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, July 19, 2021
HCMS Community Member,

I hope that you are enjoying a safe and restful summer break. Although we are well into the summer break, summer school continues until July 27. In the meantime, we have been very busy getting ready for the new school year to start in August.

Report cards were issued on July 13. We anticipate receiving the state End-of-Course Exam scores from the Florida Department of Education around July 31. An updated report card will be issued once the district receives the scores. As a reminder, a state End-of-Course Exam will not impact a final course grade, unless it improves the grade.

Report cards can be viewed using Skyward Family Access, which is under Quick Links on the OCPS home page.

In order to give our Eagle parents a head start, included below is very important information for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Keep enjoying your summer and please remember to visit our website and the OCPS website this summer for the latest news updates.

With all my best!

Joumana Moukaddam
Proud Principal
Hunter's Creek Middle School 
*** NOTE TO OUR HCMS FAMILIES & STAFF ON THIS JULY 19th ISSUE ***

This issue originally ran on Monday, July 12 and some of our parents saw the earlier run. However, there have been some important adjustments and we are resending it to the full HCMS community. PLEASE DO NOT OPT OUT. Thank you!!
Stay Connected
Very Important Dates
July 13th: Report Cards became available on Skyward

July 14th, 21st, and 28th: HCMS Library Open 9am-4pm
NEW!! Schedule Pick Up Days:
July 23rd (8:30am – 12:00 Noon & 1:00pm – 4:00pm): Schedule pick up for all 7th & 8th grade students & Device/ID pick up for 7th & 8th grade students new to OCPS

July 26th (8:30am – 12:00 Noon & 1:00pm – 4:00pm): Schedule pick up for all 6th grade students & Device/ID pick up for 6th grade students new to OCPS

** Schedule pickups will take place in the HCMS gym. Please park your car and enter the school through the gym doors.

July 31st - August 9th: Florida’s Back to School Tax Free Week! *
* During this period, shoppers can avoid paying sales taxes on clothes costing $60 or less, school supplies costing $15 or less and the first $1,000 of the price of personal computers. Source: Florida Dept. of Revenue

NEW!! August 4th: 6th Grade & New Student Orientation from 5:30-7:00pm (please see details just below)

August 10th: Students’ First Day of the 2021-2022 School Year
** OCPS School Calendar for 2021-2022 can also be viewed at https://bit.ly/3vzzX65.
Face masks are optional this school year:
6th Grade & New Student Orientation
6th Grade & New Student Orientation is scheduled for Wednesday, 8/4/2021 from 5:30-7:00pm.
Important Forms for 2021-2022
We will ask you to complete the Emergency Contact form for the 2021-2022 school year. Students will be required to complete their Code of Conduct Acknowledgement and Acceptable Use Policy. Please allow some time to complete the pickup process.
Introducing Mr. Connell!
Senior members of the 2021-2022 HCMS leadership team from the left: Mr. Connell (Assistant Principal), Mrs. Moukaddam (Principal), and Mrs. Sims (Assistant Principal of Instruction).
We are pleased to announce that we have a new Assistant Principal at HCMS! Mr. Andrew Connell has been an Assistant Principal serving Shingle Creek and Sunset Park Elementary Schools for four and a half years. He is a great addition to our Eagle family, and we are very excited to have him. Mr. Connell will be the administrator overseeing 6th grade. If you would like to communicate with Mr. Connell, please don’t hesitate to email him at Andrew.Connell@ocps.net.
NOW AVAILABLE!!
2021-2022 HCMS Parent/Guardian/Student Handbook
HCMS' 2021-2022 Parent/Guardian/Student Handbook can be accessed on our school website under Parents/Guardians or at https://bit.ly/3wqzMKo.
7th Grade Immunization Requirements
All incoming 7th grade students must have their Tdap vaccine. Without it, they can’t be on campus. Parents/guardians can email our registrar their student’s updated vaccine certificate to 126137@ocps.net.
HCMS Summer Reading
Friendly reminder: Summer Assignments due when we return to school!

Looking for something to read?
The HCMS is open on Wednesdays over the summer!

OR

Students can access eBooks and audiobooks from multiple providers all found in the Library Research Tools Folder on Launchpad. These include: Destiny Discover, Sora, and the OCLS Virtual Library Card.
OCPS Summer Reading Challenge
Visit http://SummerReading.ocps.net to learn about the OCPS’s Summer Reading Challenge!

