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8-28-15
 
ORCHESTRA REQUEST
 
The orchestra program needs your help! 
 
We have amazing violinists without violins!  If you have a violin at home not being used please donate the instrument to the NHMS Orchestra program!
Please bring the instrument to Ms. Choi in room 105. 
 
Thank you!
 
Yeon Choi
Orchestra
Niguel Hills Middle School
 
PBIS SHARK PRIDE WEEK
 
Tuesday, September 1st, and Wednesday, September 2nd, Niguel Hills Middle School will be on a 6th period double assembly schedule.  This does not affect start and end times for the day (see schedule below). 
 
Thursday, September 2nd, 7th and 8th grade students will be on a normal late start bell schedule while 6th graders will have a special bell schedule to learn the right way to behave and how to avoid behaving inappropriately at NHMS. 
 
It is the start of a new year!  It is time to get back to our studies and set goals for our future.  It is also time to learn what is expected here at NHMS!   This week, students will be attending a discipline assembly to be reminded about Respect, Responsibility and Readiness.   They will also be learning about what it takes to be a great student!  They will be reviewing the importance of utilizing their reminder binder, being on time to class, and coming to school prepared with all of their homework done.   We will also be reviewing things like the dress code, how to ask for help if someone or something is bothering them and what happens if they make a bad choice.
Please take time to ask your children questions about the expectations at Niguel Hills Middle School this next week!    It is going to be a great year!  Go SHARKS!
 
 
Tuesday and Wednesday schedule:
Zero period                           7:35 – 8:40          
                               
1st period                                8:45 – 9:30                                          
 
2nd period                               9:35 – 10:20        
 
Break                                     10:20 – 10:30                     
 
3rd period                               10:35- 11:20                                       
               
6th grade lunch                      11:20- 11:55                                                       
 
4th period 7/8                        11:25 – 12:10                                                     
 
7/8 grade lunch                    12:10 – 12:45                                                     
 
4th period 6th                        12:00 – 12:45
                                               
5th period                               12:50 – 1:35                                        
 
6th period A                           1:40 -  2:30          
 
6th period B                           2:35 – 3:25
 
 
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT- THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2015
 
Niguel Hills Middle School will have our annual Back To School Night on Thursday, September 3, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Friday, September 4 will be a minimum day with dismissal time at 12:40 p.m.  More information will follow as we get closer to the date.
 
MAKE UP PICTURES
 
SCHOOL PICTURE MAKE-UPS: 
09/02/15, DURING P.E.
IN THE PERFORMANCE ROOM.
 
NIGUEL HILLS MIDDLE SCHOOL PARKING LOT SAFETY PROCEDURES
Please take time to read and observe the following guidelines to ensure the safety of your child, other children, parents, visitors, and staff. If driving your child to school, please consider carpooling, having the student ride a bicycle or walking from a nearby drop off area.
Drop Off/Pick up Procedures in the Parking Lot
·         All students shall proceed to the front of the school, across from the Administration building, when arriving and leaving.  Students are not to wait in center grassy knolls.
·         Use the specifically designated lanes to the right to drop off and left lane to exit. Do not stop or drop off in the passing lanes.
·         Exit only on the passenger side of the vehicle.
·         Parents are to remain in their vehicles when picking up and dropping off. If you must leave your vehicle, park in an available spot and secure your vehicle.
·         Pull forward as far as possible when driving into the parking lot and drop off as close to the crosswalk as possible.
·         Make sure your child is prepared to exit your vehicle immediately.
·         The lead vehicle should pull forward and follow signs or staff directions to the appropriate stopping area. Pull forward all the way.
·         Also, while you are waiting to pick up or drop off your child, please do not stop in front of our handicapped spaces.  It is against the law to block access to those spots. 
·         Park only in designated spots.
·         Bus lanes are available for pick up and drop off only after busses depart.  For everyone’s safety, please follow the directions of the staff members on duty who are guiding the cars through the lanes of the lot.
·         Remember to be courteous to others and model appropriate behavior for children.
 
SAFE ROUTE TO SCHOOL
·         Students walking from the east of Golden Lantern (from the Aloma area) should use the sidewalk on the east side of  Golden Lantern to Paseo Escuela and enter at the front of the school on Paseo Escuela.
·         Students who cross Golden Lantern should walk to the signal at Golden Lantern and Paseo de Colinas or Paseo Escuela.
·         Students walking from the Paseo de Colinas area should cross Colinas at the Golden Lantern signal, walk down the east side of Golden Lantern, and enter at the front of the school.
·         Students residing on the school side of Paseo de Colinas or in the Country View Estates near Cabot Road may enter/exit campus using the Colinas stairway. Vehicles are not to stop on Colinas to drop off or pick up students, as per the City of Laguna Niguel.  Vehicles will be cited.
·         Bike riders must wear helmets and walk their bikes from and to Golden Lantern.
·         Students are NOT to walk up or down any of the slopes or embankments to the school.
·         Students are not to arrive at school before 8:00 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  Students arenot to arrive at school before 9:00 a.m. in the morning on Thursday’s, late start day.
PTSA COOKIE RUN
The NHMS student PTSA is sponsoring a weekly (Friday) cookie run to Serra HS.  Serra HS is a continuation high school located in San Juan Capistrano.  They currently have over 200 students enrolled but do not have their own PTA to support them.  We are asking NHMS students to sign up for 2 dozen home baked goods to be donated.  These cookies are awarded to Serra students who have good attendance for the week. This qualifies for Shark Pride credit. Just bring the cookies to the front office by 8:30 am onFriday, September 4, and it will be delivered to Serra HS.  Please contact Ingridkurta@yahoo.com to sign up. 
Welcome back scholars!
Ingrid Nadell
310-293-1035
DRESS CODE REMINDER
 
