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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 Community Brief

Monday, August 22, 2022

Dear Mark,

Thank you for an incredible first one and a half weeks of school. I am grateful to our extremely dedicated teachers and staff and to our amazing parents and students for making the start of this school year a smooth and successful one. Our Eagles and Eagle parents have already learned a lot about the academic expectations, rules and procedures to follow at HCMS.

Parents! Please be patient and follow our safety traffic rules. Students can be dropped off between 8:30 and 9:15 in the morning and can be picked up between 4:00 and 4:30 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; or between 3:00 and 3:30pm on Wednesdays. Please remember that only a right turn is allowed when you exit the school to Town Loop Blvd. Thank you for keeping everyone safe.

We had our first SAC meeting for the year on Monday, 8/15, at 5:00 pm in the Media Center. We were glad to see that more parents are joining us. Our next combined SAC and MPLC (Multilingual Parent Leadership Council) meeting is scheduled for Monday, 9/ 12, at 5:00 pm in the Media Center. Don’t miss out on very important information. Join us!

I am very excited to share with you our new Houses System which is specifically designed to promote cultural and social awareness as well as increase the students’ engagement and sense of belonging. Read more details below.

We have also included in this edition essential beginning of the school year parent information in order to make it easy for you to access through one document. I ask that you read every section in its entirety.

Thank you for your continued support!

Joumana Moukaddam, Principal

Picture above: HCMS Leadership Team

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Dates to Watch For

Tuesday, August 23rd:

FAST ELA #1 (modified bell schedule)

Gay Straight Alliance Interest Meeting 4pm, Library

Wednesday, August 24th:

House Colors Day!

Student Government Association Interest Meeting 9am, B215

Friday, August 26th: FAST Math #2 (modified bell schedule)

Monday, August 29th: Away Soccer Game 5:30pm, Meadow Woods

Wednesday, August 31st:

House Colors Day!

Away Soccer Game 5pm, Walker

Friday, September 2nd: Picture Day! (Purchase flyers have been sent home!)

Monday, September 5th: Labor Day (No school)

Wednesday, September 7th:

House Colors Day!

Home Soccer Game 5pm

Friday, September 9th: First House Meeting (modified bell schedule)

Monday, September 12th:

Future Problem Solvers Informational Meeting 4pm, Library

SAC Meeting & MPLC Meeting 5pm, Library

Home Soccer Game 5:30pm

Wednesday, September 14th:

House Colors Day!

Away Soccer Game 5pm, Innovation

IMPORTANT: Beginning of the year forms!

All can be found at


Emergency Forms

All parents must complete Emergency Student Information forms on an annual basis. We ask that you fill out the form electronically and e-mail it to your student’s first period teacher, or print it in your preferred language, complete it and send it with your student to school. Forms should only be returned to first period teachers.

You can access these forms through the links below:

● Emergency Student Information Form- English

● Emergency Student Information Form- Spanish

● Emergency Student Information Form- Portuguese

Todos los padres deben completar los formularios de información estudiantil de emergencia anualmente. Le pedimos que llene el formulario electrónicamente y lo envíe por correo electrónico al maestro del primer período de su estudiante, o imprímalo en su idioma preferido, complételo y envíelo con su estudiante a la escuela. Los formularios solo deben devolverse a los maestros del primer período.

Puede acceder a estos formularios a través de los siguientes enlaces:

● Formulario de información del estudiante de emergencia - Inglés

● Formulario de información del estudiante de emergencia - Español

● Formulario de información del estudiante de emergencia - portugués

Todos os pais devem preencher os formulários de Informações de Emergência para Estudantes anualmente. Pedimos que você preencha o formulário eletronicamente e envie por e-mail para o professor do primeiro período de seu aluno, ou imprima-o em seu idioma de preferência, preencha-o e envie-o com seu aluno para a escola. Os formulários só devem ser devolvidos aos professores do primeiro período.

Você pode acessar esses formulários através dos links abaixo:

●  Formulário de Informações do Estudante de Emergência - Inglês

●  Formulário de Informações do Estudante de Emergência - Espanhol

●  Formulário de Informações do Estudante de Emergência - Português

Emergency Forms were due 8/19. If you have not turned them in yet, please do so as soon as possible.

Parent Consent Form & OPTIONAL Device Refusal Form

Skyward Online Forms:

• Login to Skyward ( ). If you are a new user you will need to register for access.

• Select “Online Forms” on the left.

• Complete ‘2023 PCF’ (Parental Consent Forms). These forms are required each year.

• The ‘Optional 2023 Device Refusal Form’ only needs to be completed if refusing an OCPS device for your child.

*** A Health Services Consent form is located in the PCF forms. ***

*** This form gives consent for the school nurse to treat your child should they need to go to the clinic. ***

Formulários de consentimento dos pais (Skyward Online Forms):

·  Acesse a Skyward ( ). Novos usuários precisarão se registrar para acessar o site.

·  Selecione "Online Forms" à esquerda.

