HIll Country Middle School



September 15, 2017



The members of our National Junior Honor Society and Student Council, faculty, and staff at Hill Country Middle School want to thank EVERYONE who participated in our Texans Loving Texans project where we collected Welcome Kits and Visa Cards to support the Austin Disaster Relief Network and Hurricane Harvey victims.  We were able to add 25 kits and $750 to the more than 100 kits and $60,000 that Spirit 105.9 raised for this event.  That's AWESOME! Thank you for your generosity!

--And now we want to reach the students affected by the tragedy who are returning to school soon.  Many have lost nearly everything they own and are now in need of backpacks. Many of us can find a gently used backpack in our closets at home.  Ms. Edgar and Ms. McClennahan have begun the "I've Got Your Backpack" project, and they're asking for support. 

A Facebook Page has been created to promote the project. Please share it.

Schools in need of student backpacks are entering their info on this spreadsheet. 

Please view it. 

We are asking individuals, corporations, organizations, and business owners to review the needs on the sheet, to assist by "adopting" a school, and to provide the requested new or gently used (and laundered) backpacks for the students. 

Hill Country Middle School is adopting a middle school in the Houston area, and our goal is to provide 1,500 backpacks. Should we collect more than 1,500, we'll take them to another Houston area school and connect with another school listed.  Gently used backpacks can be delivered to designated locations at HCMS.

New backpacks can also be ordered from any vendor and sent directly to the school listed on the spreadsheet. -- Please indicate on the sheet the number you are sending to the school.

We'll need drivers when we are ready to deliver the collected backpacks to our adopted school (or schools) in Houston.  

Texans Loving Texans, Students Helping Students, Cougars Caring by Empathy with Action...thank you for making a difference! 



Author Visit - Mike Lupica
Sept 19 - 3:05 pm - 3:55 pm

Students are excited to meet and hear inspiring words from author and sports commentator, Mike Lupica.

Order a book for your student so that they can get it signed by the author! Order forms are available below or you can pick one up from the library. Order forms and payment due to the Library by Sept. 19.


Download book order form
Watch video: Mike Lupica Author Visit Sept 19


The Cougar Scoreboard


Cross Country Results

The team did outstanding!  The girls took 2nd place out of 19 teams and the boys 4th out of 24 teams.  The boys had 6 runners under 13 minutes which is the best finish we have had in a 2 mile race ever.   Evan Biles with a 4th place finish and Sydney Osgood with 12th were our top 20 finishers.  


Here is a link to the results with individual times and places.




Volleyball Season is in Full Swing

Hill Country girls hosted Dripping Springs last night.  Both 8th grade teams were victorious, and our 7th grade girls played strong!


7th Grade vs DSMS

Red Team  22-25, 13-25 

Blue Team  4-25, 18-25




8th Grade vs DSMS 

Red Team 15-25, 25-21, 25-22

Blue Team  25-17, 25-18 

HCMS Boys Hit the Gridiron 

The Mighty Cougars played the Dripping Springs Sycamore Springs Tigers this week.  All teams were victorious and had a great start!

7th Grade vs SSMS 
Red Team 32-6     Blue Team 8-0

8th Grade vs SSMS

Red Team 48-7     Blue Team 32-0





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Friday - September 15, 2017
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Saturday - September 16, 2017
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Monday - September 18, 2017
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Tuesday - September 19, 2017
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Wednesday - September 20, 2017
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Thursday - September 21, 2017
7:45 AM - 9:00 AM
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Friday - September 22, 2017
5:45 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday - September 23, 2017
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Monday - September 25, 2017
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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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.

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 high school students learn social skills and relationship-building abilities is to teach the “sandwich” technique. “In basic terms, this method involves ‘sandwiching’ the feedback or problem between a compliment and a positive conclusion.” If your teen feels a friend is being rude, teach your teen to start with a positive, share the concern, and end with another positive. For example, “I am glad we are friends, and want to continue to be friends. However, the other day when we were at lunch, you yelled at me and upset me. I really want to continue to be friends so next time, could you just tell me if I’m doing something that bothers you.”



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