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Principal's Message

Principal’s Message

Greetings Niguel Hills Families –


My name is Tim Reece, and I am thrilled to be the principal of Niguel Hills Middle School and continue our strong traditions of success.  I want to welcome all our students and parents to the school.  The Niguel community is a wonderful, supportive family, one that helps to make Niguel Hills an incredible environment for your children!  I grew up in Dana Point and attended Richard Henry Dana Elementary, Marco Forster Middle School and Dana Hills High School.  Many people I attended school with are raising their families in the area, and these families, along with all the members of our community, make up what we call the Niguel Hills “Ohana”…our extended family.  I have been proud to work for the Capistrano Unified School District for the last 34 years, teaching English/Drama and serving in a variety of educational leadership roles. 


At NHMS, we realize that children in middle school are going through a very important transition. They are learning new life and academic skills that will take them from the elementary school and prepare them for high school.  During these three years, adolescents are experiencing many changes that can affect their life on a daily basis: they experience a wide range of physical and intellectual development; they can have a high level of emotional and physical energy; their peers begin to become more important to them as sources of standards and models of behavior; and they can desire independence but are still very dependent upon their parents.  The middle school is designed to help them through this transition. 


NHMS staff is caring and knowledgeable, and they enjoy middle school children.  Our teachers plan together and utilize each other’s strengths to provide the strongest curricular experience possible so that ALL students are able to learn.  Alongside our academics are thriving electives and physical education programs, as well as leadership opportunities to become involved in the school community through ASB (student council), PAL (Peer Assistance Leadership), Intramurals at lunchtime, CJSF (California Junior Scholarship Federation), SRLA (Students Run Los Angeles), Kind Krew, and the Student PTSA.  We are blessed to enjoy a partnership with our parents, including a very supportive PTSA and a Booster Club that provide financial and program support.  We could not survive without our wonderful parents…they are a big part of the success of our students!


The NHMS staff welcomes all of you!  We are confident that your child will enjoy his or her three years at NHMS.  Middle School is an important time of growth, and your children will make many special memories they will take along with them to high school.  We are excited that all of you are a part of our Niguel Hills “Ohana”!




Tim Reece