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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
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
     

We have successfully moved into the fourth week of distance learning with a strong determination to finish the academic year strong. Governor DeSantis announced that all Florida K-12 schools will remain closed and distance learning will continue for the rest of the 2019-20 school year. This means that distance learning at our schools will continue until May 27.

The good news is that we were able to complete the full three nine-weeks of instruction with our students this year. This means that by spring break our teachers were able to cover 75% of the standards required for the various subject areas. I am grateful that our students continue to receive their online distance learning education with minimal interruptions.

I realize that with this new system of online schooling from home, our students, teachers and parents are having vastly different experiences.  We are depending heavily on our HCMS parental support, and you are all rising to the challenge. Thank you!

I am blessed to work with such motivated students, wonderful supportive parents and to lead such an incredible team of amazing compassionate and kind professionals. Our greatest heroes are our teachers and staff whose dedication and continued efforts are commendable.

We all have a difficult job! In spite of this global devastation, we are focused on supporting our students to help them succeed because we are not going to allow (as much as possible) for this pandemic to take away from the education of our children. It will come to an end (Soon! I hope).

You can continue to find distance learning assistance on our OCPS website, www.ocps.net, and on our district's Facebook page. Please remember that school sites and district offices will be operational Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, as announced last week.

Be safe! 
 
Principal Moukaddam
Hunter's Creek Middle School

Pictured very top: Artwork by Lauren Flynn, 8th grade (please see additional student art below).

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A Message from Mrs. Moukaddam to HCMS Parents
 
Dear HCMS Parents! THANK YOU!

I know that within a week's time you had to become a home school teacher for each of your children. While you may be already overwhelmed with work or life, you have taken a new responsibility of overseeing your child's/children's school work. You may be one of our essential workers working outside of your home and have to worry about child care and staying healthy. We are thankful for you!

You may be a parent who is struggling to meet the basic needs and worrying about sickness in your family. You may be juggling demanding work with multiple child assignments. You may be struggling with technology simply trying to log on and figure out how the digital tools such as Canvas, Skyward and Google work.

I want you to know that whatever your struggle is, we are here to support you and support our Eagles. We understand that these are trying unprecedented times as we all go through the biggest crisis of our lifetime.

Our teachers, school counselors, admin. deans, safe coordinator, leadership and admin. teams have been using the various available digital tools as well as phone calls to connect with our students on a daily basis.

Please let us know how we can help you by contacting us " faculty and staff."

If your student is having a problem with his/her digital device, please let one of our teachers know, email Mrs. Hernandez at Liesl.Hernandez@ocps.net or call the school at 407-858-4620 to schedule an appointment for Monday, Wednesday or Friday to get the device checked.

Please don't forget to regularly  visit the OCPS website for the latest news and social media posts.  Again, my team and I are here for you and are available to assist in any possible way.

You can always reach me via email at Joumana.Moukaddam@ocps.net

VIRTUAL SPIRIT WEEK IS ALREADY UNDERWAY!
April 20 to April 24  
 


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Important Announcements / Hunter's Creek Social Media 
 


* Beginning yesterday, Monday, April 20, food distribution and office hours for school sites and district offices will only be on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. This is in an effort to keep more individuals at home to reduce exposure to others. All school sites and district offices will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays but employees will continue to work remotely at home on those days and can be reached via email.

* The 52 FREE Grab and Go school sites can be found on the front page of the district's website: ocps.net Schools and offices will be open from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. and meals will be distributed between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children will receive meals on Monday for Tuesday, and on Wednesday for Thursday. Weekend meals will continue to be distributed on Fridays.

* Distance learning instruction and district operations will continue Monday through Friday, but again the buildings will now be closed entirely on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

Reminder: Please follow HCMS's social media for up to date information about upcoming events as things are changing often.

Students of the Week! 


