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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, March 9, 2020

We had two very busy weeks at HCMS. This edition is longer than usual since it includes information about many events and continued successes of our Proud Eagle Family. Enjoy reading our latest news.  
Neal Shusterman Day 
For the second year now, HCMS continues with the tradition of annually hosting Best Selling and Award Winning American authors primarily known for young adult fiction. HCMS students, staff, parents and the community had an amazing Neal Shusterman day on Thursday, March 5th.
Driven by her passion, love for reading, and spreading school-wide and family literacy, HCMS Superstar Teacher Librarian, Ms. Kellee Moye, led this major literacy initiative and made it happen. In preparation for the author's visit, Ms. Moye and HCMS Language Arts teachers made it their goal that each of our students reads at least one of Mr. Shusterman's novels. (Some of our students exceeded the goal reading multiple books.) What an awesome way to spread the love for reading! The incredible excitement amongst our Eagles was highly visible during the interactive grade level author assemblies and the quick writers' workshop as students had the opportunity to interact with the "Real Life Author."

I am grateful for Ms. Moye, Ms. Armstrong, Ms. DeLuca, Ms. Rokaw, Ms. Chacon, Ms. Perez, Mr. Gomez, and all HCMS staff who invested hours of planning, hard work and effort to make this event a huge success. Stay tuned to find out the name of the author
will be hosting for next year.  
End of the Third Nine-Weeks
This week is the last week of the third nine-weeks. It is only a four-day school week as there is no school on Friday, March 13. Please log-in to your Skyward account to keep monitoring your child's grades and academic progress.  
ACOVID 19 (Coronavirus) Information
Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) is in constant communication with the Florida Department of Health regarding the spread of COVID-19. OCPS is taking the threat of a COVID-19 outbreak seriously and is dedicated to ensuring proper protocols are in place to protect our staff and students.
The CDC and The Florida Department of Health are your best source of information about the disease:
Spring Break
Spring Break starts on Friday, March 13th and ends on Sunday, March 22nd. Please make sure that our Eagles are ready to come back to school on March 23rd ready for the 4th nine-weeks to finish the year strong!

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

Pictured very top: Ms. Moye with Neal Shusterman next to THE HCMS Marquee.

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Upcoming Events
Wednesday, March 11th: Hearing Screening for 6th graders
Thursday, March 12th: School Oration Contest, Kids Heart Challenge celebration
Friday, March 13th: Last day for the 2020 Parent Survey
Friday, March 13th to Sunday, March 22nd: Spring Break!
Monday, March 23rd: 4th Nine Week Begins, SAC Meeting 5pm
Monday, March 30th: Future Problems Solvers Florida Affiliate Competition, Report Cards distributed
Tuesday, March 31st: NJHS Applications due, Last day to qualify for Eagle Super Reader Trip
Wednesday, April 1st: No Early Release, FSA Writing
Thursday, April 2nd: Spring Picture Day
Thursday, April 2nd to Sunday, April 5th: Fine Arts Atlanta Trip
Friday, April 3rd: Michele Weber Hurwitz visits Lunch Book Club


Please see their success story below!

Important Testing Dates
FSA Writing - April 1st (Long Wednesday! Students release at 3:57pm)
FSA Reading - May 4th & 5th
May 6th - Long Wednesday! Students release at 3:57pm
FSA Math & Algebra/Geometry EOC - May 7th & 8th
7th Grade Civics EOC & 8th Grade Science FCAT - May 11th
Common Final Exams - May 18th through May 21st

Amnesty & Course Recovery Saturdays 

Week of Feb. 10: Students of the Week 

Congratulations to our 6th Grade Eagles of the Week (for the week of 2/10-2/15) Carter Vu and Ananda Da Silva!

Carter, Eggbert, and Ananda

Carter always gives 100% effort on daily assignments, group activities, and assessments. He monitors his progress and asks for clarification if he doesn't understand a concept. I appreciate his hard work and dedication to being the best Eagle that he can be.

Ananda is a hardworking and respectful student. She has consistently worked hard throughout the school year and her grades prove it. She continues to go above and beyond expectations and sets high goals for herself. I am so proud of her growth so far this school year, and I'm confident that she will continue to grow. For all these reasons, Ananda deserves to be recognized as Student of the Week.

