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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, December 9, 2019

The most wonderful time of the year is almost here! I am not sure whether it is just me or it is also everybody else experiencing how fast this year is going by!

At HCMS, our committed, proactive and vibrant family of amazing teachers, staff, students, parents and community members are certainly making sure that every minute counts to soar and accomplish great successes.

I am very proud to highlight in this edition our HCMS Spanish Spelling Bee Winners, 8th grade Students of the Week, Teachers and Support Persons of the Month, our incredibly talented Eagles, Raida Nowreen with her breathtaking extraordinary art work and Sharanya Chatterjee (we are so proud of her accomplishments and amazed by her brilliance) who was recognized at Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth as one of the brightest students in the world, HCMS Magnet Schools of America Poster Contest Winners, the professional accomplishments of Ms. Berry and Mrs. Moye, our outstanding Chorus and Junior Thespian students and their teachers Ms. Davis and Mr. Larkin, our own newly formed HCMS Cheerleading Squad led by Mrs. Carter, Ms. Maluchnik, and Ms. Lebron, our annual HCMS Multicultural Night which was such an amazing event thanks to Mrs. Dominguez and our ESOL Department teachers and staff, our Girls and Boys Volleyball Teams making the District playoffs thanks to their coaches Mrs. Quiles and Mr. Solomons; and of course, last but not least, our generous and giving parents and community members who took part in Teach-In and made it a huge success at HCMS. My list is endless and I am grateful for our Eagle Family.

Now that we only have two more weeks before the Winter Break, let's make every minute count academically!

Before the end of the semester, the students will be taking the mid-year i-Ready progress monitoring assessment, semester exams in PE, Project Lead the Way and Learning Strategies. They will also be taking performance assessments in Algebra, Civics, Geometry and 8th grade Science. There is time for them to make up all their missing coursework before the semester is over. Students can take advantage of the next Amnesty Saturday scheduled for December 14th.
Parents, please take the time to encourage our Eagles to stay focused over these final 10 school days of the quarter & semester. Thank you and have a wonderful week!

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

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Pictured very top: The HCMS Spanish Spelling Bee Winners: 1st place winner is Miguel Palacios, 2nd place is Paula Hernández, and 3rd place is Sofía Andrade.
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Upcoming Events
Monday, December 9th: SAC Meeting 5pm, Library
Monday, December 9th: Volleyball Playoffs 5:30pm, Girls - Home & Boys - Blankner
Tuesday, December 10th: Guitar Concert 6:30pm, Cafeteria
Wednesday, December 11th: Potential Volleyball Post-Season, TBD
Thursday, December 12th: OCPS Virtual Parent Academy - "What is Your E.I.?" - Online from 6pm to 7pm - Online registration
Thursday, December 12th: Orchestra Concert 6:30pm, Cafeteria
Saturday, December 14th: Amnesty Saturday
Monday, December 16th: Potential Volleyball Post-Season, TBD
Tuesday, December 17th through Thursday, December 19th: Piano Recitals, 8:30am Daily, Cafeteria
Wednesday, December 18th: Potential Volleyball Championships
Friday, December 20th: Pajama Day ($1)
Saturday, December 21st through Monday, January 6th: Winter Break


This year, Orange County Public Schools turns 150! You'll see this commemorative 150th Anniversary flag flying outside our school. And on December 11, many famous landmarks around town will "Go Orange" with us! We hope you'll help us celebrate #OCPS150!

December Testing Calendar

Week of December 2nd: Mid-Year i-Ready Reading Diagnostic in ELA classrooms
Week of December 9th: Mid-Year i-Ready Math Diagnostic in (non-HS) Math Classrooms
December 9th & 10th: Algebra 1 and Calculus Project Geometry PMA (Progress Monitoring Activity)
December 12th & 13th: 7th Grade Civics PMA and 8th Grade Science PMA
December 16th-19th: Block scheduling for PE, PLTW, and Learning Strategies CFE (Common Final Exam)

November Teachers of the Month  
Congratulations to Mrs. Chacon, our 6th grade intervention reading teacher, and Ms. Quiles, Dual Language science teacher!! 

