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Our neighbors have reported that during drop off and pick up hours at Colinas and Del Cerro up above the school, people are driving or crossing unsafely, causing a danger to students as they walk to their cars. 


Some of the concerns reported include: illegal U-turns; kids not crossing either street safely; kids crossing Del Cerro where there is no crosswalk; cars turning from Del Cerro onto Colinas while students are still in the crosswalk, which is illegal and endangers kids; and students waiting at the corner till after 5:00 p.m.


Please make sure you are obeying all traffic laws and using safe practices when dropping off or picking up your children. Also, please make sure your children are obeying all traffic laws and using common sense when walking across busy streets during drop off and pick up times.  Please drive slowly and cautiously.  There is no appointment or meeting that is more important than the safety of our kids.


Thank you for your cooperation.




Niguel Hills Middle School will be offering an after school Homework Club for interested students, beginning Tuesday, September 20, 2016. Homework Club will meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays of each week and attendance all 3 days is mandatory.  Permission Forms are available in the front office.  Space will be limited so be sure the completed  form is returned to the front office promptly. If you have any questions, please call the school office at 949-234-5360 or email Mr. Castle at




The next PTA meeting will be on Wednesday, September 14th, at 9 AM in the teachers’ lounge.  Come and have a cup of coffee and get updated.  Your membership, your vote!




Calling ALL  Artists, Musicians, Videographers, Photographers, Writers, or Dancers!  National PTA Reflections Program needs YOUR entries!  Last year, NHMS had an excellent showing, so let’s do it again!


The theme for this year’s National PTA Reflections Program is “What’s Your Story?” Do you have an interesting LIFE story? Are you a twin? Were born in another country? Get creative and let us know, “What is YOUR story?”


Entries are Due on Monday, October 3rd.  Official Rules and Entry forms will be available in the Art Room 104 or in the Library




Book fair chair.  We are in need of a book fair chair.  We can also do co-chairs if you are interested.  Book fair is right around the corner, please help!  Contact Michele Johnson,




The State of California’s education funding model, called the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), allows districts more freedom in how funds are spent but also requires the development of a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) that links spending to specific district goals for student achievement. Districts are held accountable to the specific ways in which they are spending money and how those decisions are improving student outcomes.


A key aspect of the LCAP process is the engagement of parents/guardians, including those representing foster, low-income, and English learner students in providing input and feedback. This is facilitated through the formation of a Parent Advisory Committee (PAC). The LCAP PAC will meet to review sections of the LCAP and provide input into the monitoring and revision of the LCAP.  Applications in English and Spanish for PAC membership are available September 19-October 3, 2016, at all CUSD schools, the Education Center reception desk and on the district website, and are due no later than Monday, October 3rd.


For more information, please contact Stacy Yogi, Executive Director, State and Federal Programs at (949) 234-9244 or


El nuevo modelo de fondos educacionales del estado de California, llamado Formula De Fondos Control Local (LCFF), le otorga a los distritos más libertad al utilizar sus fondos pero requiere el desarrollo de un Plan de Control Local y Responsabilidad (LCAP). Este une los gastos a metas del distrito específicas al logro estudiantil. Los distritos se hacen responsables por las maneras específicas en que están gastando el dinero y como esas decisiones están mejorando al éxito del alumno.


Un aspecto clave del proceso de LCAP es el compromiso de padres/tutores; incluyendo a aquellos que representan a los estudiantes en adopción, de bajo ingresos, y que están aprendiendo inglés en mantenerlos informados. Esto será posible con la formación de un Comité Asesor del Padres (PAC). El LCAP- PAC se reunirá regularmente para revisar las secciones del LCAP y proporcionar sus opiniones en el monitoreo y revisión del LCAP.


Aplicaciones en Inglés y español para ser miembros del Comité Asesor de Padres (PAC) están disponibles a partir del 19 de Septiembre – 3 de Octubre, en todas las escuelas del Distrito Unificado de Capistrano (CUSD), pueden solicitarlas en la recepción del Centro Educacional y también en el portal de internet. Las aplicaciones tienen que entregarse antes del lunes, 3 de Octubre.


Si necesita más información, puede contactar a Stacy Yogi, Director Ejecutiva de Programas Estatales y Federales al (949)234-9244 o





Want to get a little extra time in the morning to work on projects or assignments?

Help with homework?

Need a few tips and tricks on getting organized?

Morning Homework Club is for you! Come in and let NHMS parent volunteers help you get organized, focused and ready to do your best!


Would you like to help students on their path to success in middle school and beyond?

As parents, we have a unique opportunity to offer support to students who want or need assistance with organizational skills, study strategies, and homework assignments. We know our Niguel Hills Shark community of parents are an amazing resource to help students reach untapped potential.

