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HVMS Update - 1/19/2021

Good afternoon,

It is hard to believe we are in the second half of the 2020-2021 school year. Thank you to everyone for your continued support as we navigate these new instructional waters. The vaccination event on Friday of this week has altered our instructional schedule for the week, so please pay attention to the Important Dates section near the end of the 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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Gov School Application Information Regional Meetings

The Governor's School will send applications directly to 8th grade students who attend a virtual meeting. You must attend a virtual meeting to apply, and the final meeting is tonight (Tuesday, January 19) at 6:30 p.m. Teacher recommendation forms must be given to your current math teacher and your most recent science teacher.

OLSAT Testing Schedule for Governor's School and Center for Engineering

Permission forms are located in Blackboard under Organizations on the HVMS School Counseling 8 page. Forms are due back to Mrs. Childress no later than Monday, January 25th. Students will not be tested without a signed permission form.

The writing prompt for the Governor’s School will be administered on the same day the OLSAT is given once OLSAT testing has concluded. There will be a short break between testing and writing. All protocols for COVID will be followed. For the written portion, students will need their charged laptops. Please make sure they bring a power cord as well.

Students should be in the building and report to the Forum no later than 8:15 a.m. after checking in with their first block teachers for attendance. Students only applying to Engineering will conclude testing by 9:30 a.m. Students applying to Governor’s School will finish testing and the writing prompt by 11:00 a.m.

Testing Dates:

Group 1, Monday, 2/1

Group 2, Tuesday, 2/2

100% Virtual, Wednesday, 2/3

Snow Dates, Thursday and Friday, 2/4-5

Please contact Ms. Childress (lchildress@rcps.us) or Ms. Cook (cmcook@rcps.us) with questions.

Burton Center for Arts & Technology

The deadline for all BCAT applications is Burton application deadline is January 31. You can find more information about the programs offered here: Burton Center for Arts & Technology

Rising 6th Grade Virtual Tour

Since we were not able to do our typical tours for rising 6th grade students this year, we decided to do a virtual tour. The Burton Center for Arts & Technology put together the following for us, and we are incredibly thankful for their support!
HVMS Rising 6th Grade Virtual Tour

RCPSOnline Academy Health & PE 9 Spring Semester

This class will be offered spring 2021 to 8th grade students interested in enrolling in this class. It will be offered in addition to the courses they have at Hidden Valley Middle School.

RCPSOnline Academy classes differ from regular classes in several ways. Aside from the obvious lack of face-to-face time in a classroom, they are structured, paced, and scheduled using best practices for online teaching. Some of the key differences are:

  • The courses are largely self-paced with deadlines set by the instructor.
  • There are no set times a student must be online with the instructor.
  • Students have ready access to their instructors for help, guidance, and individual attention.
  • Every course is through Blackboard, our learning management system.

This is an individual course students pay tuition to take and it falls outside of their regular schedule. Registration for a supplemental course is not complete until tuition is paid in full. The drop-without-penalty date for any online course is two weeks from the beginning of the course. Students dropping an RCPSOnline Academy course after the drop date will receive a failing grade. No tuition refunds will be given after the course begins.

Fee: $400 through My School Bucks

Class Dates: January 27-May 5

Registration Open: January 4-22

To register, contact your child’s counselor:

Lisa Childress (A-K) lchildress@rcps.us or 562-3900 X32011

Callie Cook (L-Z) cmcook@rcps.us or 562-3900 X32012

NOTE: This is an online-only program. Students must have reliable internet access.


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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:

Mahee Bhagat

Jocelynn Dixon

Sarah Hernandez-Sanchez

7th Grade:

Kate Chadwick

Braelyn Hoag

Jadyn Howell

Jack Janiga

Mason Jolley

8th Grade:

Anakin Semones


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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, January 27 – 2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 3 – 2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 17 – 2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 24 – 2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Important Dates:

Wednesday, 1/20:

Teacher workday (no help day for students)

Thursday, 1/21:

Group 1 A-day

Friday, 1/22:

Schools closed for Vaccination Kickoff (no synchronous learning or new instruction)


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Season 1 Sports Schedules

Middle schools in Roanoke County are still following the health metrics to determine if it is safe to start competing against other schools. Currently, the data does not support competition for any of our sports.


Football will begin out-of-season workouts in the near future. We are limited to having 10 students in each workout pod, so the number of days each group practices each week will depend on how many students are interested in participating overall. Emails were sent on Friday, January 8 to students whose names were on the interest sheet. If you did not receive an email letting you know that your student was on the football list but your student is interested in participating, please send an email to Chris Benson by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 21: cbenson@rcps.us

Specific information will be sent to students regarding which days they should attend once we have a complete list of students who are interested.


Let's Talk

Please see the flyer from Carilion Clinic Community Health and Outreach for more information regarding talks about adolescent health and well-being.

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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