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Monday, Feb. 24, 2020


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Several of our Knights at last Friday evening's PTSA sponsored "Knight at the Carnival and Dance" (additional images below).

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I hope you enjoyed the Presidents' Day holiday this past Monday. Despite one less school day last week, our students and faculty kept up their fast pace as we move within three weeks until quarter-end. In our weekly "success indicators" (see table below) we report our tutoring totals. These tutoring opportunities are more important than ever now as once we finish with spring break next month, we will begin our annual "testing season" shortly thereafter. Once again, I encourage any of our Knights needing some extra help to take advantage of the tutoring over these next 14 days prior to spring break.

Below you will also find several pictures from Friday evening's PTSA led "Knight at the Carnival and Dance." The photos do a very good job of illustrating what a great time every one had! Thank you again to our terrific PTSA and to all the staff and volunteers that made this a memorable evening for the students. And to those families that have been supporting our PTSA Spirit Nights at local restaurants this school year, this was a good example of how some of those funds have been employed.

Please don't forget that both our boys and girls basketball teams enter the playoffs this Wednesday - basketball brackets. Please come on out and cheer on your Knights!

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 25 - Fitness and Wellness Club Parent Knight -  6:00 PM
February 28 - Poetry Slam - Cafeteria - 5:30 PM
March 2 - Spanish Honor Society and Société Honoraire de Français Induction Ceremony - 6:00 PM


March 3 - SAC Meeting - Media Center  5:30 PM
March 4 - No Early Release
March 6 - NJHS Hat Day
March 10 - Big Blast - Gym
March 10 - Calculus Project Parent Meeting - Media Center - 6:00 PM
March 12 - Sun Games - Soccer Field  
March 12 - End of 3rd Nine Weeks
March 13 - 20 - Spring Break
March 23 - Begin 4th Nine Weeks
 
 
Knight Topic: "What Freedom Means to Me"


Since 1948, Modern Woodmen of America has helped students to develop skills in clear thinking and public speaking, paving their way to future success in school, careers, and life. This year's topic has the students reflecting how freedom impacts their daily lives and how they define freedom. Benjamin Franklin wrote that "Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature."

Congratulations to 1st Place Winner: Aditya Krishnam (8th grade); 2nd Place Winner: Eliana Alberti (6th grade); and 3rd Place Winner: Arya Kalidindi (8th grade).

Honorable Mention (no particular order)
  • Jamiya Knight (6th grade)
  • Audrey Hoyt (6th grade)
  • Mia Fagan (7th grade)
  • Krish Kapoor (7th grade)
  • Rupin Iyer (7th grade)

Arya Kalidindi - 3rd Place (8th grade)

Eliana Alberti - 2nd Place (6th grade)

Aditya Krishnam - 1st Place (8th grade)


Knight Olympiads

Founded in 1984, Science Olympiad is one of the premier science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges. Science Olympiad is an American team competition in which students compete in 23 events pertaining to various scientific disciplines, including earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. Over 7,800 middle school and high school teams from 50 U.S. states compete each year. Lake Nona Middle School had 28 student representatives. All our students had so much fun with a medal in ornithology won by Safi Ali (8th grade) and Aditiya Krishnan (8th grade).

 
Lake Nona's Science Olympiad student representatives 
 
Safi Ali (8th grade), one of two of our Knights to earn a medal in ornithology 


Knights Observe Black History Month

In observance of Black History Month, Ms. Clermont's 2-D Art students are creating colorful collages based on artwork by Elizabeth Catlett. In the photos below students are shown developing the background designs based on African Fabric Patterns.



Knight Music - All Superior Ratings!

LNMS Advanced Symphonic Orchestra at Dr. Phillips High School for their 2019-20 Music Performance Assessment. They earned 100% Superiors!
The Music Performance Assessment (MPA) is one of the best ways to raise the standards of musicianship in Middle School and High School orchestras around the State of Florida. The Florida Orchestra Association, Incorporated along with the Florida School Music Association, provides Music Performance Assessment opportunities in which the students can hear other orchestras, receive constructive comments, and be rewarded for their accomplishments and efforts. It is the belief of the Florida Orchestra Association, Incorporated that our growth as individuals is defined in terms of our ability to develop thinking capacities, motor skills, and effective responses. Music is unique in that it has the potential to develop people in all three areas, fostering performance skills, musical creativity, and musical response.

