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HVMS E-Newsletter

HVMS Update - 5/1/2023

Hello, HVMS Family!

Please take a few minutes to read through our latest newsletter. 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.


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8th Grade Dance

We are getting excited for our 8th grade dance on May 12 from 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.!

Suggested forms of attire include khaki pants, slacks, button-up or collared shirts (jackets and/or ties are acceptable, but not necessary), skirts, dresses, or blouses with closed toed shoes. Please wear flat shoes as high heels could potentially damage the gym floor. All attire should adhere to Roanoke County Public School's dress code.

Doors will open at approximately 7:20 p.m. Students will enter and exit through the front doors of the building. Beverages and snacks will be available to purchase for $1-2 each. Please arrive by 9:30 p.m. for student pickup.

We look forward to seeing your son or daughter at this event!

May SOL Testing

May 9th: Reading 6-8 SOL

May 10th: Science 8 SOL

May 11th: Math 6-8, Algebra, and Geometry SOL

May 12th: Civics 8 SOL

May 15-25: Make-ups and Retesting

Students should be well rested before their SOL test and eat a good breakfast. Please have students bring a charged laptop and charger with them to school. Students should not have stickers, sticky notes, or writing on their laptops. If you have trouble with the removal of anything on the laptop, please have your students visit the Laptop Depot at school for help.

We encourage good attendance on your students’ scheduled test days. Make-up testing causes your student to miss some of their last few classes. We want them to be able to wrap up grades and enjoy end-of-the-year class activities and projects.

Mighty Minds Creative Showcase

Please see the following message from Ashley Spanfelner:

I am the sponsor for our school’s Prevention Club, named Mighty Minds. I am writing to ask for consideration of a donation to be used as part of our Creative Showcase we are hosting on May 13th at our school to bring community awareness for Mental Health Awareness Month. Students are able to submit creations with a mental health theme and we are working with the community to raise item donations to be used during the Showcase as prizes as well as raffling off to raise money for our PTSO. Our students have worked hard this entire year and won several awards for their efforts in promoting reduction of mental health stigma and promoting substance use awareness in our community.

If you are interested in partnering with us, please reach out to me to discuss options. No donation is too small for consideration. Thank you for supporting our students and their ambition to bring more awareness to their community.

We appreciate any consideration!


Ashley Spanfelner, LPC, LSATP

LIFE Counselor for HVMS

Sponsor of Mighty Minds

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Roanoke Prevention Alliance

To bring awareness to the benefits of building individual and community resilience, during Resilience Week (May 1-7 2023), the Resiliency Collective, the Roanoke Prevention Alliance, the Roanoke Valley Trauma Informed Community Network, and DePaul are co-sponsoring a no-cost screening of “Resilience” at the Grandin Theater from 6 - 7 p.m. on Tuesday May 2 (followed by a Q&A with a panel of experts in their fields from 7 - 7:30 p.m.). Childcare will be provided upstairs at the Grandin along with a kids movie from 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Please register for childcare via the Eventbrite link below: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/resilience-movie-screening-tickets-591672236587


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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 our last newsletter:

6th Grade

Barry Slade

Ellie Underwood

7th Grade

Jared Sohm

Ezra Stanley

8th Grade

Adam Raya


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Several of our BETA members volunteered at Penn Forest Elementary. Thank you all for volunteering your time!

Spring Band Concert

Congratulations to our band students on a great spring band concert last week!

Spring Choir Concert

Our choirs did a fantastic job at their spring concert at Hidden Valley High School last week!

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.


Just in Time Tutoring - Roanoke County Public Schools


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:


Thank you, HVMS PTSO!

Thank you to our awesome PTSO for providing our teachers/staff with a grab-and-go snack table they will continue enjoying!

PTSO Paint Party Rescheduled

The HVMS PTSO Paint Party originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 18 has been rescheduled. Please see the updated flyer for more information. This event will now happen on Tuesday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m. at HVMS.

Eventbrite Link


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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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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.

Please visit the following page to access schedules: HVMS Athletics

Volleyball Interest Meeting

HVMS will hold a parent-athlete interest meeting in the HVMS Cafeteria on May 11, 2023. The meeting will start at 6:00 p.m. The coach is planning to share information about summer open gyms and tryouts. It is a great opportunity to learn about the sport and meet the new coach. Female athletes interested in playing volleyball in the fall for Hidden Valley Middle School should plan to attend the meeting.

Volleyball Camp

Please see the information below for an opportunity to attend a volleyball camp organized by HVHS. Lil' Titans Volleyball Camp registration is currently open to rising 5th -9th grade students and closes on May 10, 2023. Interested athletes can pick up a registration form in the HVMS main office or from their administrator during lunches.
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Looking Ahead

May 9 - May 12: SOL Testing: Algebra, Geometry, Science 8, Civics, Math 6-8, Reading 6-8

May 11: Volleyball Interest Meeting (6:00 p.m.)

May 12: 8th Grade Dance (7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.)

May 13: Mighty Minds Creative Showcase (1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

May 16: PTSO Paint Party (6:00 p.m.)

May 17, 18, 19, and 22: Cheer Tryouts (3:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.)

May 18

  • 6th Grade Laptop Collection
  • Algebra/Geometry Final Assessments

May 19:

  • 7th Grade Laptop Collection
  • World Languages Final Assessments
  • 8th Grade Movie Night (more details to come)

May 22:

  • 8th Grade Laptop Collection
  • World Languages Final Assessments

May 23:

  • 6th/7th Grade Awards (given out in class during 1st block)
  • Pep Rally (2nd block)
  • 3-hour Early Dismissal

May 24:

  • 8th Grade Awards (9:00 a.m. in the gymnasium)
  • 3-hour Early Dismissal

May 25:

  • 8th Grade Field Day
  • 3-hour Early Dismissal (last day of school)


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