The Kingdom's Chronicle
Lake Nona Middle School, Orlando, FL
Dates to Watch For
January 1-31 Beanstack’s Fourth Annual Winter Reading Challenge - “Books Like Us"
January 18- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day- School Holiday
January 23- Saturday Learning Lab, 9am-1pm
January 26- Kognito Mental Health Lesson
January 27- Wednesday After School Tutoring (Sign up link coming soon)
January 27- Annual OCPS Stellar Awards, 7pm (Virtual this year)
January 28- Course Registrations through Science classes (Rising 7th graders)
January 29- Course Registrations through Science classes (Rising 8th graders)
January 30- Saturday Learning Lab, 9am-1pm
February 1- Black History Month Begins
February 8- Soccer Intramurals - Evaluations Begin
February 15- President’s Day Holiday (No School)
Knight Vital Signs: Tardies
Making sense of the chart: In comparing the first half of January vs. the first half of December, we see mixed results when it comes to student tardiness. The number of students late for school increased +27% while the the number of students late for class improved by decreasing -13%.

Note: 1st half of January results "normalized" to account for one less school day during the first two weeks of the month.
Credit: Ms. Sharon Powers, Media Specialist
Latinos in Action Community Outreach
As part of their servant leadership activities, the Latinos in Action class at Lake Nona Middle sponsored the campaign of buying and selling bracelets and key chains from a community based non-profit organization.

10-8 InService is a non-profit organization created by a mom after the loss of a teenager to suicide. The organization is committed to saving lives by raising awareness and empowering individuals to prevent and overcome bullying, cyberbullying, and suicidal thoughts.
Close up view of one of the bracelets our Latinos in Action students sold to support
Pictured are both the bracelets and key chains.
Source: Pew Research; Read full article
Engaging Lesson
This past week, Ms. Durant’s Creative Photography classes explored capturing action shots. Students recorded and photographed the balloons in different stages as they burst, allowing them to experience different types of camera shots and angles.
Students enjoyed the fresh air as they watched their balloons explode in real time and in recorded slow motion.

Credit: Weekly curriculum segments prepared courtesy of Ms. Powers, Media Specialist.
CIS Magnet at Dr. Phillips HS for 8th Grade Students
We know you may be planning the next stage in your 8th grader’s education. OCPS provides parents the opportunity to apply for a seat in a magnet program that best fits their interests and strengths and we would like to invite you to consider applying to join the Center for International Studies magnet at Dr. Phillips High School.

The Center for International Studies (CIS) is looking for rising freshmen who may be a good “fit” for our program. CIS, established in 1987, provides a strong academic curriculum with an international dimension where students develop the skills and knowledge to cultivate an attitude of cross-cultural awareness. Social Studies and World Languages form the core of the CIS curriculum, emphasizing major concepts in international affairs, politics, history, world religions, and humanities; while having the opportunity to become fluent in a foreign language.

The CIS magnet offers a strong Advanced Placement emphasis, enhancing student opportunities for scholarships and college entrance. In addition, our CIS program provides an extensive range of range of stimulating international experiences, including cultural evening events, local field trips, guest speakers, summits, short-term hosting of foreign exchange students, and participation in study-travel programs abroad (currently virtual due to COVID19).

Want to know what a successful magnet student in CIS looks like? We have found that this student is…
  • Consistently earning A’s and B’s in advanced/honors English and Social Studies classes
  • On or above grade level on state assessments
  • Interested in learning about the world and in becoming fluent in a foreign language
  • Ready to be challenged and has a love of learning
  • Able to use time management skills to turn in assignments on time
  • Dedicated to the time and effort the program requires for all four years
  • Excited to be part of extracurricular activities and events

If the above description sounds like your student, please apply! The magnet application window for the 2021-2022 school year is now open and will close at midnight on February 15, 2021. You can find the application on the district’s School Choice Office website, On the right-hand side of the webpage, there is a blue “Apply Now” button - Click on it to go to the electronic application and to read valuable information on the process itself. There is no preference given as to when you apply, as long as you apply by the February 15th deadline. Applicants must be residents of Orange County and entering grades 9th-10th in the fall of 2021 to be considered for the CIS Magnet.

For more information about our magnet, please visit our webpage: and the OCPS Virtual Magnet Fair: (scroll down to find + select Center for International Studies).

We will hold a virtual open house using Microsoft Teams, please consider attending:
We’d love for you to be a part of our highly competitive, college prep program! Note: The magnet application is done through the OCPS Office of School Choice Services. If you have questions about the application process, please contact

*If you would like to learn more about Dr. Phillips High School and the school environment, please subscribe to their weekly Panther Post (similar to the Kingdom's Chronicle). Email Mr. Riki Smith at if you would like to subscribe.
Student of the Week - Medha Gollakti
Medha Gollakti is an 8th grade student this year at Lake Nona Middle School. She has lived in Lake Nona for 13 years and has grown up here.

