Hunter's Creek Middle School
Monday, April 20, 2020
We miss you all so much! Immediately below is an important message from your teachers, coaches, administration, and staff that shows that you are in our hearts and thoughts.
Hunter's Creek Middle School
Pictured very top: Flyer made by Maria Segovia.
A Special Message for Our Students
We miss our amazing and brave students, and we are thinking about you! Remember, you are capable of fantastic things! Don't let anything stop you or keep you from succeeding because you are smart, fearless, awesome, creative, strong, wonderful, persistent, tough, soaring Eagles! We miss you so much and are always here for you!
Please take care, and stay safe at home! We hope to see you soon!
Your HCMS Teachers, Admin., and Staff!
Important Dates / Social Media
Until May 1st:
Please follow HCMS's social media
for up to date information about upcoming events as things are changing often.
|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:
Sbahi Lana: I am nominating Lana for being very active in the science BBB conferences and for submitting all her assignments on time. -Ms. Chiomadzi
- Maelynn Antel: Maelynn has a kind and giving heart and she always gives 110% on all her assignments. She also shows great leadership skills in my science class. I am honored to be her science teacher! -Mr. Baptiste
- Victoria Sutherland: Victoria is responsible and respectful. She's an outstanding student, both in the classroom and online. -Ms. Gooden
- Valentina Morales Stakun: Valentina did a fantastic job communicating with me during our first week of online instruction. She asked great questions and was able to communicate very efficiently about her math work. -Ms. Smith
- Carolina Sotomayor: Carolina has been working so hard on keeping in contact and staying up to date on her work. I am so proud of her above-and-beyond effort to make sure she keeps her teachers up to date! -Ms. Rokaw
- Angelica Gonzalez-Nunez: Angelica attends office hours consistently and makes the effort to help others keep on top of my and other classes. She has been working hard and I am SO PROUD of all her work! -Ms. Rokaw
- Kumar Chakraborty: Kumar has been working so hard during this time. He has been dedicated to class, on top of his work, and always ready to help others during virtual office hours! I am so proud of how dedicated he has been to our class this last week. -Ms. Rokaw
- Sebastian Hernandez: Sebastian is hard-working and always ready to co tribute to class discussions. His positive attitude and enthusiasm for learning about Civics has also been present during our transition to distance learning. -Ms. Reed
- Benjamin Chen: Ben Chen is nominated for perseverance! He is working hard through digital learning! He makes an effort to join all of my BBB conferences and ask questions. His hard work does not go unrecognized! Keep up the good work, Ben! -Ms. Lebron
- Aishwarya Ganapathy: Aishwarya has attended tutoring every morning to make sure she fully understands the concepts being taught! -Ms. Daniels
- Tatiana Romero: Tatiana has attended tutoring every morning to make sure she fully understands the concepts being taught! -Ms. Daniels
- Sebastian Hernandez Meneses: Sebastian has been extremely helpful in showing me how to utilize BBB to its fullest potential! He has also given useful feedback to help distance learning become even smoother for all students. -Ms. Durgin
- Eva Hernandez: Eva has been awesome during week 1 of Distance Learning. She attends office hours with questions and is keeping up with her assignments! She has been a pleasure to teach all year but this week she has given it her extra effort even though she would rather be in the classroom learning. -Ms. Pratt
- Ariel Keitges: Ariel is on fire! She has completed four programs since November and is staying strong! -Ms. Drake
- Ryan Ortiz: Even though some students have had a tough time adjusting with this new Distance Learning. Ryan has really kept up with his assignments and attends office hours daily. He is very independent and is ahead of the class since we've switched. Way to go Ryan! -Ms. Almousa
- Nathaniel Klaff: Nathaniel has been ON TOP of it in yearbook class not only coming to our BBB but also being an active participant in our discussions and preparations for our end of year newsletter and has turned in all of his work in a timely manner. So proud, Nathaniel! -Mrs. Moye
National Assistant Principals Week: April 6th to April 10th!
Ms. Hernandez and Ms. Swain
We are so lucky to have Ms. Hernandez and Ms. Swain as our Assistant Principals at HCMS! Thank you for all of your hard work and caring for our school and students! Love, your HCMS family!
OCPS Distance Learning Resources: https://www.ocps.net/cms/One.aspx?portalId=54703&pageId=1404923%20
Additional OCPS Distance Learning Resources:
Free webinars to help with distance learning: http://www.fdlrs.org/
Orange County Residence Resources:
Parent/Guardian Launchpad Login Page: https://parents.classlink.com/ocps
Teacher/Staff Office Hours: CLICK HERE
Click HERE to view the iReady Challenge & HERE to view the iReady Raffle
Don't forget to log in Beanstack for the March Challenge: Spring Into Read
(Don't know how to use Beanstack? Click HERE for information!
Canvas has so many tools to help students stay organized. View this video posted on Facebook last week to see these tools: https://bit.ly/2Rmubmt
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 Google account)
Mrs. Moye's Memo: Week Two
Through Literacy classes (language arts and reading) students are receiving Mrs. Moye Memos which each include useful information. The second week can be accessed at:
** Google Drive must be logged in with students' @students.ocps.net addresses to access.
Online Spring Book Fair
Help our school library and get some great books -- a win-win!