Please make sure that your child is appropriately dressed for school.  The district wide dress code is posted on our website and the CUSD website, and is also in our Binder Reminder.  Skirts and shorts must be fingertip length or longer.  No underwear may be showing.  Sleeves must be cap sleeves (no tanks allowed).  Finally, no bare midriff is allowed.  If you have any questions, please call the school.
 
P.E. UNIFORMS
 
If you missed us during registration, PTSA will be selling PE Uniforms at the beginning of each PE class THIS FRIDAY, August 28th and NEXT MONDAY, August 31st. Shorts cost $10.00 and shirts cost $10.00.  
If interested, please have your child bring a check (made out to “NHMS PTSA”) or cash with them to class.

Only grades 7 and 8 dress out for PE.  Uniforms should be washed each weekend for hygiene reasons.

Note, students may wear a PLAIN, light-grey, short sleeved, crew-neck T-shirt (no tank tops, NO COLLARS, NO V-NECK) and royal blue nylon, elastic waist athletic shorts (NO POCKETS).  PE uniforms must have no logos, no buttons, snaps, or zippers.  Shorts must have a 5-inch inseam. 

Any questions, please contact Angel Jenner at angeljenner@icloud.com
 
UPCOMING DATES
                                                                                                                           
Wednesday, September 2                                                                                  Make Up Picture Day
Thursday, September 3                                                                                      Back To School Night
Friday, September 4                                                                                            Minimum Day
 
Previously Announced
 
POSSIBLE SCHEDULE CHANGES
 
Dear Parents/Guardians,
 
Our NHMS 6th grade numbers are currently higher than projected for the 2015-2016 school-year. This has resulted in high averages for our 6th grade classes. There is a possibility that, AFTER SCHOOL STARTS, new class sections might be added. If these sections are added, we will need to fill the new sections and balance all 6th grade classes. This means there is a possibilityyour child’s schedule may change. We appreciate your support and understanding in our efforts to improve the master schedule for your child. You will be notified, prior to any class changes being made, if your child’s schedule is affected.
 
STILL LOOKING FOR SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL PARENT VOLUNTEERS FOR THE ELECTION
 
Dear Parents:
 
The School Based Coordinated Council is a leadership and decision-making body of administrators, teachers and students.  Annual elections are held to fill vacancies on the Council.
 
The School Based Coordinated Council, (SBCC), works during the school year to facilitate implementation of our Single Plan for Student Achievement and oversee expenditures.  All parents, teachers, and student members are elected to the Council.  At this time we are looking for two interested parents to run a two-year term on the School Based Coordinated Council.  Meetings are held after school.  There will be a few meetings this year, as the main item of business is overseeing the development and approval of the Single School Plan.  Membership on the Council provides parents the opportunity to significantly contribute to our program.
 
If you would like to be involved in this program, please complete the information below and return to Janine Neypes, Office Manager, no later than Tuesday, September 1, 2015.  We will post the information and statements from our parent candidates for site council on listserv and our website.  The voting to elect them will take place Back To School Night.
 
Thank you very much for your interest and support in our school.
 
Sincerely,
Tim Reece
Principal
 
 
 
I am interested in running for Niguel Hills School Based Coordinated Council.
 
 
Name: ______________________________________________
 
Address: ____________________________________________
 
Phone: ______________________________________________
 
Child’s Name: ________________________________________                                                        Grade: _______
 
 
Please include a brief autographical statement for the ballot.  You may want to include school experience and/or prior volunteer/committee work, and how you feel you can contribute to this School Site Council.
 
YMCA NEWS
 
YMCA IS LOCATED RIGHT ON CAMPUS FOR BEFORE AND AFTERSCHOOL CARE!
 
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, ckavanaugh@ymcaoc.org, or Araceli Godoy, agodoy@ymcaoc.org, at (949) 360-9517.
 
Caprice Kavanaugh
Teen Club Director
LAGUNA NIGUEL FAMILY YMCA
29831 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(Ph-AVMS) 949-233-0209
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The Y: We're for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tim Reece
Principal
Niguel Hills Middle School