The Kingdom's Chronicle
Lake Nona Middle School, Orlando, FL
Dates to Watch For
February 23- Mock FSA Writing (Adjusted Bell Schedule)

February 23- Virtual Parent Knight (5-5:30)

February 24- After School School-Wide Tutoring

February 26- Deadline for the State of Florida Black History Month Essay Contest (Winners receive prepaid scholarships - details)

February 27- Saturday Learning Lab (9-1)

February 27- Device check for 7th and 8th LaunchED Students (9-2)

March 2- SAC Meeting 5pm LNMS Media Center and Online

March 3- Long Wednesday - No Early Release

March 11- STEAM Day
Vital Signs
Mock FSA Writing Test Tuesday
Our school will participate in a mock FSA writing test on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. The purpose of the mock FSA writing test is to engage all students in an authentic FSA-style writing task that will provide ELA teachers with meaningful writing data to inform instruction prior to FSA Writing on April 8th.

The mock FSA writing test will be administered in one 120-minute, uninterrupted session to all students. Due to this, we must make adjustments to our regular bell schedule. The adjusted bell schedule that will be used on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, is included below for your review so that you can make arrangements in advance, as needed, due to the early release of your student.

Please contact Roxanne Gill at, in the event you have further questions.
Wednesday After School Tutoring this Week
LNMS will offer school-wide Wednesday Tutoring on February 24th 3:05pm- 4:05pm. Tutoring is open to any student who registers. Transportation is provided for interested face to face students ONLY. If you are interested, please complete the following form in order for teachers and transportation to prepare. The form will only be available through Friday, February 19th for students in need of transportation. Walkers, bike riders and car riders may register up until February 23rd. This tutoring is school-wide and EVERY teacher is available for sign up! If you have any questions, feel free to reach Ms. Thate at

Black History Month Activities in the Kingdom
Black History Month has been celebrated all month long in the Kingdom. Daily BHM facts of the day have been posted on Canvas, trivia contests have run weekly, and this past Friday students participated in a “ Black Out” day by wearing all black attire. Displays of famous Black Americans were also on display throughout the school. Finally, out amazing choral department spent some time this month studying the history of Motown music and learned “Stop- In the Name of Love."
Members of the Administrative team celebrating Black History Month last week.
This eye-catching bulletin board adorns the main foyer.
6th grader Luciana Leite shows off her Rosa Parks shirt in celebration of BHM.
Students wear all black in support of Black History Month activities.
Students performing “Stop In the Name of Love”
Monthly Knight Staff and Faculty Recognitions
Ms. Joanne Beyhl - Classified Knight of the Month
Mr. Burghdurf - Teacher of the Month
Ms. Villanueva - Knew Knight of the Month
Mr. Choate - Honorary Knight in the Kingdom
Mr. Pingol - Honorary Knight in the Kingdom

Congratulations to our faculty and staff members, including our amazing Honorary Knights who are substitutes here with us practically daily. The Kingdom appreciates the hard work and dedication you put in every day!

Community footnote: Staff members pictured receiving their recognition plaques with Assistant Principal Brandi Cain and Assistant Principal Damian Rosado.
FEMA Youth Preparedness Council for Interested 8th Graders
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is recruiting young leaders for its national Youth Preparedness Council (YPC). Students in 8th through 11th grade from communities across the Southeast may now apply for FEMA’s national YPC. The Council provides young leaders an opportunity to share their perspectives, feedback, and opinions related to disaster preparedness with FEMA and grow their leadership skills.

Interested teens may apply online at

Those who apply must submit a completed written or video application, two letters of recommendation, academic records, and a list of extracurricular activities. All applications and supporting materials must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. PST March 7th. Students who apply for the national YPC also will be considered for Region IV’s YPC.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Safety and Emergency Management at 407-317-3468 or safety&
Virtual Parent Knight
LNMS Establishes Chapter of the Sociedad Hispánica de Amistad
Two of our wonderful world language teachers have worked as a team with the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese to establish a chapter of the Sociedad Hispánica de Amistad. Mrs. Rivera got the club underway last year naming it "Medieval" while Ms. Alvarado worked to get the proper chapter registration paperwork all completed.

We look forward to seeing what amazing things come from the Spanish and Portuguese students in this chapter!
Teacher of the Week Spotlight - Brenna Warner
Ms. Warner, Lake Nona’s theater teacher, enjoys a variety of reading and writing activities. Ever since she was 14, Ms. Warner has been in theater. Her dream was to perform on the London stage in which she already has. So her goal for Lake Nona is to perform the first middle school show. If you were to ask for advice from Ms. Warner “be yourself, because everyone else is taken" is what she would say - a famous quote from Oscar Wilde.

Within all her years of theater, Ms Warner’s idol has been her mother who has also performed in the arts and then continued as an educator. Ever since the beginning of her teaching, Warner has felt like it was important to provide the same feeling and experience that she had in middle school to the next generations.
Student of the Week Spotlight - Thalianie Fuentes
Thalianie Fuentes is a 7th grade F2F student. She enjoys biking in her free time. A fun fact about Thalianie is that an iguana in elementary school chased her. If everyone had a favorite word, you would want to hear hers ‘’pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, “It is the longest word I learned in 3rd grade and was very proud’’ she quotes. Fuentes is great at keeping organized & enjoys school. Thalianie says she has traveled to Puerto Rico a few times.
Valencia Scholars Program - Deadline Extended until March 10
Attention 8th grade students: You 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 any questions, please contact us at or Dean Thate at LNMS via her email

Hispanic Scholarship Fund College 101 Series
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund is pleased to announce the first-ever virtual HSF College 101 Series. Subject-matter experts will provide useful information, joined by Admissions and Financial Aid representatives from various universities.

This is a FREE, bilingual, webinar held on weekday evenings in various time zones for students in 6th – 12th grade and their parents, where you will receive valuable information about how to prepare, plan, and pay for a college education! You can choose to receive information in either English or Spanish, and people of all ethnicities and backgrounds are encouraged to attend.

This event is FREE and open to the public; however, space is limited. Registration will close once capacity has been reached. Secure your ticket by registering today! To learn more about the event, please visit

Below are the dates and registration links for each of the remaining HSF College 101 webinars:
  • Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 6:00 p.m. CT / 5:00 p.m. MT/AZ
  • Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 6:00 p.m. ET
OCPS Virtual Parent Academy this Week!
Parent and Family Engagement will host the third Virtual Parent Academy of the school year Thursday, February 25, at 6:00 p.m. The Virtual Parent Academy will be led by OCPS Career and Technical Education. The theme for this Virtual Parent Academy event is “Welcome to OTC.”

During this 60-minute virtual session, the facilitator will share how students and parents can benefit from a myriad of services offered including, but not limited to, career certifications and lucrative apprenticeship programs.

The session will be offered in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Haitian Creole to meet the needs of our families. Register at this link:
Saturday Device Check-In for 7th & 8th Grade LaunchED Students Only
Saturday Learning Labs
LaunchED Tutoring
LNMS SGA Sister School Campaign
Skyward Family Access Usage
Student use of the Skyward system dipped again from 88.9% to 88.3% last week . . .
. . . as did parent activity on Skyward dropping from 6.8% to 6.7% over the same period.
Knight Vital Signs
Credit: Weekly success indicators compiled by Ms. Sharon Powers (Media Specialist) and staff.
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