HCMS Celebrates "Red Ribbon Campaign"
DID YOU KNOW? Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don't; yet, only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.
RED RIBBON WEEK - the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the nation, is your opportunity to get the ongoing conversation started.
This year's theme is "Love Yourself. Be Drug Free!" The HCMS community is promoting a drug-free lifestyle by participating in several awareness activities during the week of October 27-31. Join us on Tuesday, October 28 as we wear red to show our support for a Drug-free community.
Red Ribbon Week Activities at HCMS
Monday, Oct. 27: Students will sign Drug Free pledges. Pledges will also be sent home for parents and guardians to sign.
Tuesday, Oct. 28: "Love Yourself, Be Drug Free!" WEAR RED!
Wednesday, Oct. 29: “Show Your Drug Free School Spirit” Wear Orange and Blue! Red Ribbons will be available for all faculty, staff and students.
Thursday, Oct. 30: " Join the Fight Against Drugs!" - Wear camouflage
Friday, Oct. 31 - "Say BOO to Drugs!" Wear your favorite Halloween shirt.
HCMS Teachers' Night At McDonalds
Halifax County Middle School teachers and administrators will be serving at McDonalds at both locations in Riverdale and Centerville on Tuesday, October 28 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. This will be a great opportunity for parents to meet the HCMS staff and enjoy an evening out. See you at McDonalds!
HCMS FBLA Visits WSET TV Station
The HCMS Future Business Leaders of America went on a Field Trip, Thursday, October 23, 2014 to WSET television station, in Lynchburg, VA. They were treated to a tour of the facilities and met with someone in advertising, saw two of the control rooms, and then heard from both Matt Ferguson, the weatherman, and news anchor, Shelly Bassinger. They then got to watch the live broadcast of the noon news, both from the studio and from the main control room, where the director was "running the show." Once the broadcast was over, the students got to each take a turn in front of the "green screen" that Matt used to do the weather.
HCMS PBIS Committee Defines Action Plan
HCMS staff members meet to discuss upcoming PBIS/VTSS plans. The School Improvement Committee met with Dr. Richard J. Bowmaster the VTSS Coach and Ms. Lanett W. Brailey, T-Tach Program Specialist to discuss upcoming actions needed in developing and defining the PBIS framework. This framework will be developed to organize evidence-based practices into an integrated continuum of supports defined to meet the needs of the students.
HCMS FFA Fruit Sales!
FFA/Ag. Dept. Fruit
Navel Oranges…….small box $22…….large box $31
Tangelos…….small box $19…….large box $26
Grapefruit…….small box $18…….large box $25
Juice Oranges…….small box $19…….large box $28
Red Apples…….small box $25…….large box $36
Navel Oranges/Grapefruit……. $24
Red Apples/Navel Oranges…….
If you have any questions or would like to place an order contact any
Agriculture Science student or B. Fallen at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext.
Orders and money are due by
HCMS Counselors Start "Bullying Sessions!"
Bullying affects most children at some point in their lives. Whether it takes the form of subtle name-calling or blatant physical abuse, bullying presents a real problem in a school environment and it may stunt a child's growth mentally and socially. Halifax County Middle School counselors are beginning their small sessions on bully awareness. Pictured are students attending the first session with 8th grade counselor Barbara Womack.
"Kiss A Pig Day" At HCMS
certainly the conversation at Halifax County Middle School on October 20
when Starvin’ Marvin visited for his special kiss.
competed against each other as they supported and participated in the PTO’s
first fundraiser of the year. With much
excitement and enthusiasm, administrators answered the challenge as they
participated in the “Believe In Kids” challenge.
Congratulations was extended to 6th grade students and administrator Mrs. Gwen Smith-Mangum for the triumphant victory.
Starvin’ Marvin, was dressed
for the occasion and Mrs. Gwen Smith-Mangum had on her bright red lipstick to
prepare for it. Pre-kissers for the
victory were English teachers Teresa Carr and Misty Lloyd who graciously accepted
the call. Ms. Dana Smith, the proud owner of Starvin’ Marvin had bathed and sprayed him
with some good smelling stuff for this occasion. Photos of Starvin’
Marvin were hung in the school to celebrate the accomplishment. PTO president Ms. Julianne Berry thanked students
and staff for their support in the school wide fundraiser. Ms. Bruce, the principal commended students on
a job well done and for their assistance in raising funds that would be used
for school supplies needed for student success.
Choices 180 Is On the Move at HCMS
Halifax County Middle School students are participating again with Choices 180. Choices 180 is an anti-gang/bullying movement that works to encourage students to make the right choices in life. It was started in 2013 by Everett Thomas and Tim VanAernem. Pictured with the Choices 180 banner are Mrs. Powell's 8th grade civics students.
2014-15 HCMS Prince and Princess
Halifax County Middle School celebrated Homecoming 2014 with excitement and lots of Lion Pride. Tuck Dillard Stadium was the place to be on Wednesday night as the Lions met the Laurel Park Lancers for some great middle school football action. At halftime, the HCMS crowned the 2014-15 Prince and Princess as hundreds of fans and supporters cheered. Eighth-graders Otis Slayton and Jillian Crews were crowned Prince and Princess. Crowning the new Prince and Princess were middle school principal Ms. Faye Bruce and last year's inaugural Prince and Princess, Javion Featherson and Brittany Clark assisting. Homecoming 2014 was a night to remember as the band played, the cheerleaders cheered and the fans supported the Lions in another great win! Congratulations to the winners and their Homecoming court. (picture compliments of David Conner)
HCMS Participates In NASA Experiences!
Faculty, staff and students are busy preparing plans for the upcoming trip to SVHEC as the 6th grade teams plan their visit. Students will have the opportunity to participate in the "You Are The Engineer of Your Career!" program. Sessions will be offered where students can learn through observation and hands-on participation in science, engineering and math. Students will get an opportunity to observe and take-part in Rockets/Catapults, 3-D printing, Engineering, UV Light presentations, Marshmallow challenges and much more. 6th grade students have been given permission forms for the field trip and all forms are due back by October 27. This will be an exciting, fun-filled learning experience for Halifax County Middle School six graders.
Mentor Role Model Program Presents at 21st CCLC After-School Program
The Mentor Role Model program presented sessions to the 21st CCLC After-school students on healthy and fun relationships. Topics included "Harmful Behavior in Relationships (Bullying), Red Flag and Warning Signs and Health -vs- Unhealthy." Facilitators of the program were Tri-County Community Actions Agency and Domestic Violence Program. Students participated in several sessions and games.
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.
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.