Share your reading experiences on social media with #OCPSReads

Log reading on Beanstack

*** We were the #1 Middle School last summer -- let’s do it again! ***
Summer Math Packets
To help reduce the "summer slide" in math, HCMS assigns a summer math packet to keep students' math skills sharp over the summer. Choose the packet for the math class you'll be entering in August, and you'll find the instructions and activities.
When We Return . . .
1) OCPS Devices
Returning OCPS students: Remember to bring your OCPS device when you start school.
2) Planners!
All students will receive a planner this year! This planner will be provided by the school.
3) Sports Physical
Any student interested in playing any extracurricular sport will need to complete a sports physical to be able to participate. The physical can be accessed on our school website under Athletics or at https://bit.ly/2T3rWZy.
4) PE Waiver
In case you choose to opt your student out of PE, please fill out the PE waiver form and send it to the school counselor.

5) Yearly Required Forms
When school returns, all yearly required forms will be available on Skyward. Access Skyward through Launchpad and make sure to complete these forms when they are available.

These forms include:
  • Emergency Contact/Medical Form
  • Technology Acknowledgement
  • Model Release

6) ID Information
All returning OCPS students should use their 2020-2021 ID until new IDs are received after Fall picture day. Make sure you bring your ID every day!

New OCPS students can receive IDs on their schedule pick up day (7/28 for 7th/8th grade or 7/29 for 6th grade) or they will receive on the first week of school.

7) Supply List
The HCMS school-wide Supply List can be found at https://hunterscreekms.ocps.net/parents_guardians/supply_list.

Please note: Individual teachers may ask for additional supplies in their syllabus.
Reminder: Digital Device Damage & 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.


  • 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).

Device fines can be paid on SchoolPay.
"How to Break Your Laptop: 5 Common Mistakes That Cause Laptop Damage"
Source: makeuseof.com
Pfizer’s COVID Vaccine Approved for 12+
Individuals 12+ are eligible to receive the Pfizer brand of the COVID-19 vaccine. 12 to 17 year olds need to be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian during vaccination and have a completed consent form.

For more information, visit ocfl.net/vaccine.
Stay Connected!
New to HCMS? Make sure to follow our social media and check out our website!
Parent Summer Poll Questions
Would you be willing to become a member of our PTSA this year? (No responsibilities or time.)
Yes
No
Unsure
Have you ever participated in any parent-school events like PTSA, SAC, boosters, etc. at HCMS?
Yes
No
HCMS 2021-2022 SAC Meeting Dates
School Advisory Council - all HCMS community members welcome and greatly encouraged to attend!!
Tech Tip
IMPORTANT HINT:
During the school year, make sure you utilize Canvas as a great information resource!
Canvas is also like your student’s binder: You can find messages from teachers, assignments, grades, important information, and more there!
During the school year, a Weekly Update is also sent as a Global Announcement to each student and observer dashboard each week. This weekly update has the most up-to-date information!
Monday's Motivational Moment!
A THORN IN YOUR SIDE?
As you discover your purpose in life and pursue your dreams, you will inevitably spend more and more of your time doing what you enjoy best. That's good. You can achieve your dreams only if you focus on your priorities.

But success requires something else: discipline. One of the best ways to improve discipline is to do something you don't enjoy doing - every day. If you learn to do what you must, you will be able to do what you want.

Do something you hate every day,
just for the practice.
Have a great week!
Mrs. Moukaddam, Principal
Hunter's Creek Middle School
Sunday, June 18, 2021
Hunter's Creek Middle School Leadership Team
Principal: Joumana Moukaddam joumana.moukaddam@ocps.net
Assistant Principal of Instruction: Nicole Sims nicole.sims@ocps.net
Assistant Principal: Andrew Connell andrew.connell@ocps.net
8th Grade & 7th Grade A-L Dean: Joquetta Carter joquetta.carter@ocps.net
6th Grade & 7th Grade M-Z Dean: Dominic Golia dominic.golia@ocps.net
8th Grade Guidance Counselor: Kelly Armstrong kelly.armstrong@ocps.net
7th Grade Guidance Counselor: Sejal Shah sejal.shah@ocps.net
6th Grade Guidance Counselor: Annikki Merritt annikki.merritt@ocps.net
ESOL Compliance & Dual Language Coordinator: Joley Dominguez elyse.dominguezlozada@ocps.net
Staffing Specialist: Penny Epifano penelope.epifano@ocps.net
Librarian: Kellee Moye kellee.moye@ocps.net
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