HIll Country Middle School



October 13, 2017


The Smack Down is On!


Now is your chance to help Hill Country beat West Ridge! The middle school with the highest percentage of donations to EEF will be deemed the winner. The winning principal will be awarded an EEF championship belt, while the losing principal has to wear the opposing school's spirit gear to the Hill Country vs. West Ridge football game on October 31st. It has been a few years since we last had this competition (and sadly we lost), let's not let that happen again!


All fun aside, EEF funded 6 staff members at HCMS this year:
Heather Schubert - Librarian

Ingram Milam – English Language Arts

Tyson Dobinsky - STEM/Robotics

Cynthia Peterson – School Nurse

Amy Hodge – PE/Girls' Athletics

Rachel Horvitz - Orchestra


In many districts, positions like most of those above are considered non-essential. Thanks to EEF, we are so fortunate that we do not have to cut these positions!


Help us beat West Ridge!!


PIcture Retakes


Photo Texas Photography will be on campus during lunch Wednesday, October 18 to shoot retake and makeup pics.  If your plans are to have retake photos taken, the original packet will need to be returned to the photographer.  The photographers will be located in the foyer of the large gym.




Veterans Day


HCMS' Veterans Day Celebration is November 10.  Please send pictures of your families' veterans to grkgrl221@gmail.com by November 1. Please include your student's name and grade, the veteran's name, rank, branch of service, and years of service. This celebration is one of the finest things the Cougar Club and administration does! There will be a beautiful ceremony, and we want to honor our veterans with a lovely slideshow.



We are looking for volunteers to help at the November HCMS Library Book Fair!

Sign Up @ https://goo.gl/SgWZpr


Fitness Festival

The 5th annual HCMS Fitness Festival is on November 3.


We need Parent Volunteers. Sign Up @ https://goo.gl/VBchDK


Are you fun and want to get involved in the school? Sign up for our Fitness Festival committee! Email Rosanne Easton - rhearosanne@gmail.com to find out what it's all about and how you can help!


Run for the Water
Gilbert Tuhabonye of Gilbert's Gazelle's will be our keynote speaker at this year's Fit Fest.


Gilbert would like to encourage HCMS students, families, and friends to participate in this year's Run for the Water: for each registration in the 10-Miler, 5K or Global Run, the Gazelle Foundation is able to ensure one more person in Burundi access to clean drinking water for the rest of his or her life!


Watch the promo video: https://goo.gl/CayCkP

Learn more about the race and register: https://goo.gl/7Zfb6t

Donate old iPhones and cords to the Library!!


The Cougar Scoreboard




Volleyball Girls vs Dripping Springs


7th Grade vs DSMS


7th grade volleyball faced DS tonight.  Great job,girls!  



Red Team  25-21, 6-25, 25-23  

Blue Team  16-25, 22-25   




8th Grade vs DSMS


8th grade volleyball swept DS tonight!  #GoCougars


Red Team  21-25, 25-10, 25-19 

Blue Team  25-8, 15-25, 25-22 



Cougar Football vs Dripping Springs

7th Grade vs DSMS

Red Team
Great job this week vs. Dripping Springs, Cougar Football! 7th grade the A football team fought hard and lost a close one 6-8.  🏈 #GoCougars  

Blue Team 7th grade B football team won 32-20.  🏈 #GoCougars                            

8th Grade vs DSMS

Red Team

The 8th grade A football team kept their undefeated streak alive, beating Dripping Springs 29-0. Talent runs deep on this team!  🏈 #GoCougars  


Blue Team 

The 8th grade B football team beat Dripping Springs 22-12 thanks to a great team effort and 3 touchdowns from Micha Trupo! 🏈 #GoCougars  








If you have a daughter who has been hoping to get her hands on the spirit wear t-shirt, you have one last chance! Read the "Cougars Need To Know" section of our newsletter to find out how to get one before supplies run out!


We've also added a few new volunteer opportunities to the Cougar Club Website Volunteer Page. Please check them out. There's something for everyone!


Cougars in the know, know to read the newsletter.







Friday - October 13, 2017
All day
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday - October 14, 2017
All day
Monday - October 16, 2017
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday - October 17, 2017
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday - October 18, 2017
All day
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday - October 19, 2017
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Monday - October 23, 2017
All day
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.



1300 Walsh Tarlton, Austin, Texas 78746


View in browserUnsubscribeForward to a Friend Link