HCMS Announces Winter Sports Physicals
Those students interested in trying out for boys and girls basketball must have physicals before tryouts. Free physicals will be given on Wednesday, October 29 at 3:10 p.m. Physical forms may be picked up in the main office and all forms must be completed and signed by parent/guardian before students may participate. Students who completed physicals for fall sports do not need another physical. Contact Justin Saunders, athletic director if there are further questions at 572-4100.
HCMS Music Department Sponsors "Rehearse-a-thon"
Halifax County Middle School band and chorus students will spend Saturday, October 18 practicing and perfecting musical skills at their annual "Fall Rehearse-a-Thon." Students will join together for practice, a pizza luncheon followed by an afternoon of games and socializing. Anyone wanting to contribute to the rehearse-a-thon should see any band or chorus student. The rehearse-a-thon begins at 8:00 a.m. and will end at 1:00 p.m. For further information, please call Choral Director Ben Woosley or Band Director Michelle Heath at 572-4100.
"HCMS Homecoming Football Game!"
The Halifax County Middle School Lions will be in action on Wednesday, October 22 as they meet Laurel Park Middle School in Tuck Dillard Stadium. The homecoming game will kick-off at 5:30 p.m. Come out and see the Lions in action as they go for the victory. Game will be played in Tuck Dillard Stadium.
HCMS Announces "Pre-Homecoming Dance!"
HCMS students will celebrate "Homecoming 2014" with Spirit Week from Tuesday, October 14 - Friday, October 17. A variety of student-led activities will be held. A pre-homecoming dance has been scheduled for Wednesday, October 22 from 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., in the cafeteria. Homecoming game kick-off time is 5:30 p.m. The Lions will meet Laurel Park Middle School for some great football action. Show your Lion Pride and support the Lions.
HCMS Teachers Raise RIGOR in Instruction
HCMS teachers worked together to discuss the need and importance of rigor in developing questions needed to achieve well defined goals. Teachers used rigor in creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels. Having high expectations starts with the decision that every student possesses the potential to be his or her best, no matter what. As teachers worked together, they reviewed lessons that incorporated rigorous opportunities for learning. Higher-level questioning is an integral part of a rigorous classroom in addition to open-ended questions that are at the higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy.
Arts Projects on Display at HCMS
Halifax County Middle School art students displayed an attractive series of art work in the media center. Students were assigned projects that allowed them to use their creativity in art design. The objects were subject to aesthetic criteria and were unique designs of sculptures and paintings. These projects are displayed in the HCMS media center for viewing by staff and peers.
"Starving Marvin" Visits HCMS on October 20!
That's right ..... "Starving Marvin" will visit HCMS on October 20 at 10:00 a.m. Students will get the chance to see and visit "Starving Marvin" and witness some of the interesting things that he can do. "Starving Marvin" will personally thank the 6th grade students for the great job they did with the PTO's first fundraiser for the year. He will also bring a special treat to Mrs. Gwen Smith-Mangum, 6th grade administrator. Do you know what that "special treat" will be? Make sure to follow this website for pictures of this visit.
HCMS Classes Adopted by Advance America
Ms. Sonja Warren and Mrs. Marian Watkins, along with the school principal, Ms. Faye Bruce are grateful and excited that their classes were chosen for adoption by Advance America. Advance America presented a $25.00 money gram to benefit the classes. They also donated a plethora of much needed school supplies. Each student received a coupon for a free frosty from Wendys. Advance America and HCMS would like to thank all other contributors that include: Aarons, Dodson, Smokin' Jakes, Dominos, Kenkay Insurance, Fruitopia, Flowers Bread Store, Italian Delight, and the National Guard.
HCMS and SVHEC Announces Partnership
Administration and staff at Halifax County Middle School and the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) proudly announce a partnership to support Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math (STEM) opportunities for students and teachers. The partnership will yield several STEM-focused initiatives in the coming year. The first initiative is the "Blast Into Engineering" workshop for all sixth graders on October 29. Students will come to the SVHEC for demonstrations and hands-on-activities focused on the field of engineering. Engineering professionals will meet with groups of students to share their experiences, and discuss career opportunities available for engineers in southern Virginia.
