The Kingdom's Chronicle
Lake Nona Middle School, Orlando, FL
Dates to Watch For
January 12- SAC Meeting, 5:00pm in the LNMS Media Center and online via ZOOM
January 13- Reports Cards Distributed
January 14: Last Day of Registration for ESOL Classes at Lake Nona HS
January 15- Picture Day Retakes
January 18- Martin Luther King, Jr Day- School Holiday
January 21: Deadline for Horizon Scholars Application (8th graders)
January 23- Saturday Learning Lab, 9am-1pm
January 27- Wednesday After School Tutoring (Sign up link coming soon)
January 27- Annual OCPS Stellar Awards (Virtual this year)
January 30- Saturday Learning Lab, 9am-1pm
SAC Meeting and ZOOM Link
Topic: LNMS SAC Meeting

Time: Tuesday, Jan 12, 2021 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join ZOOM Meeting:

Meeting ID: 998 2547 9809

Passcode: u2SmSG
LaunchEd Students Picture Day
Welcome Back Knights!
The start of the second semester has brought almost 300 more Knights back to campus. Students have done an exceptional job adjusting to being back on campus and adhering to mask requirements, social distancing in class, and other additional safety procedures. Teachers were happy to welcome our students back on January 5th!
Engaging New Technology in the Classroom
Teaching during a pandemic has been a challenge which most teachers would never have thought they would experience during their careers. The vast majority of teachers have blended learning environments and are teaching students at home and in front of them. OCPS has purchased additional technology tools to assist with instruction during this time.

LNMS received its first Swivl camera set up and Mrs. Wilson, 6th grade math teacher, was the first recipient to test it and to begin using it. The Swivl kit includes a tripod, robotic Swivl base, and an IPad. The IPad sits in the Swivl base and follows the teacher as they move about the classroom. Audio is also enhanced for students at home and can be used so students at home can speak and engage with their peers in the physical classroom. Additional units will be arriving in waves over the next several months.
Above and just below:
Mrs. Wilson using the Swivl camera in her 6th grade math class during the first week of 2021.
Pictured immediately above is the Swivl kit with its tripod, robotic base, and an IPad. The IPad sits in the Swivl base which can follow Mrs. Wilson as she moves about the classroom giving instruction. The sound is also enhanced to help our LaunchED students learning from home.
*** New weekly spotlight features brought to you by the LNMS Yearbook staff members ***
Teacher of the Week Spotlight - Mr. Matthew Menard
Mr. Menard is an 8th grade science teacher that has worked at Lake Nona Middle School for 6 years, though he never thought that he would be a teacher. He attended UCF with a major in forensic science and a minor in chemistry. He enjoys teaching because “Getting the students interested in what I am teaching, some students are more successful than others."

In Mr. Menard's free time he uses his 3D printer and creates works of art. He is currently working on a Mandalorian helmet. In his free time he also enjoys watching scifi and creating stuff with his 3D printer and just everyday household projects. When he was younger he wanted to work on special effects in movies.
Student of the Week Spotlight - Mirella Chapple, 8th grade
Mirella Chapple is a student that goes to Lake Nona Middle. Her favorite subject is math, “Mostly because of Mr. B'' as Chapple states. She agreed that face to face school suited her well with the current situation. Mirella reasoned that, “I feel like you can interact with all the teachers and stuff and you get to see your friends too.” Even though Covid 19 has had an impact on everybody's life, Mirella explained she understood that it is risky going to school with Covid taking place. “Yes, I feel Covid is a big risk. Obviously I have family at home and my dad goes to work. So it's a big risk to take because I could get Covid and I could give it to my family so I need to be responsible and what not.”

Mirella has a few hobbies, which include watching the Vampire Diaries and playing soccer. “I love to play soccer. I go to practices on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. That’s like my favorite thing to do.”
National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day!
Saturday, January 9th was National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. At LNMS we are lucky to have Officer Thomas O’Day as our School Resource Officer. 

Officer O’Day has been an officer with the Orlando Police Department for 20 years, serving as our SRO for the past two years. Prior to joining OPD, Officer O’Day was in the U.S. Marines for almost ten years and is a product of OCPS schools having attended Dover Shores ES, Stonewall Jackson and Conway Junior High Schools, and graduating from Boone High School.

Officer O’Day offers the following advice to our Knights: “Don't question your abilities or let fear of failure keep you from pursuing your dreams.”

Thank you Officer O’Day for your years of service and being a valuable member of our Kingdom!
Knight Sports by Coach Hernandez
2020-2021 Volleyball Intramurals are underway! No regular sports seasons, no problem. The process of getting better and growth never stops. We will continue building our sports programs through intramurals by providing a fun and safe developmental environment for our student athletes here in the Kingdom.

