HCMS Band and Chorus Students Sponsor "Rehearse-A-Thon"
On Saturday, April 5, 2014, the Halifax County Middle School Band and Chorus held its first Rehearse-A-Thon fundraiser. Students were to get sponsors to pledge so much per hour or give a flat rate donation. All donations stay with the band and chorus to help pay for equipment, music, instruments, and events. Students arrived at school at 8:00 a.m. with rehearsals starting at 8:30 a.m. Students were served pizza for lunch, a raffle for prizes, and free time in the afternoon to play basketball, board games, and the Wii. Once all the pledges are collected, there will be a grand prize drawing: 4 $25 winners and 1 $50 winner. There will be 5 winners from the band and 5 winners from the chorus. All students enjoyed themselves at the Rehearse-A-Thon and there are plans for the fundraiser to take place next school year.
HCMS Math Teachers Hold Math Work Sessions!
Halifax County Middle School math teachers met to discuss strategies and resources to implement in daily math instruction. Teachers developed activities where manipulatives could be used to help students perceive mathematical concepts through hands-on experience Teachers practiced using fraction strips, multi-base blocks, interlocking cubes and color tiles.
HCMS English Teachers Complete Book Study
Halifax County Middle School English teachers continued their discussion of the book Explicit Instruction by Anita Archer. The book study was facilitated and led by Dr. Bowmaster. HCMS book study sessions have allowed teachers to share ways to encourage students to set goals in doing their best, while understanding the significance of providing a learning experience and instruction filled with rigor, relevance and relationships. Explicit Instruction offered strategies and activities valuable in enhancing student knowledge and provided a focus that would help inspire and reinforce student expectations, daily instruction and success.
HCMS Teacher of the Year!
Ms. Mary Hamlett, 8th grade Physical Science teacher was voted 2014 HCMS Teacher of the Year! Congratulations to Ms. Hamlett
HCMS Students Design Balloon Powered Cars
Students in Ms. Hamlett’s Grade 8 Physical Science Class designed balloon powered cars. Pictured
are Tyler Thorpe, Tyler Newton, Brayden Moore and Stephen Comer (voted best
looking car); Mackenzie Lawter and Kayla Waller
(car covered the longest distance); and Grant Nichols ( fastest car). Students enjoyed this project and the opportunity provided for hands-on experience in defining speed and Newton's Law of Motion.
HCMS Announces "Saturday SOL Review/Fun Days!"
Need extra help with SOLs? What do you think about joining others for a "Saturday SOL Review/Fun Day?" Halifax County Middle School will sponsor "Saturday SOL Review/Fun Days" on May 3, May 10 and May 17. "Saturday SOL Review Days" will be held before the SOL test is given. May 3 will be SOL English review for grades 6, 7 and 8. May 10 will be SOL Math review in Pre-Algebra 6 and 8, Math 6 and 7 and Algebra I, and May 17 will be SOL History and Civics review in grades 6 7 and 8. The "Saturday Review/Fun Day" will begin at 9:00 a.m and lunch will be provided. Applications for this program will be sent home on Friday and should be returned to your child's homeroom teacher by April 11. Parents must provide transportation to and from the "Saturday Review/Fun Day." If you have questions, please call 572-4100.
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News Through The Year
HCMS 6th Grade Students Participate in "Gang Awareness" Sessions
6th grade students will participate in gang awareness sessions during the upcoming two-weeks. These sessions are led by Commonwealth Attorney Tracy Quackenbush-Martin and staff along with Sheriff Fred Clark and staff. .. Read More
HCMS Students Celebrate "Math Madness Month!"
Students at Halifax County Middle School celebrated Math Madness with a variety of activities. March Math Madness was a month-long series of math activities to reinforce and expand students math skills. Teachers collaborated and created math problem .. Read More
HCMS Students Begin "ROAR" Sessions
sessions will begin at Halifax
School on Monday, March 31. ROAR stands for “Reaching Out and Reinforcing”
and will run Monday – Thursday from 8:25 a.m. – 9:05 a.m. These sessions will allow
.. Read More
HCMS Celebrates "MS Awareness Week!"
HCMS faculty, staff and student body celebrated Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week March 10-14. Led by the SCA and HCMS administration, several activities were sponsored in support of 8th grade English teacher Mrs. Karen Smith, her son and others tha .. Read More
HCMS Algebra Students Celebrate Pi Day!
Halifax County Middle School students in Mrs. Lori Meadows’ Algebra I and Pre-algebra classes celebrated Pi Day on March 14th. Pi is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diamet .. Read More
HCMS Recognizes Guidance Counselors
National School Counseling Week was celebrated from February 3-7. HCMS provided recognition for their counselors who play a vital part in the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century. Counselors were .. Read More
HCMS Teachers Complete Book Study!
Halifax County Middle School faculty and staff completed their first book study on Dr. Adolph Brown’s book “Real Talk: Lessons in Uncommon Sense.”
The book study, led by related arts teachers, offered tidbits on reviving passion for relations .. Read More
HCMS Life Science Creations!
Halifax County Middle School students in Mrs. Kelli Douglas's 7th Grade Honors life science class recently created "Diseased Cereal Boxes." In this project, the student used a cereal box to present specific information about a disease that is ca .. Read More
HCMS Recognizes "Math Students of the Week!"
Six grade students in math classes are recognized weekly for their interest, achievements and motivation during math instruction. Students pictured are those highlighted for the week of December 2-6. Students will receive certifi .. Read More
HCMS Benchmark Testing Dates
HCMS students will begin benchmark testing on Monday, December 9. The testing schedule is as follows:
- Science - December 9 - Postponed
- Social Studies - December 10 - Postponed
-Social Studies - December 11&n .. Read More