Gollakti states she enjoys the school because, “It is a great school, with excellent teachers. I was able to study well and make a lot of friends.” In her free time she enjoys watching movies but she also enjoys watching “The Greenhouse Academy.” But her favorite thing to do is to read books, “My favorite thing would be reading books because it helps to keep me entertained, I also get to learn more about the world through those books.”

This year Medha is a Yearbook Editor. She says, “I don't find much difficulty, but there may be some incidents when I wished I was at school to help around better, and to help fit into my role more.” While also doing yearbook, she is a LaunchED student, “Being a LaunchED student can be difficult at times, but looking on the positive side, I can have a flexible schedule and a safe environment for learning.” Though she is learning to get used to LaunchED, “I would prefer F2F because you can interact in your classes more effectively than when online, and you have friends to talk to when at school.”

Credit: Yearbook student staff
Teacher of the Week - Mr. Michael Presendieu
Mr. Presendieu is the new ICT teacher at Lake Nona. He attended Everglades University and majored in Business Administration. He enjoys Lake Nona because, “New school, new adventure!” He has also taught at both Renaissance Charter School at Hunter's Creek and at Poinciana Charter as the Dean of Students for the last 3 years, making 7 years total in education.

His favorite part of teaching at Lake Nona Middle is getting to connect to the students. As a kid he wanted to play professional basketball, and he was able to reach that goal. Mr. P. (as he likes to be called) played one year professionally before unfortunately tearing his ACL. He is still active in the hoops world by being the head varsity coach at New Dimensions High School in Osceola County.

In his spare time Mr. Presendieu enjoys researching and reading about almost anything, “I’m a sponge to learning.” When it comes to working at Lake Nona, he feels confident about being here and being new to the Lake Nona community.

Credit: Yearbook student staff
2021 District Parent Survey
Please take time to fill out the OCPS 2021 Parent Climate Survey. The survey has all NEW questions and is much shorter than it used to be. There are no open ended questions and you can easily take it on your phone.

  • Survey Link -
  • If you have multiple students in OCPS, you will be able to select the school for each child using a drop down menu.
  • The survey is available in multiple languages - English, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole
Media Minutes by Ms. Powers, Media Specialist
SSYRA Book Review - Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood

With Nazis bombing London every night, it’s time for thirteen-year-old Ken to escape. He suspects his stepmother is glad to see him go, but his dad says he’s one of the lucky ones — one of ninety boys and girls to ship out aboard the SS City of Benares to safety in Canada.

Life aboard the luxury ship is grand—nine-course meals, new friends, and a life far from the bombs, rations, and his stepmum’s glare. And after five days at sea, the ship’s officers announce that they’re out of danger. They’re wrong. Late that night, an explosion hurls Ken from his bunk. They’ve been hit. Torpedoed! The Benares is sinking fast. Terrified, Ken scrambles aboard Lifeboat 12 with five other boys. Will they get away? Will they survive?

Author Susan Hood brings this little-known true World War II story to life in a novel in verse.

(Review from
Beanstack Winter Reading Challenge is Underway!
From January 1st to January 31st, LNMS will participate in Beanstack’s Fourth Annual Winter Reading Challenge, “Book Like Us,” sponsored by Simon and Schuster (S&S). We challenge our patrons/students to read at least 10,000 during the month and keep track of their reading on our Beanstack site from the student Launchpad account.

Thousands of libraries and schools across the nation will encourage their communities to read a target number of minutes and books. Prizes will include book collections and virtual author visits. Ten (10) winning schools or libraries will each get a collection of fifty (50) books from the “Books Like Us” collection. In addition, Ms. Powers will be awarding the top 5 readers logging minutes in each grade level.

Happy reading, Knights!!
Celebrate Literacy Week 2021
Soccer Intramurals (Feb. 8)
Valencia Horizons Scholar Program - Deadline is January 21, 2021
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:
  • Academic performance: unweighted GPA of at least 2.5
  • Family income level 
  • An interview where they demonstrate a desire to pursue a post-secondary education

For any questions, please contact

Tech Support
Virtual Learning Events
Wednesday, January 20th, from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
(Two sessions to choose from)

Benefits and Dangers of Social Media
OCPS Curriculum and Digital Learning department will provide parents with the pros and cons of students using social media. Click here to register or visit

Creating Healthy Social Emotional Environments at Home
The OCPS Student Services department will inform parents how they can assist students from home and where to go for additional helpful resources. Click here to register or visit
Skyward Family Access Usage
1) Student use of the Skyward system improved +2.8% last week to close at 87.2% of all students actively enrolled.
2) Parent activity on Skyward also rose last week from 6.9% to 7.2%.
Knight Vital Signs
Credit: Weekly success indicators compiled by Ms. Sharon Powers (Media Specialist) and staff.
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