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Monday, Nov. 11, 2019

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Lake Nona Middle School

I hope this finds your week off to a great start after we had such lovely fall weather this past weekend.

While Monday is not a school holiday, it is Veterans Day. If you know of a veteran or see one of our Lake Nona staff members who have served personally or one who has a family member that has worn the uniform, kindly take a moment to say thank you. It would mean a great deal to these people who have worked so hard and often at great personal risk to give us the many freedoms only the United States of America enjoys. 

Have a great week and good luck to our volleyball teams. They have home games on our court both Monday and Wednesday. Go Knights!

With Knight Pride,

Stephanie R. Jackson, M. Ed.
Lake Nona Middle School

Lake Nona Middle School recognizes the value of our staff, students, and community members as an extra set of eyes and ears and asks for your help in identifying possible safety or security concerns. If you see something or hear of something suspicious, please say something. Be aware. Be responsible. Thank you!

Dates To Watch For

We only have 5 days left in this year's SGA Food Drive. Thank you very much for the help!
November 11-15 - SGA 6th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive (Final Week)
November 11 - Volleyball - Freedom  - (Home)
November 13 - Volleyball - South Creek - (Home) November 14 - PTSA Spirit Night at Menchie's Frozen Yogurt - 4:30-9:30 PM (Please be sure to mention LNMS. Thank you!)
November 19 - Grade 6 FSA DOE Writing Field Test
November 19 - Grades 7 and 8 FSA Writing Mock Test
November 20 - Volleyball - Walker - (Away)
November 21 - Basketball Informational Knight - Gym - 4:15-5:15 PM
November 21 - Teach-In 2019
November 22 - The Giver Field Trip - 8th Grade
November 25 - 29 - Thanksgiving Break
December 3 - SAC Meeting - Media Center -5:30 PM
December 4 - STEAM Knight - Cafeteria - 6:00 - 8:00 PM
December 10 - Chorus Winter Concert - LNHS - 7:00-8:00 PM
December 11 - Band Winter Concert - LNHS - 7:00-8:00 PM
December 12 - Piano Recital - Cafeteria - 9:00-10:00 PM
December 12 - Orchestra Concert - Cafeteria - 7:00-8:00 PM
December 13 - Lake Nona Talent Show - Cafeteria - 5:00-7:00 PM
December 17 - PE CFE Testing - 9:00-11:30 PM

Knight Sports
Basketball Season - Informational Meeting 
There will be a basketball informational meeting for students and parents regarding the upcoming basketball season on Thursday, November 21st at 4:14 PM in the gymnasium.  
Volleyball Teams Win Again! 
This past Wednesday our volleyball teams traveled to Westridge Middle School and came out on top with two victories. Both of our teams now have an overall record of 2-2. After a slow start to their season, our gentlemen are starting to gain momentum with a two game winning streak. These teams are continuing to show improvement as they are looking to clinch a spot in playoffs. We have two big home games this week on Monday and Wednesday against Freedom and South Creek. We hope to pack the Kingdom and see you there! 

SGA Thanksgiving Food Drive

SGA would like to welcome you to the 6th Annual Thanksgiving (non-perishable) Food Drive here at Lake Nona Middle School!

This year's Food Drive runs from Monday, November 4th through Friday, November 15th, 2019. The Food Drive will go through all 1st period classes. 1st period classes will collect items, and SGA will collect the items Tuesday, November 5th, Tuesday, November 12th, and Friday, November 15th..
To make this more interesting, and to help more of the community, all first period classes will be in competition with each other! The winning class will receive a gourmet breakfast, donated by SGA. Points will be awarded per item. For example: one can of soup will equal 1 point. A 12 pack of water will equal 12 points. Below is a list of approved food items that can be donated.

Thank you in advance for your kindness at this special time of year!

Knights Fight Cancer
National Junior Honor Society raises funds for the American Cancer Society

The Relay For Life movement is the American Cancer Society's signature fundraiser dedicated to helping communities attack cancer. From team members to volunteers, we all want to remember those we've lost, help those affected today, and give us a home team advantage against cancer.  LNMS National Junior Honor Society participated and helped raise over $300 to the American Cancer Society for cancer research. We are very proud of their commitment to this event and their involvement within the community! Way to go scholars!

Knight Heros
Veterans Day is Monday, November 11

We celebrate and honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. LNMS has many veterans but we would like to highlight Charles B. Lyman - U.S. Air Force - for his service to our country and now our community. Mr. Lyman teaches 8th grade ELA.

LNMS Teacher Charles B. Lyman during his time serving in the United States Air Force

A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker, three Royal Norwegian Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons, and a U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress fly together on patrol during Bomber Task Force Europe 20-1, Nov. 6, 2019, over the Barents Sea region of the Arctic Circle. A wing of KC-135 Stratotankers are based in Florida at MacDill AFB in Tampa (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Duncan C. Bevan) - Source: USAF Official Website

Knight Glow in the Classroom
Honors earth science class with Ms. Jones

Playing with glow sticks is a fun, hands-on way for our young scientists to see how energy can be transformed from stored chemical energy to light energy. By simply submerging the glowing sticks in water our students observed how brightness produced by the chemical reaction changes, depending on temperature. Ms. Jones' earth science honors class examined how glow sticks contain potential energy in the form of chemicals: fluorescent dyes and a chemical called hydrogen peroxide. Temperature determines how bright the sticks glow.

Knight Gallery Walk
Restorative practice with Ms. Newlan

Ms. Newlan did a  restorative practice activity with her first period students. She had them reflect in writing for bell work on how they could ask for help if they didn't understand something in their classes. The purpose was to help students feel more comfortable at speaking up and advocating for themselves and at the same time realize that there are ways to go about it successfully.The students  did a gallery poster making/walk-where they wrote their ideas. The practice  provides an exceptional opportunity for students to utilize communication, cooperation, and problem-solving skills to help them solve real life issues.

"How to ask questions successfully when help is needed"

Skyward Family Access Usage: Parents & Students

The percentage of LNMS parents accessing the Skyward student information system declined again last week (from 6.3% to 6.1%) while . . .

. . . 95.1% of our Knight students successfully accessed the system over the same period of time.

Weekly Success Indicators
Indicators that directly or indirectly impact student achievement.

Weekly Indicator
Oct. 11
(5 days)
Oct. 17
(4 days)
Oct. 25
(5 days)
Nov. 1
(5 days)
Nov. 8
(5 days)
Classroom visits by members of the administrative team
Total parent logins into the new Skyward Family Access system (includes multiple logins by the same parent/guardian)
Teacher attendance rate
On-time buses - mornings
On-time buses - afternoons
Library books circulated - 6th
Library books circulated - 7th
Library books circulated - 8th
Tutoring - Wed. 2nd/4th in the PM
Tutoring - Tues.
Tutoring - Thurs.
Tutoring - Sat. Lab

* Prepared courtesy of Mrs. Cheryl Wood, Assistant Principal.   
Leadership Team

Principal: Stephanie Jackson
Assistant Principal: Damian Rosado
Assistant Principal: Cheryl Wood
Assistant Principal: Lindsey Herold
8th Grade Administrative Dean: Steven Berson
7th Grade Administrative Dean: Tangala Butler-Wilson
6th Grade Administrative Dean: Wanda Perkins


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