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HVMS E-Newsletter

HVMS Update - 9/12/2022

Hello, HVMS Family!

Please take a few minutes to read through our latest newsletter. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Hidden Valley Middle School

Helping Students Find Their Wings Since 1972

Our mission at Hidden Valley Middle School is to cultivate knowledge, to promote civic responsibility, to provide opportunities for the exploration of interests and abilities, to foster positive attitudes, and to develop essential skills necessary for all students to become productive citizens capable of thriving in the dynamic world of the twenty-first century.

2022-2023 Yearbooks

Order by September 16 to save some money on your yearbook this year!


Additionally, parents/guardians may purchase yearbook ads through the link above to celebrate their students' milestones and successes.

Mental Health Presentations

Please see the information to the left regarding RCPS mental health presentations for families. Topics include the following:

  • Signs and symptoms of children’s mental health issues and typical teen development vs. when a parent should be concerned
  • Typical adolescent responses to stress and trauma
  • Risk factors for substance use
  • Protective factors, school, and community resources

Laura Stack Presentation

Please see the information to the right regarding presentations being hosted by the Prevention Council of Roanoke. The dates are the following:

October 19th:

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Hidden Valley HS (parents/families) (presentation and Q&A)

October 20th:

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Northside HS (parents/families) (presentation and Q&A)


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School Store

Want to purchase some school spirit wear? Please visit the link below to shop at our school store. A portion of all proceeds comes back to the school!

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Virginia Growth Assessments

HVMS students will be taking the Virginia Growth Assessment in math 6-8 and reading 6-8 on September 13-14th. The first assessment is a pre-test of content for the student’s grade level, which is a change from last fall. For more information, click this link for county information, and click this link for information from the Virginia Department of Education.

Community Christmas Store

The Community Christmas Store's mission is to assist families in need during the holiday season. In order to qualify for assistance, you must reside in Roanoke County, Salem, Vinton, or Craig County, and you must apply at one of the following locations during the designated times:

  • Oct. 22 (Saturday) – Salem Civic Center – 110 Union St. (Enter at the back door at Chapman & W. Burwell St.) from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Oct. 29 (Saturday) – Vinton Senior Center – 820 E. Washington Ave. from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

  • Nov. 2 (Wednesday) – Taylor Masonic Lodge - 1200 Texas St. from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • Nov. 12 (Saturday) – Brambleton Center - 3738 Brambleton Ave. from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

You must bring the following information with you:

  • Picture ID with current address

  • Proof of income

  • Social Security Card for all listed on the application for verification

  • Proof of current residency such as most recent utility bill, copy of lease, etc.

  • Please know clothing sizes for those eligible


Visit the Titan Parent Portal to set up an account to deposit money into your child's lunch account. Online payments have a processing fee of $2.60 per transaction. Parents/guardians can set up a free account to monitor student purchases.

Free/reduced meal applications for school year 2022-2023 are now being accepted! Online applications are available here.


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SOAR Card Recipients

Students can receive SOAR cards at HVMS by going above and beyond our school-wide expectations of being safe, organized, accountable, and respectful. Our entire matrix of school-wide expectations is posted to the right. We will be distributing SOAR cards to students and parents/guardians 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

Abdurrahman Alabbasi

Xavier Charles

Addison Chase

Samuel Claros

Matthew McIlwraith

Valerie Sifuentes

Olivia Smith

Avery Weaver

7th Grade

Hasti Aghdasi

Benjamin Hirsch

Dylan Holloway

Maddy Hurd

Cameron Landis

Emery Luoma

Ella McMahon

Geet Patel

Isley Shepard

Hannah Stamps

Camden Tarr

Ashton Woodson

8th Grade

Gabe Arthur


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Eagles are Opportunity Ready

RCPS Mission: To invest in our community's future by preparing our students with Opportunity Ready skills as defined in the RCPS Profile of a Graduate.

RCPS Vision: Preparing every student, in every school, and in every classroom to be Opportunity Ready.

Our HVMS students demonstrate opportunity ready skills on a daily basis both in the classroom and in the community. We would love to start sharing out more of what our students are doing that demonstrate the following skills:

  • Citizenship
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Career Plan
  • Creativity
  • Competence
  • Centeredness
  • Critical Thinking

If you have photos of your students demonstrating the above opportunity ready skills, please email them to the Chris Benson (cbenson@rcps.us) to be included in a future newsletter.

Ms. Maddox's Socratic Seminar

Ms. Maddox's 8th grade students participated in a Socratic Seminar for Fahrenheit 451.

