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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, April 6, 2020
     

I would like to congratulate all of our students, parents, teachers and staff for a successful first week of online Distance Learning. We know there have been some issues this week with internet connectivity, but thanks to our OCPS technology support staff's quick action, these issues were resolved in a timely manner. By 4:00 p.m. on Friday, 4/3, we had district-wide an average of 300,000 assignments being submitted daily (daily average used to be around 100,000). There were 4,402 Canvas Conferences (BBB). As always, OCPS ensures that every student has a promising and successful future no matter what the circumstances are.

As our teachers have been the first line of contact with our students and families, they are working closely with our admin deans and school counselors to make sure that 100% of our eagles have participated in their online Distance Learning and to address any of the students' arising needs. Please keep communicating with our  "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 to get the device checked.

In this edition of our newsletter, we have included Distance Learning resources as well as valuable mental and emotional support advice and resources (included in the Guidance and SAFE Corners below) that we hope you will find very helpful as we all go through these difficult times.

On a different note, we hope that our Eagles enjoyed our Virtual Spirit Week. More to come next week! Make sure that you participate and send us your photos.

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.

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

Pictured very top: Eagle teachers, staff, and students celebrating #virtualHCMS PJ and Spirit Day!

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Ms. Moukaddam's Letter to Students
 
Dear Soaring Eagles!

School is not the same without you! We miss YOU! I miss our students, teachers, staff members and parents.

Below is a link to a video that Mrs. Swain, Mrs. Hernandez and I taped for you. Check it out! Video: https://tinyurl.com/tx7qy2t. As you already know, we are doing school differently, and we are staying consistently in touch using our advanced technology tools.

This week went great in spite of having some technology issues. I am SO proud of you! I have no doubt that you have the resiliency and strong determination to make the best out of this extremely unusual experience. Remember that this is a temporary situation! We will all keep our sharp focus on the distance learning and we will do whatever it takes to stay safe and healthy. There is no time to waste! :-)

You have enough lessons, activities and fun challenges to keep you busy and engaged. Remember that you are not alone! We are all in this together and we will get through it together. I am here for you with all the teachers and my leadership team.

Take care of your family and of yourself! With much love!

Ms. Moukaddam

A Message from Ms. Moukaddam on our Teachers & Staff


Important Dates 
 
Until May 1st: Digital/Distance Learning

Starting March 30th: Parents/guardians may access report cards by going to "Student Portfolio" on Skyward Family Access. If you would like a printed copy, please just contact HCMS, and we can print and mail a copy.

Please follow HCMS's social media for up to date information about upcoming events as things are changing almost daily.
Begins this Monday, April 6: Online Spring Book Fair (details below). Parent, please remember that books always make great gifts!



Singers
These talented Eagles earned the highest ratings during their 2020 Music Performance Assessment! 

Our HCMS Singers earned an overall Excellent rating, with 2 Excellent and 2 Superior ratings (1 of those being in Sight Reading) at their MPA. Congratulations to Ms. Davis and her singers!

Wind Ensemble  
Straight Superior ratings at their MPA for 2020! 

The Wind Ensemble received straight Superior ratings at their District Music Performance Assessment at Dr. Phillips High School.

Congratulations to Ms. Berry and all the musicians!

Winter Reading Challenge Winner
Katie Schischa (7,440 reading minutes) 

We are so happy to celebrate Katie Schischa who logged 7,440 minutes on the Beanstack app in the Winter Reading Challenge and was the winner for all middle schools in the Southwest Learning Community!

Congratulations, Katie!!

Katie and Eggbert in the media center
(March 2020)

Oration Competition

We recently held our HCMS School Oration Competition and the speeches given were spectacular - these students blew us away! Congratulations to all speakers who made it to the school competition! With that said, I am happy to announce our top 3 speeches:

1st place: Sharanya Chatterjee
2nd place: Rachel Cunha
3rd place: Gabriel Farag

Congratulations again to the winners and all who participated, and a huge thank you to our parent volunteers for judging!


#VirtualHCMS Challenges! 
 


Virtual Challenges  
Don't forget about all of the challenges happening right now! 

Can you bet a BINGO?!

Show your #VirtualHCMS pride by celebrating Spirit Days!

Keep up with your iReady to meet the iReady Challenge and be entered into the iReady prize raffle!


Kids Heart Challenge

Congratulations on the huge success of our Kids Heart Challenge with over 200 students who donating bringing our total raised to over $6700! We believe this is a school record! Thank you so much to all that donated!

Our top two raisers were Nathaniel Klaff and Zachary Langlois who walked away with the two biggest door prizes: a drone and a bicycle!

We also want to thank Coach Hermida for putting together this special event!


A HUGE shout out and thank you to our Partners in Education and faculty members that donated to the door prizes for our Kids Heart Challenge!
  • Great Clips
  • SuperCuts
  • Gametime Barber Shop
  • Gators Dockside
  • Miller's Ale House
  • Nature's Wax and Spa
  • Hair Hunters Salon and Spa
  • American Heart Association
  • Town Center Florist
  • A Slice of New York Pizza
  • Target
  • Game Stop
  • Ms. Swain
  • PE Coaches
  • Ms. LaRouche
  • Ms. Daniel
  • Mr. Solomons

OCPS Top Talent - Art
Raida Nowreen a finalist across all of OCPS! 
 
Raida Nowreen was accepted as a finalist for the OCPS Top Talent Visual Arts Competition Middle School Division for her artwork Classroom Without Walls. Congratulations, Raida! Your talent is boundless!
 
* Awards will be announced at the Top Talent event tentatively scheduled for June.

