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Mr. Rafael Plascencia, Currie Middle School Principal


Rafael Plascencia is the Principal of Currie Middle School

Rafael Plascencia is on his first year as principal of Currie Middle School in the Tustin Unified School District. He is also overseeing the new Spanish Dual Language Immersion Program for transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, first, second, third, and fourth grade students at Thorman Elementary School.

In the Dual Language Immersion Program, English-speaking and Spanish-speaking students will learn to read, write, and communicate effectively in Spanish and English. Students will develop bilingual skills and cross-cultural competencies needed to succeed in a multicultural society and global economy.

Mr. Plascencia has worked in education for 26 years, and has worked in the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District where he served as principal of Rio Vista and Topaz elementary schools, assistant principal at Rio Vista and supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance.

Under his leadership, Rio Vista was named a 2016 Gold Ribbon School (formerly titled California Distinguished School) by the California Department of Education. The school also received a 2016 California School Board Association’s Golden Bell Award for English Language Acquisition. In 2014, Mr. Plascencia was named Orange County Elementary Principal of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), Region 17. While at Topaz, the school received the California Distinguished School Award in 2010 and the Title I Academic Achievement Award in 2010 and 2011.

Mr. Plascenia has a bachelor’s degree in ethnic studies from California State University, Fullerton; and two master’s degrees in education – school counseling and educational administration from Azusa Pacific University

Additionally, Mr. Plascencia has been a speaker for ACSA and the Orange County Department of Education where he presented on closing the achievement gaps for English learners and students with disabilities.

"I feel extremely humbled and privileged at the opportunity to be joining Tustin Unified and excited to be teaming up with the Currie Team,” Mr. Plascencia said. “I am really looking forward to the wonderful journey that awaits us.”

Patriot Day

Dear Currie Community:


On this anniversary of September 11, 2001, we remember those who lost their lives and their families; and we remember the bravery of the first responders. In a very profound way, they symbolized the American spirit of strength and resiliency. I am proud to see that patriotism is alive and well in our lives, in our communities and certainly in our schools.

On this Wednesday, September 11, 2019, I invite you to take a moment to pause and to remember. There is a saying that heroes are everyday people who are placed in extraordinary circumstances. Those brave people who were faced with such incredible circumstances that day responded as heroes, and so did our communities. In our book these heroes will never be forgotten.

As we remember the events of September 11, 2001, “let us pay tribute to the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in faraway lands, to heroes who died in the line of duty here at home, and to all who keep faith with the principles of service and sacrifice that will always be the source of America's strength.” At this point let us honor those heroes with a moment of silence.

To continue this tribute, All schools are flying our flags at half-staff.


Thank you and have a wonderful day!


Rafael Plascencia
Currie Middle School


Upcoming Events

School Based Mental Health Services

School Based Mental Health Services are available at all schools throughout Tustin Unified School District with a referral from a student’s counselor and/or administrator. Students experiencing mental health disorders that impact their academic performance or school attendance may be eligible for services. TUSD has an established Mental Health Team, called Family Intervention Resource Support Team (FIRST) that is comprised of 5 mental health specialist who are all licensed clinicians. Please contact your school counselor or administrator for more information.

State Testing

CAASP Fechas de Examenes Proximos- Fechas pendientes a definir.

CAASP Upcoming Testing Dates- To be determined.

National Mental Health Month/Mes Nacional de Salud Mental

May is National Mental Health Month, a time for educating others on what mental illness REALLY is and helping those with an illness know they are not alone.  A Mental Health Fair will be held for students at Currie Middle School on Thursday, May 9th during lunch.  Hope Therapy Dogs, Western Youth Services, and NAMI or the National Alliance on Mental illness, will be on campus to provide information only about mental health support and resources.  This will not be a time for service but rather for awareness and resources.

Mayo es el mes nacional de Salud Mental, es un tiempo para educar a otros sobre qué enfermedad mental es en realidad y ayudar aquellos con una enfermedad que sepan que no están solos.  Una feria de Salud Mental Tendra Lugar para los estudiantes en la escuela secundaia Currie el jueves, 9 de mayo durante el almuerzo.  Perros de Terapia Ezperanza, Servicios de la Juventud Occidental y NAMI o la Alianza Nacional en enfermedad Mental será en el campus para proporcionar información solamente sobre recursos y apoyo de salud mental.  No se trata de un tiempo de servicio sino por conocimiento y recursos.


Green Ribbon- #break the stigma