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HVMS E-Newsletter

HVMS Update - 2/2/2021

Hello, HVMS Family!

Please take a few minutes to read through our latest newsletter to see what is happening at HVMS. In this edition, you will find some important information about course registration, fall sports, and school calendar changes related to our second vaccination event in February. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Hidden Valley Middle School


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National School Counseling Week

Please join us in celebrating and thanking our wonderful school counselors: Lisa Childress, Callie Cook, and Ashley Spanfelner. These counselors provide indispensable support to our students, and we are so thankful to have them here at HVMS!

Random Acts of Kindness Week

Please see the attached flyer for information on our upcoming Random Acts of Kindness Week (Monday, 2/15 - Friday, 2/19). We will have themed days beginning on Monday, February 15 to spread kindness throughout our school!

Courses for Next Year

Via StudentVue, please review your children's course registration for the 2021-2022 school year. If you have any questions or corrections, please email or call our school counseling department for assistance. Should changes be necessary, please reach out no later than Friday, February 5 so that we can update.

Counselors are assigned by student last name:

A–K: Lisa Childress - lchildress@rcps.us - 562-3900, 32011

L–Z: Callie Cook - cmcook@rcps.us - 562-3900, 32012


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Eagles of the Month

HVMS has begun recognizing eight students from each grade level each month to be our Eagles of the Month. Hidden Valley Middle School Eagles of the Month display outstanding behavior both inside and outside the classroom by consistently meeting HVMS SOAR expectations of being safe, organized, accountable, and respectful. Eagles of the Month demonstrate opportunity ready skills including communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and citizenship. These students exhibit a positive attitude toward their peers, school, and community, and they maintain a focus on continuous improvement.

Our Eagles of the Month for January are the following:

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SOAR Card Recipients

Students can receive SOAR cards at HVMS by meeting our school-wide expectations of being safe, organized, accountable, and respectful. Our entire matrix of school-wide expectations is posted to the right. This year, we will be distributing SOAR cards to both hybrid and remote students by email, and recipients will be entered into monthly drawings for prizes. The following students have received SOAR cards since our last newsletter:

6th Grade:

Rimonda Faltas

Kate Kadela

Norah Poff

Coltyn Snellings

Drew Underwood

7th Grade:

Brody Garrett


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Technology Support

We ask that parents and students direct their technical support requests to hvmtechsupport@rcps.us. This email account is intended to serve our students who are either online only or off campus when the request is sent. Students attending school should notify their teachers of any technical issues so that we may resolve those problems at school.

Please keep in mind that our IT support staff works regular school hours and that requests made after hours or during the weekend will not be addressed until those hours of operation.


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Virtual Eagle Advisory - Upcoming Dates

Please encourage your students to log in to their Blackboard accounts and follow their student advisors' instructions for checking in for a Virtual Eagle Advisory session on Wednesdays from 2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Here is a list of upcoming Eagle Advisory sessions:

Wednesday, February 3 – 2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 17 – 2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 24 – 2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Important Dates:

Monday, Feb. 8:

Regular school day - Group 1 (A day)

Tuesday, Feb. 9:

Regular school day - Group 2 (A day)

Wednesday, Feb. 10:

School Closed – Teachers will not schedule synchronous learning. This is an opportunity for students to complete assignments. No teacher instruction/student services will be provided on Feb. 10.

Thursday, Feb. 11:

Regular school day - Group 1 (B day)

Friday, Feb. 12:
Schools Closed for a Teacher Workday (in school) and second dose Vaccination Event. Teachers will not schedule synchronous learning. This is another opportunity for students to complete assignments. No teacher instruction/student services will be provided on Feb. 12.


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Season 2 Sports (Fall Sports)

The School Board has approved middle schools to begin falls sports on Monday, February 8. Football, volleyball, and cheerleading will begin following the guidance outlined in the "2020-2021 VHSL Guidelines for Return to Participation" document below on that date. At the moment, the plan is for football and volleyball to practice for two weeks, and then competition will begin the week of Monday, February 22. Roanoke County Public Schools will not have any spectators at practices or competitions. While high schools in Roanoke County have received streaming video systems, the demand for those systems across the country has been too great to install them at middle schools. We are currently exploring other streaming options at HVMS, so we will keep everyone posted.

Please see the information below specific to football and volleyball.


Weather permitting, football will conduct its out-of-season practices on Thursday and Friday of this week following the schedule that was emailed to those students who submitted their interest. Beginning on Monday, February 8, practice will be held Mondays-Fridays from 3:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. on the football field. Students in school on practice days should fill water bottles and then immediately report to the field house once school dismisses. Students who wish to participate must have an up-to-date VHSL physical on file with the front office. Dionte Hall, our head football coach, can be reached at dmh61em@gmail.com if you have any questions.


Volleyball tryouts will begin on Monday, February 8. Tryouts on Monday will be from 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. for any girls who are interested in trying out for the team. An up-to-date VHSL physical must be on file with the front office in order to try out. Aaron King, our new head volleyball coach, can be reached at king4life@hotmail.com if you have any questions.


United Way

The United Way has resources available for individuals needing support during COVID-19. Please click here to access resources in relation to healthcare, mental health, food, childcare, housing, employment, and more.


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