Our Spring Scholastic Book Fair will be completely online this year! Please visit https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/hcmsonlinebookfair to order!
* Shipping free to homes with over $25 spent on books!
Tips to a Successful Distance Learning Experience
By Isaias Garcia
Tips on how to succeed in distance learning:
And . . . make sure to check Canvas every day!
- Create your own schedule for the day
- Make sure to put in breaks into your schedule
- Make sure that you have a open space to do all your work and that you are comfortable
- Before you start working make sure you have all the tools that you need to succeed
- Make sure you know when your assignments are due; keep a calendar of all of the due dates or use the Canvas Calendar
- Utilize your teachers' office hours when needed and ask any questions you need to
Keep Yourself Busy While Quarantining
By Jordan Klinkbeil, Samia Rahman, Brooke Ashcraft, Beatriz Salim
We know how this whole quarantine is affecting all of us because this whole situation is very sad and scary. To keep your mental health positive, keep yourself busy and do positive things. During this time think how much you can do! Use this time to give yourself a break from the stress of everyday life, and really just focus on your well being and health. So use all this time wisely and stay safe!
Here are some positive things you can do to keep yourself busy and that might lessen your boredom for a while.
- Rearrange your room
- Learn how to do yoga
- Take an online dance class
- Try out new recipes such as making whipped coffee
- Facetime your friends or reach out to people you haven't talked to in a while
- Try a new board/video game
- Learn a new language (try DuoLingo!)
- Draw a self portrait
- Watch movies
- Find a new hobby to try out
- Catch up on sleep
- Do chores
- Ask your parent/guardian how you can help them
- Practice skills on Khan Academy, IXL, or iReady
- Listen to music
- Do your classwork
- Learn a new instrument or practice one you already play
- Indoor picnic
- Build a fort
- Write a letter
- Complete a puzzle
- Home karaoke
- Start a virtual book club
By Jordan Klinkbeil and Angelina Dong
Many authors are doing read alouds virtually because they too are quarantined. This is a great way to pass time because even though being quarantined at home, you should still definitely find time to read! Visit
to see online read alouds available (and other things you can do online!).
If you aren't interested or can't get to the read alouds, you can always find a new book to read. Below are some personal favorite series recommended by us!
- Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard
- School for Good and Evil series by Soman Chainani
- Warcross duology by Marie Lu
- The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer
- All Fall Down series by Ally Carter
- Cinder series by Marissa Meyer
- Renegades series by Marissa MeyerHarry Potter by J.K. Rowling
- The Lightning Thief series by Rick Riordan
- Smile series by Raina Telgemeier
- Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
- Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
- The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
- The False Prince series by Jennifer Nielson
- The City of Ember series by Jeanne DuPrau
And if you are looking for a book that isn't a series, how about:
- Savvy by Ingrid Laws
- Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
- The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart
- Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell
Two yummy recipes to Try by Youssef Agcham
While quarantined, why not make some dessert or easy food for the fam?
Oreo Mug Cake
You will only need 6 Oreos and 2 ounces of milk. Then you smash the Oreos in the mug and once it starts to thicken with the milk you put it in the microwave for 60 seconds with a cool down of 30 seconds so it doesn't burn.
Yum Yum Sauce
First you will need about 3-4 spoonfuls of mayonnaise. Then, you will need about 3 squirts of ketchup, 1/4 cup of water, and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Then add spices: 1 tablespoon of garlic powder, one tablespoon of Paprika, 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Then mix until it's all not mushy and flat and liquid like. Then just add a teaspoon of onion powder and voila YUM YUM SAUCE!
Hope you all enjoy the recipes!
HOME SCAVENGER HUNT!
By Skye Martin
I hope everyone is safe and doing good throughout this quarantine. I hope everyone is staying productive and that's why I'm here to give some fun ideas on how to exercise during the quarantine and even at home. Some fun ways to exercise at home could be:
There are plenty of more fun ways to stay healthy and productive during this quarantine, but make sure you are also having fun!
- Going on a bike ride
- Jumping on a trampoline
- Jump roping
- Hula hooping
- Walking up and down the stairs
- Even walking your dog
by Nitya Anthireddy
Ways to become stress-free and relaxed:
- Visualize (visualize goals and your happy places, etc.)
- Do aromatherapy (find soothing scents and keep them near you.)
- Listen to music (whether it be calm or super upbeat; listen to whatever makes you feel good).
- Draw or doodle or color; this helps you just be more calm and relaxed because you're focusing on something not super stressful. You can have fun with it. (Maybe even challenge yourself to a hard drawing where you can spend a lot of free time on it.)
- Write anything and everything on your mind on a piece of paper (your mind won't be all cluttered, and you will feel more capable.)
Looking on the Bright Side!!
