Templeton Middle School profile


N59 W22490 Silver Spring
Sussex, WI 53089
Phone (262) 246-6477
Fax (262) 246-0465

Principal: Patricia Polczynski
Associate Principal: Brad Hoffmann
Student enrollment: 979
Total employees: 99
Certified staff: 73
Guidance counselors: 2.5
Library / media specialist: 1
Reading specialist: 1
Starting Time: 7:25 a.m.
Ending Time: 2:35 p.m.
Mascot: Bulldog
School colors: blue and gold
Grading system: Grading scale.

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A true middle level education philosophy exists at Templeton Middle School where high quality education focuses on academic achievement, rigorous and challenging classroom activities and individual student needs.

Templeton staff recognize that middle school students are in transition from childhood to adolescence and have unique emotional, academic and physical needs. The school program was restructured in 2005 to provide the highest quality learning environment for middle level students.

The house system, a component of middle level education, groups students with a core team of academic teachers who collaboratively plan instruction, teach and meet student needs. The structure promotes interdisciplinary instruction, integrated units, team teaching, positive student-teacher relationships and flexible scheduling.

Built in 1969, the school serves sixth- through eighth-graders in the Hamilton School District. The school was named after James Templeton who began in 1884 as Sussex’s first postmaster and later was postmaster in what had been the Village of Templeton prior to consolidation with Sussex.
A major addition and renovation was completed in the fall of 1999. The project included 19 new classrooms, renovated library and computer areas, and remodeling of five classrooms, the cafeteria and office area. Previous projects included a 1993 gymnasium-multipurpose addition and a 1974 classroom addition.

Templeton has an outstanding student body who regularly meet high academic and behavioral goals. To encourage students to make positive choices, the staff provides recognition for students in a variety of ways, including activities such as the Principal’s Pen Awards, Honor Roll Business Cards, Effort Honor Roll, Accelerated Reader Honor Roll, 4.0 Wall of Fame, the Gold Slip program and year-end awards for achievement, behavior and attendance.

In addition to the regular curriculum, enriched classes are offered in grade 6 literacy and mathematics and grades 7 and 8 communication arts, mathematics and science for those students whose achievement would benefit from additional challenge. Instructional interventions are also provided to students who demonstrate academic need. Among the special services at Templeton are two full-time guidance counselors, one part-time transition counselor, one reading resource teacher, one gifted and talented resource teacher, one math support resource teacher and one part-time English language learner support resource teacher. There are slo programs serving students in the areas of learning, behavioral and cognitive disabilities.

Parental involvement is always welcome at Templeton. There are many opportunities within the school in which parents can participate, such as assisting in classrooms, the cafeteria and library, helping with the bi-monthly newsletter or chaperoning field trips. A parent volunteer coordinator works closely with the administration and Home and School.

Templeton Middle School has been accredited by the North Central Association since 1997. By participating in the accreditation process, Templeton accepted the challenge to meet and exceed rigorous standards and invited external verification to demonstrate its committment to excellence and high quality education. Additionally in 2007, Templeton Middle School was named the Wisconsin Middle School of Excellence in the large school category by the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.