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Hunter's Creek Middle School
21st Century Digital Learners
OCPS School of Innovation
Florida 'A' Rated School
5 Star School

13400 Town Loop Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32837
(407) 858-4620
Hunter's Creek Middle School
Monday, January 13, 2020

Welcome back to a great beginning of the new year 2020 at HCMS!

As we are starting the second half of the academic year, our sharp focus is on making sure that our Eagles are ready for testing which starts on April 1st and extends until the end of the year. Please be on the lookout for Report Card #2 which goes home with our Eagles on Tuesday, January 21st. I would like to again emphasize the importance of all of our students' daily attendance and getting to school on time.

We are very excited to host the author Neal Shusterman in March. The reading challenge is going great and there is still time for the students to finish reading the books and win some valuable prizes.

HCMS is making Magic happen with the Magic Team! Please join us for the Hunter's Creek Middle School Night at the Miami Heat vs. Magic game on February 1st. Come out and support Hunter's Creek Middle School Chorus Notables and Hunter's Creek Middle School Cheerleading Eaglets as they perform at the game. Additional information is included in the flyer below.

Thank you for your continued support.

In Eagle Pride,
Joumana Moukaddam
Proud Principal  
Hunter's Creek Middle School

Pictured very top: Orchestra performing at WKMG for Christmas Day.

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Upcoming Events
Monday, Jan. 13th: SAC Meeting
Monday, Jan. 20th: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No School)
Saturday, Jan. 18th: Amnesty Saturday
Tuesday, Jan. 21st: Report Cards distributed
Wednesday, Jan. 22nd: Basketball Game at Meadow Woods Middle School, 5pm
Monday, Jan. 27th to January 31st: Florida's Celebrate Literacy Week
Tuesday, Jan. 28th & Thursday, Jan. 30th to Friday, Jan. 31st: All County Guitar at Winter Park High School
Wednesday, Jan. 29th: Basketball Game at Walker Middle School, 5pm
Friday, Jan. 30th to Saturday, Jan. 31st: Chorus Solo and Ensemble at Oak Ridge High School

Students of the Week
Congratulations to our 8th grade students of the week (12/16-12/20)!!  

Jesus Caraballo: Jesus always demonstrates integrity, responsibility and maturity in regards to his assignments and demeanor in class. He works very hard and is an absolute pleasure to have in class.

Emilia Bartlinski: Emilia is "soaring to greatness." She has proven to be a hard working student who stays on top of assignments, attends tutoring, and wants to learn from her mistakes to make herself a better student. It is a pleasure to have Emilia in my US History class.

Jesus, Eggbert, and Emilia

January Guidance Corner from Mr. Anderson, Ms. Shah, and Ms. Armstrong 

Happy New Year Eagle Family!

2020 is more than just a new year, it's also the beginning of a new decade. Take a moment and think back to where we were ten years ago in 2010.  Inception, Iron Man 2 and the first Despicable Me were some of the biggest movies of the year. The Lakers and the Saints were champions of the NBA and NFL.  Apple introduced the iPad to the world and the most advanced iPhone was the iPhone 3. And while Facebook dominated the social media space, Instagram just getting started and Snapchat wouldn't exist for another year! We have truly come a long way in ten years.

Perhaps the biggest change that we have seen in our world in the last ten years is technology. In an article for The Wall Street Journal, a journalist traveled to Michigan to see if she could get around using tech from 2010. She had with her a GPS, a 2010-era Blackberry and a small digital camera. These days our smartphones are all of these things in one! It's a phone, a camera, a map, a computer, a TV. This device has become the Swiss army knife for the 21st century. Now as technology has changed drastically in ten years I ask, how have you changed in the last decade? Did you learn something that changed your old perspective? Have you gone through experiences that you thought would crush you but have made you stronger? Have you made new friends that have expanded your joy? We do not like to admit this, but often when we look at experiences and people who have pushed us and made us comfortable, those same moments and people have led to us being a better version of ourselves. Perhaps that is why we create New Year's Resolutions: deep inside we know we need to go beyond our comfort zone to become more than we are, but as the year goes on we forget about the sacrifice and cling to the safety of the known. Hence nothing changes, and we go through the same ritual next January.

The number of smartphone users worldwide today surpasses three billion and is forecast to further grow by several hundred million in the next few years. China, India, and the United States are the countries with the highest number of smartphone users, with each country easily surpassing the 100 million user mark.

There's a quote that goes, "we cannot get what we've never had, unless we're willing to do what we've never done." We cannot expect change by doing the same thing we have always done, and those of us who have set goals for themselves and succeeded know this. What do you want to accomplish this month, this year this decade? That journey begins by accomplishing something towards that goal this day, this week, this moment. Think of that goal, write it down somewhere you can see it every day and remind yourself of where you want to be in the future. Do not let yourself forget, and do not let yourself give excuses for falling short. Sacrifice is hard, saying "no" when you want to say "yes" is frustrating. Yet reaching the top of whatever mountain you were climbing makes all we gave up worth the trouble.

My hope for you in 2020 is that you upgrade as quickly as our phones do!

Shusterman Beanstack Reading Challenge 

To prepare for Neal Shusterman's visit later this school year (tentatively scheduled for March 5th), HCMS is challenging students to read as much Neal Shusterman during winter break and January as they can!

To take part in the challenge, students (began December 21st) will be able to log minutes through Beanstack for any minutes they spend reading Neal Shusterman titles. Prizes will be given out to winning participants!

P.S. No need to backlog any Shusterman reading - this is specifically a challenge for these dates in hopes of increasing the amount of his books read. As long as RC tests were taken for past Shusterman reading, those books will count when determining who is invited to the Author Lunch when he visits.

To access Beanstack, log into Launch Pad, search Beanstack, and open the program.
Winter Reading Challenge
January 1-31, 2020 

And even if you are not reading a Neal Shusterman book, we are excited to share a Winter Reading Challenge. From January 1st to January 31st, OCPS & Hunter's Creek Middle School will participate in Beanstack's Third Annual Winter Reading Challenge, sponsored by Penguin Random House (PRH). We challenge our patrons/students to read as much as possible during the month and keep track of their reading on our Beanstack app through Launchpad. Hundreds of libraries and schools across the nation will encourage their communities to read a target number of minutes and books.

Top-performing libraries and schools will earn the Golden Penguin and Random House awards. PRH pledges to donate $50,000 in prizes, including author visits and new books, to be shared among the winners. Let's light up the mind this winter!

Happy reading, Hunter's Creek!


Closing Images of the Week & Motivational Moment!
Our SRO, Deputy Martin of the OCSO, with the students on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020).  
Deputy Martin teaching students how to put down our flag and fold it on a daily basis.
We are so lucky to have such an amazing dedicated SRO who is always here for every student, parent and staff member to ensure our safety and security. He is our unsung hero who we love and greatly appreciate. Deputy Martin is the BEST!

~ Principal Moukaddam, Jan. 9, 2020 (National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day)

Leadership Team

* Principal: Joumana Moukaddam
* Assistant Principal: Liesl Hernandez
* Assistant Principal: Jessica Swain
* 8th Grade Administrative Dean: Shedrick Copeland  
* 8th Grade Counselor: Kelly Armstrong
* 7th Grade Administrative Dean: Joquetta Carter
* 7th Grade Counselor: Sejal Shah
* 6th Grade Administrative Dean: Dominic Golia
* 6th Grade Counselor: Joel Anderson


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