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HVMS E-Newsletter

HVMS Update - 8/15/2022

Hello, HVMS Family!


We are excited to have kicked off the 2022-2023 school year officially! It has been great seeing students back in the building, and we are thrilled to see what the 2022-2023 school year brings.


The Eagle Eye E-Newsletter is an electronic newsletter that we send out twice monthly to communicate what is happening at HVMS. In this newsletter, we will share general school information, upcoming events, celebrations of students and staff members, and information about the instructional program at HVMS.


Please take a few minutes to read through the first edition for the 2022-2023 school year. 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.

HVMS Turns 50!

Please join us on Thursday, October 6 at 5:00 p.m. for the official dedication of Ralph Russo Field and celebration of our 50th anniversary! We will have food trucks on site if you would like to grab dinner before staying for our home football game.
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2022-2023 Yearbooks

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


https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1119431/Hidden-Valley-Middle-School/


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

SCHOOL INFORMATION

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Administration

Our HVMS administrative team looks forward to working with your kids this coming year to help them develop academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally. Each grade level has an administrator who will continue with the same group of students for the entirety of their three years here with us at HVMS.


  • Assistant Principal: Evan Noell (enoell@rcps.us) - 7th Grade Administrator
  • Assistant Principal: Heather Riganti (hriganti@rcps.us) - 6th Grade Administrator

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)

Tardies to School

Students need to be in their first class of the day by the time our final tardy bell rings at 8:20 a.m. Now that we are back to using lockers, this means that car riders need to give themselves enough time to get into school, get breakfast if they are eating in the morning, and stop by their lockers. Students who are not in their first block class by 8:20 a.m. will be counted tardy to school. For the third tardy and every subsequent tardy to school, students will receive a behavior ticket.

Titan Parent Portal

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 Program

Meal applications for school year 2022-2023 are now being accepted! Online applications are available here.

FAMIS/Medicaid

For the 21st year, the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) is sponsoring the annual Back to School campaign. Please see the information below regarding Virginia’s low-cost or no-cost health insurance through Medicaid and FAMIS.


https://www.coverva.org/en/back-to-school

CELEBRATIONS

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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 the start of school:


6th Grade

Mason Baba

Daelyn English

Dillon Godfrey

Tanner Polakowski

INSTRUCTION

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S.O.A.R. Expectations

The Hidden Valley Middle School culture is based on collaboration between the teachers, staff, administration, students, and school community. We strive to create a safe learning environment that is conducive to student learning and the creation of positive relationships. Please see our student handbook below for more detailed information regarding our expectations.

Gifted Screening

The gifted screening process is underway for students in grades K-12. The screening process is ongoing throughout the year, and parents/guardians who feel their child should be screened for placement in the gifted program should contact the school’s counseling department to request a referral packet.

Library Materials

The video below explains how to access the newest books added to your child’s school library catalog. If you have any concerns regarding a title, please email your school librarian with the title, author, and any restrictions you would like placed for your child. If the 22-23 new book list is not showing, our librarian has not recently added books.

https://youtu.be/upI6cRA2Btg

COUNSELING

School Counselors

Mrs. Farley and Ms. Long, our school counselors, are here to help our young Eagles succeed as students and citizens. Students are assigned to counselors alphabetically by last name. If you have questions concerning your child during the school year, please contact the appropriate counselor as follows:


LIFE Counselor

The role of the LIFE counselor is to lead individuals and foster empowerment with our students. LIFE counselors provide individual and group counseling to students. Counselors also provide education on approved mental health, trauma, and substance topics to our students, staff, and parents. LIFE counselors focus on prevention and intervention to promote academic, personal growth, and well-being.


HVMS PTSO

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:

https://www.facebook.com/hvmsptso/

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 5:30-6:00pm.


Order Deadline: Orders must be placed by Monday, August 15th at 8:00 p.m. No orders can be accepted on-site, and pre-orders spots available are limited - so don't wait!


Link to order for August 16th: https://form.jotform.com/220095894313154


This will be a monthly fundraiser, and tentative dates include the following:

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

Thank you, HVMS PTSO!

Thank you so much to our amazing PTSO for a wonderful welcome back breakfast on our first teacher workday! Everyone enjoyed the food so much, and we really appreciate your support!
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TECHNOLOGY CORNER

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Laptops

Roanoke County Schools will be providing all middle school students a laptop they can use at home and school for the 2022-23 school year at no charge to students. Laptops will be distributed to students during the first few days of school. Here is the laptop distribution schedule:

  • Monday, August 15 - 8th Grade Students
  • Tuesday, August 16 - 7th Grade Students
  • Wednesday, August 17 - 6th Grade Students

Student First Day Forms

We ask that one parent per student log in to their ParentVUE account and complete the Annual Verification. This process is extremely important since this is where you update your contact information, emergency contact information, student health information, and accept all needed acknowledgments. If you can’t access your ParentVUE account or have any questions, please contact our front office.


More information is available on the RCPS website: https://www.rcps.us/Page/356

SCHOOL SAFETY

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Traffic Pattern

Mornings: If you drop off your child in the morning, turn right into the first entrance past the football field. This is the drop off lane. Proceed all the way to the end of the building to drop off your child at the sidewalk near the bus parking lot. When exiting, be cautious of entering buses. Students do not need to wait for an adult to open their doors. They may exit their vehicles once they are along the sidewalk.


Afternoons: Please turn right into the second entrance and park in a space to wait for your child to exit the building. Please be very careful when leaving, and please watch for pedestrians and buses! Students may not be picked up from the car rider line in the afternoons.

SpeakUp

We encourage students to speak up to report bullying and other concerns. SpeakUp is a program where students can send a confidential email, text or phone call to share concerns about a classmate or school safety. Students can send an email to speakup@student.rcps.us, or they can call or text 540-595-0706. All reports are anonymous and will be quickly acted upon. Once a report is sent, school administrators are notified and resources can be deployed depending on the nature of the report.


We are encouraging students to use the SpeakUp program if they are concerned about a student who is being bullied (or is bullying others), if a student is expressing suicidal thoughts, threats of violence, use of weapons, students experiencing crisis or traumatic situations, or other urgent situations. Every report is taken very seriously.

ATHLETICS

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

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday, September 1: Hearing and Vision Screening (7th graders and students new to RCPS)

Monday, September 5: Schools Closed (Labor Day)

Friday, September 9: School Picture Day

Wednesday, September 21: 3-hour early dismissal

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)

HELPFUL LINKS

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