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Community Service Needed:   Every year, we reach out to our local middle and high school students, Boy and Girl Scouts, and other volunteer organizations who want to pitch in and lend a helping hand and earn service hours.  This helps us provide a fun and safe Boo Blast for our community.   This year is no exception. If you know of anyone needing service hours, please share our Volunteer Spot link below. Sign up directly on the site.  (We ask parents to sign up directly through your child’s  class room representative).  
Please sign up for 2015 Boo Blast Community Service!
Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!    Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone.
Join the Boo Blast Team: Contact the 2015 Boo Blast Chairmen, Lisa Maxwell and Shannon Harrison at today!
Niguel Hills Middle School will be offering an after school Homework Club for interested students beginning Tuesday, October 13, 2015. Homework Club will be held in the school library from 3:30 – 4:30 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays of each week. Students who sign up must attend all three days each week. Permission Forms are available on School Loop and in the school office. Availability will be on a first come first served basis as space will be limited. If you have questions, please call the school office at 949-234-5360.
Express yourself through the ARTS by participating in PTA's Reflections program this year!  
This year's theme is “Let Your Imagination Fly…" 
Entries can be created within any of the following six categories:  visual arts, photography, literature, film/video production, musical composition or dance choreography.  All entries are due Monday, October 12th to the front office and will be displayed at a special art gallery evening hosted at Moulton Elementary School on the evening of Wednesday October 14th from 6 - 7:30.  
If students would like to earn shark pride, please drop a baked good off as a donation to the gallery night.  Please drop to front office on Wednesday, Oct. 14th, no later than noon.  The baked good must be home baked, not store bought to earn shark pride.
For more information, including student entry forms and rules/guidelines for each art category, visit  Entry forms will also be available at the front office.  
Contact Emi McCarter at for additional questions.
Last chance to order 8th Grade “Class of 2016” Spiritwear Hoodies for $25. Please pick up/drop off order form in the office by Friday, October 9th.
Save the Date!  Second PTSA General Meeting is Wednesday, October 14th at 9:00am in the teacher’s lounge.  We will host special guest speaker, Mike Darnold, who handles Substance Abuse Interventions and Advice at Dana Hills High School.  Mike has worked with young people for many years, and will share what you as parents can do to help your kids continue to live a healthy lifestyle and avoid the pitfalls of drug abuse.  Hope you can join us for his informative presentation!
Picture Re-takes – October 12th – Performance Room during P.E. – Flyers will be going home this week.
Monday, October 5 through Friday, October 9                                             Book Fair
Monday, October 12                                                                                          Picture Re-takes
                                                                                                                                PTSA Reflections Entries due
Previously Announced
Applications for CJSF are due on October 15th.  THIS Application IS FOR 8th grade ONLY!   We cannot accept late applications.
All members from last year must apply again.  Every semester requires a new application.
Applications are in our rooms or the office.
7th graders will have a chance to join in February 2016 after the 1st semester of 7th grade.
6th graders will join in February of their 7th grade year(2017). 
Our school has a few meetings per year.  We participate in a couple optional service projects each year and complete 10 hours of optional community service during our time at NHMS.  Students who are members for 3 semesters at NHMS will get an award at the 8th grade awards night and get to be an honor member for 9th, in CSF at the high school.  CSF membership looks great on college applications.
For more information on CJSF, you can visit their website.
2. Presidential Service Award - 6th, 7th & 8th
This program awards students who do community service.
Hours are due Friday,  April 29th, 2016.  You must submit a list of your hours over a 1 year period. This can also include any hours used for CJSF, shark pride, PAL, etc. Please turn your list of hours to Mrs. Steidle in room P-21. 
100 or more hours is a gold pin.
75-99 hours = silver
50-74 hours = bronze
I have attached the CJSF service hours form.  However, you can use any method to keep track of hours to turn into me.
Below is the information website for this award.
Do you have unwanted items in your garage?  Would you like to make more room for that nice new furniture?  
If you answered YES! Look no further!  The NHMS Orchestra has a solution FOR YOU!! 
Help the NHMS Orchestra raise funds by providing donations for Goodwill on November 7 (Saturday)
PRE Collection will be November 2 thru November 5 (After School Only) and November 6 (9am until Noon)
Yeon Choi
Niguel Hills Middle School
Join the Laguna Niguel Mayor and City Manager in a discussion about what City government does and why it is important to you. In this inaugural meeting, Junior Civic members will learn about their local City government and how the City of Laguna Niguel interacts and works together with other levels of government.
Date:    October 13, 2015
Time:   6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location:  City Hall Community Room
Address:  30111 Crown Valley Parkway
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Contact: (949) 425-5100
Cost:  FREE
The City of Laguna Niguel is excited to offer Jr. Civic Workshops, which are intended to educate middle school students (6th-8th grade) about City government and how they can get involved to make government better!  Free workshops will meet the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30-7:30pm at Laguna Niguel City Hall located at 30111 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel.  This effort is supported by the Laguna Niguel City Council, prominent community volunteers and former teachers.
Topics include:
October 13: The City of Laguna Niguel – What does City Government Do and Why is it Important to Me?  Presented by the Mayor and City Manager
November 10: The Drought – Presented by Moulton Niguel Water District  
January 12: The History & Seal Of Laguna Niguel – Presented by the Laguna Niguel Historical Society and City Staff
February 9: Personal Safety & Emergency Preparedness  - Presented by Laguna Niguel Police Services
March 8: Role of the Court System – Presented by an OC Judge
April 12: Parks and Recreation – Presented by City of Laguna Niguel Staff
May 10: Graduation Celebration with an Educational Focus on How Do We All Work for a Common Goal Called Laguna Niguel – Presented by City Council Members and Local Elected Officials   
*No meeting in December
Don’t miss this unique opportunity!  Pre-register now at
For more information, call (949) 425-5100. 
Teen Leadership: The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is comprised of teens in the YMCA program who want to design a better YMCA that will continue to be the place where teens want to go. The TAB team helps plan events, daily activities, and service learning projects. The group also gives input on monthly snack, supplies, games, and electronic purchases. This is a great opportunity for your student to learn and practice leadership skills.
Clubs: Besides offering quality programming before and after school, we also offer great clubs in the afternoons to get your teens involved. The YMCA Teen Club offers these clubs two to three times a week! We plan on adding new clubs starting in October!
Flexible Schedules: We have multiple enrollment options to best suit your needs. These include before school or afterschool only. We even have a Thursday morning only option for the late start days! The YMCA is open for full days for most school breaks from 7am-6pm!
Financial assistance: Financial assistance is provided to parents/guardians who qualify. Residents of Aliso Viejo may qualify for additional assistance, including free registration!
To schedule a tour, contact Caprice Kavanaugh,, or Yadira Delgado,, at (949) 233-0209.
Caprice Kavanaugh
Teen Club Director
29831 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(Ph-AVMS) 949-233-0209
(Ph-DJAMS) 949-360-9517
(Ph-NHMS) 949-244-1279
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Tim Reece
Niguel Hills Middle School