HVMS Update - 10/12/2020
Hello, HVMS Family!
We are approaching the end of the 1st 9 Weeks, and we continue to find more information we want to share with you all! Please take a few minutes to read through our newsletter, and as always, do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.
Hidden Valley Middle School
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
BETA Club News
Welcome to Socktober! Our first service project for the school year is this month. We will be collecting socks and as a school will be giving them to a local homeless shelter. New socks will be collected starting this week 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. All socks can be brought to Room 316. Please make sure I know who dropped them off. You can also earn up to 5 service points for participating in this
In addition, all current members will see a Beta Club organization listed in your Blackboard soon. All BETA Club information will be updated through this organization. Our service projects and other activities will be listed here. We also will be looking at service points versus service hours this year due to all of the current events. Instead of 10 service hours, students will be working to earn 50 service points for the year. Members will earn points based on their participation of events we have throughout the school year. Please note that direct volunteer service hours are not required for the 2020- 2021 school year; however, if you do volunteer, please track your time as this can be counted as part of your participation for service points.
If you have any questions, please email Ms. Hundley at email@example.com
Show Your School Pride
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 so far this month:
6th Grade English
The Good Neighbor Project
Students in Mrs. Riddle's English 6 class participated in Challenge 1 of "The Good Neighbor Project." Students generated a list of ideas to support and cheer up a classmate battling an illness. They were given the opportunity to write a letter and make a card to show their support.
The guiding quote for their work was, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Lauren Dudley cut out a pumpkin, and Natalya Kwaramba cut out a castle!
Ella Donald cut out a shape in the likeness of her dog!
Garry Norris created his own triangle solitaire game!
6th Grade U.S. History
Performance Task Assessments: An Alternative to SOL Testing
- As an alternative to high stakes testing, Virginia replaced SOL tests with Performance Task Assessments for several subjects including U.S. History in middle school. The tasks are designed to allow student voice and choice on how to demonstrate their knowledge acquired in class.
- Mr. Struzinsky’s classes decided to use PowerPoint presentations along with notes, primary source documents, and class discussion in order to complete Task #1. Projects are graded using a rubric, which is a tool used by the teacher to ensure all critical learning points are seen within the work. Rubrics are handed out with the directions so students can make sure they include all the information the teacher will be grading. The results amazed Mr. S, and he shared the following slides as examples of student work.
Setting Up WebEx Office Hours
We ask that parents and students direct their technical support requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
For help with logging into a parent Blackboard account, please click on the image.
Social Emotional Wellness
Virtual Eagle Advisory - October 14
Interest Block - Rotation #2 - Thursday, October 15
End of 1st 9 Weeks - Tuesday, October 20
End of 1st grading period
Report cards sent home
Tuesday, 11/2:Schools closed
Schools closed: Election Day
Thursday, 11/26 and Friday, 11/27:
Schools closed: Thanksgiving
Monday 12/21 through Friday, 1/1:
Schools closed: Winter Break
Coaches in Roanoke County middle schools may begin hosting out-of-season practices on Monday, November 2, 2020. 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.