As we move to distance learning, we want to highlight as many students each week for their successes as we can, so we'll be changing up our Students of the Week to include all nominees from teachers:
  • Mikayla Jacobs: Hardworking and dedicated. -Ms. Quiles
  • Allyra Castillo: She has been doing the most to ensure that she understands what is happening during this digital learning transition--she isn't afraid to reach out with questions and does a stellar job on her assignments, showing her creativity at the same time! -Ms. Davis
  • Jonathan Ramer: Jonathan is nominated for determination. He has been working really hard to complete his Algebra assignments during distance learning. I appreciate his effort during these unique times and circumstances. Keep up the good work, Jonathan. -Ms. Lebron
  • Michael McClusky: Michael has been working hard and completing high quality assignments. -Ms. Durgin
  • Adyn Del Cid: Adyn is a dedicated student! He shows great pride in his work. He is very responsible with due dates and following instructions. Great job Adyn! -Mr. Arunakul
  • Kylie Cecil: I am nominating Kylie for Academic Excellence. Kylie works above and beyond in my class. She is always willing to go the extra mile to get things done. Great Job Kylie! -Ms. Rasmussen
  • Alexis Peters: Alexis has taken the initiative to reach out for help in Geometry. She has attended several virtual tutoring sessions to ensure she understands the virtual lessons. :) -Ms. Daniels
  • Aishwarya Ganapathy: Aishwarya has been joining all live BBB (Big Blue Button) sessions and asking questions when necessary during distance learning. All of that effort gave her a great score on a unit quiz this week, way to go! -Ms. Renuart
  • Donovan McCullum: Donovan has been doing so well with Distance Learning. He is keeping up with assignments and doing extra i-Ready each week! His family is supporting him to make the best out of this new experience and Donovan is excelling! -Ms. Pratt
  • Mateus Barroso: Mateus has been taking initiative and showing responsibility in his assignments. He communicates regularly about his assignments and is very respectful. Mateus is exemplifying the quality of perseverance and the will to succeed. I am so proud of Mateus for making such a great improvement this quarter! -Ms. Gooden
  • Samira Javier: Samira Javier is being recognized for her Excellence. She has turned in all of her assignments during distance learning. She is also very respectful towards her fellow students and she has attended all of our virtual conferences we have had since we started distance learning! -Mr. Johnson
  • Abrieana Copeland: Abrieanna is an outstanding student. She is focused and hardworking. During this time of distance learning she demonstrates academic responsibility by remaining focused and disciplined in completing assignments and turning them in on time. I can always count on her to be an engaged learner whether we are in a classroom with four walls or no walls. -Ms. Hobbs
  • Serine Majid: Serine has been participating in everything I've had for both Student Literacy Leaders and Lunch Book Club, and she even beat me BADLY in a Word Parts Gimkit. -Ms. Moye
OCPS Middle School Chess Tournament Winner
Linuka Hewagama  


Congratulations to Linuka Hewagama for winning the OCPS Middle School Chess Tournament last week! Way to checkmate and win!

OCPS Virtual Parent Academy
Online this Thursday from 6pm to 7pm (click image to register) 



Helpful Resources
There is now a page on our website specifically for Distance Learning Help Resources! 
 

FAQ 
 
If students have questions during this time that do not pertain to one specific class, they can fill out the #VirtualHCMS Questions form: https://forms.gle/kXNjG7to7r2GRCLQ8

Then all of the questions and answers are being compiled in a FAQ document: https://tinyurl.com/r9hnmn5

(to access, students must be logged in under their @students.ocps.net Google account)

Mrs. Moye's Memo: Week Three
 
 
Through Literacy classes (language arts and reading) students are receiving Mrs. Moye's Memos which each include useful information.

The third week can be accessed at:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/18o0P7zh2YsVv62wIcBG-4UGCJyJJuqG_N_pEviOplBQ/edit?usp=sharing

Note: Google Drive must be logged in with students' @students.ocps.net addresses to access.

Examples of Distance Learning    

We have completed three weeks into distance learning which means we're three week into our #virtualHCMS Spirit Weeks! Let's celebrate all of the fun days and amazing participation:

Ms. Chacon's BBB sessions with her 6th grade reading classes:



Ms. Davis' Mix Tape Assignment:
Students created "mixtapes" for week 1 and Ms. Davis put together all of the songs on a youtube playlist so that students could all see and hear what others are listening to during the stay at home distance learning time!

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCFW5FcLzNOLxjvS0iwObT7lXsfYFbixp



Artwork from Mr. Gomez's Students:

Melissa Crespilho, 8th grade

Mariapaz Ossabal, 8th grade
Andrea Caceres, 8th grade

Spirit Day Highlights!  
Part I 
 
We have completed three weeks into distance learning which means we're three weeks into our #virtualHCMS Spirit Weeks! Let's celebrate all of the fun days and amazing participation from the first two weeks!

** All images are shared on our social media; these are just select examples for our community!

Day 1: Back to School
Ms. Hernandez, Ms. Swain, and Anonymous

In the lower image math students were studying exponential functions on the x-y plane.

