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HVMS E-Newsletter

HVMS Update - 9/28/2020

Hello, HVMS Family!

It's hard to believe we are entering our sixth week of school. Thank you to everyone for your continued support as we navigate this new instructional territory! Please take a few minutes to read through the second edition of our bi-weekly e-newsletter to stay up-to-date on what is happening at Hidden Valley Middle School. We have added a few new sections this week: Celebrations, Instruction, and Technology Corner. If you know a student who deserves to be recognized, please let us know! We would love to celebrate our students' successes both inside and outside of this building. As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.


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Show Your School Pride

Be safe and show your school pride at the same time! We will be selling these custom HVMS masks for $10 until they are sold out. Please make your purchase by paying through MySchoolBucks, paying with exact change in the front office, or making a check out to HVMS.

Student IDs

This year at HVMS, students have been issued ID badges to use as hall passes. If a student loses his or her ID badge, he or she may use a temporary hall pass issued by the teacher; however, if your student would like to purchase a new badge, lanyard, and badge holder, badges may be purchased on MySchoolBucks for $5 each.

8th Grade Academic & Career Plans

Starting October 5th and continuing until the first of December, all 8th graders (hybrid and 100% online students) will be meeting individually with their counselor through their English classes to work on their Academic and Career Plan (ACP). In the weeks leading up to their individual meeting with a counselor, each student will view a presentation through their English class (both hybrid and 100% online) that will help them access the website, which contains information regarding academic plans, colleges, and careers. The ACP is a tentative plan for high school courses based on graduation requirements, student interest, and academic progress. The ACP is not their registration for high school classes. The HVHS counselors will conduct registration for 9th grade and additional information regarding registration will be sent at a later date.

All hybrid students will be given a copy of their ACP to bring home. We will also email the parent/guardian a copy if you approved emails from Major Clarity when you completed your InfoSnap at the beginning of the school year. The email will come from Major Clarity; the subject will be: Your Student’s Academic Report. There will be a link in the email that will take you to your student’s ACP. Please review and accept your child’s ACP; you can accept with an electronic signature or sign the paper copy and have your child return it to their counselor.

The website address is: platform.majorclarity.com

This is an important step in helping your child prepare for their future in high school and beyond! If you have questions please contact your child’s counselor.

Lisa Childress (A-K) lchildress@rcps.us
Callie Cook (L-Z) cmcook@rcps.us


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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 so far this month:

6th Grade:

Lauren Dudley

Noah Prosser

Aiden Vinci

7th Grade:

Ally Burrow

Kayden Cephas

Riley Coleman

Braelynn Coles

Zach McBride

Camlyn Morstad

James Specht

8th Grade:

Kyndra Garrett

Anakin Semones


Congratulations to Caleigh Ponn, who ranked in the top 10 among the 14U age group of the Association of Volleyball Professionals!

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, our front office staff, the previous winners, decided to pass the award to our custodial staff here at HVMS for their hard work and dedication to keeping our school clean and safe during COVID-19! Thank you to Mr. Anthony Calloway, Mr. Glen Thomason, and Mr. Chris Worrell for their hard work keeping us safe!


Technology Education

Mr. Van Gerven taught his students how to design a keychain with CAD and then print them on a 3D printer during Tech Ed. Both hybrid and remote learners had the opportunity to have their designs printed. Check out the end result!

Science 6

Luke Emory created a model space shuttle in science class with Mr. Hughes while learning about space exploration and technology.

Science 8

Mr. Coleman's science classes put the scientific method into action by hypothesizing, experimenting, collecting data, and drawing conclusions during their "Dirt Baby" lab.


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HVMS Blackboard Walkthrough

Please take a few minutes to watch this introductory video on Blackboard and how to navigate your students' class pages.
HVMS Blackboard Walkthrough

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.

For help with logging into a parent Blackboard account, please click on the image.


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1st 9 Weeks Midpoint

The midpoint for the 1st 9 Weeks was Monday, September 21. Please check on your students' progress by reviewing their grades in Synergy.

Virtual Eagle Advisory - Wednesday, September 30

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 Wednesday, September 30, from 2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Please click here for more information about our advisory program at HVMS.

School Pictures

School pictures will take place over the course of three days this year:

Wednesday, October 7 (10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.): Virtual Students

Thursday, October 8: Group 1 Students

Friday, October 9: Group 2 Students

Please see the flyer for more information from Lifetouch.

Important Dates:

Tuesday, 10/20:

End of 1st grading period

Wednesday, 10/21:

Teacher workday

Friday, 10/30:

Report cards sent home

Tuesday, 11/3:

Schools closed: Election Day

Tuesday, 11/24:

Interim midpoint

Thursday, 11/26 and Friday, 11/27:

Schools closed: Thanksgiving

Monday 12/21 through Friday, 1/1:

Schools closed: Winter Break


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COVID-19 Screening Questions

Parents should assess each child for symptoms of COVID-19 each day before arrival to school. If an individual answers YES to any of the screening questions before arriving, he or she should stay home and not enter the building. The parent needs to call the school to report if they respond YES to any of the questions above. The school nurse will call the parent back to walk the parent through an additional assessment and will provide guidance based on VDH recommendations. If an individual reports COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival, the school will activate the emergency protocol for COVID-19. Parents must promptly pick their child or arrange for pickup if signs or symptoms of illness are present. If a student becomes symptomatic at school, they will be moved to an isolation space until they are picked up from school. Students that become symptomatic at school will not be able to ride the bus home.


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.


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