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HVMS E-Newsletter

HVMS Update - 1/30/2023

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


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Student-Led Conferences (6th Grade): Monday, February 13

Students at Hidden Valley Middle School have curated pieces of academic work throughout the year during their weekly block of advisory. On February 13th, sixth grade students will take part in Student Led-Conferences (SLCs) with their parents or guardians. Student-Led Conferences provide a unique opportunity for students to highlight academic work that they are most proud of from the current school year while demonstrating evidence of their Opportunity Ready Skills. This year, we asked our sixth-grade students to focus on three Opportunity Ready Skills—collaboration, communication, and critical thinking.

Student-Led Conferences will be held in classrooms with 6th grade teachers. Students will have 20 minutes to lead their parent or guardian through their portfolio and explain how the artifacts they selected demonstrate their Opportunity Ready Skills. After the conclusion of the SLC, we ask that parents and guardians proceed to the library where they will be asked to take a brief survey reflecting on the experience.

We are proud of our students for their dedication and work toward this exciting learning opportunity. We ask that you join us on February 13th, between 1:00 and 6:00 p.m. with your student. Please reserve a time and location for your student’s SLC using the Sign-Up Genius.

HVMS Student-Led Conferences Sign-Up (6th grade students only)

For any questions, please contact Heather Riganti at hriganti@rcps.us.

Parent-Teacher Conference Day: Monday, February 13

Please use the link below if you would like to sign up for a conference with your student's teacher(s) on Monday, February 13:

HVMS Parent/Teacher Conference Sign-Up Sheet

*Parents/guardians of 6th grade students who want to meet with their student's teachers will need to schedule a time in the morning (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) since the 6th grade teachers will be helping with our student-led conferences from 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. All available time slots are listed on the sign-up sheet above.

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!

Home | Hidden Valley Middle School - Eagles (fuzzypickletshirts.com)


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Schools to Watch

We are excited to share the news that Hidden Valley Middle School has been redesignated as a School to Watch! HVMS is one of approximately 40 middle schools across the state to hold this prestigious title based on our alignment with best practices in relation to the middle grades. As a School to Watch, we will be presenting at both the Virginia Middle School Association Conference in Harrisonburg, VA this spring and the National Schools to Watch Conference in Washington, D.C. this summer.

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

Walker Alaniz

Ava Plunkett

Ivan Popov

7th Grade

Holli Livaudais

8th Grade

Ezra DeJesus

Haley Osorio

Colton Snellings

Nolan Woodard

Bryce Woodson


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Interest Block - Rotation 4

Our next interest block rotation will begin on Friday, February 3. Please look at your student's classes in ParentVUE if your child is enrolled in interest block to see which class they should go to on Friday!


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:


Teacher and Staff Appreciation

Thank you so much to our PTSO for providing us with a delicious lunch this past Wednesday! Thank you to our parents/guardians for providing the salads, drinks, and desserts, and thank you as well to the Bank of the James (Oak Grove location) for providing a variety of Panera soups and bread.


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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!


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.

Please visit the following page to access schedules: HVMS Athletics

Baseball Open Gyms

Athletes must have a VHSL physical on file with the HVMS athletic director to participate in open gyms. For questions, please email hriganti@rcps.us.
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Girls' Soccer Open Fields/Gyms

Athletes must have a VHSL physical on file with the HVMS athletic director to participate in open fields/gyms. For questions, please email hriganti@rcps.us.
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January 30 - February 3

February 3:

  • 3rd 9 Weeks Midpoint
  • Start of Interest Block Rotation 4

Looking Ahead

February 7: State Growth Assessments for 6-8 Math

February 13:

  • Schools Closed (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
  • Student-Led Conferences (6th Grade Only)

March 7 - March 8: SOL 8th Grade Writing Test (2-day test)

March 9: End of 3rd 9 Weeks

March 10: Schools Closed (Teacher Workday)

March 15: 3-hour Early Dismissal

March 22: Report Cards Sent Home

March 27 - March 31: Schools Closed (Spring Break)

April 7: Schools Closed

April 21: 4th 9 Weeks Midpoint

May 9 - May 12: SOL Testing: Algebra, Geometry, Science 8, Civics, Math 6-8, Reading 6-8

May 23 - May 25: 3-hour Early Dismissal

May 25: Last Day of School


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