·  Preencher o "2023 PCF" (Parental Consent Forms). Estes formulários devem ser preenchidos a cada ano letivo.

·  Você só precisa preencher o “Formulário de Recusa de Dispositivo 2023 Opcional” se não quiser que seu filho(a) empreste ou use um dispositivo OCPS.

*** O formulário Consentimento para Serviços de Saúde encontra-se nos formulários do PCF. ***

*** Este formulário dá consentimento para a enfermeira da escola ver seu filho(a) no caso de ele precisar ir à clínica. ***


·  Inicie sesión en Skyward ( ). Los nuevos usuarios deberán registrarse para acceder el sitio.

·  Seleccione "Online Forms" a la izquierda.

·  Completar el "2023 PCF" (formularios de consentimiento de los padres). Es necesario completar estos formularios cada año escolar.

· Sólo necesita completar el “Optional 2023 Device Refusal Form” si no desea que su hijo(a) tome prestado o utilice un dispositivo de OCPS.

*** Un formulario de Consentimiento de Servicios de Salud se encuentra en los formularios PCF. ***

*** Este formulario da el consentimiento para que la enfermera de la escuela atienda a su hijo(a) en caso de que tenga que ir a la clínica. ***

Picture Day on September 2!

Important Parent Information

Please CLICK HERE to read all the information for our Eagle parents. A screenshot of page 1 is below:

Parent & Student Handbook

View our handbook at

Free and Reduced Lunch Application


Prior meal benefit status expires on September 21. Student's status will default to a paid status.

Link for the free/reduced price breakfast and lunch application:

*** The SchoolPay website is how you will pay for everything for school including meals, PE uniforms and more - Please click here for details. ***

Boys & Girls Club: After School Zone

Boys & Girls Club 2022-2023 After-School Zone started Wednesday, August 10, 2022. The club will be running Mondays through Fridays from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm- Wednesdays 3:00 pm to 6:00pm

*** The link to register can be easily located on the HCMS Website under Clubs. If you would like to access the link from the website, please follow these steps (multiple languages).

Eagle Athletics

HCMS offers 4 sports, 1 per quarter: soccer, volleyball, basketball, and track.

To be eligible to play, students must hand in a completed Sports Eligibility Forms. Note that 1 form requires a doctor's signature and stamp.

Sports Physical Forms:

O HCMS oferece 4 esportes, 1 por trimestre: futebol, vôlei, basquete e atletismo.

Para se qualificar para jogar, os alunos devem entregar os Formulários de

Elegibilidade Esportiva preenchidos. Observe que 1 formulário requer assinatura

e carimbo do médico.

Formulários de Elegibilidade Esportiva:

HCMS ofrece 4 deportes, 1 por trimestre: fútbol, voleibol, baloncesto y atletismo.

Para ser elegible para jugar, los estudiantes deben entregar los Formularios de

Elegibilidad Deportiva completo. Tenga en cuenta que 1 formulario del paquete

requiere la firma y el sello de un médico.

Formularios de Elegibilidad Deportiva:

Classroom Spotlight (Week #2)

Ms. DeLuca’s 1st period reading class takes part in a Book Path looking for books to read as their independent choice reading books throughout the year.

Building Community

What a way to start the new academic year! Thank you Mr. Michael Antmann, FHS Band Director, and Mr. Rafael Couret, HCMS Band Director, for a wonderful Freedom High School Band Pep Rally at Hunter’s Creek Middle School during the first week of school!


HCMS is implementing a House System this year!

A House System allows us to build relationships and community along with having fun through competitions and spirit days!

HCMS Food Rescue Program

This year, HCMS’s Student Literacy Leaders and Ms. Moye have started a Food Rescue Program!! (Shout out to her 1st and 5th period for taking charge of the program!)

At lunch, students may donate their food to a share table to allow other students to grab it if they want. Any food that is not taken by students is stored and donated to the Salvation Army. 

Thursday, August 18th, was the first donation pick-up! HCMS donated 679 items, including fruit, juice, milk, string cheese, and more totaling 204.3 pounds of food for women & children in need!

Welcome New Eagle Faculty & Staff Members!

Meet Mr. Onderick, Language Arts

I was born and raised right here in Orlando, Florida! When I’m not in school, you can usually find me outdoors somewhere kayaking or hiking. I also love both watching and playing sports. Pick a sport, any sport.

I attended Holy Family Catholic School and Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando! After graduating from Dr. Phillips, I attended Florida State University and graduated with a bachelor’s in English.

Since then, I was the Marketing Manager for Dave and Buster’s on International Drive for 6 years. COVID thought tourism marketing was a bad career choice for me, and really had me reconsider my options. I wanted to do something that would make a difference. I wanted to change lives. I am now proud to say I am an English Language Arts teacher at Hunter’s Creek Middle.

I recently moved into Hunter’s Creek this past year, and immediately looked for the best schools in the area. Hunter's Creek Middle consistently earned “A” grades each year, and was also a large factor in why we moved to Hunter's Creek. I wanted to be a part of something special, and I know I found it here.