"Classroom Without Walls" by Raida Norween

A Special Orchestra Visitor
Martha Mooke, electric violinist

Martha Mooke, an electric vionlist from NYC, came to HCMS and worked with our orchestra students in twi separate workshops. Ms. Mooke performs and composes frequently throughout the United States and has toured with John Williams, Barabara Streisand, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, John Cage, Phillip Glass, etc. She has also been a recipient for the MacDowell Colony Artist in Residence two times. While visiting, for a special treat, Ms. Mooke even composed a special piece just for HCMS which will be performed at a future concert!


In the Spotlight 
Baby shower time for Coach Manfria! 

We loved celebrating Coach Alex Manfria and future Baby Boy Manfria! Congratulations and love to Coach Manfria and her family!!

ADDitions and Business Partners Recognition  

At the OCPS ADDitions and business partners recognition event at SeaWorld, Ms. Carter and Ms. Moukaddam honored our HCMS volunteer of the year, Mr. Preston, and our HCMS Business Partner of the Year, Bahama Bucks. Thank you to both for all you do for our school!!!


A Loyal Partner in Education - Island Wing, Co.  
Island Wing, Co. is still open for curbside and take from 11am to 8 pm. Delivery is also an option.   


Island Wings' full menu is available for food and beverage, and there are great family meals to go. If there was a need for delivery, they can even make this happen as well.

Island Wings has always been there to support Hunter's Creek Middle School with giveaways for students and other needs, so we would love to support them during this unprecedented time.  
 
If you are able, thank you for your support of Island Wings



Special Recognition this Month 
Administrative Assistants Day is April 22, 2020 but we want to celebrate ours all through April! 

Administrative Assistants support executives and principals, school and district staff, and even students and parents with concerns. They make sure calls are answered, supplies are ordered, meetings are scheduled and so much more. We appreciate the  hard work that our office staff does to keep our school running. HCMS would not be the amazing place it is without you all!


Neal Shusterman Features our School 

How exciting! Neal Shusterman put up a video showing off our library and set up from his visit! Honored he liked it so much to share! Awesome job, Eagles!!!

https://facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10158176135860406&id=75447650405

https://www.instagram.com/tv/B97d71tgQsr/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Helpful Resources  


OCPS Distance Learning Resources:
https://www.ocps.net/cms/One.aspx?portalId=54703&pageId=1404923%20

Additional OCPS Distance Learning Resources:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2wtRwTh1gI&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0GSCbuCeFdF2xvj_LYOad24x5FSFA1lFtWd6UthIEKEYahZ_rZt1N1R_g

Free webinars to help with distance learning:
http://www.fdlrs.org/news/free-parent-webinar-addressing-special-needs-virtual-environment-april-2-2020

Orange County Residence Resources:
https://www.orangecountyfl.net/EmergencySafety/Coronavirus/Coronavirus-ResidentResources.aspx#.XoYqA4hKjIX

Parent/Guardian Launchpad Login Page:
https://parents.classlink.com/ocps

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)

A Message from your SAFE Coordinator   
Ms. Angoy  

Hello students and parents,

As we adjust to the distance learning experience as a result of the COVID-19 virus, I may not be able to see you on campus, but know you are always on my mind and your safety is my top concern. I wish you all the best during the new distance learning experience until we meet again. In the meantime, I want to provide you with some resources that may be helpful to you while you are off campus and may be in need of support.

If you are in crisis and need mental or emotional support please contact one of the following numbers:

* Crisis Text Line (www.crisistextline.org): Text HOME to 741741
* We Care Crisis Center (Suicide & Crisis Intervention): 407-841-7413
* Mobile Crisis Response: 211
* Or call the police at 911.

IF you are in need of resources:
Aunt Bertha is a search engine where families can search for free or reduced cost services like medical care, food, job training, and more. Search is based on zip code and results are available in a variety of languages. Feel free to share the following link as appropriate. https://www.auntbertha.com/

The FREE Grab and Go meals program will continue at the sites listed at https://www.ocps.net/cms/One.aspx?portalId=54703&pageId=1404484

As always, stay safe and Soar like an Eagle!

Ms. Angoy

Updated Office Hours   



Mrs. Moye's Memo: Week One
 
 
Through Literacy classes (language arts and reading) students are receiving Mrs. Moye Memos which each include useful information. The first week can be accessed at:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1t0paElvsHWBPhpG_OC3VmSNWyKano3PPCx_gbCpib_4/edit?usp=sharing

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

Online Spring Book Fair   
Please remember . . . books make great gifts! 

Our Spring Scholastic Book Fair will be completely online this year! Please visit https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/hcmsonlinebookfair to order!

* Shipping free to homes with over $25 spent on books!


Guidance Corner for April 2020 
By Mr. Anderson 

In his latest Guidance Corner message Mr. Anderson provides some wonderful insights on dealing with the isolation, anxiety and worry that many families are probably experiencing at this time.

Space limits producing the full message here, but do yourself a favor when you have a minute and click on the link below for some much needed inspiration and helpful advice.

Thank you.

The Guidance Corner - Handling Change, Adversity, Fear, and Isolation in Uncertain Times

Monday's Motivational Moment! 
Messages from teachers and staff for our students at the start of distance learning week #2 . . .  




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Stay well this week Eagles and keep up with your distance learning. We miss you and remember that when you try your best, you will succeed. Know that I, your teachers, and your coaches all believe in you.

Ms. Moukaddam, Principal
Hunter's Creek Middle School
Sunday, April 5, 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

 

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Reproduction of this material, either written or electronically, including the general layout, graphics, analyses, and content topics without the express approval of Target Performance Systems, Inc., a Florida corporation, and OCPS - Hunter's Creek Middle School is forbidden without written consent.  Thank you for your support of the Orange County Public Schools and especially Hunter's Creek Middle School. Please contact Ms. Joumana Moukaddam (principal) at  37895@ocps.net with any questions.  
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