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13400 Town Loop Blvd.
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(407) 858-4620
Hunter's Creek Middle School
Monday, May 4, 2020

Parents! As home school teachers you have been doing one of the most rewarding jobs in the world. You deserve the recognition and accolades for Teacher Appreciation Week. Thank you!

"Being a teacher is the highest privilege. Having a teacher is the Best Blessing."  ~ Unknown

Our HCMS teachers continue to come up with creative and innovative lessons and activities to motivate our Eagles and engage them in the best online distance learning experiences. From virtually hosting authors and scientists to creating and posting YouTube math videos, to creating e-book family and passion projects or to reading to students and to creating robots, they go above and beyond on a daily basis.

Let's shower our HCMS teachers with notes of gratitude and thanks! In recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week 2020, please click on the link below to send a message of appreciation for our teachers:

As we move into week six of the fourth quarter, we have only four more weeks to go until the end of the school year. Please check your student's assignments in Canvas and make sure that he/she is on track. HCMS teachers and paraprofessionals do whatever it takes to help the students succeed! They have been holding countless BBB sessions of tutoring and extra help at various times of the morning and afternoon. They stop at nothing to ensure that each and every student is focused, and is actively participating in their learning.  

I can't hide my excitement as we look forward to meeting our future 6th grade Eagles and their parents during the 2020-2021 Rising Sixth Grade Virtual HCMS Orientation scheduled for Wednesday, 5/6 , and Thursday, 5/7. Please see the information below.

We hope you enjoy this edition of our newsletter which contains messages of thanks from our students to the essential workers as well as very important information and resources, and photos from the various spirit days and virtual classes.

I am so proud of our teachers, staff, parents and students for working so hard and making the best out of this experience. Everyone continues to excel no matter what!

Your Proud Principal,

Joumana Moukaddam

Hunter's Creek Middle School

Pictured very top: Artwork by Raida Nowreen, 7th grade

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Important Upcoming Dates

May 4-8: Teacher Appreciation Week
* Link to Flipgrid: https://flipgrid.com/5a766957

May 7th and 8th: Rising 6th Grade Virtual Orientation  

May 10: Happy Mother's Day!

May 25: Memorial Day

Through the end of the school year: Digital/Distance Learning

A message from our students to essential workers:

Josh Miller, 7th grade
Maria Segovia, 7th grade

Morgan McCarthy, 8th grade
Duda Vannucchi Guedes, 8th grade
Jordan Klinkbeil, 8th grade

Amy Calvo,8th grade

Angelina Dong, 8th grade
Brooke Ashcraft, 7th grade
Cooper Boris, 7th grade
Monika Awad, 8th grade

Zachary Langlois, 8th grade

Aneesah Fareeduddin, 8th grade

Paola Mendez Betances, 8th grade

Sarah Weate, 7th grade
Farida Bedair, 8th grade

Students of the Week! 

As we move to distance learning, we want to highlight as many students each week for their successes as we can, so we'll be changing up our Students of the Week to include all nominees from teachers:
  • Sabrina Barroso: Sabrina has been rocking distance learning. She's been getting all of her assignments finished, asking questions when she has them, and showing she's been reading. She has really found a way to shine, even from a distance. -Ms. Cole
  • Abigail Cramer: Abigail Cramer is nominated for student of the week for her hard work and dedication. She has consistently been on top of her assignments and makes sure to reach out to me if she doesn't understand something or needs to complete an assignment! Thank you for your dedication during distance learning! -Mrs. Lebron
  • Nicole Petrovic Bastos: Nicole has put forth 100% effort as we went to distance learning, even with technical issues. She has a positive outlook and is continuing to do her best work. Proud of you, Nicole! -Ms. Cecil
  • Shanelle Han: Shanelle has been keeping up with her school work and joining our live BBB sessions. She has asked some impressive and thoughtful questions to our guest speakers! -Ms. Renuart
  • Launne Lanoix: Launne is very determined and always gives me her best. She is a hard worker and shows perseverance. -Mr. Baptiste
  • Morgan McCarthy: Morgan really stepped it up this week. She knew that she was struggling with some topics in Geometry so she attended tutoring every day and asked a lot of questions. As a result she got an A on her test!! Way to go Morgan! :) -Ms. Daniels
  • Enzo Marchi: Enzo has done a fantastic job with digital/distance learning so far. He is extremely responsible with staying on top of all of his assignments, and he is always staying in communication with his teachers. Keep it up, Enzo! -Ms. Chacon
  • Ibrahim Kaddoura: Ibrahim rocked week 4 of Distance Learning! He is keeping up with his Edpuzzles (with great scores) and working hard to master his Khan Academy assignments! I am so proud of how hard he is working at home! -Ms. Pratt
  • Victoria Marin: Victoria Marin is being recognized for her excellence! She is a great student and has consistently turned in all of her assignments during the length of our distance learning. She deeply cares about her peers and has joined almost every virtual conference our class has had. She is a very responsible student and has a bright future ahead of her. -Mr. Johnson
  • Bailey Davie: Bailey has been sending kind emails to myself and some other teachers during distance learning. As this is such a tough time not being able to see students, these emails have brightened my day and just show what a wonderful heart Bailey has. -Mrs. Moye

School Principal's Day!

