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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, November 11, 2019

Parents! Are you looking for ways to get involved in your child's school? We have multiple opportunities coming up within the next two weeks.

Why not attend our monthly HCMS SAC meetings? The next SAC meeting is coming up on Monday, 11/18, at 5:00 p.m. in the Media Center. We would love to see you there.

Be a "Teacher for a Day." Participate in our HCMS Teach-In on November 21st. Please see more information below.

Attend our HCMS Multicultural Celebration Night where you can visit various cultural displays, get a taste of yummy international foods, and enjoy a show which showcases the talents of some of our Eagles.

As we have started the second nine-weeks, the instructional focus is at a peak. I am aware that there may be inevitable circumstances where absences are unavoidable, but I must emphasize how difficult it is for students to learn the concepts that they missed during the regular classroom instructional time. Absences and tardiness rob our students out of important instructional time. Students must be present in class for bell to bell instructions. Please keep in mind that the first bell rings at 9:25 a.m. and the late bell rings at 9:30 a.m.   
Thank you for looking over this latest edition and have a great week!

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

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Upcoming Events
November 11th: Veterans Day, Away Volleyball Game at Innovation Middle 5:30pm Gym
November 12th: Junior Thespians Live 6:30pm Cafeteria
November 13th: Home Volleyball Game vs. Freedom Middle 5:00pm Gym
November 14th: HCMS Spanish Spelling Bee
November 18th: Progress Reports Distributed, SAC Meeting 5:00pm Library
November 19th: Fall Chorus Concert 6:30pm Gym
November 20th: Fall Picture Make Ups & Retakes, Home Volleyball Game vs. Westridge 5:00pm Gym
November 21st: Teach In, 8th Grade Giver Field Trip, HCMS Multicultural Night 6pm Cafeteria
November 25th-29th: Thanksgiving Break

Eagle Students of the Week!

8th Grade: Monika Awad

  Monika is a passionate and intelligent young lady who is always willing to put forth the hardwork needed. She is a help that is irreplaceable in the library as a student assistant two different periods and is just an EGGxtraordinary student and human!

Please congratulate these three students for winning the HCMS Eagle of the Week award for their grade levels!
7th Grade: Gemma Bartlinski

Gemma is determined, sweet, and a hard worker in my class. I can always count on her to be ready to answer a question, and she challenges herself every day. An absolute joy to have!

6th Grade: Aaliyah Hicks

  Aaliyah Hicks was an easy choice for Student of the Week! She exhibits leadership qualities and consistently maintains excellent grades. Aaliyah earned a 100% on her last math test, and she works fantastically with her classmates. During group work, Aaliyah makes sure everyone remains on task, and has a sweetness about her that everyone loves and respects. Congrats Aaliyah!

October Teacher of the Month
Congratulations to Ms. Chacon! Ms. Caitlin Chacon teaches 6th grade intervention reading. 

Ms. Chacon was nominated by students for the following reasons (and more!):
  • "She is the nicest teacher I have ever met."
  • "She is  so nice, and patient."
  • "She is so sweet and it's really cool to learn things in her class because the way that she teaches it's easy to learn."
  • "So nice and she helps when you need it."
October Support Staff of the Month 
Congratulations to Ms. Armstrong and Deputy Martin! Ms. Abby Armstrong is our library clerk and has been honored for the 2nd month in a row! Deputy Martin is our fantastic School Resource Officer.

Ms. Armstrong was nominated  by students for the following reasons (and more!):
  • "She is sooooo nice and I always look forward to seeing her."
  • "I feel that she has worked really hard doing the book character naming contest, and she did not have to do that so I want to nominate her for making some fun."
  • "She is kind and always finds ways to make us laugh. She always puts us first."
Deputy Martin was nominated by students for the following reasons (and more!):
  • "I like him because he is cool and he is keeping our school safe."
  • "He also deserves this because he works hard and makes sure everyone is safe and so he should definitely win this reward. But not only that but because he is my favorite and the most warm hearted police officer ever. And I honor him so much. Whenever someone walks by in the hallway, he always waves and I think that's very nice of him to do that so yes he SHOULD win this award, he deserves this."
  • "Deputy Martin has helped me through so much and I would give him so much for how much he has helped me."
Teacher Features  
Meet Coach Manfria and Ms. Frontanez . . .  

Student Literacy Leader Monika Awad hosts our teacher features for this newsletter with her interviews with Coach Manfria (PE Coach) and Ms. Frontanez (6th grade science and dual language teacher). Ms. Frontanez is also our Classroom Spotlight showing students in her 4th period class playing a version of the game "Headband" to review academic vocabulary!