Week of Feb. 24: Students of the Week 

Congratulations to our 7th Grade Eagles of the Week (for the week of 2/24-2/28) Emma Garcia and Nathan Fischer!

Emma, Eggbert, and Nathan

Emma Garcia is nominated for student of the month for demonstrating perseverance. She goes above her expectations by completing all necessary work with study tools, attends daily tutoring, and asks clarifying questions in class. I appreciate her hard work, great job Emma!

Nathan always goes the extra mile in anything that we need help doing as a student assistant. He comes in in the morning and helps in the Library cutting things out. He is a hard working and kind student and can't wait to have him as an assistant next year as well.

Classroom Spotlight
Highlights from Advanced Academics with Ms. Perez  

Ms. Perez's Advanced Academics class has been going above and beyond not only in their classroom but also in our Innovation Studio. They are hard at work making user guides and testing out the materials to ensure that the studio is ready to go. They've also participate in discussion circles, project based learning, and researching the idea of classrooms without walls.

Department Spotlight: Math 
Our math department is like no other! With passionate and focused teachers that put their all into ensuring our students meet their goals. Additionally, they are always on top of things and are up for whatever the school and our student need.

Hunter's Creek Middle School Math Department

Neal Shusterman Day!  
March 5th, 2020: What a fantastic Neal Shusterman Day!

Our students' brilliant questions drove the presentations where we learned about the writing process, generating ideas, upcoming books, and potential movie & tv shows. Then our invite-only luncheon included a sneak peek of upcoming novels and a quick writers workshop where the Wrath Cleaner was created. Finally, our signing at night was so successful!

We hope all students came away from the day inspired! Thank you to Neal Shusterman for spending the day with us and to Ms. Moye and Ms. Moukaddam for making the day happen!

Invited students take part in a writing workshop luncheon with Neal Shusterman

Also, a shout out for the beautiful art and decorations! Ms. Moye's book club created the welcome banner, the HCMS student literacy leaders created an epic novel mash up door in the library hallway, Ms. Armstrong created the Unwind Neal Shusterman sign & book mobiles, Ms. DeLuca's class dreamt up what the Dark Side of Nowhere aliens would look like, Ms. Rokaw's students analyzed the Schwa's character traits on a body outline, Ms. Perez's students created the Scythe door that is displayed in the library, Ms. Chacon's students created the Good Twist artwork that is displayed in the library, Samuel for making the scythe that is displayed in the library, and last but definitely not least, Mr. Gomez and his students created phenomenal artwork that is displayed in the front office & library as well as the epic Scythe hallway art. Bravo!

Eagle in the Spotlight!
Amy Gomez in TOP FIVE in Magnet Schools of America National Poster Contest 
Congratulations to Amy Gomez for being in the TOP FIVE middle school posters for the National Magnet School poster contest! We're so proud of you, Amy!

Student Spirit of Excellence District Honoree
Miguel Palacios 
Congratulations to our HCMS Spirit of Excellence student nominee - Miguel Palacios! And we just found out that Miguel was chosen as a district Spirit of Excellence honoree!

OCPS's Multilingual Program's Spirit of Excellence award honors students who encourage, embrace and promote bilingualism and multiculturalism.

Teacher Spirit of Excellence School Nominee
Ms. Kaidy Reyes  

Congratulations to our HCMS Spirit of Excellence teacher nominee-Ms. Kaidy Reyes!

OCPS's Multilingual Program's Spirit of Excellence award focuses on teachers who encourages, embraces and promotes bilingualism and multiculturalism.

Eagle Spelling Bee Champ headed to Regional Competition! 
Sharanya Chatterjee 

Sharanya Chatterjee is moving onto the Orlando Sentinel Regional Spelling Bee! After placing 2nd in the OCPS Bee, she'll represent HCMS at the regional competition. Congratulations, Sharanya!!!
Sharanya Chatterjee finished #2 in the OCPS Spelling Bee

Eagle Artwork hangs in the State Capitol!  
Raida Nowreen 

Our very own Raida Nowreen is currently displayed at the Florida Capitol! Her work is so beautiful, and we're so proud of her!

