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BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT
 
Back to School Night is next Thursday, September 11th, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  If your child has a zero period, the night begins at 6:15 p.m.  Parking can be very crowded that evening, so please plan to come early.  We will have a shuttle bus from St. Timothy’s as an option as well.  On Monday, your child will be coming home with a flyer containing more detailed information.  Please note that Thursday the 11th is a regular late start day, beginning at 9:45 a.m., and dismissing at 3:25 p.m.
 
We look forward to seeing all of you on the evening of September 11!
 
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 IS A MINIMUM DAY
 
On Friday, September 12, we will be on minimum day schedule.  School begins at the regular time of 8:45 a.m., but dismissal is early, at 12:40 p.m.
 
PE UNIFORMS
If you missed us during registration, PTSA will be selling PE uniforms at the beginning of each PE class Wednesday, September 10th AND Thursday, September 11th.  
Shorts are $10; Shirts are $10
Please have your child bring a check (made out to “NHMS PTSA”) or cash with them to class.
We have all sizes available for purchase, and will exchange sizes as long as the item is unmarked and in new condition.
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 Debbie Van Hoomissen at vanhoomissen@cox.net
 
UPCOMING DATES
                                                                                                                           
Wednesday, September 10                                                                                                PTSA Meeting – 9:00 a.m., staff lounge
Thursday, September 11                                                                                    Back To School Night 6:30 p.m. (Regular schedule day)
Friday, September 12                                                                                         Minimum Day Schedule – Dismissal at 12:40 p.m.
 
 
Previously Announced
 
FIRST PTSA MEETING
 
WEDNESDAY, 9/10/14
9:00 A.M. IN THE STAFF LOUNGE
 
Welcome back to school!  We have an exciting year planned.  Our next PTSA meeting will be next Wednesday September 10th at 9 am in the staff lounge.  We will have 2 guest speaker.  Christine Brandt and Mike Darnold will be presenting on the new program The Other Side.  Our incoming 8th graders will be participating in this program at Niguel.  Please come and give us your feedback and ideas.  There will be refreshments served and prizes raffled off!  If you have any questions, please contact Katherine Amoukhteh at kamouk8@gmail.com
 
MAKE-UP PICTURE DAY
 
Make-up picture day is September 10th, during P.E. in the Blue Commons.
 
SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL PARENT ELECTION AT BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT
 
September 2, 2014
 
 
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 one interested parent to run and fill a spot for a two-year term on the School Based Coordinated Council.  Meetings are held after school.  There will be 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 9, 2014.  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, Thursday, September 11, 2014.
 
Thank you very much for your interest and support in our school.
 
Sincerely,
 
 
 
 
Tim Reece
Principal
 
 
I am interested in running for the 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.
 
 
IF YOU HAVE MOVED OVER THE SUMMER
 
If you have moved over the summer, please contact us with your new address.  You should speak with Louise Vondrak and she will update our records for you.
 
NOT RETURING TO NIGUEL HILLS?
 
If you are NOT planning on returning to Niguel Hills this year, please call our office at (949) 234-53680 or email Louise Vondrak at lvondrak@capousd.orgASAP.   This information will assist us in planning classes and help alleviate class changes after school has started.  Thank you for your assistance.
YMCA IS LOCATED RIGHT ON CAMPUS FOR BEFORE AND AFTERSCHOOL CARE!
TLC: The Teen Leadership Club 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 TLC team helps plan events, daily activities, and service learning projects. The TLC team 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 like Service Learning and Sports Clubs! 
To schedule a tour, contact Caprice Kavanaugh at (949) 360-9517 or ckavanaugh@ymcaoc.org.
 
Confirm enrollment by August 31st and you're registration fee is waived for new participants. To schedule a tour contact Caprice Kavanaugh at (949) 233-0209 orckavanaugh@ymcaoc.org.
 
