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Principal: Chris Carter
May 19, 2011


The DJAMS Open House will take place on Wednesday, May 25, 6:30-8:00 p.m.  Your child will be bringing home a flyer this Friday.  This is a minimum day for students with an early dismissal at 12:47.


It’s time to rock on and show our DJAMS staff and teachers how much we appreciate them! Teacher Appreciation Day is tomorrow Friday, May 20th. The theme this year is Rock On! And we are going to be having a very special lunch for the teachers and staff. We are still looking for gift cards/gifts for a raffle.


Remember, nothing is too big or small when it comes to showing our appreciation. The teachers and staff have worked so hard this year, so now it’s our turn to thank them for it!



We have been experiencing an extra amount of parent requests to have children picked up early. If parents need to pick up their child early, please write a note for your child to give to the Attendance Office before school. The Attendance Office will then issue a ‘Special Excuse’ slip to release your child from class early and they will be in the office waiting for you.



Congratulations to the following Punctuation Piñata Winners!  These students earned the top English scores on various STAR Testing prep work done in their English classes.  Great job on everyone's efforts and hard work!


On May 27th, at 10:30 a.m. our incoming 6th graders are visiting our school and will be given a tour by our Academic Advisors.



The DJAMS Instrumental Music Department will be performing the Annual Spring Concert on June 1, 2011.  The concert will be held in the DJAMS MPR - all of our bands and orchestras will be performing - concert starts at 6:00p.m.



6th grade - Wednesday, June 15th

7th grade - Friday, June 17th


Textbooks will be returned through the student's science class.  Each science class will visit the library at their scheduled time to return all textbooks.  The only exception will be math books.  Students are permitted to keep math books until the day of their final.  Students will then be responsible for returning it on their own.  Math 6, Pre-Algebra, Algebra IA, and Algebra I textbooks are available online for student use.


8th graderswill nothave a scheduled check-in day.  They are responsible for returning their textbooks to the library on their own.  Each teacher will let the students know when the class has finished using the textbook for the year.


All students will still be able to utilize the online textbooks, use class room copies in class, or visit the library to use books.  Please contact Ms Norris with any questions or concerns.



The DJAMS 8th grade awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, June 15th at 6:00 p.m. This awards ceremony is by invitation only for students meeting the criteria.



The 8th grade dance is scheduled for Friday, June 17th, 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Parent permission slips will be distributed on June 10th in Homeroom.



This year the 8th grade field trip to Wild Rivers is scheduled for Tuesday, June 21st.  Parent permission slips will be available through Mrs. Vollebregt and should be returned by Friday, June 10th.  



Due to the ever-changing fashion world, it is necessary to make a dress code reminder. Please adhere to the following rules. No spandex pencil skirts. Blouses and shirts that show bare midriffs or have plunging backs or necklines are not allowed. Dresses, shirts and blouses must have a sleeve and a solid front and back (no lace). Sleeveless shirts or blouses cannot be worn under removable outer garments, such as sweatshirts or jackets.


Thank you parents who have brought in their Tdap vaccine proof.  We need parents to bring this in before school starts in the fall. There have been changes to state law for all students entering grades 7 to 12 starting September 2011. State law now requires all students entering the 7th through 12th grades to have proof of a Tdap booster shot given on or after their 7th birthday. In order to expedite the registration process, please bring your child’s yellow immunization card (also known as a shot record) to the health office at your school as soon as they receive the Tdap vaccination. The Tdap booster vaccination helps prevent tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, also known as whooping cough. You can receive this vaccination from your family physician, at local pharmacies, or through the Orange County Health Care Agency. If you need more information or have questions regarding this requirement, please contact the health assistant or office staff at the school.




This summer a brief science class will be available at Niguel Hills Middle School for students in grades 4- 8.

Class Description: Fun activities and challenges daily to learn and reinforce important science concepts

1) Design a Marble Rollercoaster

2) Newton’s Balloon Relay Race

3) Building a Suspension Bridge

4) The Ultimate Challenge: Rube-Goldberg Machines


The class will meet from Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 12:00 (July 11-14).

The class cost is $99, plus a lab fee. Please see attachment for registration information or email Mr. Castle at



This summer a brief academic skills course will be available for students at Niguel Hills Middle School for grades 4-8.


Class Description: Students will have a fun time learning important academic skills that will help them in middle school math, science, and social studies, as well as standardized tests. These include interpreting maps, graphs, charts, and primary sources (separating fact from opinion). All lessons will be based on games and creative activities.

The class will meet from Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 12:00 (July 18-21).

The class cost is $99, plus a materials fee. Please email Mr. Castle at with questions.



Capistrano Community Education will be offering two math prep classes at Niguel Hills Middle School this summer: Pre-Algebra Prep and Algebra Prep. The classes are intended to give students a head-start with the important concepts and skills that they will be learning next year, or to get a little extra help on last year's concepts that they haven't quite mastered.  Algebra Prep Parts 1 and 2 will meet Monday through Thursday, July 11th - 14th and July 18th - 21st, from 8am - 10 am in room P-7. Pre-Algebra Prep Parts 1 and 2 meets the same dates, from 10:00AM - 12:00 PM. For more information contact Ms. Bailey at: To enroll go to



This summer Technology Classes will be available for students in grades 4- 8 at NHMS.


