The Kingdom's Chronicle. 


Monday, Feb. 10, 2020



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Ms. Alfonzo, Ms. Espino, and Ms. Huerta-Kirkland at Saturday's Multicultural Day (please see story below).

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As you will see in this week's issue, February came in with a roar as the first week of the new month was packed with special events and student successes. We also wrapped up last week with a tremendously successful Multicultural Day on Saturday (images herein). I want to thank all of our families that turned out this past weekend. Moreover, I want to thank our incredible students, educators, support staff, volunteers, and the students from Lake Nona High School for all the effort they put forth to make Saturday's annual event a home run! Congratulations along with deep appreciation for all your hard work.

I want to wish both our boys and girls basketball teams the best of luck this week as they prepare to close out the regular season with a pair of games on our home court (below). We play both games starting at 5:00 pm starting with the Lady Knights followed by the boys. Please come on out for one or both games and cheer on our Knights as the playoffs are just around the corner - win/loss record by school in our cluster.

Lastly, please remember that our invaluable PTSA is hosting a Spirit Day at Panda Express on Thursday. Should you consider eating out this coming Thursday, please visit Panda Express as they in turn support our PTSA which does so much for both the students and teachers.

Thank you for looking over this latest edition and a early Happy Valentine's Day!

With Knight Pride,

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


If you should ever see or hear of something suspicious or unusual, please say something right away to any teacher, administrator, coach or our SRO. Thank you.

Dates To Watch For

February 10 - Basketball vs Freedom - HOME - 5:00 PM
February 12 - Wednesday Tutoring - 3:05 PM to 4:05 PM (Transportation available) - Signup
February 12 - Basketball vs South Creek - HOME - 5:00 PM
February 13 - PTSA Spirit Day at Panda Express - All Day (Please mention LNMS with your order as a percentage of those sales will be donated back to our PTSA. Thank you!)
February 13 - 6th Grade Jazz Field Trip
February 14 - 21  Book Fair - Media Center
February 17 - President's Day - School Closed
February 19 - Basketball vs Walker - Away - 5:00 PM
February 20 - Oration Contest - Media Center - 9:30 AM
February 21 - Spring Dance - Cafeteria - 6:00 PM
February 25 - Fitness and Wellness Club Parent Knight -  6:00 PM
February 28 - Poetry Slam - Cafeteria - 6:00 PM


 

Knight Vital Signs


Black History Month

PTSA

Spring Dance



Donation items needed for PTSA Spring Dance- Friday, February 21
  • Frozen Hamburgers
  • Hamburger Buns
  • Frozen Corn Dogs
  • Nacho Cheese
  • Nacho Chips
  • Napkins
  • Cases Coke
  • Cases Diet Coke
  • Cases Sprite
  • Cases Mountain Dew
  • Cases of Water Bottles  
  • Cases of assorted individual chips  
  • Ketchup
  • Mayo
  • Mustard 
2020-2021 School Year
 

 
IF YOU WANT HAPPINESS

If you want happiness for an hour -
take a nap.

If you want happiness for a day -
go fishing.

If you want happiness for a month -
seek fame.

If you want happiness for a year -
inherit a fortune.

If you want happiness for a lifetime -
help others.

~ CHINESE PROVERB


Knight Students of the Month


6th Grade Students of the Month

7th Grade Students of the Month

8th Grade Students of the Month

Knight Citizens of the Month



Knight Music

LNMS orchestra students along with Discovery Middle and Lake Nona High School Orchestras got to experience an Orlando Philharmonic rehearsal Thursday, January 30, 2020. The rehearsal featured their guest soloist and composer Jeremy Kittel. He and the orchestra performed for our students and even talked to them and they got to ask him questions. They had a wonderful experience.




Knight Garden

These are pictures of teachers harvesting the spinach from the garden supported by a grant. Below we see the growth from the 1st week through the 3rd week; less than one month.

"I say, if your knees aren't green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life."
~ Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes






Multicultural Day
Saturday, February 8  
(Part I of II due to space limitations this week)
Lake Nona Middle's Multicultural Day is an opportunity to enhance cultural awareness and to remind people of the similarities and differences among cultures.  It's an opportunity to be unified by pride in our children and to celebrate all the richness and benefits we get from being such a diverse community. LNMS celebrated  diversity with a day of music, food, student work and student presentations for all families to come together through the eyes of our children.


 AP Spanish students put on a terrific Multicultural Day slide show for our guests!

 Las Aztecas: Mariachi played music as students and parents arrived

Food was provided by our wonderful families representing various nations such as Japan and Peru above.

 Lake Nona High School dance performers

 PiƱatas


Individual student projects. The time and detail that our Knights put into each of these was very impressive. Clockwise from bottom left: Peru, Mexico, United Kingdom, and Puerto Rico.

Wider view of some of the students' country projects such as Spain and China in the foreground.

* To be continued . . .

Knight Sports
Basketball Update
This past week our Knights hit the road for some competitive basketball! On Monday they played Hunter's Creek and on Wednesday they played Westridge.

