Chain of Lakes Middle School Community Brief
Monday, October 8, 2018

The end of the first quarter is rapidly approaching. Please make sure you take this time to speak to your students about their behavior and their grades. There are only a few more days for work to get turned in and graded before report cards come out mid-October.

Soar Saturday
Soar Saturday are going very strong with a high student turn out each week.  If you are interested in having your child take advantage of this tremendous opportunity, please call your child's grade level office and we will be sure to send home an application with your student. This is a great opportunity for students to focus on Math, Language Art and Science skills that many will see later in the year on the FSA and NGSSS standardized tests.

Progress Monitoring Assessments
Students began on October 1st taking their PMA assessments if they are in 8th Grade Science, Civics, Algebra and Geometry. These assessments are to monitor your students achievement in the above courses in which they will be testing during the May FSA Testing Administration. Students will take a PMA each quarter to assess their skills and predict how they will perform on testing come May.

Thank you all for another wonderful week at Chain of Lakes and please enjoy this latest edition of our community brief.  


Cheron Anderson  
Pictured very top: Several of our Ospreys proudly share their Hispanic Heritage Month projects (please see story below). 
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Dates to Watch For 

Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 (already underway): Hispanic Heritage Month - Gov. Scott's annual essay contest for middle school (4-year college scholarship award)
October 8-12: Spirit Week - Hispanic Heritage Month (each day has its own theme - see below)
October 8-10: Volleyball team tryouts right after school
October 10: NO EARLY RELEASE on this Wednesday
October 10: PTSA Student Rep meeting, 4:00 p.m.

October 15: NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS (Teacher workday; end of quarter grades)
October 18: PTSA general meeting, 6:00 p.m.
October 22: Volleyball at HOME vs. Gotha, 5:00 p.m.
October 26: PTSA Spirit Night at Let's Skate!, 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
October 29: Volleyball at HOME vs. SunRidge, 5:00 p.m.
October 31: Special Read & Feed event - dress up as your favorite basketball player ($2.00 with funds supporting our PTSA)
November 3: OCPS Parent Academy
Dec. 4th, 5th & 6th: Princess and the Pauper Performances 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria (Adults $5/Students $3)

Local Business Spotlight
Marco's Pizza returned this year as a valued Partner in Education! 
Rigor in the Classroom and Hispanic Heritage Month 
Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month in Spanish Class . . .   

Here at Chain of Lakes, students can take Spanish I and Spanish II to fulfill their high school foreign language needs. Our Spanish classes are rich in language, culture and history.
While a bit difficult to see in these pictures, in conducting their research the students gathered information regarding each country's economic situation (e.g. exports), geography, famous people/leaders, cultural insights, sports teams, national flower, and more! 
Did You Know? 
* Hispanics have had a profound and positive influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work, and service.  
* September 15 is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. 
* Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period and Columbus Day (Día de la Raza) is October 12. 
* The term Hispanic or Latino, refers to Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race.  
* Today, 57.5 million people or 18% of the American population are of Hispanic or Latino origin.  
* Orlando ranks #21 in America as one of the top cities for Hispanic entrepreneurs in business. 
Spirit Week!  
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are having a SPIRIT WEEK next week!  
Monday, Oct. 8
Flag day (wear colors of the flag of your fave Spanish-speaking country) 
Tuesday, Oct. 9
Familia Day (dress like twins with someone you consider like family) 
Wednesday, Oct. 10
Guayabera Day (wear a guayabera-style shirt OR other island attire) 
Thursday, Oct. 11
Tie and Tiara Day (in honor of the Quinceañera, a.k.a. Sweet 15) 
Friday, Oct. 12
Soccer Jersey Day (because we all know soccer is HUGE in Latin America!) 
Read & Feed 2019 
Each year Chain of Lakes Middle School teachers select a novel for our ANNUAL READ & FEED EVENT. Read & Feed is a one-day event held in May, where students who have read the selected text and passed a knowledge quiz about the book get to participate in a FULL DAY of fun, activities, and excitement outside of their classroom!  
This 2019 Read & Feed book is . . .

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander   
Check out this short interview with Kwame Alexander: 

Source: Time Magazine for Kids 
To get our students excited about READ & FEED, October 31st students can dress up as their favorite basketball player for $2 (funds used to help support special school programs led by our wonderful PTSA).   
Osprey Athletics
Volleyball season is just around the corner . . .  

Volleyball tryouts will begin October 8-10th right after school. Please make sure you have your physical and athletics forms completed and turned into Ms. Pirolli before Tryouts starts.