Class Descriptions:

KEYBOARDING AND COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (Microsoft Office) – learn proper keyboarding technique and how to utilize Microsoft Office to help you succeed in school.


VIDEO PRODUCTION using iMOVIE (beginning level) – learn how to create a professional video and create your own DVD movie.


VIDEO PRODUCTION - using FINAL CUT HD (advanced level) – learn advanced techniques that will help you create state-of-the-art videos that will amaze your friends, family, and teachers.


Each class meets from Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon for one week.

The class cost is $99, plus a lab fee. You can email Mr. Schreiman at to receive a flyer or ask questions.



Did you know the YMCA provides before and afterschool care for students in middle school? Before and after school care is provided at Niguel Hills Middle School, Don Juan Avila Middle School and Aliso Viejo Middle School! The YMCA Teen Club is conveniently located on campus and is open during school breaks and summer break!

Summer:We have a fantastic summer planned with a full calendar of fun activities and field trips! Our field trips include Laser Tag, Knott’s Berry Farm, Sky High and many more fun trips! YMCA Teen Club Summer day camp will be held at Don Juan Avila Middle school. For more information call or email Melanie Garcia at (949) 233-0209 or

Hours:The YMCA Teen Club is open every morning from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and on Thursdays from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. We are also open in the afternoon from school dismissal until 6:00 p.m. We are open during school breaks and summer from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Daily Activities Include:Homework support, healthy snack, outdoor organized games or sports, arts, science enrichment, character building activities, access to the internet and access to fun electronics like the Wii, XBOX and computers.

YMCA Staff:All of the YMCA staff members are first aid and CPR certified. All of our staff is extensively trained. Each staff has experience working with students and/or has child development units. All of our staff is driven to better the lives of teenagers and assist in their development into great young people!

TAB:The Teen Advisor Board is comprised of teens in the YMCA program who want to design a better YMCA that will continue to be the place where teens want to go. The TAB team gives input on monthly snack, supplies, games, and electronic purchases. The TAB team also helps plan events and daily activities. TAB meets monthly to contribute to the program. This is a great opportunity for your student to learn, practice leadership skills and is a good service learning project.

CharacterBuilding:Middle school is a pivotal time in a student’s life. The YMCA prides themselves on providing a valued based environment for their students. The YMCA Teen club continually works on developing your student’s character through our 6 pillars of respect, responsibility, caring, fairness, trustworthiness and citizenship.

Financial Assistance:Financial assistance is provided to parents/guardians who qualify. Also, if you are an Aliso Viejo resident you are eligible to receive a discount on our fees through a partnership with the city of Aliso Viejo.

The YMCA Teen Club provides a structured after school program with choices for our independent teens.

Interested? Come check us out on a tour! Call Melanie Garcia at 949-360-9517 or 949-233-0209 or email at



Capistrano Community Education will be offering Pre-Algebra and Algebra math enrichment classes over summer for students entering or attending Middle School.  For a complete list of class times, locations and dates, please visit the website.  If you are interested in signing up, registration is available on-line at .  For more information, please call Michael Hale at (949) 547-4905 or email



Registration is now available online for summer 2011 at  To see what’s offered and to register, check, Camps and Activities for Children and High School Athletic and Youth Camps.  Brochures are available in the office.



Do you shop at your local Ralphs neighborhood store in Town Center?  If you do, be sure and sign up for Ralphs Community Matters Program.  Ralphs gives back a percentage of your total purchases to our PTSA.  This money has a positive impact on DJAMS at no cost to you.  Please visit their website at to sign up.



School will be in session on May 27, 2011.  This is a change from the original summer schedule that was distributed last year.



Does your child need a quiet place to study and receive homework assistance?  Then the Homework Club is the answer for you!  Students may attend on a drop-in basis Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.  All students who report to school prior to 8:15 a.m. will be escorted to Homework Club.  There is no Homework Club on late-start Thursdays.  Mondays:  Mrs. Cox, Room 705; Tuesdays:  Mrs. Arsala, Room 902; Wednesdays: Mr. Waterman, Room 806; Fridays: Ms. Arambula, Room 707



Help our school and help the environment! Bring your plastic bottles and cans to DJAMS every Wednesday morning. ASB will be out in front of the school to collect.  Students who drop off a bag of recycling before school will receive a Front-of-the-Line Pass for lunch!


(Please refer to the newly revised school calendar posted on Edline.)
May 20            Teacher Appreciation Day

May 25            Open House, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Minimum Day

May 27            Reinstated School Day - School is in session! Incoming 6th graders will tour DJAMS and participate in the “Taste of Middle School”, 10:30 a.m.

May 30            Memorial Day – No School

June 1              Annual Spring Concert, 6:00 p.m.

June 15            8th Grade Awards Ceremony by Invitation Only, 6:00 p.m.

June 17            8th Grade Dance, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

June 21            8th Grade Wild Rivers Field Trip

June 22            Last Day of School, Minimum Day

Posted by: Nancy Wallace Published:5/19/11
Audience: Homepage and Parents

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