Caprice Kavanaugh
Teen Club Director
LAGUNA NIGUEL FAMILY YMCA
29831 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(Ph) 949-233-0209
                     
The Y: We're for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
 
2014–2015 CUSD MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT DRESS AND GROOMING STANDARDS
 
PARENTS AND STUDENTS: CUSD has adopted a new district wide middle school dress code for next year.  There are a few changes from the traditional Niguel Hills dress code, so we wanted to make sure you had the information before you did your shopping for the new school year.  Some of the pertinent changes have been highlighted in yellow below, but please make sure you read through the entire dress and grooming standards with your child.
 
Please shop accordingly when buying new school clothes.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
 
 
The primary purpose for student dress and grooming standards is to foster an educational environment that is both safe and free from disruption in order to reflect an appropriate tone for school.  Clothes appropriate for weekend wear may not also be appropriate for school.  The following standards set forth for the middle school dress code are designed to be consistent and fair.  Thank you for your cooperation in setting an academic environment for the students.
 
Students are not to wear any attire or grooming disruptive or unsafe to the educational environment which may include, but is not limited to:
 
  • Sheer/see-through articles of clothing or clothing that exposes undergarments (bras, bandeaus, or a top that violates dress code.)
  • Tops, dresses or jerseys which are: tank tops, spaghetti straps, tubes, racer backs or strapless tops.
    • All tops worn to school must have a sleeve that extends past the shoulder (cap sleeves).
    • Tank tops and spaghetti straps may be layered OVER a top WITH sleeves.
  • Shorts, skirts, and dresses that do not extend to the END OF FINGERTIPS on back, front and sides when hands are placed at sides.  
  • No sleepwear or slippers. 
  • Bare midriff: Shirts must cover the waistband without having to be pulled down.
  • Unauthorized hoods, hats, bandanas or any head covering.
  • Bare feet, unstable high heels or any other unstable shoe.
  • Clothing with significant holes, rips and/or tears above the index finger tips.
  • Clothing which allows underwear to be exposed (baggy pants/shirts/blouses). Pants and shorts are to be size appropriate.
  • Clothing, apparel or accessories which are a distraction to the educational environment, considered unsafe or a health hazard.
  • Contains offensive or obscene symbols, signs, slogans, or words degrading any gender, cultural, religious, or ethnic values.
  • Contains language or symbols oriented toward violence, sex, drugs, alcohol, or tobacco.
 
Students who violate the dress code will wear alternate clothes the remainder of the day.  Clothes will be returned upon receipt of the signed dress code violation.    Students who violate the dress code will be subject to consequences.  The offense, and subsequent consequence(s), does not change because a student is able to alter his/her clothing after they have been found in violation. In order to protect the general student body and maintain the integrity of the educational environment, the school/administration reserves the right to amend/modify Dress and Grooming Standards, without notice, and as necessary to maintain a safe and positive school atmosphere.                                                                        
 
GANG RELATED ATTIRE
IS NOT PERMITTED AT SCHOOL OR ANY SCHOOL FUNCTION
 
Gang Related Apparel May Include, But Is Not Limited To:
 
  • Hats, headgear or head coverings
  • Nazi/Confederate symbols, patches, red shoelaces
  • Chains including wallet chains
  • Red, yellow, white suspenders, dropped suspenders
  • Monikers or other gang markings
  • Plain white shirt with Dickey brand name
  • Webbed, untied, or dangling belt, military style belts
  • Webbed belt buckle with stamped letter
  • Extreme spiked hair style
  • Top button buttoned on a long sleeve flannel plaid shirt
  • Jewelry with gang symbols
  • Students who dress alike intentionally wherein the dress is not related to school activities and disrupts the school environment
  • Overalls with dropped straps
  • Straight edge 'X' markings
  • Below knee pants with above calf white or black socks
  • Combat-type boots with more than eight eyelets on a side, steel toe shoes, or flight jackets worn concurrently with combat boots, heavy work shoes
  • Any combination of clothing which law enforcement agencies currently consider gang related. (These may change and the school reserves the right to add unacceptable attire during the school year.)
 
Gang related items are subject to change as directed by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
 
 
 
 
Tim Reece
Principal
Niguel Hills Middle School