Ms. Chacon was nominated by students for the following reasons (and more!):
  • "She is soooo nice and she is sweet and she is the best teacher in the world."
  • "She is really sweet and she works hard."
  • "Because she helps everyone on their work."
Ms. Quiles was nominated by students for the following reasons (and more!):
  • "She's fun and she has fun methods of teaching!"
  • "She is a very good teacher, and an amazing person. She helps me through my hardest times and gives great advice, and she is also an AMAZING volleyball coach. Ms. Quiles is one of the nicest person I know. She really deserves to be nominated teacher of the month."
  • "Because she is the best and makes my days better."
November Support Staff Person of the Month
Congratulations to Ms. Deocleide Britos, our Portuguese paraprofessional!   

Ms. Britos was nominated by students for the following reasons (and more!):
  • "She is always helping others and she is kind."
  • "Because she is really sweet and she helps a lot."
  • "She helps me with everything, and she is sweet."
Eggbert with Ms. Britos

Students of the Week
Congratulations to our 8th Grade Eagles of the Week (11/18-11/22)!! 

Katherine Sanchez 
Mrs. Pratt would like to nominate Katherine Sanchez for the Excellence award. Katherine works hard in and outside of class and is always willing to put in the extra effort to be a top student in our class. She is maintaining about 100% in math and is steadily improving her Big25 skills. She is a pleasure to teach and well deserving of this recognition.

Abigail Cramer 
I'm nominating Abigail Cramer for student of the week because she demonstrates caring and perseverance in her effort to learn in the classroom, responsibility and excellence in her work, appropriateness and maturity in her relationships with peers and school personnel and a positive attitude in all that she does. 
From left: Katherine Sanchez, Eggbert, Abigail Cramer

Teacher Features
Student Literacy Leader, Angelina Dong, hosts our teacher features for this newsletter with her interviews with Ms. Joanna Sell, guitar and piano teacher, and Mr. Junior Jn-Baptiste, 8th grade science teacher.

Ms. Sell, Guitar and Piano
1. Why did you become a teacher?
Because I had fabulous music teachers growing up.

2. What's your teaching style?
Laid back, but with structure.

3. What is your favorite part of teaching?
Being able to share the love of music.

4. What are your strengths as a teacher?
Good classroom management, but also having fun at the same time.

5. Where would you see yourself in 3 years?
Closer to retirement.  
Mr. Jn-Baptiste, 8th Grade Science
1. Why did you become a teacher?
Originally, I wanted to do something with science like I went to medical school but teaching was something I was good at like helping others, so I gave it a shot after I heard someone who needed science teacher.

2. What's your teaching style?
Inquiry based where students engaged in labs, forming hypotheses and doing experiments because I worked in a research lab before becoming a teacher.

3. What is your favorite part of teaching?
The improvement of the students and the achievements they made.

4. What are your strengths as a teacher?
Since I did lab work before, I bring the science background like the inquiry skill to teaching.

5. Where would you see yourself in 3 years?
Still hoping I'm teaching and improving and more project based learning.

* Please note a correction from the last newsletter
In the 11/24 newsletter, the Student Literacy Leader who interviewed students was mistakenly identified as Monika Awad -- the interviewer in that newsletter was actually Maria Duda Vannucchi Guedes. Apologies for the mistake.

Classroom Spotlights
This month in the HCMS Library Student Gallery, Ms. Hobbs', Ms. Frontanez's, and Ms. Lebron's classes have student work on display.  
Ms. Hobbs's Non-Fiction Cereal Box Book Report

Ms. Lebron's Algebra Stained Glass Windows

Ms. Frontanez's Hispanic Scientists Project

Talented Eagle Artist
Raida Nowreen (Mr. Gomez's art student) 

Raida Nowreen's artwork was chosen to represent Orange County Public Schools in the 2020 Art in the Capitol exhibition. A special thanks to her visual art teacher, Jeffery Gomez, for helping to inspire such an amazing work of art. Her piece will be on display at the Capitol in Tallahassee, FL during the regular legislative session.

Special Student Feature 
Sharanya Chatterjee was honored as one of the brightest students in the world at an international Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) awards ceremony.

Sharanya, a student at Hunter's Creek Middle School, was honored for their exceptional performance on the SAT, ACT, or similar assessment taken as part of the CTY Talent Search. CTY uses above-grade-level testing to identify advanced students from around the world and provide a clear picture of their true academic abilities.