We had around 50 participants come out for evaluations this week! Coaches are working on finalizing teams so that we can begin game play next week! We are looking forward to some exciting weeks ahead of volleyball game play!
Media Minutes by Ms. Powers, Media Specialist
SSYRA Book Review - New Kid by Jerry Craft
(A graphic novel about starting over at a new school where diversity is low and the struggle to fit in is real.)

Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds — and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself? (Review from

Note - Media Specialist Ms. Powers LOVES this SSYRA book! Definitely a 5 star review from her.
Beanstack Winter Reading Challenge is Underway!
From January 1st to January 31st, LNMS will participate in Beanstack’s Fourth Annual Winter Reading Challenge, “Book Like Us,” sponsored by Simon and Schuster (S&S). We challenge our patrons/students to read at least 10,000 during the month and keep track of their reading on our Beanstack site from the student Launchpad account.

Thousands of libraries and schools across the nation will encourage their communities to read a target number of minutes and books. Prizes will include book collections and virtual author visits. Ten (10) winning schools or libraries will each get a collection of fifty (50) books from the “Books Like Us” collection. In addition, Ms. Powers will be awarding the top 5 readers logging minutes in each grade level.

Happy reading, Knights!!
Agriculture Education Opportunity
Free Parent ESOL Classes
Valencia Horizons Scholar Program - Deadline is January 21, 2021
Attention 8th grade students: You may qualify for The Horizon Scholars program, a mentoring and scholarship college access program that culminates in a 2-year Florida prepaid scholarship that can be used at any college or university in Florida!

The Valencia College Horizon Scholars Program will be selecting new students during the 2020-2021 school year. Selected students will begin the program in the fall of their freshman year.

Students are selected based on:
  • Academic performance: unweighted GPA of at least 2.5
  • Family income level 
  • An interview where they demonstrate a desire to pursue a post-secondary education

For any questions, please contact

Virtual Learning Events – Save the Dates!
OCPS Parent and Family Engagement will be offering the following virtual opportunities. All families are welcomed. Click here to register for any of the four sessions listed below or visit

These events will be offered in English and in Spanish.

*** Wednesday, January 13th, from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm ***
(Two sessions to choose from)

Children and Culture Shock
The OCPS Multilingual Services department will be sharing information about culture shock and how it affects your child’s education. Strategies will be shared to help students throughout the process of adjusting to school. Click here to register or visit

Math and Reading for ALL Students
The OCPS Curriculum and Digital Learning department will be sharing information on resources and strategies for elementary, middle, and high school Math and English Language Arts curriculum.

*** Wednesday, January 20th, from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm ***
(Two sessions to choose from)

Benefits and Dangers of Social Media
OCPS Curriculum and Digital Learning department will provide parents with the pros and cons of students using social media. Click here to register or visit

Creating Healthy Social Emotional Environments at Home
The OCPS Student Services department will inform parents how they can assist students from home and where to go for additional helpful resources. Click here to register or visit
Skyward Family Access Usage
1) Student use of the Skyward system was at 84.4% during the first school week of 2021 (a four-day week as classes resumed on Tuesday, January 5, 2021).
2) Parent usage of the Skyward systems opened 2021 at 6.9% during week #1.
Knight Vital Signs
Credit: Weekly success indicators compiled by Ms. Sharon Powers (Media Specialist) and staff.
Monday's Motivational Moment!
America's Founding Father of Compounding

Most Americans know that Benjamin Franklin was a Founding Father, statesman, diplomat, author, printer, scientist, and inventor, Franklin’s accomplishments are nothing short of inspirational. However, what many do not know is that upon his death in 1790 he left $4,400 to each of the two cities of Boston and Philadelphia.

This original total of $8,800 grew to nearly $6.5 million by 1990, the 200th anniversary of Franklin’s death, thanks to the power of "compound interest." Using Franklin's story as an example, compound interest is the result of the continuous adding of interest to the amount of an initial deposit; here the $4,400 to the cities of Boston and Philadelphia. Two hundred years later, those two $4,400 gifts were worth millions just from the additional interest added over time!

Franklin once referred to the concept of compounding as "The 8th wonder of the world." Albert Einstein also said, "Compound interest is the most powerful force in the universe."

The lesson for our Knights? As you think about your 2021 goals, give some thought to saving some of your money when you can. While interest rates are quite low right now, this will not always be the case. If you can discipline yourself to put aside even a small amount on a regular basis, it will to grow a balance so that when interest rates do rise, the impact will be even greater. The real trick is just getting started and having the willpower to stick with it. The payoff will surprise you down the line!

Welcome back Knights and Happy New Year!
Dr. Jackson, Principal
Lake Nona Middle School
Sunday, January 10, 2021
Leadership Team
13700 Narcoossee Road
Orlando, FL 32832
Phone 407-858-5522
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