Please consider donating your time and expertise to guide our NHMS students to success. (*Please note: fingerprinting is required for volunteers on campus)


When: Tuesday mornings (30 minutes, 8:10-8:40am)

Thursday mornings (45 minutes, 8:55-9:40am)

Where: Niguel Hills Middle School Library
What: Supporting students in organizational strategies, general study strategies, and homework and test support.
Beginning: Now


Contact Shilpa Shenoy and Jadey Liu at or Assistant Principal Meaghan Snedeker at with any questions or concerns.





Wednesday, September 14                                 PTSA Meeting – 9:00 a.m. in the teacher’s lounge



Previously Announced




Capistrano Unified School District offers students the opportunity to enroll in the district’s kindergarten through 8th grade online and home school --- Capistrano Home/Virtual School. The elementary online school provides instruction, videos and workbooks for students as the parent takes on the role of “coach” guiding the student through weekly online and offline activities.  The middle school is entirely web-based and students can access their courses throughout the week around their schedules.  The home school option provides K-8 parents with all the CUSD textbooks and materials needed to teach their students at home, in addition to instructional digital resources to supplement lessons.  Middle school students may take up to two classes at their neighborhood school and elementary students may participate in art and music classes at their neighborhood school, depending on site availability.  If you are interested in learning more, please join us at one of our Parent Information meetings on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 9:00 am or Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 9:00 am at the Capistrano Home/Virtual School campus located at 32972 Calle Perfecto in San Juan Capistrano. Or call us at 949-234-9374. We look forward to meeting you!




What is the Community Advisory Committee?  It is a Special Education Community Advisory Committee


Every Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) is required to establish a Community Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC is a collaborative partnership of parents, educators, and community members in the Capistrano Unified School District (District). The CAC is lead by parent volunteers.


The Purpose of the CAC:


• Review the local plan (local policies, procedures and programs) to ensure it is consistent with state laws, regulations, and policies for Special Education.

• Provide parent education opportunities, give families an opportunity to communicate with district administrators, connect with other parents, and share resources and support.

• Support activities on behalf of individuals with exceptional needs.


CAC meetings are held monthly and are open to anyone. You are warmly invited to attend, learn more about special education in the District and connect with other parents.


CAC meeting calendar is below and posted on the District website.

Veronica Hoggatt, Chairperson

Barbara Kakuda, Vice Chairperson



San Juan Capistrano, CA

Community Advisory Committee





Meetings are held at the District office: 9:30am

33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

(949) 234-9200


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017




The District is still in process of receiving the 2015-2016 Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) Student Score Reports. While the California Department of Education (CDE) will release summarized district and school data on August 24th, the paper copies of individual student scores usually take a little longer to reach districts. CUSD expects to receive all Student Score Reports by mid-September and anticipates sending score reports home to parents the week of September 12th.




6th - 8th graders are invited to attend our monthly workshops on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.  Workshop schedule:  Sept. 13th;  City Manager & Council Member, Oct. 11th;  City Clerk, Registrar of Voters, November 8thCR& R/MV Animal Services.  Register each month at:             


Community Service hours are awarded each month.  (No workshop in December)


Instructor: Council Member Elaine Gennawey/ and guest speakers


Location:  City Hall, Community Room   


2nd Tues.       6:30-7:30pm            






Looking for some fun books to read this summer?  Check out these amazing titles (see attached list) and get a jump start on the competition for the 2016-2017 school year.  Look for posters and announcements when we get back to school on how to get involved in this fun family feud style competition that you can join with your friends to test your knowledge against other students in your grade.  Do you have what it takes to be the Battle of the Books champion?  Let the reading begin...




We are happy to announce the Lion’s Club International Peace Poster Contest for 2016-2017!  The guidelines are:


The contest is open to all students who will be 11, 12, or 13 years of age on November 15, 2016.


Entries will be due in October, 2016.  Only one entry, per child, per year, is permitted for the contest.


$5,000.00 Prize goes to 1 International Winner.


$500.00 Prize goes to 23 Merit Award Winners


Posters must be original art in any medium done by only one student. Note: Chalk, charcoal, and pastel should be sealed with a fixative spray to prevent smearing. 


Posters must be no smaller than 13 inches by 20 inches and no larger than 20 inches by 24 inches.


3-D entries will not be accepted.  Nothing is to be stapled, glued or attached to the artwork in any way.


No letters or numbers are allowed on the front of the art.  The students name should be on the back.


The artwork must be done on flexible material which may be rolled for shipping in a mailing tube, do not fold the poster.


Lions Club Members will do the judging of Peace Posters from your school.  One winner will be sent to the next level of the international contest.


The contest may begin immediately.  The local winner will be determined by November 7, 2016.


More information and a video and slide show about former winning posters may be seen by searching Peace Poster Contest or at  Below is a link which will show the winners of the 2014-15 contest.


For questions, please contact Beth Andrini at




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.




Tim Reece


Niguel Hills Middle School

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

Rich Montgomery, Executive Director, Human Resource Services/Compliance
33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-9200

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