Commonwealth Attorney Quackenbush-Martin Speaks to 8th-Grade Students
Commonwealth Attorney Tracy Quackenbush-Martin spoke to 8th-grade Civics students on media and internet safety. During the informational sessions, students were informed of the importance in being careful in opening up and sharing information online with others. Attorney Quackenbush-Martin stressed the need to make smart, safe online decisions and highlighted several ways students could protect themselves from sharing too much information. Students were allowed the opportunity to discuss and ask questions in reference to media safety, as Attorney Quackenbush-Martin shared ways to prevent the negative consequences and unsafe practices that can often occur during social networking.
HCMS Administrators Recognized During Principals Appreciation Week
Administrators at Halifax County Middle School were recognized the week of January 24-30 during Virginia School Principals Appreciation Week. Administrators were recognized with congratulatory words during morning announcements, a framed certificate of recognition from Governor McAuliffe, and a breakfast provided by the Guidance Department. Other items of congratulations were given by staff members, in addition to lunch from Windmill. Pictured are 8th grade associate principal, Magie Wilkerson, 7th grade assistant principal, Gwen Smith-Mangum and 6th grade assistant principal, Vince Newton along with Principal Faye Bruce accepting a gift certificate from Gloria Coles, middle school SCA sponsor.
6th Grade Students Witness "The Crossing of the Dan!"
6th grade students will get to witness the action and events leading up to the "Crossing of the Dan!" Actors and actresses will perform before the 6th grade student body, as they present the happenings of the "Crossing of the Dan" production at the Prizery on Friday, February 5. The production is directed by Ms. Sarah Graves and accompanied with musical selections under the direction of Mr. Ben Woosley and Mrs. Michelle Heath. This is sure to be a production that you don't want to miss.
HCMS Presented Exxon Mobile Educational Alliance Grant
Halifax County Middle School was presented a grant from the Exxon Mobile Educational Alliance in the amount of $500.00. This grant will be used to purchase science and math resources. A special thanks is extended to Davenport Energy, Inc. in partnership with ExxonMobil for their generous donation. Principal Faye Bruce, middle school students and instructional coach, Connie Puckett are pictured receiving the gift.
HCMS Receives Polar Plunge Donation!
Halifax County Middle School participants are breaking out the swim trunks, sunglasses and mittens. It's almost Polar Plunge time and with every splash, participants and supporters are helping our athletes discover how glorious it is to be a Special Olympics champion.
Halifax County Middle School students will participate in the annual Polar Plunge again this year to be held on February 6, 2016 in Virginia Beach.
The South Boston Recreation Department (Mites Division) donated a monetary gift to HCMS in support of students participating in this event. Pictured is Karen Wilkins-Taylor from the South Boston Recreation Department (Mites Division) presenting the donation to HCMS sponsor Linda Collins. Pictured also are Connie Penick, and middle school students Justyce Reid and Kathryn Fitch.
HCMS Teachers Attend Active-Shooter Training
Faculty and staff at Halifax County Middle School attended a professional development session on January 5, 2016 on practices for coping with an in-active shooter. The inservice was facilitated by Sgt.Bowen and resource officer C. Spencer. Sgt. Bowen shared practices and precautions necessary for safety when involving an active shooter. Several precautions were communicated for implementing before an incident occurs: Staff was advised to always be aware of your environment and know the nearest exits. Sgt. Bowen and Officer Spencer concluded the presentation with a question and answer period.
HCMS Music Department Winter Concert
The Halifax County Middle School music department presented their annual in-house winter concert to the student body on December 20. Band and Chorus students presented an excellent performance of songs for the holiday season.
HCMS Teachers Participate In "Formative/Summative Assessments Inservice"
HCMS teachers participated in a "Formative/Summative Assessments" professional development session on Tuesday, January 6. Teachers shared and discussed formative and summative assessments, in addition to ways to improve student engagement. The purpose of using assessment data to reflect on instructional practices was communicated. A video clip "Faster Formative Assessment With Quick Response Tools" was viewed and discussed. Teachers participated in table discussions and a formative/summative team activity that was displayed for viewing.
"HCMS Basketball Fever!"
Basketball action at HCMS with the boys and girls team playing the following home schedule:
January 13 - HCMS vs. Martinsville Middle School - 5:00 p.m.
January 22 - HCMS vs. Ben Franklin - 5:00 p.m.
January 25 - HCMS vs. Laurel Park - 5:00 p.m.
Support the Lions!
HCMS Student vs. Faculty Basketball Game
Faculty and staff participated in the annual Faculty vs. Student basketball game held on December 21. Students, faculty and staff had an enjoyable time as the teams displayed talent, teamwork and fun in front of the student body and supporters.
News Through The Year
HCMS SCA Sponsors Holiday Community Project
The HCMS SCA along with students, faculty and staff collected canned goods for the holiday season. Students and staff supported the SCA project by bringing canned goods to homeroom. Pictured are students with an abundance of collected goods. &n .. Read More
HCMS Faculty and Staff Celebrate With Holiday Dinner!
Faculty and staff celebrated the holidays with a a holiday luncheon filled with good food, good friends and great fun. Happy Holidays from Halifax County Middle School Faculty and Staff. Read More
"HCMS LEGO Team Are Winners!"
On Saturday, November 21, the members of the HCMS FIRST Lego League Team competed in the FLL VA/DC Regional Tournament held in Staunton, VA. The competition consisted of 3 parts: the Robot Game, the Project, and the FLL Core Values. The .. Read More
HCMS Recognizes Teachers and Staff
Teachers were honored with an array of activities during Teacher Appreciation Week. Administration, SCA and the HCMS PTO celebrated the special week by presenting teachers and staff with various gifts of appreciation, breakfast, strawberry shor .. Read More
"HCMS Sunshine Club Promotes Thankfulness!"
HCMS Sunshine Club had students to write things they were thankful for. Pictured are some of the things that students named. Read More
HCMS Teachers Attend Book Review
HCMS faculty had it's first book review session on the book Explicit Instruction with Dr. Rick Bowmaster
as facilitator. Explicit Instruction
by Anita Archer and Charles Hughes defines a direct, engaging and successful system used to p .. Read More
HCMS Book Fair Is Here!
Book Fair - November 30 - December 9 (8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
Books for all ages!
Stop by and visit the Halifax County Middle School Book Fair.
"A book will make a special gift!" .. Read More
Book Fair at HCMS
Reading is the most important skill you can teach a child. We invite you to the HCMS Book Fair which will be held November 30 - December 9. Students will be able to shop during their scheduled library time for books and other goodies. &nb .. Read More
HCMS PTO Fundraiser Top Sellers
HCMS PTO Top Fundraisers! Pictured are students who sold 25 items or more in the schoolwide fundraiser. Top sellers were treated to a limousine ride and luncheon at Italian Delight. .. Read More
HCMS Celebrates American Heart Week
Being physically active is important in preventing heart disease and strokes, the number 1 and number 5 killers. Students in physical education classes got a first-hand lesson on ways to prevent heart disease. Ms. Leslile Shreve demonstrated an .. Read More