21st Century Digital Learners
OCPS School of Innovation
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13400 Town Loop Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32837
(407) 858-4620
Hunter's Creek Middle School
Monday, March 29, 2021
HCMS Community Member,

Everyone came back from spring break with a renewed energy to finish the year strong. We are happy to welcome back on campus around 45 LaunchEd students who had an instructional model change from LaunchEd to face-to-face learning.

HCMS Eagles continue to soar as we are fast approaching the FSA and EOC testing season. In preparation for testing and to narrow the learning gaps, we have been offering multiple tutoring opportunities for our students in order to support their efforts and ensure their success in ELA, Math and Science. Special invitations to join LaunchEd Tutoring or Eagle Express Tutoring were sent to parents prior to spring break. Amnesty Wednesday tutoring continues for the 4th nine-weeks. Please see dates below and I trust that our students and parents will continue taking advantage of these impactful opportunities. 

We have provided in this edition many testing tips and helpful information to make you aware of what is coming up. Please mark your calendars.

Enjoy the beautiful weather while it lasts and have a great week!

In Eagle Pride,

Joumana Moukaddam
Proud Principal
Hunter's Creek Middle School

Pictured very top: Our School Spanish Spelling Bee finals with top representatives from each DLE class.
Stay Connected
Dates to Watch For
March 31st: Amnesty Wednesday
April 2nd: Breakfast of Champions 8:00-8:45am
April 6th: HCMS Virtual Incoming 6th Grade Night
April 7th: Long Wednesday (dismissal at 3:57pm)
April 8th: FSA Writing Face-to-Face students & all ESE/ELL/504 students
April 9th: FSA Writing LaunchEd students
April 12th: SAC Meeting 5pm
April 13th: ELL Multilingual Parent Leadership Council Meeting (virtual) 6pm
April 19th-20th: 8th Graders Eagle Bucks Cashin In from last school year

Recurring Events:
1) Every Monday 4:30-6pm: Free Curbside Meal Pick Up (in the bus loop)
** The USDA has extended the deadline to allow all children aged 18 years and younger to receive meals at no charge until August 2021!**

2) Every Thursday 8-8:30am, 10-11am, 2-3pm: LaunchEd Curbside Library Pick Up (View Procedures for more information)
Recurring Events
1) Every Monday 4:30-6pm: Free Curbside Meal Pick Up (in the bus loop)
** The USDA has extended the deadline to allow all children aged 18 years and younger to receive meals at no charge until August 2021!**

2) Every Thursday 8-8:30am, 10-11am, 2-3pm: LaunchEd Curbside Library Pick Up (View Procedures for more information)
Upcoming Testing Calendar
For planning purposes, we wanted to share the tentative state test dates. State testing will take place on campus:

FSA Writing Face-to-Face & ALL ESE/ELL/504 Students: Apr 8th AM
FSA Writing Rest of LaunchEd: Apr 9th AM
FSA Reading Day 1 All Face-to-Face & All ESE/ELL/504 Students: May 3rd AM
FSA Reading Day 1 Rest of LaunchEd: May 3rd PM
FSA Reading Day 2 All Face-to-Face & All ESE/ELL/504 Students: May 4th AM
FSA Reading Day 2 Rest of LaunchEd: May 4th PM
FSA Math Day 1 All Face-to-Face & All ESE/ELL/504 Students: May 6th AM
FSA Math Day 1 Rest of LaunchEd: May 6th PM
EOC Algebra & Geometry Day 1 Face-to-Face (only Face-to-Face): May 6th AM
FSA Math Day 2 All Face-to-Face & All ESE/ELL/504 Students: May 7th AM
FSA Math Day 2 Rest of LaunchEd: May 7th PM
FSA Algebra & Geometry Day 2 Face-to-Face (only Face-to-Face): May 7th AM
Civics (7th grade only, more information to come!): May 10th
Science (8th grade only, more information to come!): May 10th
FSA Algebra & Geometry Day 1 ALL LaunchEd: May 11th AM
FSA Algebra & Geometry Day 2 ALL LaunchEd: May 12th AM
Make Up for ALL Tests: May 13th - 14th
On Testing Days:
On testing days, it is important that your student is on time to school and remains in school for the entire day. Although most tests should be done by lunch, technology issues can occur to extend testing times.

Here are some tips on what to bring on testing days:
  • Make sure you charge your laptop each night! And remember to bring your charger (labeled with your name!) on each testing day.
  • All students should have plug-in, wired headphones to use on every testing day.
  • You are welcome to bring your own #2 pencil though one will be provided if you do not.
  • Face-to-Face ESOL students: Make sure to bring your translation dictionary to all testing days.
  • LaunchEd ESOL students: If you own a translation dictionary, feel free to bring it on testing days; if not, one will be supplied.
  • You may also bring a bottle of water if you’d like.
For additional resources and information about the state tests, visit: https://fsassessments.org/students-and-families/practice-tests/studentpowerpoints.stml
Date Change
We are sad to announce that our 2021 author, Nathan Hale, will have to be postponed because of the COVID pandemic.

