The Kingdom's Chronicle
Lake Nona Middle School, Orlando, FL
Dates to Watch For
December 21- PTSA Spirit Night at Jeremiah's
December 21 - January 4, 2021 - Winter Break - School Closed
January 5 - Third Marking Period Begins - School Resumes
January 5- Volleyball Intramurals Begin
January 12- SAC Meeting, 5:00pm at LNMS Media Center
January 13- Reports Cards Distributed
January 15- Picture Day Retakes
January 18- Martin Luther King, Jr Day - School Holiday
Several of our Knight band students performing in our Winter Informance video (please see the story below). Please take a minute to watch these talented students perform for our community. Moreover, we think you will be impressed with the overall quality of the video!
Knight Royals' Classroom at the Holidays
Amazing things have been occurring in our Royals' classroom on the first floor of the Kingdom! In preparation for the winter holidays, the students created a Winter Wonderland, complete with their own handmade snowlady whom they named Frostina.

Students, parents, and fellow educators all voted to see if they would create a snowman or snowlady, and by a 2 to 1 margin Frostina was born. On Friday, one of our Partners in Education, Bahama Bucks, brought their shaved ice deliciousness to share with the class. Teacher Ms. Fonville also gifted each student a remote controlled car as a culmination to their study of kinetic and potential energy.
"Frostina" the Snowlady
Our Royals students, while social distanced, have their face masks off only briefly as they enjoy a well deserved treat from Bahamas Bucks Shaved Ice! If you look closely on their desks, you can see a remote controlled model car given by their wonderful teacher, Ms. Fonville, as a reward for their successful study of kinetic and potential energy.
We are indeed blessed, especially here at the Holiday Season, to have wonderful school partners like Bahama Bucks Shaved Ice who came out to recognize our Royal Knights. As you can see in the other picture a little further above, the students certainly enjoyed their product!
Rigor in the Classroom
This past week, Mrs. Kramer’s 8th grade physical science honors classes explored the differences in physical and chemical changes of a given substance. Doing a hands on lab is always one of the best strategies to engage students and teach challenging concepts. Students measured, mixed, and created a new compound.
December Staff Recognitions
Congratulations go out to the following LNMS faculty and staff members as they were selected by colleagues and recognized at the monthly faculty meeting. All of these amazing Knights have gone above and beyond to help our students and families.
Dr. Corydon Strawser- Teacher of the Month
Performing Arts Team- Team of the Month
Omayra Cordova -
Classified Knight of the Month
Estela Gonzalez -
Classified Knight of the Month
Cafeteria Staff - The LNMS kitchen staff have been working overtime to distribute meals several times a week after school to students and parents.
The entire faculty and staff at LNMS were the grateful recipients of some holiday treats this past week. Hope Presbyterian Church, which uses the campus on Sundays, wanted to show their appreciation for all the hard work and dedication of all staff members during the first semester of this school year. Teachers enjoyed a sweet afternoon treat of gelato and reports were that the sea salt caramel and milk and cookies flavors were the delicious favorites! Additionally, the administrative team provided a gift and holiday breakfast catered by Cracker Barrel.
Members of the Hope Presbyterian Church of Lake Nona with a special treat for our educators here during the final school days of 2020!
A special holiday breakfast for some very special educators!
21 day Happiness Challenge
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
SEL 21 Days of Happiness Student Winners - 8th grader Mario Ricciardi, 7th grader Mateo Rodriguez, and 6th grader Lyan Toro
Lyan Toro, 6th grade
Mateo Rodriguez, 7th grade
Mario Ricciardi, 8th grade
SEL 21 Days of Happiness Staff Winners - Ms. Beyhl, Mrs. Newlan, and Mrs. Weil
Ms. Beyhl
Mrs. Newlan
Mrs. Weil
Holiday Spirit is in the Air!
Royals Classroom Door
Coral Cedres
Ms. Warner’s Holiday Tree
Mrs. Fountaine
Ms. Molina's Desk Tree
Media Minutes
It’s winter break! Do you know what that means? Plenty of time to READ!

The LNMS Media Center wishes everyone a restful and enjoyable winter break, and we encourage daily pleasure reading as part of your holidays. Here is one of our wonderful (and Ms. Powers’ favorite one so far) SSYRA titles.

CIty Spies by James Ponti, who is a local author! (Summary from Barnes and Noble.)