More than 18,000 students in grades two through eight tested through CTY's Talent Search between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019, representing all 50 states and more than 80 countries. More than 2,100 students from this group who scored in the top 12 percent on their test were invited to attend the Grand Ceremony, held on Nov. 23, 2019 at Johns Hopkins University.

"Honorees, today we celebrate the knowledge and perseverance you have demonstrated by taking a test designed for much older students, and achieving a remarkably high score," said Amy Shelton, CTY's Interim Executive Director and Director of Research. "Above all, today we celebrate your potential. In the months and years to come, we hope you'll stay curious, keep challenging yourself, and continue learning and growing as a scholar. Use your talents to do good things in your communities."

At least 40 of the students who tested through CTY's Talent Search between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 achieved a perfect score on the reading or math section of their test. In addition, more than 380 testers under age 13 achieved a score of 700 or higher on the math or verbal section of the SAT, and in turn, qualified for CTY's Julian C. Stanley Study of Exceptional Talent. Students honored at the Nov. 23 ceremony also qualified for CTY's summer, online, and family programs, through which academically advanced students meet and form a community of engaged learners with other bright students from around the world.

Each year, there are more than 9,700 enrollments by bright pre-college students in CTY Summer Programs, held at 25 sites in the United States and Hong Kong on campuses ranging from Johns Hopkins and Princeton to Loyola Marymount and Dominican Universities. In addition, there are more than 15,500 enrollments in CTY Online Programs courses and more than 3,200 enrollments in CTY Family Academic Programs each year.

Magnet Poster Contest
Congratulations to Amy Gomez, Krizia Lopez, and Maria Villalobos for being chosen as our top three posters for the National Magnet School Student Poster Contest. Amy's poster will be moving on to the district level representing HCMS.

Magnet Schools of America (MSA) designates February 2020 as an opportunity to highlight and promote magnet schools across the country. To help celebrate, Magnet Schools of America is sponsoring its 14th Annual National Magnet Schools Student Poster Contest.

Students have the option to express/interpret just one of MSA's pillars OR all five of MSA's pillars: Diversity, Innovative Curriculum and Professional Development, Academic Excellence, High Quality Instructional Systems, & Family and Community Partnerships.

Good luck to Amy as her poster moves on!

Twenty-Five Years of Dedicated Service
Congratulations to Ms. Berry for achieving 25 plus years serving music education! What an accomplishment!
Jeanie will be receiving her award at the FMEA Awards Breakfast, which will be held at the Tampa Convention Center in West Hall (upstairs) on Friday, January 10, 2020 at 7:00 am.

In addition to the invitation to the Awards Breakfast, Ms. Berry will be recognized via a PowerPoint presentation in front of the entire FMEA membership at the General Session immediately following. Here is a BIG SHOUT OUT from your HCMS Family on your Music Education Service accomplishment. WAY TO GO MS. BERRY!

Mrs. Moye Addresses National Teachers Conference 
Congratulations to our teacher-librarian, Kellee Moye, for presenting at the National Council Teachers of English conference. She spoke on Inquiry & Middle Grade novels and another also on the complexity of young adult literature, each with 5 authors and fellow educators.

Mrs. Moye addressing the National Council Teachers of English Conference

Mrs. Moye (center, back row) with other distinguished guests at this year's conference

Eagle Athletics   

Volleyball Teams in District Playoffs this Monday! 
With our volleyball teams' wins before break (Lady Eagles beat Westridge 25-18 and 27-25 while the HCMS boys' volleyball team beat the Warriors 25-8 and 25-10), both of the HCMS volleyball teams have made the playoffs as the #2 seed in our cluster.
Girls Volleyball Cluster B
1. Innovation 7-0
2. Hunter's Creek 6-1
3. Lake Nona 5-2
Boys Volleyball Cluster B
1. Innovation 7-0
2. Hunter's Creek 5-2 (beat Walker head-to-head)
3. Walker 5-2
Both teams are playing this Monday at 5:30! Girls will be playing at home while the Boys will play away at Blankner.

Congratulations to the teams and Coach Solomon's & Coach Quiles! Go Eagles!!