Sixth and 7th graders will be able to see him when he visits next year, and we want to make sure 8th graders are invited as well if they'd like to attend. If you are interested in making sure you are invited to a Nathan Hale presentation next year, please fill out Mrs. Moye's Google Form: https://forms.gle/hA8YVWzK2Gr3REvr6.
Vaccines for Rising 7th Graders
Only 70% of our rising 7th graders have the Tdap vaccine required for 7th grade. We have about 115 students that still need to be vaccinated by the time school starts back up in August. Please email your student’s updated vaccine certificate to: 126137@ocps.net
Teacher of the Month
Congratulations to our February Teacher of the Month, Ms. Astrid Quiles, 8th grade science teacher!
Here are some of the kind things students said about Ms. Quiles:
  • “She is such a good teacher, she helps us in everything she can do”
  • "Mrs.Quiles is an amazing teacher who is super fun to be around and makes learning fun”
  • “Because she is very cool and explains everything amazingly”

Congratulations again!
Support People of the Month
Congratulations to our Support People of the Month for February, Ms. Shilling, front desk clerk, & Ms. Britos, ESOL Paraprofessional!
Here are some of the kind things said about Ms. Shilling:
  • “She is nice and helps a lot of people out”
  • “I've known her since 6th grade and she is very nice”
Here are some kind things said about Ms. Britos:
  • “She is nice and is always there for students”
  • “Because she is the best”

Congratulations to you both!
CHEER Spotlight Staff Member
Congratulations to our HCMS Eagle Spotlight Award Winner for February, Ms. Dominguez Lozada, ESOL and Dual Language Compliance!
The Eagle Spotlight Award is given by our teacher/staff-fun organization, CHEER, and is awarded based on nominations from colleagues for awesome work that is being done at HCMS.
Spanish Spelling Bee
Please join us in congratulating our Spanish Spelling Bee winners:
  • 1st Place: Nohara Rodriguez
  • 2nd Place: Krizia Lopez Rosario

Nohara and Krizia also went on to represent HCMS March 25th at the OCPS District Virtual Spanish Spelling Bee!!
SGA Virtual Drawing Event
Thank you so much to SGA and Raida Nowreen for hosting a virtual drawing event! Raida did a great job instructing and our participants did an amazing job with their toucans!
1) Another YouTube Community Update - this one by Dr. Vazquez, OCPS Deputy Superintendent of Schools - just came out this past Thursday. Her short message touches on state testing, summer school, the COVID dashboard, and OCPS Top Talent students:
Please click here to view Dr. Vazquez's message.
2) Campus safety is always priority 1 across OCPS and at Hunter’s Creek Middle. In fact, these new protocol posters can be found throughout the school district as follow-up to discussions/presentations we have on the safety topics all along.
3) This is an important safety reminder. Now that we have returned to Daylight Saving Time, it is darker in the morning as students wait for the bus, walk, or ride to school.

Parents, please talk to your children about staying safe at the bus stop and while walking or riding their bike. Some tips include wearing bright clothing and using extra caution when crossing the street.

If you are a driver, we hope you will be extra cautious around our schools.
4) Upcoming OCPS Parent Virtual Academy:
Available in English, Spanish, and Creole. Please click here to register.
Digital Device Damage and Fines
As a school, we are required to assess a fine for every laptop that is not functioning including but not limited to bad battery, bad motherboard and bad bios. Once sent for repair, if it is determined that the issue is a defect and not damage caused by the student the fine will be reversed.

The fine schedule set up by the county is as follows:
  • 1st incident - $50.00
  • 2nd incident - $100.00
  • 3rd incident – Cost of replacement ($395 - $635) or actual cost of repair

Please ask your child to take care of their device by protecting it from spills, keeping it on a hard surface or in a padded backpack when not in use and by not downloading any extensions (these can and often do contain malware). Thank you.

Device fines can be paid through SchoolPay.
A common mistake that can be expensive: liquids near the computer while working.
Character Lab
At OCPS, Student social and emotional well-being is a pillar of the district-wide 2025 Strategic Plan. To support this objective, OCPS has partnered with Character Lab since 2017, a nonprofit co-founded and led by Dr. Angela Duckworth, scientist, author, and professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Character Lab connects schools to leading researchers with shared interests to generate insights about developing the character strengths (like gratitude, curiosity, and growth mindset) that help all children thrive.

On Monday, March 22nd, our school participated in 30 minutes of research activities. Hunter's Creek Middle will now use data from this to identify and support the social, emotional, academic, and physical needs of our students.

To learn more, visit ocps.net/clab.
The Big IDEA Virtual Conference
April 17, 2021 for families of students with exceptionalities
The purpose of the conference is to provide an atmosphere of open collaboration to empower and support families of students with exceptionalities. All families of students with exceptionalities are invited to attend this virtual event.

A keynote speaker will open the conference, and participants may select subsequent sessions to attend based on their interests and needs.

Participant registration for the 2021 Big IDEA Conference opened on March 22, 2021.

If you need additional information, please contact Sylvia Schaffer at sylvia.schaffer@ocps.net or 407-317-3200 ext. 2035503.
62nd Annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival
As we shared in our last edition of The Eagles' View, 4 of our HCMS students were accepted into the Winter Park Student Art Show. The Winter Park Student Exhibit can be viewed here: https://www.eventeny.com/events/schoolsexhibit-1125/

Coming soon! AMAZING news about the Winter Park Art Festival submissions!
Community Support
Thank you to a wonderful Partner in Education and a HCMS parent!
Thank you to Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant for their kind donation for teachers/staff to celebrate the end of the nine weeks! Abuelo’s donated 120 chips & salsa for our teachers/staff to enjoy!
Also, thank you to Ms. Del Cid, SAC co-chair, for picking up and delivering these yummy goods!
Tech Tips
1) OCPS support. Please click here for information from OCPS to help both students and parents with technology support.
2) Cyber safety reminder for our Eagles:
Closing Images of the Week . . .
Digital Learning Day (Part 2)
Above and below: Digital Learning in Mr. Gomez’s Class. Art students utilizing their laptops to get ideas for their paintings!
Above and just below: Digital Learning in Ms. Moye’s Class. More Gimkit (an online quiz learning game) for Mrs. Moye’s Student Literacy Leaders looking at book and library knowledge!
Hunter's Creek Middle Leadership Team
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