Coach Manfria
What's your favorite sport and why?
My favorite sport is soccer for sure! I grew up playing it with my brother as kids. It's something my family did together; we bonded over it. (And I'm really good at it!)

Who's your biggest inspiration?
My mom - she's awesome. She's very kindhearted and strong, and I've always looked up to her and wanted to be like her.

What's your favorite thing to do with your kids or family?
Any outdoor activities: Swimming, hiking, and especially movie nights (I love eating popcorn :P)!

What led you to become a PE teacher?
I would go with my mom (who was a teacher), and I would love helping her teach, but I didn't like teaching in a room, so I combined my love of teaching and my love of sports and the outdoors and became a physical education teacher.

What is your favorite thing about being a teacher?
Being able to teach a kid a completely new skill and seeing their excitement when they realize they mastered a skill, it's very rewarding.

Ms. Frontanez
If you can go back and tell your teenager self something, what would it be?
Change the route, not the destination. Sometimes we have a backup plan, a plan B, because we can't directly get to Plan A, we have to work around it.

What's your biggest accomplishment?
Being able to guide my family and support them in their path.

What's your favorite science subject to teach?

Who's your favorite author and book?
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

What characteristic do you think all students should have?
Responsibility and perseverance. Everyone is intelligent in different ways, but if we are responsible and we persevere, we can do well.

Students in Ms. Frontanez's 4th period class playing a version of the "Headband" game to help them learn key vocabulary terms.

Attention Parents! Important Forms.  

Yearly, OCPS parents/guardians are given forms to fill out including emergency forms, code of conduct, model release, and technology forms. This year the packet included 5 papers (6 forms).

If you came to the summer laptop pick up days, these were the forms you already filled out.

If your student did not get their laptop until school started or were a new student after school started, these forms were sent home with them and we have some that have not been returned.

It is VERY important that we get all of these forms returned. If you have not filled them out, please ask your student for them and return them ASAP.

Thank you!

Summer Reading Challenge Winners!

We have two huge congratulations to give:

First, congratulations to Eva Schischa, 6th grade, for winning the OCPS summer reading challenge for all elementary school students!

And also CONGRATULATIONS to all HCMS students and staff for winning the summer reading challenge for all OCPS middle schools!!!

Go Eagles! Way to show that literacy and reading are important to our community!!!

Current Reading Challenge!

Beanstack is one of the newest opportunities for all OCPS students to keep track of all the books they are reading and the amount of time they spend reading them. Over the course of the school year and the summer (we won the summer challenge for the district!), several reading programs and reading challenges sponsored by OCPS will appear on Beanstack.  
Very simply, students enter through the Beanstack app on Launchpad, click to "log reading," and enter how many minutes or hours they spent reading a particular book that day. If they have completed a book, they have an option to include a review if desired.

English teachers can see all of their students' progress as well, and many may be offering incentives or initiatives for keeping an up-to-date log on Beanstack.  
Let's get reading!

Talented Eagle Artist 
Congratulations to Raida Nowreen (7th grade)

Our very own 7th grader, Raida Nowreen  had artwork selected to be displayed at the Ronald Blocker Educational Leadership Center (school board building) for Hispanic Heritage Month!

All-County Orchestra and All-County Chorus 
Congratulations to these talented, hard working Eagles!

All-County Orchestra
  • Sharayana Chatterjee
  • Bevin Fernando
  • Miguel Palacios
  • Emily Bittar
  • Zixian (Honey) Chen
  • Euna Lim

All-County Chorus
6th Grade
  • Genesis Escorcia
  • Isabella Santiago
  • Addelyn Santiago
  • Mikayla Willis
7th Grade
  • Olivia Mistelske
  • Finley Thomson
8th Grade
  • Susan Deck
  • Maria Roik Ferraz
  • Rafael Sardina
  • Trevor Thielman

HCMS Library Student Gallery 
The HCMS Library is also the HCMS Library Student Gallery! On display in October: Spotlight on Hispanic Persons projects from Ms. Calderon's classes, and on display October-December: Science Fair projects from Ms. Renuart's classes.   
Spotlight on famous Hispanic persons during Hispanic Heritage Month. The student work seen here is from Ms. Calderon's class.
Mrs. Renuart's student Science Fair projects displayed along the wall
Additional Science Fair projects on display above the library book shelves 

Beginning Band Spooktacular  

The Beginning Band Classes put on a Halloween-themed show for their parents/guardians followed by the adults learning how to play band instruments.
Guidance Corner 

Happy November Eagle Family: 
It took awhile for the weather to cooperate, but it's finally starting to feel like fall in Orlando! And with Thanksgiving just a few weeks away the timing couldn't be better. Sure, we don't get the changing colors, the falling leaves or the dramatic temperature drop that the rest of the country experiences in fall. But what we do get is a small break from humidity and heat, and that alone is something to be thankful for!

