The Kingdom's Chronicle. 

Monday, July 27, 2020

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OCPS is providing resources advised by The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to maintain social distancing in our school (keeping a distance of 3-6 feet between yourself and others). The social distancing floor decal stickers can be found in the cafeteria and direction arrows will be in the hallways and on the stairs.

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Lake Nona Middle School

The deadline for parents to select which instructional model they prefer for their children this fall has been extended to Monday, July 27 at 5:00 p.m. For more information, look for the School Reopening Plans graphic on the front page of the OCPS website. We have also included an illustration below which offers an easy-to-follow comparison between the three options available to our school community.

Our Lake Nona families did a wonderful job in supporting our request for help last spring with our annual parent survey which we have been using since to help us with our 2020-2021 school improvement planning. Now, faced with this unforeseen Covid-19 situation, we ask our parents to take a moment if they have not done so and make their school reopening choice using the Fall 2020 Choice Registration Form found in the link just above.

Thank you for your support and best wishes for a safe and healthy week ahead!

With Knight Pride,

Dr. Stephanie R. Jackson, Ed.D.
Lake Nona Middle School

Social distancing floor decals installed last week in the cafeteria.
Dates to Watch For

July 20 - FREE Back-to-School Immunizations began through Florida Health - Details
July 27 (NEW!) - Deadline to submit the Fall 2020 Choice Registration Form
August 7-9 - Florida Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday - Details
August 21 (TENTATIVE) - First Day of School
September 1 - 1st SAC Meeting - 5:30 PM - Media Center

The dates for digital device deployment have to be canceled at this time. We will post new dates when LNMS receives guidance from OCPS.

School Reopening
Comparison of the three OCPS fall registration options:
Our Math Club poses for group picture while at Heathrow Elementary School for the 2020 Math League competition on January 25. One of Lake Nona's many academic strengths is our STEM classes and the students have the opportunity to go even further with many great clubs and organizations like our Math Club!

OCPS News on Twitter

* Fall athletics practices and marching band practices which were scheduled to begin on Monday, July, 27, have been postponed until further notice. OCPS is working on a plan to modify fall sports/marching band practice & competition schedules to provide for student health & safety.

* Also, please note that when a student participates in OCPS LaunchEd@Home or Orange County Virtual School they can still participate in athletics and activities at their assigned school, as they are rescheduled.

* The district has been receiving many questions about the reopening choices and we are posting new answers to our FAQ Page daily, sometimes even hourly! There is a great deal of information listed, so please read through it all here: Frequently Asked Questions

Our Lake Nona Treble Voices Choir was selected to perform at the Florida Music Educators Association President's Concert on January 8. Directors Courtney Connelly and Ashley Majka led our Knights and they are pictured above receiving the "2020 Middle School Enrollment Award." This special award recognizes the effectiveness of school programs that excel in recruitment and retention of students. To qualify for this award, 45% of a school's student body must be enrolled in a music course. Lake Nona had 56% of our student body enrolled in a performing arts course in 2019-2020!

OCVS - Interested in Online School for Next Year?

Orange County Virtual School is an option for full and part-time instruction for all students kindergarten through 12th grade. If you are wondering if Orange County Virtual is right for your child, there is a lot of information on their website, where you will find a message from the principal, answers to frequently asked questions, and how to attend virtual information sessions.

Just go to to learn more about the opportunities offered by Orange County Virtual School.

2020 Fall Sports Season Postponed

Please check back regularly for updates. Sports Screening Physical Exam of student athletes is required and the results shall be provided to the LNMS athletics department designee (Athletic Director: Irimar Hernandez) annually in accordance with FHSAA rules and guidelines. Physicals must be performed by a medical provider licensed in the State of Florida with no family relation to the student athlete. The physical packet is attached: 2020-2021 OCPS Physical Packet

Our boys basketball team started off the game with a great lead during a very tough contest vs. Meadow Wood Middle's Stallions on their court last season. However, Meadow Woods did not back down and the game ended up going into three overtimes!! With 4.8 seconds left on the clock, our Knights were down 34-36. Eighth grader Dionel Cruz got fouled at the 3 point line and converted making ALL THREE of his free throws and winning the game for our Knights with a final score of 37-36! (Dionel Cruz is pictured above knocking down the game winning free throw.)
Our Knights celebrating on Meadow Woods' home court after their tremendous 3 overtime victory (please note the expressions of some of the fans)! LNMS is known for fielding very competitive teams during all four sports seasons moving into playoff or championship contention on a regular basis. We have an excellent athletics department and our student-athletes are extremely well coached!

Back-to-School Physicals

Immunizations for 6th Graders going into 7th Grade

The State of Florida requires all incoming 7th graders to have the Tdap Immunization on the Florida 680 Health Form prior to the start of school. (

If Lake Nona Middle School does not have the 680 Health Form with the Tdap immunization included on the form, your child will NOT be able to sign out their laptops and/or receive their class schedule for the 2020-21 school year until the updated form is received.  
If you have additional questions in regards to immunizations, exemptions, etc. please visit  
Source: Florida Department of Health, Orange County; Details 
Student Health & Safety
Findings that can directly or indirectly impact our Knights . . .

1. Sixty percent of middle school student do not get enough sleep.

Source: CDC; Read full article

2. Wearing a face mask when out and about:

Source: Statista; Read full article

3. Middle school students should be getting 60 minutes of physical activity daily.

Source: CDC; Read full article

Monday's Motivational Moment!


Many people may have forgotten, but this past Monday, July 20 was the 51st anniversary of Apollo 11's lunar module, "Eagle," landing on the moon. This was a seemingly impossible feat, but the planning and preparation for the Apollo 11 mission to achieve the goal was astounding!

Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong working at an equipment storage area on the lunar module. This is one of the few photos that show Armstrong during the moonwalk. (Credit: NASA)

In the summer of 1969, Neil Armstrong (1930-2012) was the commander of Apollo 11. Armstrong strove to do what no other mission had before: make a manned lunar landing. While Armstrong expected to fully accomplish that, he still rated a moon landing a nine out of 10 on a scale of difficulty. In a later interview, Neil Armstrong's son Mark said, "My dad had a saying: 'Success is where preparation meets opportunity.' He said work hard and prepare yourself, because it's very difficult to predict what the future may bring and you want to be ready when the opportunity of a lifetime comes your way."

The lesson for our Knights? Commander Armstrong's words and the success of the Apollo 11 mission 51 years ago offers a great example of the benefits from setting hard to reach, but achievable goals. That is, if you stay focused and continually put forth your very best efforts!

Please take care of yourself once again this week by practicing all healthy safety precautions. And thank you very much for completing the Fall 2020 Choice Registration Form if this applies to your household.
Dr. Jackson, Principal
Lake Nona Middle School
Sunday, July 26, 2020

Leadership Team

Principal: Dr. Stephanie Jackson
Assistant Principal: Damian Rosado
Assistant Principal: Cheryl Wood
Assistant Principal: Brandi Cain
8th Grade Administrative Dean: Steven Berson
6th and 7th Grade Administrative Dean: Chenia Thate

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