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Monday, April 2 – Friday, April 6                              Spring Break – No School  NEXT WEEK!!





3rd quarter report cards are now in Parent Portal for viewing.



Educational presentations to parents regarding drugs and alcohol - Primarily focused on vaping and marijuana


  • Monday, Apr 16 - 6:30-8:00pm - Porthole Theater at DHHS
    • Clay Cranford
  • Tuesday, Apr 24 - 6:30-8:00pm - Panel Discussion - Porthole Theater at DHHS
    • Dr. Jorge Galindo - licensed psychotherapist as well a Reserve Deputy with the Sheriff's Department
    • ER Doctor
    • College Athletics/Admissions
    • Student group in DHHS library


Committee Members:

Katie Andersen - DHHS PTSA

Mike Darnold - Student Services

Josh Porter - Principal

Luci Coppola - Asst Principal

Stephanie Lenthall - DHHS PTSA

Jennifer Swartzentruber - DHHS PTSA

Cindy Dopf

Kelli Krecker-Lewis

Natalie Born - works for NCADD-OC

Emily Lobo - works for NCADD-OC

Sheri Madrid - DHHS Parent

Marianne Mullen - works for NCADD-OC


Additional School and Local Stakeholders:

Mike Killebrew - Assistant City Manager, Dana Point

Deputy Matt Timmins - DHHS School Resource Officer

Local Newspapers:

Dana Point Times, San Clemente Times, The Capistrano Dispatch, Laguna Niguel







Parents of children who ride the bus, please talk to your kids and make sure they check early in the day that they have their bus pass with them.  Temporary bus passes will only be given out before school starts, at break, and at lunch.  It is too late to issue bus passes after the school day ends, as the busses leave quickly and cannot wait for students to go to the office after school and get a pass.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation and assistance.


Did you know NHMS is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram?  Follow all the great things that are happening at our school.  Here’s how you can find us:

Instagram – nhmssharks

Twitter - @nhmssharks

Facebook – Search for Niguel Hills Middle School on



Throughout the course of the school year, there has been an increase of items being dropped off at the school office for students. In the past, we have assisted by delivering call slips to the classroom informing students of these items. This has caused two issues: an inappropriate amount of classroom disruptions, and a deficit of personnel to handle the amount of requests along with our regular duties. In order to eliminate these classroom interruptions, call slips will no longer be delivered to students informing them of these dropped off items (forgotten homework, forgotten PE clothes, forgotten instruments, forgotten lunches, birthday balloons, birthday cupcakes, birthday flowers, etc). In its place, written notification of items dropped off will continue to be posted on the Message Board at the Attendance Window. Students must check the Message Board during break, lunch-time or after school for items that may have been dropped off for them by parents. Please make sure you share this information with your child.


Birthday balloons have been a distraction to instruction in the classroom as well.  Therefore, birthday balloons will now be held in the school office until the end of the school day.


Finally, curbside drop off  is not allowed. Parents may not drive up to the school curb and expect their student to meet them for an item drop off. This is a safety issue. All items being delivered on campus must be monitored by the school office staff.  Students may not order food or drink via phone call, text or app (Grubhub, UberEats, Doordash) for delivery to school on their behalf. Items ordered by a student and delivered to the school office will not be accepted.


Thank-you for your assistance as we work towards eliminating unnecessary classroom disruptions and continue making the safety of all of our NHMS students a priority.


Every day the neighborhoods surrounding Niguel Hills are impacted by heavy traffic from parents dropping off and picking up their children.   It’s been reported to us that drivers are making illegal u-turns, blocking driveways and entrances to cul-de-sacs, allowing kids to cross at areas without a crosswalk, and even directing foul language or gestures at residents.   If you are dropping off or picking up your child before/after school, please be respectful of our neighbors.

Thank you for your cooperation on this matter.



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




The Board of Trustees desires to provide a safe school environment that allows all students equal access and opportunities in the district’s academic and other educational support programs, services, and activities.  The Board prohibits, at any District school or school activity, unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any student based on the student’s actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.




La junta directiva desea proveer un ambiente seguro que permite que todos los estudiantes tenga igual acceso y oportunidades académicas en el distrito y otros apoyos educacionales, servicios y actividades. La junta directiva prohíbe, en cualquier escuela del distrito o actividad de las escuelas, discriminación ilegal, incluyendo acoso discriminatorio, intimidación, y abuso de cualquier tipo a estudiante basado en la raza, color, descendencia, origen nacional, nacionalidad, etnicidad, grupo de identificación étnico, edad, religión, estatus matrimonial de padres, embarazo, discapacidad física o mental, sexo, orientación sexual, genero, identificación de género, o expresión de género o asociación con alguna persona o grupo con una o más de estas características actuales o percibidas.



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