Mrs. Davis' Science Class

Ms. Davis' science class is full of critical thinkers that collaborated to solve scientific measurement problems utilizing a variety of measurement tools.


Our PTSO is instrumental in providing support to our entire school community, and the success of the program depends on you! Dues are $5 per individual who is joining. 100% of our membership fees go directly to supporting our school community. If you have any questions about membership, please contact Meredith Burrow: mereburrow@yahoo.com

Please click below to learn more about our HVMS PTSO:


PTSO Lunch - Friday, September 16

The PTSO will be providing lunch on September 16th for our teachers and staff to show them they support and appreciate them. The PTSO will provide Chick-fil-A tenders and sauces, and they are asking parents/guardians to bring in other items. If you are able to, please sign up below. You can drop off your labeled items (in disposable containers) to the front office any time on Wednesday, Sept. 14th or Thursday, Sept. 15th. Thank you in advance for your support!


Moe's Taco Kits

The HVMS PTSO is introducing a new fundraising option for Restaurant Night this year! We have partnered with Moe’s Southwest Grill to offer Taco Meal Kits with all the ingredients needed for an easy, fun family dinner for only $35.99 plus tax.

$5 from every Taco Kit sold during this event will go directly toward supporting HVMS! Pick-up will be at Hidden Valley Middle School between 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

This will be a monthly fundraiser, and our next date is Tuesday, September 13. Place orders through this link: https://form.jotform.com/220095894313154 by Monday for pick-up on Tuesday!

Future dates tentatively include the following:

  • October 11
  • November 15
  • December 13
  • January 17
  • February 14
  • March 14
  • April 11
  • May 16

Please click the link below to find information on ordering closer to the event dates:



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Technology Issues

Students should restart their computers daily. Restarting laptops daily helps ensure they remain up-to-date with the latest software. If a student is having any issue that is not resolved by restarting, please have your student let his or her teacher know, and they will contact our Computer Depot for support.


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School Safety Starts with YOU!

If you see or hear anything that is concerning, tell a teacher, an administrator, or a police officer! Students may also use SpeakUp to report concerns anonymously
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General Information

6th, 7th, and 8th grade students are allowed to compete on the middle school athletic teams. All participating students must have a current VHSL sports physical dated on or after May 1, 2022. No student will be permitted to participate in tryouts or practice without a completed VHSL physical form on file. Additionally, all students must have health insurance if they want to participate.

Athletic ticket prices: adult tickets will be $5, and student tickets are $2. These funds are used to help offset the cost for officials, transportation to away games, and team equipment

Sports Schedules

Please click the links below for the most up-to-date versions of our sports schedules:

Football Schedule 2022

Volleyball Schedule 2022

Open Gym/Field Information

Athletes must have a completed VHSL physical dated after May 1, 2022 on file with the HVMS athletic director to participate in open gyms/fields or tryouts. For questions, email Mrs. Riganti (hriganti@rcps.us).


Hidden Valley Middle School will host open gyms for athletes interested in wrestling during the 2022 season. Open gyms will be from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays starting September 12, 2022.

Boys' Basketball

Hidden Valley Middle School is hosting open gyms for the upcoming boys' basketball season. Participants must sign up in room 204 to attend. Sign ups are before school until 8:10 a.m.


Hidden Valley Middle School will host softball open fields after school on September 14th and September 28th.

Girls' Basketball

Hidden Valley Middle School is hosting open gyms for girls' basketball starting September 22. There will be a sign-up sheet outside Coach Burton's room (room 104). Participants must sign up to attend open gyms. Girls' basketball tryouts will begin Monday, October 17 from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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September 12 - 16

Tuesday, September 13:

  • Virginia Growth Assessments
  • 1st 9 Weeks Midpoint

Wednesday, September 14:

  • Virginia Growth Assessments

Looking Ahead

Wednesday, September 21: 3-hour early dismissal

Wednesday, September 28: 7th Grade Career Quest Field Trip

Thursday, October 6: Russo Field Dedication/50th Celebration (5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.)

Friday, October 7: BCAT Field Trip (8th Grade)

Thursday, October 13: End of 1st 9 Weeks

Friday, October 14: Teacher Workday

Wednesday, October 19: 3-hour early dismissal

Tuesday, November 8: Schools Closed (Election Day)

Tuesday, November 15: 2nd 9 Weeks Midpoint

Wednesday, November 23 - Friday, November 15: Schools Closed (Thanksgiving Break)

Friday, December 16: End of 2nd 9 Weeks

Monday, December 19 - Friday, December 30: Schools Closed (Winter Break)
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