The Kingdom's Chronicle
Lake Nona Middle School, Orlando, FL
Dates to Watch For
January 25th- Infrastructure Trial (Face to Face students)
January 26 and 28- WIDA Testing for ESOL students whom are Face to Face
January 26th- Kognito Mental Health Lesson - adjusted bell schedule
January 27th- Wednesday After School Tutoring
January 27th- Incoming 6th Graders Virtual Orientation (6:00)
January 27th- Course registrations for 2021-2022
January 27th - Annual OCPS Stellar Awards (7:00) - virtual this year
January 30th- Saturday Learning Lab 9am-1pm
February 1st- WIDA testing for ESOL students whom are LaunchED
February 1- Black History Month Begins
February 8- Soccer Intramurals Evaluations Begin
February 15- President’s Day Holiday (No School)
Wednesday Tutoring Flyer and Link (Jan. 27)
Knight Vital Signs
Making sense of the chart: Dr. Jackson's leadership team works from a goal of 70 total classroom visits per week throughout the month.
Chart: Ms. Sharon Powers, Media Specialist
Celebrate Literacy Week
This week schools around Florida are celebrating the annual Just Read, Florida! Celebrate Literacy Week. Our theme this year is Humanity Tells a Story: What’s YOUR chapter? Here at LNMS, multiple activities have been planned. Many of them will be through the Canvas Student Body Course so be sure to check the announcements daily. Here are some highlights:

  • Themed spirit dress days, trivia, and contests with prizes.
  • There will be an assignment created in the Student Body Course where students can submit pictures of themselves reading. All submissions will be entered into a drawing and Ms. Powers will be randomly awarding a prize to one student in each grade level. 
  • Students can submit original writings - poems, short story, song - as well for compilation and sharing on the school website.
  • Daily trivia questions on Canvas with daily prizes 
  • if you are "Caught Reading" - members of the admin and resource team will give out slips to exchange for goodies in the media center.
  • Prizes for the top students who log minutes in the Beanstack app in Launchpad.
  • Bookmark contest- Prizes for the top designs in each grade. If participating via LaunchED - a photo submission will be accepted.
Reading tips from the Orange County Library System (larger view here):
Beanstack Winter Reading Challenge
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!!
Snapshots of Kingdom Life
Mrs. Fountaine’s 6th grade Life Science class engaging in an interactive lesson that compared and contrasted two different cell reproduction cycles.
7th graders in Mr. Hammond’s math class watched as history unfolded in front of them as they worked on classwork and viewed the presidential inauguration this past Wednesday.
The HERO program is being used by our teachers and students are regularly redeeming their points for goodies. The deliveries occur twice a week at lunchtime. LaunchED students are notified via message in Canvas that their order is ready for pickup in the front office.

Credit: Kingdom Life highlights by Ms. Sharon Powers, Media Specialist
Volleyball Intramurals
The first week of volleyball intramural game play is underway. Our Knights are loving every minute of it! Congratulations to all the students who are participating.
Soccer Intramurals (Feb. 8)
Course Registrations for the 2021-2022 School Year
Course registrations for NEXT school year will be happening this week at LNMS. All grade levels will be completing selections for core and elective classes for the upcoming year. Students will view a virtual presentation by the counselors and be given directions on how to complete the course selection form. The breakdown per grade level is as follows:

  • Current 6th and 7th graders- Wednesday, January 27th through science classes
  • Current 8th graders- Wednesday, January 27th through social studies classes (This will be a presentation from the LNHS guidance team)
Student of the Week
Riya Nimmala (8th Grade)
Riya Nimmala is part of the National Junior Honor Society. She loves being a member because “it's so fun and the sponsors are great as well.” As an 8th grade yearbook editor, she finds that it is most difficult to cover all the students. When asked if she likes Face-to-Face or LaunchED more she said, “I prefer Face-to-Face learning because I feel like it's easier to pay attention and remember what you're learning. LaunchED can be distracting, but it is safer.”