Last Friday was National School Principals' Day, and all of us at Hunter's Creek Middle School want to use this opportunity to thank Ms. Moukaddam for being the biggest and most true advocate of HCMS. Thank you for your tireless work, your passion, and your constant support of all Eagles, faculty/staff and students!

OCPS Top Talent

Our very own Raida Nowreen is A FINALIST in the running for the OCPS Middle School Visual Arts Top Talent, and we are happy to share that the Foundation for OCPS announced that Top Talent 2020 is still on, and it's going VIRTUAL! The stay-at-home order is crucial for safety... and the talent of OCPS students is simply too amazing to contain. The show MUST go on!  

Top Talent Fan Favorite voting has begun! Vote for your favorite artists NOW! $1 per vote! Proceeds from our Top Talent event help support the Foundation and provide arts enrichment for students experiencing poverty and homelessness. Text FFVISUAL to 41444!!

More information on the Top Talent Virtual Contestants and the Foundation for Orange County at https://www.facebook.com/foundationforocps.org/

Future Problem Solvers

Congratulations to all of the Hunter's Creek Future Problem Solvers who qualified for the Florida Affiliate State Competition!

We have SEVEN students who placed at the STATE competition:
  • Nitya Anthireddy's Multi-Affiliate Global Issues team placed FIRST in the state of Florida.
  • Stuthi Baskar's Multi-Affiliate Global Issues team placed SECOND in the state of Florida.
  • Our Global Issues Problem Solving team with HCMS alumni Sophia Acosta, Zoe Li, Vanessa Wojchichowski, and Elsa Xia placed SEVENTH in the middle division team competition.
* Image from February 19th's regional competition

Middle School Photos

Last week, we shared middle school photos of some of our faculty and staff! Go to https://forms.gle/2YfVNZ61PXqCFupR6 to see the photos and try to guess then visit our social media or check Canvas Inbox to get the correct answers!

Mrs. Moye's Memo: Week Five
Weekly, Mrs. Moye is creating Memos to share literacy, mindfulness, and other important or useful information.  Week five's memos include: Everywhere Book Fest, 2020-2021 SSYRA and Teen Reads lists, Hunger Games prequel, New collections in Destiny Discover, Meditation (and includes archives to past memos).

The fifth week can be accessed at: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1WiwWKL3WkopQAFaojfgfm_klaeG-a67ftmVS-zsvzTQ/edit?usp=sharing

Note: Google Drive must be logged in with students' @students.ocps.net addresses to access.

Book Club Virtual Author Visit
On April 24th, SSYRA author Michele Weber Hurwitz visited virtually with Mrs. Moye's Book Club.  
Guest author onlin in the second row, far right.
* SSYRA (Sunshine State Young Readers Award)

May Author Talks

In May, Mrs. Moye has set up appointments with EIGHT authors who are going to virtually visit HCMS for author talks!

We wanted to give an official thank you to these authors for graciously giving us the gift of their time! We are very excited to host these authors! 85 students have signed up for these events, and if you/your student missed out on signing up, feel free to send Mrs. Moye an email at kellee.moye@ocps.net for more information.

Coach Manfria

Coach Manfria welcomed her son Kyler Manfria on April 17th! Kyler and Coach Manfria are healthy and everyone is so in love! Congratulations to the Manfria family!

Fun fact: The 17th was Ms. Chacon's son Ollie's 1st birthday, so two of our Eaglettes share a birthday!

Example of Eagles' Distance Learning
Sixth grade reading with Ms. Chacon

Finding the theme with The Lorax for Earth Day
During Earth Day week, Ms. Chacon read The Lorax with her 6th grade reading students and asked them to analyze the plot to determine a theme that they took away from the story.

By Ayana Pernier

By Dominic Porter

By Mariana Mendez

Online Special Guests as part of Distance Learning  
Ms. Renuart's two virtual guests from Hawaii and UF in Gainesville visit with her 8th grade science class.

