The Kingdom's Chronicle
Lake Nona Middle School, Orlando, FL
Dates to Watch For
March 1-3- LaunchED Photo Pickup Times (see flyer below for specifics)

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

March 3- No Early Dismissal

March 5- STEAM Day kit pickup (see flyer below)

March 6- Saturday Learning Lab (9-2)

March 8- STEAM Day kit pickup (see flyer below)

March 9- Kognito Mental Health Lesson (Adjusted Bell Schedule)

March 11- STEAM Day

March 11- Last day for Quarter 3

March 12- 19 - Spring Break

March 22- Quarter 4 Begins
Saturday Learning Labs
LaunchED Parents: School Photo Pick-Up Dates
8th Grade LaunchED Parents: STEAM Day Science Kit Pick-Up Dates
STEAM Day
Thank You to Our STEAM Day Sponsors!
Community footnote: Local organizations like Mathnasium of Lake Nona, Synapse Science and Technology Education, and Lockheed Martin Orlando do a great deal to support our students and teachers. This past year has been a challenging one for most businesses, especially the smaller ones. When it makes sense, please take the opportunity to explore their services as we greatly appreciate what they have done and continue to do for our Knights. Thank you for your support.

~ Dr. Jackson
Project Lead the Way Engineering Week Lesson with Lockheed Martin
Last week was Engineering Week in the Project Lead the Way classroom. Our learners enjoyed the tour of the Innovation Demonstration Center, learning about Lockheed Martin operations, and the Carrier Launch activity at the end of the day was hands on and quite engaging for our students. We certainly appreciate all of the planning that went into the day and it is a testament to Lockheed Martin’s commitment to education at Lake Nona and throughout OCPS.
Students worked to complete a carrier launch activity.
Soccer Intramurals by Coach Stoeckigt
On February 19th LNMS started the soccer intramurals with the participation of 7 teams. The Apollo Stars defeated Nameless United 2-0 with goals from Stephany Lucena and Zachary Bigot. On the other field, Originals beat the Knights 5-2. Santiago Guedez and Juan Arias scored 2 goals each and Gabriel Pineda with 1. Guilherme Germam and Chloe Le scored the Knights' goals.

Later, the Originals defeated the All-Stars 5-1 with 2 goals from both Santiago Guedez and Juan Arias and 1 goal from Gabriel Pineda. Georgee Loufti scored 1 goal for the All-Stars team. On the other field the Blazers and Predators battled it out until the very end. Pamela Abraham scored 2 goals and Chloe Le with 1. Unfortunately, for them this wasn't enough to beat the Predators. The Predators ended the game in a victory, 4-3, with two goals scored by David Camaroa and one from Lucas Brizolin and Lawson Osani.
Monday, February 22, was another exciting night here in the Kingdom! We had 4 more games; some teams came out victorious while others are left looking for redemption. The Knights played against the Apollo Stars. Cesar Hernandez scored 2 goals keeping it neck and neck with goals scored by Zach Bigot and Alejandro Pena. Guilherme Germam was able to put away a last-minute goal to take the lead, 3-2.  One the other field, All-stars beat the Blazers over an own goal, 4-3. George Loufti, Aiden Wilkison and William Smit scored goals for the All-Stars. Goals for the Blazers were scored by 2 from Pamela Abraham and 1 from Jose Djorki.

Nameless United against the Predators played the second set of games. The Predator took the win, 6-0, with 2 goals from David Camarao, 2 goals from Lawson Osani, and 1 goal from Lucas Brizolin and Dimetrius Ventura. On the other field a close game was played by the Originals and Blazers ending in a tie,3-3. Goals were for the Originals by Santiago Guedez and 2 from Juan Arias. Blazers goals were scored off an own goal by the Originals, 1 from Jose Djorki and 1 by Pamela Abraham.

Wednesday, February 24, marked our third day of game play. In the first set of games, Apollo Stars took on the Predators. This was a tight game with one goal by Zach Bigot for Apollos Stars and one goal by Lawson Osani for the Predators. David Camarao was able to slide the ball into the back of the net to clinch the win for the Predators, 2-1. On the other field, Nameless earned their first win of the season against the Blazers with goals by Miguelangel Cisneros, Shawn Silva and Gabe Ortiz. Jose Djorki put up one goal for the Blazers, ending the game 3-1.
Knights vs All Stars and Apollos Stars vs Originals played the final games of the week. The Knights put away the first goal by Jasmine Kalu. They held onto their lead with 2 goals from both Guillerme German and Diego Lopez. The All-Stars fought hard and were able to put away 3 goals; 2 by Will Smit and 1 by George Loufti. The game ended with a score of 5-3. The last game ended in another victory for the Originals over the Apollo Stars, 3-0, with 2 goals by Santiago Guedez and 1 by Gabriel Pineda.

