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Tuesday, January 9                                                                             Laguna Niguel Jr. Civic Workshop #4

Monday, January 15                                                                           Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No School

Saturday, February 24                                                                                    DHHS Dolphin Experience                                                               



8th Graders and their Parents

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, February 24, 2018. Dolphin Experience at Dana Hills High School. More details in January.

This event will provide families and prospective students an opportunity to not only visit the Dana Hills High School campus but to explore the unique academies that the school offers. There will be a chance to meet and talk with teachers and coaches who direct the many programs offered.  


Battle of the Books Warriors...Winter Break is a great time to snuggle up with a good book and complete some of the Battle of the Books reading.  The competition is heating up.  Are you prepared?  How far along are you with reading the books?  Stop by the school or public library to pick up a book or read a book on a Kindle.  However, you prefer to read, let a good book take you to an unknown time and place while enjoying your holiday break.   

We will have a follow up meeting in January to go over progress, answer questions and start preparing each team.  In the meantime, please feel free to email Cindy at


The City of Laguna Niguel welcomes all 6th, 7th and 8th graders to attend our monthly Jr. Civic Workshops on the 2nd Tuesday of each month and receive community service hours. This month we will have guest speakers from the Orange County Fire Authority.

Date: Tuesday, January 9, 2017
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 PM (Please arrive 15 minutes early to allow time to check in, find your seat, and grab a refreshment.)
Location: Laguna Niguel City Hall, 30111 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Please register each month by visiting and clicking on the Jr. Civic Workshop ad below the calendar.
If you have questions, contact Laguna Niguel Parks & Recreation at (949) 425-5100.

Watch our video PSA on the home page of

We hope to see you there!


Beginning in January we will be presenting a drug education program called “NEXT Step” to all of our 8th grade students.  NEXT Step is a program offered by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.  The curriculum was developed specifically for the eighth grade students and mirrors in design the same information (at an elevated level) offered to our sixth grade students in the DUILA (Drug Use Is Life Abuse) program.  The curriculum for NEXT Step was designed using the same six lesson format used at the elementary school level.   The dates for the lessons will be January 17, 24, and 31 and February 14, 21, and 28.

In this program a deputy first delivers curriculum on the subject/drug to be taught to high school students who attend school at a location that is readily located near a middle school.  The high school students, with the deputy, then present the lesson to the eighth grade students on eighth grade students’ campus.  The high school students add their own life stories and examples as they present the lesson.  The deputy is always present to ensure accuracy and appropriateness of all facts and to monitor all aspects of the program. All schools receive lessons on alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and prescription/over the counter drugs.

Prior to delivering the curriculum, the middle school students take a pre-test/survey to determine what trends are prevalent in their specific school community.  The survey tool is a nationally accepted survey tool called the PRIDE Survey.  Results from the surveys are received prior to working with the students so that curriculum can be developed specific to the school and their drug issues. Historically the schools vary on the subjects that need to be emphasized.  Our 8th grade students took the survey through P.E. classes on December 21, 2017.

In addition to the six lessons with the students, a parent meeting is offered at each school where the results of the survey and curriculum are shared with that specific school site.  The parent meeting at NHMS will be held on January 11, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. in the Blue Commons.

An opt-out letter came home in December, in case you do not want your child to participate in this program.  That letter was due back to us on Monday, December 18, ONLY if you DO NOT want your child to participate.

For more information on this curriculum, parents and teachers are invited to contact Marilyn MacDougall at 714-647-4135


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





The article in this link contains some great advice for talking with your kids about e-cigarettes:   


We have recently received phone call complaints from residents in the neighborhood off of Del Cerro above Colinas regarding traffic and traffic violations during drop off and pick up hours.  Police services has been called regarding these complaints. Specific complaints include: making illegal U-turns on neighborhood streets; blocking driveways; students crossing where there is no crosswalk; parents stopping in the middle of the street and calling to their children to come to the car; blocking the turn lane onto Colinas; filling up all the neighborhood parking spots on Back To School and Open House nights (we have plenty of parking on campus those nights). 

We encourage you to drop off and pick up your child in the parking lot of the school.  Many parents have learned to stagger the pick-up time within a half hour before or after school, and they face less traffic.  If you do pick up your child off campus, you must remember to obey all laws and be courteous to 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




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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.

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(949) 234-9200

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