HCMS Cheer Squad 
We are so proud to introduce our HCMS Cheer Squad led by Ms. Carter, Ms. Maluchnik, and Ms. Lebron! Our Cheer squad, along with Eggbert, attend home sporting events to cheer on our Eagles!

HCMS Multicultural Fair  

Our annual HCMS Multicultural Night was such an amazing event - it is wonderful to celebrate our school's cultures and to see arts from different cultures shared. The night was a labor of love of Ms. Dominguez, the dual language teachers & students, Latinos in Action, parents and other volunteers, and many others at HCMS and in our community. Thank you to them and to everyone who came!

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November's Chorus Concert - "Let There Be Music"  

Under the direction of Ms. Davis, chorus performed their fall concert, Let There Be Music. This concert included songs from around the world and ended with all 150 of Ms. Davis' students joining in song for a beautiful finale. Congratulations Ms. Davis and students on an outstanding concert!

Junior Thespians Live 

Congratulations to our Junior Thespians, under the direction of Mr. Larkin, for an outstanding performance last Tuesday! Audience members at Junior Thespians Live enjoyed a super fun night of improv and short comedy sketches, which allowed all the students to showcase how multi-talented they are. Great job Junior Thespians and Mr. Larkin!

Community Support - Teach-In
Thank you to everyone who took part in, helped run, or participated in our 2019 Teach-In!  

HCMS hosted thirteen community members including our own SRO, Deputy Martin (below), for OCPS Teach-In 2019. Our guest speakers came from SeaWorld, Lockheed Martin, iHeartMedia, Sun Child Academy, EVP Marketing and Development, Burger Fi, Bahama Bucks, and the Orange County Sheriff's Office. The students engaged in hands-on STEM activities and learned about various professions that they may have an interest in pursuing in the future.

More photos at 

Neal Shusterman Beanstack Reading Challenge  

To prepare for Neal Shusterman's visit later this school year, 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 (starting 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!

To access Beanstack, log into Launch Pad, search Beanstack, and open the program.
Many Shusterman titles are available in the HCMS Library, Orange County Library System, the Orange County Library Virtual Card (can be accessed through Launchpad), in most teachers' classroom libraries, and at any bookstore.

Monday's Motivational Moment from Our Guidance Team! 
A special "Guidance Corner" message from the desks of Mr. Anderson, Ms. Shah, and Ms. Armstrong . . .   

Happy December Eagle Family!

The Holiday Season has officially begun! Over the next few weeks we will be partaking in the most wonderful time of the year, finishing our last-minute shopping and hosting our friends and families for the holidays. Next thing you know, we will be reigning in the beginning of 2020 where we get to go through a whole new year!

It can be easy to lose track of time as we go through the days of December with the joy (and busyness) that comes with this time of the year. But it's the very concept of time that we want to take a pause and focus on here on the Guidance Corner.

Of all the massive gains that technology has made and the ways that our lives have been made easier than any generation before us, no one has come up with a way to create more time. We still only have 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week. Humankind has yet to invent a way to make the 3-day weekend a permanent part of our calendars or how to shorten those long weeks we all
have from time to time. And with every second, minute, and day that goes by, we lost that time forever, never to get it back. However, it's that scarcity that makes time one of the most valuable possessions that we have. And as we reflect on how we're going to spend our holidays, think about how you will be spending all that time. Be sure to take time to pause from the action of shopping and planning. Enjoy the cooler air, pump out some Christmas songs in the car or reminisce about days of Christmas past. But also remember that our time during this month (and every month) can be enhanced by who we spend that time with. Is there anyone you have not talked to in a while? Give them a call. An old friend that you had a falling out with? Perhaps the time is right to forgive and make things right. After all, these are the days "peace and goodwill toward men."

We all know how quickly time can slip away from us; just ask any teacher when May comes along! Let us ensure that we are not wasting our time with fear or regret, or distracted by what we "have to do." Rather spend that time with joy and hope for ourselves and those around us and investing our most precious gift, time, into those around us who need it the most. Our hope for you Eagle Family during this holiday season is that you remember that amongst all the fun and craziness happening around you, this season is to be enjoyed by the people in your life, not just the things.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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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