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HVMS E-Newsletter

HVMS Update - 10/26/2020

Hello, HVMS Family!

We have officially finished our first 9 weeks of school, and we could not have done it without the support of everyone in the HVMS community! Thank you to all of our staff members, parents, and students for working through the first quarter together. As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.


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Red Ribbon Week

Monday, 10/26: Hippie Day – “Peace Out To Drugs”

Tuesday, 10/27: Decade Day – “Drugs Are Old News”

Wednesday, 10/28: Wear Red – “Red Ribbon Day”

*Take a picture wearing red and email Mrs. Cook or Miss Spanfelner your selfie!

Thursday, 10/29: Twin Day – “Join Together To Be Drug Free”

Friday, 10/30: Sports Day – “Sport A Drug Free Life”

SCA Elections

From 7:00 a.m. on Monday, October 26, until midnight on Wednesday, October 28, the polls will be open for students to vote for SCA officers. The candidates' speeches and ballots for voting can be found in the HVMS Library Organization in Blackboard. Students are asked to watch all the available campaign speeches before voting. This year, students in all grades will be able to vote for all three officers.

Beta Club

Information about joining the Beta Club has been mailed to current 7th and 8th graders who qualify for membership. Additionally, these students should check their email for the application link. All new applicants need to complete the online application by November 6th. If you have any questions, please email Miss Hundley (ahundley@rcps.us).


Beta Club Members:

As a reminder, new socks will be collected through the end of October. The goal is to collect as many socks as possible as socks are considered one of the top needs in homeless shelters. You can also earn up to 5 service points for participating in this. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Hundley at ahundley@rcps.us

Show Your School Pride

Be safe and show your school pride at the same time! We will be selling these custom HVMS masks for $10 until they are sold out. Please make your purchase by paying through MySchoolBucks, paying with exact change in the front office, or making a check out to HVMS.

Our Library is Open!

Attention, all virtual students!

The HVMS library is here for you! You may request books and pick them up during regular school hours on Wednesdays. If interested, go to the HVMS library organization on Blackboard. Under content, you will find a folder for virtual students. This folder includes passwords and directions for using the Follett Destiny catalog. You will also find information and passwords to our databases. If you need assistance, please email Mrs. Caldwell at jcaldwell@rcps.us.


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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:

Mahee Bhagat

Owen Bingeman

Vincent Croteau

Kaya Kingery

Stephen Neale

Jiya Patel

Penny Simmons

Addison Strom

7th Grade:

Lillian Stanley

8th Grade:

Hannah Bain

Noah Donaho

Harmony Hall


7th Grade Art

Students in the 7th Grade Art Interest Block with Ms. Strum created dragon eyes. Students learned about creating visual texture and using color schemes. They used chalk pastels to color the eyes. They came out beautifully!

Wednesday Work Sessions

  • Beginning Wednesday, October 28, middle and high schools will begin offering a help day for students who need additional support, are failing a course, or have excessive missing work from 8:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
  • Teachers will identify students who need additional support and the school will contact parents each week to ask that the student attend on a week-by-week, as-needed basis.
  • Students will be supervised by support staff in a quiet area to provide a structured environment in which to complete assignments. Teachers may work directly with a student for a portion of the time as needed.
  • A grab-and-go lunch will be available.

Burton Center for Arts & Technology

The Burton Center for Arts & Technology will hold a virtual meet and greet session on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. More details will follow in a robocall, or you can simply check the BCAT website on the 28th!

Please watch the video below for an overview of the programs offered at BCAT.

DISCLAIMER: Much of this footage had been shot prior to the current pandemic. BCAT follows current CDC and VDH guidelines in all classes and programs.

BCAT 2020 Video Tour


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Blackboard for Phones

For students, the best way to access Blackboard from a cell phone is by installing the Blackboard app. Unfortunately, the Blackboard app will not work for parents, so these documents will show you how you can access Blackboard from your cell phone without using the app. This method will also work for students if they log in as a student.

Click on the picture to the right for Step 1.

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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Report Cards

The end of the 1st 9 Weeks was Tuesday, October 20. Here is the distribution schedule for report cards:

  • Thursday, October 29 - Group 1 students will receive report cards during last block
  • Friday, October 30 - Group 2 students will receive report cards during last block
  • Friday, October 30 - Group 3 (100% online) students will be able to view their report cards in ParentVUE/StudentVUE

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, October 28 – 2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 11 – 2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 18 – 2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday, December 9 – 2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 16 – 2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Important Dates:

Tuesday, 11/2: Schools closed

Tuesday, 11/3:

Schools closed: Election Day

Tuesday, 11/24:

Interim midpoint

Thursday, 11/26 and Friday, 11/27:

Schools closed: Thanksgiving

Monday 12/21 through Friday, 1/1:

Schools closed: Winter Break


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Middle School Sports Update

The Roanoke Valley Middle School League has been hard at work making changes to our sports schedules for the upcoming year of athletics. Please understand that in order to move forward with athletic competition, Virginia would need to move beyond Phase III guidelines. The following timelines are simply to give you all a better idea of when to expect certain sports, and the dates are subject to change.

Season 1 (Basketball, Cheerleading, Wrestling): December - February


First practice: December 7

First game: January 7

Final game: February 4

Sideline Cheer

First practice: December 7


First practice: December 14

First match: January 6

Final match: February 3

Season 2 (Football, Volleyball): February - April


First practice: February 8

First game: February 25

Final game: TBD


First practice: February 8

First match: February 22

Final match: TBD

Season 3 (Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Track): April - June

*The Roanoke Valley Middle School League meets again on Wednesday, November 11 to finalize the schedules for Season 2. Once that happens, we will be able to begin working on Season 3 activities. Generally speaking, these sports will not begin with official practices until after Spring Break (March 29 - April 2).

Out-of-Season Practices

Coaches in Roanoke County middle schools may begin hosting out-of-season workouts as early as Monday, November 2, 2020. Before resuming athletic activities, all coaches must be trained on safety protocols, and the head coach must submit a Return-to-Play plan to the school's administration for review. Not all sports will choose to begin conditioning activities at this time, but information regarding workouts for specific sports will be sent through email, posted on the school website under "Athletics," and put in this newsletter when applicable. Please click here for more information on RCPS Phase 3 Return to Play Guidance.

All students who wish to participate in sports this year must have a VHSL sports physical on file with the front office before beginning any kind of athletic activity. A direct download is provided below if you would like a copy.


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.

Social Emotional Wellness

This school year has been unlike any other, and the VDOE has provided many resources for encouraging students' social emotional wellness during COVID-19. Please click here for a quick guide with resources and information on how parents and guardians can help support their students during this pandemic.


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