Since our last newsletter, Ms. Renuart has had two virtual visitors to her 8th grade science class: a scientist from the Keahole Center for Sustainability in Hawaii (top) and a GMO research scientist at the University of Florida (bottom).

Student Assistance

Self-Care BINGO: Your Personal Wellness Check!
Remember to check on your student/your wellness during this stressful time! Use this Self-Care BINGO to make time to take care of yourself!

Larger view:
* Must be logged into @students.ocps.net to access larger view

Credit: Thank you to Mrs. Robertson-Shepherd from Hungerford Elementary School for this activity!

If students have questions during this time that do not pertain to one specific class, they can fill out the #VirtualHCMS Questions form: https://forms.gle/kXNjG7to7r2GRCLQ8

Then all of the questions and answers are being compiled in a FAQ document: https://tinyurl.com/r9hnmn5

* To access, students must be logged in under their @students.ocps.net

Attention 8th Grade Eagles!
Two opportunities await you at Freedom High School. Go Patriots!!


Does you LOVE to dance? If YES, this elective class is for you!

Audition Submissions DUE: Friday, May 15th

Audition Choreo & Application Link: tinyurl.com/FHSDanceAuditions2021

* NOTE: Studio experience is NOT a requirement! A love to dance and willingness to work hard is what we are looking for!

Your FHS AVID College Readiness program is looking to add to its ranks students who aim to be COLLEGE SCHOLARS!

2020-21 AVID Application: tinyurl.com/FHSAVIDApp2021

If you have COLLEGIATE DREAMS & seek guidance on how to get there, this elective class is for you! Sign up today!

Student Earth Day Projects (made at home)

Rachel Cuna (8th grade)
Rachel used recycled materials to create this Earth Day project. The materials she used in this project were the top part of a water bottle, an aluminum can tab thing, paper, wood, and cardboard for the mum flower thing in the corner.

Aishwarya Ganapathy (8th grade)
Aishwarya created this Earth Day reminder with items found around her house.

Gabi Santos
Gabi's tree has 5 recyclable items in its construction. The "pot" is made of a juice carton, the "trunk" is made of a paper towel roll, the "leaves" are made of bubble wrap that she painted, the "world" is made of an old styrofoam ball, and the second half of the trunk is made of an old water bottle (the yellow part in the top picture).

OCPS Parent Academy
Recorded links for our parents from the April 23 online presentation of the event "Get Switched On"
Closing Images for this Week . . .  
Spirit Week Highlights: Theme = "Versus Week"

Time to celebrate all of the fun days and amazing participation from our 4th spirit week: Versus Week!

** All images shared on our social media; these are only a few examples **

Monday: Marvel took it over DC!
Ms. Pratt, Ms. Renuart, Parent Patricia Fernandes, Ms. Heinl's son Camden, Ms. Moye, Ms. Daniels, Isabella Llaneras (7th), Eva Schischa (6th), Katie Schischa (6th), Ms. Durgin

Tuesday: Heroes beat out villains!
Ms. Ellis, Lizzie Sanderson (8th), Layla Turkmany (6th), Ms. Spilker, Cieara Sukhu (8th), Ms. DeLuca


Wednesday: The 90s dominated over the 80s!
Ms. Hernandez, Jacob Kesten (7th), Ms. Dominguez with Manny, Ms. Maluchnik, Erica Blue (7th), Mr. Solomons, Coach Coogle

Thursday: Cartoon Network just barely beat out Nickelodeon!
Ms. Chacon with her son Ollie, Ms. Rokaw with Amelia, Ms. Lebron, Hector DeLuca

Friday: It was a tie between movies and tv shows -- we love them both!
Ms. Davis, Sharanya Chatterjee (8th), Nathan Fisher (7th)

 Eagles, please remember our wonderful teachers and staff this week!
Ms. Moukaddam, Principal
Hunter's Creek Middle School
Sunday, May 3, 2020

Leadership Team

* Principal: Joumana Moukaddam joumana.moukaddam@ocps.net
* Assistant Principal: Liesl Hernandez liesl.hernandez@ocps.net
* Assistant Principal: Jessica Swain jessica.swain@ocps.net
* 8th Grade Administrative Dean: Shedrick Copeland shedrick.copeland@ocps.net  
* 8th Grade Counselor: Kelly Armstrong kelly.armstrong@ocps.net
* 7th Grade Administrative Dean: Joquetta Carter joquetta.carter@ocps.net
* 7th Grade Counselor: Sejal Shah sejal.shah@ocps.net
* 6th Grade Administrative Dean: Dominic Golia dominic.golia@ocps.net
* 6th Grade Counselor: Joel Anderson joel.anderson@ocps.net
* Librarian: Kellee Moye kellee.moye@ocps.net


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