Riya's favorite subject is math, “I've loved math for a long time and I feel like it's the subject I'm best at, too.” When asked if she enjoys going to school here, she said, “Yes, I enjoy going to school at LNMS, I think it's a great school with great teachers and students and I learned a lot here so far.” She doesn’t have a favorite book, but she enjoys mystery books. She has lots of favorite movies, and watches a lot of Netflix and Disney+. In her spare time Riya loves to bake, watch baking shows, and bake desserts a lot.” She has lived in Eagle Creek most of her life.
Teacher of the Week
Ms. Wilson (6th Grade Math)
Ms. Wilson is a 6th grade math teacher who has taught at Lake Nona Middle School for 4 years. She has taught at two different schools, Blankner K-8 and Aloma Elementary. In all, she has been teaching for 17 years. She attended UCF and majored in Elementary Education. The most important part of teaching to her is, “listening, many teachers talk but do not listen,” and her favorite thing in teaching is working with her students. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her 2 ½ year old daughter.
Monthly Staff Recognitions
Each month, recognitions are awarded by the administrative and resource personnel in several categories as a way to honor Knights who have gone above and beyond in the previous month. Recognitions occur at the monthly faculty meeting. Congratulations to January’s recipients!
New Knight- Ms. Madison McDowell, 6th grade social studies
Staff Member- Mrs. Flavia Silva, ESOL Paraprofessional
Faculty Member- Mrs. Nithya Berkes, 7th grade math 
Student of the Month/ Citizen of the Month Recognitions
Once per quarter, LNMS recognizes students who have been nominated by their teachers as students of the month and citizens of the month. Traditionally, a live ceremony occurs where students receive awards and family members are invited. Due to COVID- 19 restrictions this school year, these students are being honored virtually. Congratulations to these outstanding Knights!

Principal's Honor Roll
This past Friday students who received straight As on their Quarter 2 report cards attended a ceremony in the cafeteria. Students received a certificate and cookies as recognition for this outstanding achievement.
Sixth Grade Honor Roll
Seventh Grade Honor Roll
Eighth Grade Honor Roll
Skyward Family Access Usage
Student use of the Skyward system jumped from 87.2% to 93.4% last week . . .
. . . while parent activity on Skyward fell off from 7.2% to 6.6% over the same period.
Knight Vital Signs
Credit: Weekly success indicators compiled by Ms. Sharon Powers (Media Specialist) and staff.
Monday's Motivational Moment
Viktor Frankl's problems put our own challenges into perspective.

As difficult as things have been for so many this year, this coming Wednesday, January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The following true story may help lend some perspective on those most difficult of days.


Viktor Frankl (1905-97) was born in Vienna, imperial capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, where his father worked in the government. Frankl was a Jewish psychiatrist living peacefully in Austria when the Nazis came for he and his family.

In September 1942, Frankl and his family were arrested and deported to a camp in Theresienstadt, Czechoslovakia, where families of professionals like Frankl and community leaders stayed until the Nazi SS decided their fate. His mother, father, brother, wife and her mother all died. In fact, of the 140,000 who arrived, 33,000 died from illness or starvation; 90,000 were killed at extermination camps.

Knowing that any moment he might be executed, Frankl spent most of the next three years in the camp doing arduous work, often in freezing weather and wearing rags for clothes. Food was scarce. He suffered from typhus and got little sleep in crowded rooms full of rats and lice.

But out of this nightmare came an understanding that human beings can emotionally withstand anything if they refuse to let conditions dictate their attitude.

After the war ended in 1945, Frankl wrote about the lessons he learned during imprisonment.

His book, "Man's Search for Meaning," has sold 12 million copies. In a 1991 survey by the Library of Congress/Book of the Month Club, readers said it was among the 10 books that most influenced their lives.

Here are some of his observations about life that Frankl made based upon his experience during his holocaust experience:

  • "Also amid the squalor were inspiring examples of courage and humanity. We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They offered sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms, to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way."
  • He noticed that those who gave up hope died fast. Also, those that had work to do each day such as maintaining the German railroad tracks, fared better as at least they had a purpose. The others left behind in the crowded barracks, usually never made it.
  • Frankl observed that attitude was a key to survival. He later wrote, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

The lesson for our Knights? Seize each day as a new set of opportunities and keep a positive attitude regardless of challenging circumstances. Show kindness to others as you never know what difficulties they may be facing. And above all, always remember you are not alone like Victor Frankl was in the Nazi concentration camps - every teacher, coach, and staff member at Lake Nona wants you to succeed and is always ready to help in any way they can!

Let's make this a great week #4 of 2021 Knights and please don't forget about the Stellar Awards Wednesday evening!
Dr. Jackson, Principal
Lake Nona Middle School
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Leadership Team
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