Mark your calendars now for a great season of Osprey action!
Date  Day  Time  Opponent  Location 
Oct. 22  Monday  5:00 PM  Gotha  Home 
Oct. 29  Monday  5:00 PM  SunRidge  Home  
Nov. 5  Monday  5:00 PM  Southwest  Away
Nov. 7  Wednesday  5:00 PM  Bridgewater  Home  
Nov. 12  Monday  5:00 PM  Windy Ridge  Home 
Nov. 14  Wednesday  5:00 PM  Carver  Away 
Pictured above: 2016 Girls Volleyball Team 
Chain of Lakes "Digital Moment" 
Read&Write App 

As we dig deeper in to digital technologies, students are beginning to utilize the many digital resources that they now have at their fingertips. One of these resources is the Read&Write App that can be downloaded from Google.

The Read & Write App allows students to highlight, annotate, and provide comprehensive reading and writing supports to Google Docs. Students can even research, translate and define terms all in this one simple app. You may notice the icon below downloaded on your students Google Chrome. Try it out and have your student show you how it is being used in class.
You can check out more about Google Read&Write here:

Testing Update 

November - OSPREY Writes    
During November all of our Chain of Lakes Students will participate in our Osprey Writes assessment. Osprey Writes is a school-wide assessment of your student's writing skills. This is a practice for the FSA Writes that will be administered next April.

December - Common Final Examinations and Algebra Retakes
December brings us two assessments for two smaller groups of students. First, early in December we will have retakes for any students that need an opportunity to retake the Algebra I EOC. Then right before the 2018 winter break, we will administer CFE's. CFE's will only be for students participating in STEM, Learning Strategies, and Physical Education semester courses.

Stay Informed . . . Sign Up For Remind 

Parents and students, stay connected with all the latest news from Chain of Lakes, by setting up a Remind Account. Follow the instructions below and you will receive text messages from Chain of Lakes.

PTSA News & Update 
Dear Chain of Lakes Families,

General Meeting and Membership
Thank you to everyone who has joined the PTSA. We will have our next general meeting on October 18th at 6:00 p.m. We welcome new members all year. You can join via our website or find a form in the front office. We welcome parents, teachers and students (Grandparents too)!

Spirit Store
We have finalized our Spirit store order and have sent it in. All orders should be to you in two weeks. We plan to order extra shirts and other merchandise for those of you who weren't able to pre-order your Chain of lakes items. Keep an eye out for our Pop Up Spirit Store!

Fall Fundraiser Update
Our Chain of Lakes Fundraiser just wrapped up! We raised close to $5,000!!! Thank you to everyone who donated. Your fundraiser rewards will be given out when our merchandise comes in. If anyone wishes to donate that hasn't, you may donate anytime throughout the year. Donations are tax deductible and 100% of it goes back to your school, teachers and students.

Teacher Grants
Teacher's have submitted their applications for Grants! We will be approving these on Tuesday! We are here for our teachers and want them to have what they need to better educate our students. We had our 2nd Staff event at Howl at the Moon this past Friday! We had so much fun!! Our next staff event is October 19th! Applebee's is catering their lunch!

S tudent Rep Meeting / Let's Skate
Our Student Rep meeting is on October 10th at 4:00 p.m. We are planning a fun spirit night at Let's Skate on October 26th from 5-10:30 p.m.! Just $8 to skate the night away! Can't wait to see everyone there!

Another busy month here at Chain of Lakes! We love volunteers! Please let us know if you would like to help out at any of these events.

Yours in Service,

Kim Gowanloch, Chain of Lakes PTSA President
Peace, Love, Osprey
Inspiring Osprey Unity


Students should bring a pair of headphones to school each day. These can be earbuds that can be found at a local Dollar Store. Your student will be participating in online testing and activities throughout the year and headphones are essential to their success.  

Students, please remember - you need earbuds but they should be put away when not being used for a classroom activity.
Chain of Lakes "By the Numbers"

Source: Daily Absence Bulletin. Includes excused and unexcused absences as both represent lost in-class instructional time which cannot be recovered.
Chain of Lakes Middle School Leadership Team

Principal: Cheron Anderson
Assistant Principal: James Morse
Assistant Principal: Angela Slaughter
8th Grade Administrative Dean: Grace Gregory
7th Grade Administrative Dean: James Brown
6th Grade Administrative Dean: Kimberly Powell
Administrative Dean: Heather Rodriguez

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