The ViewPoint for 9/5/2020

Sat, 09/05/2020 - 11:16am

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A Note from the Principal

Hello Falcon Family, 

I am excited for the first day of school next Tuesday. Even though we are virtual, the excitement of welcoming students back to instruction remains the same. We have missed seeing our students and we cannot wait to #Connect. As we enter this new modality of learning please know that everything will be fine.  Administration, faculty, and staff are here to support your student through the process.   

It was a pleasure to see so many new students and families at our New Student Orientation on Thursday. If you were not able to join us or if you would like to review the PowerPoint, they are available on our website. You can also find important dates on our MVMS calendar

Thank you to all of our families who were able to join us for student item distribution and collection. If your student has Art for quarters 1, 2, or the semester and you were unable to pick up the supplies, please email me or Ms. Hess to arrange a pick-up next week (Tuesday thru Thursday between 8 AM and 2:30 PM.)

Thank you to families that made the Chromebook distribution run smoothly yesterday. The following links will help support the setup of your HCPSS issued Chromebook.

If you have submitted a request for a Chromebook after August 24 we will send out individual emails once receive information regarding our next distribution date. If you still need to request a Chromebook please see the information noted below. 

Thanks for Your Support, 

Lynnette N. Moore 

First Day of School: Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Here is a downloadable template of the weekly schedule. Feel free to write class information and Google Meet Codes on it. Students will have access to this document in their HCPSS Google account. 

School begins at 8:30 AM for all students on Tuesday, September 8.

  • *Students will meet with 2nd Period Teacher for Synchronous Support from 8:30 AM to 8:50 AM
  • Follow Schedule:
    • Period 1:  9:00 to 9:45 AM
    • Period 2:  10:00 to 10:45 AM
    • Lunch and Asynchronous work: 10:45 AM - 1:10 PM
    • Period 3:  1:10 to 1:55 PM
    • Period 4:  2:10 to 2:55 PM
    • Period 4   2:55 to 3:15 PM  Additional Support Time
  • *We will use the period 2 synchronous support as an opportunity to build community by welcoming our students, doing a check-in, highlighting the thoughtful and engaging work slated for the school year, etc.

All google meet IDs/codes will be posted on Canvas for students. The formula for each google meet code is using the teacher name such as MVMS-firstinitialLASTNAME-PD# (for example, MVMS-lmoore-PD2)

For directions to join a Google Meet click here

We know that students sometimes have questions or experience technology concerns on the first day of school. So, we have set up this google meet ID for students to log-on if they do not know where to go. We will have front office staff available to support our students.  This will be available on Tuesday from 8:20 AM to 9:30 AM. 

Google Meet Information:
Join by phone
‪(US) +1 515-518-6668‬ PIN: ‪115 136 000‬#‬‬

Chromebooks Will Be Available For All

Any student who did not receive an HCPSS issued Chromebook last school year will be able to have a Chromebook issued for use from home for this school year. The intent is that all students have available the use of an HCPSS Chromebook for virtual instruction. Here are the benefits of using a school-provided/HCPSS device.

Due to vendor delays, HCPSS does not have enough devices to provide all middle and high school students with a Chromebook. At this time, Chromebook requests will be prioritized based on students’ access to personal devices meeting the minimum requirements. Additional devices are being procured. Once they arrive, there will be additional opportunities for all families to borrow a Chromebook.

After receiving an HCPSS Chromebook, families can use the directions for connecting a Chromebook to Wi-Fi to connect to their home network. Additionally, students who have forgotten their username or password can use the Account Self Service directions to retrieve their account credentials. If your student has questions on how to use the technology to access instruction or is having technical issues, please reach using the Google Meet session listed above or complete the MVMS Tech Support Form.

About the Virtual 4x4 Schedule

As we know the 4 x 4 schedule is new to many of our families, we want to share some information to help you as you review them. 

Core Classes - Each student has 2 core classes per semester such as Math, English, Social Studies, and Science. They will take the other two core classes in the opposite semester.  

Semester Courses - All core classes (Math, ELA, Science, and Social Studies), as well as Performing Arts, World Language, Academic Seminar, Reading Seminar, Interventions, and GT Research, are offered for a semester. For example, if a student has Spanish Semester 1 Period 1 the course runs from September 8 - January 28th (and the student will have a different course for Semester 2 Period 1).

Quarter Courses - Related Arts classes and Reading Modules are quarterly courses (45 days or one marking period) - this includes Art, Music, Family and Consumer Science, Technology Education, Health and PE, Readers Cafe, Writers Cafe, Boost the Brain, Expanding and Exploring Careers and Digital Citizenship).  

Canvas is Live on Saturday, September 5.

You will be able to see teacher homepages for each class AND access Google Meeting Codes needed for the first day of school today. Remember you need your HCPSS credentials to access Canvas and the Google Meet classes. If you forgot your username or password, please visit and select the button “Forgot Password or Username”. 

We will not be able to change any student schedules during the first two and a half weeks of school. Exceptions will be made for the following reasons: a student has been placed in the incorrect level, or a student’s schedule does not fulfill their individualized learning plan. If a parent is requesting or a teacher is recommending the student be placed in a different course level, school counselors and/or Ms. Mako, G/T Resource teacher, will connect with parents to discuss the details of this request.

Do You Need Assistance? We Are Here For You!

While virtual learning continues this fall, email is the best way to communicate with our staff members and assist you with all of your questions. At this time, our staff may not always be available to answer our school building phone. All staff emails are provided on our website. Please reach out to the staff members below via email with your specific questions:
Lynnette Moore,

Assistant Principal
Kimberly Hess, 

General School Information/ Questions
MaryAnne Emery, Principal’s Secretary,  

Family File, Emergency Forms, or Canvas
Tina Barnard, Data Clerk,

Attendance, Registrations and Withdrawals, and Student Records
April Snyder, Student Services Secretary,

Student Absences
Please email all student attendance notes to ensure that your student's lawful absence is marked as excused and they will have the opportunity to make up work. In your email, please include your child's name and grade. Please remember that you have up to 5 days after your child's return to school to submit an absence note. When emailing a note, you will receive an automated message to verify that your email was received. Please do not send attendance notes to your child's teachers. If you have any questions about your child's attendance, please email 

Fall Meal Service 

The food services program during the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year will consist of free Grab-and-Go meals served Monday through Friday from 8–9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m., beginning Tuesday, September 8. Breakfast and lunch can be picked up at either mealtime. Meals will be provided free of charge for all students, subject to USDA funding availability. Detailed information about meals for the 2020-21 school year are provided online. Mount View Middle School is a food site and students may access Grab-and-Go meals at MVMS.

Video Instruction Update

Students' active participation in synchronous (live) instruction sessions is critically important to effective learning. HCPSS does not allow video recordings of live instruction, because recorded sessions could hinder students' active class participation, violate privacy rights and accessibility requirements, and other factors. Find more information online.

Google Meet Expectations

To ensure a positive, productive, and enjoyable learning experience for all participants, it is important that all students and parents/guardians adhere to these Google Meet Expectations, which include online behaviors for students and privacy guidelines for parents.

Upcoming Dates

September 7    Offices Closed, Labor Day 
September 8    Schools In-Session, Virtual Learning
September 17    Back-to-School Night (Virtual) 6 to 7 p.m. (Details TBA)
September 28    Schools and Offices Closed