HIll Country Middle School



December 11, 2017


Vaping Concerns


While most teenagers do not use e-cigarettes, "vaping" is increasing around the country, and we are seeing this at our school as well.  Many e-cigarettes are highly addictive because they contain nicotine.  Even those that do not contain nicotine have chemicals that may be harmful to the health of the person using them or those around them. Additionally, the use or possession of e-cigarettes on school property or at school events is expressly prohibited. You might find the following sites useful in gaining information about this current trend:







I also want to remind you that we have an electronic reporting system called Quick Report. The tab is located on the front page of the HCMS website. This is an excellent resource for parents and students to use if they have information about inappropriate behavior or safety concerns. 

Lost and Found


The school's lost and found boxes are piling up!  Please ask your children to check for lost items, such as red athletic bags, gym clothes, lunch boxes, water bottles, etc.  Items will be donated before the December break.


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








Cougar Families,

Holiday break is upon us, but check out our newsletter for a couple of final items before the break, AND to be on top of what's on the horizon when we return!



 View Cougar Club Newsletter





Monday - December 11, 2017
8:35 AM - 12:00 PM
8:45 AM - 10:45 AM
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
4:15 PM - 8:00 PM
4:15 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday - December 12, 2017
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Wednesday - December 13, 2017
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Thursday - December 14, 2017
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday - December 16, 2017
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Sunday - December 17, 2017
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday - December 18, 2017
4:15 PM - 8:00 PM
4:15 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday - December 19, 2017
All day
Wednesday - December 20, 2017
All day
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday - December 21, 2017
All day


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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