HCMS Teachers "Unpacking the SOLs"
Halifax County Middle School Lead teachers met to begin the process in unpacking the Virginia Standards of Learning in order to increase student achievement. In this process, teachers must review the learning objective, underline the content, circle the word(s) that provide information regarding cognitive level, and finally classify the word into one of Bloom's six cognitive levels. Unpacking the standards leads to a greater alignment of the written, taught and tested curriculum. Teachers also used this time to discuss what the student will accomplish
during the given lesson, including the: behaviors students will exhibit to show learning; conditions under which the students will
exhibit those behaviors; criteria the teacher will use to determine
whether students meet the objective. This is an ongoing process and all teachers will participate in upcoming professional development sessions.
PBIS Program Underway At HCMS
Attractive and colorful HCMS Behavior Expectations posters are posted throughout the halls and restrooms for all students to see and follow. The Lions are beginning their implementation of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support of Virginia (PBIS) is an initiative to support positive academic and behavioral outcomes for all students. The program is designed to help teachers and administrators learn about and implement discipline approaches that reduce disruptive classroom behavior. The methods and approaches through PBIS will reduce office referrals and increase teaching and learning time in the classroom.
HCMS "Pink and Strong"
HCMS Cafeteria staff supports the October Cancer Awareness Month by styling their "Pink and Strong" attire. Halifax County Middle School appreciates the cafeteria staff and all that they do.
HCMS Students Observe "Pink Friday"
Students at Halifax County Middle School styled many fashions of pink as they started the October observation of National Cancer Awareness Month. Pictured are just a few of the many students who wore pink.
HCMS Picture Make-Up Day
Make-up picture day at Halifax County Middle School will be Tuesday, October 7. Students who were absent on picture day may have their picture taken during this time.
HCMS Observes "Breast Cancer Awareness Month"
Students, faculty and staff will observe Breast Cancer Awareness the month of October. All students, faculty and staff will wear "Pink" on Friday in recognition of breast cancer awareness.
HCMS English Teachers Collaborate!
Halifax County Middle School teachers are effectively collaborating across grade levels while implementing strategies for student success in upcoming assessments. Focusing not only on students acquiring information, but on them being able to analyze, synthesize, apply and evaluate what they have learned to address problems, design solutions, and communicate persuasively.
Achieving these goals will require collaboration and a transformation in teaching, learning, and assessments so that all students develop the deeper learning competencies that are necessary for success. Pictured is the English department at Halifax County Middle School.
6th Grade Students Present "Solar System Projects"
6th grade students in Mrs. Wiley's science class are studying the unit on Our Solar System. Information about each planet and moon in the solar system was illustrated and defined by students. Students shared their discoveries on how our solar neighborhood is an exciting place, full of planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and many other exciting objects. Students displaying their projects are Gracie Wagstaff, Shelby Irby, Reese Wooding, Jacob Comer, Jaxton Loyd, Jaylin Matthews, Adam Palmer, Drew Salley, Kayla Spencer, Joey Talbott, Gavin Wade, Simeon Ballano, Ayanna Williams, and Maddie Freshour. Students were creative in designing projects and did an excellent job in presenting them during class.
HCMS Hosts Parent Informational Sessions
Parent involvement is crucial to a student's academic success. In order to improve the home/school communication and to allow for more parent involvement, HCMS held informational sessions during their September Parent-Teacher conference evening. The sessions were designed to assist parents in supporting and enhancing their child's learning. Instructional coach, Connie Puckett guided parents and guardians through the Parent Portal tool. Parent Portal can be used by parents and guardians to stay informed and engaged in their child's education, to view grades, monitor attendance, stay current on homework, projects and deadlines. In addition, instructional resources available for middle school students on the Virginia Department of Education's (VDOE) website were shared and reviewed.
HCMS Announces 21st CCLC After-School Program
The first semester SUCCESS After-School program is operating through the 21st CCLC grant. The purpose of the 21st CCLC after-school program is to provide opportunities for communities to establish or expand activities that focus on:
- Improved academic achievement and homework assistance,
- Enrichment services that reinforce and complement the academic program, and
- Family literacy and related educational development services
The after-school program operates on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:10 p.m. until 5:15 p.m. Students attending may ride the activity bus. Activity buses will only stop at designated areas within the county. Students participating must have a signed parental permission form. If you have questions or concerns, please call 572-4100.