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Monday, March 2, 2020


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Lake Nona Middle School
  

This Wednesday, March 4 is one of three upcoming Wednesdays where we will not be releasing the students early due to testing. This applies to all campuses across OCPS, not just Lake Nona. For planning purposes, the other two Wednesdays are April 1 and May 6.

Please also remember that we will be holding our March School Advisory Council (SAC) meeting on Tuesday, March 3 at 5:30 p.m. As is always the case, all members of our school community are invited and strongly encouraged to attend.

I would like to congratulate our 7th grade Knights for setting the pace during February. On a weekly basis, they had the fewest tardies to school, the fewest tardies to class, tied for the highest attendance rate, and checked out the most books from the library (see table). Great effort 7th grade!

I hope you enjoy this week's edition and please, if you have a child attending Lake Nona and still have not taken the 2020 Parent Survey, kindly do so (link to survey just below). Thank you for your help.

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.

2020 Parent 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. We value your opinion.

Parent Survey Link:
https://ocps.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_38ZEa36rGBGv8zP


Dates To Watch For

March 2 - Spanish Honor Society and Société Honoraire de Français Induction Ceremony - 6:00 PM
March 2 - Track Try-Outs - Immediately after school
March 3 - SAC Meeting - Media Center  5:30 PM
March 4 - No Early Release
March 6 - NJHS Hat Day
March 9 - Calculus Project Parent Meeting - Media Center - 6:00 PM
March 10 - Big Blast - Gym
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 Scientists
Ying Expo Science Competition
 
This year 75 teams, or individuals, submitted projects through LNMS Science Fair Club. Following judging by the Science Department, 9 of those projects were chosen to represent LNMS at the Central Florida Regional competition: The Ying Expo on February 13, 2020. At the Ying Expo, Lake Nona was one of 13 middle schools from around the county and in the Junior Division alone their projects competed against a field of 165 projects.

Our 9 teams represented LNMS very well with all, but one of our teams placing or receiving honorable mention in their categories. In addition, our Liliana Torres was recognized by The Office of Naval Research with a special award and gift card for her project.

A big congratulations goes out to all of our participants!


Casey Jewett - Junior Division, Plant Sciences, 3rd Place for "Microplastics vs Macroplants"



Andrew Ryan-Drago - Junior Division, Mathematics and Computational Sciences - Honorable Mention for "Computational Modeling of the Impact of Invasive Species?


Ivan Goponenko and Oskar Armstrong - Junior Division, Intelligent Machines, Robotics, and Systems Software, 3rd Place for "How Does Rock, Paper, Scissors AI Adapt?"


Ashley Ding, Maya Venkatraman, Vandana Manchikanti - Junior Division, Intelligent Machines, Robotics, and Systems Software, 2nd Place for "Hackers 101"


Lovisa Armstrong - Junior Division, Engineering and Material Sciences, Honorable Mention for "What Material Works Best for Insulation?"


Lily Torres - Junior Division, Engineering and Material Sciences, 3rd Place for "Does the Density of Hair Affect the Number of Decibels that Pass Through?"


Safi Ali, Arya Kalindi, Aditya Krishnan - Junior Division, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Honorable Mention for "Pristine Purification"


Shruti and Shreya Sreekanth - Junior Division, Behavioral and Social Sciences, 2nd Place for "Memory Mystery"



Though Alana Negron and Isabella Hanchi did not place, they also represented Lake Nona Well with their project in the Junior Division, Chemistry with "A Lit Christmas"


Solar Car Practice
The LNMS Sun Games are fast approaching on Thursday March 12, 2020!  
 
Some of our students have taken the challenge to create a solar car to race on our own orange track. They are looking for a high-speed, fueled by the Sun, as they take their lap. The pictures below are of students who took the checkered flag seriously and met with teachers, Mr. Bloom and Mr. Menard, for some extra help in the cock-pit. Start your engines soon!

 
 
 
 
Knight Sports

Track Try-Outs this Monday! 
Track try-outs begin Monday immediately after school and will continue through Friday. It is required for those interested in trying out to attend every day. You must have at least a 2.0 cumulative G.P.A. and a sports physical packet turned in.

Click here for the Sports Physical Packet (PDF)

LNMS 2019-2020 Track Schedule and Contact Info.

Basketball Playoffs 
After two hard fought games, our girls and boys basketball seasons came to an end Wednesday night. Both teams ended with winning records of 6-2 and continued our tradition of advancing to the County Championship Playoffs. We are extremely proud of our teams for their hard work all season.

 
Above images: Boys basketball team during their playoff game last week vs. Carver Middle School on our court. 
 

Black History Month
Individual Classroom Highlights . . .

AP Spanish with Ms. Rivera
In observance of Black History Month, Ms. Rivera's AP Spanish students researched the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They each shared one relevant detail about his life. Ms. Rivera provided each student a puzzle piece. The students added color and put the pieces together to create a mural of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. along with a quote.



3-D Art with Ms. Guyton
In observation of Black History Month, Ms. Guyton's 3-D Art classes studied the art of Alma Thomas. Students created colorful mosaics inspired by this style of art.

 
Reading with Ms. Miller
In observation of Black History Month, Ms. Miller's reading classes learned about The Freedom Riders. Students were assigned to act as specific characters and read parts for the play.



3-D Art with Ms. Guyton (Part II)
In observation of Black History Month, Ms. Guyton's 3-D Art classes studied and created works of art inspired by the style of African American artist, Corey Barksdale.




Knight Family Access (Student Information System)

The share of parents/guardians checking student progress dropped off last week from 5.1% to 4.8% while . . .


. . . the share of students using the Family Access system rose from 93.5% to 94.2%.



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

Weekly Indicator
Jan. 31
(5 days)
Feb. 7
 (5 days)
Feb. 14
(5 days)
Feb. 21
(4 days)
Feb. 28
(5 days)
Classroom visits by members of the administrative team
91
109
108
119
90
Total parent logins into the new Skyward Family Access system (includes multiple logins by the same parent/guardian)
287
349
NA
290
287
Teacher attendance rate
97%
98%
97%
96%
94%
Student attendance - 6th
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97%
Student attendance - 7th
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98%
Student attendance - 8th
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98%
Tardies to School - 6th
12
18
NA
NA
11
Tardies to School - 7th
14
15
NA
NA
12
Tardies to School - 8th
11
22
NA
NA
11
Tardies to Class - 6th
15
16
NA
NA
18
Tardies to Class - 7th
8
9
NA
NA
14
Tardies to Class - 8th
14
18
NA
NA
22
On-time buses - mornings
95%
95%
NA
98%
98%
On-time buses - afternoons
98%
98%
NA
100%
98%
Library books circulated - 6th
22
22
NA
8
28
Library books circulated - 7th
98
75
NA
52
34
Library books circulated - 8th
76
35
NA
40
62
Tutoring - Wed. 2nd/4th in the PM
NA
NA
164
NA
NA
Tutoring - Tues.
68
64
85
67
55
Tutoring - Thurs.
99
72
NA
57
57
Tutoring - Sat. Lab
10
21
NA
NA
NA
Lan School Tracking
15
15
NA
NA
NA
Restorative Justice
9
NA
NA
5
7
 
** 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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