January 30, 2021 Viewpoint

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January 30, 2021

First Day of 2nd Semester

The FIRST DAY Semester 2 is Monday, February 1, 2021.
Here is a downloadable link that has the entire week schedule. Feel free to use and write class information and Google Meet Codes on it.
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).
Students can use the link on canvas or type in the Google Meet code to join each class. Students must use their HCPSS credentials to access all classes.
(Synchronous Support Periods will use the same google meet code as the corresponding period. For example, Synchronous Support Period 2 will have the same Google Meet Code as Period 2.)

Students will begin their day with 1st Period Teacher for Synchronous Support from 8:30 AM to 8:50 AM.
Monday's Schedule: 

  • Period 1 Synchronous Support: 8:30 – 8:50 AM
  • Period 1:  9:00 to 9:45 AM
  • Period 2:  10:00 to 10:45 AM
  • Homeroom / SEL: 10:50 to 11:20 AM
  • Lunch and Asynchronous work: 11:20 AM - 1:10 PM
  • Period 3:  1:10 to 1:55 PM
  • Period 4:  2:10 to 2:55 PM
  • Period 3 Synchronous Support:  2:55 to 3:15 PM 

Semester Two Schedule: Students and parents may see their semester 2 classes by following the instructions below. If students need additional support locating their schedule please contact your School Counselor. 

Direction for Students: 

  1. Sign in with their username and password in Synergy
  2. Click Class Schedule from the menu on the left side of the screen
  3. On the far right, you will see the quarters listed. Click Q3

Direction for Parents:

  1. Go to HCPSS Connect
  2. Click on Class Schedule from the menu on the left side of the screen
  3. On the far right, you will see the quarters listed. Click Q3

2nd Semester Back-to-School Night

Mount View will host a second-semester Back-to-School-Night on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, @ 6 pm so families will have a chance to meet their student’s second-semester teachers. The evening will be a similar format to the beginning of the year Back-To-School-Night, and parents/guardians will have the opportunity to visit classes virtually using Google Meet. (You must use your student’s HCPSS credentials.) More information will be shared in an upcoming communication. 

Lightspeed Platform

Beginning February 8, 2021, our school is participating in the use of Lightspeed, a platform and instructional support tool that helps teachers keep students on track and safe as they navigate online learning. Please see attached letter for more information. This information was sent through Synergy, as well. Please refer to this letter for more information.

Attention 6th & 7th Grade Families

Course registration for the 2021-2022 school year will be open from February 3rd until February 15th. This process will be completed through the Parent HCPSS Connect Account. Students will need to register for 7 total credits and at least 2 alternate classes. 

Grade Specific Letters emailed to parents/guardians on Wednesday, January 27:
Rising 7th Middle School scheduling letter.pdf 
Rising 8th Middle School scheduling letter.pdf 
Directions and screencast that walks parents/guardians through a step-by-step process for looking at teacher course recommendations, adding course requests, alternates, and CPRs are posted here.

To register for courses, parents must log on to Synergy through HCPSS Connect.  
Directions for registering online as well as step-by-step video directions can be found here.  For information on Online Course Requests – Rising 6th to 8th Grade Students click here.

For questions regarding scheduling, please contact our school counselors.
Ms. Patricia Marton, patricia_marton@hcpss.org, Grade 6 A-L, and Grade 8
Ms. Kathy O’Ferrall, koferrall@hcpss.org,  Grade 6 M-Z, and Grade 7

Coffee and Conversation

We will host a Coffee and Conversation on Wednesday, February 3rd at 9am to answer any course registration questions. Using Google Meet (You must use your student’s HCPSS credentials to log in.)  Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/dbm-ifsq-qsy Join by phone (US) +1 216-930-8281‬ PIN: ‪706 566 285‬#‬‬

National School Counselor Week

Next week is National School Counselor Week! (Monday, 2/1/21 through Friday, 2/5/21) This week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), highlights the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and the tremendous impact they can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. I would like to take this moment to thank our school counselors, Ms. O’Ferrall and Ms. Marton for all that they do to support our students!

Family Commitment Survey

Please ensure that you review the email from HCPSS (Decision on Instructional Preference) and complete your family survey. Parents are required to make a decision by FEBRUARY 5 if their student is to remain virtually for the remainder of the school year or to return to hybrid education.

Music Boosters Chipotle Night

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us to support the MVMS Music Boosters on Wednesday, February 3, from 4 to 8 pm Bring this flyer or show it on your smartphone. Order online and use the code DZHLAVZ before checkout in the promo field.

Community News and Events

Please visit the Community News and Programs page for announcements of upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations.

FREE Virtual Tutoring for K-12 

COE TUtors is a free online tutoring program for K-12 students in Maryland. The tutors are teacher candidates at Towson University. Lessons will be designed based on students’ needs and families will be provided with feedback on student progress. Tutoring sessions will occur weekly and last 30-60 minutes via Zoom. Interested families can apply for the spring semester starting on January 18. 
For more information please visit https://www.towson.edu/coe/centers/tutors/ Or
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Updated HCPSS Family Math Support Center Information

The Office of Secondary Mathematics has been working on updates to the online HCPSS Family Math Support Center, specifically resources to support students and families who have mathematics semester one and for those who will be taking mathematics semester two. For students taking mathematics now, during semester 1, Math 6 (Gr. 6), Pre-Algebra GT (Gr. 6), Math 7 (Gr. 6/7), Math 8 (Gr. 7/8), MS Algebra I (& GT), and MS Geometry GT, the following mathematics courses are helpful to support your student and strengthen skills and standards. You can find these updated resources under the Middle School Math drop-downs. Note that the Illustrative Mathematics video lesson summaries (helpful videos for review purposes) are provided for units 1-7.

The "Get Ready Mathematics" courses are resources that may be good for students and families who are looking for extra support to prepare them for second-semester mathematics courses or to keep math skills current. Also, for a student who had mathematics semester one, you can look at the "Get Ready Mathematics" to either review prior knowledge or prep for your student's next math class in the fall of 2021. The "Get Ready Mathematics" courses through Khan Academy are available for Math 6Pre-Algebra GTMath 7Math 8Algebra IMS Geometry GTAlgebra II, and Precalculus.

Upcoming Dates

February 3      Chipotle Fundraiser for MVMS Music Boosters
February 5      Report Cards issued
February 9      Virtual Back to School Night 6 pm
February 12    Schools closed for students
February 15    Schools and offices closed
February 17    Virtual PTA Meeting 6 pm