HIll Country Middle School



September 22, 2017


This week our students had some exciting things going on! On Tuesday, students were treated to a special author visit by Mike Lupica. He spoke with the students about why he writes, and shared that in each of his books he hopes to inspire students to persevere in the face of adversity. I'd like to share a particularly striking quote of his: "I want readers to know that the next moment is the moment that can change your life." A big thank you to Ms. Schubert for organizing the visit. 


This week our 8th graders celebrated Constitution Day. Below is a special message from our American History teachers. 

We, The Cougars, celebrated Constitution Day in all Social Studies classes on Monday, September 18.
In order to inform a more perfect eighth grade, we invited justices and an array of attorneys to provide an uncommon defense of cases, laws and amendments. Rosanne Easton and company secured the tradition of discussing liberty to our kids in classes of U.S. History.

An entire day was dedicated to educating by many HCMS parents who double as judges and attorneys by day. They shared their up-close experiences with the Constitution, the branches of government, amendments and landmark cases.   A special thanks to Roseanne Easton, Jeff Rose, Erin Cowden, Paul Bessette, Mary Lynn Bunkley, Paige Amstutz, Brian Smith, Bryan Barksdale, Mike Biles and Price Ainsworth for speaking in the classes of Mrs. Hiott, Coach Siler, and Ms. Vengler.


It is so wonderful to have opportunities for our HCMS students to do some out-of-the-box learning!


Morning Drop-Off Safety


When dropping students off on the side of the building by the band hall in the morning, please pull up to the covered overhang. There is a crosswalk there with a staff member who will stop traffic. Students have been getting dropped off up and down that driveway and zigzagging through the cars. It is very dangerous, and we do not want a child to be hit. Thank you for your help with this!



The Cougar Scoreboard


Cougar Volleyball vs Lake Travis


7th Grade vs LTMS

Red Team 20-25, 18-25  

Blue Team 16-25, 10-25   




8th Grade vs LTMS 

Red Team 25-20, 25-18 

Blue Team 19-25, 25-15, 18-25 

Cougar Football vs Gorzyki

7th Grade vs GMS 
Red Team 21-0     Blue Team 24-6 

8th Grade vs GMS

Red Team 14-0     Blue Team 0-13 





Parents, are you one of the many seeking the 411 on The Pit? This week's newsletter has all the answers!

Also, only 8 days left in the Cougar Dash! 6th grade is leading by 2.2%! Find out how you can boost your grade's chances of winning an ice cream party!

Read this weeks newsletter at hcmscougarclub.com




Friday - September 22, 2017
5:45 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday - September 23, 2017
All day
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Monday - September 25, 2017
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday - September 26, 2017
All day
All day
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday - September 27, 2017
8:35 AM - 10:00 AM
Thursday - September 28, 2017
8:35 AM - 10:00 AM
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday - September 30, 2017
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Monday - October 2, 2017
8:35 AM - 10:00 AM
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


Relationship Skills Tips

An important part of teaching the curriculum in any classroom is having a positive and safe learning environment. Social and emotional learning (SEL) provides the foundation for this environment. EISD has chosen to highlight relationship skills as our SEL focus for the first nine weeks. Using Second Step as our curriculum, teachers are helping students develop the skills necessary to develop healthy relationships with others.

As our partners in education, we encourage you to support our efforts in this area. The Parent Toolkit is a resource for parents that was developed by NBC News Education Nation and is supported by Pearson. The Toolkit provides parents a wealth of information, in English and Spanish, on social and emotional development in addition to academics, health & wellness, financial literacy, and college & career.

According to the Parent Toolkit one way to help middle school students learn social skills and relationship-building abilities is to talk about first impressions.  Teach your teen “how to maintain eye contact, speak clearly, introduce themselves and smile or convey warmth to make a good first impression.” Support your teen by role-playing and helping them introduce themselves to others.



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