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HVMS Update - 12/7/2020

Hello, HVMS Family!

Please take a few minutes to read through our newsletter to see what's going on at Hidden Valley Middle School. As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Our next newsletter will go out on Monday, January 4 after we return from winter break.


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SCA Canned Food Drive

The Hidden Valley Middle School SCA is sponsoring a canned food drive to benefit Feeding Southwest Virginia until Tuesday, December 15. Students are encouraged to bring cans to school and give them to their first block teachers to support those in need in our area. Virtual students may turn their cans in to the front office.

As an incentive to participate, students who bring in five cans or more will receive an assignment pass to be used in one of their classes (*This pass will only apply to assignments determined to be eligible for exemption by the teacher – students, please check with your teacher before you plan to use the pass on an assignment to make sure it is eligible). Additionally, the grade level that brings in the most cans will also win push-pops that will be distributed at the end of lunches on Thursday, December 17 and Friday, December 18.

Please join us for this great cause, and please let us know if you have any questions!

SOL Testing: 8th Grade Civics and 8th Grade Science

Here are our upcoming SOL testing dates for Civics 8 and Science 8 only:

January 6: Virtual students at HVMS

January 7: Group one students at HVMS

January 8: Group two students at HVMS

January 11-20: Make-up testing and retakes

We will send more specific information by email in the near future.

HVMS Rising 6th Grade Registration

Please click here for information regarding registration for our rising 6th grade students.

Additionally, we will have a virtual Q&A on Tuesday, December 15 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. for rising 6th grade parents to answer any questions you might have about registration:

Please click here on December 15 at 7:00 p.m. to join the meeting

HVMS Rising 7th & 8th Grade Registration

Please click here to review information regarding registration for our rising 7th and 8th grade students.

Make-Up Pictures

As a reminder, Lifetouch will host a make-up picture session at their studio from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Monday, December 7 for virtual students and anyone else who is interested. No appointment is necessary.

The address is:

3601 Thirlane Road Suite 3

Roanoke, VA 24019


Gov School Application Information Regional Meetings

Please read below for information regarding upcoming meetings for students interested in applying to Governor's School for the 2021-2022 academic year:

  • Thursday, January 7th, 6:30 p.m. Virtual Application info meeting
  • Thursday, January 14th, 6:30 p.m. Virtual Application info meeting
  • Tuesday, January 19th, 6:30 p.m. Virtual Application info meeting

The link to the Virtual sessions will be on the RVGS website at www.rvgs.k12.va.us prior to the meetings.

What? Information meetings for students--and their parents--interested in applying for the 2021-22 academic year. Governor’s School staff will present the unique features of the school via a live virtual presentation and distribute application information required for selection and admission via email. The School is a regional, academic-year program for secondary school students in grades 9-12 who are highly motivated in science and mathematics. Selection for available spaces is competitive.

Who? Students and at least one parent or guardian must attend one of the above sessions in order to obtain an application for admission.

For additional information, call The Governor’s School, 853-2116 or e-mail, ksebolt@rvgs.k12.va.us. The Governor’s School is sponsored jointly by the Virginia Department of Education and participating public school districts including Bedford, Botetourt, Craig, Franklin, Roanoke City, Roanoke County, and the City of Salem. Students must be enrolled in one of these districts in order to attend the school.


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Eagles of the Month

HVMS has begun recognizing eight students from each grade level each month to be our Eagles of the Month. Hidden Valley Middle School Eagles of the Month display outstanding behavior both inside and outside the classroom by consistently meeting HVMS SOAR expectations of being safe, organized, accountable, and respectful. Eagles of the Month demonstrate opportunity ready skills including communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and citizenship. These students exhibit a positive attitude toward their peers, school, and community, and they maintain a focus on continuous improvement.

Our Eagles of the Month for November are the following:

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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:

Harrison Camp

Layla Diaz

Asher Newbern

Madison Salinas

7th Grade:

Kate Chadwick

8th Grade:

Maya Ghobrial

Anakin Semones

Elva Vega-Diaz

Golden Eagle Award

Each month, the Golden Eagle Award is passed from the previous month's recipient to another based on service and commitment to Hidden Valley Middle School. This month, Mrs. Jacks, one of our 6th grade math teachers, passed the award to our cafeteria staff for their hard work and dedication to making sure our students are fed every day! Thank you, HVMS Nutrition, for making sure our students and staff eat well!


Interest Block - Rotation #3 - Thursday, December 10

6th and 7th grade students in Interest Block will begin their next rotation on Thursday, December 10. 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 3"

Art with Ms. Wilson

Please see some of the pictures below that Ms. Wilson shared from her art classes. Our students have been working very hard, and the amount of talent in her classes is outstanding!

*Disclaimer: Some of the pictures below were taken before masks were required to be worn 100% of the time in the classroom.


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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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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, December 9 – 2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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

Important Dates:

Monday 12/21 through Friday, 1/1:

Schools closed: Winter Break

Tuesday, 1/12:

End of 2nd Grading Period and 1st Semester

Wednesday, 1/13:

Teacher Workday

Monday, 1/18:

Schools closed: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


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Travel During COVID-19

Please click here for recommendations from the CDC regarding traveling this year.

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RCPS Return-to-Play

Roanoke County Public Schools has released more guidance on how sports will proceed this year. Please read through the "RCPS Return to Play Guidance" for more information regarding all safety measures that are in place and the metrics that will be used to determine when it is safe to compete.


Mental Health During COVID-19

Please click here for more information regarding children's mental health during COVID-19 provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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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