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Tuesday, October 24                                                   Mínimum Day – School out at 12:40 p.m.

Wednesday, November 1                                           Professional Development Day – Pupil Free Day, no school

Saturday, November 4                                                Orchestra Goodwill Drive – Parking Lot  9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Friday, November 10                                                  Veterans Day Holiday – no School

Saturday, November 11                                              Free Dental Clinic   8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon





On October 26, 2017 at approximately 12:04PM, NHMS will be conducting a disaster drill.  Our front office will be closed for 35 minutes as we rehearse our responsibilities during an emergency situation.

NHMS has a safety plan we follow in the event of an emergency.  Our school regularly practices what to do in a variety of situations (fire, earthquake, lockdown, and shelter in place).  In a real emergency, parents arriving to pick up students should head past the lunch area toward the large wooden gate. This is where Parent Assistance/Student Checkout is located (not in the front office).  Please have photo identification ready and be patient, as we have roughly 1,000 students and families to serve.  We will only release students to people with proper identification who are listed in your child’s contact information (check your Parent Portal).  Please be sure to update that information each year with individuals to contact in an emergency and their current phone numbers.  See schedule for the day below.







The teen years are marked by a roller-coaster of emotions.  It can be easy to misread depression as normal adolescent turmoil; however, depression and anxiety appear to be occurring more often and at a much earlier age.  Depression, the most common of mental illnesses, can lead to suicidal thoughts and actions.  In fact, suicide is the second leading cause of death among those 14-24 years of age.  The good news is that depression can be treated and cured, and suicide can be prevented.

To proactively address this issue, we are presenting the Capistrano Unified School District Board approved Signs of Suicide curriculum and Brief Screening for Adolescent Depression (BSAD) to all 7th grade students at Niguel Hills Middle School. This program has been used by thousands of schools in the USA for over twelve years.  Data shows that this program increases awareness of depression and help-seeking behaviors of adolescents.  As a result, it has helped reduce suicide attempts.  

Our goals in presenting this program are straightforward:


  • To help our students understand that depression is treatable and help them assess whether or not they may have symptoms consistent with depression.
  • To explain that suicide is preventable that often occurs as a result of untreated depression
  • To provide students training in how to identify serious depression and potential suicidal behaviors in themselves and their friends
  • To impress upon teens that they can help themselves or a friend by taking the simple step of talking to a responsible adult about their concerns.


Lori Avakian, the school counselor at Niguel Hills Middle School will be presenting the SOS curriculum and the BSAD brief screening for Adolescent Depression in 7th Grade PE classes on Tuesday November 7Ms. Avakian will provide handouts on the symptoms of depression and suicidal behavior, show a 25 minute video in which teen actors model how to recognize and gain help for depression and suicidal behavior for themselves or their peers, and provide a self-administered screening tool for students to determine if they might be experiencing characteristics of depression or risk of suicide. School counselors will review the BSAD screening tool and speak with any student who self-reported a ranking indicating a likelihood for depression or risk of suicide, or express an interest in speaking to the school counselor. These meetings are usually brief and are not considered therapy nor are they a substitute for a comprehensive mental health evaluation. The meetings help us better understand students’ reactions to the material and whether they have any experience with depression or thoughts around suicide. Parents/Guardians will be informed if their child meets with a counselor along with any recommendations for additional support.


Join Ms. Avakian and other school counselors on Thursday October 26 from 6:00-7:00 pm at Don Juan Middle School, 26278 Wood Canyon Drive in Aliso Viejo for the Signs of Suicide Parent Awareness Night. Parents will learn about the myths and facts surrounding suicide, prevalence among youth and CUSD student data. Also, risk factors and protective factors, warning signs and how to talk with your child about depression and suicide. Resources will be provided to parents. At the end of the presentation there will be a preview of the video students will be watching in class.




Dana Hills High School is hosting a Parent Education event on Monday, October 23rd at 6:30pm in our Porthole Theater.  We hope you will help promote this via your parent listserv messages.  Thank you!


Parenting in a Digital World 

Cyber Safety, Threats & Solutions


Who: Parents of Kids in High School and Middle School

When: Monday, October 23rd, 6:30 sharp until 8:30 PM

Where:  Dana Hills High – Porthole Theater

Cost:     Free to attend


What apps are on your child’s phone?

