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HVMS E-Newsletter

HVMS Update - 8/28/2023

Hello, HVMS Family!

Please take a few minutes to read through the latest newsletter. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Hidden Valley Middle School

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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.


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Fall Growth Assessments

Students will be taking Virginia Growth Assessments on the following dates:

  • Monday, September 11: Reading 6-8
  • Tuesday, September 12: Math 6-8

Please make sure your students come to school with a charged laptop on those days!

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!

HVMS Spirit Wear

School Nutrition

Student Meal Costs:

  • Breakfast: $1.50
  • Lunch: $3.00

Visit LINQ Connect to view breakfast and lunch menus. Menus are available in multiple languages and include nutritional information. They may be viewed without creating an account.

Menus may be filtered by:

  • School
  • Allergens
  • Dietary Restrictions

Payment for meals may be made by cash or check in the school cafeteria. You may also pay with a debit or credit card online at LINQ Connect https://linqconnect.com. This is a secure, third-party vendor. The cost for online payments is 3.95% of the transaction amount with a minimum fee of $2.85 per transaction.


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SOAR Cards

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

Adalyn Eborall

Abby Kinzie

Harper Rowan

Lily Walker

Jayce White

7th Grade

Lilah Harding

Lincoln Havens

Sophey Howell

Carly Johnston

Fallon McCarty


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New Teachers/Staff 2023-2024

Please take a moment to read below and learn a little more about some of our new teachers/staff!

Eagles are Opportunity Ready!

RCPS Mission: To invest in our community's future by preparing our students with Opportunity Ready skills as defined in the RCPS Profile of a Graduate.

RCPS Vision: Preparing every student, in every school, and in every classroom to be Opportunity Ready.

Our HVMS students demonstrate opportunity ready skills on a daily basis both in the classroom and in the community. We would love to start sharing out more of what our students are doing that demonstrate the following skills:

  • Citizenship
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Career Plan
  • Creativity
  • Competence
  • Centeredness
  • Critical Thinking

If you have photos of your students demonstrating the above opportunity ready skills, please email them to the Chris Benson (cbenson@rcps.us) to be included in a future newsletter.

Just-in-Time Tutoring

Just-in-time tutoring provides students in grades 6-12 with an immediate online live tutor 24 hours per day/7 days per week. If a student is struggling with independent work, they can get immediate help to get them “unstuck,” even if they are at home late at night.

In addition to covering multiple subjects, just-in-time tutoring provides online help via chat and voice. Tutor.com also provides paper proofreading (12-hour turnaround time) and industry-leading Princeton Review ACT/SAT prep courses and materials. This levels the field for students who don’t have the same amount of parent support or financial resources at home.


Just in Time Tutoring - Roanoke County Public Schools

1st Club Day

Our first club day of the year will be Friday, September 1st. Students will receive an email on Wednesday, August 30th that informs them of the club they are assigned to, the club sponsors, and the location the club meets.


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.

Parents, students, teachers, and more are ALL welcome to join HVMS PTSO! Together we can make a difference: Join here!

Please click below to learn more about our HVMS PTSO:



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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

As we enter the new school year, we want to reassure our parents and families that school safety remains our top priority and remind everyone that safety requires a team effort. Thank you for your support! Click the following link for more information: RCPS School Safety & Security
Roanoke County Public Schools - Safety information for parents

School Safety Starts with YOU!

If you see or hear anything that is concerning, tell a teacher, an administrator, or a police officer!


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.

Bus Safety

Roanoke County Public Schools asks drivers to be aware of all buses and give them plenty of space on the roads, particularly during the morning and afternoon runs. While following a bus, drivers should be alert to the bus and its numerous stops. Drivers should permit a safe distance of twenty feet or more between their vehicle and the bus. Drivers should not only be prepared to stop when following buses but be responsible and obey all laws to guarantee the safety of our children.

By Virginia law, motorists are required to stop for a school bus with flashing red lights that is loading or unloading children, whether the motorist is approaching a bus from the opposite direction or following a bus. Motorists must stay stopped until all children are clear of the roadway, the flashing red lights cease, and the bus starts moving again. This includes roadways with center turn lanes.

There is only one exception to this law: motorists are not required to stop for a school bus with flashing red lights if the motorist is driving in the opposite direction of the school bus on a roadway with travel lanes that are separated by a barrier or physical median.


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, 2023. 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.

Fall athletics are underway! Please join our volleyball and football athletes at home or on the road to support our athletes. Admissions to athletic events is $5 for adults and $2 for school-age students. 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 2023

Volleyball Schedule 2023


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Wrestling open mats have begun. Athletes must have a VHSL physical on file with the HVMS athletic director to participate. Physicals for the 2023-2024 school year must be dated after May 1, 2023. Athletes participating in open mats will need to bring water and a mouth guard (if they wear braces).

Girls' Basketball

Please see the attached schedule for information about girls’ basketball open gyms. Athletes must have a VHSL on file with the HVMS athletic director to participate. Physicals for the 2023-2024 school year must be dated after May 1, 2023

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Monday, September 4: Schools Closed (Labor Day)

Friday, September 8: School Picture Day + 1st 9 Weeks Midpoint

Monday, September 11: Growth Assessment (Reading 6-8)

Tuesday, September 12: Growth Assessment (Math 6-8)

Friday, September 15: Fall Sports Pep Rally

Wednesday, September 20: 3-hour Early Dismissal

Wednesday, October 4: Hearing and Vision Screening (7th graders and students new to RCPS)

Friday, October 6: End of 1st 9 Weeks

Monday, October 9: Teacher Workday (schools closed)

Friday, October 20: Fall Picture Make-Up Day + Clubs/Band/Choir Picture Day

Wednesday, October 25: 3-hour Early Dismissal

Wednesday, November 1: Schools Closed (Parent/Teacher Conference Day)

Tuesday, November 7: Teacher Workday (schools closed)

Friday, November 10: 2nd 9 Weeks Midpoint

Wednesday, November 22 - Friday, November 24: Schools Closed (Thanksgiving Break)

Friday, December 15: End of 2nd 9 Weeks

Monday, December 18 - Monday, January 1: Schools Closed (Winter Break)

Tuesday, January 2: Teacher Workday (schools closed)

Monday, January 15: Schools Closed (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)

Friday, January 31: 3-hour Early Dismissal

Monday, February 5: 3rd 9 Weeks Midpoint

Monday, February 12: Schools Closed (Parent/Teacher Conference Day)

Tuesday, March 5: Schools Closed (Presidential Primary)

Monday, March 11: Teacher Workday (schools closed)

Monday, March 25 - Friday, March 29: Schools Closed (Spring Break)

Wednesday, April 17: 3-hour Early Dismissal

Friday, April 19: 4th 9 Weeks Midpoint

Thursday, May 23: Last Day of School (3-hour early dismissal)


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