HIll Country Middle School



October 20, 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!!

Educational Travel


Are you interested in educational travel?  If so, please attend the travel tours informational meeting at Mod Pizza on October 23 at 6:00 pm to learn more about 2018 destinations, travel dates, and other important details.





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.


Please print a hard copy* (no larger than 8 x 10) with the following information written on the back of the picture:




Name and rank of Military      Personnel

Years Served ex: 1983-2004

Relationship to and name/grade of HCMS student/s i.e.: Grandfather of George Arias, Jr.

Other Pertinent Details i.e.: Served in WWII, Awarded Silver Star, Purple Heart

* Place hard copy in the Veterans Day Pictures envelope in the front office

Please do not send originals.


Pictures will be laminated for future use and will not be returned.



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

To keep up with Cougar Athletes in action visit https://twitter.com/HCMS_Athletics

Cross Country Runners



Evan Biles was the 8th grade girls individual meet champion! 





 Ayerai Gonzalez was the 7th grade boys individual meet champion! #GoCougars 


Volleyball Girls vs Lake Travis


7th Grade vs LTMS

7th grade Red VB lost to LT in a thrilling 3 set match, 25-23, 27-29, 23-25.  Blue lost 18-25, 22-25. Keep up the hard work, HC! #GoCougars


8th Grade vs LTMS

8th grade VB swept Lake Travis tonight! Red won 27-25, 22-25,

25-19.  Blue won 25-19, 21-25,

25-18. #bestlake #GoCougars



Cougar Football vs Lake Travis

7th Grade vs LTMS
Way to go 7th grade Cougar Football vs. Lake Travis this week! C Team tied 6-6, B Team won 20-8, and A Team won 25-14.
🏈 #GoCougars


8th Grade vs LTMS

The 8th grade B football team tied with the Lake Travis Knights on Tuesday at 16-16. The A team dominated with a score of 39-6. 

 🏈 #GoCougars



The 8th grade C football team faced the Lake Travis Knights yesterday. They fought hard, but lost 7-26. 🏈 #GoCougars






Visit the Cougar Club website to read this week's newsletter. The website is FULL of information, such as all the scoop on the upcoming 8th Grade Halloween Party and Fit Fest! All you have to do is take a peak!



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Monday - October 23, 2017
All day
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday - October 24, 2017
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday - October 25, 2017
All day
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday - October 26, 2017
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday - October 27, 2017
All day
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday - October 28, 2017
All day
Monday - October 30, 2017
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:00 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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