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Monday, Dec. 23, 2019

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Lake Nona Middle School

The next two weeks our Knights will be away on a well deserved winter break. All Orange County Public Schools are closed from Monday, December 23, 2019 through Friday, January 3, 2020. The teachers will return on Monday, January 6, 2020 (teacher workday/student holiday). However, classes will not resume for students until Tuesday, January 7, 2020.

If you are traveling out on the roadways over the winter break, please drive carefully and always remember to buckle up. We want everyone to enjoy a wonderful, but safe holiday season.

I would like to offer my wishes for happiness, good health, and joy to each member of the Lake Nona Middle School community.

With Knight Pride,

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

Knight Holiday Tunes
Turn your television to Channel 6 WKMG on Christmas Day, December 25 to hear our Advanced Orchestra perform 2 Holiday tunes.

  • Between 5-6 AM if you are an early riser you can year Silver Bells
  • Between 10-11AM you can hear Holiday Traditions
  • Or you can go to and listen to us - Sounds of the Season
Happy Holidays!

Dates To Watch For

December 20 - End of 2nd Semester
December 30- January 6 - Winter Break (Schools are Closed)
January 6 - Teacher Workday
January 7 - First Day Back for Students - SAC  Canceled
January 8 - PTSA meeting - 5:00 - Media Center
January 17 - Spelling Bee - Media Center

2020-2021 Class Schedule Planning:
Rising 5th Graders - January 23 - 6:00 PM - Cafeteria
Rising 6th Graders - January 14 - Science Classes
Rising 7th Graders - January 16 - Science Classes

Knight Breakfast and Recognitions

Knight Breakfast and Recognitions

Staff Breakfast (entertained by 6th grade chorus). Teachers enjoyed a holiday breakfast sponsored by our PTSA. Several teachers and staff groups were recognized for their special programs and dedication this month.

Team of the Month - Performing Arts

Ms. Rudzik, Ms. O'Malley, Ms. Majka, Ms. Connelly, & Ms. Jennings

New Knight - Ms. Melendez

Ms. Melendez and Principal Jackson

Teacher of the Month - Ms. Fountaine

Ms. Fountaine receives her award from Ms. Wood

Special Recognition for 40 years with OCPS and Retiring as 6th Grade Clerk

Mr. Gary Sokolitsky's award presented by Dr. Cupid-McCoy

Mr. Gary walks through a gauntlet of teachers for his last time

Knight Partners in Education
LNMS would like to thank our Partners in Education (P.I.E.) whether they contributed financially or through in-kind services this year to us; all of that makes a difference!

P.I.E. is a way for the community to buy in and make an investment in the future of our students  and includes businesses, churches and civic organizations that have banded together to support LNMS.  Our students can see that the community is excited about what they are doing. Please take the time to view members of our Partners in Education and again thank you for your support. See you in the 2020 New Year!


Knight Tutoring
Morning Math tutoring with Mr. Hall

It is necessary to understand the general skills and concepts of math that students will use in their everyday lives. It can be a daunting task if a student does not have the right tools or teacher in learning math. At LNMS, Mr. Hall is there to help tutor students before school when they need assistance with a math skill or want to stay ahead.

Knight Royals

Once again, congratulations to our Royal student, Jacob Cantrell, who bowled two Saturdays ago. We are so proud of Jacob earning a 2nd Place. A big thank you as well to Coach Schenker for her dedication to our students and to the Special Olympics.

Knight Club
Fitness & Weightlifting Club
The Fitness & Weightlifting Club exemplified both strength and teamwork on Monday. Members were taught how to successfully and safely flip tires through the principals of proper body mechanics. Students then completed a one lap tire flip race around our on campus track.
Knight Athletics
It's not how you start, it's how you finish! The 16 seeded team in the county (out of 18), caused some major upsets on their journey to a historic and unforgettable season.

After knocking off the number one team in the county last week and then beating a challenging Gotha team in the quarter finals, our Lady Knights kept their eyes on the prize.

Our ladies next step was facing the number 4 ranked team, Innovation. We were seeking rival redemption after a loss to them early in the regular season. On December 16th, the stands were packed with our fans and anyone entering our opponents gym would have thought they were in The Kingdom. Though this game went into three sets, our Lady Knights controlled most of the game. We won the first set fairly easy, the second set was close, and closed the game in the final set to advance us into the County Championship game!

We hosted the County Championships on Wednesday, December 18th taking on Renaissance Charter Hunter's Creek. Although our ladies did not win on Wednesday, they had a one of the most victorious seasons in the history of LNMS Athletics. This was the second time since 2013 that our girls volleyball team has made it to the Championship Game. Never once did they ask for an easy road to get there or complain about their seeding. Instead they used it as motivation and embraced every game, making each victory sweeter and sweeter. None of this could have been possible without the tremendous leadership of their amazing coach, Luis Vazquez. We could not be more proud of and happy for our girls and Coach Vazquez. What an honorable tail of triumph over adversity.

We want to give a big shout out and thank you to ALL OF THE FANS THAT SUPPORTED OUR LADY KNIGHTS! The support felt at Innovation Middle School and at home for the County Championship game was a heartwarming feeling for everyone involved.

Thank you to all of the volunteers that helped host a successful Volleyball County Championship.

It is great to be a Knight!

~ Irimar Hernandez, Athletic Director

Skyward Family Access Usage: Parents & Students

The percentage of LNMS parents accessing the Skyward student information system fell off last week (from 7.1% to 6.6%).

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

Weekly Indicator
Nov. 15
(5 days)
Nov. 22
(5 days)
Dec. 6
(5 days)
Dec. 13
(5 days)
Dec. 20
(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.   
Monday's Motivational Moment


Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the Moon, entered lunar orbit on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1968. That evening, the astronauts; Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders did a live television broadcast from lunar orbit, in which they showed pictures of the Earth and Moon seen from Apollo 8. Frank Borman added this to their message that evening:

"And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you - all of you on the good Earth."

Picture taken from aboard Apollo 8 looking towards Earth while in orbit around the Moon, December 24, 1968

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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