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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, January 27, 2020

National Literacy Week is this week: January 27th through January 31st. We are trying hard to build our library of multilingual books to engage ALL of our students in reading books.  We would appreciate any donations of age appropriate new or gently used books (in your native language) for our middle school Eagles to read.
In order to celebrate literacy week, we have daily activities scheduled for our students, teachers, administration  and staff to participate in. Please see schedule below.

The Magic Game is only 6 days away! Did you purchase your tickets? Let's support our HCMS Notables and Eaglets as they perform during the Miami Heat vs. Orlando Magic game on Saturday, February 1st. I hope to see everyone there.

HCMS Parents! Your opinion highly matters. It's that time of year to fill out our anonymous Annual Parent Survey. Please take the time to complete the survey and provide us with your feedback. Your feedback and the combined results of the surveys are closely reviewed to assist us with our ongoing school improvement efforts.

We have added to this edition the Skyward parent and student login data. This is a great way to keep track of your student's academic progress and support their efforts to keep up with their assignments and studies. Our goal remains to keep 100% of our Eagle parents fully informed. Please let us know if you have any difficulties accessing your Skyward account.

Thank you for your continued support.

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

Pictured very top: Up! Up and Away it Flew! Students in Mr. Baptiste's Science class designed hot air balloons (see story below)

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Upcoming Events
Monday, January 27th: Literacy Week Book Award Watch Party 8am, Library
Wednesday, January 29th: Away Basketball Game at Walker Middle School, 5pm
Thursday, January 30th: Literacy Week Character Dress UP Day,
Friday, January 31st: Literacy Week Breakfast Book Swap 8:30am, Library; HCMS School Spelling Bee; All-County Guitar; Last Day of Shusterman Reading Challenge AND OCPS Winter Reading Challenge!
Saturday, February 1st: Orlando Magic School Spirit Night

There are still tickets available, but they are going fast! Don't miss out!

Monday, February 3rd: Home Basketball Game vs. Lake Nona, 5:30pm
Wednesday, February 4th: Mental Emotional Health Education Lesson 1; Home Basketball Game vs. South Creek, 5pm
Friday, February 7th: Valentine's Dance, 5pm-7pm
Saturday, February 8th: Amnesty Saturday
Tuesday, February 11th: 6th Grade Field Trip

Literacy Week is January 27th through January 31st!

Celebrate Literacy Week 

Amnesty & Course Recovery Saturdays 

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
Student Planners Required  

HCMS is now requiring students to have a paper student planner for the second semester (not requiring a specific format for this year) as a way for them to keep track of their assignments.

Students will copy down assignments every day once they enter every classroom.

Students of the Week! 
Congratulations to our 6th grade Students of the Week for the week of January 13th!!! 

Nohara, Eggbert, and Manuel

Manuel Bitar: Manuel is one of the most caring and respectful students I have ever had the pleasure of teaching. He's in my 7th period class, and when the dismissal bell rings and everyone is in a hurry to leave, Manuel stays behind every single day and makes sure that all of my chairs are pushed in and that everything is put back in place. I have never asked him to stay behind to help. He does this on his own accord, and it is so thoughtful. Not only is he extremely helpful, but he takes initiative with his schoolwork and asks questions when he doesn't understand something. I love having Manuel in my class, and because of his selflessness, he should deserves to be Student of the Month.

Nohara Rodriguez: Nohara always gives 100% and comes in early for extra help if she doesn't understand something. She takes the initiative to monitor her progress regularly and has mastered all of our Math concepts.
Teacher Feature  

Student Literacy Leader Paola Mendez Betances hosts our teacher features for this newsletter with her interviews with Ms. Durgin, 7th grade language arts teacher, and Ms. Ennion, 8th grade history teacher.
Paola with Ms. Durgin
1. What inspired you to teach Language Arts?
I had some very good teachers who helped me understand some difficult teachers. I know that I wouldn't have gotten the same thing out of those books without their help and I wanted to help students like they helped me.

2. What is your favorite part about teaching?
I like seeing when a student finds that they get something that they didn't understand before. I really like when they get excited about a book they are reading.

3. When you were a kid, what did you think you would become as an adult?
I thought I was going to be a killer whale trainer.

4. What is a hobby that you have, that people wouldn't expect you to have?
I collect Pop Funkos and like to draw.

5. As a teacher, what do you hope for your students and their futures?
I hope that students understand how powerful it is to know how to write well and to use reading to connect to other people.

Paola with Ms. Ennion
1. What inspired you to teach History?
I love history and getting to work in this field, teaching history made sense to me. I get to teach new things to students who are getting to learn parts of history, which is exciting.

2. What is your favorite part about teaching?
The students. Getting to know my students and seeing them grow makes my job enjoyable.

3. When you were a kid, what did you think you would become as an adult?
In high school I wanted to be a sports medicine doctor.

4. What is a hobby that you have, that people wouldn't expect you to have?
I'm in a bowling league every Thursday night.

5. As a teacher, what do you hope for your students and their futures?
I hope that they're not afraid to make mistakes, because its all about how you learn from your mistakes and pull yourself out of them. I don't want them to think it's the end of the world if something doesn't go their way.    

HCMS: A Forever Home
A new feature in the newsletter for the next few months is a focus on past HCMS students who have returned to be an employee at the school.   

Today's featured Forever Eagle is Abby Armstrong.

