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Monday, Feb. 3, 2020



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Math Club at Heathrow Elementary for the Math League competition on January 25th.

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We have already closed out the first month of 2020 and are now poised for a successful start to February on Monday!

Our regular readers know that we consistently keep a close eye on several weekly statistics that either directly or indirectly affect student achievement (please see table at the bottom). For January, we would like to congratulate our 7th grade Knights as they had the fewest weekly tardies to school (only 8 per week), the fewest weekly tardies between classes (only 10 per week), and did the most reading for pleasure as measured by library activity (82 books per week vs. the next grade level at 47 books per week). Thank you to our 7th grade parents for their at-home support here and we encourage all parents in February to help encourage their student(s) to be on time and to read for pleasure 20 minutes every day.

On the importance of reading for pleasure, please remember that Ms. Powers, our media specialist, runs a terrific Sunshine State Young Readers Awards (SSYRA) program that involves 15 of the most popular books with students from across Florida backed up by an exciting student recognition program that I would like to see all of our students actively involved in. Here is the list of books on the 2019-2020 SSYRA list.

I was also very pleased to see that our leadership team kept up the pace during January in terms of classroom visits averaging 94 per week despite two four-day weeks due to week #1 of the year with no school on a Monday (Jan. 6) and the MLK Holiday (Jan. 20) plus a senior administrator being temporarily away on leave. Our school buses also enjoyed a successful January averaging a 99% on-time rate in the mornings and 98% in the afternoons. Finally, a tip of the hat to our dedicated educators as their weekly attendance rate averaged 97% per week last month. That is a very strong showing by either public or private sector standards and sets a fine example for our young Knights. Thank you teachers!

Many of you may be opening this issue late Sunday afternoon or early Sunday evening. Enjoy the Super Bowl game and I look forward to seeing everyone back on campus Monday for a fantastic on-time start to February!

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 3 - Basketball vs Hunter's Creek - Away - 5:00 PM
February 4 - SAC Meeting - Media Center - 5:30 PM
February 5 - Basketball vs Westridge - Away - 5:00 PM
February 6 - 6th Grade Chorus Field trip - Orlando Repertory Theater
February 6 - National Junior French Honor Society Voltaire Induction - Cafeteria
February 8 - Multicultural Day - Cafeteria
February 10 - Basketball vs Freedom - Home - 5:00 PM
February 12 - Basketball vs South Creek - Home - 5:00 PM
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

 

Black History Month

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Knight Music



Two weekends ago, 10 of our band students participated in the OCPS Middle School All-County Honor Band! These students were selected to play with this prestigious performing ensemble through a very rigorous audition process. Being selected for this group is a huge honor!!!

Please congratulate Valentina Abbondanza, Jesus Alcala, Madison Bryant, Guy Fox, Abnerm Gonzalez, Jose Pena, Fenix Quinones-Ramirez, Manuel Rivera, Eric Vega, and Maya Venkatraman. We are very proud of you!




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 Club
Math Club Competition Highlights

The LNMS Math Club participated in the Math League Competition at Heathrow Elementary. We are proud to announce the following students placed in the competition:
  • 6th graders: Isabelle Kielbasa placed in 3rd
  • 8th graders: Arya Kalidindi placed in 2nd and Shruti Sreekanth placed in 4th

Arya Kalidindi, 8th grade (2nd place)
Shruti Sreekanth, 8th grade (4th place)

Isabelle Kielbasa, 6th grade (3rd place)

The following is a math problem our scholars had to solve:

What is the 2,018th smallest positive integer X such that 15^X is a multiple of 1,000?

Note: 15^X = 15 raised to the X power.


Knight Rigor in the Classroom
Sixth Grade Science with Ms. Fountaine
In Ms. Fountaine's 6th grade science class, students extracted DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid)  from strawberries. Scientists study DNA for many reasons; maybe one day these students will make new medicines or genetically modify crops to be resistant to insects. Maybe these students' future begins here!






Knight Sports

This past Wednesday our basketball teams traveled to Meadow Woods for their second games of the season.

The Lady Knights defeated Meadow Woods 36-7. Leading our Knights in scoring was Soliel DeJesus with 12 points and Aliana Quesada with 9.

Our boys basketball team started off the game with a great lead. However, Meadow Woods did not back down. This game ended up going into three overtimes! With 4.8 seconds left on the clock our Knights were down 34-36. 8th grader Dionel Cruz got fouled at the 3 point and converted making ALL THREE of his free throws and winning the game for our Knights with a final score of 37-36.

This week both teams travel to Hunter's Creek Middle School on Monday and Westridge Middle School on Wednesday. Good luck to both of our teams as they hit the road!


Dionel Cruz knocking down the game winning free throw!

Congratulations Knights on a super victory after three overtime periods!

~ Irimar Hernandez, Athletic Director, Physical Education


Knights at a Hit Broadway Musical!
 
Last week, students from the Drama Club attended a matinee performance of the National Broadway Tour of Aladdin at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Michael James Scott's performance as the Genie was extra special because he is an Orlando native and OCPS alumnus!
 
 
 
Family Access Activity (Online Student Information System)

Last week 5.3% of our parents logged into the Family Access system . . .



. . . compared to 94.6% of the students during the same period.




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

Weekly Indicator
Dec. 20
(5 days)
Jan. 10
(4 days)
Jan. 17
(5 days)
Jan. 24
(4 days)
Jan. 31
(5 days)
Classroom visits by members of the administrative team
116
87 104
92
91
Total parent logins into the new Skyward Family Access system (includes multiple logins by the same parent/guardian)
451
167 302
192
287
Teacher attendance rate
98%
97% 97%
98%
97%
Attendance - 6th
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97%
NA
NA
NA
Attendance - 7th
---
98%
NA
NA
NA
Attendance - 8th
---
97%
NA
NA
NA
Tardies to School - 6th
---
4
NA
10
12
Tardies to School - 7th
---
3
NA
8
14
Tardies to School - 8th
---
6
NA
4
11
Tardies to Class - 6th
---
11
10
12
15
Tardies to Class - 7th
---
10
9
11
8
Tardies to Class - 8th
---
16
19
21
14
On-time buses - mornings
90%
100%
100%
100%
95%
On-time buses - afternoons
98%
97%
98%
97%
98%
Library books circulated - 6th
21
83
33
25
NA
Library books circulated - 7th
46
101
84
61
NA
Library books circulated - 8th
50
31
16
24
NA
Tutoring - Wed. 2nd/4th in the PM
NA
NA NA
126
NA
Tutoring - Tues.
NA
NA NA
84
NA
Tutoring - Thurs.
NA
NA NA
78
NA
Tutoring - Sat. Lab
NA
NA NA
NA
NA
Lan School Tracking
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10
10
10
15
Restorative Justice
---
7
NA
NA
6
 
** 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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