What social media are they using?

What age should a child have a smart phone?



According to the Pew Research Center, nearly three-quarters of teens have a smartphone. And, that figure is probably higher for teens living in our community. Digital technology is an excellent tool to make and enhance social relationships, however, it can also expose users to risk.


We are excited to have Clayton Cranford, cyber security expert and Orange County Sheriff Sergeant to help us navigate this very important subject. He created Cyber Safety Cop, an Internet and social media safety program. It teaches parents and students how to avoid the inherent risks of social media and other web based platforms by using safe habits.


Sergeant Cranford will discuss:


• Current impact of bullying in schools;

• Current bullying trends; How to deal with a bully

• Risks associated with popular social media sites

• "Sexting" and online predators

• How to set expectations and consequences

• Online security considerations

• How to monitor online activity

• School discipline and legal issues






Come join the fun ! Games, Prizes, Petting Zoo, and more! Enjoy a bowl of prize winning chili, enter the raffle, or enjoy homemade goodies; there is something for everyone. 


Friday, October 27th, 5 - 8 pm


Attention Middle and High Schoolers ! Need service hours? Please contact Roxana Rodriguez at for more information on volunteering!




Sixth annual Free Dental Clinic


Saturday, November 11th, 2017
8 AM to 12 Noon
Niguel Hills Middle School
29070 Paseo de Escuela, Laguna Niguel, CA


The Rotary Club of Laguna Niguel, Niguel Hills Middle School, Ayuda International, and the USC School of Dentistry are pleased to present our:

    Sixth Annual Free Dental Clinic for Laguna Niguel Elementary Grade Students & Families

An appointment must be made to receive services.
   Please contact Ms. Ana Diaz, Bilingual Community Liaison at Niguel Hills Middle School, at 949-234-5360, or email her at to schedule an appointment for Saturday, November 11th.

Dental services are provided by Ayuda International, a nonprofit organization in affiliation with the USC School of Dentistry.  AYUDA has been providing International dental care since 1967 through its core of volunteers.

AYUDA provides comprehensive treatment including:
            l  Digital X-rays
            l  Cleanings & Dental Exams
            l  Scaling & Root Planing
            l  Composite & Amalgam Fillings
            l  Dental Sealants
            l  Stainless Steel Crowns
            l  Pulpotomies
            l  Extractions
            l  Other Necessary Treatments

Please help spread the word about this opportunity for our elementary grade students and their families in Laguna Niguel!


Rotary Club of Laguna Niguel
PO Box 6281, Laguna Niguel, CA 92607      Federal tax Identification #33-0849470



Sabado 11 de Noviembre del 2017
8 AM to 12 mediodia
Escuela Intermidia Niguel Hills
29070 Paseo de Escuela, Laguna Niguel, CA

El Club Rotary de Laguna Niguel, La Escuela Intermedia Niguel Hills, La Organizacion AYUDA International, y La Escuela de Odontologia de la Universidad del Sur de California presenta…

 Clinica Dental Gratis para estudiantes de Laguna Niguel de 1er grado en Adelante Y sus familias.

Usted mecesita tener una cita antes de recibir servicios.
 Por favor de llamar a Ms. Ana Diaz en la oficina de la escuela al 949-234-5360 hay email a  para hacer su cita.

Los servicios dentales son proporcionados por AYUDA Internacional, una organizacion no lucrative afiliada con la escuela de Odontologia de la Universidad del Sur de California gue fue formada en el ano 2006. AYUDA a proporcionado servicios dentales internacionalmente desde 1967 gracia a sus voluntaries.

AYUDA probe tratamientos dentales completes incluyendo:
            l  Rayos-X Digitales
            l  Limpieza dental & examines dentales
            l  Tratamiento de conducto de raiz
            l  Enpastes dentales de amalgama
            l  Sellantes Dentales
            l  Coronas de Metal
            l  Extracciones
            l  Otros tratamientos necesarios

Rotary Club of Laguna Niguel
PO Box 6281
Laguna Niguel, CA  92607
Federal tax identification:  33-0849470






Niguel Hills Middle School PTSA is proud to announce Battle of the Books


America's Battle of the Books is a nationally recognized reading incentive program for students. Students read books and come together, usually in groups, to demonstrate their abilities and to test their knowledge of the books they have read. The student’s may select a team of 4-5 readers who will read a series of pre-selected books and participate in a fun, fast paced competition similar to the TV series Family Feud or Whiz Kids. The competition will be held Wednesday, February 28that 6:00pm in the Blue Commons.