Meet Ms. Nunez, Science

Meet Ms. McGregor, Reading

I am from Austin, Texas. I graduated from Texas A & M University with a B.S. in Curriculum and Instruction. I have a double major in Reading and English as well. I have a bit of Grad School under my belt, from Texas Woman's University.

I have lived in Florida for about 4 years now.    

Most of my experience is from Texas where I taught for over 30 years. Primarily my experience is in elementary and special education, but I also have secondary experience in 6-9th grade.

I also was in the business world for a while to try something new, in the healthcare field.   

I am excited to be teaching in such a wonderful school this year.

I have one son who is a musician in New York, he is also a producer and has played guitar since he was nine years old. Currently he is touring with a band all over the United States. He has played at Austin City Limits and at the Ryman Theatre in Nashville. He will return to New York in September and continue his work on producing music. I also have three bonus children that live in Orlando and are adults as well, each following their passions and interests.

I advocate for Parkinson's Disease through the Michael J. Fox Foundation and I have been to Washington, D.C. to speak with senators on Capitol Hill.

Meet Ms. Gregory, ESE Co-Teacher & Learning Strategies

Meet Ms. Camacho, SAFE Coordinator

I am from Colombia and I came to the USA in 2000.

My bachelor's degree is in psychology, and I have a Master's Degree in Counseling with an emphasis on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

I've worked as a Targeted Case Manager, Behavior Analyst, and this is my second year as a Safe Coordinator- Mental Health Designee. I am thrilled to be a part of the HCMS family and to be able to help students with their mental health and social/emotional needs.

Meet Ms. Toledo, ESOL Developmental Language Arts & English Language Arts

Meet Ms. Burgess, Mathematics

Meet Ms. Jarque, Science

Hola, HCMS families! My name is Dashelyn Jarque, and I was born and raised in Venezuela but moved to the U.S. in 2002. I graduated from UCF with a Bachelor's in Biology and a Master's in Arts of Teaching. I also have a Master's in Applied Clinical Nutrition from the Northeastern University. I have a beautiful daughter, and we love going to Disney on our days off.

I am excited to be a part of the Eagle community as a teacher and the NJHS advisor.

New to HCMS? Make sure to follow our social media and check out our website!

Parent/Guardian Tech Tip!


During the school year, make sure you utilize Canvas as a great information resource!

During the school year, a Weekly Update is sent as a Global Announcement to each student and observer dashboard each week. This weekly update has the most up-to-date information!

Canvas is also like your student’s binder: You can find messages from teachers, assignments, grades, important information, and more there!

It is critical that families support students by monitoring their progress each week. The best place to do this is in Skyward Family Access. This is the official grade book in Orange County Public Schools. Once inside, pay attention to the number of missing assignments. If these are not submitted it can result in a lower overall grade.

Take Action:

• Set a digital reminder for you and your child to review grades each week.

• Login to the OCPS Parent Portal, enter Skyward Family Access and check the grade book. Watch this short video to learn how.

• Identify missing assignments in the Skyward Grade book. This quick video tip will show you how

• Don't wait for surprises! Set alerts in Canvas Parent to monitor day-to-day progress. This video will show you how on a mobile device. Use this video if using a laptop/desktop computer.

• If you cannot login to the OCPS Parent Portal and enter Skyward Family Access, please submit an OCPS Parent Portal Concerns Form

Get Involved!

Join PTSA!

Parent Teacher Student Association

Through the PTSA, we all work together to enrich the lives of students, teachers and our whole school community. PTSA does many things including hosting events for students and teachers, as well as providing resources to the school which are outside normal district and school budgets.


When you join PTSA, you will have opportunities to get involved in student events, to show support for your children, your students and your school and voice your opinion on future projects, so JOIN TODAY!  

To join, purchase HCMS spirit items, or any other PTSA need, visit their hub at:

You may reach the HCMS PTSA with questions at

Be a part of SAC!

Interested in being part of the HCMS School Advisory Committee? If so, you can join now! Email Ms. Nicole Sims, Assistant Principal, at to join.

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Thank you very much for reading and have a terrific week!

Mrs. Moukaddam, Principal

Hunter's Creek Middle School

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Hunter's Creek Middle School Leadership Team

Principal: Joumana Moukaddam

Assistant Principal of Instruction: Nicole Sims 

Assistant Principal: Rachel Schrimsher 

8th Grade Dean: Joquetta Carter

7th Grade Dean: Shatoya Coogle

6th Grade Dean: Dominic Golia

8th Grade & 7th Grade A-L Guidance Counselor: Kelly Armstrong

6th Grade & 7th Grade M-Z Guidance Counselor: Annikki Merritt

ESOL Compliance & Dual Language Coordinator: Joley Dominguez

Staffing Specialist: Rachel Chase

SAFE Coordinator: Alejandra Camacho

Student Services: Sejal Shah

Librarian: Kellee Moye

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