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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, February 24, 2020
     

We are already three weeks away from spring break and the end of the third nine-weeks. This means that we will only have twelve more weeks of this academic year to go. Time is flying by!

For your information and planning purposes, below is a table which shows the number of academic days we are away from each state assessment.
 
Eagle parents, stay involved and informed of your student's academic progress. Please log in to Skyward consistently to monitor the grades and call the school to schedule parent teacher conferences.

Don't forget to save the date! Author Neal Shusterman's visit is Thursday, March 5th.


Thank you for your continued support.

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

Pictured very top: Ms. DeLuca's 3rd period students utilize flexible seating while they read Dark Side of Nowhere to prepare for Neal Shusterman's visit on March 5th.

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Upcoming Events
 
Tuesday, February 25th: Mental and Emotional Health Education Day, Neal Shusterman Preorders due (see Canvas Inbox message sent on 2/18)
Wednesday, February 26th: Dual Language Gallery Walk 6pm
Thursday, February 27th: Mental and Emotional Health Education Day, Drama 1-2-3
Wednesday, March 4th: HCMS Writes, Long Wednesday! Students release at 3:57pm
Thursday, March 5th: Neal Shusterman Visit!
~ During the day, he'll give a presentation to each grade level and have an invite-only lunch with selected students.
~ SAVE THE DATE!: In the evening, he'll be signing books in the library after school until 5:30pm (and anyone interested is invited to attend!). You can pre-order books using this form ( Neal Shusterman Pre-orders due by 2/25), you can buy books from the vendor that night, or you can bring your own.

Important Testing Dates
 
HCMS Writes - March 4th (Long Wednesday! Students release at 3:57pm)
FSA Writing - April 1st (Long Wednesday! Students release at 3:57pm)
FSA Reading - May 4th & 5th
May 6th - Long Wednesday! Students release at 3:57pm
FSA Math & Algebra/Geometry EOC - May 7th & 8th
7th Grade Civics EOC & 8th Grade Science FCAT - May 11th
Common Final Exams - May 18th through May 21st

Amnesty & Course Recovery Saturdays 



Week of Feb. 3: Students of the Week 

Congratulations to our 8th grade students of the week for the week of 2/3-2/7: Michael Conde & Samma Shouman!

Michael Conde, Eggbert, Samma Shouman

"Michael works well with others and has been taking the time to help students around him in the classroom. He is a positive contribution to our class."

"Samma is a great leader in class and is not afraid to help other students by giving them specific feedback, both positive and constructive, on their work to help them to improve!"

Teacher Feature
Student Literacy Leader Serine Majid hosts our Teacher Features for this edition with her interviews with Ms. Daniels, high school math teacher; and Ms. Nicosia, instructional coach and testing coordinator.     
 
Serine Majid with Ms. Daniels
1. What do you enjoy most about working in this school?
Great colleagues, great students, and being able to do math everyday.

2. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Either still teaching Algebra and Geometry or training service dogs full time.

3. What are your interests or hobbies that you do outside of school?
Training service dogs, running, reading, watching Netflix, and going to UF football games with my family.

4. When a student is giving a LOT of trouble, what have you done to get through to them?
I try to empathize with their situation, help them to understand the consequences of their actions, and, most of all, let them know that I'm there for them.

5. What was the most memorable moment in your life?
The birth of my kids because it's a true blessing.

Serine Majid with Ms. Nicosia
1. What do you enjoy most about working in this school?
The students. I'm here everyday for the kids! I also really enjoy my 8th grade lunch duty.

2. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Still here, at Hunter's Creek, doing what I love to do!

3. What are your interests or hobbies that you do outside of school?
I like shopping on Amazon and spending time with my daughter (we like watching scary movies).

4. When a student is giving a LOT of trouble, what have you done to get through to them?
Sit down and talk to them to find out what's going on.