Chamber Orchestra earns SUPERIOR ratings at their MPA 

Our Chamber Orchestra students did an amazing job at their Music Performance Assessment! They received a Superior rating from the judges on their on stage and their sight reading performances!

Eagle Athletics: 2020 Basketball Highlights 
Congratulations to our basketball teams on their exciting season! 

Drama 1-2-3 
Drama's performance on February 27th, Drama 1-2-3, was filled with comedic sketches from our drama students. They did a hilariously awesome job that was enjoyed by all that attended! Congratulations to Mr. Larkin and his students!

Thanks go out to all of the students, parents, and families who attended our show last night. The kids in the show and the audience had a great time, and we raised $250 with all of the proceeds being donated to the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.

Dual Language Gallery Walk  
The Dual Language Gallery Walk was a huge success! Work was displayed by all dual language classes and students from all three grade levels (and even future HCMS students) attended to view all of the amazing work with their families. Bravo to all dual language students and teachers!
Eagle Vital Signs

This past week only 6.2% of our parents & guardians logged in to the Skyward student information system to check on student progress . . .

. . . compared to 96.1% of the students over the same period.

Library Update and Eagle Reading   

Eagle Super Reader Reminder
Is your goal to hit 350 RC points or read all 15 SSYRA books so you can attend the Eagle Super Reader celebration? If so, the last day to meet this goal and be invited is March 31st!

March's Beanstack Challenge
Use Beanstack, accessible through Launchpad, to log books read in March to participate in our March Madness Reading Challenge!

 Information on how to access and use Beanstack:

Parent Tips
As the year continues, reading may drop in priority because of studying, extracurricular, or stressers, but please help your child remember the importance (and fun!) in reading every day! CLICK HERE to view 17 Ways to Keep Your Middle Schooler Interested in Reading.

Digital & Library Fines
Did you know that your student receives an email at their email every Tuesday sharing their overdue books, library fines, and digital fines? Take the time to have your student show you this email to ensure they know how to access it and to see if any fines have been accrued.

Guidance Corner from Mr. Anderson, Ms. Shah, and Ms. Armstrong 

We are now in March, which is National Women's History Month. During this time we take time to observe and recognize the amazing women who have contributed, challenged and given new understanding to the world around us. But did you know that Women's History Month actually started out as a week? Back in 1980, President Carter proclaimed that the week of March 8 (International Women's Day) would be commemorated as Women's History Week, which was a national extension of a celebration of women that a California school district had started a few years prior. Then in 1978, President Reagan extended the observation to last the entire duration of March, a decision that has remained to this day.

In a similar fashion to Black History Month, Women's History Month showcases multiple people who have paved the way for those who have been disenfranchised, misused and ignored. Yet, sometimes getting lost in the shuffle of discussing the "big" names of the suffrage movement or other women's rights battles we have another large population of women who play a massive role in the lives of many every day: female teachers. If we were to reflect on our childhood school experience, a lot of us will have the same narrative: most of our teachers growing up were women, with sprinklings of male teachers starting in middle school. Countless researchers and social researchers have theories as to this phenomenon, but regardless of the specific reasons, these women have an amazing opportunity to not just educate, but to cultivate and inspire the minds of the next generation. Taking on such a task is not simply "noble" or "admirable". Education is a calling, a mission that demands hours of unpaid overtime, a seemingly infinite reservoir of patience and the ability to simply see a student as who they are, but to see the power of their potential and then summon that promise from that student. Doing all this for one student can be a challenging task, but multiply that over multiple students across multiple periods and you quickly grasp the mammoth endeavor that teachers have volunteered themselves for. And for all their sacrifices, compromised family time, job stress and unending workload, teachers are often taken for granted for all their hard work and the depth of their impact on civilization.

I know that May is Teacher Appreciation Month, but I think we can afford to start the celebration early this year. I encourage you to start giving some of our educators some of that love we tend to reserve for May in March as well. Take some time this month to thank one of your lady teachers. Whether you write a note, give a gift, show in some way that you see the hard work they put into their labor and that what they do is not in vain and that it does not go unnoticed. Because preparing the next generation is not a career that can be done half-heartedly.

The teachers at HCMS dedicate themselves to the students and the community in ways that we're not even aware of sometimes. But do not let your gratitude go unsaid.

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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