The Kingdom's Chronicle. 

Monday, Dec. 9, 2019

Pictured very top:

Our Lady Knights volleyball team advances in the district playoffs in an away game on Monday (please see story below).

Tutoring Opportunities    

Free/Reduced Lunch
Connect With Us
Lake Nona Middle School

'Tis the Season!

We are now down to our last 10 school days of 2019 and for the second quarter. The next two weeks are big ones both academically and for our seasonal special events (please see calendar below). While I know our Knights are looking forward to a well earned winter break, I encourage all students to remain focused and to put forth their very best efforts so they receive the grades they are capable of in the next report card.

This week we have a special holiday event scheduled every school day including our Lady Knights who are advancing in the district volleyball playoffs. All members of our school community are encouraged to attend one or more of these special occasions. The support means a great deal to the students plus every performance you see listed below represents a fun night out for the whole family. Our Knights have practiced and prepared very hard for everything you see on the schedule and I promise you that you will enjoy yourself immensely!

Have a good Monday and I hope to see you at one of our special events this week!

With Knight Pride,

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

Knight Partner Spotlight

Thank you to Kevin and Yvette Kenrick for sponsoring the Thanksgiving luncheon for the LNMS staff and for your continuous support of Lake Nona Middle School and the community.

Dates To Watch For

December 9 - Girls Volleyball Team at Southwest - 6:00 PM - Playoffs
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 (Mrs. Majka's classes) - Period 1: 9:40 am - 10:20 am in the Cafeteria / Period 4: 12:40pm- 1:24pm in the Chorus room
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 19 - Civics and Science PMA
December 20 - End of 2nd Semester
December 30- January 6 - Winter Break (Schools are Closed)
January 6 - Teacher Workday
January 7 - SAC Meeting is CANCELLED


Thank you to our wonderful Knight Carolers on their performances - they were marvelous and everyone enjoyed seeing them perform! Please see their success story below!!

Knight Sports
Attached is the flyer for the Special Olympics county basketball competition. We have 3 boys that are eligible to compete in the Individual Skills competition. However, we do not have enough to make a team for a game. Individual Skills and Team Skills will be at Piedmont Lake Middle School on December 14, 2019.

Girls Volleyball Advances in the Playoffs Monday

Our Lady Knights are playing their best volleyball of season and it showed this past Wednesday after they defeated Ocoee Middle School in two quick sets.  Monday, December 9th our Lady Knights will be going against a well ranked and top county contender, Southwest Middle School - 2019 Playoff Brackets. The game is at Southwest and starts at 6pm. We wish our Lady Knights the best of luck.

Knight Music
Bravo to our wonderful Knight Carolers!!

Our chorus students participated in the 2019 Lake Nona Carolers Community Outreach Tour and shared music throughout our community at various locations such as our elementary schools, the Veterans Community Living Center and the residents at Somerby Assisted Living Center. We are excited to give back to our community through music.
  • Alex Powell
  • Angel Guzman
  • Angela Rojas
  • Brody Tellier
  • Chinaenym Oparaji
  • Connery Jacobs
  • Eliana Alberti
  • Emma Higgins
  • Emma Schwartz
  • Flora Carneiro
  • Gabriela Zuluaga
  • Grace DeSario
  • Griffin Chase
  • Jayden Mondesir
  • Kentyn Morgan
  • Kiara Cabezudo
  • London Dunbar
  • Matthew Rutan
  • Michael Madueme
  • Nichole Singmaster
  • Olivia Gutierrez
  • Olivia Layton
  • Parker Jackson
  • Taina Berrios
  • Weston Pope
  • Wynsynn Hernandez
  • Zachary Caiazzo

STEAM Knight

Our STEAM Knight was an evening of hands-on science, technology, engineering, art and math activities (STEAM) for students, families and community. This event included a range of medical demonstrations, wildlife awareness and OUC support. Portraits were encouraged in the photo booth with family or friends while science fair projects and Invent Lake Nona projects were on display as the center point of the evening.   
Our  telescopes were focused on the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn, along with artwork based on Vincent Van Gogh's The Starry Night. Seasonal music was provided by the LNMS orchestra and piano students and virtual reality was computer generated. Materials were available to  make slime, and the real Orlando CSI explained a crime scene and  fingerprinted the curious (just above). Race tracks were built and rearranged along with math problems (below) and flying paper airplanes by possible future engineers.