5. What was the most memorable moment in your life?
The day that I gave birth to my baby girl.

Club Spotlight
Our HCMS Latinos in Actions, led by Ms. Kaidy Reyes, visit Hunter's Creek Elementary School twice a week to tutor future Eagles.  


OCPS Latinos in Action information: "Latinos In Action offers an asset-based approach to bridging the graduation and opportunity gap for our Latino students, working from within our system to create positive change.

Through culturally responsive social and emotional learning, college and career readiness, and interpersonal development, Latinos in Action empowers Latino and other youth who desire to expand their academic performance, leadership skills, and service opportunities, thereby strengthening their community."


Annual Parent Survey
 
Here at HCMS we value your opinion and input. Please click the link below to complete the 2019-2020 parent survey. You can select your preferred language. Thank you in advance!
https://tinyurl.com/2020HCMSParentSurvey

Aqui no HCMS, valorizamos sua opinião. Clique no link abaixo para concluir a pesquisa de pais 2019-2020. Você pode selecionar seu idioma preferido. Agradeço antecipadamente!
https://tinyurl.com/2020HCMSParentSurvey

Aquí en HCMS valoramos su opinión. Opriman el enlace a continuación para completar la encuesta de padres 2019-2020. Pueden seleccionar su idioma preferido. ¡Gracias de antemano!
https://tinyurl.com/2020HCMSParentSurvey

Literacy Week Bookmark & Door Decorating Contests  

We loved celebrating literacy last week and are so excited to share our bookmarks and door decorating contest winners! First, we want to say how hard of a decision it was because all of the doors and bookmarks were so beautiful!

Congratulations to Raida Nowreen for winning the bookmark competition!

Congratulations to Ms. Durgin's students for winning the door decorating contest!

Both are amazing pieces of art!


OCPS Spanish Spelling Bee  

On January 22nd, the OCPS district Spanish Spelling Bee took place! Miguel Palacios and Sofia Andrade represented HCMS, and they did us proud. In the end, Miguel placed 4th in the district! Congratulations to him for this accomplishment and to Sofia for her performance!
 

Future Problem Solvers  

On Wednesday, the Hunter's Creek Future Problem Solvers (FPS), made up of HCMS and HCMS alumni from FHS and WPHS and led by Ms. Kellee Moye & Ms. Stacey Cole, competed at the Central Division Regional competition.

First, congratulations to all that competed as the FPS program is one focused on the 6 step creative problem solving process, research, creativity, and futuristic thinking - this is a big task to take on!

We would like to specifically congratulate four of our teams who were all invited to the Florida Affiliate Competition for their performance today!! These teams are:
  • Middle A (Middle 2nd place): Sophia Acosta, Zoe Li, Vanessa Wojciechowski, Elsa Xia
  • Middle B (Middle 4th place): Ronit Apsingekar, Mateo Bodon, Sharanya Chatterjee, Dylan Hoopingarner
  • Middle D (Middle 5th place): Kumar Chakraborty, Minaya Amaresekera, Alana Ramnarine, Alex Zhang
  • Senior A (Senior 1st place): Ava Acosta, Avery Cuenin, Agneta Peethala
Additionally, three teams were recognized for their presentation of action plan:
  • Junior A: Maria Fareeduddin, Sneha Fernando, Eva Schischa, Katie Schischa
  • Middle B: Ronit Apsingekar, Mateo Bodon, Sharanya Chatterjee, Dylan Hoopingarner
  • Senior A: Ava Acosta, Avery Cuenin, Ageta Peethala
Other competitors included:
  • Middle C: Stuthi Baskar, Aneesah Fareeduddin, Bevin Fernando, Smit Gupta
  • Middle E: Nitya Anthireddy, Linuka Hewagama, Henrique Ribeiro, Lisa Wojciechowski
  • Middle F: Shreya Baskar, Aishwarya Ganapathy, Jacob Kesten, Mason Sell
Finally, Ms. Moye and Ms. Cole would like to thank the twelve parents who volunteered as evaluators and monitors for the competition as well - it takes a village, and they couldn't do it without you!