The LNMS Advanced Symphonic Orchestra traveled to Dr. Phillips High School for their annual MPA. They performed three required pieces on stage in front of an audience and three judges. The students then studied for five minutes a piece of  new music and performed the music for a judge for sight-reading performance.Congratulations for receiving all superior ratings from all of the judges at this event. Superior!
 

More Knight Music . . .

Five of our LNMS Orchestra students participated in the Suzuki Association of the America's Winter workshop held at our school two weekends ago. Students and teachers came from all over the United States for this event! Students had group lessons, fiddle lessons with professional musicians, and participated in a recital at the end of the day. Mrs Rudzik also got to see one of her past students who was a teacher at the event (in picture with Mrs. Rudzik just below). She started Ryan on the violin in the fourth grade and WOW, she is so proud that he was a teacher at this event. Students and teachers had a fantastic time learning more about how to be a great musician!






Knight Sports

Both of our basketball teams ended their regular season with winning records of 6-1. Congratulations to both teams on advancing to playoffs.

We will be hosting the sweet sixteen round of playoffs on Wednesday, February 26th starting at 5pm. Our ladies play first versus Lockhart and our gentlemen play Carver. Please come pack the Kingdom in support of our Knights as they look to advance to the Elite-8.

"Knight at the Carnival and Dance" (Feb. 21 Highlights)
Thank you to all of our staff and volunteers who worked to make Friday's special event such a success for the students. We are also very grateful for the community's donations. A HUGE thank you to our marvelous PTSA that, once again, made such a terrific evening possible!






Black History Poetry Slam




Knight Heros
* All pictures include Ms. Herald, assistant principal


New Teacher of the Month - Mr. Thomson - 7th Grade Science

Teacher of the Month - Ms. Perez - Reading

Support Staff of the Month - Ms. Gonzalez - ELL Paraprofessional

Team of the Month - Multicultural Day Team - Ms. Huerta-Kirkland; Ms. Munich; Ms. Rivera; Ms. Alfonso; Mr. Berson


Knight Family Access (Student Information System)

The share of parents/guardians checking student progress was unchanged last week at 5.1% while . . .



. . . the share of students using the Family Access system rose +0.5% to 93.5%.



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

Weekly Indicator
Jan. 24
(4 days)
Jan. 31
(5 days)
Feb. 7
 (5 days)
Feb. 14
(5 days)
Feb. 21
(4 days)
Classroom visits by members of the administrative team
92
91
109
108
119
Total parent logins into the new Skyward Family Access system (includes multiple logins by the same parent/guardian)
192
287
349
NA
290
Teacher attendance rate
98%
97%
98%
97%
96%
Tardies to School - 6th
10
12
18
NA
NA
Tardies to School - 7th
8
14
15
NA
NA
Tardies to School - 8th
4
11
22
NA
NA
Tardies to Class - 6th
12
15
16
NA
NA
Tardies to Class - 7th
11
8
9
NA
NA
Tardies to Class - 8th
21
14
18
NA
NA
On-time buses - mornings
100%
95%
95%
NA
NA
On-time buses - afternoons
97%
98%
98%
NA
NA
Library books circulated - 6th
25
22
22
NA
8
Library books circulated - 7th
61
98
75
NA
52
Library books circulated - 8th
24
76
35
NA
40
Tutoring - Wed. 2nd/4th in the PM
126
NA
NA
164
NA
Tutoring - Tues.
84
68
64
85
67
Tutoring - Thurs.
78
99
72
NA
67
Tutoring - Sat. Lab
NA
10
21
NA
NA
Lan School Tracking
10
15
15
NA
NA
Restorative Justice
NA
9
NA
NA
5
 
** Prepared courtesy of Mrs. Cheryl Wood, Assistant Principal.   
 
 
Closing Images of the Week . . .



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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