The Kingdom's Chronicle. 

Monday, Nov. 25, 2019

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Lake Nona Middle's Treble Voices choir outside of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville as part of their recent trip. They also received instruction at Vanderbilt University and Belmont University (story below).

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This week the campus will be quiet as we are closed for Thanksgiving break. Classes will resume on Monday, December 2. I saw in the news that this week will be the second-highest Thanksgiving travel volume since AAA began tracking in 2000, trailing only the record set in 2005. I share this because if your family will be out on the busy roadways visiting friends and family, I remind you to buckle up and to please drive carefully. We want all of our Knights to have a safe and very Happy Thanksgiving.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday and I am looking forward to seeing all of our Knights back on campus December 2!

With Knight Pride,

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

Central Florida is at the top of the list as a Thanksgiving destination this week, so even if you are not leaving town, please stay alert when driving.

Dates To Watch For

November 25 - 29 - Thanksgiving Break
December 2 - Annie Jr. Auditions Begin

December 3 - SAC Meeting - Media Center -5:30 PM
December 4 - Lady Knights Volleyball Team in the Playoffs - HOME - 5:00 PM

December 4 - STEAM Knight - Cafeteria - 6:00 - 7:30 PM

We are treating families to a night of inquiry, discovery, and fun. The event includes a range of activities covering different STEAM topics and connections to exciting STEAM careers.

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
December 20 - End of 2nd Semester
December 30- January 6 - Winter Break (Schools are Closed)

Looking Ahead to January 2020 . . .

Knight Music
The Lake Nona middle school Treble Voices traveled to Nashville, Tennessee to work with Mary Biddlecombe at Vanderbilt University and Dr. Lesley Mann at Belmont University. They had two extra special workshops where they were able to enhance their singing with such great leadership in front of them. They also had some time to enjoy at little sights and sounds of Nashville and it's rich history.

All County Orchestra 
LNMS orchestra students at the All Country Orchestra held at Edgewater High School earlier this month. Congratulations to our All County Knights!

Knight Sports
Girls volleyball advances to playoffs!

This last Wednesday our teams traveled to Walker Middle for their last games of the regular season.

Our Lady Knights won the game in just two sets assuring their spot in playoffs.

Our boys season came to an end Wednesday evening as the game did not go in our favor. We are extremely proud of our boys team and their efforts this season!

** The Lady Knights host the first round of playoffs when we come back from break on Wednesday, December 4th at 5pm.

Knights Respond to Make the VA Merry and Bright!
Knights help to brighten up the VA Hospital for the holiday season.

Knights make the VA Hospital "merry and bright" for the holidays. Voluntary Services from the Orlando VA Medical Center reached out to our service clubs to see who would be interested in "adopting a tree" at the VA for decorating. They would provide the 6 foot lit trees and our clubs would provide the ornaments. Below is what our Knights accomplished!

Spanish Honor Society, C-2 Club, and Mrs. Rivera Cuevas (Spanish teacher) went to the Veterans Hospital and decorated two Christmas trees. The students made the ornaments with napkins and named one tree "The Thank You Garden." Lake Nona Middle's name will be placed by this tree.

Ms. Morris and Ms. Ostrow (6th grade) trim a tree at the Veterans Administration.

Nature Club's & the Sustainability Club's tree also decorated and all lit at the Veterans Administration.

Knight Potluck and Monthly Awards

The teachers and staff celebrated after school with a Thanksgiving feast. (Can you tell they are looking forward to the holidays?) Many smiles and chatter around the cafeteria as teachers took time for themselves to socialize and acknowledge good teaching.

Team of the Month - October - Math Department

Team of the Month - November - ESE Department

New Knight of the Month - October - Ms. Santiago-Rios

New Knight of the Month - November - Ms. Berrouet

Teacher of the Month - October - Ms. Espino

Teacher of the Month - November - Mr. Burghdurf

Support Staff of the Month - October - Ms. Mejia

Support Staff of the Month - November - Ms. Caraballo

Knight Visitors

Each November, in celebration of American Education Week, we bring in business and civic leaders. Some volunteers specifically include chefs, real estate managers, Lockheed Martin engineers, doctors from Nemours Children's Hospital and many more including our neighboring Publix Supermarket that visit our classrooms to talk with our students about academics, careers and the future. Thank you again to everyone that turned out this past Thursday! 

Above and just below:
Mike Thompson from Lockheed Martin visiting 6th grade science class

Community footnote: We plan to include additional images of our wonderful guest speakers in the next issue following the Thanksgiving break. Thank you again to everyone that donated their valuable time to speak to our Knights!

Knight Flags
Campus beautification thanks to one of our awesome bus drivers, Mr. Pete Bernard.

The new school flowers near the bus loop are the work of one of our bus drivers. Mr. Pete Bernard has a passion for anything growing and found a need of a plant with weeds and much neglect. He mulched the area and gave each student on his bus a flag to "plant" with the flowers.  

Thank you Mr. Bernard for seeing a need and improving the front of our school.

Students with Mr. Bernard this past week around our new flower garden.

If you look closely, you can see how Mr. Bernard had flags from nations all over the world for students to plant in the new flower bed.

8th Grade Baby Photo Request
REMINDER. Don't be left out of the yearbook . . .

This year, we would like to feature the eighth graders' baby photos at the 8th Grade Formal and as part of the 2020 yearbook. In the yearbook, we are planning to include a feature page "looking back" at the eighth graders as babies. Email your cutest baby photo with your child's name to: Please submit your photos by December 19th, 2019.

* So as not to embarrass students, please do NOT submit any photos including nudity (i.e. bath time photos, toilet time photos, bathing suit photos).

** By submitting photos for publication in the 2020 yearbook, you are stipulating to us that you own the copyright to these photographs or have permission from the copyright holder to submit these photographs. You are granting the Lake Nona Middle School yearbook a non-exclusive license to use the photograph in its submitted form, subject to resizing to fit the yearbook spread format.

Skyward Family Access Usage: Parents & Students

The percentage of LNMS parents accessing the Skyward student information system tumbled 2 points (from 7.8% to 5.8%) while . . .

. . . 89.6% of our Knight students successfully accessed the system over the same period of time (1st week the students dipped below 90%).

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

Weekly Indicator
Oct. 25
(5 days)
Nov. 1
(5 days)
Nov. 8
(5 days)
Nov. 15
(5 days)
Nov. 22 *
(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

* As this was the week leading into a major holiday, the weekly results were not available at time of production. They will be included in the next issue. Moreover, it is normal for the number of classroom visits to slow on pre-holiday weeks such as this one plus one administrator was out sick.  
** Prepared courtesy of Mrs. Cheryl Wood, Assistant Principal.   
Motivational Moment at Thanksgiving
Not all Americans can come home this Thanksgiving . . . please remember our troops on Thanksgiving day.
Animated US Flag

Mrs. Jackson, Principal
Lake Nona Middle School
Sunday, November 24, 2019

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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