HIll Country Middle School



October 27, 2017


Next week is Spirit Week! Let's show our Cougar Pride as our Football team finishes their season by taking on Westridge!
* Monday- Wear Pink for Cancer Awareness
* Tuesday- Super Hero Day! Dress like your favorite super hero! Remember, no masks allowed (Pep Rally Day!)
* Wednesday- Pajama day! Remember, no slippers allowed
* Thursday- Twin Day! Dress like a friend!
* Friday- Show your School Spirit! Wear your HCMS gear! Go Red and Blue!

Quick Report

We are always looking for ways to foster an even safer and more caring school community. We have added a new feature to our websites to ensure students, staff and parents have a voice to report issues that may affect their peers and/or schools.

​Quick Report allows school administrators to receive tips at any time and have the ability to respond in a timely manner to issues that impact the school or individual students. The reported issues may range from bullying to weapons/threats to any mental health crisis. At Hill Country School, we want to know any information that you may feel would make this a safer place.
Students, staff, parents and other stakeholders can visit the district website or any campus website and click either "Connect" at the top navigation bar, "Quick Links" at the top navigation bar, or click under the "Student" section, then select "Quick Report". The Hill Country front page has a tab labeled Quick Report for even easier access.

Once on the Quick Report page, you can identify which school(s) receives the tip, select an appropriate topic from the dropdown list, write the message and submit the tip. There is also an option to include a photograph as appropriate. Messages may be communicated anonymously or with contact information.

Please note that in an emergency, you should call 911, or in the case of a mental health crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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!!

Thank you to everyone who has already donated to the EEF Teacher fund for 2017-18! Hill Country is still in the lead with 22.5% but Westridge is closing in at 17.9%. Please donate today to help Ms. Sullivan beat the WRMS Principal! Our HCMS goal is 45% participation - I know 45% of our families want to keep our district EXCELLENT vs. ADEQUATE! The final donation day is November 3rd - but don't wait- donate now!




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



Volleyball Girls vs Hudson Bend


7th Grade vs HBMS

7th grade volleyball teams lost to a tough Hudson Bend team last night. Red scores were 15-25, 20-25. Blue 12-25, 23-25. 



8th Grade vs HBMS

Both 8th grade volleyball teams swept Hudson Bend last night in 2 sets! Red won 25-18, 25-14. Blue 25-9, 25-14. Way to play, girls! #GoCougars



Cougar Football vs Hudson Bend

7th Grade vs HBMS

7th grade played Hudson Bend this week in football. Scores for the night were A team 6-0, B team 32-6, and C team 0-14. Awesome work!
🏈 #GoCougars


8th Grade vs HBMS

8th grade A team was victorious vs Hudson Bend, while the B and C teams fought a great battle! Scores for the games were A team 45-24, B team 0-14, and

C team 0-12.

 🏈 #GoCougars







Have your students come home talking about Fit Fest? This is one of those middle school events that the kids love and remember AND parents get to be a part of. Please check out the newsletter to see how you can participate!


View Cougar Club Newsletter





Friday - October 27, 2017
All day
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday - October 28, 2017
All day
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Monday - October 30, 2017
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday - October 31, 2017
All day
All day
3:05 PM - 4:00 PM
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday - November 1, 2017
All day
2:44 PM - 3:04 PM
Friday - November 3, 2017
All day
Saturday - November 4, 2017
All day
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Monday - November 6, 2017
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


Self-Awareness and Self-Management

EISD has chosen to highlight self-awareness and self-management as our SEL focus for the second nine weeks.

SELF-AWARENESS: There is a growing body of evidence suggesting “that mindful practice could be beneficial to teens”. Being mindful is part of being self-aware. Educating teens about the mindfulness research and the benefits of mindfulness is a way to support teens in developing their own mindful practice. “Students who meditate before an exam perform better than students who do not”, and “mindfulness-based interventions have been demonstrated to reduce the symptoms of anxiety, stress, and depression.”  In order to learn other strategies to on how to encourage your teen to be mindful read “Teaching Mindfulness to Teenagers: 5 Ways to Get Started.

SELF-MANAGEMENT: Parents and staff members had the opportunity to hear Jessica Lahey speak at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year. Jessica highlighted three points: autonomy, competence and connection. As caring supportive parents, we need to encourage our children to be autonomous and independent and try not to control their thoughts and actions. Children build competence through practice and experience. Contributing to household chores builds competence. Viewing failures as learning opportunities allows our children to learn from their mistakes. Loving your child for all their strengths and weaknesses and accepting them for who they are builds connection. Building autonomy, competence, and connection with our kids develops self-reliant, competent and resilient adults.

The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed by Jessica Lahey.

In Praise of Mediocre Kids” is another article that supports Jessica Lahey’s message of building autonomous, independent kids by not “pushing” our kids and trusting they will find their own way.



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