2006 vs. 2020

1. When were you a student at HCMS? Are any of your teachers still here and what is your favorite memory from your time here?
I was at HCMS from 2006-2009. The teachers I had that are still here are: Ms. Moye, Ms. Nicosia, Mr. Copeland, Coach Torborg, and Coach Friday. My favorite memory is when I went to Breakfast of Champions as a 7th grader because I had straight A's.

2. Why did you decide to return to HCMS?
I love working with kids! I want to become an OCPS math teacher in the future, so when this job opened up, I jumped on it in hopes of getting experience.

3. What has it been like coming back to your middle school as staff member?
It's been awesome. I've loved every moment although it is a little weird because my teachers are co-workers of mine now. But I love working with them!

Classroom Spotlight  

7th Grade Language Arts with Ms. Rokaw
Last week in Ms. Rokaw's 7th grade language arts classes, students worked together in small groups to compare and contrast two texts using the bubble map method, considering the author's point of view and purpose as well as information gathered from the texts over prior close reads.

Science with Mr. Baptiste
In Mr. Baptiste's science classes, students got a hands-on chance to learn about physics and engineering by creating and testing hot air balloons.

Student Health & Safety
A reminder from our School Resource Officer, Deputy Martin . . .  

Students are required by Florida law to wear a bicycle helmet. A law enforcement officer can issue a citation (ticket) for $62.50 to any student violating any bicycle law.

Deputy Martin of the Orange County Sheriff's Office

Professional Development
Fully Engaged in Literacy Across the Content Area Rotation Stations   
HCMS teachers participated in literacy activities set up in rotation stations. The collaboration and sharing of information leads into additional engaging literacy activities taking place in every classroom on a daily basis. Our amazing dedicated Eagles' teachers enjoyed the learning and are asking for more!

Spreading the Dream
On January 10th, 26 selected 7th grade students attended Spreading the Dream performed by the African American Council of Christian Clergy of Central Florida at the Dr. Phillips Center. 

This event is part of the Orange County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. initiative. In the spirit of bringing the message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to unincorporated areas of Orange County and surrounding communities, Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings has created the first Orange County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Initiative. Dr. King's lifelong commitment to civil rights, nonviolence, and justice for all remains promising in today's society. Through inclusiveness and collaboration, this initiative will commemorate his work and legacy for years to come.

2020 All-State Music Conference in Tampa 

Congratulations again to all of our All State Music student representatives: Ana Varas, Sharanya Chatterjee, and Zixian (Honey) Chen!

Ms. Sell also represented HCMS at the 2020 All-State Music Conference! She presented a session with other music educators on how to sustain a music program when on maternity leave. What an important and fantastic topic - Congratulations Ms. Sell!

OCPS Annual Stellar Awards
Our Teacher of the Year, Ms. Lebron, and our Support Person of the Year, Ms. Shilling, were honored at the OCPS Stellar Awards on January 10th! 

2019-2020 Yearbook
Presenting the 2019-2020 HCMS Yearbook cover! 

The cover is presented to you as we are kicking off a Yearbook preorder drive. If you order the yearbook before Friday, January 31, your student will be entered into a raffle for one of five $10 Target giftcards! Yearbooks can be ordered using the Lifetouch order form going home or at

(Yes, any yearbooks that have already been ordered will count towards the raffle.)

Friendly reminder: The price goes up $5.00 after pre-orders, and we run out of yearbooks yearly - if you hope to receive one, now is the time to order!

Eagle Bucks  

HCMS Eagle Bucks have landed! As of January 21st, Hunter's Creek faculty & staff may award students for EAGLE behavior with Eagle Bucks. These Eagle Bucks can then be redeemed at the Eagle Bucks Boutique on available Fridays in the morning and during lunches.

ID Requirement 

IDs are required at HCMS. If you do not have an ID and need to buy a replacement, go on School Pay and pay $1 for a replacement ID. Replacement IDs are delivered every Friday.

Eagle Vital Signs . . .  

Last week only 5.4% of our parents & guardians logged into the new Skyward student information system . . .

. . . while over the same period 92.7% of our Eagles went online to use the system.

Closing Images of the Week & Motivational Moment! 


Once, there was an older man who was flat broke, living in a tiny house and owning a beat up car. He was living off of $99 social security checks. At 65 years of age, he decide things had to change. So he thought about what he had to offer. His friends raved about his chicken recipe. He decided that this was his best shot at making a change.

He left Kentucky and traveled to different states trying to sell his secret recipe. He told restaurant owners that he had a mouthwatering chicken recipe. He offered the recipe to them for free, just asking for a small percentage on the items sold.  
Sounds like a good deal, right? Unfortunately, not such a good deal to most of the restaurants. He heard NO hundreds times to his face. But the old man had an absolute unwillingness to never give up. He never stopped striving for success. It took time, but after nearly 1,000 attempts one restaurant finally said okay.  He then really hit the road selling his recipe to restaurant operators, sometimes sleeping in his car and always sealing deals with a handshake.
Who was this man who later in life refused to be denied? You know of him ... Colonel Harland Sanders and he changed the way Americans eat chicken. Kentucky Fried Chicken, popularly known as KFC, was his idea. And today, with KFC franchises in 33 countries, the Colonel's face on its logo is the most recognizable aspect of the restaurants in any language.

The lesson for our Eagles? Remember, never give up. Always believe in yourself in spite of rejection. You can and will eventually succeed!    

Ms. Moukaddam, Principal
Hunter's Creek Middle School
Monday, January 27, 2020

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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