This night of exploration could not have taken place without the collaboration of the science, technology, art, music, world languages, and math departments. And we had food trucks providing refreshments to help with thirsty patrons. It was a night of many stars!   
Sixth grade teachers at the photo booth - Charlie's Angels style! 
All the teachers that made our STEAM Knight happen. Thank you! 
Race track modeling was done by students while factoring in math behind the designs  

Student art on display during STEAM Knight

Thank you so very much to our talented orchestra students for performing for our STEAM Knight guests!

Two of our Knights also played beautifully on the piano for the guests during STEAM Knight. This was truly a magical evening and we thank everyone that turned out!

Two Businesses Step Forward to Support STEAM Knight . . .

It is with great appreciation that we thank Digital Memory for the photo booth at Steam Knight which was sponsored by JP Capital Realty. The photo both was a tremendous asset during the evening and we greatly appreciate both firms for making this possible. Here at the holidays, we are indeed blessed to have such kind organizations in our community.

Knight Artists
Sixth grade art with Ms. Clermont

In Ms. Clermont's art class, 6th graders have been examining Vincent Van Gogh's The Starry Night, painted in 1889 from a room in the mental asylum. The students were encouraged to paint their own Starry Night using color schemes and outlining techniques making their own artistic decisions. The results were displayed in the foyer of the school for STEAM Knight.

REMINDER: 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 slipped again last week (from 5.8% to 5.5%) while . . .

. . . 92.7% 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
Nov. 1
(5 days)
Nov. 8
(5 days)
Nov. 15
(5 days)
Nov. 22
(5 days)
Dec. 6
(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 at the Holidays


Her name was Isabella. Her letter to Santa didn't ask for presents, clothes or anything for herself. She had one simple request, "Please bring my mommy eyes that never cry." Her mom was single and working two jobs just to get by. Eleven-year-old Isabella wanted a new bike but told Santa, "It's okay if I don't get it, but clothes for my little brother would be very appreciated." Isabella's single mom could barely make ends meet.   

Although the U.S. Post Office in New York began receiving letters to Santa Claus more than 101 years ago, its involvement was made official in 1912 when Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock authorized postal employees and citizens to respond to the letters. Today, the popular holiday program is known nationwide as Operation Santa. Thousands of volunteers and ordinary people work with post offices to respond to letters from children of all ages listing their holiday wishes.

One mother wrote Santa to ask, "Please make this Christmas a happy one for my three children, it has been a tough year." USPS has a policy for "adopting" children's letters to Santa that's designed to protect their privacy.  
Here's how it works:
In a time when the daily news can be discouraging, we seldom hear about the good that common citizens do to contribute to the less fortunate. The great thing about Operation Santa is you simply change your name to "Santa" and you bring a smile to a special child or family!  
HO! HO! HO!  
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


This communication may contain information that is legally privileged, confidential or exempt from disclosure, and intended only for the use of the addressee(s) named above.  If you are not the intended recipient, please note that any dissemination, distribution, or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. Anyone who receives this message in error should notify the sender immediately by telephone or by return e-mail, and delete the message from their computer and any printout thereof.  Please note that OCPS utilizes spam and junk e-mail filtration applications in its e-mail systems.  That filtering process may prevent or delay delivery of certain e-mail communications. If you do not receive a timely response to an e-mail communication, please contact the intended recipient by phone.

Copyright Notice
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 the Orange County Public Schools and especially Lake Nona Middle School. Please contact Mrs. Cheryl Wood (assistant principal) at with any questions.