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Principal's Message

Principal’s Message

Greetings Niguel Hills Families –


It is with great honor and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the newly appointed Principal of Niguel Hills Middle School. I look forward to working with all members of the school community to carry on Niguel’s tradition of academic excellence. I am looking forward to you joining the Niguel Hills family and to begin building strong relationships with parents, students, staff, and our community partners. I know how critical it is to our students’ educational and social-emotional development as well as their future school success to have a positive middle school experience. I value the importance of offering every student a school that provides a strong academic environment as well as social and emotional support, and I will work with our outstanding staff to continue this effort. I also realize as a parent, and specifically a parent of a  Niguel Hills student, that schools are entrusted with our most precious resource and that as a school we must ensure that each student experiences a feeling of safety and success. 

 I began my career as a Social Science teacher in Orange Unified, always working hard to meet the variety of needs for each student in my classes. It was as a teacher where my passion to help all students began.  I first became an administrator as an Assistant Principal in La Habra City School District at Imperial Middle School and gained further experience as an Assistant Principal at Marco Forster Middle School in CUSD. From 2010-19, I served as the Principal of Newhart Middle School working closely with our teachers, staff and parents to create an educational environment that prepares all students for success both academically as well as socially and emotionally as they continue to grow and mature. I was appointed Principal of Niguel Hills in 2019.

I look forward to starting a new school year that is full of optimism and excitement for the future of Niguel Hills Middle School and to being part of an exciting campus filled with students that are happy, engaged, and supported by a positive school culture. Niguel Hills Middle School is a great school because of its teachers, staff, families, and students. I believe that providing our students with a safe and nurturing school environment, data driven instructional goals, and rigorous and engaging lessons will be critical in preparing every student for success. 

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”!

As Principal, my door is always open and I look forward to meeting everyone in our wonderful Niguel Hills community during the school year!




Jeff Jones