por favor llame a TES en nuestra línea telefónica  al (805) 434-4027 y hable con Annette Calcote, profesora del Desarrollo de Ingles (ELD).  Si la llamada no es contestada, por  favor deje un mensaje con un buen número para comunicarse con usted.  Intentaremos de contestarle durante las horas de 1:30-2p lúnes a viernes, o hasta las 9:00 de la noche el mismo día. Sus preguntas e inquietudes son muy importantes para nosotros, y queremos asegurarse de que ustedes pueden conseguir sus preguntas relacionadas a la escuela.


Jill Southern, Directora TES y Annette Calcote, Profesora de ELD




(They are all also on the Student / Parents Info Page)

Office Staff

Jessica & Terisa

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Attendance Line

If your child must be absent, please call the 24-hour absence verification line at (805) 434-5826.

For your convenience, our office hours are from - 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m Monday through Friday, 434-5820

Fax number - 434-5811


Contact a teacher by  email

TES Principal





Wednesday, September 17 - DELAC

Wednesday, October 1 - WACKY SNACK!

Monday, October 13 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Professional Development Day



Thank you to our incredible staff, students, and families for all your care that has made our year happy, safe, and energized! 

TUSD DISTRICT Traffic Survey from our Superintendent


The Templeton Unified School District staff recognizes that school drop off and dismissal times create traffic congestion around all of our campuses.  While this problem will never be entirely eliminated, I am committed to implementing improvement efforts.  The newly designed drop off system at Templeton Middle School is one of our first attempts to implement ideas gleaned from our traffic study.  In addition to professional advice, your feedback is critical in developing a comprehensive approach to improving traffic flow.  Please take a few minutes and share your ideas about various mechanisms to improve traffic congestion caused by school operations.    The following link to the survey will be available until Friday, October 3, 2014, at 4 pm. 




I thank you in advance for your time and feedback. 

TES School Supply Lists 2014-15

Click below to see the TES grade level supply lists for TK and K, grade 1, and grade 2


We are looking forward to a super year!


Grade Level Supply Lists - 2014-15

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TES and This Year's CCSS Math Curriculum Pilot

TES is tremendously excited about the new Common Core State Standards for math.  After attending some of the most powerful math strategy and published curriculum trainings this summer, teachers are very prepared and resourced to teach our math standards appropriately and with rigor.


We are fortunate to be able to do full year pilots with complete published math curriculum in every classroom.  State recommended for adoption math materials will be used with fidelity here at TES.  At the end of the school year, we will properly be able to make an educated and informed decision about which published curriculum we want to adopt for multiple years in the future.


We want our families to know that:


1) The same grade level Common Core Math Standards will be taught in every classroom for that grade, regardless of the curriculum being piloted.  These are well researched, highly acclaimed published materials.


2) Though homework from one classroom to the next may look somewhat different, the same standards will be addressed throughout the year.  This is due to potential small differences in the pacing of different standards from one published curriculum to the next.


3) A team of TES teachers attended a math publisher's fair last year where 8 of the top math curriculum (according to the state of California) were presented in detail.  The three best according to the team and our site were selected as our pilot programs for this 2014-15 school year.


The TES grade level teams of teachers regularly collaborating together, discussing each curriculum as well.


The three published curriculum:

Houghton Mifflin's Math Expressions

Houghton Mifflin's GO Math!

McGraw Hill's My Math


TES is unique in that unlike many other schools and districts, we are not piloting math curriculum in just a few classrooms for just a portion of the year.  EVERY class and EVERY student will be involved in complete Common Core Math curriculum with a well researched program for the entire year.  



DELAC - Wednesday, September 17, 6-7:30p @ TES

DELAC - Wednesday, September 17, 6-7:30p

Principal Welcome Letter


Dear Templeton Elementary School Parents and Guardians,


I am so looking forward to seeing all our bright, happy students and to meeting and revisiting with each of you!

I hope you and your family have enjoyed a beautiful summer break.  Looking to 2014-15 with enthusiasm, I am motivated by the amazing students, families, and staff.  The TES campus has been a busy place over summer, and our school buildings and grounds are ready to warmly welcome our 570+ students. An abundance of new technology (Chromebooks, Ipad Minis, Windows 8 touchscreen computers, and more) has been added to TES over the summer. In addition, we are honored to have the following talented staff members join our team:  Melissa Smith and Sally Thornberry as 2nd grade teachers, Sybil Thompson as a TK teacher, Jessica Bath as our DISC K-2 teacher, and Jan Walters as our Music Instructor.