Lake Nona vs Hunter's Creek
Hunter's Creek girls basketball team is always a very well coached and disciplined team so our Lady Knights knew this was not going to be a walk in the park. After the first quarter, our ladies were down by as many as 10 points. We made some defensive adjustments going into the 2nd quarter and Lake Nona responded, cutting the Eagle's lead to only three going into half time with a score of 24-21. Talk about perseverance and resilience, these girls have it. Determined after the half and the defensive plan in place, our Lady Knights did not let the Eagles score a single point the entire 3rd quarter. Our ladies sealed the deal and defeated a very good Hunters Creek girls basketball team. Leading our Knights in scoring was Soleil DeJesus and Aliana Quesada!

The boys dominated the Eagles by a final score of 43-23. Coach Ware was able to clear the bench very early on and maintained a very comfortable lead the entire game.

Lake Nona vs Westridge
Wednesday at Westridge was a fun one for all involved. Our ladies beat a very scrappy and physical Westridge girls basketball by a score of 34-13.

The boys basketball game had a lot at stake with there being a good chance that whoever took this win had a chance of sealing the Division Championship. Both teams were going into this game with undefeated records. At the end of the 1st quarter, the score was tied at 4-4 and by the end of two quarters, the score was only 13-12. Unfortunately for our Knights we could not seem to find a rhythm and some of Westridge's players caught fire. After a tough fought battle, our gentlemen ended up losing this game by a final score of 31-43.

The last two regular season home games will be next week on Monday at 5:30pm and Wednesday at 5pm. We face off against Freedom and South Creek. We hope to pack the Kingdom and see you there!

Irimar Hernandez
Athletic Director
Physical Education
Lake Nona Middle School

Knight Counselors

OCPS has signed a proclamation recognizing February 3-7 as National School Counseling Week, which is sponsored by the American School Counselor Association. This provided LNMS an opportunity to recognize our school counselors who implement comprehensive school counseling programs that are a vital part of the educational process for all of our students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Our school counselors implement strategies and activities to support and maximize each student's ability to learn. They also help prepare students to make informed choices regarding high school options to meet future career goals. 


Thank you Ms. Mills, Ms. Ballard, Ms. Pragel and Ms. Duncan!
 
Kingdom Gradventure

Please review this PowerPoint with important information about the 8th grade trip to Gradventure.

Permission slips and money are due February 28th. This information was reviewed with all 8th grade students during lunch this past week.

If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Pragel at veronica.pragel@ocps.net
 

Knight Survey

LNMS depends on feedback from the annual survey for our school improvement planning and need at least a 20% response rate to make the combined results meaningful. The survey is anonymous and your views would be greatly appreciated.





Knight Family Access (Student Information System)

Last week 5.8% of our parents/guardians logged in to check student progress . . .



. . . compared with 95.5% of the students over the same time period.


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

Weekly Indicator
Jan. 10
(4 days)
Jan. 17
(5 days)
Jan. 24
(4 days)
Jan. 31
(5 days)
Feb. 7
 (5 days)
Classroom visits by members of the administrative team
87 104
92
91
109
Total parent logins into the new Skyward Family Access system (includes multiple logins by the same parent/guardian)
167 302
192
287
349
Teacher attendance rate
97% 97%
98%
97%
98%
Attendance - 6th
97%
NA
NA
NA
NA
Attendance - 7th
98%
NA
NA
NA
NA
Attendance - 8th
97%
NA
NA
NA
NA
Tardies to School - 6th
4
NA
10
12
18
Tardies to School - 7th
3
NA
8
14
15
Tardies to School - 8th
6
NA
4
11
22
Tardies to Class - 6th
11
10
12
15
16
Tardies to Class - 7th
10
9
11
8
9
Tardies to Class - 8th
16
19
21
14
18
On-time buses - mornings
100%
100%
100%
95%
95%
On-time buses - afternoons
97%
98%
97%
98%
98%
Library books circulated - 6th
83
33
25
22
22
Library books circulated - 7th
101
84
61
98
75
Library books circulated - 8th
31
16
24
76
35
Tutoring - Wed. 2nd/4th in the PM
NA NA
126
NA
NA
Tutoring - Tues.
NA NA
84
68
64
Tutoring - Thurs.
NA NA
78
99
72
Tutoring - Sat. Lab
NA NA
NA
10
21
Lan School Tracking
10
10
10
15
15
Restorative Justice
7
NA
NA
9
NA
 
** Prepared courtesy of Mrs. Cheryl Wood, Assistant Principal.   
 
 
Leadership Team

Principal: Stephanie Jackson stephanie.jackson3@ocps.net
Assistant Principal: Damian Rosado damian.rosado@ocps.net
Assistant Principal: Cheryl Wood cheryl.wood@ocps.net
Assistant Principal: Lindsey Herold lindsey.herold@ocps.net
8th Grade Administrative Dean: Steven Berson steven.berson@ocps.net
7th Grade Administrative Dean: Tangala Butler-Wilson Tangala.Butler-Wilson@ocps.net
6th Grade Administrative Dean: Wanda Perkins wanda.perkins@ocps.net

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