This week, the teams will finish off their season games as we move into tournament play. The teams will be seeded by their season record.
Beloved Knight Teacher Says Farewell
This past Thursday, the Kingdom said farewell to Mrs. Ostrow, one of our amazing 7th grade ELA teachers who has been with us for over 6 years. Mrs. Ostrow and her family will be moving to Tennessee and we know she will love the weather and mountains. Best of luck Mrs. Ostrow and we will all miss you, especially your students!
Dr. Jackson presents Mrs. Ostrow with flowers as the staff gathered to say goodbye last week.
Here are some shout outs from her kiddos:

  • She always has a positive attitude and she makes learning fun and exciting. She motivates me to want to learn.

  • Mrs.Ostrow deserves some special recognition because she is always incredible to every single one of her students, she is always optimistic, she helps us when we need her, she loves every single one of her students, she is always there for us, and she always has a smile on her face everyday :)

  • She is an amazing teacher and cares for all of her students!

  • You have been one of the best teachers ever, I'm sad to see you go, but I'll always remember You as the best teacher :)

  • She's really nice and fair to everyone in class and helps us out a lot

  • For being the nice and positive teacher she can ever be from the day we feel sad she gives us a smile and tells us to stay confident and positive. :)

  • February 24th is her last day as a teacher at LNMS before moving to Tennessee and she has helped me and a lot of students with our assignments and I want her to know that she is appreciated.

  • She already left, but she was so nice and had such good relationships with her students. She loved every one of us equally.

  • She always asks us if we're okay and if we don't feel good she always does anything she can to make us feel better. Last year when I was crying she gave me a donut eraser and some other things to make me feel better.
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 community.fema.gov/ApplytoYPC.

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&emergencymanagement@ocps.net.
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 horizonscholars@valenciacollege.edu or Dean Thate at LNMS via her email chenia.thate@ocps.net


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 bit.ly/hsfcollege101

Below is the dates and registration link for the remaining HSF College 101 webinar:
  • Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 6:00 p.m. ET
Student of the Week Spotlight - Laila Minter
Seventh grade student Laila Minter says that she wants to be a police officer when she grows up. Laila takes an interest in volleyball, and enjoys playing with friends. However, the novel coronavirus makes that difficult. As an alternative, she states, “Covid has made me not really be able to go out places so instead of going to a friend’s place, I just call them.’’

Next year, Laila would like to pursue photography, as she wants to try something new and see if she enjoys it. She explains that she has a liking for going to school face to face, and would not swap back to virtual if she had the option. If Laila could tell herself 3 words before starting middle school, she would say, “Enjoy your time.”
Teacher of the Week Spotlight - Mr. Hall
Mr. Hall, one of Lake Nona’s math teachers and also basketball coaches, has been teaching for a total of 21 years. 7 of those years have been in Lake Nona, and the other 14 in Houston, Texas. Mr. Hall provides many resources to his students for those who need extra help. This process takes a lot of time but he does his best for his students to succeed. He has many accomplishments such as being Teacher of the Year district wide, and winning an AAU in coaching.

Mr. Hall has been all over the U.S and other parts of the world, ranging from areas like New Mexico and all the way to South Korea. A few of his hobbies, or favorite things to do are anything sports related, fishing and boating. He has a puppy named Colby and loves watching the NBA. Mr. Hall states that if he could ever try teaching a different grade level or subject, he would, “go to the high school and teach algebra 1 or 2.” He says that he enjoys the grade level he teaches, but always thought that it might be fun to try others.
LaunchED Tutoring
Yearbook
LNMS SGA Sister School Campaign
Skyward Family Access Usage
Student use of the Skyward system rose from from 88.3% to 90.7% last week . . .
. . . as did parent activity on Skyward rising from 6.7% to 7.2% over the same period.
Knight Vital Signs
Credit: Weekly success indicators compiled by Ms. Sharon Powers (Media Specialist) and staff.
Leadership Team
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