Sara Martinez is a hacker. She recently broke into the New York City foster care system to expose her foster parents as cheats and lawbreakers. However, instead of being hailed as a hero, Sara finds herself facing years in a juvenile detention facility and banned from using computers for the same stretch of time. Enter Mother, a British spy who not only gets Sara released from jail but also offers her a chance to make a home for herself within a secret MI6 agency.

Operating out of a base in Scotland, the City Spies are five kids from various parts of the world. When they’re not attending the local boarding school, they’re honing their unique skills, such as sleight of hand, breaking and entering, observation, and explosives. All of these allow them to go places in the world of espionage where adults can’t.

Before she knows what she’s doing, Sara is heading to Paris for an international youth summit, hacking into a rival school’s computer to prevent them from winning a million euros, dangling thirty feet off the side of a building, and trying to stop a villain...all while navigating the complex dynamics of her new team.

No one said saving the world was easy...

This title is available as an e-book or a physical copy in the media center. Students are allowed to come to the media center in the morning and LaunchEd students can continue to request books via the Google form in the Student Body Course- Media Center Module.

Please reach out to our media specialist at Sharon.Powers@ocps.net if you have any questions.
Winter Informance Video and Message
Hello Parents!

I want to take a minute and let you know how truly amazing your children are. This year has presented us with obstacles unlike anything we have worked through before. Our students have been absolutely amazing and have continued to work hard, learn on their instruments, and make music together the absolute best they can. Learning, band, and ensemble playing have had to look completely different this year, and through it all our students have shown up each day and done their absolute best. For that I could not be more proud!

In lieu of a winter concert, we have put together a video we are calling our Winter ‘Informance’ – this will show you a snapshot of what we have been learning so far this year.


I wish you a safe and happy holiday!

Hannah Jennings
Lake Nona Middle School Band
Attention 8th Grade Knights!
Eighth grade students 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:

1) Academic performance: unweighted GPA of at least 2.5

2) Family income level

3) An interview where they demonstrate a desire to pursue a post-secondary education

For more information, please register for one of the upcoming information sessions by clicking on the link below. Do not use the student OCPS email address as Valencia cannot send emails to student accounts. The sessions will be held virtually via Zoom.

For any questions, please contact us at horizonscholars@valenciacollege.edu.

Information Session Sign-up: https://signup.com/go/mFxwzpv


Returning to Campus Information
Many students who have been attending school via LaunchEd will be returning to campus for face-to-face instruction for the second semester of the school year. Students will follow the same schedule they currently have.

Make sure to have a written or printed schedule, with room numbers, to make the transition smoother. Students should come to school with laptop charged, any notebooks already being used, school supplies including headphones, and chargers as well.
Covid Reporting During Winter Break
Winter Break Message from OCPS
OCPS families and staff, as we enter the Winter Break we want to share with you some important information:

To report a positive staff or student COVID-19 diagnosis to us during the winter break, please go to OCPS.net and click on Covid-19 report. The Florida Department of Health has determined that after December 23 they will not be sending quarantine notifications through schools, but will instead reach out directly to individuals who may be exposed to anyone who tests positive. They will resume issuing quarantines through OCPS in the couple of days leading up to classes resuming. Connect Orange notifications will not be sent during the break and the OCPS COVID-19 Dashboard will be updated when the district re-opens.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Barbara Jenkins prepared a short message for students and families just prior to the winter break tied to health & safety. Please click here for Dr. Jenkins' remarks.
Knight Athletics
Please click here to access LNMS Athletics information including all sports participation forms.
THIS MONDAY!! Spirit Night at Jeremiah's
Coming in January!
Skyward Family Access Usage
1) During this last school week of 2020, 92.9% of our Knights accessed the Skyward system, a gain of 60 basis points (+0.6%) from the preceding week.
2) The number of parents accessing Skyward was unchanged at 8.6% this past week.
Knight Vital Signs
Credit: Weekly success indicators compiled by Ms. Sharon Powers and staff.
Leadership Team
Administrators
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Reproduction of this material, either written or electronically, including the general layout, graphics, analyses, and content topics without the express approval of Target Performance Systems, Inc., a Florida corporation, and OCPS - Lake Nona Middle School is forbidden without written consent. Thank you for your support of Lake Nona Middle School and the Orange County Public Schools. Please contact Ms. Sharon Powers, Media Specialist, at sharon.powers@ocps.net with any questions or for further information.