Now, onto the Florida Affiliate competition!

IMPACT Teachers! 

Congratulations to the following HCMS teachers for participating in the OCPS Curriculum and Digital Learning and completing the 2019-2020 IMPACT professional learning series: Ms. Kim Durgin, Mr. James Solomons, Ms. Vonyae Reed, Ms. Denise Amell, and Ms. Linda Rasmussen. (Not pictured: Ms. Durgin)
 

Dual Language Eagles at the Animal Kingdom 


Dual Language students visited the Animal Kingdom on Friday February 7 as an educational field trip under the theme of "Classroom Without Walls."

For Spanish class, they wrote a small essay in Spanish about their experience on the field trip and what they learned about different cultures. For science, they took pictures about ecosystems to complete a project in class.
 
National Counseling Week Breakfast 

Ms. Moukaddam celebrated our Student Services team at a National Counseling Week breakfast this month. Thank you Ms. Shah, Ms. Angoy, Ms. Armstrong, and Mr. Anderson for always being there for our students!


Drama Donations  
 
The HCMS Junior Thespians are proud to announce that 100% of all of the ticket sales, and any additional donations, from our February 27th show, Drama 1-2-3, will be donated to the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, formerly the ASPCA, a no-kill animal shelter on Conroy Road in Orlando. 
 
Orchestra Solo & Ensemble 
 
Hunter's Creek did very well at the Orchestra Solo and Ensemble! Please congratulate the following students on their Superior rated performances: 
 
* Sneha Fernando
* Julia Wang
* Cooper Stutler
* Zixian (Honey) Chen
* Sharanya Chatterjee

Chorus Performs for the Community 

HCMS Chorus students, from beginning, treble, and Eagles chorus, visited Spring Hill Retirement Home recently to entertain the residents with a variety of songs.


SAC Spotlight   

Thank you HCMS SAC Members for a great Community SAC Meeting at our community high school, Freedom High School! You are amazing!
 

All-County Guitar  


The following guitar students represented HCMS at the All County Guitar concert at Winter Park High School:
  • Maelynn Antel
  • Jose Baez
  • Melissa Crespilho
  • Marisol Herrero
  • Isabelle Lugo
  • Grace Polizzi
Congratulations to these six Eagles on their acceptance and wonderful performance!

HCMS Library Student Gallery  
Featuring the art of Mr. Gomez's students! 


Neal Shusterman Visit 

On March 5th, award-winning author Neal Shusterman will be visiting HCMS! Many students have already begun reading his novels, and our goal is to have every student read at least one.

Having an author visit is going to be a tradition that we hope to follow for many years here at HCMS! If you would like to donate to our literacy fund to help support this visit and book purchases, donations can be made at click here. Thank you for all of your literacy support!
 
Also, as mentioned above, anyone interested is invited to come after school (4:30pm-5:30pm) to purchase Neal Shusterman books and get them signed!

Eagle Vital Signs   

Last week only 5.3% of our parents checked on student progress through the Family Access system (Skyward) while . . .


. . . 94.3% of the students did so during the same week.

 

Monday's Motivational Moment
HCMS is proud of Nate!   

Windermere High Student Shows Generous Spirit During the Holidays

Our own Mr. Copeland's son, Nate Copeland, could have accepted a gift of $20 at work but instead gave it back to a single mother and her family.

Parents of teenagers often hear, "Can I have $20 bucks?" So, when this Windermere High School senior returned a check to the sender, his kindness meant more than he would know. You should read this sweet story about his generous act.



Closing Image of the Week . . .
"Joke of the Month" courtesy of Mr. Golia 

 
Make it a great week Eagles!
Ms. Moukaddam, Principal
Hunter's Creek Middle School
Sunday, Feb. 23, 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

 

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