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Templeton Unified School District


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    Principal's Update: 08/07/20

    Greetings VES Students and Families,

    First, I would like to welcome our new third-grade students and families to Vineyard Elementary School.  We wish we could meet you all in person on the first day of school but assure you that you are in good hands with the amazing third-grade team and the VES community.  For those of you new to me as your child’s Principal, it is my vision to work with you and the VES team to provide students with an educational experience that challenges, inspires, and motivates them to be lifelong learners and caring contributors to the world around them.  It is our goal at VES to provide a supportive environment that meets the individual needs of each student as a “whole child” academically, socially, and emotionally.

    For my first VES Principal Update of the 2020-2021 school year, I want to acknowledge this is a difficult time for everyone but also an opportunity to work together to provide the best education experience possible for our students.  Now more than ever, a strong partnership between home and school fosters greater success for our students.  

    TUSD administration, teachers, support staff, and families have worked throughout the summer to plan for a vastly different school year.  The final touches are in process and will be shared with you as soon as possible including daily schedules, class placements, teacher contact information, grading and attendance policies, as well as resources for success when school starts August 25th. In the meantime, please begin planning for each student in your home to have a “learning zone” with proper lighting and minimal distractions, preferably a desk or table, not a floor or bed (if possible).  We will be distributing various learning resources at the start of the school year and providing a supply list for you to set you and your child up for success at home.

    Finally, thank you to our parent organizations, PTO, TEF, and Art4Children, for continuing to be vital contributors to our VES community.  

    VES Parent Teacher Organization: The VES PTO will be supporting us with the start of school.  Please reach out to Co-President,, for more information about how you can help.

    Templeton Education Foundation: Templeton Education Foundation (TEF) is a nonprofit organization that provides grants for TUSD teachers and students.  TEF recently wrapped up their 4th of July fireworks booth sales and had a successful year.  TEF says “we could have not done it without all of our volunteers, and teacher/staff volunteers.  Thank you to all who helped and purchased fireworks from our booth.  We are excited to announce that our Grant Committee is working on getting grant applications out to teachers so they can request grants for this upcoming school year.”  If you would like to learn more about TEF, contribute, or get involved please visit

    Art4Children: Art4Children continues to work with both TES and VES to provide art education as part of the distance learning experience for our students.  Please contact Casey Gilmore @ for more information on how you can get involved.

    Please remember to check your emails regularly for any updates as distance learning continues. Additionally, you can find updates on our school and district websites.

    In the words of Dr. Seuss changing “your” to “our,” "We’re off to a great place, today is our day, our mountain is waiting, so let’s get on our way!" 

    Take good care of yourself and one another~

    “Dr. H”




    Battle of the Books


    4/5 Book List

    3rd Grade List


    AR Points

    Congratulations to those that have earned the most AR points this year.

    Most points in school: Reid Apslund

    3rd Grade: Anna Botts

    4th Grade: Ivan Willis

    5th Grade: Cash Beazley

    They will be receiving a Target gift card courtesy of the VES PTO.




    Please email completed pre-registration forms to Amy Embree:

    First day of school is Tuesday, August 25!

    School News





    Grade Level Information

    Third Grade


    Fourth Grade


    Fifth Grade




    Devon Hodgson, Ed.D.Principal

    School address:

    2121 Vineyard Dr.

    Templeton, CA 93465

    Phone:  805-434-5840

    Fax:  805-434-3105


    Teacher Websites

    Several of our VES Teachers have websites with homework and other information for parents and students.

    Dorwyne Johnson - Intervention Specialist -

    Teacher Website

    Sandi Moore - 3rd Grade - Teacher Website

    Shelly Keller -3rd Grade - Teacher Website

    Robert Condell - 5th Grade - Teacher Website 

    Micaela Pepple - 5th Grade - Teacher Website

    Laurel Hanson -Computer Lab Teacher:  Teacher's Website

    Art for Children

    Art is alive at VES.  Click here to learn more about Art for Children and all things artistic at Vineyard Elementary.

    California Distinguished School

    1997 and again in 2012-2013

    California Distinguished School

    VES Blue Ribbon

    Blue Ribbon School 2000-2001

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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.