Day 2: PJ Day!
Ms. Frontanez, Ms. Britos, Ms. Rebelledo


Day 3: HCMS Spirit Day!
Sharanya Chatterjee (8th), Minaya Amarasekera (7th), Ms. Whitmore, Ms. Shah, Ms. Quiles, Ms. Hernandez


Day 4: Crazy Socks Day!
Ms. Manfria, Mr. Solomons, Ms. DeLuca, Ms. Quiles with her son Antonio, Mr. Copeland, Ms. Moye with her son Trent


Day 5: Hat Day!
Mateo Ortiz (8th), Ms. Berry, Mr. Putchinski, Ms. Rasmussen, Ms. Armstrong, Ms. Cole, Ms. Gooden with her daughter Maelisa (9th), Ms. Carratala, Ms. Nicosia


Spirit Day Highlights! 
Part II 

Day 6: Disney Day!
Sarah Flynn (6th), Erica Blue (7th), Ms. Calderon, Maria Segovia (7th), Ms. Rokaw with Amelia


Day 7: Book Day!
Ms. Perez, Layla Turkmany (6th), Ms. Durgin, Ms. Swain with her daughter Carmen
   

Day 8: Wacky Wednesday!
Ms. Dominguez with her dog Jazzy, Zack Langlois (8th), Theresa Maluchnik


Day 9: Stuffed Animal Day!
Mr. Johnson, Isabella Castro (8th), Lisa Wojciechowski, Jennie Nguyen (7th), Leah Liu (6th), Victoria Sutherland (6th)


Day 10: Twin Day!
Abner Valencia &  his friend David from Bay Lake, Summer Roberto & Serine Majid (8th), Ms. Moye and her son Trent & Ms. Chacon and her son Ollie, Ms. Davis & Addey Shubert & Ully Tristao (6th), Ms. Lebron & Ms. Davis & Ms. Daniels, Ms. Pratt & Mr. Solomons & Ms. Renuart, Eva & Katie Schischa (6th)



Eagle Reminder about Academic Dishonesty  
As part of the OCPS Code of Student Conduct 
 

This Week's Motivational Moment!
Selected in support of academic honesty (above) as we are now inside week #4 of Distance Learning.

IBD'S 10 SECRETS TO SUCCESS

Investor's Business Daily (the #2 business daily behind The Wall Street Journal) has spent years analyzing leaders and successful people in all walks of life. Most have 10 traits that, when combined, can turn dreams into reality.
 
The list you see below was based on 30 years of research studying the lives of very successful people from all walks of life. IBD focused on business leaders to start, but expanded it to include other segments of society such as entertainment, sports, military, academics, medicine, politics, religion and more.   

1 HOW YOU THINK IS EVERYTHING: Always be positive. Think success, not failure. Beware of a negative environment.

2 DECIDE UPON YOUR TRUE DREAMS AND GOALS: Write down your specific goals and develop a plan to reach them.

3 TAKE ACTION: Goals are nothing without action. Don't be afraid to get started. Just do it.

4 NEVER STOP LEARNING: Go back to school or read books. Get training and acquire skills.

5 BE PERSISTENT AND WORK HARD: Success is a marathon, not a sprint. Never give up.

6 LEARN TO ANALYZE DETAILS: Get all the facts, all the input. Learn from your mistakes.

7 FOCUS YOUR TIME AND MONEY: Don't let other people or things distract you.

8 DON'T BE AFRAID TO INNOVATE; BE DIFFERENT: Following the herd is a sure way to mediocrity.

9 DEAL AND COMMUNICATE WITH PEOPLE EFFECTIVELY: No person is an island. Learn to understand and motivate others.

10 BE HONEST AND DEPENDABLE; TAKE RESPONSIBILITY: Otherwise, Nos. 1-9 won't matter.

While Abraham Lincoln could be a model for any of the 10 Secrets, Lincoln's positive attitude, Secret No. 1 stands out. Called by one late-1850's Democratic newspaper "undoubtedly the most unfortunate politician that has ever attempted to rise . . . doomed to failure." Lincoln kept his chin up and went on to be one of the most successful U.S. presidents.

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Keep up your great efforts this week Eagles and please follow all health safety precautions!

Ms. Moukaddam, Principal
Hunter's Creek Middle School
Tuesday, April 21, 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
* Librarian: Kellee Moye kellee.moye@ocps.net

 

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