Around this time of the year we bring ourselves to reflect on everything in life that brings us joy. Whether it is family, friends or life circumstances, we truly have much to appreciate about life. Yet we are often tempted to do the very opposite of thankfulness: we gripe and complain about what is wrong with our lives and what we have yet to achieve or obtain. But did you know that complaining actually has an effect on your brain? Studies have shown that a steady diet of complaining actually trains your brain to make it easier for you to find things to bemoan about later. Like how your lifting weights becomes easier over time as your body gets stronger, a habit of complaining can turn into an attitude of complaining, which can lead to a negative attitude overall.

But here comes the good news: those who have a positive outlook on their situations tend to be positive people overall. It can be as simple as finding one thing in your life that is going well and focusing on that one thing a day. Or by working to see the positive in a difficult situation. Admittedly, finding the silver lining in an unfavorable situation can be difficult. And if we are being honest, it's just easier to lament about a problem than to see the potential good, much less try to fix the issue. But like how exercising through pain and discomfort leads to a healthier body, an attitude of gratitude can lead to a happier you.  
Happy Thanksgiving Eagles!
A long time ago there was a mountain village and in this village, there was a very wise man. People from great distances came to him for his advice. Some people also came to him frequently from closer distances complaining about the same issues. Over and over they would complain.

One day he decided to tell a good joke to these folks doing all the complaining. Most of them laughed loudly. After a few minutes, the wise man repeated the same joke except now only a few people only laughed. Then again he shared the same joke, but by the third time none of them laughed.

The wise man then smiled and told the people that if they cannot laugh at the same joke every time, why do they cry over and over about the same problem?

Moral of the story for our Eagles: Worrying and complaining cannot solve problems. But it can lead to further frustration and even health problems. Work to fix problems and remember the old expression, "If it's to be, it's up to me."
Red Ribbon Week  

Red Ribbon Week was celebrated October 28th to November 1st with students pledging to stay drug free and showing their support and respect for themselves by dressing up to show they are against drugs.

Library Update 

Our first celebration occurred on October 31st with Eagle Super Readers and Ms. Armstrong's Costume Contest Winners celebrating Halloween and the end of October with a party in the library with crafts, photo booths, candy, and music!

On Twin Day (part of Red Ribbon Week), Ms. Armstrong, Mrs. Moye, and many of their colleagues paired up against drugs by showing they were SIRIUS Harry Potter fans!   

Partner in Education 
Diaz Orthodontics pitches in to support Lady Eagles soccer!

Thank you so much to Diaz Orthodonics for your donation to the girls' soccer team!!!  
Such a kind gesture to celebrate our cluster champions and their undefeated regular season (7-0)!  
Technology Tip 

Did you know that a Weekly Update is posted on Canvas every Friday evening? This update is the most current way to get information because it is updated if anything changes.
Eagle Heros
Hunter's Creek salutes our veterans at Veterans Day (Nov. 11)! 

Deputy Dwayne Martin, School Resource Officer
U.S. Navy retired 25 years (8 years active duty / 17 years reservist)
Master At Arms 1st Class (military police)
Deployed aboard the USS Saratoga (aircraft carrier) for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm August 1990-February 1991 after Iraq invaded Kuwait.
Recalled to active duty for Operation Enduring Freedom after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Stationed at Naval Air Station Pensacola November 2001-June 2002.
Recalled to active duty in response to Hurricane Katrina August 2005 for humanitarian relief aid.
Deployed to Kuwait for Operation Iraqi Freedom January 2008-July 2009.
USS Saratoga: spent 3 ½ years on the aircraft carrier (below).

Ms. Beverly Spilker, 6th Grade Science Teacher
Served 6 years in the U.S. Army
Rank: Sergeant
Stationed in Georgia, Korea, and Kentucky.

Mr. Cesar Rodriguez, ESOL Teacher
Served in the U.S. Army as a corporal from 1968 to 1970.
Mr. Rodriguez learned during his service that freedom is your last best hope. It is something we should cherish rather than take for granted. He understand very well that the young men and women that have served and are serving this great nation are the ones that maintain this freedom.

Mr. Rodriguez is proud to share that two of his children have served: Aaron and Cecille, and another son, Cesar Jr., is still serving. Between the four family members they have served in the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Marines!

Mr. Rodriguez's son: 

Ms. Connie Gilliard, Bookkeeper
U.S. Marine Corps

Monday's Motivational Moment! 

Have a great week Eagles!
Ms. Moukaddam, Principal
Hunter's Creek Middle School
Sunday, November 10, 2019

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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