Niguel Hills Middle School will be hosting meetings in the coming weeks during lunch for the students to learn more about the competition, see a sample competition video, and ask questions.  We wanted to provide the parents some information prior to the meeting along with the list of books by grade level, in case your avid reader would like to get a head start. 


 If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Cindy Dopf, Battle of the Books Chairperson, at




We are in need of a volunteer mom or dad OR a group of volunteer moms or dads to run our recycle program here at NHMS. It requires your time on Wednesday mornings from 7:30am-9am. There will be students to help but we are in desperate need of someone to supervise this weekly event. If you can gather a group of 4 parents to share the commitment, you would only need to supervise ONE time per month! And how satisfying that you are doing something positive for our school and our environment! Thank you for your consideration! Please email the Booster Club at


We have received complaints from store owners about students roughhousing in the stores at the bottom of Golden Lantern. This seems to be a problem that most often occurs on Thursdaylate start day, with students leaving to go to the shopping center at the bottom of the hill or parents dropping kids off at the shopping center.  We do not recommend parents drop their kids off at the shopping center before coming to school either. There is no supervision off campus.  Once students have been dropped off or have arrived to campus, they must stay here until the school day is over or until a parent/guardian picks them up.  Thank you for your cooperation and for speaking to your children about this requirement.



Please click on the link below for date and location information.


Please click on the link below for Acceptable and Unacceptable items.





This is how we can help:


1: Send a note with your child before school and send him/her to the office.  Office staff will set up a call slip for your child to meet you at the front office at the designated time.  Not setting up in advance could lead to a 20 minute wait before your child can come up to the office.  We do not call the classrooms.


2: Call the office on the morning of appointment at 949-234-5360

Things to keep in mind: Is your child learning a new lesson?  Is your child taking an exam?  This could lead to a delay as well.




Así es como nosotros podemos ayudar:


1: Envíe una nota con su hijo(a) antes de la escuela y envíelo(a) a que le lleve la nota a la Sra. Marr en la oficina de asistencia. La Sra. Marr hará una hoja de llamada para que su hijo(a) se reúna con usted en la oficina a la hora designada. El no avisar por adelantado podría causar una espera de 20 minutos antes de que su hijo(a) puede llegar a la oficina. No llamamos a los salones.


2: Llame a la Sra. Marr la mañana del día de la cita al 949-234-5360

Cosas que debería tomar en cuenta: ¿Aprenderá su hijo(a) una nueva lección? ¿Su hijo está tomando un examen? Esto podría llevar a un retraso también.


For safety purposes, if you are delivering a lunch or anything else to your child, you must park and deliver it to the attendance window, where staff will take care of notifying the student. Please do not park in the bus lane and leave your car, or hand a lunch or anything else out the window to any children. This poses a safety risk for our campus.  You may park in the lot and walk in to sign your student out, or drop off an item for your student at the attendance window.  Thank you for your cooperation in advance!




The YMCA Teen Club is place for students to enjoy their afternoon cooking, DIY crafts, gardening, ceramics, art projects, sports and other fun filled activities. This year we are introducing the S.T.E.M. club! S.T.E.M. involves projects and activities exploring the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We are conveniently located right on campus for before and afterschool care.

We offer financial assistance for qualifying families. To schedule a tour or for more information please contact Yadira Delgdo, Site Lead at (949)573-1463 or




El club YMCA teen es un lugar donde los estudiantes pueden disfrutar sus tardes, cocinando, haciendo manualidades, jardinería, cerámica, proyectos de arte, deporte, y muchas divertidas actividades. Este año estamos presentando el club S.T.E.M. S.T.E.M. son proyectos y actividades que exploran el mundo de la ciencia, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas. Estamos localizados en la escuela con cuidado de niños antes y después de clases.

Ofrecemos ayuda financiera para las familias que califiquen. Si quiere programar un tour o quiere más información llame a Yadira Delgado, supervisora al (949)573-1463 o




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