January 8, 2021 ViewPoint

Fri, 01/08/2021 - 2:17pm

The ViewPoint

January 8, 2021

From the Principal

Welcome Back and Happy New Year! I hope everyone has spent our wonderful Winter Break enjoying time with family and friends. I do not know how you feel but I feel like our 1st week back went “super-fast.” Our Falcons continue to impress me with their class engagement and commitment to excellence. There are only 3 weeks left in the 2nd quarter, so please remember to review your student’s progress in Canvas. If you have questions teachers and school counselors are available to navigate a successful completion of the quarter and transition to the 2nd semester.

I would like to extend my very sincere thanks to the families who shared very thoughtful holiday gifts and contributions to the staff “Gift of Thanks.” On behalf of the administration, faculty, and staff we thank you for your expression of my gratitude and for your kindness and generosity during the Holiday Season. Thank You!

Lynnette Moore, Principal

January 2021 Students of the Month!

MVMS Student Delegates

Each year, students from every HCPSS middle and high school have the opportunity to apply to become a Student Delegate. Once elected, the Student Delegates select two high school students as Student Member of the Board (SMOB) candidates. One of these HCPSS high school students will be elected by the HCPSS student body to represent the student voice as a member of the Board of Education.

We are proud to share that MVMS students Bhanusri Kadali (6th), Hansini Mathu (7th), and Aparna Ramanathan (8th), will serve as grade-level delegates for Mount View Middle School. All three students will attend the third annual "Student Member Convention" scheduled for February 17, 2021. Chandra Kadali will be our alternate and Nikhil Maddirala will serve as the MVMS Delegate Coordinator.

New! Curbside Book Checkout & Dropoff!

The MVMS Library is now open for curbside book check out starting this Wednesday, January 13.  

  • Students can make book requests using this Google form starting today:
    MVMS Library Book Curbside Book Checkout Form
  • The deadline for weekly book checkout requests is Monday at 3:00.  Books entered after Monday at 3:00 will not be checked out to students until the following week.
  • Students must check the Canvas Inbox to be sure their requests could be filled. 
  • The book cart will be available outside the main entrance daily from 7:30-3:00 during regular in-session school days for convenience.   Keep in mind new book requests will not be added to the cart until Wednesday mornings.  
  • The book cart will not be available during inclement weather.  Please email Mrs. Finley to double check: deborah_finley@hcpss.org
  • Books will be available in bags labeled with student names.   Books drop-offs can also be placed on the same cart, or a second cart depending on the volume of book requests. 
  • If books are not picked up by Monday of the following week, they will be checked in and returned to the shelves.
  • All books will sit for 7 days before check-in/checkout and are handled with gloves.  Safety protocols will be followed closely.  Please wear a mask when accessing the book cart.
  • Students can find library books by searching our book catalog: MVMS Book Catalog

Keep Reading Mount View!

MVMS Incoming Grade 6 Parent Orientation

On Wednesday, January 20 at 6:30 PM, we welcome our rising 6th-grade parents to attend our Virtual Orientation to learn about middle school, the 6th-grade schedule, and answer any questions about the transition to middle school.

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.

SPRING SESSION 2021 VIRTUAL LEARNING PROGRAM: Saturdays, January 30–March 13, 9 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Certified teachers offer instruction and enrichment in all levels of mathematics to a diverse student population. Students will engage in synchronous (live) and asynchronous (flexible) instruction. For details, click here.

Registration: Saturday, January 9, 2021, 9 a.m.–noon or until capacity is reached Fee: $80 (non-refundable) MySchoolBucks – 4% associated fee Students will be registered for the same math class or instructional level they are taking at their home school. Grades 6–12 will be following the countywide 4x4 schedule. Only students registered in a mathematics course for the spring semester will be eligible to request registration for the spring session. Email Questions to bsapsaturdaymath@hcpss.org

Community News and Events

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

HC DRUG FREE! Student Life Skills Classes Returning in January

Free and back by popular demand! HC DrugFree is offering another series of 15 Life Skills classes to begin on Wednesday, January 27. The evidence-based curriculum is for grades 6-9. We encourage siblings and friends to enroll together, so even if your student is younger or older, register them and participation will be confirmed. Classes taught on Zoom by adults and talented college and high school students. Students listen to trusted older students! For more information or to enroll, click here or contact Admin@hcdrugfree.org.

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Upcoming Dates

January 18    Schools and Offices closed
January 20    PTA Virtual Meeting
January 27    MVMS Night of the Ensembles
January 28    End of marking period
January 29    Schools closed for students
February 9    2nd Semester Teacher Meet & Greet  6 pm