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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


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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.

Governor's School

A recruitment video, a link to the Gov School website, and a timeline for Gov School applications have been posted to the HVMS School Counseling Organization in Blackboard. If a student is interested in applying to Gov School, please have him or her view these posts. Counseling will host a question and answer session later in October, so please stay tuned for when that session will take place.

BETA Club News

Current Members:

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 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.

Student IDs

This year at HVMS, students have been issued ID badges to use as hall passes. If a student loses his or her ID badge, he or she may use a temporary hall pass issued by the teacher; however, if your student would like to purchase a new badge, lanyard, and badge holder, badges may be purchased on MySchoolBucks for $5 each.


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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 so far this month:

6th Grade:

Ezra DeJesus

Kelsey Dudley

Lucy Lubeck

Ethan Malaga-Ortiz

Stephen Neale

Josh Nicely

Ethan Orange

Brynn Raymond

Josie Sharp

Coltyn Snellings

Tempi Thornhill

Bryce Woodson

7th Grade:

Matthew Luviano

Caleb Spittle

8th Grade:

Alex Coric

Tia Madhoun

Emanuel Merritt

David Ortiz

Michael Racz

Kailey Woods


Congratulations to Hidden Valley High School on being named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. HVHS was the only high school in Virginia to receive this award in 2020.


6th Grade English

Students in 6th grade English classes are showcasing their writing skills with Kidblog, which is a student-friendly blogging website where kids are free to share their ideas. Ms. Maddox had students write book reviews for novels they were reading, and her students will be able to read each other's reviews before picking out their next books!

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.

Science 6

Students in Mr. Hughes' class stepped outside to draw atoms after learning about their structure in science class.

Technology Education

Mr. Van Gerven's 6th grade Tech. Ed. classes were able to learn the scroll saw and cut out various objects. His 7th Grade Tech. Ed. classes were able to use the bandsaw, drills press, and palm sander to create their triangle solitaire games.

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‚Äôs 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.


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Setting Up WebEx Office Hours

This video will walk you through the steps your students should take to set up office hours with their teachers.
HVMS WebEx Office Hours

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.

For help with logging into a parent Blackboard account, please click on the image.


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.

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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Virtual Eagle Advisory - October 14

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 Wednesday from 2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Please click here for more information about our advisory program at HVMS.

Interest Block - Rotation #2 - Thursday, October 15

6th and 7th grade students in Interest Block will begin their next rotation on Thursday, October 15. It is possible that students will also change P.E. teachers when the rotation changes, so please check StudentVUE or ParentVUE for information on how this will affect schedules. Once in StudentVUE or ParentVUE, click the following to see your new schedule: "Class Schedule" -> "Term 2"

End of 1st 9 Weeks - Tuesday, October 20

The end of the 1st 9 Weeks will be Tuesday, October 20. Please check on your students' grades through ParentVUE.

Important Dates:

Tuesday, 10/20:

End of 1st grading period

Wednesday, 10/21:

Teacher workday

Friday, 10/30:

Report cards sent home

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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Out-of-Season Practices

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.


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