By Monika Awad, Aneesah Fareeduddin, Amy Calvo, Melanie Sanchez
We all have heard the news and how the death toll keeps going up, but there isn't much coverage on the benefits of humans quarantining around the planet. Negativity is like dirty air. At some point you're gonna need to breathe. So, through all the horrible things being caused by COVID-19 coronavirus, here are some things to filter out your air:
1. Our planet is slowly healing. When big companies and manufacturers shut down their systems, the air pollution levels sink. That's exactly what's happening right now. Our atmosphere and even our waters are starting to clear up because the world as a whole has reduced the production of greenhouse gases. In places like Vienna, Italy you can now see through the canals' water which was previously horribly polluted. https://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/coronavirus-shutdowns-have-unintended-climate-benefits-n1161921
2. It is forcing the government to reevaluate what is important! It is really bringing poverty to light and showing how the economy needs to be rebalanced.
3. It is highlighting a lot of good in the world. For example, many authors are doing free read alouds, celebrities are giving money to those in need, and normal every day Americans are doing whatever they can to help others. Also, Although there are panic buyers who seem to forget there are elderly, stores have found an idea to fix it. During certain hours, the store is closed and only seniors can come in and purchase their essentials. This has helped so many unstress in a time of panic.
4. Science is at work! Australia has two vaccines that are in the testing phase. Canada and the Netherlands are also working on their own possible vaccine and made many breakthroughs.
5. Time. We have all run out of time or didn't have time for really important things in our lives. With events being canceled, we have so much time on our hands! We can always use this time to spend with our family, learn a new skill, or even practice old ones (like reading!).
Being at home may not seem the best, but this quarantine has its positives. We get to spend more time with our families which usually everyone is too busy with work and school. We also start appreciating little things such as our social interaction with others. During this quarantine, there are definitely ups and downs with downs being quite terrifying, so let's celebrate the ups:
Send a picture of you enjoying quarantine to Mrs.Moye at firstname.lastname@example.org, through Canvas Inbox, or join her Remind at https://www.remind.com/join/hcmsmoye, and she will share on social media or in The Eagles' View.
Now with all these positives, that doesn't mean you shouldn't take the virus and quarantine seriously. We just wanted to provide shreds of light in a pit of darkness the world seems to be in. Now . . . wash your hands, do your work, and stay safe!
- "But the hard times are golden cause they all lead to better days." -Ariana Grande
- "Once you choose hope, anything is possible." -Christopher Reeve
- "Light tomorrow with today." -Elizabeth Barrett Browning
- "Rise above the storm and you will find sunshine." -Mario Fernandez
- "The best is yet to be." -Robert Browning
- "Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it." -Charles R. Swindoll
Tips to Keep Safe and Healthy
By Farida Bedair, Serine Majid, Joshua Miller, Sarah Weate
- Wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds often.
- Do no harm--cough sneeze in your arm! Or even better--use a tissue!
- Disinfect surfaces around your home.
- Stay home as much as possible.
- Practice social distancing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.
- If you have to go into public, wear a face mask and gloves.
- If you have to go into public, stay at least 6 feet away from other people.
Easy Way to Make a Mask
By Cooper Boris
- First, cut each side of a t-shirt that you don't really care about all the way to the arm holes.
- Then cut a long strip out of one of the two parts of the t-shirt.
- Now you should have just a long piece of fabric.
- Then cut two rectangles on each side leaving strips on each end.
- There should be a section in the middle where you put your mouth and nose.
- You wrap the flaps around your head and tie.
30 Holidays (you may not know about) to Celebrate at Home in April
By Diego Morales
National Grilled Cheese Day (April 12)
- National Scrabble Day (April 13)
- National Dolphin Day (April 14)
- National Take a Wild Guess Day (April 15)
- National Laundry Day (April 15)
- National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day (April 16)
- National High Five Day (April 16) *but only with those in your house!*
- National Bat Appreciation Day (April 17)
- National Haiku Poetry Day (April 18)
- National Garlic Day (April 19)
- National Hanging Out Day (April 19)
- National Lima Bean Respect Day (April 20)
- National Kindergarten Day (April 21)
- National Jelly Bean Day (April 22)
- World Book Day (April 23)
- National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day (April 23) *this is now every day!*
- National Hairball Awareness Day (April 24)
- National Sense of Smell Day (April 25)
- National Rebuilding Day (April 25)
- National Pretzel Day (April 26)
- National Help a Horse Day (April 26)
- National Devil Dog Day (April 27)
- National Tell a Story Day (April 27)
- National Prime Rib Day (April 27)
- National Superhero Day (April 28) *let's celebrate the health workers out there!*
- National Shrimp Scampi Day (April 29)
- National Zipper Day (April 29)
- Denim Day (April 29)
- National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day (April 30)
- National Bugs Bunny Day (April 30)
Got to Keep Laughing!
From Angelina Dong, Morgan McCarthy, Farida Bedair
In the meantime, to keep your brain busy, here are some mind blowing thoughts:
- Why do noses run but feet smell?
- If you get out of the shower clean why is your towel dirty?
- Why is it called a building if it's already built?
- Why does food get cold and drinks get warm?
Be well and stay safe Eagles!
Hunter's Creek Middle School
Sunday, April 12, 2020
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