We are so proud to continue the many programs and activities that help make TES so special.  Our students will regularly attend sessions of Art, Music, Library, and Computers.  The Science Fair, Literature Parade, Read Across America, TES Choral Concert, and County Writing Contest are some of the many activities your children will have the opportunity to be a part of.  During the 2014-15 school year, our continued delivery of the Common Core State Standards emphasizes critical thinking, problem solving strategies, and 21st century skills. 

One very exciting topic is our new staggered bell schedule which is located belowEvery day, 1st grade now starts at 8:10a; 2nd grade now starts at 8:20a.  Please note the new start and end times for 1st and 2nd grade. 

With 570+ students, we are aware that the large number of children means we all need to be especially safe during drop off / pickup times.  With our beautiful climate and new sidewalk on Crocker St., we encourage families to park legally on neighboring streets or near the park and walk to school.  We do have yard supervision in the morning starting at 7:30a and in the afternoon until 3:15p (2p on Wednesdays) which allows parents to avoid the traffic by dropping off a bit earlier or picking up a few minutes later.  Please remember that drivers must remain in their cars if parked along the drop off zone.  If there is no spot available at the drop off zone, please carefully drive through and loop around the neighborhood.  If traffic backs up to Old County Rd., the police department has notified us that citations may be given out.  If we work together on this, we can all be safe and happy.  We have created some recommended times for staggered pickups.  See below:

2:30p - 1st grade parents (1:35p early release Wed.; 12:15p min day)

2:40p - 2nd grade parents (1:50p early release Wed.; 12:25p min day)

2:50p - Afternoon Kindergarten parents (1:30p early release Wed.)

Thank you for being the supportive parents you are for your children.  Save the date for Back to School Night: Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 5:45p.  I look forward to a great 2014-15 school year at TES!


Jill Southern

TES Principal

ONLINE RESOURCES you can use at home!

Click the link below for a long list of resources you can use with your students at home!  We will be updating this frequently as we discover more great links!




Hello TES Families,


$4595.05!!!  WOW AND THANK YOU!

Do you have a TARGET RED CARD?  Did you know that the Target Red Card gives you 5% off your purchases and gives an additional 1% to our school?  It's easy to get one - SEE BELOW:

Did you know there’s an easy way to help us raise money for our school—for books, activities, reading programs and anything else that can use extra funding? It’s called Take Charge of Education®, and it’s helping our school right now.
Here’s how it works:
Apply for a Target REDcard debit or credit card at checkout the next time you shop (a voided personal check is needed for the debit card). There is no charge to apply. You will save 5% off your bill at every purchase and 1% of all your purchases will go to the school of your choice (TES!). Schools receive a check from The Target Corporation every September.
Once you sign up it’s important to designate our school. You can call 1-800-316-6142 or go online at Target.com/tcoe
Follow the steps listed below:
• Click on find a school under the heading Already Have a REDcard?
• Enter city, state and school name
• Click select this school and enter your REDcard information
If you already have a REDcard go to Target.com/tcoe and make sure you have selected TES as your school. You can check on our school’s donation progress by entering your REDcard number under the heading Already Enrolled?
Let friends and family know that they can designate Templeton Elementary School to receive funds too!
Use your REDcard whenever you shop!!!!
The more people we involve, the more the program works for our school. If you’re already participating, thank you!
It all adds up!!!
Current Statistics for Templeton Elementary School:
Last year's Target donation to this school (August 2013): $2956.43
OUR EXPECTED NEXT next Target donation: $4595.05
So far, in the past few days: $90.79
Number of REDcard holders who have designated this school: 175

Interested in previewing the SBAC?

The Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) is the standardized testing system affiliated with Common Core.  Though the youngest grade testing will be 3rd grade, we thought knowing what types of things will be asked of 3rd graders starting in 2015 would be of interest to TES parents.  You can take a look at sample tests and questions at the following web link:



Thanks TEF!!!

TES would like to thank the Templeton Elementary Foundation for funding many of our grants.  TEF's generosity over the years has truly made an incredible impact on what we offer our students at TES.  This year, TEF grants for TES include: IPADS for our new classes, Projectors and Document Cameras, Trout in the Classroom, an NAS system for our computer lab, and funding for our After School Enrichment classes.  We look forward to experiencing the positive differences that TEF generosity brings to Templeton Unified's youngest students.

CA Department of Education Link to Common Core Resources

Click here to get to the California Department of Education's Website for Common Core State Standards.  Here, you will find the standards and many resources available to you including sample questions for the Common Core state assessments (called SBAC - starts at grade 3), parent information for student success, FAQ, etc.



Also, there are some great Parent Guides for Student Success for Common Core found at the following link (English and Spanish):



Common Core - Key Ideas for Families

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IPADS in TES classrooms!

Through incredibly generous donations by PTO and individual families, classrooms at TES have IPADS.  Students are motivated and engaged learners using the most up to date technology and Apps!  The learning is genuine and the potential is endless.  21st Century Learning is happening at TES!!!

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We have new stock of ALL sizes of sweatshirts and Tshirts!!!

Youth Small 
Youth Med
Youth Large
Adult Small
Adult Med
Adult Large

Adult XL

Click the link below for the order form for TES SPIRIT WEAR!!!  Have you seen those great green t-shirts supporting our great school?  If you want to see the t-shirts up close, we have some on display at the TES Office.  The form on the link below gives the sizes and prices.

Spirit Wear Order Form

A quote from Dr. Seuss

The more that you read,

the more things you will know.

The more that you learn,

the more places you'll go.

Dr. Seuss

Does Your Child Have Health Insurance?

Click the link to the flyer below for information regarding NO-COST MEDI-CAL Health Care and LOW COST HEALTHY FAMILIES Health Care for those who qualify.  The flyer is in both English and Spanish.

Med-Cal Flyer



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Teacher WEBSITES!!! Click the links below

2014-15 TK/Kindergarten Enrollment Information




Enrollment packets will be available for pick up on Monday, February 3, in the TES office.  You must be a current resident of Templeton at this time.  Interdistrict transfers are not currently being accepted.  A copy of a recent utility bill, escrow document or executed current rental agreement with your name and physical address must be provided before you will be given the enrollment packet.  Completed packets may be returned to the TES office beginning Wednesday, February 12, after 1:30 p.m. Our office hours are 7:30-4:00.  


Your completed enrollment packet must include COPIES of:

-Birth certificate

-Immunization records (even if not current for school entry)

Please be advised that class placement is based on many factors.  AM/PM class preference will be considered but cannot be guaranteed.  

Letters confirming AM/PM placement will be mailed for all students whose completed documents are submitted by May 16. This includes all updated immunizations current for a 5 year old which meets the school entry requirements.  



The Kindergarten Readiness Act changed the age for entrance into kindergarten in California.  Children must be five years of age for kindergarten by:


September 1, 2014 for the 2014-15 school year


Transitional Kindergarten is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program for children whose kindergarten entrance is changed as a result of this new law.  Children will be enrolled in Transitional Kindergarten if their fifth birthday is between:


-September 2 and December 2 for the 2014-2015 school year and each year thereafter  


Please be advised that Transitional Kindergarten space is limited.  We can only accept a certain number of TK students, therefore acceptance will be based on a first come, first served basis for Templeton residents only.  Only COMPLETED packets will be accepted.


**All Transitional Kindergarten students must meet the same requirements as traditional Kindergarten students, including proof of residency, birth certificate and immunizations current for school entry.

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Cafeteria menus and other information

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Eagle Hour - What is it?

Eagle Hour - What is it?

EAGLE HOUR - Reading Process Grades 1-2

For the 2014-15 school year, Templeton Elementary School is so proud to continue our Eagle Hour curriculum planning and delivery process for every student grades 1 and 2.  Eagle Hour is a PROCESS by which we assess our students and then place them in a classroom within their grade level for reading and literacy for one hour a day, four days a week.  TES has been and continues to receive thorough training for Eagle Hour, and we are dedicated to deliver differentiated literacy instruction that addresses the needs of every child on such a consistent basis.  This is research based and being done in over 300 schools.  This reading process will begin in mid September this year, a full month earlier than last year.

Each child is taught at his or her instructional level and advanced accordingly.  Lessons and curriculum are planned collaboratively, on a weekly basis by the whole grade level team.  

TES Eagle Hour Passion Statement:

"With clear purpose, collaboration, and as supported lifelong learners, we, at Templeton Elementary School will not rest until all of our students participate in leveled, targeted, and engaging instruction that advances literacy and fosters a love of learning."

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Accelerated Reader

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Got Spirit?

Every Friday, teachers and office staff wear their green TES shirts.  Join us as we show our Templeton Pride!  To order your Eagle apparel, please print an order form here or contact TES PTO via email at tespto@hotmail.com.


"Adopt" TES through www.adoptaclassroom.org! Click below for more info.

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